ICE App Workshop / My Day 1

Full day workshops are $165.00 at the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) Conference. The App Creation for Teachers session, led by Jim Shese, covered exploring free and low cost app building sites such as Appypie and iBuildapp and it was fun to mess around with sites I had not used before. Another great benefit of the day was the super people taking the class alongside of me such as @RobinAWyatt and @KirkRun4Stroke and also Joan from Oak Park. Continue reading

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Google Hangouts: Liquor Stores, Starbucks, and Toy Guns

JMI have seen Jennie Magiera (@MsMagiera) speak on a few occasions and she is always vivacious. Her charismatic personality and her love for all students everywhere shines through. One of the things she spoke about during her keynote speech at the Waukegan Google Mini Conference 2014 Continue reading

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My Day at the 2014 NICE Mini Conference

makerBotToday I saw my first 3D printer and my first RaspberryPi computer. The annual $5.00 Nice MiniConference #niceminicom took place at Niles North High School in Skokie, IL.  There were so many choices that anyone was likely to find something of interest during the three session time slots. This is a link of the presenters and their notes for the sessions they led. Continue reading

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Putting Photos From Your iPad Camera Roll Into Google Drive

When you take a picture with your iPad it goes into your Camera Roll. It’s simple to then save it in your Google Drive.  Here is how to do it. Continue reading

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Teach Your Staff to Google Error Messages

Many times it is possible for end users to solve their own problems by doing a Google search. For instance, if you see an error or warning message on your screen while in a software program, type the exact wording of the error message into Google and often you will see an explanation that you can understand.  Continue reading

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One Way to Force Students to Save a Copy of Google Spreadsheet

I just came across this method of forcing a student to save a copy of a spreadsheet to their Google Drive. I tried it out today, and it works nicely and is very easy to do.  Here are some quick instructions, but visit Tammy Worcester’s site for a detailed explanation. Thanks to Tammy and follow her @TammyWorcester on Twitter.  Continue reading

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Online Video Converter for Chrome

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 6.45.12 PMI just downloaded Online Video Converter, a Chrome extension that I think is going to come in handy. It converts formats to MP4 as well as to other formats. Sound can be extracted from video too. If you are using Chromebooks at your school, you might want to take a look at this as it seems to offer a lot of tools. Continue reading

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When You Don’t See Your Extension Icons in Chrome

black menu gYesterday I wrote a post about using the Black Menu Extension for Chrome. Today I had a question at work from someone who had to use the Extensions Drop Down menu to see their extensions. In case anyone else out there could not see the Black Menu blue G in their menu bar, I made a screenshot movie and posted it on YouTube to explain how to show and hide the extension icons in the menu bar, and how to find the Show button to once again show an icon if you hide it. If you rather read, than watch a YouTube movie, the script, more or less, shows below the movie in this post.

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Try Photo Pin for Creative Commons Photos

large__3656545096Photo Pin is a useful source for students to use to find photos in the Creative Commons posted on Flickr. After entering a Search field, a page with photos on that topic appear. You can choose Commercial or Non-Commercial as a category and can sort by recent, relevance, and interestingness. You can download various image sizes. You are given the correct Attribution HTML code to insert into your blog or webpage, although you are asked to click on the photo to go to the Flickr page and check the license for yourself. Students will love how easy it is to copy and paste the Attribution to cite their photo source as I have done below.

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Black Menu Extension Shown in Tellagami

Yesterday I wrote about the Black Menu Extension you can find in the Chrome Store. Today I decided to post a Tellagami. I’ve been reading about it and decided it was time to try it for myself.  Continue reading

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