Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#ChooseKind Make the Internet a Nicer Place!

Maybe you've already caught this via other outlets ... I only just found out about it tonight and this family lives just up the road from me. Now I'm crying like a baby and I just don't do that. :/


Go here and hear about a little boy whose photo was used in a cruel meme. She's also on Twitter and her blog now has a FB page.

Please let her and her family know we support them!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Finally Friday

Well I'm using Google Drive voice typing to write this post as I'm pretty sure I broke my finger in that silly fall this morning. This might be the end of my public presentation career but thank you to those who came. I hope you got at least a little something. The link is now visible at the top of the page. I'm going to enjoy my weekend.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

If I Had Been at TCEA Today

On the plus side two 1st/4th buddies groups managed to get some animal research in today because I was NOT at TCEA. Then I got told I would be losing my assistant yet another half hour a day. He's there 45 min first thing in the morning, then 50 before his super early lunch, then 3 sets of 15 minutes in the library the rest of the afternoon. Useful. Poor man gets his steps in running around campus all day. Y'all that don't even have that 140 minutes ... bless you. We all work so hard.

On the down side ... we still paid for registration. Are you there? I'm kind of jealous! Kids asked me where I was yesterday and when I said "at a meeting about technology in schools." They said "Don't you know all that?" and I was like "No way! I love learning."

I would have had a hard time choosing between ...

10 Killer iPad Projects Students Will Love
Advanced Google Spreadsheets and Forms
Genius Hour and the Technology to Make It Happen
Broadcasting 101: Creating a Successful Program
Chromebook Tips and Tricks

#GeniusHour for Educators
Efficient Workflow with Google Apps
Engaged Project-Based Learning
Google: Marzano's Style
Improving the Writing and Research Process with Google Tools

Augmented Reality: Yes, I Can Create AR on my Chromebook!
But I Don't Have TIME for Technology TEKS
More of Chromaholics Anonymous: Additions to Apps and Extensions
3D Printing: Steps for Getting Started
Google Apps in the library: Media Ideas to Facilitate Collaboration
Google Tools for the Visionary Lead Learner

App-Smashing with Nearpod

Become a Google Power User Tips and Tricks
Creative Technology to Bring Out Your Inner Picasso
Librarians as Instructional Leaders
Make Learning Come to Life with Aurasma and ChatterPix
Making Makerspace Easy
Sketchnotes: Not Just for Artists
The Power of the #hashtag

Authentic Literacy with Google
Connecting the Dots: Libraries, Technology, STEM, and Literacy
Make Tinkering Real: Using SketchUp in Your Classroom
Take Better Pictures with Any Camera
3D Design and Print Workshop
What the Blip? Augmented Reality over DAQRIs

Show How Awesome You Are and Tell Your Story with Social Media
How Short, Simple Student-Captured Videos Will Start Driving Your Instruction
Tammy's Favorite Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools

A Passion For Screencastin' with Camtasia and YouTube
Frozen? Let It Go and Connect with Your Students
Garageband: Educational Podcasting
MindMapping, Timelines, and Collaborative Brainstorming
Raising Readers: Old School Meets New School
Streamlining Student Directions with Screencasts
The Flipped Library

BookClub Meets Makerspace
Creatively Blogging for Understanding in Elementary
Digital Youth: Technologically Savvy But Not Literate
Office Mix for PowerPoint: Making Instruction Extraordinary

And that's just today. Never mind tomorrow.

Well. Thanks for listening to me rant. Off to maybe hit the treadmill and work on my presentation for Friday. It all is what it is.

Monday, February 1, 2016

#IMWAYR Feb. 1 and Currently February

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

The list of finished is ... also very short this week.

Dear Hank WilliamsDear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

I donations how many stars to give this one. Parts of it I really liked. I didn't stop to write down any quotes but the writing was well done. I love it when I go back to a sentence and am blown away by how the author put words together. "Why can't I do that?" I think. It sort of meandered a bit through the story but then with a letter writing plot structure maybe that's OK? My students as a general rule don't care much for historical fiction but I would have tried it with a few.

