SotF Rethinking Learning Spaces Resources

Campfires in Cyberspace

An Educators Guide to Design Thinking

Hillbrook School iLab

The Third Teacher

The School I’d Like

Group 70

5B Fish Blog

Classroom Cribs

Erin Klein’s Blog


Web Tools that WOW!

Resources for Maui Tech Slam, 2014





Powtoon Resources – a Pinterest Board


Twitter and Google+


iBooks Author for Maui Google Summit

I know, I know, it’s a Google Summit but can’t we all just get along Google and Apple?  Why yes, yes we can!  We can use Google drive to share our iBook and .iba files!  And now that Google Drive has unlimited storage for educators, well let’s make more books people!

Presentation on iBooks Author at the Maui Google Summit

Helpful iBooks Author Resources
Apple’s awesome page of tutorials
Demonstration of the different interactive iBooks Author features (A.K.A – Widgets)
25 iBook Author Video Tutorials
Create custom templates in iBooks Author
Lynne’s Pinterest Board of iBooks Author Resource
Copyright free images resource



Missed Doctopus?

Never fear!  If you missed our awesome guest presenter, Kristi Martines, today you missed out on her awesomeness, but you DIDN’T miss out on Doctopus thanks to web and our culture of sharing!  Check out these tutorials below created by Jay Atwood.  They’re very informative and Jay does an excellent job at explaining Doctopus.

If you would like me to come and help you one on one, I’m happy to do so.  Just let me know!

This video goes through the ins and outs of Doctopus.  Start here.  The next one will talk about folders.

Doctopus – 9/16

Doctopus – An EASIER way to share documents

Do you want a clear way to organize student Google documents?  Do you want to easily share and create documents for students? Try Doctopus, one of Google’s many Apps Scripts!  Join us on September 16 to learn the ins and outs of  Doctopus with guest presenter, Kristi Martines from High School!

When: Tuesday, 09/16/2014 @3:00 – 4:00
Where: Mr. Bowman’s Classroom
Sign Up:

What are 21st Century Skills?

Been to a tech conference lately?  You more than likely heard time and time again something about “21st Century Skills.”  Quite frankly, I’m a little over the term “21st Century Skills.”  I think more often than not, people use the term and may not really know what it means or what those skills are.  We know the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (there it is again) has defined them..does the 4Cs ring a bell…but what do you think “21st Century Skills” are?  I’m interested.  I think we should start calling these skills out more rather than throwing out the general term so much.  So, if you would be so kind, will you please take 1-2 minutes to fill out this survey and tell me what you think “21st Century Skills” are?  Of course, I will share the results.


HITC – Digital Storytelling in the iPad – Presentation and Resources

Here’s my presentation from #HITC2014 along with some resources we talked about in the presentation.

I just found this Gem from @GregKulowiec yesterday on twitter:

Here’s my Digital Storytelling Pinterest Board I was referring to:

Here are some more resources you may find useful:

Copyright Free Image Resources Pins

iPad Workflow Pins

iPad in Education


Choose Your Attitude

photo 10A couple of weeks ago, I ran my favorite 1/2 Marathon, The Hilo Half.  Recently I’ve let life get in the way of my running and workouts and I was not prepared to run the race.  In fact, I didn’t want to run it because I knew my time was going to be a lot slower than previous races, but I decided the night before it would be a great workout and to just do it (no Nike pun intended).

The morning of the race, I woke up to rain.  I text messaged a friend who was also participating in the race and let her know I changed my mind.  I didn’t want to run in the rain.  She convinced me to do it anyway so I quickly got dressed and headed to Hilo Bay arriving at the starting line five minutes before the race.  I saw a bunch of friends and rather than being my normal “cheerful” self, I pretty much scowled at everyone and told them how I hadn’t trained.  I informed them how unhappy I was to be there.  No, “good luck,hope you have a great run!”.  Nope, it was all about me and my negative attitude.  I wouldn’t even let a coworker take my picture because I didn’t want anyone to know I was running (because so many people are keeping track of my races).  Skies looked dark, but it wasn’t raining until 30 seconds into the start when not only did it pour, but the wind blowing so hard it felt like needles were hitting me all over my body.  I saw my car and it was all I could do to make myself run past it and not quit right then and there.  Rain was getting in my eyes, my shoes were filling with water, my feet were getting heavy…I was miserable.  I even spewed a couple profanities.  I love running, I particularly love 1/2 marathons, and I was letting my negative attitude get in the way of enjoying a spectacular run.

