January 28, 2020

Expedition of the Week...

Geography of Australia

I don’t need to tell you how much Australia has been on the news lately. I love the underwater views of the reef and I dare say that our students would as well.

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SAMR Swimming Pool

Perhaps you’ve heard about SAMR before. Even if you have, I’d recommend checking this graphic out because of slight changes to the “old school” model. Click here to take a look at it.

Quiz

If you do quizzes by hand, here are four ways to integrate technology in meaningful ways via
the SAMR lens.

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Time to think about...

  • Click here for a digital worksheet to use for video/audio reflection that you can easily share with students through Google Classroom.
  • Beyond making sure that a guardian’s email address is attached to a student in Google Classroom (and that it is accurate), you also need to turn on Guardian Summaries in your settings. Otherwise they won’t know what is going on.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“The SAMR journey is more about MINDSET than tech competence.”

- Richard Wells
Eduwells

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Watch this! “The SAMR Swimming Pool”, posted by Jaclyn B. Stevens in Nov. 2015 (2:56 min.)

Your Integration!

January 21, 2020

Expedition of the Week...

Robin Hood

From Twig World, this tour gives you the story of Robin Hood, who might have lived in medieval Nottinghamshire, England. It’s a pretty fun tour that looks at the story through reenacted scenes.

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Pedagogy Wheel

I’ve shared this before and it’s on the wall in my office. But pay attention to the outside ring of the wheel. What activities do you already do with your students? Where do they fall on the wheel? Click here to take a look at it.

Posters

If you have your students do poster projects by hand, here are four ways to integrate technology in meaningful ways via
the SAMR lens .

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“What is best for this learner? Remember, learners are the driver; technology is the accelerator.”

- George Couros
The Innovator's Mindset

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Watch this! “The Puzzle of Motivation”, a TED Talk by Dan Pink, posted in July 2019 (18:21 min.)

Your Integration!

January 14, 2020

Expedition of the Week...

Masterpieces of Islamic Art

One of my favorite aspects of Google Expeditions is building connections across the globe and taking students where they may never go. Visiting these masterpieces of Islamic Art is certainly on that list. And this tour has the added benefit of being easy to tie in to current events.

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Headspace

I am VERY open about my love of mindfulness and meditation. The latest tool to join the “Free for Educators” pool in that regard is Headspace. There are whole packs of resources just for Students (plus its all excellent stuff for us, too). Click here to sign up!!

African American History Month

  • Henry Ford Museum: Rosa Parks Bus (VR)
  • Civil Rights from PBS Learning Media
  • More than a Month

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about…

How has technology changed your pedagogy? MLTI is currently being revised through a statewide committee, which I am a part of. Where do you feel you fall on the SAMR scale?

  • Substitution: Tech acts as a direct substitute with no functional change.
  • Augmentation: Tech acts as a direct substitute with functional change.
  • Modification: Tech allows for significant task redesign.
  • Redefinition: Tech allows for the creation of new tasks which were previously inconceivable.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“The US Department of Labor says 65% of students will have jobs that don't yet exist, meaning access to technology solutions today will directly impact the workforce of tomorrow.”

- THE Journal
Whitepaper, January 2020

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “Your brain is a smart phone” by Stop Breathe and Think, posted on October 9, 2019 (4:23 min.)

January 7, 2020

Expedition of the Week...

A Trip to the North Pole

No, not the “Santa” North Pole! To the real North Pole! This is a super short tour, but I always love tours from AirPano thanks to their drone photography. It primarily focuses on 24 hours of day or night, but I also love that it includes looking inside an abandoned polar station that was last used in 1959. It’s so cool!

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Group Reading w/ Google Docs

Richard Byrne always has always tips to share and I love this one on how to do group reading and conversing entirely online. Click here to see how it's done.!

3D Printing Being Used for Good

Hands of Gratitude

First Ever Middle Ear Transplant with 3D Printer, Curing Deafness

Inspiring America: 3D Printing Prosthetic Arms

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • Twitter Made Us Better: A Decade of Distrust” from the NYTimes is worth a read. Especially if you have yet to embrace the power of Twitter!
  • Wondering how many assignments you have under each indicator in Synergy? “Grade Book” > “Class Standards” has a count column to make it easy!
  • Why it’s important to be intentional with your calendar” is good for both your work and personal life, especially as we start the new year.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

When you ban technology, you close off access between the classroom and the world outside.”

- Professor Greenhow
Quoted in "Screens in the Classroom: Tool or Temptation" posted in The New York Times on 12/11/2019

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “Laugh, cry and gasp along with the best viral classroom moments of 2019” by Anya Kamenetz of NPR, posted on January 4, 2020 (4 min.)

Dec. 17, 2019

Check this out!
Joe Sanfelippo

You might not hear this from someone, but it’s worth watching. It’s less than 2 minutes long. “We’re all in this together.”

Self Care for Teachers

  • 40 Acts of Self Care for Teachers
  • Self-Care Playlist: Gentle Standing Yoga and Stretching Videos
  • Learn to shine bright- the importance of self care for teachers. | Kelly Hopkinson | TEDxNorwichED

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • Do you grade students on the assignment AND the indicator? I dare say you might be confusing parents/students since the assignment score has no impact on their grade for your class. I have been doing quick hit gradebook peeks with teachers in 15 minute appointments. It’s quick and easy (I swear!).
  • The Hour of Code might have been last week, but I am happy to make it happen any time of year if you’d like to fit it in. Just make an appointment with me and we’ll plan it together!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

- by Anne Lamott

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start)” by Cult of Pedagogy’s Jennifer Gonzalez on June 19, 2017 (43:53.)

Expedition of the Week...

Human Anatomy: Circulatory System

Mrs. Jewett’s 7th grade students hopped into my Magic School Bus this week and went inside our circulatory system. It is a pretty awesome view of what keeps our blood flowing. And the kids loved it!

Dec. 10, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Career Expedition: Animator & Director, Sue Perrotto

There are a TON of career expeditions available. I like them because they give students real insight as to what it is like to have that job and sometimes what they did to get there. It’s a great way to get students to explore the careers that they are considering.

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Class Standards

Want to see what standards are attached to your class or how grades are calculated for each indicator? You can find all kinds of details right in your account on Synergy by going under Gradebook and then select Class Standards. While there, click on the “Load Standards from Course Alignment” on the left to make picking your standards easier when you create assignments.

Google Classroom Beta Programs

  • Check student work originality
  • Create rubrics for grading

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • Even if you couldn’t make the Hour of Code happen this week, I am ALWAYS happy to plan a session with your class(es) later in the year.
  • “Help your students become more collaborative, more creative, and more productive with quick activities that build valuable skills using Sheets, Docs, and Slides. Each lesson can be completed in under an hour.” Click here to see the lessons.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“Computer science is a discrete academic discipline but is also embedded in virtually every area of academic study,
since the use of computer technologies, data and digital storytelling have become essential skills in most disciplines.”

- by Dan French, VT Secretary of Education
January 23, 2019

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Watch this! “How do I become a Google Certified Educator Level 1 | Tips and Tricks Episode 34” by AppsEvents, posted on November 27, 2019 (7:25 min.)

Dec. 3, 2019

Snow Day #1

With today being the first snow day of the year, I opted to switch it up and give you a break from, well, me. So let’s take things a bit lighter this week.

