Sheets, Another Thing to Love, Protect Specific Cells 

The collaborative nature of GAFE is both a blessing and a curse. You want to give collaborative access to others but what if you want to place certain areas off limits. Did you know that you can protect a range of cells within Google Sheets? With just a few clicks you can make certain areas off limits to others while still allowing editing on other areas.  I could see this being useful with students as you could share a sign up sheet with the confidence of knowing that the basic structure is protected. I’ve designed a demo that shows how this works.

Cold Day Science

Another cold day in Wisconsin!  Dangerously cold weather has kept us all inside but just because you’re not in school is no reason to stop learning.  I’ve always wondered what happens to things in the bitter cold and have been fascinated by crystals so when suggestions of blowing bubbles when its cold started showing up on the internet I just had to try.  Below is a little video that documented my efforts.  By all means, try this at home but make sure you are bundled up and don’t stay out too long.

I’ve added the tools I used to the video.  This project gave me good reason to learn how to use Soundzabound from WiMediaLab.org to incorporate royalty free music.  If you are from Wisconsin and have yet to use the resources of WiMediaLab.org, I would highly recommend it.

Watch and wonder as the bubble blown starts to crystallize.  You can actually see the crystals forming around the bubble.  

Wonderopolis, did you ever wonder…

With Common Core now in full swing and taking center stage it would be easy to set aside the magic and fun that teaching and learning can bring. Luckily with great sites like Thinkfinity’s Wonderopolis you don’t have to. The site can bring out the natural wonder of the every day by offering brief excursions from everything from animals and architecture to volcanoes and woodworking all high interest in an easy to digest format. Users can search the site for CCSS aligned wonders or explore the “Wonder of the Day”.
I wonder what I’ll explore next…
Wonderopolis

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The Trouble with Teaching Tech

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Kids would actually change their online behaviour if they knew their parents were watching [Report]

Definitely food for thought. Parents should never underestimate their influence.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about the relationship between children, their parents, and the Internet. Most of us would probably agree that parents need to educate their kids about getting the most out of the internet while staying safe. The problem seems to be that, although parents worry about their kids, they are unable, or unwilling, to take the necessary steps to create the next generation of Netizens.

The truth of the matter is that the Internet is an 18+ world – always has been. Kids need to be shown early on how to navigate and keep themselves (and others) safe and productive online.

The 2013 McAfee Digital Deception Study explores the online disconnect between parents and pre-teens, teens, and young adults. This 23-page report makes it clear that many parents’ perceptions are out-of-sync with today’s online reality. Some of their findings include:

  • 62% of parents don’t think their…

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Found! Right from Ruben himself, SAMR Ruben R. Puentedura’s Weblog

 Ruben R. Puentedura’s Weblog has been found!  Ok, it wasn’t lost, I just found it.  It’s actually been active since 2003 but it’s taken this long for me to notice.  Dr. Puentedura has made available to all his thoughts, slides, resources, wisdom, as well as 10 years of archival information regarding technology initiatives.  It looks well worth the visit.

Ruben R. Puentedura’s Weblog.

SAMR with an i, Downers Grove District #58

The following is from the Downers Grove District #58 web site on SAMRi.  They have taken Dr Ruben Puentedura’s work describing the stages of technology integration and put their own special spin on it for their teachers.

Professional Development: Become SAMRi / What is a SAMRi?

The SAMR Ladder of Questions and Transitions
Substitution:
• What will I gain by replacing the older technology with the new technology?

Substitution to Augmentation:
• Have I added an improvement to the task process that could not be accomplished with the older technology at a fundamental level?
• How does this feature contribute a design?

Augmentation to Modification:
• How is the original task being modified?
• Does this modification fundamentally depend upon the new technology?
• How does this modification contribute to my design?

Modification to Redefinition:
• What is the new task?
• Will any portion of the original task be retained?
• How is the new task uniquely made possible by the new technology?
• How does it contribute to my design?

via Professional Development: Become SAMRi / What is a SAMRi?.

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Apps For Achievement

Apps For Achievement

At Apps for Achievement users are able to search for apps to meet their specific needs.  Have a standard you have to meet or subject to teach?  Apps for Achievement is clearinghouse complete with ratings and reviews to help you choose the best app for you and your students.

‘Boring lessons are still boring with technology’ 1-1 class management

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Something I ran across that seemed to ring true. The article reminds me of a colleague of mine that would say “Smartboards don’t make for smarter kids.” It’s what’s done with the technology that counts.