Friday, December 16, 2016

Amendments to the Constitution Project

I was making my rounds though Albert Hill Middle School yesterday and of the 8th Grade Civics teachers mentioned a project his kids were working where some of them were actually creating smartphone apps. Intrigued I stopped by to check it out and was so impressed I grabbed a copy of the project to post here.

Along with creating an app students also had the option to do a number of other things including PowerPoint presentation or podcast. Along with posting the lesson I've included links to resources for students that wish to use the technology options in their final product.


PowerPoint Presentation:
Google Slides


Smartphone App: App Lab
MIT App Inventor

The teacher that provided it to me, Mr. Kimbrell, couldn't remember where he had originally found this project and despite some Google sleuthing on my part I couldn't fully determine the source either. If it's yours please comment so I can provide proper credit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Favorite Apps - Clarify

A few weeks ago the data analyst I work with at one of my schools asked me to put together a walkthrough for how to do paper and pencil tests in PowerSchool. I don't have need to create such things often but when I do my go-to app is Clarify.

Compared to creating walkthroughs in Word or Pages where you must use a separate screenshot app with additional steps involved, Clarify allows you to use the app to take the needed shots and automatically embed them. From there you can add instructions along with arrows and bullets to explain whatever it is you're trying to do. From there it can be exported into a clean and professional looking PDF for sharing.

Below is the aforementioned walkthrough for PowerSchool created using the app. I also used it to create one for Blogger last year that can be found here on a previous blog post.

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Few Favorite Tweets from VSTE 2016

I wasn't able to attend this year's Virginia Society for Technology in Education conference this year but many folks I follow did. While many great resources were shared I also found the following Tweets particularly thought provoking.

I also liked this Tweet collecting the names of other educators to follow on Twitter. Read this post I made on my blog last year for additional folks.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Social Media Privacy Settings

Earlier in the week we had a little incident in our district that served as a reminder that it’s a good idea to safeguard our privacy on social media. Whether we like it or not the truth is that teachers are held to a higher standard than other professions and we have to be careful about not only what we post but how much is visible and to whom. To that end I’ve put together a list of resources on how to safeguard privacy on social media sites.

Protecting your privacy on 9 popular social networks

Protecting and unprotecting your Tweets
How to Lock Down Your Twitter Privacy Settings

Controlling Your Visibility on Instagram
7 must-know privacy tips for Instagram newbies

Basic Privacy Settings and Tools
The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings
Here’s How to Use Facebook’s Mystifying Privacy Settings
Facebook for teachers: 11 tips for protecting your privacy

Control access to your blog

Privacy Settings
Post Visibility

Edit your account privacy
How to be Private on Pinterest in 3 Steps

Choose how you share information on your Google+ profile
How to Change Your Google+ Privacy Settings
How To: Managing Your Google+ Security Settings


Managing Account Settings
How To: Managing Your LinkedIn Privacy Settings
9 LinkedIn Default Settings You Need to Change Immediately