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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 1 his is the first of many Tech Tips to come. My plan is to try to send one out each week (or so) with a quick tip, trick, site, or app to help you integrate some fun and useful technology into your elementary classroom. These will be archived (I know you would never lose any of my wonderful tips, but it could happen) on the Tech Coach web site as well. crowd control! In addition, for the first time, teachers have a painless way to focus on developing positive behavior over time, rather than just logging referrals once it is too late to intervene. For Students: research suggests the shorter the time period between an action and feedback for that action, the greater is the effect of the reinforcement. Specific positive reinforcement helps students develop a sense of purpose in the classroom, enhancing intrinsic motivation over time. By giving students visibility and data on their own behavior, ClassDojo makes class less disruptive and creates a more positive learning environment. http://www.classdojo.com This is a great tool for classroom management. I used it last year and have told many of you about it. For Parents: ClassDojo makes it easy to engage parents in their child's development, by allowing teachers to provide real data from the classroom to them with just one click. Instantly Reinforce Good Behavior. Easily award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time, with just one click of your smartphone or laptop. This actually improves behavior. Visit ClassDojo to get started: http://www.classdojo.com Please see me if you would like help setting up your own Class Dojo! My Rating (up to 5 stars): Engage Students in Minutes. ClassDojo provides instant notifications for your students (‘Well done Josh! +1 for teamwork!’). All fully customizable for your classroom. Get Hassle-Free Data and Reports. ClassDojo gives you behavior-tracking analytics and reports that can be shared with parents and administrators, all with just one click. No data entry needed, ever. As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875 What Are the Benefits of ClassDojo? For Teachers: in some classrooms, more than 50% of class time is spent managing behavior rather than delivering instruction; ClassDojo aims to greatly reduce this so teachers can do more teaching and less

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 2 his Tech Tip is a great app to find educational apps. Who would have thought there would be an app to find apps? You will want this on your iPad to discover other apps you may want pushed to the student iPads. When you do the search, on the right you will see all the apps that fall under your filtering. At the bottom there will often be “More…” to tap on. This will load more found apps. Download WeWantApps! from the App Store to get started. My Rating (up to 5 stars): WeWantApps! This is a great tool for easily filtering through the App Store to find the perfect app for what you need. First, go to the App Store on your teacher iPad. Search for WeWantApps! in the store. It will look like the image to the right. Install the app. When you open it, you will need to create an account. I just used my gulllakecs.org account and created a password. I have never been asked to log back in again, but you need an account to run the app. Once it opens you can begin your search. As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875 Age: select the age (or more than one age) that you are searching to use an app with. Category: seeking. choose the type of app you are Language: to be written in. choose the language you want the app Platform: Price: you can use both iPad and iPhone. select free.

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 3 his Tech Tip is one my all time favorite add-ons to any computer, phone, tablet, or iPad. Dropbox is perhaps the most used application by many teachers including myself. It replaces your “Documents” on your computer and allows syncing to any device. I have not used a flash/usb drive in over 2 years since I started using Dropbox. This is a great for working on files at school, home, and anywhere. Best of all it is FREE and easy to use! that you work off of or are constantly emailing files from home to school to work on. With Dropbox here is how simple life is. Let’s say you start a newsletter at school and realize there is no way to finish it. You close out like normal and shut down your computer. You drive home and turn on your home computer. You open your Dropbox folder and there is the newsletter you started. You finish from where you left off and save it as normal. The next day at school you open the Dropbox folder on your school computer and “ta-da” there is the finished newsletter all ready to print. In addition to the convenience of auto syncing and accessing files from anywhere, Dropbox acts as a web based back up location. You can also set up “shared Grade Level Folders” to work as teams. With the free account you get 2 GB of free storage, but you will get more if accepting referrals and giving referrals. Get a referral from me or another Dropbox user and get an additional 500 MB of free space! http://www.dropbox.com Works On Your PC/Mac or iPad All you have to do is download a program to your computer (and any device you want to sync files with) and log into or create an account. You will then put all your documents that you usually store in your Documents folder into your newly