About a mile in, I saw my husband drive by.  Seeing him drive by on my runs always makes me smile and this cheered me up a little.   Then, I saw some friends on the side of the road cheering on runners.  I was so happy to see them and I realized I needed to change my attitude.  Right then and there I made a conscious decision to turn my attitude around.  I started telling myself to be happy and remember how lucky I am to even be able to run.  I started thinking of the rain as an adventure.  I took my phone out and started snapping pictures of the beautiful scenery.  I smiled and waved at spectators, thanked water station volunteers, and cheered on runners who were already heading back the other way.  I looked for friends who were also running and cheered for them.  I saw people I haven’t seen in years!  Even though my hamstrings were sore and I had to walk the last two miles…I mean walk…not jog between telephone poles…I barely jogged DOWN the hill to the finish…I still enjoyed myself.

So here’s what I’ve learned from this experience.  I am in charge of how I respond or react to situations.  If I have a negative attitude about something, it’s my choice to have that attitude and I am in control of turning it around.

As educators, we are often faced with challenges and while it is so easy to head to the teacher’s lounge and complain with others about these challenges, maybe if we choose our attitude and stay positive, those challenges won’t impact us as negatively.  Don’t get me wrong, I know sometime we just need to vent.  I do and it makes me feel better, BUT, I believe too much negativity and venting causes us to loose focus and why we do what we.  Let’s focus on the positive.

Some pics for the race:

And here’s the data from my garmin:

Let Me Tell You About My PLN

I love sharing about how my Personal Learning Network (PLN) has helped me professionally.  It all started when I was comparing Google Sites to Nings as learning communities for work.  I had heard people talk about how they “ask on twitter” so I did…I asked all four of my twitter followers who happened to be my brother, sister, and two of my friends…Obviously, no one responded to my tweet and my skepticism of twitter continued.

Fast forward a couple of months and I’m tasked with teaching twitter to teachers as part of an online communication course.  I stumbled upon this video by Josh Stumpenhorst, A.K.A @stumpteacher.  By watching I learned how to use Twitter AND how to use hashtags!  Here’s the thing, I don’t know Josh and Josh doesn’t know me, but his willingness to share openly online changed the way I learn and connect with others online.

Sue Waters also has a part in this story.  In 2009, she wrote, A Year Later And Are We Using Different Tools to Connect to Our PLNs?  She gave this survey and the results are displayed in the Infographic below.  I was able to use Sue’s research to help me create a PLN Workshop for teachers.

CC (A-SA) by Sue Waters via Flickr

Before I go on, I know people are bummed that Google Reader went away, but I am more bummed that iGoogle went away :(

But let me tell you about MY PLN.  I recently created a survey to find out what tools educators are currently using to connect with and learn from other educators…what they use to fuel their PLNs.  I shared the survey via twitter, Google+, and email with my network.  Within a day, I had over 130 responses!

I must share that while I only required responders to indicate which tools they use to connect in the survey, I also asked, Why is being a connected educator important? and most people took the time to answer!  Here is the survey and here are the responses.  I just wish I would have 1) asked people include their name or twitter handle so I could give them credit for their responses and 2) asked for location.

If you are reading this and participated in my survey, Thank you!  And thank you PLN!

PS – If you’re interested in which learning community we went with, we chose Google Sites!



Pinterest for Professional Development?

Maybe you’ve used Pinterest for party ideas, save recipes, or ideas for home organization, but did you know Pinterest is a great place for PD?  Educators are using Pinterest not just to share cute outfits (80% of Pinterest users are women) but lesson plans aligned to common core, technology integration ideas, and more!  Whether you’re a current Pinterest user or not, check it out to connect with and get great ideas for your classroom!

An Introduction to Using Pinterest for PD to Teachers


Awesome Educators on Pinterest to Follow

  1. Matt B Gomez
  2. Erin Klein
  3. Lisa Johnson
  4. Eric Sheninger
  5. Vicky Davis
  6. Sue Gorman
  7. Drew Minock
  8. Jessica Jackson Meacham

Pinterest Tutorials for Getting Started

Pinterest Tips – A Tutorial Guide for Beginners
An excellent tutorial that describes what pinterest is along with the “anatomy” of Pinterest

How to Use Pinterest’s New Look
Scroll down to see great visuals of how to use Pinterest.

Pinterest BasicsGetting started with Pinterest

Additional Pinterest Resources

Pinterest for Educators
Blog post by Eric Sheninger about using Pinterest as part of his PLN.  Also includes additional resources.

Pinterest IS for Educators
An awesome wiki of ideas for using Pinterest in education, tutorials, and much more!

Say Hello to Teachers on Pinterest
A Pinterest blog that includes Elementary Teachers on Pinterest along with suggestions on using Pinterest.

Are you an educator on Pinterest?  Who/What Boards do you follow?  How do you use Pinterest?