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  • zlinson 11:53 am on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    CIESC – Technology Leadership Certification 

    We (Laura, Ann, Julie and Lance) are at Region 8 – CIECS : Technology Leadership Certification.  This cohort is a 4 part training with two this week, and two in the summer.

    If you want to follow along with our Twitter chats, check us out HERE.

    Yesterday, our sessions focused on Google, Social Media, Web Resources, IDOE eLearning, and lots of great discussion with other districts.  Today, we are working on effective listening, conferencing, coaching and developing trust and rapport with staff.  Don’t worry, I’m paying attention.

    I will share more resources from our training as they become available.  A huge thanks to Kim Hendrick and Debbie Fish for all of the great information.



  • zlinson 3:36 pm on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    MACUL 2014 


    Early tomorrow and weather permitting with our fingers crossed – a team from ENSC is heading to the MACUL edtech conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

    I’m especially excited to attend sessions focused around STEM, programming, what the future of learning may look like, and see keynotes from Adam Bellow and Leslie Fisher.  I didn’t put in anything to present this year but Lance is trying another google hangout on air with his session and it should be pretty awesome to check in live.  

    Follow along on Twitter Here




  • zlinson 12:09 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Doodle for Google Art Contest 

    This is a cool project for art classes and/or any k-12 student.  You could even make one during an ISTEP break next week.

    Google is holding a k-12 artwork contest.  The theme is, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” Prizes include a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for your school.

    Google Doodles – the unique illustrations of the Google logo (examples of past doodles here)

    Click HERE for Classroom Activity Ideas


      You have 2 weeks to get entries submitted for the official contest.

  • zlinson 10:34 am on March 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    News-O-Matic, The Daily Newspaper Just for Kids 

    A few teachers sent me this app and it’s pretty cool.  News-O-Matic is a free app for iOS that lets readers discover 5 daily newspaper articles.

    Some features within the app

    • Read Aloud
    • Facts and Actions section
    • Most have a video or slides attached
    •  Many words have definitions built into app
    A safe way to add more nonfiction to your room – for free.

    To read an article ‘offline’ – take screenshots of the articles before leaving school.

  • zlinson 3:48 pm on March 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Code a Brain Break 

    As ISTEP gets closer your students will want and need brain breaks.  Instead of playing a game, has a new space where students can code/create the popular game, Flappy Bird. (Ask your students about the game, they will know what this is)

    This is an extension of the Hour of Code and a great problem solving lesson for students.

    Students can create the game on laptops and iOS devices.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK and email the same link to your students.

    FOr an idea of what the kids would make, there is a version I made HERE

  • zlinson 10:25 am on March 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Add Apps to iOS from AirWatch 

    I’ve sent this around but here is a public copy of how to add an app to your class iPads through AirWatch from any computer.  When the devices turn on the apps will appear. You do not need to be  at school for this to work.

    When the new app is published, it will pop up on each device.

    *You might have a couple of devices that will need the student apple account password entered.

    *This does NOT work for paid apps like Pages, Everyday Math, etc.

  • zlinson 9:38 am on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Print Friendly – Make any page a PDF 

    From Laura Sibert, ENMS Peer Coach: 

    Brainstorming how to create an eLearning day lesson and want to use a website? 

    What do you do about those students who don’t have internet access? 

    You can use -this site allows you to take a website and

    create a PDF file for students to download so no internet is needed to read the article!!

    Web article I want students to read for eLearning day:


    PDF file that ALL students can download prior to eLearning day or emailed and saved to their device.

  • zlinson 11:04 am on February 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Add New Students to Big Universe 

    I know you’re all pros using Big Universe…but after talking with many teachers about ideas for an e-learning day with our young students -

    Big Universe is something that students can do from home on ANY device with internet connection.  A smartphone would work for this activity.  Below is how to make sure your school list is correct and that all of your students are in the system.  If you have a student who has joined your class this year and you have not added them yourself, check add/manage accounts and if they are not listed, follow the  slideshow to learn how to add them to your class.

    *All ENSC teachers/students have the same password and you can find this in your email.

  • zlinson 10:59 am on February 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Invent to Learn – Free Kindle eBook about Making, Tinkering and Engineering 

    The Indiana eLearning Coach Community (a Google+ group for people in coaching and integration positions) has a book club and is reading Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.  Today only, the book is available for FREE if you click the link here.  You will receive a link to Amazon where you will choose the ebook version and that’s it, now you have a new book. 


    Here are some reviews of the book – you will recognize names from our KTT conferences!

    *If you’re like me and don’t have time to read it this week – it’s free and will stay on your iPad/android until ready.  

  • zlinson 1:18 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Science and Engineering – 2014 Olympic Winter Games 

    Free resources from NBC Learn on the Science and Engineering of the Winter Olympics.

    “NBC Learn and NBC Sports, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, explore the science, technology, engineering and math at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Lesson plans and activities provided by the National Science Teachers Association.”

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