Take a Deep Breath

Hour of Code...

  • The Hour of Code is happening next week! I would LOVE to connect with teachers who want to bring it into their classroom. I can tie it to just about any subject matter! Just try me!

Shout out to...

  • Marianne at BEHS who picked my brain on ALL KINDS of ways to switch things up for Tri 2.
  • Alison at BEHS who worked with me to put her class resources right into an easy to navigate Google Site for her students.
  • Sharon at BEMS who switched up her lesson plan on the fly and had me work with her students to create digital posters. So much fun!

Nov. 26, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Beijing

This week I took a class of 7th graders all the way to Beijing. It was an awesome way to see the city and the students loved seeing so many of the important parts of the city. Lets get some Expeditions scheduled to keep your students engaged during the winter months ahead!

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LessonVue

As you get ready for a new trimester, I HIGHLY recommend getting your LessonVue set up on Synergy with you pertinent info. I would be sure you include your website, syllabus and even your Google Classroom code right on there to make it easy for your students to find. Feeling lost? It’s super quick and I can help you set it up!

Hour of Code Activities

Figurative Language

Adventures on the High Sea

Hour of Code lesson directory

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“Preliminary data suggests the benefits of VR as a teaching tool hugely outweighs traditional methods”

- John Pickavance
Independent, May 2019

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “We talk with David Whelan, CEO of Immersive VR Education, creators of ENGAGE.” by The Virtual Reality Podcast, posted on July 15, 2019 (28 min.)

Nov. 19, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Math in Structures

Although our kit doesn’t support AR, I can use my iPad and your AppleTV to make the AR objects appear in your classroom! Take a look at huge structures from around the world and explore the math that surrounds us every day. (And, yes, you can plop a pyramid in your classroom!)

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Online Voice Recorder

I came across this one as I was searching for an option for recording MP3s (which Quicktime Player doesn’t do). It works so slick! Just click record, trim, and save. And, with it being online and not an app, it works across platforms, too. Click here to check it out!

Twitter Accounts to Follow

@alicekeeler

@jmattmiller

@TaraMartinEDU

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • Overwhelmed by emails? I know this one adds to the chaos, but I can help you get your inbox (IXL, Classroom, etc.) under control! Automatically file emails, archive old messages… the list goes on! Let me help (please)!
  • Looking for help with a tech tool we have at BE? Check out the “Learn” menu on my website because it’s got a lot there for you (including Apple Classroom, Google tools, etc.). Looking and don’t see something? Just let me know!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

"Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future."

- Kathleen Norris
O Magazine, January 2004

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “Keyboard shortcuts to save you time” by #DitchPod, posted on November 18, 2019 (8 min.)

Nov. 12, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Amazon

Some sixth grade science students will be visiting the Amazon later this week thanks to virtual reality. It will be a nice alternative to the cold snap we’re facing this week! Now if only it was like the magic school bus and we actually went there!

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Emoji Prompts

Emoji Prompts from Byrdseed looks like a pretty awesome creative writing prompt or bell activity as students are getting settled. While you’re at it, I’d recommend checking out Byrdseed’s article on “Emoji as Digital Depth and Complexity Icons”. I know that we often resort to emojis and gifs in “real life”, so I think the article has some cool ideas that are worth considering.

Tools of the Week...

Formative Assessment Tools

GimKit

Edpuzzle

InsertLearning

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • If you put in a tech ticket for anything pertaining to the network, it’s best to include the exact time an your IP address (option + click on the wifi symbol) so that your problem can be tracked down better.
  • I’m thrilled to report that embedding sound in Google Slides should finally be live for everyone. YAHOO!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

"I know plenty of people carrying too much weight that’s not actually theirs to carry. Watch for the takers and what they leave behind for you to hold."

José Vilson on Twitter @TheJLV

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “How Student Journals Can Spark Curiosity and Inspire Creativity in the Classroom” from The Creative Classroom with John Spencer, posted on November 5, 2019 (24:35)

Nov. 5, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Field Trip to Paris

Because who wouldn’t want to take a trip to Paris?! Google Expeditions has tours just about anywhere in the world, so, if you have somewhere specific in mind, just let me know. If Expeditions doesn’t have it, I can easily help to make a tour for you with Google Street View and set it up in Google Expeditions. Or, better yet, your students could even make tours the same way!

Check this out!
Google Jamboard

Jamboard is basically a digital whiteboard, which historically is used on Jambaord hardware similar to Smartboards. But we recently opened it up for teachers to use. Click on the image on the left to check out Google’s site for Jamboard or click here if you want to play on the board that I set up for everyone to edit.

Tools of the Week...

Favorite Google Sheet Formulas

=VLOOKUP()

=IFERROR()

=COUNTIF()

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • Now that conference season is over, I’ve added a “Where is Susie based?” calendar on my appointment page so you can tell where I’m working from each day. You can still book me at either school, but this way you know where you can catch me in passing.
  • I love this lesson from TEDEd on why we vote on Tuesdays. The video itself is <4 minutes long, so, even if you don’t want to do the entire lesson, the video would be an excellent addition to your classes today.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

"Creativity is now as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”

Ken Robinson

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “Using Jamboard for Digital Thinking” from the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, posted on November 4, 2019
(38 minutes)

Oct. 29, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Geography of Mexico

I took a couple classes of geography students at the HS to Mexico last week and we had a great time basking in the sun for a bit. The students loved seeing such a wide variety of locations and seeing a part of the world that they have never been to before. They also got views of the Maya ruins and Mexico City that you just can’t get even if you go there. So awesome!

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Mentimeter

Interactive presentations with students able to respond from their own devices. I also LOVE it for the word cloud feature they offer to easily visualize what your students respond with. To check it out... click here!

Tools of the Week...

Augmented Reality

Shakespeare’s Globe 360

AR with Google Expeditions

AnatomyAR+ for Merge Cube

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

"Teachers are like icebergs. At any one time you’re only seeing about 1/10th of what they’re actually doing."

Edublogs

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! In this episode from EdTech Weekly, Kristy and Ricky talk about the ed tech news of the week and breakdown an article about how ed tech will not make teachers obsolete.” posted on March 23, 2019 (10:56)

Oct. 22, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Bridges

Although our kit doesn’t support AR, I can use my iPad and your AppleTV to make the AR objects appear in your classroom! This expedition shows off many of the famous bridges around the world and how they were constructed. It’s pretty awesome!

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Hidden Picture in Google Slides

This idea is so simple to execute, but it’s a good one! Thanks to Amanda Sandoval, on Twitter @historysandoval, for the cool example of how it works. To check it out... click here and then just drag the magnifying glass around!

Tools of the Week...

Google Classroom Tricks

Group Work & Differentiated Instruction (plus Remediation!)

How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom

Sharing Google Classroom Content

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • I just added an “Apple Software” page to my website with resources for iMovie as well as how to convert from Pages to Google Docs.
  • Hour of Code is coming during CS Education Week, December 9-15th. Inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Hour of Code will highlight how we can all use CS to make a positive impact on our world. Let me know if you want to plan a lesson together!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

"These days, there is no greater opportunity than to change the world through technology."

Hadi Partovi

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! “Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)” by Tara Martin, posted on August 3, 2019 (1:10) P.S. Tara is one of the keynote speakers at MassCUE this week.

