Thursday, March 27, 2014

Student led IEPs

One of my colleagues has a student that asked to use one of my iPads in order to present her IEP to the team.  What a great idea!  This student also asked for a projector.  Having a student led IEP creates ownership.  This senior wants to go to college.  What a great way to give a professional presentation in a safe environment over something she knows best.  Herself.  I'm very proud of this student and love this idea for future students.


Here are some resources for student led IEPs.
Prezi:  Student Led IEPs
Example #1
Example #2
Student-Led Meetings: Technology Puts Teens in the Driver's Seat

Monday, March 3, 2014

iTunes U: Bringing it all together

I believe iTunes U is a life saver when students have an independent study opportunity.

The following example is of a student taking Algebra in my class.  The classroom teacher (Chelsea Hoglund) created an iTunes U course.  All the worksheets and flipped classroom videos are in this course.  The student then uses Notability to complete the assignments.  From Notability, he can share the complete assignments back to the teacher in Google Drive.  Amazing!!!! So many levels of technology are used to create this learning opportunity.

Programs/Apps being used in this demonstration.
Google Drive
iTunes U
Explain Everything

Here is the student explaining his independent opportunity.  You may have to turn up the volume.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

911!!!! Popplet to the rescue.

A struggling student came into my class the other day.  He sat down and said he had to write an essay and give a speech on Julius Caesar.  He was stuck with his outline and very frustrated.  He needed a graphic organizer he could manipulate.   I gave him a quick 60 second tutorial on Popplet.  We then sat and created his plan .

Here is an example of the app being used.  Little did he know,  he also created the groundwork for his speech.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Youtube: Not just for vidoes

Have you ever been looking for a book on tape for students to follow along?  Or wanted a book that had an actor's voice and not a boring robot voice?  Youtube is the answer.  

This is an example of one of our students listening to books on tape and following along with the book. 

Quick and easy.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Handy program: MacX Youtube Downloader

This is a free program that enables someone to download youtube videos.  Quick and easy.

Google Drive: 911 Situations

Students often come to me and need help ASAP.  Everything is an emergency in their minds.  Most of the time, all the student needs to do is clear their head, organize their thoughts, and get started.  They are stuck in mud and need a push.

Google Drive helps with that push.  "Open your drive, create a doc and share it with me."  Students know I'm going to say this to them when they ask for help.   As students have become more familiar with google drive, this entire process takes about 60 seconds.  Together, we tackle almost any task in which tutorial support is needed.  

#1 Tool in emergency situations in which tasks must be completed ASAP.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A quick bell ringer

A quick bell ringer that can be used for any class is from

"This Day in History".  A short video (about 1 minute).  Watch the video once.  Then ask students to write 1 fact with the correct year.  Then watch again to see if correct.  Creates great discussion and only took 5 minutes.  A huge thanks to Blake Anderson and Sean Semler for the idea.  LOVE IT!!!!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

ShowMe App: Great tool for high school supports

I'd like to share one of my favorite apps.  ShowMe.  It is very simple and easy to use.  I've found it to be a very useful tool with higher levels of math.  All students must take Alg 1, Geometry, and Alg 2.  Geometry and Alg 2 can be very challenging for students.  My job to help students bridge the gap when struggling with math.  However,  I'm often challenged by many of the topics.  With the ShowMe App, math teachers can give a brief explanation over these topics.  Just enough to recall.

Here is an example how I use it.

I take the ShowMe App to a math teacher.  They record a quick example and explanation.

Then .... students listen/watch the presentation.

Here is an example of today's ShowMe over an Alg 2 question.

Once the presentation is saved it can be categorized into units to be used with other students.