Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Don't be so hard on yourself. Make today awesome.

I saw some signs around Truman last year like this.  Had to reshare this video because it is so powerful.  One little saying can make such a change.  What is the sign you will hold today?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Things I found on the internet today.

This internet is a pretty amazing place.  Here are a few things I found today.

Video Games!

I miss those super videos games of my youth.  They sure don't make the graphics like they used to.  The Internet Archive is a great source for all things digital.  They have a page where some of these old games can be played right on your laptop.  Give it a try and bring back those fun memories.  (My kids felt sorry for me when they saw these games.)


BYOD
Here is an infographic that I found about devices in a BYOD classroom.  Might not be as powerful as the ET game but it is still pretty cool.
Apps-for-BYOD-Classrooms-Infographic
Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics


Monday, October 21, 2013

OverDrive Your Android Device

This post will walk you through how to install the OverDrive app on your Android device.

  • Open your app store.
  • Search for OverDrive.
  • Click Install.


  • Open the OverDrive app.
  • Swipe from the left to the right.




  • Click +Add a library in the upper left corner of the screen.




  • Type in Lindbergh Schools.
  • Click Search


  • Click on Lindbergh Schools.


  • Click the star to the left of Lindbergh Schools.  This will add library access to your device.


  • Use your 10 digit state ID as your library card number.
  • Click Sign in.



  • Browse by subject, collection, level or use the search window in the upper right corner of the app.


  • Click Borrow to virtually check the book out under your account.



  • Click Read in your browser to open the book on your device.



  • Swipe from left to right to access the tools.



  • Click Account to access your personal settings.


  • Click Return Title if you finish reading the book early.



OverDrive - iOS (Apple)

This post will walk you through how to install the OverDrive app on your iOS (Apple) device.


  • Open your app store.
  • Search for OverDrive.
  • Click Install.


  • Open the OverDrive app.
  • Swipe from the left to the right.


  • Click +Add a library in the upper left corner of the screen.


  • Type in Lindbergh Schools.
  • Click Search


NED TO ADD THE STAR IMAGE HERE
  • Click the star to the left of Lindbergh Schools.  This will add library access to your device.


  • Use your 10 digit state ID as your library card number.
  • Click Sign in.

  • Browse by subject, collection, level or use the search window in the upper right corner of the app.


  • Click Borrow to virtually check the book out under your account.

  • Click Read in your browser to open the book on your device.

STUFF AND STUFF

  • Click Return Title if you finish reading the book early.

Lindbergh eLibrary - How to check out books 24/7/365


The worst part of any library is that they close.  I am sure you are super pumped up about checking out that new book only to find the library has closed for the night.  In need of a solution to this perplexing issue?  No fear the eLibrary is here!

The Lindbergh eLibrary provides instant access to many titles day or night.  This post will show you how to check books in and out of our virtual library.

Items you need to get started:
1.  10 digit state ID (teachers - contact the technology department for your access code)
2.  an internet connection
3.  an Adobe Digital Editions account (free)
4.  Overdrive - computer, iOS or Android App (free)

Click the links below to learn more about your specific device.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10/16: Kennerly Visit

Thanks for having us, Kennerly.We covered quite a few GoogleDocs topics, so here are some support resources if needed. Please let us know if you have any questions!

GOOGLE FORMS:
- How to create a form video is just below and even more details are available here.
- Ideas for how to use Google Forms- CLICK HERE


MANAGING YOUR DRIVE:
- Search functions within the Drive. When you are in Drive, use the search bar and click on the DOWN arrow (see image) to filter your resources.




CREATE A FOLDER:
- When you are in your Drive, make sure that you click on create, then Folder, then title the folder. The folder will appear in the left-hand column, under My Drive. If you can't see it, click the light gray arrow directly next to My Drive to show your folders.
- Be careful when you move documents around-- if you get a warning that 'no one will be able to see it', don't move it! Instead, in the document go to File and Make a Copy. Then, you will have a "Copy of..."


SHARING GOOGLE DOCS:
- Share any GoogleDoc by clicking on the blue share button in the top right corner. Use this resource as a guideline for visibility (who needs to see it).
- FORMS: To share a form you've created, click on the blue "Send Form" button in the top right corner. *To share with people without an @lindberghschools.ws accounts, make sure you UNCHECK the option at the top of the page that says "Require Lindbergh Schools login to view this form".
To send the link in an email to parents, copy the link and paste it into the body of the email.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Best Learning Event Ever! (Outside of LiNC/ELITE of course.)

Come join some of your fellow Lindbergh teachers at this amazing event.  Sign up now before it is too late!

I have attended the last few years and each year it gets better.  Think UnConference 3.0 but given by teachers across the St. Louis region.  Powerful conversations.

Will you join us?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Socrative 2.0 - Launches on Monday!

Everything that is 2.0 is always better.  Check out this introductory video about what the latest edition brings to your classroom.  This post details what has changed.



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Did you sign that email?

Today is a great time to make sure your email has the required signature.  This video will show you the steps on how to add one to your district email.


Sample Signature
Colin Davitt
Instructional Technology
Lindbergh Schools
4900 S. Lindbergh Blvd 
St. Louis, MO 63126-3299
314.729.2400 ext. 8916
314.729.2492 (fax)
LiNC Facebook Page

Are you using your phone to send district email?  There is a very probability that you will need to add your signature on your mobile device.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Projecting your iPads - Things to know

How to project your iPad
(This post is assuming your iPad has been updated to iOS 7)

On your laptop
  1. Type AirServer
  2. Click on AirServer
Note: AirServer may already be running on your laptop.  This initial step should have to be done only once.  You will set this program to automatically run in a following step.


Return to your desktop (Hint: you can hit the Windows key + D to quickly return to the desktop.)
  1. Click the small up arrow in the lower right corner of your screen.  This will reveal the hidden icons.
  2. Right click on the AirServer icon then click Settings.


  1. Check for updates... you need to be running version 1.9.1.0 or above.
  2. Make sure Start AirServer when anyone logs into Windows is checked.  This will automatically launch the software when you log into the computer.



On your iPad
  1. Use one finger to swipe up to reveal the taskbar.
  2. Click AirPlay



Find your name on the list and click on it.
Note: There tends to be 15-20+ teachers on this list.

Toggle mirroring on.




You should see your iPad appear on the laptop.  This process will allow you to project the images and sounds of your iPad through your LiNC system.

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