October 20, 2014

Create a Digital Citizen- Resources to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week Oct. 19-25th



Digital Citizenship Week is October 19-25th. Digital Citizenship Week is all about teaching kids how to think critically, be safe, and make smart and responsible decisions when using digital media. Find out what Digital Citizenship is from Digizen and how you can help students become more responsible and proactive user of online technologies.
Many other organizations like Digizen have made it easy for teachers, and parents to teach these concepts to students in very practical ways.

October 17, 2014

Extensions, Add-Ons and Apps, Oh My! How to Utilize Google in Your Classroom

Google Apps for Education has totally transformed the way we teach and communicate inside and outside of the classroom. Through tools like Google DriveGoogle HangoutsGoogle Earth andBlogger, we can create authentic learning experiences for our students more than ever by promoting collaboration and helping them access their work anywhere and anytime.



Curious to learn more about how to better use Google in your classroom? Come to the official EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit on Oct. 17-18 in St. Louisand talk to Brown in person. Get your ticket here for free!

October 15, 2014

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15 Powerful Presentation Tools for Educators. 

October 4, 2014

Get Google-ly With Google! The Best Google Apps For Google-ly Teachers

What a fabulous day of sharing and learning at the Google Apps for Education Summit in St. Louis. My mind is literally blown! A day of everything Google, and  I'm feeling quite "Google-ly"

I really enjoyed sharing in my session the different ways you could use Google Apps to communicate and collaborate with students and other educators, like Google Hangouts, Google Lit Trips, and some fun ways to create videos and presentations with the tools like WeVideoVideo.Notes, and Present.Me

I had the opportunity to present...

September 26, 2014

Array Hunt With iPads and Educreations 2.0



I've always been a huge fan of Educreations, a free whiteboard and recording app and website. I have included the app as one of my favorites on a few of my past blog posts.
They have just introduced some new and improved features of their product, that will make using EduCreations even more productive. Educreations 2.0 version is better then ever!

September 25, 2014

Fire Safety & Prevention Week Made Easy, With Sparky's Stories



Fire Safety and Prevention Week is October 5-11th. 
Teaching Fire Safety is easy when you have the help of Sparky the Dog! The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) provides a variety of fun free apps and other resources for teachers to use in the classroom.

September 23, 2014

Establishing A Cloud Based Classroom- Simple Ways to Integrate with Intel-Powered Chromebooks




“True technology integration is seamless, it shouldn't be viewed as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event." P. Brown.


Many school districts are turning to Chromebooks as a practical option for 1:1 technology initiatives. Intel-Powered Chromebooks are an easy to use, and affordable option for getting technology in the hands of students and teachers. Chromebooks are practical tools to use when striving to meet the ISTE standards, formerly the NETS. the framework for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. These standards promote a focus of integrating technology to promote creativity and innovation, collaboration and communication, research and fluency, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Google Apps for Education partnered with a Chromebook allows for simple and seamless integration encompassing those standards.

September 22, 2014

Using Digital Media To Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom



Using Digital Media to Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom


“True technology integration is seamless, it shouldn't be viewed as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event." P. Brown.


Start by taking a moment to reflect. 
Think about last year. How well did you integrate technology in your classroom? The key word is integrate. Unlike “using” technology, which can seem more like an arbitrary afterthought, integrating technology can be a planned, purposeful part of the classroom environment.
But at the end of the day, there are always questions to ask yourself: What tool did I use to connect with my parents and students? How well did I collaborate with other educators? What didn't work? What is one thing I would like to try differently this year?
To answer these questions, I often turn to the people who can help me evaluate how effectively I’ve been integrating edtech tools into the classroom: students, parents and fellow educators. Opening up these lines of communication helps you to determine areas in which you could improve your teaching with simple tools that help you stay organized and engage your students.