Basic Technology Skills Survey Apr25

Basic Technology Ski...

Here are the March 2017 results of the Basic Technology Skills Survey completed by Prairie Mountain licensed staff. Prairie Mountain teachers, as a group, show excellent technology skills. Out of a total possible score of 168, scores ranged from 85 to 164 with a mean score of 133 and a median...

Using Google Forms t...

Google Apps for Education continues to add features that help classroom teachers. Here Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers shows you how to use a Google Forms Add-on called “Check It Out”. Creating a Google Form with this Add-on gives you the ability to have students,...

Adding Your Picture ...

When you login to your Google account, you’ll see a logo in the upper right-hand corner. Unless you’ve changed that image, it will be the first letter of your first name, “T” in the Test Student’s case. If you are viewing a document at the same time as other...

Google Speaks Up wit...

Twenty years ago I remember telling a friend that in just a couple years computers won’t need keyboards.It has taken a long time for this to happen, much longer than I had naively suggested. But now it seems like we really might be there. Last fall Google introduced Voice Typing. Voice...

Creating Animated Mo...

The iPad and animation are made for each other. Long gone are the days of video cameras or, gasp, 8 mm movies. With the iPad and the free app Lego Movie Maker, anyone can be the next animation sensation. Here are a few things to know before you start. Creating animation is a learned skill....

What’s New wit...

As with all things Google, change is always in the air and Google Classroom is no exception. Since the last BiTE post, Google has updated the Classroom grading process. The Student Work Page allows you to follow students’ progress and, once an assignment is turned in, grade it and...

Google’s Share...

Google Classroom is a great online environment for you and your students. Whether you have Chromebooks in your classroom, iPads in your classroom, scheduled weekly lab time for students or students with home access to the Internet, Google Classroom can make your instructional technology more...

Showbie: the Way to ...

By Guest Contributor Erin Moss iPads are a wonderful inclusion in the classroom, but at times finding ways for students to submit work can get a bit overwhelming. If you haven’t tried the Showbie App, it will change your class workflow issues immediately. And it’s FREE, easy to use &...

I Love Pocket!

iPads are great devices to keep us organized. They are quick and easy to access and there are lots of apps to help us to be more efficient. I use the RSS reader app Feedly to keep in touch with favorite Web site postings. Whenever there is a new post on a site I’m following, Feedly...

Handwriting on the i...

Taking Notes on the iPad (Class Agenda,...

Reading on the iPad

iPads are great for reading content from a plethora of  resources. Email is the easy one. Just add your Bethel or personal email account to your iPad email client. There’s a post for that. How about reading a book from the Eugene Public Library? We’ve  got an app and a post for...

Eye the Big Picture

The iPads are coming! Last week I posted a list of Web sites that had content specific iPad apps for you to peruse. If you are teaching science, how about “40 Apps for Science by Category“? But getting too specific when looking for apps can keep you from seeing the big picture....

Ipad Resolutions

Happy New Year! Read through this list of 10 iPad Resolutions and pick one or two starting today!            ...

Google It!

The iPads are coming. Lots of them. And here’s a way to get ready. I spent 30 minutes using Google to search for iPad apps that match your content areas. I did searches like, “iPad apps for elementary math” and “iPad apps for geometry”. Amazing what I found....

Small Bites #3

Small BiTES are weekly iPad posts that can be consumed in less than 60 seconds. ******** Here are five quick tips for your iPad that are simple but can make your iPad experience more productive: 1. When browsing with Safari you can see an image for all your open tabs (Web sites) by clicking...

Small BiTES #2

Small BiTES are weekly iPad posts that can be consumed in less than 60 seconds. ******** How often you will need to recharge your iPad battery is based on how much you use and how you use your iPad. In general, the screen brightness has the biggest impact on batter life. The brighter the...

Small BiTES #1

Small BiTES are weekly iPad posts that can be consumed in less than 60 seconds. ******** Here are two great Web sites to help you use your iPad as an instructional tool. 1. Teachers with Apps – This site does a thorough review and testing of educational iPad apps before recommending...

iOS 8 Ready!

iOS 8, your new iPad (and iPhone) operating system, is a month old and Apple has added their first update to fix some bugs. Sounds like it is time for all of us to install iOS 8. Here are the steps: 1. On your home screen, tap the Settings icon and then tap General on the left. You’ll...

Read It All

Now in the Self Service folder Feedly is an RSS reader. RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication which means your favorite websites can appear all in one location delivered right to your iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac or Android device for your browsing pleasure. Install the Feedly app from Self Service...

Projecting your iPad

One of the great benefits of using an iPad as an instructional tool is being able to project your iPad in the classroom. You can do this by connecting your iPad to your computer through the Bethel Internal WiFi Network. With your computer connected to your classroom projector,  you have the...

iPads Got Legs!

iPads are small, mobile devices that fit the life styles of many of us. Their size and portability make them easy targets for sticky fingers. They can vanish in a heart beat. So use some common sense about securing your iPad. We are not budgeting much money for replacing iPads and we will...

Kindle Reading App

There are a lot of apps out there you can use to read a book, but my personal favorite is Kindle Reading app. I use it with Overdrive to read my Eugene Library books and to read books I purchase from Amazon. The Kindle Reading app is one of the base apps installed on your Bethel iPad. The...

Overdrive

If you have a Eugene Library card, this is the iPad app for you! Overdrive connects you to the Oregon Digital Library  Consortium of which the Eugene Library is a member. Using Overdrive you can check out ebooks to read on your mobile devices or computer. The number of ebooks is limited, but...

Edmodo

Edmodo is an educational social media site where students and teachers can freely communicate. Students can share information, parents can join in and the teacher maintains control. Here’s an introductory video talking about Edmodo in education. Here’s an Edmodo how-to video....