Heading to present at

MassCUE in Gillette Stadium on Wednesday!

Oct. 15, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

The Theory of Relativity

New Expeditions are released all of the time and this is one of their latest additions from Vida Systems. Although I always wish that Vida System graphics were better, the content is still pretty interesting and can spur on lots of thinking during the tour.

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Priority & Workspaces in Google Drive!

I have become obsessed with using Workspaces in Google Drive this year. Even if you feel like your Drive is really organized, this takes it to the next level and makes things so much quicker to access. To check it out... click here!

Tools of the Week...

Keyboard Shortcuts (You Likely Didn't Know)

Control + A

Shift + Command + 5

Command + ,

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • Last week I presented on Merge Cubes (I have 30 of them!), Google Classroom for beginners, AR/VR in science classes, how to create Google Expeditions, and our 3D printing journey while I was at ACTEM. Interested in learning more about any of those? Let me know!
  • Do you create screencasts with Google Slides? Did you know it can automatically generate captions for you while you present? It’s so cool!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“The key to effective feedback lies in our intentions, not our methods. Your intentions must be about helping others, not just yourself.”

—Misti Burmeister

on Twitter @mistiburmeister

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Watch this! “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” will leave you (and maybe your students) in stitches as you ponder your own procrastination monkey and why we work the way we do. (Thank you, Stephen Avery, for sharing it with me!)

Oct. 8, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Mount Everest

Last week I took four classes of 6th graders to Mount Everest to look at landforms and the history of the mountain. It is one of my favorite tours because it is so visually stunning and packed with information. AirPano, the tour creator, takes their images from a drone! You definitely want to check this one out.

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Media Bias Chart 5.0

Although not really tech integration, I LOVE referring to the Media Bias Chart when looking at news sources. How biased is your favorite news source? To check it out... click here!

Tools of the Week...

Instagram Accounts to Follow

The Tech Rabbi

innovatedlearning

drbradjohnson

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“Technology must be viewed as a catalyst for materializing our imagination rather than a method to digitize the status quo.”

—The Tech Rabbi

Friday’s keynote speaker at #ACTEM19

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Watch this! “Make the First Day Count” by Tom Murray, posted on August 3, 2019 (1:10) P.S. I’m seeing him on Thursday at ACTEM! Think about joining me for ACTEM20.

Oct. 1, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Freeform Expedition for Creative Writing!

This is one of my favorite ways to use Google Expeditions. Basically, I take your students to incredible places around the world and we use the locations for creative writing prompts. Intrigued?! Make an appointment with me for “Planning” and lets make it happen!

Check this out!
Matt Miller’s
Ditch That Textbook Youtube Playlist

I have been enjoying looking around Thingiverse and exploring how 3D printing is being used across every subject. There are TONS of inspiring ways to put our 3D printers to use. To check it out... click here!

Tools of the Week...

Free Google Slide Themes

Slide Carnival

SlidesGo

SlidesGala

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“In a world filled with so much instant information,
it is important to teach students to ask even more questions as they seek possible answers.”

— Michael Gorman
from Tech & Learning Magazine, Sept. 2019

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this!
Cult of Pedagogy Episode 129: Let’s Make Slideshows Better by Jennifer Gonzalez, posted on September 9, 2019 (23:00)

Sept. 24, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Into the Cell

This is BY FAR the most popular Expedition I have ever done in the district. It takes you where you really can’t go (without the Magic School Bus) and that’s into plant and animal cells. I’m looking forward to taking a new group of 7th graders on this trip tomorrow!

Check this out!
Thingiverse Education

I have been enjoying looking around Thingiverse and exploring how 3D printing is being used across every subject. There are TONS of inspiring ways to put our 3D printers to use. To check it out... click here!

Tools of the Week...

Google Drive Tricks

/present

/copy

.new

Click here to learn more.

Time to think about...

  • Have you started to set up your gradebook yet? If not, PLEASE MEET WITH ME so we can get you up and running before you fall too far behind.
  • I just got access to Rubrics in Google Classroom through their beta program! Let me know if you want to check it out or read this article for more information.
  • Hold down the “Option” key on your computer before clicking the green circle to maximize your window size instead of going full screen.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“‘Engagement’ is more about what you can do for your students. ‘Empowerment’ is about helping students to figure out what they can do for themselves.”

— George Couros
on Twitter

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Listen to this! 60 Second Science: “Kids Not Hurt By Screentime” by Jared Rizzi, posted on September 16, 2019 (3:02)

Sept. 17, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Full Steam Ahead? Energy Of The Past And Future

“Since the Industrial Revolution, power machinery has had a massive influence on the way people live and work.” Check out this Expedition to go to five scenes that show energy from steam to wind.

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Dotstorming

“Dotstorming takes the process of dot voting online to allow groups of people to collaborate on a topic.” You get 1 free board, but I think that would still work for quick, in-class voting or if you are reusing one board for multiple “sessions”. To check it out... click here!

Tools of the Week...

Twitter Hashtags Worth Following

#edchatme

#dailyedupic

#BonnyEagle

Click here to learn more.

Keep in mind...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“The more kids focus on figuring out the task, the less brain power is available to understand the content, and the more they will rely on you for support.”

EduProtocol Field Guide
by Marlena Heburn & Jon Corippo

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Book I’m reading for FREE from Overdrive thanks to my $20 ACTEM membership. See me if you want to take a look at it (or learn more about how you can read awesome books for free.)

Sept. 10, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

9/11 Memorial & Museum

This one is helpful for both students and teachers. If you have never been to the Memorial or Museum, this Expedition will take you there. “An educational guide on the history of 9/11. The design of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and some of the artifacts preserved in its collection.”

Tools of the Week...

Google Chrome Tab Management

Wakelet

OneTab

TabSuspender

Click here to learn more.

Check this out!
Digital Planners w/ Google Keep & Calendar

A teacher asked me for tips to help students create a digital planner. And guess what? It’s awesome for teachers, too! This screencast shows you how to use Google Keep with Google Calendar to keep track of everything. To check it out... click here!

Time to think about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”

— Dylan William

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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I would LOVE to help you convert any Apple documents to their Google equivalents. I swear it’s easy! And better to do it now than in a panic later.

Sept. 3, 2019

Expedition of the Week...

Geography of the United States

See the US from space and then take a look at many of the things that makes the U.S. what it is. From Crow Fair in Montana to Philly, New York City to the Grand Canyon, this tour is a great way to show more of our country to our students who might not have been far from home before.

Check this out!
SimmonsClassroom.com

Why? Shameless plug. It’s my own website! From learning about 3D printing to exploring Google Expeditions and even MAKING AN APPOINTMENT with me, you can find it all right on my website. To check it out... click here!

Tools of the Week...

Start of Year Organization Tips

3 easy strategies to organize your Google Classroom

Game Changing Google Drive Tips for Teachers!

8 tips for dealing with the overwhelming mess that is your Gmail inbox

Click here to learn more.

It’s worth thinking about...

  • If you are still working with documents in Apple Pages/Numbers/Keynote, please connect with me ASAP so we can work together to migrate your materials to Google Drive. It’s easy. I promise!
  • If you are new this year, it would be worth checking out my page on Google Expeditions. There are over 1K different VR tours available, so I bet there is one that matches at least one of your lessons this year.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

“If students are sharing their work with the world, they want it to be good.
If their just sharing it with you, they just want it to be good enough.”

