Warm uphttp://www.wonderopolis.org is an offshoot of http://www.thinkfinity.org/community/about-us. It is an iPad/computer-friendly and kid-friendly and engaging website that has a “Wonder of the Day” that is enough to  keep a student interested and exploring for long stretches of time. Wonderopolis allows students to explore questions such as:

Where is Pangaea ?

Why is the sky blue?

What makes your stomach growl?

or Why do sidewalks have lines?

And so much more!

 

Book Me! – If you’d like to book some scheduled time with me, please follow this link – http://bit.ly/18oV36e  to see my available slots. Email me the date and time you’d like to meet and I’ll book it for you! P and I days tend to be the most open days for me, but slots fill up quickly!

 

Tech Tool of the Week – Stone Ridge has a premium account for this incredibly useful video training website for teachers who want to tinker and explore at their own pace. I’ve pasted the instructions to access Lynda.com directly from the Inside Stone Ridge Teacher/Faculty pages:

 

(This would be a great place to learn the ins and outs of Keynote and iMovie for the iPad. Just search “keynote iPad” or “iMovie iPad” once you’re in Lynda.com)

Lynda.com Online Video Training

Lynda.com has an extensive library of online training courses for various technology tools and software. Stone Ridge has a group of premium accounts that is available to staff and faculty for accessing online training content.

Click here to view a “Welcome To Lynda.Com” video from Lynda Weinman.

 

Browse the Lynda.com online training library (or use the links below to begin watching our recommended training videos). Click here for a tour of the Lynda.com website.

 

Warm up – http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com –  You’ll need a good solid 7 minutes to see this link in it’s full glory. If you don’t fear the web, put your home address in and watch the internet magic. For kids, it’s both amazing and bit scary, but it does make you wonder how all of this is possible.

 

Book Me! – If you’d like to book some scheduled time with me, please follow this link – http://bit.ly/18oV36e  to see my available slots. Email me the date and time you’d like to meet and I’ll book it for you! We’re working on creating a schedule where you can schedule times on my schedule, but we’re not there yet!

 

Next week, I will be getting a master training on the Promethean Activboard from 8-3 on Monday through Wednesday of next week, but will be available for the remainder of the week. Again, I am easily tackled in the mornings, in the hallways (if I don’t have something I’m late for) or at day’s end!

 

Tech  Tool Two-fer –

 

We have access to SafariMontage and the library research tool on your iPads. These would be great to add to your iPad apps as you can do quick searches for video and library resources. Please see or email Carla Bosco, our Upper School Librarian for the full rundown on this incredible resource.

 

In honor of our Grade 7 and Grade 8 iPad launch, I invite you to try an of app that allows you to control your laptop through your iPad – The program is called Mobile Mouse Lite. Search for the free app from the App store on your iPad to install it.

 

You have to install the download from this link onto your computer – Download.

 

This wonderful app allows you to walk around your classroom with your iPad as a wireless trackpad to click and drag and draw and manipulate anything on your projector-connected computer. Maria Pilar Puga has already had great success with this app! Email and I’ll happily set it up for you!

Warm up – http://s254.photobucket.com/user/OriginalPiMan/media/Abraham-Lincoln-Internet-Quote.png.html

 

Book Me! – If you’d like to book some scheduled time with me, please follow this link – http://bit.ly/18oV36e  to see my available slots. Email me the date and time you’d like to meet and I’ll book it for you! We’re working on creating a schedule where you can schedule times on my schedule, but we’re not there yet!

 

Some of my best tech integration conversations happen during lunch or when I get grabbed in the hallways. That works for me, too!

 

Tech  Tool – Evernote. Quick intro: http://evernote.com/video/

I’ve been using Evernote all wrong link: http://lifehacker.com/5989980/ive-been-using-evernote-all-wrong-heres-why-its-actually-amazing

 

Several SR staff members have tried to use Evernote with various levels of success. There are other tools that do a great job of living in the cloud and organizing and sharing, but I have found Evernote to be a great way to organize my quick notes, jots, virtual post its, on this app.

 

The best part of Evernote is that it lives on whatever connected device you have with you at the time, regardless of platform. If you have a laptop, an iPad and a smartphone, all of your information synchs so that each of your devices can be used to see all of your Evernote notebooks and notes.

 

We see this as a great app for our middle school students to possibly organize their various  class notes and even document their class work. More on that later.