created Dropbox folder located on your desktop. This will now be your saving location for all files. If you are interested in using Dropbox, let me know and I will help you with the set up/install. My Rating (up to 5 stars): As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! Instantly Sync Files When you install and log into Dropbox on another computer all the files will automatically sync. In other words, whatever is in your Dropbox folder at home will also be in your Dropbox folder at school, on your laptop, or any other computer you have Dropbox installed (I sync 4 computers, 1 phone, 1 tablet, and my iPad). Every change I make to a file at school will also be made on the documents on the other devices. More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875 What Does This Mean For You? As teachers we all work at school and home. If you are like I was before Dropbox you have a flash/usb drive

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 4 his Tech Tip will look into a time saving assessment tool. Socrative is a great way to engage your students while assessing their learning. It can be used in many ways: formal assessments, quick formative assessments, or even voting for items. This is available on the computer as well as the iPads or any device with Internet access. 4. Students respond on their devices. 5. Students' results are visible on the Teacher's screen or sent in an email. What Are the Benefits of Socrative? For Teachers: This is a very easy tool to assess learning. The program grades students’ responses and gives the teacher an individualized score. Also, if teachers work with other teachers they can share created quizzes (as easy as sharing a number on the grade level Google Doc I shared with grades 1-5) and have access to many other quizzes. Through this collaboration many assessments can be used without having each teacher creating their own. http://www.socrative.com What is Socrative? Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. For Students: Students are often more engaged with technology. They can see in real-time how they are doing and there is istant turn-around in grading. Create an account and get started: http://www.socrative.com Please see me if you would like help setting up or using Socrative. My Rating (up to 5 stars): Engage Students! Socrative is an alternative to paper pencil testing. Students are engaged while taking a student paced or teacher based assessment. They are interacting with the ipad (or computer) and can see their progress (if you turn on this setting) as the assessment is taken. As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! Quick Overview: Teachers and students can use Socrative on any device with a web browser (tablets, smartphones, laptops, iPod Touches, etc.). Teachers login at t.socrative.com by entering their email and password. 2. Students login at m.socrative.com (or the iPad app) by entering the "virtual room number" provided by the teacher. Students will then see "Waiting for teacher to start an activity...". 3. Teachers initiate an activity (e.g. Multiple Choice, T/F, Quick Quiz). 1. More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 5 his Tech Tip will look at a great online resource: Teachers Pay Teachers . This is a site to find teacher created resources for novel studies, activities, calendars, workbooks, and a million other useful documents for your classroom. resources and shared with other teachers. What a deal! Money Maker for You? Teachers Pay Teachers is not just for you buying resources; it also allows you to seel what you have already created. Here is your chance to make a little money for the work you ave already done. All you need to do is upload created documents and price them. If you have something good, others will buy it. Sign up and give it a try! http://www.TeachersPayTeachers.com This is a great place to find useful documents for your classroom at very low prices. Best of all, they are created by teachers just like you!. Visit Teachers Pay Teachers to get started: http://www.TeachersPayTeachers.com Create your account today to start downloading and selling! My Rating (up to 5 stars): What is Teachers Pay Teachers? Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original downloadable educational materials, hard goods and used educational resources. There are units of study for nearly anything (novels, sciece units, Common Core, assessments, behavior, and WAY more!). The site is searchable by grade level and subjetc to make it easy to find the perfect resource you need. As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips So…What Does all this Cost? As of the writing of this Tech Tip there are 59,692 free resources available for download. Most other resources are very resonalbley priced and very usefull. I have purchased a few things from the site over the last couple years (a few quizees, units for novel studies, and class management ideas). Also, each week they send an email with a link to the 10 free downloads. I have downloaded many of the free Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 6 his Tech Tip will look at an app that is worth much more than it costs (FREE). Find great high quality paid apps for free each day. Go to the App store on your iPad to download. There are dozens of apps that provide long tedious lists of every single app that ever goes free or short lists of apps that paid a lot of money to be included. But only AppsGoneFree gives you authored, handpicked recommendations from an