Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tech Integration in the Music Class!

Yes! Technology In the Music Classroom!

"By introducing virtual instruments and digital composition, teachers are empowering students to innovate in ways that were unimaginable 10 or 20 years ago, and are making their classes more engaging and interactive."
With Tech the Music teacher can;

  • send audio recording students can practice to
  • allow students to compose  their own music
  • convert music notations to digital notations
  • edit music
  • record performances
  • improve student sound with tuner apps
  • share music with classes
The Journal 4 ways to use tech in the music class

Create Higher Order Thinkers!

Use Tech to Create Thinkers

Kathy Schrock has some great ideas to bring out the Critical Thinker in your students!!

6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking           Skills ©1994-2014 1105 Media Inc, Ed-Tech Group.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More Tech Tools!

10 More Easy Tech Tools That Every Educator Should Have Started Using Yesterday

information from  Patricia Brown @ Tech & Learning

 Google ClassroomClassroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. 
Graphite Common Sense Media welcomes you to Graphite, a platform created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom. 

Kahoot A game-based classroom response system. This website allows you to assess students learning in a fun and engaging way. It is very simple to use. 

To create a game click here https://getkahoot.com/

To play a game click here https://kahoot.it/#/

When Youtube is blocked in your district use keepvid.com and download and keep any video on Youtube.

Online pesentation software. Emaze is the next generation of online presentations, empowering you to create an amazing impression through design and technology.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Create Fake Texts and Convos with Siri

Fake Texts!

Let's tap into the world of our students to teach them! Just about all of our students knows what a text message is and has sent a few (for some a few means a few thousand!) With iFakeText students create a conversation that demonstrates mastery of a concept. Here are some ideas;
  • Create a conversation with an Historical figure
  • Two friends discussing a book, movie, or event
  • Two friends telling answers to study questions


Monday, July 14, 2014

3D Printing in the Classroom is Elementary

3D Printing in the Classroom is Elementary

There are so many awesome reasons to try 3D printing with your students. The levels of enthusiasm and engagement as well as the multitude of skills used by my students during the process were exciting to observe. The daily collaboration among students and the way they could view me as a learner too were results I hadn’t anticipated."

Friday, May 23, 2014

LeapBand Is the First Activity Tracker for Kids


Click the picture to read abuout this cool gadget for kids from 'Mashable'.
Google Apps Is Constantly Adding More Features to Make it the Only Cloud You Will Ever Need!

6 Chrome Extensions to Help You Maximize Google Drive

Friday, April 11, 2014


Its Easy to Blend 21st Century Teaching into your Lessons Using Blendspace!


The company has seen teachers use Blendspace in 4 ways:
  • Presentations: Add online multimedia like YouTube videos, documents and websites simply by drag-and-dropping
  • Flipping the class: Create self-paced lessons and share with just one link
  • Project-Based learning: Students can research, learn and showcase their projects
  • Differentiated instruction: Personalize student learning with different online materials
   Copyright (c) 2011-2013 EdSurge inc.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

21st Century Learning for Parents

A Guide for Parents to Learning in the 21st Century

Today's students need skills that are continually emerging! Classrooms must evolve to meet these needs, therefore, todays' classrooms should not resemble yesterdays learning which may seem confusing to parents. 'Edutopia' provides a great guide to the 21st Century Learning concept that makes it easier for Parents of 21st Century Learners to know how they can participate.

 Parent's Guide to 21st Century Skillls

Monday, March 24, 2014

Technology in Agriculture; Computer Welding Simulation at BISD

Tulsa Welding School is at Bellville ISD's AG Deptartment today, students are doing a vertical welding simulation on computer today.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Should I Use Social Media in the Classroom?

Vickie Davis @coolcatteacher says YES!

"It's in the Standards"

"If you're going to ignore social media in the classroom, then throw out the ISTE Standards for Students and stop pretending that you're 21st century. Stop pretending that you're helping low-income children overcome the digital divide if you aren't going to teach them how to communicate online.
Social media is here. It's just another resource and doesn't have to be a distraction from learning objectives. Social media is another tool that you can use to make your classroom more engaging, relevant and culturally diverse."
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

Great article. I'm always

Great article. I'm always confused by this topic of 'Should we be doing...'. To my mind, the reality is that young people will engage with social media with or without our guidance - surely we want them to do so in a safe manner - and that means teaching social media.
Also, Cindy, I love the idea of a blogging elective!

Here is the beginning of her Quiz, very thought provoking. After reading this click to read the rest of her post and tell me what you think.

 Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? Kids need to write letters and mail them. But what if they send mail to a bad person or someone in prison? What if it gets lost in the mail and the wrong person opens it? Are we opening up a whole dangerous world to our students once they mail letters to others? Surely students will send thousands of letters through the mail in their lifetime.
Click the image to

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tech Saves Teaching Time!

Teaching with Technology can be a Great Time Saver!
The article below comes from 'TechThought' and has some valuable information to make teaching easier!

