Week of 3-23-15

· Tech Tips, Uncategorized

This was a short and long week all around for me.  Short in that I was only here a couple days this week.  Long in that I was under the weather for most of the week.  Unfortunately this took me away from campuses for most of the week.  I apologize for not being able to meet with those I was scheduled to see and for those who may have been looking for me when I am normally on your campus.  For those I missed, I will work to touch base with you this coming week.  If you need to see me next week, please let me know so I can get you on the schedule.

At a Glance:

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Classroomwebsite

Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights, ringing a call bell, raising two fingers, saying “Attention, class,” or other common methods to quite a classroom of noisy students.  There is also the “three fingers” technique, which stands for stop, look, and listen.  Fortunately, none of these involve medical hoaxes.  The article linked about discusses lesser known techniques that are categorized by grade bands.  Sometimes the traditional methods aren’t effective enough…maybe something different is the key.


6 Ways Social Media Can Change Your Classroom website

Remember when schools had policies outlawing cell phones in the classroom?  Teachers used to tell students, “Keep it in your locker, in your backpack, in your car, or at home, just don’t bring it in here.  Your phone is a distraction.”  I was one of these teachers.  Yet here we are, a handful of years later handing out laptops and tablets to every student, holding Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) days, and encouraging students to engage in class work online in ways we never imagined tolerable, or even possible.  Today, many forward-thinking teachers are embracing gadgets and social media as a way to connect with students, families, and other classrooms.


Tech Tip – OneDrive

Are you still using USB flash drives or external hard drives to backup and transfer files from home to school?  If so, it’s time for a change.  Every employee of LCISD and every student (3rd grade and up) has a OneDrive for Business account as part of Office 365.  Using this system automatically backs up your files and gives you easy access to your files from any web enabled device.  Looking for more information, check out iCafe.  Looking for help setting it up or just have some questions, please contact me and I will happily meet with you and walk you through the entire process.  Because of this system, I haven’t needed a flash drive for my documents, pictures, music, or videos for several years now.


Entertainment – Kids don’t know about this struggle anymore