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Apps for Summer

Happy Last Day!

I hope you enjoy this last day with students and look forward to some time to relax and rejuvenate.

Whether you’re headed out on vacation or heading out to the back yard, here are a few ideas to play with:


Mobile Learning I: Stories to Share

The inaugural Mobile Learning I group just finished the class before Spring Break.  We wanted to share some of the project ideas they tried.  They’re committed to playing, setting learning goals, and trying new things with students!  Mobile Learning I will again be offered in June and in the fall.  Mobile Learning II is also on its way this fall.

Chris Smith (HS Art) is determined to dig deeper with Twitter.  He also created QR codes for The Glenn that point to YouTube videos of his students talking about their process for creating the murals inspired by Glenn Olson’s garden.

Caryn Odgers (HS Science) and Kari Diederich (HS F/CE) collaborated using a mind-mapping app called Mindjet.  They are using their mind map to help students learn more about medical occupations.

Briana Gustafson (HS Special Ed) used Audioboo, CamScanner, and Barcode Scanner along with QR codes to cue her students in daily living skills so that they become more independent.  One of her students is most excited about is seeing his own picture next to each code.

Jen Vogel (Early Childhood) used Audioboo with a student who read an alphabet book.  He was so excited to hear himself speak, as were his parents and grandparents!

Margi Wachowiak (HS Library Media Specialist) is using QR codes on her Summer Reading posters that point to book trailers for each book.  And she’ll be trying the codes out for Freshman Orientation next year!

Jodi Acker (MS Math) is using Audioboo to enhance student’s portfolios.

Tammy Breitlow (MS Social Studies) is using iPod Touches with students to create and edit propaganda ads as they learn about WWII.

Anne Tredinnick (MS Science, MS Computer Literacy next year) will be trying todaysmeet.com for her 5th and 6th graders to “backchannel” while watching a video about internet safety and digital citizenship.  She’s also going to have her science students use Audioboo to describe the robots they build as part of their energy unit.

Cyndy Johnson (MS Special Ed) is going to have her 8th grade students record podcasts of their own poems as part of their scrapbook project for English.

Rebecca McDermid (HS Science) used Socrative Teacher and Socrative Student to capture quick formative assessment check-ins.

Natalie Slaby (3rd Grade, WES) will be creating a QR code scavenger hunt to kick off her Fractured Fairy Tales unit with 3rd graders.

Dana Ringhand (2nd Grade, WES) used a QR code to share a podcast created by her 2nd graders reading a story they wrote about an alien they created using Abby Monster.  When you scan the code, you’ll see the “alien” and hear the story!  Listen for the elements of a story…

Many of these apps are also web-based.  Android4schools is a nice site for Android device users.

Connecting to Wireless

We’ve been getting plenty of questions about connecting to wireless. Here are a couple of handouts and tips for making it easier to connect:

Connecting to DeForest-Guest: This network is for student devices and devices used by students. Find the DeForest-Guest network and connect >> Open a Browser >> If you don’t see I Accept Terms, click/press Refresh >> Accept. You should see the DeForest web page and then you are connected. Wireless Guest Access

Connecting Your Xoom to DASD-1

Connecting Your iPad/iPod to DASD-1



Norski Ninja: Week 3

This week marks a new year and a fresh start. Why not share a little with others and add color to your Gmail, calendar, and documents? These tips are all very quick and, if you have any resolutions regarding organization, can be very helpful!

Share & Color Code Your Calendar:

  • You can share your calendar with colleagues or others and determine how much access they get.  This video has the simplest set of directions I’ve seen for sharing your calendar with others. While you’re there, you can make your calendar “public” but can also limit whether or not people see all of your appointment details or just “free/busy” on your calendar. I would recommend only sharing “free/busy” with the world and sharing “all event details” with individuals you add to your list.
  • Color-coding your calendar makes it easier to find people or events.
    • First, you can color-code events. Maybe you’d like all your staff meetings to be purple. Maybe due dates are red. It’s up to you and here’s how to do it.
    • Second, you can color-code calendars shared with you. For any calendar on your list, click the arrow to the right of its name. You’ll see a list of colors–just choose the one you like.

Docs–Adding Color to Collections:

  • Collections are like folders . . . you can add documents to a collection to keep them organized. You can also create a collection for long-term sharing. Say, that you know you want to share lots of files this semester with your team. Create a collection and share that with them. Now each file you add to that collection will be shared automatically.
  • To add color to your collections, do (sort of) the same thing as for calendars. Click on the arrow to the right of your collection >> select Change Color and select the one you’d like.
  • If you’d like step-by-step directions, here’s a good resource.

Add Labels and Color-code Your Email:

  • Gmail lets you add labels to your messages–sort of like folders, but more flexible. Unlike a folder, you can add multiple labels to one email. For example, a tips email could be labeled with tips, Google, and Gmail.  The simplest way to create a label is to open a message and look for the label button above the message >> Click Create New.  (It looks like a luggage or gift tag.) You’ll be asked for the label name and whether or not you’d like it “nested” under another label. Once you’ve entered that, click Create.
  • To add color to a label, you’ll do the same thing as you did with a calendar. Point your mouse over any label. You’ll see an arrow to the right. Click on that and add the color you’d like.
  • Now that your label is created, you can add mail to that label when you read it. Or select lots of messages in your inbox and add the label to them all at once. Here’s more information about labels.

To be entered in this week’s drawing for Google stuff, add a comment to this blog posting telling us about how you use any of these tips. We just received a new store of prizes and there are some great ones!

Connecting Your Xoom to DASD-1

As promised via email earlier this morning, here are the directions for accessing the “preferred” DASD-1 network with your Xoom:

Connecting Your Xoom to DASD