How To Save Time Teaching With Technology
Technology is great–when it works.
While using technology for learning is easy, mastering it–using it to save time, reduce busy work, and ultimately increase student understanding–is another matter entirely.
Lost passwords, blocked YouTube channels, and 200 unread emails in your inbox can really put a dent in your enthusiasm for consistently using technology. So below we’ve started a list–and it’s just a start–to identify problems and solutions for teaching with technology.
And since it is intended only as a beginning, we hope that you’ll take to the comments section below with a problem/solution of your own. Weak WiFi signals, low memory on tablets, and other issues that challenge your tech integration, and ultimately cost you one of the most valuable resources a teacher needs–time.
46 Tips To Save Time Teaching With Technology
1. Problem: Too Much Procedure, Too Little Student Work
3 Solutions:
  • Adopt a truly student-centered, self-directed classroom. (But this one’s easier said than done.)
  • Think of every lesson from two perspectives–the desired outcome, and the student. Then simplify the workflow until they can reach that desired outcome on their own without your micromanagement.
  • If all of your apps are focused on student work or assessment for example, diversify. Consider apps for a smoother runnning classroom–that help smooth the flow of interaction between students, activities, and teacher.
2. Problem: Grading of Frequent Assessments
2 Solutions:
3. Problem: Contacting Parents
2 Solutions:
4. Problem: District Filters
5 Solutions:
  • Get to know the person (or group) that maintains the filter. Learn what makes them block and unblock stuff, then appeal to those criteria objectively.
  • Check that your resources aren’t blocked ahead of time.
  • Ask the district for an updated lists—digitally-accessible in a wiki or something—of all blocked site that’s updated weekly.
  • Tether your tablet or laptop to your cellular signal in a pinch. (It’s really not difficult; Google it.)
  • Use a flash drive–or a memory card in your smartphone as a flash drive.
5. Problem: Student anonymity and privacy
1 Solution:
  • Assign every student a number that’s exclusive to them, and have them post, share, or otherwise “brand” their work by that number.
6. Problem: Slow Computers
4 Solutions:
  • Bring your own. It’s worth it.) Yes, I know you paid for it. Yes, it’s a considerable expense. It’s. Also. Worth. It.)
  • Use a tablet. (They tend to slow less over time.)
  • Add a couple of sticks of memory to the one the school gives you. $60, and takes 90 seconds for even a beginning to install. Google it.
  • Use a Chromebook, or even a Microsoft “convertible” tablet/keyboard combo (~$350 from Microsoft).
7Problem: Looking For Apps
4 Solutions:
  • For one, use fewer apps. Looking for apps is like shopping—it’s fun even if you already have all that you need.
  • Learn to more thoroughly use what you already have.
  • Ask the students to find what you need.
  • Read TeachThought. (We curate the best learning apps, too.)
8. Problem: Disorganized Resources
6 Solutions:
  • Organize it—starting in the cloud!
  • Use a system of cataloging your content that helps you find what you need faster.
  • Use the cloud so that you can find it on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or whatever new technology that emerges this time next year.
  • Tag it.
  • Throw out old stuff—or at least drag-and-drop it all into a dumping folder for later.
  • Purge annually. Take that folder from above and throw stuff out that you no longer use. (Don’t horde.)
9. Problem: Drowning In Email
5 Solutions:
  • Adopt the email charter—and then hope others do, too.
  • Don’t leave it open. Pick a low-energy, low-creativity time of day when you’d be out of it anyway, and use that time to respond to email.
  • Know that it’s okay to be brief.
  • Know when to pick up the phone.
  • Set up two email addresses, and use them strategically (one for this, the other for that).
10. Problem: Finding Resources
1 Solution:
  • Set up an RSS feed or twitter list of your favorite resources, then skim then daily. Use a reader that allows you to save your favorite posts directly to an app like Pocket, then save the good stuff there to skim again later.
11. Problem: Student Account Access
4 Solutions:
  • Keep a Google or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of student log-in info that you can access from anywhere, and can make changes to on the go.
  • Print a roster every nine weeks with student names, then have them add—and test—their log-in info.
  • Have a school volunteer come in every 4.5 weeks and review/test/revise log-ins for all students.
  • Realize this is a problem for everyone on earth, and there really is no cure-all.
12. Problem: Too Many Resources
5 Solutions:
  • Go on an information diet–less is more.
  • Focus on fewer, more substantive posts and resources.
  • Cull your follows on social media.
  • Trim your RSS feed.
  • Declutter your bookmarks not by removing five or six links, but deciding which five or six to keep.
13. Problem: Mediocre Content
3 Solutions:
  • Be choosier with what you read. Think less about the title or the popularity of content, and more about the credibility of the content creator.
  • You’ll find your perspective aligns (more or less) with a handful of educators. Follow them, and make it a point to at least give their content a skim even if the headline doesn’t jump right out at you.
  • If the content doesn’t challenge your thinking, find its way directly into your planning and the work students are doing, and/or inspire you, then stop reading it. There’s too much great content out there.
How To Save Time Teaching With Technology @ Copyright TeachThought 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What Engages Students in the Classroom?

