#edtech #elearning Teaching 1st grade elementary students how to keyboard using a word processor. This is part 2 of a series on keyboarding in elementary school.
Teaching Keyboarding to Kindergarteners using Typing Tots. Keyboarding with elementary students.Read More
#edtech #teaching #podcasting – I just uploaded the first 5 episodes of the new podcasting crew here at Bethke Elementary in Timnath, Colorado. Each episode is the morning news for our school. The students range from 3rd to 5th grade and did fantastic for their first time at podcasting. We will do our first video show tomorrow morning.
Podcasting is a great use of school technology to develop 21st Century Skills in our students.Read More
Last week I got the email back from Atomic Learning saying that all of my teachers have been added to their database. It took them less than 24 hours from when I sent in my list of teachers and email addresses to being up and running. They said it might take three days, so I love it when a company gets things done quicker than expected.
Tom, my rep with Atomic Learning, sent me an email that outlined how to get things started with my teachers. I had to put all of this aside for a week while I got through the rush of back to school, but now my classes have starting to flow smoothly so I can shift my focus back to Atomic Learning.
So the first thing I did this afternoon after I logged in was to go to the Support section and then to Getting Started. I found toturials and training on how to implement Atomic Learning in my school. Tom did a good job with his training so I sailed through the video tutorials.
The next thing I did was print out the 21st Century Skills Professional Develpment Worksheet. It is a simple one page worksheet that took me less than 5 minutes to fill out. I probably could have breezed through the worksheet in 90 seconds, but I want to do this right, so I spend a little time on each question to makes sure that I knew where I wanted all of this to go. The worksheet asked questions like: “Who will participate in the program?”
Next up; a poster to promote using Atomic Learning. I printed up a bunch of their ready-made full-color posters and filled in blanks with my school’s information. I am planning on putting one of these in each teacher’s mailbox on Monday.
The final thing that I did today was to open on of their sample emails to introduce Atomic Learning to teachers. I copied it and I am planning on emailing it to every teacher this Monday morning. I decided that Friday afternoon is not a good time to introduce and new idea to tired teachers.Read More
I might look like just an ordinary tech teacher, but at this time of year I turn into…
Super Tech Guy!
You see, it is back to school time in my building and that is when the troubles happen. My arch-enemy Murphy’s Law tries to take over our school with regards to technology. Everything that was working fine with I closed up the school last spring is now in chaos.
First off, we upgraded all of our computer operating systems during the summer break, which means we re-imaged every computer. Although I warned all of the teachers to get their stuff off of the computers and back it up on our server, there is still Murphy whispering in the back of my head that I am going to regret it.
Sure enough, the moment my teachers arrived back in their classrooms there was the panic.
“Where are my fonts?!!!,” they all screamed in unison.
If you have ever met an elementary teacher, then you know the two universal truths about every elementary teacher:
Truth Number 1: They laminate everything — if it can fit through the rollers on a laminating machine, then it is going to get laminated. I mean everything.
So here I am, Super Tech Guy, running around with my font disk installing the bane of my existence; fonts, on all of the teacher’s computers.
Peace has once again been restored to Bethke Elementary School in Timnath, Colorado.Read More