— Rushton Hurley

Susie Simmons
6-12 Tech Coach

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Easy directions for “Getting Started” with Apple Classroom, which replaces Lanschool.

2018-19 School Year

Weekly Tech Tips

June 13, 2019

America’s National Parks

Not physically traveling much this summer? Go on a virtual one! This Expedition goes around to National Parks and makes you feel like you went there. (Trust me, it’s true. My 7 year old went to the Great Wall with Expeditions and has proclaimed that she’s been there). It’s so cool!

I’m enjoying... Creating Podcasts with Google Slides!

Why? This one comes from Greg Kulowiec. I was blown away at its simplicity! This is a fantastic way to create a podcast in your own classroom or have your students do so. It also keeps the content as private as you want since everything can stay hosted in Google.

To check it out... click here!

Recommended Reading

The Future Ready Challenge

Learning First, Technology Second

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

Click here to learn about them!

Thoughts to ponder this summer...

  • Taking photos of pretty plants this summer? Use the iNaturalist app to record your observations even if you don’t have service. “Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science... We share your findings with scientific data repositories... to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.”
  • I just saw this news piece on Nightly News. It’s not easy to think about, but what happens to our digital life after we’re gone? I’ve been setting stuff up for my family already. Might be a good idea to do the same this summer.
  • Visit Google’s “Future of the Classroom” for research-based trends to watch, access their FREE online “Education on Air” sessions to learn about each of them, and “listen in as global education leaders share their views on the future of classroom.”

I’d love to know your thoughts!

This year by the numbers… 306.5 hours of booked appointments with 51% of that spent on
“Professional Learning”, Monday is the most popular day of the week (20.3%), 58% of my appointments were at the HS, 7:30AM is the most popular time slot (17%), the most appointments in one day is
eight, 99 teachers/staff booked me, and the average appointment length was 2.73 hours. PHEW!

I can’t believe it. This is it! 36 weeks of Techie Thursday are now in the books. Hopefully you’ve learned lots this year from these emails. Let me know
what you think!

Make an appointment with me at
SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

June 6, 2019

Paris, France

I “went” to Paris with a couple HS classes this week and their oohs and ahhhs will never ever get old. And I totally don’t blame them with this incredible tour from AirPano (my fav tour creator) to see the gorgeous city. I feel like I’ve been there now!

I’m enjoying... Creating Podcasts with Google Slides!

Why? This one comes from Greg Kulowiec. I was blown away at its simplicity! This is a fantastic way to create a podcast in your own classroom or have your students do so. It also keeps the content as private as you want since everything can stay hosted in Google.

To check it out... click here!

Twitter in 60 Seconds

“Twitter for Educators: A
Beginner’s Guide”

The Educator's Guide to Twitter
(Tools, Tips and Hashtags)

Click here to learn about them!

Here is what I’m thinking about...

  • If you use Stickies on your Mac and just had to save them all manually, have you thought about using Google Keep instead? It’s the Google equivalent AND all of your notes are saved online so you won’t lose them if/when you computer fails. Click here to learn it in 10 minutes.
  • I LOVE the tips in this article with 10 ways to go this summer. There are so many good ideas that I’m already looking forward to digging into several of them.
  • Like BreakoutEDU? Have you heard of Digital Escape Rooms?
  • Remember to set up “Backup and Sync” after your computer was restored so you don’t need to panic if you computer dies or needs to be reset.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Would [you] want to be a learner in your own classroom? … if worksheets were handed out as professional learning, some teachers would be bored to tears, yet, in many cases, we do the same thing to our students.”

From “The Innovator’s Mindset” from George Couros

With two weeks left and a couple days of laptop collecting, appointment slots are few and far between.

Make an appointment with me at
SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

May 30, 2019

The Modern World

I LOVE the content in this one! It covers the global economy, the developing world and modern cities as well as environmental issues, modern tech, earth and space. There is a LOT of content here that will surely get the kids thinking more about the world around them.

I’m enjoying... Their Own Devices Podcast

Why? “Join Marc Groman, an Obama White House tech and privacy adviser, and David Reitman, an adolescent medical doctor, for candid discussions and helpful tips about screen time, social media, sexting, privacy, online gaming, and other challenges facing parents today.” Although geared towards parents, I think it’s very helpful for teachers, too.

To check it out... click here!

Showcasing Student Work

Digital Gallery Walks

Use Digital Portfolios to Showcase Student Work

Showcase Student Work during Project-Based Learning

Click here to learn about them!

Here is what I’m thinking about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Panicked about backing up? Tyler Patten, the HS technician, prepared this AWESOME Google Doc with directions for how to backup to Google Drive, save your bookmarks, and export your contacts. P.S. If you are only worried about this, what would you have done if your laptop died any time prior to now?

Reminder…

It’s important to book me to ensure I’m available when you need me. My appointment calendar is filling up. Please be sure to book enough time with me for what you need because I am often running in between schools this time of year and often cannot run over your “slot”.

Make an appointment with me at
SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

May 23, 2019

Making our own Expeditions!

I’ve been working with the other tech coaches to put the finishing touches on our own Google Expedition tour of the district. The 5th graders will use it as part of their transition to the MS. Want to make a tour? I can help!

I’m updated... Google Slides Interactive Notebooks

Why? A MS teacher asked about interactive notebooks and this awesome webpage shows you how to use Google Slides for them. I’m a huge fan of using tools we already have readily accessible rather than getting something that does one task.

To check it out... click here!

Google Calendar

Get Started with Calendar

Create a Special Calendar

12 Google Calendar Tricks You're Probably Not Using

Click here to learn about them!

Here is what I’m thinking about...

  • If you are a night owl or otherwise find yourself drafting emails during less than ideal times to send them, you can always schedule them to go out later through Synergy or Gmail. Ask me how!
  • If you haven’t migrated your website to the new version of Google Sites, lets get that taken care of ASAP so you don’t run the risk of having to change mid-stream next year.
  • I like this list of 5 questions that students should ask about media to "help kids think critically about the media they consume and create.” Good stuff for us ALL to think about.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

If you are moving on from Bonny Eagle after this school year, think about what electronic files you have and what you might need to take with you. Should you want help with migrating, make an appointment with me!

Reminder…

I’m offline with the girls’ Pathfinder team this week! Our students are so lucky to have such an awesome opportunity! And I am excited to be a part of it.

Make an appointment with me at
SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

We’re also making one of our Pathfinder trip this week!

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

May 16, 2019

Egypt

This week I’ve been going to Egypt with 8th grade math to meld history with math by looking at the scale of the pyramids and their volume. AirPano, my absolute favorite tour creator, made this Expedition which gives you a perspective you will likely never have in any other way.

I’m loving... Learning Math w/ Your Face

Why? This one is so fun! What a great way to engage students with math ratios and use Google tools all at the same time. (Plus Eric Curts always has loads of awesome content on his site!)

To check it out... click here!

3D Printing Lessons on Thingiverse

By Subject

6-8th Grade Lesson Plans

9-12th Grade Lesson Plans

Click here to learn about them!

Here is what I’m thinking about...

