Screencast with FlipGrid

5 05 2020

Hi all

I hope you and your families are doing well.

I know that many of you are using FlipGrid with your classes and wanted to be sure that you know they have added a new Screencast feature. Richard Byrne of FreeTechforTeachers (great site by the way) has created a video on YouTube explaining this new feature. Enjoy and stay safe 🙂





PhET: Free online math, physics, chemistry, biology, earth science Interactives

27 03 2020

I realize your plate is full as you scramble to create lessons in a fully online world as we all battle the Corona Virus. Phet is a terrific site that was created by the University of Colorado Boulder. It is FREE and does NOT require a log in. They have activities for elementary, middle, high school as well as university. Many times I lauded the interactives offered by SAS Curriculum Pathways. Since they have shut down their site, the activities were added to Phet. I have links to both a math lesson as well as science to give you an idea of what is there. Enjoy and Stay Safe.

Barbara

https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/graphing-lines

Balloons and Static Electricity

https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/balloons-and-static-electricity





Don't forget to Disinfect your Phone

19 03 2020

How-To-Geek is one of my favorite Go-To sites for tech information. I found this article today about disinfecting your phone. An excerpt from the article: “The CDC recommends that everyone “clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day” to protect against the spread of COVID-19. These surfaces include smartphones, tablets, keyboards, and other frequently-used items of technology. We’ll be showing you how to do this safely, using the CDC’s recommendations of using “alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol” to kill microbes without damaging your device.”

Read their recommendation at https://www.howtogeek.com/660848/how-to-disinfect-your-smartphone/

Stay safe all,
Barbara





Free Instructional Resource for Math and ELA

18 03 2020

Hi all

Hope you are all well … these are challenging times but we will all get through them by helping one another. I worked with LearnZillion several years back and was impressed with the vetting of their instructional videos, They have since been sold but the instructional videos are free and do not need a sign up; or log-in.

I visited the site today and noticed that some of the Illustrative Math lesson plans are also free but teacher notes are not included in the free version. To access go to https://learnzillion.com/search?q=videos

Hope these are helpful. I used many of them when teaching middle school math and encouraged parents to use them as well. Stay safe.

Barbara





New law protects student data

11 11 2019

FROM NYSUT United Sept/Oct 2019

Be sure to read the article by Kara Smith in NYSUT United regarding Education Law 2-D. We’ve all used the free websites that provide educational resources and data. Ed Law 2-D was enacted to protect our students’ data from digital hijackers. Regulations have NOT yet been put into place but it is coming and we need to be vigilant.

Jolene DiBrango, NYSUT executive vice president states “Once regulations are adopted, all third-party contractors, and educational agencies — including the State Education Department, school districts and BOCES — will be required to adopt a data security and privacy policy to safeguard student data.” (NYSUT United, Sept/Oct, 2019)

How does this law affect us?

Free sites require that we accept their terms of service. That puts us in jeopardy of violating federal and state law. Be sure to go to your district technology department and get written approval if you are using any app other than those provided by the district.

For further information go to the NYSUT United Sept/Oct 2019 issue and read the article by By Kara Smith
ksmith@nysutmail.org





Policy Board Meeting

17 10 2019

The meeting on October 21st has been canceled.





Welcome Back

20 08 2019

Another summer has come and gone and a new year is just beginning! I wanted to share a tool that I’ve told you about before but is so worth speaking about again. Office Lens is a phenomenal scanning tool that is free. Found an old print worksheet that you wish was digital? Use Office Lens to bring it into Word as a completely editable document.

This video will show you how to take a picture of your document and bring it into Word or OneNote. Also take a look at the immersive reader (used to be an add-on) but is now built into all Microsoft products.

Enjoy and have a GREAT year!
Barbara