Thursday, February 26, 2015

Too Busy to Improve

I saw this image posted on Twitter this morning by Tony Vincent @tonyvincent and it rocked my world. I hear this reason for not attending/hosting/having/participating in or paying attention to directions and staff development more often than I'd like to think.

AND I use it TOO. Note to self, I am NOT too busy to learn a more efficient way to operate.

Created by Hakan Forss +HÃ¥kan Forss 


Monday, February 2, 2015

#TCEA15 See you there!

If you're headed to #TCEA15 this year, I look forward to seeing you there! Please check out my schedule below and let's catch up if we get a chance.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Learning to use the New Autocrat is Working SMARTER

Autocrat is a ROBOT that does your work for you. You heard me right. It's like Rosie from the Jetsons. If you don't take a few minutes to learn this, you're literally working HARDER not SMARTER, so come on y'all, who wants to do this? Stay late today, watch, then save TONS of time later when Autocrat is working for you.

As you can see, learning Autocrat is just like hiring the gal below without all the interpersonal drama. Do it. 

Top 5 Reasons To Build Your Next Brochure With

By: Dustin Hodgson
Title: Co-Owner of MyCreativeShop

NOTE FROM AMY: I'm super excited about MyCreativeShop because they offer thousands of some of the highest quality templates available online. It’s important to note that MyCreativeShop is a paid service. However, If you’d like to avoid the membership fee, you can print your project with them during your trial, then they’ll waive the design fee and cover the cost of your stock images, thus making it a free design to print service. If are searching for a FREE solution, try Lucidpress or Canva (with your own images).

Consider this a warning… Not everyone is creative, but YOU can be!

Before I get into my top 5 list, I’d like to explain what I mean by my statement above. You see… I've been in graphic design for several years now and the number 1 thing I heard from co-workers regarding design was, “... but I’m not creative, so you do it”. There are plenty of designers documenting what not to say to a graphic designer, but that one stuck out to me the most.

NOTE FROM AMY: Keep reading to see an awesome poop graphic. Yes you heard me, poop.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What IS Google Classroom?

If you've been wondering what Google Classroom is (or is NOT), this video from moi is for you! Should you get ready for implementation? Can you replace your current system with Classroom? This video will help you answer those burning questions. Then, join the discussion below this post on Google+ to share how your school is using Classroom to improve instruction.

Also, don’t forget to install the free Synergyse training for Classroom by visiting and clicking the large green Install button!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Create FREE Animated Gifs using Snagit and your Chrome Browser

Animated Gifs have returned to the scene as a GREAT teaching tool. You can email them, post them on a website or on social media, add them to a document or slideshow, but any way you put them, they're a powerful, succinct way to get across the steps of a technology process. Easy, fun, and FREE! Thanks TechSmith for the great addition to the Chrome browser!

Install the App here and you also need the extension, available here.

Video here if you don't see it below.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Updated Student Choice Continuum

The idea of the "Student Choice Continuum" has had quite a bit of traction thanks to followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Thanks for your feedback. Below please find the updated Student Choice Continuum which has discarded the "Based on Curriculum" anchor found in the original version. Educators pointed out to me that any of these activities could be based on curriculum or not and that often teachers think their activities are based on curriculum (word search) when they are actually not helpful to student learning. Keep sharing and sending feedback! I'm listening!

Vector Version (svg format)

Extra Large PNG Version