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  • zlinson 2:02 pm on September 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Auto Update Windows 8 

    Student and Staff tip from Laura.

    Set Windows 8 to update automatically.

    How to download and update Java / Adobe.

    *If not updated to Windows 8 – please make arrangements over Fall Break and back up all files before dropping off machine.

  • zlinson 9:13 am on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Everyday Math Online Quick Tips 

    Two tips to keep your Everyday Math lessons running smoothly for the beginning of a new year.

    1. Use Google Chrome as your browser and login to with your EN information.

    ev math

    2. Download/Update ActivInspire (The Promethean Planet software that makes the interactive tools and lessons run on your machine)  – If you don’t have an account, you can create one HERE.


    *If you launch the lessons and see a spinning signal that doesn’t go away – one or both of these will fix the problem.

  • zlinson 3:20 pm on May 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Use Shadow Puppet To share Field Trips with anyone 

    Field Trips are great learning experiences.  Here’s a way to share the memory and experience with others.

    Shadow Puppet - an app we use for a lot of things, has an update with cool new features.  STudents can now add music, text, and draw on the screen.

    Mrs. Sibert’s Second Grade class made puppets for their parents about a recent field trip to the Botanical Gardens in Fort Wayne, IN.

    Click the photo below to view the puppet from Julianna. – awesome how she highlights what she’s talking about with a star. (we didn’t know they could do that earlier today)


    And one from Tristan.


    Super cool!

  • zlinson 3:20 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Yogurt and Salmon in May? 

    Q -How do you keep students engaged for 30 minutes in May???

    A- Virtual Field Trips

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    Check out Recipe for Innovation – a site by Discovery Education and Chobani yogurt complete with classroom resources.  We were taken through the yogurt making process, saw a tour of the plant, and how Chobani makes and fills containers full of yogurt. Some even remembered that it takes 3 parts milk to make one part yogurt.

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    Today, we went to the Seattle Aquarium through Google Hangouts and were able to ask questions at the end.  Students learned about seasons underwater compared with seasons on land.

    There were 117 people/schools who were scheduled to  ‘attend’ on Google Plus- not sure about the final viewing number.

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    If you’re looking for a cool way to work with STEM subjects, writing questions and responses, and collaboration with people all over the world – virtual field trips are really cool with a classroom full of kids.

    *bad pics but the field trips were really neat.

  • zlinson 2:24 pm on May 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Remind 101 – DonorsChoose Gift Card 

    remind 101 contest

      “Happy Teacher Appreciation Month from all of us at Remind101! We appreciate all that you do every single day, and we’d like to give you some special recognition during the month of May. We’ll be giving out four gift cards totaling $1,000 to throughout Teacher Appreciation month for your choice classroom project.”

    Click here to enter the contest and pass along to other teachers.

  • zlinson 10:24 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Microsoft introduces Office Mix 

     For iOS and tablet users, Microsoft is stepping up their game…finally!  First, they released an Office suite of programs for iOS that will be available for ENSC staff and students next school year giving access to PPT, Word, and Excel on iPads.  Now they have a new product titled Mix. Add annotations, voice, video, embeds from Khan, polls and quizzes to your slides.

    mix 1

    Mix will allow teachers to really engage students and move their lessons up the SAMR model outside of the Substitution level that most Office products fall into.  It’s like Nearpod and Ask3 from Techsmith.  My hope is this will be available to all students and could be a great way to dish out content for eLearning days.

    mix 2

    I’ve downloaded the add-in and created a lesson, but the ppt is shown as a video on iOS until Microsoft releases an update.  I think this could be something big with our schools once it becomes interactive.

    Mix 3

    I had Mrs. Carroll and baby Mira in the office and her first question  – can students create these??  I’m not sure yet, but I really hope yes.  Will report once I figure out the details.

    Below is a link to one I made – no embed yet – Still has a few bugs (no mark ups on slide 2) to work out but looks promising.  It includes a sample question at the end.  I really hope kids will be able to make these, too.

    The next time I use MIX, I’ll record the screen to show how to make one.


    #PRO tip – check out and download / install the MIX service pack and plugin, launch PPT and play around. In the MIX tab you will select upload to get it online through your EN Office account.


  • zlinson 3:27 pm on May 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Build Online Legos using Google Chrome 

    Everything is Awesome! Everything is Cool when you work as a team!

    Build with Chrome – Web created Legos you build using Google Chrome

    I’ll admit I lost this bookmark and found it today when looking for a misplaced KTT link.  Anyway, if you use chrome like most of your students  and are looking for a unique way to integrate a familiar childhood staple, try BuildWithChrome.

    (laptop only, site will show up as blocked in ENSC iOS Chrome browsers but you could use a lab with younger students)

    It’s a site designed by Google in collaboration with Legos.  Walk through the brief tutorial or just dive in and start building.

    How does this fit into your classroom?  Here are a few links with ideas. One  -  Two  -  Three - Four 

    • Try showing fractions with Legos.

    lego fraction

    lego scholastic

    Check it out!


  • zlinson 12:46 pm on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Fake Tweet Builder – all platforms! 

    @LLSibert sent this out last week to the MS/5/6 but I just tested it on an iPad and Android and it worked really well!  Fake Tweet Builder is great for students to post a fact, response, and write anything in a unique way. The site is a good resource for students who aren’t age 13, for anyone who doesn’t have a twitter account, or if it’s blocked in your district.


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    Below are a few Laura put together – really cool.

    Class PRO tip – The correct template for each ‘tweet’ matters most.  Twitter name/ then a :/ then the message (zlinen: hey, this is cool.)  – You will want to show an example on a projector, plus it’s cool to see live with the ooohs and aaaahhs from students.  Laptop students can even set their own photo.

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  • zlinson 2:37 pm on April 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Beginning Blogger as a Classroom Website 

    East Noble is making the switch from Edline to a mix of Canvas and Blogger for classroom homepages.  The MS and HS will use Canvas and at the elementary level we will use Blogger.  Blogger is quick, easy, and user friendly.

    The video below is how to initially set up your blog with your East Noble email account. If you’re not from East Noble, you can follow the same steps but you will want to use a personal or school email address and NOT add me as a contributor to your page.

    The next video goes through selecting a template (how your blog will look with a background and colors) and through adding a couple changes in Layout (adding things like photos, about me, links).

    I’ll keep adding more of these as we move through Blogger and get everyone squared away for the remainder of this year and into next.

    *I’m not sure why the videos are showing up fuzzy and I’ll try and get them fixed so they are clear.

  • zlinson 1:51 pm on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: classroom tools, , , student creation   

    Padlet Across Platforms 


    Remember Wallwisher?  It’s now Padlet and is great to collaborate across platforms like iOS, mobile phones and laptops.  Mrs. Maag’s fourth graders are working on plant vocab in science and using Padlet to collaborate with their partner to present the topic in a unique way.

    We give you a blank wall.
    You put anything you want on it, anywhere.
    Simple, yet powerful.



    Mrs. Maag has a mix of laptop and iOS devices during science and collaborating is tough.  It has been cool to see the students engaged and importing images/screenshots from other apps to add to their padlet.




    In 30 minutes students had the site figured out with custom backgrounds, photos, text and were busy adding information from various sources.

    [padlet key='p06pcbcnahks' width='100%' height='480']

    *The embed isn’t working correctly but I’ll post some examples as PDF’s as the students finish and email them to me.



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