Sunday, June 30, 2013

Coffee--What's In it? How do you decaffienate it?

What's Inside Coffee? And How Do You Decaffeinate It? - Videos

This might be a fun PLANT UNIT project/problem to research! It might be fun to let students pick a favorite food or meal and research all the processes that actually go into making it into the state that it is in.  This would tie-in some of the chemistry unit they will be studying in 7th grade. It also might be a great kick-off for some students to study the ORGANIC movement.  What is all that fuss about?
The Coffee article was published in:

Free Technology for Teachers


The 2 videos selected are high-energy and engaging. A fun way to learn! And here are the videos: 

What's Actually Inside An Average Cup of Coffee -- Wired Magazine

How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee and Tea? -- BrainStuff

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Texting while Falling off the Curb or Connected, but Alone? (TED Talk)

This morning I was listening to a TED talk by Sherry Turkle called Connected, But Alone?. One of the statements she made was in reference to us being in a meeting, or a room with friends, or even at a funeral, yet we pull out our phones and  begin texting or checking our Facebook.  "We are getting used to a new way of being ALONE TOGETHER. People want be with each other, but also elsewhere, connected to all the differnt places they want to be. People want to customize their lives. They want to go in and out of all the places they are. Because the thing that matters most is control over where they want to put their attention."

This really come home for me this week when I was in Dallas at a teacher convention called AVID Institute. You see, I bought my first iPhone last weekend.  What a wonderful toy.  I had never had such access before.  It was an incredible draw.  Yes, my control over where I give my attention is a big one.  Do I pay attention to the speaker? to the friend I am eating dinner with? to the sidewalk I'm walking down? Ok, I admit it, as I was walking out of El Fenix restaurant with my friends, I got a buzz on my phone. While checking my iPhone, I fell off the curb.  Once I started falling, everything went into slow motion.  I couldn't stop myself.  My iPhone went flying one way and my bag of pralines went the other. Boom. Texting and walking don't mix. (The don't Mixson, either).
Why couldn't I just walk and talk with my friends and ignore the buzzing in my back pocket?

I must choose to control where I want to give my attention.  I was NOT as attentive as I should have been this week in Dallas.  I'm gonna have to make some serious decisions about where I give my attention.  When Face-to-Face, I need to BE Face-to-Face.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Technology Learning Style Comparison

I found this article on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning .  It shows a  graphic from on the the difference between traditional and modern learning styles. 
You will have to enlarge it to read the fine print on the blue part of the poster, but what I like about it is that there is a shift in the role of teacher and students--to learning that is more independent, and seemingly chaotic!  But I like it. What do YOU think of it?  (Hint: Control + to enlarge the screen!)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Key Reading Strategies---AVID Institute

I'm in Dallas at the AVID Institute!  Woo-Hoo!!!
We just practiced a cool READING STRATEGY that would be great for kids.
On p. 182 of AVID book, there is a list of Key Reading Strategies.
We were told to pick an article to read (non-fiction---current event-style).
Then we were told to pick 2 of the Key Reading Strategies to use when reading the article.
Here is the link to the Key Reading Strategies Google Document that I typed from the workbook model.
This is a sample of what it looks like:

Making Personal Connections
Relating experiences and knowledge
Deeper comprehension

Monday, June 24, 2013

Reliable Source? Easy Citing of your Source!

 Easy Bib Tools
Automatically cite web sites with one click using the EasyBib Toolbar. Receive advice on the credibility of the web site you're citing. 

Cite as many sources as you need to build a fully-formatted, alphabetized, and Word-processor-ready bibliography.

Time Tracker App

There is a Google App called Time Tracker which keeps track of how many minutes you spend on each page.  Interesting . . . . Wouldn't MOM like to have this on KID"S computer???? :)

Click here to download the app: Time Tracker

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ten Tips for Parents of Teens on Facebook - For Dummies

Ten Tips for Parents of Teens on Facebook - For Dummies

This is a FABULOUS article for parents!!!!

