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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Go Noodle!

Okay. Okay. If you're anything like me, you've seen all of the GoNoodle videos all over social media. Of course I had no idea what GoNoodle was, and as a technology lover, I needed to know.

So I looked into it and immediately fell in love. I have used many of the GoNoodle videos throughout the 1st-4th grade levels that I teach once a week for many different reasons. The kids love them and we always have a good time while we are watching them.

I love that they offer both contemporary songs, as well as educational topics. My students love to learn how to dance using the tutorial videos, and they really come in handy during the rainy season for indoor recess.

If you have been wanting to check out GoNoodle, but haven't known where to start, then watch this video that highlights some of the reasons why you should try it out.

Do you use GoNoodle? Tell me about your experience in the comments.

Happy Dancing,
- Hilary

Monday, May 22, 2017

APA & MLA

So for those of you that don't know, I am in my 7th year of college. Yes! I am CRAZY, but I just love learning and I always want to learn more or try something new.

I completed my first degree (BS in Special Education & Elementary Education) in 4 years and got a job teaching 6th grade math. Two days after I walked across the stage at graduation, I began my Masters program (MA in Educational Technology). Two years later, I donned that lovely gown and crossed the stage once more (my dad is BIG on us walking at graduation). A masters still wasn't enough, so this past fall I began work on a Specialist degree in Educational Technology. So here I am in my 7th year of school. 

Anyways, one thing that I learned pretty quickly in college was how important it was to know not only how to write a paper, but how to format one. Of course your professors expect that you already know how to write in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian (who decided how to name these crazy formats anyways?). Well if you are anything like me, one of your teachers touched on these formats in high school, and you never really practiced much past that. 

Now your grade depends on your ability to not only write a paper, but write a paper that if formatted and cited correctly. So I created cheat sheets for teaching about APA and MLA format that are easy to use and explain to students. I had something similar to this that a professor gave me in college and it saved so much time. 

I also discovered sites like EasyBib, Citation Machine , and Purdue OWL that helped me with citing my sources. 

Hopefully this equips you to teach this topic in a new light. Your students will thank you later {trust me!}. 
-Hilary 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Computer Keys & Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are so helpful and I know I use them all the time. They are one of the things that I love to cover with my students in the technology lab. Although they are not necessities, I think that they are helpful and fun to learn about.

SCOOT is such a fun game to play with task cards and this group of SCOOT cards is Keyboard Keys focused. This SCOOT covers keyboard key functions as well as keyboard shortcuts.

Another fun way to review keyboard key functions and shortcuts is with a game of I Have Who Has. This is a fast paced game that calls all students to pay attention as your review the content that is covered.

If you want a bonus activity, make sure you check out my Computer Study Webquest to have students learn all about computers, how they originated, and to brainstorm what the future holds for this technology.

If you take your kids to the computer lab, make sure to check out my Desktop Reminders Freebie.

Happy learning,
Hilary