Week of 3-16-15

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

Spring break is behind us and now the task of getting back into the swing of things.  Hope your break was relaxing and rewarding.  Here a great statement I heard regarding interactive white boards (SMART and Promethean Boards):  “Simply being able to write on something with a pen does not equal interactivity…did that with an overhead.”  All too often, the interactive white board is being used as nothing more than a glorified overhead projector.  The board is meant to be interactive beyond the teacher touching the board to advance a PowerPoint presentation and writing notes on it like you would with a chalkboard.  If you have not been doing so, it’s time to get your students up to the board and working on it.  This will promote better learning for the students and classroom interactivity.  Ask me for assistance or visit the SMART Exchange or Promethean Planet for many premade lessons.

At a Glance:


A series of live, online “snack sessions” (available both live and in archived format) for self-directed teacher professional development and exploration.  These sessions, scheduled at convenient times for you to attend from any computer (kick off your shoes!) share great ideas you can use in your classroom, courtesy of TeachersFirst’s staff.  These sessions are useful and teacher-friendly.


Microsoft HoloLens website

While genuine holograms are not quite home ready yet, the HoloLens brings us a step closer.  The HoloLens is not yet available for purchase, but just watching the promotional video, I could not find an end to the possible uses.  Taking a look at the video and think about the endless educational applications.  This device can take learning to a whole new level.


Tech Tip – Purchase Through Amazon Smile

L.E.A.F. is a great supporter of our students, teachers, and schools.  We can support them back through Amazon Smile.  Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.  You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.  Here’s the link you need, so that our purchase will support Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (LEAF):