  • Are you moving classrooms next year? Still lugging around a file cabinet worth of paper? I CAN HELP! From digitizing paperwork with the scanners to recreating them in digital format that you can share electronically… I’m here to support you!
  • Did you know that I have a robotic iPad base, called a Swivl, with an iPad that you can sign out? From recording your lessons to classroom presentations to discussions, it has loads of potential applications.
  • Laptop collection is coming! But that doesn’t mean you can’t use tech in lessons. I have loads of ideas for how to utilize the devices in the Google Expeditions kit to keep kids engaged even if you don’t find a tour you like.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

I’m going to be away on the Pathfinders trip next week and won’t be available for appointments nor will I have internet access to get your emails. But I’ll still be sending you a Techie Thursday message! Wonder how I can do that? I’ll teach you!

Make an appointment with me at
SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

May 9, 2019

Pollination

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, I don’t need to tell you that pollen everywhere this time of year. This Expedition does a great job covering the pollination process and how it plays a vital cole in the reproduction of plant life.

I’m updated... my techie tool list!

Why? The Padlet I used in the past was getting to be a bit too unwieldy and was having issues. So I transferred everything into a Google Doc to make it easy to search for what you are looking for. Let me know what you think!

To check it out... click here!

YouTube in the Classroom

YouTube Video Essays

10 Way to Use YouTube in Your Classroom

8 Extensions to Help Folks Learn Better on YouTube

Click here to learn about them!

Here is what I’m thinking about...

  • Did the changes to Google Classroom make you stop using it? I’d love to show you how I’ve been using it with Pathfinders and why I actually like it better than the old version now.
  • If you have ever wanted to share a copy of a Google Doc WITH the comments, you can find a tutorial of how to do it here. You don’t need to use Classroom to do it!
  • If your students would benefit from some time learning about online safety and digital well-being, I am happy to come in a co-teach with you! Google has loads of lessons lasting as little as 45 minutes.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

I’m already planning ahead to next year! What would YOU like to see changed to make these more valuable for you? Should Techie Thursday become Techie TUESDAY? Would you rather see something once a month?

Happy Mother’s Day! I know that I’ve been called “mom” at school at least a few times over the years even before I had my daughter!

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Tools of the Week

I’d LOVE to help you & your students with video essays!

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

May 2, 2019

America Expands West

This week I spent 2 days in 7th grade social studies taking their students to Fort Mandan in North Dakota. We all learned LOADS and the kids were very engaged. It was a fun way to change up the pace and we’re already planning to go on more “tours” before the end of the year.

I’m loving… this podcast episode

Why? This short (<10 min) episode covers some of the benefits that teachers reported when they worked to reduce their paper use. And, yes, it talks about some of the challenges, too. Lots of good points to consider.

To check it out... click here!

Keep Them Engaged!

Deck Toys (Freemium)

Breakout EDU Digital (these are free!)

Increase Student Engagement with Tech

Click here to learn about them!

Here is what I’m thinking about...

  • Did the changes to Google Classroom make you stop using it? I’d love to show you how I’ve been using it with Pathfinders and why I actually like it better than the old version now.
  • Last weekend I moderated the 3D Printing Forum in Portland. There were LOADS of ideas for every single grade/subject. Click here to check out all of the presentations and get inspired! I’m already planning to make a carrot whistle.
  • If you are planning to incorporate Expeditions into your lesson, please BOOK ME ASAP as my schedule is already filling up for the rest of the school year.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

I’m already planning ahead to next year! What would YOU like to see changed to make these more valuable for you? Should Techie Thursday become Techie TUESDAY? Would you rather see something once a month?

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

April 25, 2019

America Goes West

This week might have included Earth Day, but this expedition takes students to the surface of several planets and moons in our solar system. The digital renderings are beautiful and there is a ton of information about each stop.

I’m loving… YouTube Full FILL extension for Chrome

Why? A spin off from my last shared tool, this extension will give you a link to the full screen mode of a YouTube video. Makes it nice when linking to videos in your lesson plans.

To check it out... click here!

Peer Feedback

Suggestion mode in Google Docs

Peer Grade

“I noticed” and “I wondered” classroom strategy

Click here to learn about them!

Things to think about...

  • Presentation proposals for ACTEM19 are due April 30th. Want to present? I’m here to help!
  • How are you (and your students) staying engaged as the weather gets warmer? I can help tweak things to keep you all on board!
  • My non-teacher husband shared this post about a teacher refusing to confiscate cell phones. Lots of good points. What do you think?
  • Interested in Google PD this summer? AppsEvents is doing a session in Biddeford and I’ll be presenting three sessions. Might be worth looking into it.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

What would YOU like to see changed to make these more valuable for you? Should Techie Thursday become Techie TUESDAY? Would you rather see something once a month? Perhaps a different or alternate format? How about a short podcast instead? I’m looking for suggestions so I can make it valuable for you!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

This time of year is perfect for VR/AR, like Google Expeditions, to boost engagement. Let me know if you want to co-teach a lesson!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

April 11, 2019

The Civil War

The Civil War starts on April 12, 1861. This Expedition visits several of the key locations on the War as they are seen today including a Civil War era submarine, Fort Sumter, and Gettysburg.

I’m loving… Sharing Google Slides in Presentation Mode!

Why? A HS teacher asked me how to do it and it’s pretty easy! It makes sharing your slide decks a lot neater and easier for the viewer to follow and interact with.

To learn how... click here!

Spring Cleaning!

Scholastic’s Spring Cleaning Tips

Give Yourself a Digital Spring Clean

Digital Declutter Checklist

Click here to learn about them!

Listening to these podcast episodes over break...

  • Is your lesson a grecian urn? (21 mins)
    Critically think about what you are doing with your students and how it connects to your standards.
  • Google for Enrichment & Free Time (36 mins)
    Lots of great options to give to your kids, instead of farting around online or playing games (yes, students claim they have permission), when you have down time in your class.
  • Unstoppable Learning (51 minutes)
    This TED Talk Radio Hour about the different ways we learn is from 2013, but it is still one of my favorites.
  • Improve Your Teaching by Doing a Few Things Well (10 minutes)
    Short, but awesome interview with

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Anyone who responds with feedback/improvements on these emails can come get a prize! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

April 4, 2019

Paul Revere’s Ride

April 18th marks the anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride. Explore this exciting event in American history by following Revere’s route to Lexington and discover the real story of what happened along the way.

I’m loving… Answer tables in Google Docs

Why? I’ve been using this technique for years, but Jake Miller quickly demonstrates how to make it easier to find student’s answers in a Google Doc with this simple formatting “hack”..

To check it out... click here!

Video Recording Options for Students

Swivl video robot (I have one!)

Quicktime Player

Green Screen with Photo Booth

Click here to learn about them!

Things to think about...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Anyone who responds with feedback/improvements on these emails can come get a prize! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

March 28, 2019

Gold Coast Mansions of
Gatsby’s Long Island

I love discovering tours that bring novels to life for our students. This one takes you to visit the mansions of The Great Gatsby and “to take a peek into the lives of the families who lived there and the story they inspired.”
Click here to see a preview of it.

I’m loving… Tune from Alphabet!

Why? This is an experimental extension for Chrome that lets you control the “volume” in the comments on YouTube, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and Disqus comments. I see several ways for this to be helpful in schools.

To check it out... click here!