AppAdvice.com app expert of apps that belong on your device. **INTRODUCING APP BUMP** Being part of the very large AppsGoneFeee community has its perks. Collectively, you have the power to convince apps to go free. With AppBump, simply nominate great apps that are not getting the attention they deserve because the price tag is standing in the way. We'll approach the developers of these apps, and let them know we have a community of users who will all try their app if they go free for just a single day. So it's your way to give back to the community, by sharing great paid apps with each other and getting them free. Remember to nominate every paid app you love, and when you see a bumped app, give it a shot! Our community vouched for it, and the developer did it just for us! =) ! http://tinyurl.com/czglld8 iTunes Store Description: Find great apps without spending a dime! Get high quality paid apps for free each day. Unlike other apps, we offer no paid listings - these are expert-picked top-ranked apps, for FREE! Every day hundreds of apps reduce their price to free for a limited time to try to stimulate excitement. AppsGoneFree finds ONLY the apps worth owning: * Our AppAdvice.com app experts personally handpick ONLY the best apps. If it's on the list, it's worth owning. * These same experts write a quick summary to tell you about the app, and why you need it (or if you don't). Not PR, honest personal advice. * We filter out the junk. Don't waste your time looking at all the free apps generated by robots, scouring through them to find something worth downloading, let us do the work for you. * It's an honest to goodness human-curated list of the best free apps each day (about 5-10 each day). Visit the App Store to get started: http://tinyurl.com/czglld8 My Rating (up to 5 stars): As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 7 his Tech Tip will look at www.Tagxedo.com. If you have ever used Wordle you will love Tagxedo. It has all the same options as Wordle, but it offers even more tricks and ways to display text! words and use Word Choice better. Below is my class policies handout in the form of the GL logo. http://www.tagxedo.com This is a great site to make Wordle type pictures with an added twist. You can make the words themselves form shapes. If you have ever used Wordle for this you know that the limitations were always that it made a rectangle shape image. With Tagxedo the text itself can create a picture. Below is this week’s Tech Tips in the shape of a handprint. Tagxedo can be used any time you might have normally used Wordle. Visit Tagxedo to get started: http://www.tagxedo.com Please see me if you would like help working with Tagxedo! My Rating (up to 5 stars): As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips There are many uses for Tagxedo. Any time you create a Wordle, you could use Tagxedo. I used Wordle each time I made student groups. They would make one to illustrate what they have in common to create a cohesive group. I also had students copy any Google Document they were working on just before they claimed they were done. They would look to see if words like “very”, “good”, “then” and so on were used too much. The larger the word, the nore often it was in the writing. This helped students to identify repetitive Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 8 his Tech Tip will look at a fantastic web site for basic math facts. www.xtramath.org is similar to Rocket Math without all the copies and teacher scoring, and it generates detailed reports for teachers, students, and parents. Best of all…it is FREE! This is a great tool for practicing and recording basic math facts in the classroom. receive detailed reports in their email inbox if they choose or log in to the site to view their child’s progress. This is a great way to keep parents up to date with their child’s basic math facts skills. Progress Reports: XtraMath does all the work for teachers! When students progress through basic facts, the program generates detailed reports for staff. There is no more need for teachers to grade all the practice sheets, record student progress, and progress students though a system of paperwork to proactice the needed facts. XtraMath does all this for you with easy to read graphs, charts, and fact grids that show student progress. Check out what the reports look like at http://vimeo.com/19411733. http://www.xtramath.org What Are the Benefits of Xtramath? Visit XtraMath to get started: http://www.xtramath.org See me if you would like help setting up your own XtraMath class! My Rating (up to 5 stars): Overview: www.XtraMath.org is a great site to practice basic math facts. It is similar to Roocket Math but can be done on the classroom computers or iPads and manages student progress for teachers and parents. This is a free service that coud easily replace Rocket Math in the classroom for daily/weekly math facts practice. Check out the overvew at http://vimeo.com/19402897. As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! Student Activities: The way Xtramath is set up is very student centered. Students can access the site on a classroom computer or iPad and practice basic math facts. The program continues from where they left off or what facts a student may need to study. It allows an easy classroom management proceedure for sharing limited classroom computers (or iPads). For more details check out the video at http://vimeo.com/19411308 to see how XtraMath does this. More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875 For Parents: Parents are even able to access their child’s progress through XtraMath. They can

