Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tech Newsletter for 4/25


Do you want to continue follow up activities for Earth Day? Missed Earth Day altogether? Just want some cool access to Google Earth? Google now gives you and your students access to Google Earth on their Chromebooks. Give it a try.

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Courtney Twilley, media specialist at Model Middle School, has been hard at work designing a media center makerspace for students. Mrs. Twilley is excited to be opening the doors to her makerspace this week! Follow @TwilleyMediaEdu to keep up with the great things happening in the MMS Media Center.

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Are you ready for STEM Day on May 5th?

Be sure to tell us about how you are incorporating STEM Day in your classroom/school or post pictures of events using #flocoSTEM.  Check out some current ideas for classroom STEM projects by looking at #STEM on Twitter.

Are you looking to step your game up for the coming school year. According to businessman Jim Rohn you are the composite of the five people you spend your time with. In the digital ecosystem of education, who do you grow with/from? Thanks to a great conversation generated by David Mowery from this article on building engagement via Twitter, how do you choose to engage? Who are the five people that sharpen your blade? How do you interact with them to build Mad Skills? Let us know at #floydpln who you are the composite of.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tech Newsletter for 4/18


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K-5 STEM Activity

Young engineers will love these building activities that use craft sticks, cups and cubes.

Let your students use their creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Let them design, build, fail and rebuild and then celebrate all their amazing structures.

Click the picture below for ideas.

6-12 STEM Activity

If you are looking for a quick and easy STEM Challenge, check out the STEM Tower Challenge. The beauty of this activity is that you can easily tailor the challenge and utilize supplies you already have, such as: index cards, blocks, newspapers, balloons, pipe cleaners, etc. If you want to make the activity more challenging, consider adding specific stipulations or categories, such as, “Who can build the tallest tower that has the narrowest foundation?”

Looking for more STEM activity ideas? Check out this resource which includes an Army Man Launcher Challenge, Design a Life Jacket Challenge and more!

GA STEM Day is Coming May 5th!

Educators: Incorporate fun and innovative STEM activities into your classroom.

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Grades 3-5...How about an Interschool Popsicle Bridge Competition?

Maker Kitchen

Have you ever seen the show Chopped? Well, Maker Kitchen works kind of like that. You hand students bags of ingredients and let them get to creating. Instead of rutabaga or flank steak you give students batteries, yarn mini speakers, and popsicle sticks. Then you turn them loose to create something awesome. Check out #makerkitchen on Twitter for more information. Want to build a class set? Here’s a list of recommended supplies but it can be anything you want.

Mark your Calendar for
GA STEM Day on May 5th!
and use #flocoSTEM on Twitter

There will be a national Kidblog webinar with April Cummings on April 19 from 4:30 - 5:00
Sign up HERE

There will be a national Kidblog webinar with April Cummings on April 19 from 4:30 - 5:00
Sign up HERE

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tech Newsletter for 4/11


Kickoff Classic : Preview of Featured Speakers

Casey Bethel

Casey Bethel is the 2017 GA Teacher of the Year. Mr. Bethel is a science teacher at Manchester High School in Douglas County Schools. He earned a Master’s Degree in Plant Genetics and conducted experimental research at the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies at the University of Georgia. Lessons he designed have been published in The Journal of Chemical Education. For the past five summers, he has sharpened his skills as a scientist, conducting experimental research in a Biochemistry lab at Georgia Tech. To learn more about Casey Bethel, follow him on Twitter @2017GATOTY and check out this inspiring video clip.

Tony Vincent

The only thing Tony Vincent likes better than teaching is learning. He currently resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but he used to teach fifth grade in Nebraska. Since 1998 he’s been a pioneer in digital learning, having a classroom website before many classrooms even had internet access. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2005 he started one of the first podcasts from an elementary school. Click HERE for more information about Tony.

Bernadette Lambert

Bernadette Lambert loves o write. It is who she is. She studied broadcast journalism at the University of Georgia. From there, she worked many other jobs – newspaper, college registrar, photographer, and even a buyer for nuclear plants in Georgia. Then, she worked for 10 years in the public school system teaching and eventually coaching teachers in all things literacy. Later, she joined Scholastic as a national reading specialist. From there, she joined the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) to spread the word about how rigor and relevance and learner engagement could change our classrooms.

Hackberry Labs

HackBerry Lab is a space for creative individuals to engage in designing, inventing, building, and problem solving. Home to the Berry College Creative Technologies program, it is a special place which houses the tools, technology, and community to support students and others need to let their ideas take shape. These tools include a variety of 3D printers, laser cutter and vinyl cutters, an extensive woodworking shop, welding equipment, and the tools and materials necessary to program and develop electronics from prototype to professional circuit boards. Housing programs like HackBerry RND, HackBerry Hands, and HackBerry Motorsports, we provide students opportunities to develop their specific skills and interests and share them with the community at large.

