October is Connected Educator Month! Get connected!

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October is Connected Educator Month!

Teachers can connect via Edmodo teacher groups/communities, Twitter, Blogs, web sites, Teacher Pay Teacher, and much more!

This is a time when educators from all over the world are connecting, collaborating, and sharing resources with each other. It’s a time when you can share your ideas, discover new ideas, and take some time to develop relationships with like-minded educators who can inspire and motivate you to continue to develop your teaching strategies and skills.

Connected Educators are the future of professional development and teaching.

Get connected!!!

Below are some links about Connected Educator Month.









Happy October!!!


Photo Sources:  www.connectededucators.org, Bill Ferriter, and Jamie Locklin


QR Codes In The Classroom – Refresher

Recently a few teachers have contacted me needing  a refresher on how to create QR codes and ways to use them in your classroom…

Here are some helpful links – –

Counting Down to Pre-Planning….. #youmatter!

This morning I enjoyed scanning a blog post about great bulletin boards. Check out my favorite one that I would use if I could.


Looking at the different bulletin boards inspired me to share something I learned about while I was at the ISTE conference this summer. I listened to a great presentation about #youmatter by Angela Maiers  ( @angelamaiers ).


Her message is:
“When we individually and collectively inspire others to remember who they really are, to educate them about the many ways that they matter, and empower them to make their greatest contributions to the world- we change their lives and the change the world.

Imagine what the world would be if….

Each of You sincerely believed YOU MATTER.
Parents told their children YOU MATTER.
Grandparents passed onto their grandchildren the spirit of YOU MATTER.
Children shared with family, friends and teachers YOU MATTER.
School Leaders and Teachers: communicated to staff and students YOU MATTER.
Businesses and Industry partner with us letting their customers and employees know YOU MATTER.
Someone we may not know…just simply needs to be reminded of and hear YOU MATTER.

Are you ready to change the world with me?” – – by Angela Maiers

Here is a youmatterresources page about #youmatter if you want more info. 🙂

I want you to know that YOU MATTER!!! CCSD, your school, your students, your community are BLESSED to have you as a part of their lives. Have a wonderful 2014-15 school year! I look forward to working and learning with you! 🙂 Cristin


I am in ❤ with Tackk!!!!! – New Digital Creation Tool for Edu

Another “goodie” that I learned more about at #ISTE2014 is Tackk !
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤  Love, love, love Tackk!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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I have been sharing and using Smore for a couple of years now… and teachers and students love it’s easy of use and professional look. Now Smore’s free account only allows for FIVE Smores/posters.

I was SUPER excited after listening to the Tackk rep present at the Edmodo booth at #ISTE2014.

What is Tackk? “Tackk is a simple way to create beautiful pages on the web. It’s your very own page, flyer, blog post, or poster.”

Here are the “pluses” for Tackk….
Students/Users can…
– begin creating without a login….. (The URL that is shared is only live for 7 days)
– create a login….. OR BETTER YET….. Use their EDMODO login to access Tackk!!!!
– can use pre-made templates or create their own.
– Comments can be turned off or the STREAM feature is cool and looks like Today’s Meet or Edmodo feed.
– not worry about cost (FREE) and number of posters created (unlimited space).  Woo hoo!

The list is endless on how this digital tool can be used!

BTW… Tackk is going to be involved with this year’s Global Read Aloud. How exciting! 😉

NEW Digital Collaboration Tool – 81Dash!

Have you used Today’s Meet in your classroom to have a digital discussion, book talk, etc? It is a great digital tool that encourages collaboration in the classroom.

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 9.04.15 AMI discovered a NEW digital collaboration tool when I attended the 2014 ISTE conference that was created by a teacher……


The 81Dash has a dashboard that includes:

-Dash Room…keeps a list of “rooms” active & locked
-Dash Task…. Keep a ‘To Do’ list…related to the room
-Dash Notes… Keeps notes related to the room

There is a search tool to quickly find something in the room thread, an opportunity for room participants to upload files, and participants can create a transcript of the room very quickly.

Users/Students will need to register as a Guest User.  I recommend to have parent permission for students to use ANY Web 2.0 tool in the classroom.  A great user login could be the same login students use for Edmodo, etc.  Student numbers is a great user name.

I am excited to try this out with teachers and students.

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Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

A great blog post from Mike Ribble about the Essential Elements of Digital Citizenship.

In a 21st Century Classroom, it is critical for teachers to model good digital citizenship and give students an opportunity to learn about being a good digital citizen.  The blog post highlights nine elements that should be modeled and discussed in a 21st century classroom:

  • Respect – access, etiquette, and laws
  • Educate – communication, literacy, and commerce
  • Protect – rights and responsibilities, safe and security, and health and wellness.

It is a must read for all 21st century classroom teachers.







Image Source: http://blog.iste.org/essential-elements-digital-citizenship-2/

Summer Professional Development Opportunities!

Happy last day of school teachers of Cobb County!

I do not know about you, but part of the reason I became a teacher is because I love to learn!  Summer is a great time to take advantage of free online professional development and attend conferences to help you re-energize yourself and your classroom.

Below are some ideas for professional development:

Email me if you have other ideas that should be added to this list.  ([email protected])

Happy Learning and Happy Summer!

YOUR Professional/Personal Learning Network (PLN)

What do YOU want to learn about to help improve learning, student achievement, and innovation  in YOUR classroom?

Seek out teachers online, join Edmodo teacher communities and groups, join Twitter and follow chats using #(hastags), and more….  Create your OWN professional learning network (PLN) and find teachers/ leaders that share your passion and vision.

Here are a few educational innovators who use technology as learning tools you may want to check out and connect with to create your own PLN.

Elementary School Teacher Blogs

Kathy Schrock


Twitter Chat Groups

Edmodo Teacher Groups

“When we are connected to others, we become better people.”   -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


More information about PLNs: http://ealverson.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/creating-your-own-pln-personal-learning-network/

10 Guides to PLN: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/01/10-great-guides-for-better-professional.html

Tools to Build Your PLN: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=207036


Digital Citizenship and Child Online Safety



Teachers are role models for students for acceptable use and digital citizenship.  Below are some resources to help you be the BEST role model you can be.

5  Golden Rules for Kids Online

Digital Citizenship – 20 Essential Resources

Federal Laws for Children Internet Safety:  What is CIPA?  What is COPPA?

20 Digital Citizenship Resources













Image Source: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/04/the-5-golden-rules-for-kids-online.html