QR Task Cards for Site Words

QR CODESHere is another blog post on QR codes.  Sorry!  Lots of teachers have been asking for ideas.  I wanted to share this with you.  Email me ([email protected]) with your thoughts.

I think any grade level can adapt this activity for their use.

I received a question from a fabulous Kindergarten teacher recently…..

Here is Mrs. W’s question: “Can we talk to you about a way to record sight words and have students access it easily? Needs to be done independently during Daily 5 time.”

Attached is a possible solution. I uploaded the Word template to reuse and a PDF version to print out and use at a center.

What did I do….
1. When to Vocaroo.com and recorded the sound file using my teacher laptop since it has a microphone.
2. After making the sound file on Vocaroo, instead of making a quick QR code (disappears after 3 months), I downloaded the sound file to my computer.
3. I uploaded the sound file to an online store site (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive). I used OneDrive.
4. I copied the public link/URL from my OneDrive to the sound file and
5. pasted it into QRstuff.com to make the URL.

I then added the QR code to the MS Word doc.

What do you think? Email me with questions or if you want to share a better way to make resources for students.

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Digital Age Learning Ecosystem






Great Blog post from Dr. Clark & the BYOT Network


My teammate, Jamie Pearson, and I teach a class for CCSD teachers each summer called “21st Century Classroom”.  We focus on PBL, Digital Assessment Tools, Learning Environments, Blended Learning, Web 2.0 tools, Flipped Learning and Screencasting, building PLNs, and much more.  After reading this blog post, I may “borrow” Dr. Clark’s naming of Digital Age Learning since it IS fourteen years… almost fifteen years into the 21st century.

The post is a MUST read… but let me list the eight elements that are highlighted in the post:

  • A Sense of Community
  • Essential Questions
  • Captivating Digital Content
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Multiple Technology Tools
  • Designs for Differentiation and Accessibility
  • Supportive Classroom Environment
  • Engaging Instructional Strategies

In order to have a successful digital age learning ecosystem, teachers may need to change the way they approach lesson planning and think more like an instructional designer.  Setting up learning opportunities, providing rich resources (digital and paper), and letting go of some control will take a different mindset and willingness to take chances.

I like the image below to help me understand teacher mindsets… and how to change…. one step at a time to embrace a growth mindset, not a fixed mindset. (Image source: @Primary_Ed – Twitter Post) 

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LINK for larger display:    fixedvsgrowthmindset


Great poster for the classroom to encourage growth mindset for students/classroom.

Quick How Tos for several mobile Apps – Thanks Matt Gomez!

App 101 Videos: How To Use These Apps

App that costs $$$

SOURCE:  Matt Gomez

The iPad…. What it is…. and What it is not…..

As teachers are seeing more and more iPads in education and either using their own devices or being given a teacher iPad or a class set, it is important to realize what the iPad is and what it isn’t.
The first realization needs to be that the iPad is not (yet) intended to be a replacement for a laptop. It falls short in several areas when comparing it with a laptop, such as:

  • memory storage
  • ability to allow for easy use of multiple users
  • heavy typing tasks
  • traditional software programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, etc.

With the increased usage of cloud storage, 1:1 programs (where devices are not shared among users), as well as the shift away from specific software programs to web based tools, cloud synched and apps, the iPad’s future seems to be looking brighter as a one-and-only device.

The second understanding educators are embracing is the realization that there is more to iPads than finding and loading many apps to the device. It is not about finding apps as substitutions to worksheets, nor automated “kill and drill” activities to practice multiplication facts or spelling words. Educators are looking to using iPads as a tool for:

  • reading
  • presenting
  • curating
  • creating.

This takes us to the third understanding about the iPad. Originally seen as a device for consumption only, the iPad has grown up and continues to change constantly.  The iPad has become a tool for creation. A tool to personalize learning and for personal learning. It grew from a device to consume information to a thinking tool.


SOURCE:  http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/09/01/what-the-ipad-is-and-what-it-isnt/

Integrating Technology In the Classroom – Is this YOUR goal?

It is a new school year….  New things… New adventures… New Students… New curriculum!!!

Do you have the saying “Integrate More Technology” listed somewhere on your 2013-2014 “To Do” list/ Professional Goal form?

Well, it is 2013 and Integrating Technology is Dead…….  Read the blog post.

Instead of trying to write lesson plans that include technology… CHANGE the way YOU teach…  Create challenges and opportunities for students to need TOOLS to accomplish the task or to solve their problem.  Instead of writing lesson plans that include “Technology Integration”, write lessons that are “Technology – embedded”.

Focus on the standard… the skill… the concept.  Is there a TOOL that will help the students learn, explore, create?  Allow ACCESS…. Allow OPTIONS… Allow CHOICE.

I love the image below…..

Your professional goal this year should be to find teachers who teach differently… that create learning environments that challenge students….

Then create a PLC – Professional Learning Community.  Then start learning, and talking, and sharing resources. Find a PLC in your school… on a blog… in an Edmodo group… from Twitter.  Connect… Connect with others who have the same goal as you.  To make the world a better place… one student at a time. 🙂

I wish you much happiness and success as you start your year changing the world!

You Have An iPad in Your Classroom! Now What?

Congratulations!!!  You have an iPad in your classroom!!! 🙂  Woo hooo!

Now what?

Where do you start?  How will you use it as a productivity and instructional tool?
Contact your area TTIS for more information and review the CCSD ITS iPad Resource Page.


Here are few topics to begin thinking about and more resources to review.

  • Create a Professional Apple ID that is NOT connected to a credit card to download free apps
  • Activate (School Bookkeeper and Admin) the school Volume Price Purchasing account that has been set up by CCSD IT to purchase apps that cost $$
  • Set up a Management Plan for the iPad(s)
  • Identify Apps will work for what standard your students will learn
  • Connect with other teachers who are using iPads in their classroom (PNL – Personal Learning Network)
  • Participate in staff development to learn instructional strategies and connect with teachers
  • Here is a resource page that is updated frequently.



Image Source: http://www.slideshare.net/langwitches/i-have-ipads-in-the-classroom-now-what?ref=http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/06/14/more-ipad-workflow-scenarios/

5 Tips For Better Managing iPad Memory


As helpful as the iPad may be in the classroom, teachers and students are finding it has limitations. As teachers hand out digital lecture notes, assign electronic readings and set students collaborative tasks, their tablets are topping out. Multimedia projects in particular are pushing iPad memory to the breaking point. Some educators are finding there’s just not enough room in there to serve a classroom purpose. Check out these five tips for better managing your iPad memory!

Safe Blogging Site for Students


Built For Teachers

Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.

  • create classroom discussions
  • learn digital citizenship
  • practicing writing skills
  • create an e-portfolio
  • reflect on learning
  • formatively assess writing