Sheet Formula Basics

The 7 Most Useful Google Sheets Formulas

Google Sheet Function List

Google Sheets 101: The Beginner's Guide to Online Spreadsheets

Click here to learn about them!

Things to ponder...

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Anyone who responds with feedback/improvements on these emails can come get a prize! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Tools of the Week

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

March 21, 2019

The Jamestown Colony

This week I brought a couple HS classes to visit Jamestown and get a feel for what life was like during the Colony era. From inside one of the ships to a Powhatan village an active archaeological site and cellar excavation… this tour covers it all!

Thinking of going paperless?

“Going Paperless: Advantages & Challenges of the Paperless Classroom”

“20 features of a great paperless classroom”

Lanschool Basics

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… Applied Digital Skills!

Why? Google has LOADS of free lessons available with durations from 45 minutes to 9 hours and topics range from creating a presentation to resumes and budgeting. Even better, all of the “how tos” are laid out for them already!

To check it out... click here!

By request, tips to going paperless...

  • Google Classroom has been revamped LOTS lately. This 2 minute video will get you all caught up and help it all make sense.
  • Did you know that you can collect assignments in Synergy? Enable the “Assignment Drop Box” when you create a new assignment to set it up. You can collect anything with it!
  • LessonVUE on Synergy gives you an easy place to host materials for classes.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Anyone who responds with feedback/improvements on these emails can come get a prize! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

It’s 3rd Trimester!

Expedition of the Week

Tri 3

March 14, 2019

Nuclear Disaster Aftermath

This week I’m exploring lots of places with Ms. Corbett’s science students. One of my favorites on the docket is this tour which takes us to Pripyat, a city in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone. It’s so fascinating to see what is left!

Happy Pi Day!

18 Way NASA Uses Pi

FREE Pi Day Digital BreakoutEDU

Collection of Pi Day Themed Kahoot!

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… the latest Google Expedition update!

Why? It makes it super easy to do tours that WE CREATE! Interested in making a VR tour? I CAN HELP! Let’s get together and make a plan. I have everything we need!

To check it out... click here!

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • Where joy hides and how to find it” on TED Talks includes lots of good thoughts about schools and bringing joy to our spaces.
  • I love this “60-Second Civics” daily podcast as a starter activity in history/civics classes.
  • Have you seen these lesson plans from OK GO Sandbox? SO AWESOME! Lots of engaging content for science and art.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Anyone who responds with feedback/improvements on these emails can come get a prize! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

March 7, 2019

To the Moon with the Google Lunar XPRIZE

This week I’m heading to the moon with Julia Bemis’s students at BEHS! It is a great Expedition that combines history with science. And Expeditions are a nice change of pace this time of year especially!

Productivity & Focus
Helpers for Chrome

ReCall Study Time

Time Blocker

Marinara: Pomodoro® Assistant

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… Museum Viewer for Merge Cube

Why? Students get to “hold” 20+ ancient artifacts thanks to augmented reality. It’s pretty fun and a fun hands on activity. I have 30 phone/cube sets available!

To check it out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Anyone who meets with me for an appointment gets a prize! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Share these with your students!

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

February 28, 2019

Bacteria

With President’s Day upcoming, there are a plethora of tours available surrounding past Presidents and the government. This tour is an example of that and takes you on a drive by of the homes as they exist today.

Map Tools

Smarty Pins

Land Lines

Google Maps in Space

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… Body Synth

Why? It’s a super fun way to get the wiggles out and create music with your movement. Change the instrument, chord, and even control it with your voice. No account needed, too!

To check it out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration?
I’m here to help!

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Anyone who meets with me for an appointment gets a prize! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

February 14, 2019

Home of the United States Presidents Part 2

With President’s Day upcoming, there are a plethora of tours available surrounding past Presidents and the government. This tour is an example of that and takes you on a drive by of the homes as they exist today.

Read to ME

Google’s Talk to Books

Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings

ngrams viewer with Google Books

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… Retrieval Warm Ups from Retrieval Practice

Why? The no-stakes warm ups are easy to use for entry tickets, writing prompts, ice breakers… lots of different ways! The slide deck has each question broken out onto a separate slide, which makes it super easy to incorporate them into your routine.

To check it out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration?
I’m here to help!

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Head over Twitter or Instagram and use #bonnyeagle to get a PRIZE! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

February 7, 2019

Robben Island

Nelson Mandela was freed from jail on February 11, 1990. This Expeditions takes you to Robben Island where he was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he spent behind bars. Click here for a free lesson plan with this Expedition.

Cartoon Strip Creation

Storyboard That

Canva Comic Strips

MakeBeliefsComix

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… Stories on Planet.com

Why? Find a location around the world and create a timelapse of satellite images taken from there. Easily exports into a video! See my example on Back Cove to the left or click here.

To check it out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration?
I’m here to help!

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Head over Twitter or Instagram and use #bonnyeagle to get a PRIZE! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

January 31, 2019

Tour the International
Space Station

I dare say anyone would be engaged by this one! This is your opportunity to go to the ISS and explore (most) of the modules and see Earth from space. It’s really fun!

Copyright Free Multimedia

Creative Commons

Google’s Advanced Image Search

Fair Use Guidelines For Educational Multimedia

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… School Messenger

Why? Creating an account on it lets you customize how you get notices from school and see what was sent to you. If you feel like you missed something (like the plans for next year message), check your settings here first!

To check it out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration?
I’m here to help!

Make an appointment
with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Head over Twitter or Instagram and use #bonnyeagle to get a PRIZE! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

January 24, 2019

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Last week I took a clan of 7th grade ELA students to interesting places around the world to inspire them with their creative writing. The Mosque was one of our favorite stops. It gave us all the (false) sense of warmth!

Favorite Chrome Extensions

The Great Suspender

Share to Classroom

GIPHY for Chrome

Extensity

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… 4 EdTech Ways to Differentiate in a Student-Centered Classroom

Why? Easy to follow blog post with four different areas that can be differentiated with the use of technology as well as what apps you might want to consider for each one. Lots of good ideas!

To check it out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Head over to Twitter and tweet using #bonnyeagle to get a PRIZE! Custom badge holder for you, awesome BE SWAG, a prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

January 17, 2019

Global Environmental Issues

From population growth to food supply, climate change and energy resources, this expedition covers a wide range of topics that our students need to be aware of and are topics comm

Writing/Text Tools

Hemingway App

Rewordify

Text Compactor

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… Kialo

Why? It’s a versatile and FREE platform for student debate and analysis. “Students can learn about social and political issues while practicing digital citizenship and engaging in thoughtful debate.

To check it out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • Did you know that students can create things in 2D and then 3D print them? A 6th grade class has been doing just that this week!
  • Uncertain about your gradebook? I’ve been looking over several of them this week with teachers to make sure they are good to go.
  • How Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Book an appointment with me to plan or co-teach a lesson to get a PRIZE! Custom badge holder for you, prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

No accounts required!

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

January 10, 2019

The Civil Rights Movement

This is the perfect way to make your students more familiar with why we have a long weekend coming up. Photos of the current location are overlayed with images from the past. Tons of great information, too!

Digital Task Cards

Strategies for Using Task Cards in the Secondary Classroom

Digital Task Cards on Google Classroom

9 Ways to Use Task Cards

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… EDU in 90

Why? Quick hit teacher tips in <4 minutes an episode. New videos posted twice a month. Great way to get tips quick! And will often give you a look at new features as they come out.