Ten Tips for Parents of Teens on Facebook - For Dummies

Ten Tips for Parents of Teens on Facebook - For Dummies

For the parents of my students.  I know 6th graders aren't old enough for Facebook accounts, right?  Well, many of our kids are using different types of social media, like Facebook, Instagram, Social Chat, etc. So, here is a great website to help you help them!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Adding Images to my Google Quizzes!!

Yeah!  Google Forms now allows us to add images to our quizzes!!  Whoop!  Whoop!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Digital Starter Kit--Richland2's Own

I just found District 1TWO1 Digital Starter Kit--
which is a document listing hundreds of digital resources!  
It is blowing me away.
When could I find the time to check it all out?
I guess that is what SUMMERTIME is all about!
You MUST open and check out this document!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sock Puppets

Sock Puppets is an iPad app that is SO MUCH FUN!!!
You will love it! (I'm so glad I bought an iPad for my birthday!)
I had 30 seconds to record my dialogue with my choice of sock puppets and background. I'm sure that if I used the paid app I'd have more options.

Stuff to consider:
I had a terrible time trying to download this video to my YouTube account--apparently I had to use my USERNAME instead of my EMAIL ADDRESS.
Which brings me to a second problem:  the only two options for sharing this video are Facebook and YouTube---both of which kids are locked out of!  So, unless kids wanted to do this at home with their iPhones and iPads and download to YouTube and send link to the teacher, it could be a problem for them to create for their product.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Chrome Tips and Shortcuts

Janine Sears presented Chromebook in the Classroom which gives lots of resources for using the Chromebooks.  We were provided the link to The Chrome Story which includes hundreds of uses for Chrome as well. (Do I have HOURS to check out all the stuff listed?)
Chrome Shortcuts:  I've been using the Chrome browser and Google for a year, and mastered the cut, copy, and paste shortcuts (control x, c, and v, respectively).  But I learned a few more good ones I want to memorize, too.  In additon, my Chromebook doesn't have a page up, page down, or delete key--so I need to memorize these, too!

Master Shortcut List = CONTROL + ALT + ?
{While there, hold down the CONTROL, SHIFT, or ALT buttons  (or combinations of these) to see MORE shortcuts.}
UNDO = Control + Z
FIND = Control + F (It finds any words for you--try it!  Type in shorcuts!)
SELECT ALL = Control + A
SAVE = Control + S
DELETE = Alt + Backspace
PAGE UP/DOWN = Alt + Up/Down Arrows
Top of Page/HOME or Bottom of Page/END = Control + Alt + Up/Down Arrows
Right Click = tap 2 fingers on the mouse pad
ZOOM = Control + + or -
SCROLL Up/Down/Side to Side = two fingers on the mouse pad and slide up/down/side to side
SPELL Correct (when the red-line pops up) = 2-fingered click on underlined word

You are welcome. My pleasure.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Show Me .com is a great iPad app for using your tablet to write on it to create a lesson with your voice over in real time.
It is a great app for flipping when I want to hand draw the teaching part.
Here is a showme video I created introducing PHOTOSYNTHESIS (1.45
 min.).  [Please disregard the sound of Dixiana snoring in the background.  It is not ME passing gas!!!]
Here is the video:
(If you have trouble clicking on the image of our sweet corn, click here: Photosynthesis 1.)

Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the Classroom:

Lodge McCammon was a featured speaker at our SC Midlands Summit Conference.  His presentations were wonderful.  I liked the way he encouraged us to video tape our lectures and create Flash Mobs with our kids.

Technology Conference--SC Midlands Summit

I'm sitting in a Blogging 101 class at the technology conference.  I've started a NEW blog that I'd like to use to detail my progress with using technology in my 6th grade science classroom.
I'd really like to start creating videos of my lectures--commonly referred to as FLIPPING the CLASSROOM.  I've taken a class last fall and a couple of classes at this conference.