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I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway on Teaching with Technology! As you know, I am extremely excited about the concept of flipping the classroom, and loved “Flip Your Classroom” by flipped classroom gurus, Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann.
So…I’m proud to announce that I will be giving away one copy of the amazing “Flip Your Classroom!”
If you’re interested in signing up for this giveaway, please complete the form below. A winner will be chosen on Friday, May 9th, 2014. Good luck and thanks for reading!!
Many teachers, myself included, create much of the curricular resources we use in our classrooms. A great number of teachers use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to create our documents, and then save those documents on a jump drive or on our computers.
What happens if we lose the jump drive? Or the computer crashes? Many don’t want to entertain this thought because it is utterly TERRIFYING!
A solution to this problem exists…Cloud Storage Systems!
What are Cloud Storage Systems?
Think of a giant cloud hovering over you wherever you go…a happy cloud, though! A cloud that includes ALL OF YOUR DOCUMENTS and resources that you need!
No more jump drives that break and get lost! What a relief!
There are many Cloud Storage Systems available. Below, I highlight my FAVORITE choices!
I LOVE DROPBOX! Before I reacquainted myself with the wonderful world of Google, I used Dropbox for file management. It is fantastic!
Dropbox is EXTREMELY easy to use, and is free (unless you want a ton of storage…then, you pay a fee).
To create a dropbox account, simply go to www.dropbox.com and click “sign up.” The slogan you see on the homepage really sums up the greatness that is Cloud Storage…”Your stuff, anywhere.”
Once you create an account, you can quickly create folders and upload documents.
Choose to share documents or folders with others using their email addresses. (This is how I share photos with my family!)
Share documents and folders through URL. See my posts about creating QR Codes using source URL’s!
Check it out! You won’t be disappointed!
Coming from a former Google Drive skeptic…I am totally converted! I LOVE Google Drive! Check out my Google Docs Tutorial for info about Google Drive and Google Docs.
Check it out. It is seriously an amazing tool!
I cannot express through words how amazing Cloud Storage Systems are for educators. Having access to your documents VIRTUALLY ANYWHERE ANYTIME is an amazing feeling!
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As many schools are making the jump to digital platforms and 1:1 classrooms, an electronic note-taking tool is a MUST!
Most, if not all, of our students have grown up shopping for notebooks, pencils, and folders to use in school. I vividly remember racing down the school supply aisle, throwing Lisa Frank notebooks and folders (and the awesome trapper keepers!) in the cart before my mom noticed!
So, now that we are making the move to Chromebooks in my building, those notebooks and pencils will not play as much of a role in my classroom.
The way I teach will definitely change. Students will not listen to me drone on and on about our content as much as they do now. However, they will still need to take notes and maintain those notes to be successful in my class.
How can they do this? EVERNOTE!
There are many digital note-taking tools available, Microsoft OneNote immediately comes to mind. However, the accessibility of Evernote, and the fact that its free, make Evernote the go to note-taking tool for me.
Here are some basics about Evernote:
- Users can create a FREE account at www.evernote.com
- Choose to share your notebook via Facebook, Twitter, Email, or just through the URL
- If you are using the Evernote iPad app…
- include pictures
- students can take pictures of important diagrams or images during a class discussion
- include audio
- set reminders to study the information
- all students can benefit from this!
- share your notebook
- if students are absent or missed something in class, their peers can share the information
- think of the group study sessions students could have using evernote!
- search your notebooks
- search for a term, a video, image, and more!