As teachers we all want to engage students. Students will tell us if we just pay attention, click below to read an article from 'Edutopia' to learn what helps them learn according to actual students... (Technology can help you do all of this!!!)

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

  • © 2014 The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Learning List for Proclaimation 2014

Watch this video for a brief tutorial on searching the reviews for adoption materials included in the 2014 Proclaimation.

How do I? : Search for Product Reviews from Learning List on Vimeo.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Coolest School Announcement!!

This has got to be one of the best school announcements ever!

Teaching Elementary Students Plagiarism and Citing Sources

We are Required to Teach Our Students about Plagiarism and Citing Sources

TEKS Standard 5:
5. Digital Citizenship
The student practices safe, responsible, legal, and ethical behavior while using digital tools and resources. 

The student is expected to:
5a. adhere to acceptable use policies reflecting appropriate behavior in a digital environment;
5b. comply with acceptable digital safety rules, fair use guidelines, and copyright laws; and
5c. practice the responsible use
Here is a great presentation to use in your Grade 3rd-5th grade classroom to begin your unit!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Using Technology to Learn About History

Coach 'G' Uses Technology to Check for Understanding!

After using actual newspapers from the day the U.S. was attacked at Pearl Harbor, Coach 'G' used digital images of this historical event to create a newspaper template. His tsudents used this template to write in the image captions as well as related articles of this attack.

Student commentary;

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Add Your Own Voice to Students Documents!

Add Voice Comments to Google Documents With Kaizena

Another great reason to use Google Apps with your students...
Let your students listen to your voice as they recieve feedback on their project! Students more likely remember your actual words than the red pen marks on their work! For students that have a difficult time reading, or actually reading your writing, this will allow them to understand the feedback you are sharing!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Help Your Students Earn Their 'Digital Passport' to Safety and Citizenship

This is a GREAT teaching tool to teach online safety and citizenship!

Collaborative classroom activities reinforce online lessons as students' progress is tracked and measured so that teachers can effectively evaluate their students' readiness to be online and use mobile devices. Reports are easily exported from the platform, enabling schools to create a record of student learning that helps satisfy E-rate and CIPA educational requirements.  © Common Sense Media Inc. 2013
This tool is now available on Edmodo, Google play
Today, Common Sense Media is proud to announce the release of Digital Passport™ on both iOS and Android platforms, making the award-winning web-based game more accessible than ever for students in grades 3-5 who must learn critical skills around being safe, smart and responsible online.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Insight 360 At West End!

Great Things Happening at West End!

The teachers at West End School are working with 'Insight 360' to get the most out of their mobile devices, time and students! 
Mrs. Peck no longer needs to stand at her board away from her students to teach. She is able to walk the room while working with the Smart-board while she teaches. 
She did not have to stand at the copier to make copies of the lesson's worksheet, nor did she have to stop the lesson to pass out papers and have the students write their names on their papers. They completed the work she assigned and she was able to see results of their answers immmediately.
she did need to pause the lesson briefly, so she 'locked-down' their devices to get their full attention.

The system will also allow her to give her students a test she creates in Eduphoria's Aware!
"My name is Misty Sanders and I have been working with Merianne Wininger with Turning Technologies, with the Insight 360.  Yesterday was the second time I have met with her about Insight 360. This is a really cool and neat program.  Mrs. Peck came to me this morning asking for the Ipad cart and she has already started doing her prep work, and presenting it to the class.  I went and observed the class a couple of times to see how it was working and how the students liked it.  I took some pictures that I would like to share with you.  The students said they are enjoying the new program and find it easier learning with the Ipads and with Insight 360." Misty Sanders, West End Technology Assistant
For more information on the system these teachers are using go to;

Monday, January 6, 2014

Where Would This Eighth Grader Be

Where Would this Eighth Grader Be If not for Her Third Grade Teacher?

I am grateful to Emily for this beautiful gift. Not only does this personal letter bring me great joy, but it also underscores the importance of integrating technology in the classroom at an early age. http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/this-is-why-i-teach.html

Dear Mrs. Yollis,

I was completing a school documentary the other day for National History Day, and while looking at my complex software, I started thinking. I wondered about how I started loving computers and when I wanted to understand more in depth about these fascinating systems. Then I realized, my knowledge started in your third-grade classroom. Your classroom and blog started it all. Before your class, I couldn’t type well. I knew close to nothing about the internet and computers, but today, I can proudly say I am a computer film editor who started as a blogger and kept going. So this email to you is mainly to thank you. During the summer, I intern at the city's TV station and edit. If I didn’t know what the internet and computers were, how could I edit? Well it’s a good thing you taught me about computers! So, Thank you for being that start to my knowledge of the computer. Words cannot describe how appreciative I am of you. Thank you for everything you taught me in third grade that put me where I am now. I really appreciate everything you ever taught me in school and online.

Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Emily, Eighth-Grade Editor

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