Wednesday, May 14, 2014

#Draggo...My New Favorite Bookmarking Tool

#Draggo has recently become my favorite bookmarking tool. Since learning about it at #TCEA14, I've used it everyday...I especially like that you can 'chunk' groups of websites, which comes in really handy with my lessons in Edmodo. Here's my Draggo collection so far... for more detailed instructions check out LEARN - LEAD - GROW : #Draggo: A Social Bookmarking Alternative for an excellent overview!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reflector: Display Your iPad on Your Computer...

In total agreement with giving sympathetic nods due to absence, so I thought this one would be a good way for me to jump back into sharing mode...
Deep South Ed Tech: Reflector: Display Your iPad on Your Computer Unet...: Please pardon my absence - iPads happened. (I'm hoping for sympathetic nods here.) Speaking of iPads, let's talk about a program c...

Friday, September 28, 2012

BlendKit Course-Week 1

This was the kick-off week for participating in my first MOOC course and this week's topic was Understanding Blended Learning. As I continue my studies in instructional design for online learning, this activity has reinforced my understanding that blended learning is another way of allowing instructors and designers to look for creative ways to engage learners and use a variety of media to address specific needs of students. It also helped me to remember that according to Carmen (2002), some of the key ingredients to creating blended learning include: live events, self-paced learning, collaboration, assessment, and support materials all of which have been presented in this week's learning. While most online designs favor a systems approach, due to its consistency and ease of support, blended learning allows for a "move toward a networked model or, less emphasis on presenting information and more emphasis on building the ability to navigate the information, which equals connectivism," a theory touted by George Siemens (2002). For this week's learning activities I created a course blueprint and mixmap to lay the foundation for creating a blended learning course. Let me know your thoughts!

Carman, J.M. (October, 2002). Blended learning design: five key elements. Agilant Learning. Retrieved June 26, 2011 from
Siemens, G. (2002, September 30, 2002). Instructional Design in Elearning. Retrieved June 26, 2011 from

Monday, March 19, 2012

Math + Technology = Cool Construct!

One of my seventh grade students used to create this digitally-drawn construct after learning how to arrange geometrical shapes using compasses in Pre-algebra class. Great example of creativity and innovation!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Technology ---Just Do It!

This post is primarily a note to self. I come across numerous great ideas daily, and I read, try and use some (not all) of them as much as I can find a way, but I fail to share these great ideas--so I am going to try this again, starting today. One tool that I have really grown to love is Edmodo. I started using it with my students at the beginning of this year, and gradually began using as my own PLN more and more. Edmodo is a free online collaboration site that is specifically designed for education-the kids love it, and so do I. OK, even though I have much more to say on Edmodo, that's my post for today--I did it!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Web 2.0 Explained

For teachers who are new to using "Tech Tools" check out this video which gives a fairly simplified explanation of Web 2.0

For more resources check out Discovery Education's website

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Free E-Books:Technology Tidbits

After reading Shelly Terrell's blog post on Free E-books and resources for your summer reading I was delighted to see how David Kapuler highlighted some of my favorite tech ed resources in a series of free e-books. In a collection of six volumes he has included a wealth of resources, many of which I had not heard of before. One in particular includes the host site, BookRix which allows users to read and create their own "digital" books for free!