A possible spoiler ahead. I missed it if others had ever said anything. I'd just heard how good it was.

Near the end BAM! Straight to the heart. Insert sad face. Didn't see that one coming!

Will be spending some time in the car over the next week so I will be listening to some YA lit ...

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

ArmadaArmada by Ernest Cline

And now I'm linking up with Farley ...

Right now I'm digging the quiet. We had two classes of first grade animal research today with their fourth grade buddies. Loved it. It was loud.
I got a Spark Planner. I am trying to be more ... intentional. Plan better. Make more stuff happen instead of waiting around? I'm finding that sometimes it's hard to figure out what goals to set. Surprised me. Plus it's kind of fun to make stickers for it. #howoldamIagain
I am going to TCEA on Tuesday and Friday. I was not allowed to go on Wednesday and Thursday even though I still had to pay registration. And ... that is all I will say about that. :/
I wish my presentations were done! They stress me out! I apply to present so that I won't be told I can't go to any of a professional learning conference. If I am thought to know anything about books and tech it came from blogs and conferences. Not, actually, from district PD.
I need to exercise. I didn't make it to the gym class today. In a bit of irony, I was sitting in a meeting about our school "fun run" fundraiser.
I didn't really know what to put here so I just said Poe Dameron. Star Wars.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Finally ... Saturday

Didn't get it written last night again! I was finally watching The Martian. Could've done without some of the language but other than that (I don't know enough about the science to say whether it was accurate or not) I quite enjoyed it. Also when it wasn't super gross. :P

I am learning this morning about the dangers of not being careful with uploads and organizing backups. Where did all the simple little videos I've put on the blog go?

Anyway. Here are some favorite pins for the week. CLick through for original sources. Have a great Saturday. I am working on TCEA presentations and going to buy a new mattress. Will miss Star Wars TFA again. #booonprocrastinationandpoorplanning

I NEED this.

I find myself liking IG more and more. I go in spurts remembering to post myself but I like to look. I follow a few that I know of. Anyone else have acounts?

Debating this as a maker activity. There's always so much going on I wouldn't be able to keep my eyes on it all the time ... would an uncleanable, stain forever mess get made? They are cute. Well. And would KIDs care about it or is this just a grown up thinks it's cute activity. And it is "just" cute. No STEM involved.

Cause here's the odd thing. They check out the books like crazy but if I put origami in #makermornings ... it just sits there. ?????

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Itty Bitty Seuss Things

I got something interesting in the mail today. I mean, I got hooked on them through the Star Wars ones, of course. Remember #Yodaontheshelf (I SO should have made it #Yodaonthelibraryshelf but that is kind of long)? But look!

Click on the picture to go to the Hallmark site or check out your local store (they will ship to the store for free, too, if they are out). They might make a cute Valentine. I need to get Rey and Kylo Ren. And BB8. And maybe Charlie Brown and Olaf. Maybe Kermit? I do not need all the things ...

Monday, January 25, 2016

#IMWAYR Jan. 25

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

The list of finished is ... very short this week.

reading Little Owl board books

And then reading and rereading of essay questions/answers. And presentation drafts. Does that count? I will say I thought they were cute. I got them for my cutie patootie youngest nephew who just turned one. His siblings (sister who is 2.5 and brother who is 4.25 years old) liked them, too. I've always loved her illustration style. And it's a wide-eyed little owl. Almost an automatic win.

The list of what I still want to read is long. But to be honest when I haven't watched last night's X-Files yet, let alone tonight's (plus Downton Abbey, plus did anyone catch Mercy Street? Love a good Civil War story) and I still have said presentations to finish and the first of five two hour club meetings on iMovie to prepare? ... I don't know if I will get much beyond finally finishing City of Thirst. Which I am totally enjoying when I sit down to read. We shall see!

City of Thirst (Map to Everywhere, #2)