To check them out... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

First 5 people to enter their website in my Google form get a REWARD! Custom badge holder for you, prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

January 3, 2019

Word Clouds

Jason Davies Word Cloud

Word Art

WordItOut

Click here to learn about them!

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Alaska became a state 59 years ago today. Visit the Kenai Fjords National Park and four other national parks with this expedition. Also useful when talking about the impact of the current partial government shutdown.

I’m loving… tool specific Airplay

Why? If you only need to show a YouTube video, play music from iTunes or other specific apps, look for the Airplay symbol built into them so that you only stream what you need to. It will reduce lags and hopefully make the experience better for you.

To learn more... click here!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • I’ve started to regularly use the Stop, Breathe & Think app (free for educators) I mentioned earlier this school year. Some of them are 3 minutes long and I bet could be useful for with students. Here are 12 science-based benefits of meditation.
  • In High School, the Kids are Not Alright” by David Tow has been making the rounds on Twitter lately.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Have your students upload a project they did with tech in your class on Flipgrid (Code MSAD6TECH). REWARD! Custom badge holder for you, prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

December 20, 2018

A Dickens Christmas

As you head home for the holidays, I recommend downloading the free Expeditions app or click here to check out this tour. Join this Expedition to the Charles Dickens Museum and take part in some of the family cheer.

Holiday Fun with Tech!

Google’s Santa Tracker

NORAD Tracks Santa

Holiday Themed 3D Printable Goodies

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… LMS Pages on LessonVue

Why? I highly recommend having at least your contact information and a link to your real website set up on a LMS page that is shared with all of your classes.

To learn more... check out this slide deck from our LMS training last spring or make an appointment with me!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Have your students share how they have used tech in your class on Flipgrid (Code MSAD6TECH). REWARD! Custom badge holder for you, prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

December 13, 2018

I’m loving… Profiles in Chrome!

Why? Many of you likely have multiple accounts logged in to your Chrome browser. But did you know it causes conflicts, sharing issues, etc.? Profiles will fix it for you!

Learn more... here

Closed Captioning Made Easy!

  • Automatic Captions in Google Slides
  • Automatic Captions in YouTube
  • A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions
    Can Benefit All Students

Click here to learn about them!

Geography of China

This expedition is a great way to give students context for current events. You will see China from above, then zoom in to the limestone towers near Guilin, the mountains and lakes of Jiuzhaigou National Park, then visit the Great Wall, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

If you have a unit you want to bring VR to but don’t know how… let me know! A HS physics class went on roller coasters designed by Purdue students this week and had a blast!

Do you know how many email accounts your browser is logged in to? I ask because a lot of teachers are logged in to more than just one (and sometimes student’s accounts) and they don’t know it.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

Just email me back with ONE THING you’ve learned and used from the past 13 weeks of Techie Thursday emails. REWARD! Custom badge holder for you, prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

December 6, 2018

Student Created Podcasts

Anchor (100% free)

Synth

50 Ideas for Student Created Podcasts

Click here to learn about them!

Astronomy

This tour is a great way to talk about what we know astronomy, how we know it, our solar system, and the phases of the moon. With NASA’s announcement of returning to the moon, it’s a great way to get kids interested!

I’m loving… Add to Tasks!

Why? If you are in your email, click on the three dots to add the email to your Tasks list, which makes it easier to keep track of what you need to do and when.

To learn how to use tasks... click here and then check out Zapier’s guide to tasks on this webpage!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Have your students share how they have used tech in your class on Flipgrid (Code MSAD6TECH). REWARD! Custom badge holder for you, prize from bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!), or I’ll come in run a Google Expedition with your kids FOR YOU (you get to kick back and experience it with them).

Find me on Instagram at…

@BonnyEagleMiddleSchool

@SimmonsClassroom

and use #bonnyeagle!

Prize time!

Tools of the Week

*For BEMS/BEHS Staff Only*

Expedition of the Week

Tri 2

November 29, 2018

HOUR OF CODE ACTIVITIES

The Grinch: Saving Christmas with Code

Health: DNA (Vidcode)

Play That Tune App

Click here to learn about them!

“Computer Programming”

What a fun way to get introduced to computer programming! It’s a very basic look at the common terms used and gives students a look at what programming actually is like. Click here to preview it.

I’m loving… Hour of Code!

Why? They have been used to increase student engagement and given them choice within an easy to understand set of guidelines.

Find it... here!

Tools of the Week

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • I can find a Hour of Code activity for practically any subject you teach. Just ask and I’ll give you all the options!
  • You can use Lanschool to lock the students into using only Synergy when giving an assessment. It worked great at the HS!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Make an appointment with me to come in and co-teach a hour of code session and I’ll 3D print a custom badge holder for you or let you chose a prize from my bag of conference goodies (webcam covers, Pop Sockets, USB powered lights and more!).

Tri 1

November 15, 2018

RECOMMENDED CERTIFICATIONS

Google Teacher, Level 1 & 2

Apple Teacher

Flipgrid Certified Educator

SeeSaw Ambassador

Click here to learn about them!

“A First Look at College”

Although made by UNC Chapel Hill, this tour is designed to familiarize students with college life with broad strokes to show them what many colleges have to offer. It’s a good first step for students just starting to look at their future options.

I’m loving… Google Tasks!

Why? It’s integrated right into the GSuite platform and lets you set due dates, sub tasks… it’s awesome! Much more powerful than Keep for to do lists (minus the ability to share a list with someone).

Find more info... here!

Tools of the Week

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Highlight of the week: Shout out to the high school PE team who met with me to set up a department wide assessment on Synergy during the late arrival and put it to use THAT DAY! We had a TON of students access StudentVue for the first time as a result.

Tri 1

November 8, 2018

PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS

So We’ve Been Thinking (SWBT)

The 10-Minute Teacher Show

Ditch that Textbook

Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

Click here to learn about them!

I’m loving… Flippity!

Why? You know I love Google Sheets! Flippity takes your Sheets and gamifies them with ease. It’s been huge on Twitter lately!

Find it... here.

“Using Statcast to Break Down a Baseball Play”

You might have spent A LOT of time watching baseball recently. This expedition breaks down the math behind the game and is an awesome way to look at a real life application of lots of concepts/terms.

Tools of the Week

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Quote of the week about coaching: “I would say it’s to help people reach their maximum potential or capacity. So, within an education context I would say that coaches are there to help you become your best self not only as an educator but also as a colleague, a thinker or reflector, anything that we hope teachers are for the generations that we’re teaching. So I think they’re there to support and help you realize who you can always be.” ~ Reid Wilson at NIST International School in Bangkok on Eduro Learning’s #coachbetter vodcast

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Tri 1

November 1, 2018

“U.S. Elections”

With the elections happening next week, this Expedition goes from the Roman Forums and Environs to President Obama’s Inauguration Parade and visits key locations to our elections from over the years and why they matter.

I’m loving… ClassroomScreen.com

Why? Loads of build in classroom tools, but my favorite is the sound meter that monitor the sound in your classroom and can sound an alert when it’s too loud.

Find it... here!