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 9 his Tech Tip will look at one of my most used and favorite Apps/websites. Evernote is a great resource that I use daily. It is the tool that can help organize your entire life: classroom, school, home, personal, family, etc. Not only is Evernote one of the greatest tools, it is FREE and easy to use! Evernote helps you remember everything at any time. It syncs across all the computers, phones and tablets you use. address, but the actual viewable site). This is great for keeping all those great sites organized and not lost in your bookmarks. Another great classroom use is student notes. In a notebook you can create a note for each student in your room and keep notes, observation, and data for later use (conferences, phone calls, etc). This is like the notebooks most teachers already keep, but it is accessible anywhere without having to lug around that binder. Evernote for You: Evernote can even help you keep organized. You can create notebooks for your personal life as well. You can create notebooks for holiday shopping, recipes, websites, personal lists, todo lists, etc. This is one of my most used apps/tools. http://www.evernote.com Capture Anything: Save your ideas, tasks, projects, files, research, and more. Just clip or add a picture, website, audio file, word/PDF document, or just about anything to a notebook and have it stored for as long as you wish. Download the App on your device or visit Evernote online to get started: http://www.evernote.com See me if you would like help setting up your own Evernote notebooks! My Rating (up to 5 stars): Access Anywhere: Evernote makes all of your memories available anywhere you go. You can access all your notes with the iPad/Android App, desktop version, or any computer that has internet access by going to www.evernote.com and signing in. As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Find Everything Fast: Search by keyword, tag, and even find text inside images. This way you don’t lose all those notes you created. Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875 Evernote for the Classroom: Evernote has a lot of uses in the classroom. I use it for clipping websites that are helpful. If you use Google Chrome, there is an extension that you can install that allows you to save the entire website as a note (not just the

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 10 called FreeTech4Teachers . This is a great source for classroom teachers looking to integrate technology. I visit it often and follow the author on Twitter and Facebook. He posts tweets many times each day with great technology sources. his Tech Tip will look at a fantastic web site devoted to sharing technology for teachers Timely updates on Twitter and Facebook. I find the best way to keep up to date with Mr. Byrne’s postings is to follow him on Twitter. If you have an account just follow him at @rmbyrne or go to https://twitter.com/rmbyrne to see his page. If you need help setting up an account I can help you out, but you can not acces Twitter from school so you are better off setting up your account at home. Here you will find a link each day to his postings. Mr. Byrne also logs the same information on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FreeTech4Teachers (also only accessed from home). Professional Development. There are additional oppertunities to learn more from Richard Byrne through webinars and PD days. These are the only part of his service that would cost funds. http://www.FreeTech4Teachers.com Visit Richard Byrne’s site to get started: http://www.FreeTech4Teachers.com Please see me if you would like help with this site! My Rating (up to 5 stars): Great Resources. Many of the tech tools I have discovered have come from Richard Byrne’s web site/blog. There are multiple daily updates with a new tech tool or idea. He invites others to comment and give input on all posts. Not only are these new and exciting tools shared, they are archived for future visits. Every post is saved and viewable at any time from his archives (right side of his site). This is one of the most comprehensive collections of technology tools any classroom teacher could find. There is no need to Google search for ideas, just visit www.FreeTech4Teachers.com and search for what you need. You are sure to find almost anything you need, and many ideas/tools you never even considered. As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 11 his Tech Tip will look at Quizlet. This is a fantastic site to make, share, and study flash cards. There is so much that this site offers. The only way to see it all is to set up a free account and try it out. auto-create study cards. Each term card can be individually created as well. After the terms are entered they can be shared by a web link with students to study. For Students: http://www.quizlet.com What is Quizlet? Quizlet is an online tool designed to study key vocabulary terms and other concepts. It allows teachers to create flash cards and have students practice online. Teachers can make their own, or choose from millions of flash cards sets created by others. But that's just the beginning - once you've got flashcards, you can use several study modes including multiple choice tests and study games. You can add images and listen to audio, and even study on the go with Quizlet-compatible mobile apps. This is a great tool for