iPad – How to Make It Read the Text To You

iPad – How to Make It Read the Text To You

This is a wonderful post from iGameMom on how to use one of the assistive technology features on the iPhone/iPad.  I used it last night with my daughter while she read one of her Fancy Nancy books on my iPad so it would pronounce the words that gave her trouble, and so that she could hear certain sentences read fluently for her.  You can buy books that will read aloud to your child but if they are like my daughter, they would rather try it for themselves first.   Great for reluctant or struggling readers and FREE with your device!

Happy Teaching!

Managing Your Resources – Dropbox

Have you ever had one of those mornings where you lie in bed at 4:30 a.m., delirious after a sleepless night with a sick child or spouse, wondering if you should call in to work or try to tough it out – only to realize that your sub folder is not on your desk?  Of course you have!  Consider Dropbox your new BFF.

Dropbox allows you to deposit your files in one location and access them from anywhere – your phone, your computer, your tablet – anywhere!  And best of all, it’s FREE!  Simply download it onto all of your devices, then upload files to access later and Voila!  Now your sub plans, handouts, and other docs are at your fingertips.  Just grab them, send as an email, and you’re done.  Now you can focus on more important things, like beating the phone rush to make that doctor’s appointment!

Try it out – visit http://db.tt/hj4JT7Vv.

Happy Teaching!

Teacher Tech Help for TKES

As part of the new Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) , teachers are required to show mastery in five domains – Planning, Instructional Delivery, Assessment of and for Learning, Learning Environment, and Professionalism and Communication.  Teachers can provide documentation as evidence of mastery for each domain’s standards.  Technology integration is one of the easiest ways to assist teachers in meeting those standards.

Teachers now have a resource to help integrate technology into every step of this process.  On his new Google site Tech 4 TKES, Chester Fuller shares a wealth of information and provides a breakdown of standards aligned with technology resources that assist in meeting each standard.  He also gives examples of evidence that can be presented such as certificates of participation, learning logs, and other documentation.  The site is easy to read and a great at-a-glance resource.  Visit his site at https://sites.google.com/site/tech4tkes/instructional-strategies.

Happy Teaching!

Using the Eduverse – Social Networking at Its Best

Yesterday, I was in a state of panic.  Our first Parent Town Hall Meeting is fast approaching, and we need to advertise to ensure we get great participation and a gourmet meal prepared by our very own Chef Brown!  I needed a flyer to pass out to students before they leave for Thanksgiving Break, but I was having a complete mental block on a design.

Enter the Eduverse – that collective body of educators ready and willing to help at the drop of a hat.  I’ve never really been a networker per se, but the concept of the Eduverse presented by Kevin Honeycutt (kevinhoneycutt.org) presented at this year’s GaETC was really enlightening and inspiring to me.  He talked about leveraging the power of thousands of people who are smarter and more creative than I am to help solve the problems I encounter as an educator on a daily basis.  What can I use to get to the kid who sleeps in my class every day?  How can I get my class excited about reading the books on the county’s reading list?  Is there a free video that ties in with my lesson today?  Enter the Eduverse!

By simply sending out a quick SOS email to the Parent Liaison group, I was able to get not one, but 5 sample flyers and permission to modify them to my heart’s content in less than an hour!  I’m starting to see Twitter and Facebook in a whole new light.  I don’t have to be the smartest, most creative, most innovative person in my circle.  I just have to ask for help and work smarter, not harder.

For more on the Eduverse and the power of social networking, check out Kevin Honeycutt’s session Connecting to the Eduverse on ESSDACK – http://www.ihigh.com/essdack/video_897173.html

Happy Teaching!