Tools of the Week

Are you on Pinterest? Check out my boards for loads of ideas on technology integration, 3D printing and more!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • Did you know that suggestions from our district have dramatically improved Assessments on Synergy since last spring?
  • If you have joined #bonnyeagle and #msad6tech on Twitter, check out this link for a crash course on Twitter chats.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: The tech coaches are thinking of more ways to share the good that we do. More of us are creating school profiles on social media and using #bonnyeagle to create a positive message. I’m on Instagram at SimmonsClassroom now, so follow me if you have a school account, too.

Tri 1

October 25, 2018

GREEN SCREEN

Photobooth

iMovie

Green Screen in the Classroom (article)

Click here to learn about them!

“Salem Village and the 1692 Witch Hysteria”

You might have visited Salem, but have you been to the Rebecca Nurse Homestead? This tour shows students what life was like during the Witch Trials and visits the Victims’ Memorial.

I’m loving… Crowdsourcing Concepts

Why? This was the presentation from one of the sessions I attended at MassCUE. There are lots of good ideas to be found!

Find it... here!

Tools of the Week

Are you on Pinterest? Check out my boards for loads of ideas on technology integration, 3D printing and more!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • Hour of Code is coming the first week of December! I’ll be sharing resources here, but would like to plan a lesson with you for it!
  • Is there a Google Expedition you’d love for your classes? We can make our own now!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: The tech coaches are thinking of more ways to share the good that we do. More of us are creating school profiles on social media and using #bonnyeagle to create a positive message. I’m on Instagram at SimmonsClassroom now, so follow me if you have a school account, too.

Tri 1

October 18, 2018

“Explore the Maxis Studio: How Sims Are Made”

How many of your students want to do something in tech in the future? Do they know what that is really like? This tour takes them through the company that makes The Sims. It’s pretty interesting!

I’m loving… HackLead!

Why? There are “10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love”.

Find it… here and the companion book here.

Tools of the Week

This week I’ll be traveling to #MassCUE18 at Gillette for the first time to learn lots and present a session on automation. I can’t wait to share when I get back!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • If you click on the Apple and then “About this Mac” and see 10.11 under the version, you REALLY need to update. I can help you with it!
  • If you are on social media, use #bonnyeagle to share the awesome stuff we are doing here. Lets make our presence online a positive one!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: I met with a teacher this week and she show me some of her daily processes. We worked together to simplify it all to get her the same result with A LOT LESS WORK! It was awesome! I would LOVE to help more teachers/staff work smarter not harder.

Tri 1

October 11, 2018

“Friction”

I’m not normally a huge fan of the VidaSystem expeditions, but this one on friction looks like a fun one to introduce students to how it was discovered as well as what it is in the first place.

I’m loving… Learning Menus & Choice Boards!

Why? They have been used to increase student engagement and given them choice within an easy to understand set of guidelines.

Find Examples… on this Pinterest Board

Tools of the Week

Are you on Pinterest? Check out my boards for loads of ideas on technology integration, 3D printing and more!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • Are you doing something with tech that you think others should know about? Think about presenting at ACTEM19! I’m looking for co-presenters for next fall.
  • Did you know we can make our own VR tours for Google Expeditions?

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: I missed posting this on time because I was attending the ACTEM18 conference. Joe Sanfelippo, a superintendent, gave a VERY inspiring keynote on Friday with a focus on improving moral in schools. He made me want to move to Wisconsin. Check him out!

Tri 1

October 4, 2018

MINDFULNESS TOOLS

Stop, Breathe & Think

GoNoodle

Fablefly on YouTube

Click here to learn about them!

“Conservation International Film: Valen’s Reef”

With the devestation in Indonesia from the earthquake and tsunami from on our minds, take your students to Raja Ampat Islands to see what life is like in the region from the eyes of a conservation.

I’m loving…Flipgrid

Why? It’s a 100% free video response system for student engagement and formative assessments. Join in our district wide Flipgrid!

Find it… here

Tools of the Week

Are you on Twitter? Join in the conversation! Check out #msad6tech to see what’s happening with tech integration in SAD6!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • Have you assessed your GPs/HOWs yet this trimester?
  • Have you looked at your tech integration according to the SAMR model? Click here for a 2 minute introduction on YouTube.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: I worked with two teachers this week to update their Google Sites to the new version. We also worked to ensure that the site is useful, relevant, and does not take more time to manage than it should. I love helping folks work smarter!

Tri 1

September 27, 2018

“Solar System” by VidaSystems

Gone are the days of the understanding the solar system based on photos, models, etc. This one puts students into the solar system so it feels like they are floating in space. So cool!

I’m loving…Lanschool

Why? Because it enables teachers in grades 6-12 to monitor their students laptops to help them focus on success in class

Find it… here

Tools of the Week

Are you on Twitter? Join in the conversation! Check out #msad6tech to see what’s happening with tech integration in SAD6!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • How much time would you gain by not hanging out with the photocopier? How much paper would you save?
  • Don’t forget to check out https://flipgrid.com/msad6tech to share how you use using tech in class.

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: The tech coaches want to see how you’re using technology in your classrooms! This week’s Flipboard to post a 90 second (or less) video of what you are doing with tech is https://flipgrid.com/msad6tech

Tri 1

September 20, 2018

TIMELINE TOOLS

Google Slides

Timeline JS from knight lab

TimeGraphics

Click here to learn about them!

“Into the Cell”

This is one of the most popular tours we’ve done in the district and it’s SO COOL! A teacher at the high school brought her students inside a cell this week. How many cell parts can you name?

I’m loving…Tweetdeck

Why? I can easily follow important hashtags and and keep track of all the good stuff being shared on Twitter in one window!

Find it… here

Tools of the Week

Are you on Twitter? Join in the conversation! Check out #msad6tech to see what’s happening with tech integration in SAD6!

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • If your website is on the “old” version of Google Sites, have you started to move it to the new one yet?
  • Did you know that messages sent to parents/students through Synergy will actually have replies come back to you now? Yipee!

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: Did you know that Flipgrid in now 100% free? The tech coaches want to see how you’re using technology in your classrooms! Share a video clip (up to 90 seconds) to show us how you’re using tech! https://flipgrid.com/msad6tech

Tri 1

September 13, 2018

CONCEPT MAP TOOLS

Lucid Charts

Canva

Google Drawings

Click here to learn about them!

“Flight 93”

Viewed by 7th grade social studies students as they reviewed the events of September 11th. The tour was created by high school students! (And, yes, we can create our own, too.)

I’m loving…Google Keep

Why? It’s like virtual stickie notes, reminders, and to do lists that you can easily share access to.

Find it… here or click on the waffle in Gmail

Tools of the Week

I’m Susie Simmons, the tech coach for grades 6-12 here at Bonny Eagle.

Want assistance with your technology integration? I’m here to help!

Make an appointment with me at SimmonsClassroom.com!

Things to ponder…

  • Is your computer being backed up to Google Drive?
  • Have you entered grades in Synergy yet?
  • Do you want to start building your assessments on Synergy?
  • What are your students doing with technology that isn’t possible without it?

I’d love to know your thoughts!

Popular topic from the week: One teacher I worked with has created several formative assessments on Synergy and LOVES that they automatically go into their gradebook and thus keeps parents and students informed in a timely manner as to how to are doing in class.

Tri 1

BE 6-12 Tech Tips - Google Slides