Additional Outside Speakers*

Active Shooter - Michael Ruple - Tanya Cleeves
Differentiation - Dr. Gilda Lyon
Discovery Education - Aubrey Legrand
GALILEO - Russell Palmer
Gender Differences - Dr. Gary Ross
Habitat for Humanity - Bruce Day
Inclusion - Ray Hammett
SLDS - Tammy Silvers
Tech Fair - Bucky Bush
University of West Georgia - Dr. John Ponder
Workshop Model - Terry Haney
*We are still confirming and seeking out specific outside speakers.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tech Newsletter for 4/5


Are you still having trouble getting your items to show up on your Google Site? Do you sometimes forget to set share permissions or receiving emails to view your items? A simple solution is to create a shared folder in your Google Drive. Put all these items on your site in a shared folder and you will never have to worry again. Your items will show up to whomever views your Site. BONUS: The shared folder link can also be shared in your TKES documentations.

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Congratulations to our most recent group of Level 1-Google Certified Teachers from Glenwood Primary School:

Carla Taylor
Bridget Quigley
Rhonda Childs
Carrie Graves
Angie Travis

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The 2nd Annual Kickoff Classic is around the corner.  Be sure to follow @fcsclassic.  Also, feel free to post pictures from last year using #fcsclassic.  

Over Spring Break I, Lee that is, took a trip over to Athens to assist some friends with a conference they were putting on. Saturday morning was the conference, but there was also a Maker Faire Saturday afternoon. There was everything from cardboard, to knitting, to robots, to bicycle couches. Made me think, why not us? Is there anyone out there interested in turning kids into makers and showing off some talents? Email Let’s talk.

There will be a national Kidblog webinar with April Cummings on April 19 from 4:30 - 5:00
Sign up HERE

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tech Newsletter for 3/7


Use  Google Keep to save your thoughts, notes and other items that you want to remember “just in time”.  You can add the app to your phone using your favorite app store; it syncs across all of your devices. Use it for notes, lists and reminders. You can even add labels, color code items, take photos, and add collaborators. Then, when you are ready to add notes to a document, you will find your “Keep Notepad” under the “Tools” section. Just another handy tool for your educational and personal Toolbox.  More on Google Keep

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Mr. Foss, ELA teacher at AMS, is using Google Read and Write to teach his students how to make vocabulary lists and collect highlights from annotated notes in Google Docs. Click on the links above to see examples of student work. This quick reference sheet is an excellent resource for those of you who are just getting started with Google Read and Write.

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EdCamp Rome is full and around the corner!  If you are attending EdCamp Rome this year, use #edcamprome when writing a tweet. If you’re not attending EdCamp Rome, you can still view all the tweets from the event by looking up #edcamprome on Twitter.

How cool would it be to turn your class into a Virtual Training Hub? You are there as a teacher but since your material is online, you get to spend more time building relationships with your students. Check out Drea and Jenny from Google in how they setup the hub for their
business. Want to try setting this up yourself? Ask a friendly ITS staff for assistance.

Interested in Free registration
for  GaETC 2017?

By applying and being selected as a presenter you will have your registration fee waived

Interested in being a presenter at the Kickoff Classic?
Submit a session proposal

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tech Newsletter for 2/28


Have you looked at the little gear in Google Classroom when your students turn in their work? Click on the “Done” in the assignment and the gear at the top right will allow you to create a Google Sheet of all the assignments you have graded and returned to students. *You do have to return the assignment before it will show up on the spreadsheet. It will even calculate the average for you as well. Give it a try.  If you aren’t using Google Classroom yet, here’s a quick overview.

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Tyler Thomas, math teacher at Pepperell Middle, has created an innovative method for students to self-check their work using conditional formatting in Google Sheets. When the students enter their answer into a cell in Google Sheets, the cell will turn green if the answer is correct. Take a look at his example: Measures of Center-Mean and Median Practice.

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Curious about how other FCS teachers are using Twitter?  Go to the Floyd County PLN Twitter to see a feed of FCS teachers sharing, collaborating, and promoting their classrooms and schools.

Would you like to have students do voice overs on their written work? It’s as easy as 1, 2, Screencastify! Installing this Chrome Extension will allow your students to make 10 minute videos that save to Google Drive. Have them improve their literacy skills by making a read along text!

EdCamp Rome is FULL!
However you can be put on a waiting list Here

Interested in being a presenter at the
Kickoff Classic? Submit a session proposal HERE

Interested in Free registration
for  GaETC 2017?

By applying and being selected as a presenter you will have your
registration fee waived

Click Here for more information