Thursday, August 17, 2017

New School Year. New Job.

For the last two years, my job has consisted of working with our 5-12 graders and their 1:1 devices. I set them up with emails, passwords, and train them on how to use Canvas, our Learning Management System. I have also worked with new teachers to train them on these same topics.

The other half of my job was working with K-4 students one day a week when they came to the technology lab. In discussions after school last year, we decided that this was a little outdated and we needed to up our game in the technology field. Enter the mobile lab.

We purchased a class set of iPads, put them on a jumbo charging cart, and decided the best way to integrate technology within the curriculum was to send me into the classrooms to work with the teachers directly. My job is to take what the teachers are teaching in their classrooms and find some technology that integrates with what they are learning. Sometimes it will just be using Word or Google Docs to type about a topic they are learning in their classroom, while other days it will be using fun and interactive apps to cover topics.

I will be updating my journey within the classrooms throughout the year on my blog. They will be title iPads: Week __ so that you can check them out if you’d like. I am hoping that some of the apps and ideas that I use with my K-4 teachers will be useful to you in your classroom as well!

It’s going to be a GREAT school year!

- Hilary 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Solar Eclipse Resources

How fun is it to hear all about this Solar Eclipse that is happening? I was doing some research to see how I could share it with my students!

I found some great information about the Solar Eclipse 2017 on Space.coms website. It has a countdown until the eclipse and answers a lot of questions that your students might have.  


This YouTube Video tells students what a Solar Eclipse is in terms that they will understand.



Kids Discover has some great discussion questions to use in your classroom or with your kiddos at home.  


Look What We're Learning shares an easy and inexpensive Solar Eclipse craft using coffee filters. 


Any why not let your kiddos chew some Eclipse gum while you talk about this years Solar Eclipse?



Are you planning to talk about the Solar Eclipse with your students? Tell me how in the comments below! 
-Hilary 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shark Week Resources

Wow! Summer is flying by and I am loving time with my husband & pup. We love having extra time to adventure around the states & even our own city.

I was watching TV this morning and saw an advertisement for Shark Week 2017 and got so excited. My husband is all about these kind of specials. He is so intrigued by sharks, as I'm sure are many others.

Due to this, I wanted to highlight a few really great Shark Week resources that I have found online for your students or kids to try out during this week.

Discovery Kids has some great shark based games that are definitely worth checking out.

The Crafting Chicks share a super fun drink you can make with your kids that is ocean themed. 


Preschool Powol Packets shares a fun science experiment to explain how sharks float.

A Night Owl shows how to make shark slime! 

Glue Sticks & Gumdrops shares a fun craft using a toilet paper roll to make a shark. 

Almost Unschoolers shares how to make shark teeth out of salt dough. How cool!

Happy Shark Week,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech

**If you want a print & go resource, check out my sharks webquest to teach your kids and students about sharks. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Flag Day

Flag Day is a holiday I didn't even know existed until this year when I was doing some research on the American Flag. I learned a little about Flag Day and wanted to share some of the resources that I found with you. 

If you are interested in talking more about the American Flag with your students, check out these links below! 

Kids Fun Facts on the US Flag

**Use these QR codes to watch videos or read informational text about the American Flag. 

I {heart} America,
Hilary 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Screencast-O-Matic

I have a job where I have to send out tutorial videos for educational technology all the time. I do a lot of teacher training in staff meetings, but sometimes those 5 minutes just aren't enough to show the steps on using a tool or all that it can do.

This got me out looking for something that I could use in my room to record myself and my screen sharing more about the tools that I teach about. Cue Screencast-O-Matic. This FREE tool lets you record your screen for up to 15 minutes. I love to use it while I talk through a new tool with my teachers. It also highlights your cursor so they can easily follow along with what you are doing. All of my videos that I publish on my blog about tech tools are all recorded using this tool. 

Now there is also a paid level ($15/yr) on Screencast-O-Matic, but I have found the free version to work just fine for my needs. Here's a break down of the differences off their website. 



If you use it, let me know what you think! 

-Hilary 

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Newsletter

JUNE! JUNE! JUNE!

How many of you are on summer vacation!? This is my first official week and it has been wonderful! I wanted to reach out and share some of my summer or best selling resources that I thought you might be interested in as you plan for next year!

There are some great new Digital Resources that I have added to my store that are worth checking out! This digital resource is to use with Google Slides which will download as a PDF with a link to the Google Document. This resource includes interactive activities to complete in small groups, or individually, as well as a webquest to learn about the topics at hand.





If you are still in school for Father's Day, make sure to snatch up my Father's Day webquest. 

If you like to use webquests to teach about more holidays like Father's Day, then grab my bundle with resources for almost every holiday. It has over 100 pages of webquests with some fun bonus ones added! 

I also have a Seasons Webquest Bundle to teach students about seasons and how each is celebrated. Each webquest also includes some writing prompts to get students thinking and discussing the season. How fun to start of each season with facts about it, right? 

Check out my my Careers Webquest Bundle to have students explore all about jobs that they are interested in. 

Also check out my American Symbols Webquest that highlights songs, symbols, and buildings that are the pride of the USA. 


Enjoy your Summer & Relax a Bit,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

EPIC

Have you heard of EPIC? It's a fabulous site full of unlimited library books that is free for teachers. There are thousands of books available and all you have to do is create an account and put in your students names. Can you imagine how many more books they would have access to with a library like this??

Another great feature is that the books are available on our tablets. Online reading is definitely taking over (think Kindle!) and this is a fun way to introduce your students to reading digitally.

Seriously there are thousands of books to choose from and most of them even include AR and Lexile levels. How can that not make your heart skip a beat?!

If you are at all thinking about trying EPIC next year, watch this video for a sneak peak into what it looks like to be a part of EPIC.

If you try EPIC, let me know how you like it and share what your students favorite book is!

Happy Reading,
Hilary