classroom quiz/test preparation. This is an easy tool to use. Quizlet will help students study terms with a few entertaining methods to help vocabulary retention. Best of all, no student account is needed. All a student needs is a link from the teacher and a computer with Internet access. Perhaps the best part of Quizlet, and what sets it above many others, is the options offered for studying. There are 5 different study formats to work with (Speller, Learn, Test, Scatter, and Space Race). These offer different ways to practice and learn the same terms, and best of all the teacher doesn’t need to set them up. They are part of Quizlet! Visit http://www.quizlet.com to get started! Please see me if you would like help setting up your own Quizlet Flash Cards! My Rating (up to 5 stars): As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! What Are the Benefits of Quizlet? For Teachers: This is a very easy site to upload terms and create study tools. It is free and offers many great tools to make studying vocabulary fun. There are millions of already made vocabulary flash card decks already made and ready to share. Often times the perfect card deck is already created and ready to go! All a teacher needs to do is create a list of terms and definitions. If these are already created in Excel they can be copied right into the web site and More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 12 his Tech Tip will look at a great online teaching resource. Khan Academy has thousands of videos and online learning activities for all ages. These resources can be used at school or home for introduction, review, or reinforcement of Math and Science skills. Teachers become “Coaches” in Khan Academy and have access to view all activities and progress of students. Below is a link to view videos to set up student accounts and have students add you as their coach. http://tinyurl.com/GLTechCoachHowTo For Students: Students can revisit concepts they may have difficulty with or just need to review. Also, they can learn upcoming concepts and to prepare for future class lessons. Khan Academy engages students of all ages with rewards such as Badges, Avatars, and Points earned. These are un-lockable through completing activities and viewing relevant instructional videos. http://www.khanacademy.org What is Khan Academy? The Khan Academy is a “learn at your own pace” Math and Science resource web site. It started out when the founder Sal Khan was helping his cousins with math classes and posted some of the videos to YouTube. Since then it has grow to thousands of videos and many self-paced online activities. The videos and activities cover everything from one-plusone to Calculus. Some teachers have even been using Khan Academy as homework and having the students practicing the concepts in class the next day (flipping classrooms). Visit https://www.khanacademy.org/about for a great overview. For Parents: Parents can see student progress the same as teachers can, as well as view additional help in math and science concepts. Visit Khan Academy to get started: www.khanacademy.org See me if you would like help setting up your own class in Khan Academy! My Rating (up to 5 stars): As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! For Teachers: Khan Academy offers great introduction, review, and re-teaching videos and activities for all ages. These are fantastic resources to see a lesson in a different way or have unlimited access to teaching resources. Khan Academy can be used by the teacher to show instructional videos to the whole class or even have individualized instruction through student accounts. Once a teacher sets up an account it can be used to monitor student progress. More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach student performance, ideas for new approaches, etc. can be stored here as well Issue 13 teaching his Tech Tip will look into a great program for making and sharing your lesson plans. There are many great lesson plan programs out there, but my favorite is planbook.com . This lesson plan book is easy to use, has many features, and has a low cost! Forwards and Backwards Bump: Didn’t get to a lesson or maybe covered it earlier than expected? Lessons can be bumped into the future from one to ten days, or into the past from one to ten days. Customize your Lesson View: Week/day/month views are available, as well as color coding and font sizes. You can also choose to show or hide many parts of lessons (standard IDs, standard descriptions, materials, homework, notes, etc.). http://www.planbook.com Share Lesson Plan: Lesson plans can be shared with other teachers, administrators, or parents if needed. The teacher can select what portions are shared and what are kept private. And Much More… Create an account and get started: http://www.planbook.com Please see me if you would like help setting up your plan book. My Rating (up to 5 stars): Quick Overview of Great Features: Attach Files to Lessons: Teachers can attach files (Word Document, PowerPoint presentation, PDF, etc.) or web inks to lessons. This makes it a one-stop storage for all your lesson materials. Standards Reporting: Teachers can run reports on the standards they have covered in lessons. They can view national, state, or local standards, and report by specific subjects, categories and date ranges. The reports will also tell the number of times each standard was taught. Teacher Notes: Teachers can have a running “To Do” list (make copies, get supplies, call parents, etc.) available right form the plan book. Notes about As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Issue 14 his Tech Tip will look into making current documents into a sharable format: PDF. PDFs are the universal means of emailing, uploading, and sharing documents that are intended to be read and not edited. Microsoft Office older than 07 you will need a PDF writer installed. If you are on a school computer, one is already installed (PrimoPDF). All you need to do is listed below: Finish your document and save. Click Print Choose “printer” PrimoPDF. A box will come up. In PDF Settings select “Screen” 5. In “Save as” choose a location to save the file (I always choose desktop to move later. 6. Click “OK”. 7. Your PDF will open and it will be saved in the location you chose. Screencast Link here: www.screencast.com/t/gCvCpqmokMh 1. 2. 3. 4. What is a PDF? A PDF, or Portable Document Format, is a file format that provides an image of text and graphics that looks like a printed document and can be viewed, printed, and electronically transmitted. This is the best way to have parents, students, or others see files as you meant for them to look. With the huge array of word processing programs out there (Word, Word Perfect, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, OpenOffice, Google Docs, etc.) files are being created every day. The problem we run into is when you try to send one of these files to another person who does not have the same program (not to mention same version) that you created it in. Upon opening, if their program allows this to occur, fonts are changed, pictures are moved/resized, links are changed, and information is lost. Nothing is more frustrating than getting files of importance that you cannot open/read. In addition there is a huge amount of users who are now reading emails/attachments on mobile devices. This is where a PDF comes into play. If a file is converted to PDF, it can be opened on ANY computer, ANY mobile device, in ANY language and it will look like you intended it to look. Need a PDF Writer for Home? I use: http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp I know, it sounds funny but it is free easy to use. Please see me if you would like help setting using a PDF writer. My Rating (up to 5 stars): As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875 So…How do you make a PD? There are a couple of ways this can be done. In the newer versions of Microsoft Office (07 & and up) it is an option under “Save As”. If you are working in

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T Visit the GL Tech Coach Web Site: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechCoach Classroom Set Up Issue 15 his Tech Tip will look into Discovery Education. This is one of the most complete resources available. Discovery Education is an amazing collection of videos, lesson plans, activities, resources, teacher tools, class assignments, and much more! This is my favorite feature. Teachers can build “Classrooms” and allow students accounts to access assignments, quizzes, video links, and projects. This is the tool that makes Discovery Education the powerful tool it is! After creating a Classroom teachers can assign students work to progress through. These can be videos, writing prompts, quizzes, etc. These are tracked and scored and easily turn your classroom into a virtual classroom! Become a STAR Educator http://www.discoveryeducation.com What Is Discovery Education? We have been fortunate at Gull Lake to have a subscription to Discovery Education for years, but many teachers did not know what they were missing. We have referred to it as “United Streaming” for a while, and many teachers use the videos often. There is so much more available to staff and kids. Discovery Education is here to help teachers make the best out of their teaching. They offer a program called STAR Educator that is easy to achieve and offers great rewards. To be come a STAR Educator go to: http://bit.ly/UY6AXw. Once you are a STAR Educator you will have access to even more resources and tools. Log In and get started: http://www.discoveryeducation.com Of Course…Videos The most common use is the thousands of videos available to stream in your classroom. There are so many math, science, and social studies videos that any teacher can find just what they are looking for. In addition teacher guides, student resources, and quizzes are available for these videos. Students can also view these videos at home if you set up a classroom and give students accounts. Please see me if you would like help using your account or have questions. Here is a great intro video: http://bit.ly/UY6JdB My Rating (up to 5 stars): As always, if you have any questions or need help, feel free to stop by, call, or email me. I am here to help you! Teacher Resources There are so many teacher resources available I can’t list them all. Here are just a few: ! Teaching resources: lesson plans, black-line master, teacher guides, quizzes, activities ! Student activities, quizzes, writing prompts, virtual trips, and games ! Ability to download videos and resources or save them in “My Content” to be saved ! Connections with teachers thorough DEN (Discovery Educator Network) More Tech Tips At: www.tinyurl.com/GLCSTechTips Jeremy Badiner JBadiner@gulllakecs.org JBadiner@gl.k12.mi.us Ryan Int.: Mon./Wed./Fri. (269) 488-5060 ext. 2515 Richland Elem.: Tues./Thurs. (269) 488-5080 ext. 3130 After Hours Google Voice: (269) 350-4875

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