Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Goal Setting for 2018

As the year ends, I encourage you to reflect on both your personal and professional life. I am not super into "New Years Resolutions" because I know the statistics that say that most people have given up on them before the end of January. That being said, I decided to not set resolutions, but to set goals to meet that will further my career as an educator. I hope that this desire to get better will drive me to complete the tasks that I choose.

I have wanted to become Google Educator Certified for quite some time. This year, I got my Apple Teacher certification for both iPads and Macs and I became a Google Innovative Educator. Both of these courses are free and are a nice introduction to what these other courses are like. I continue to use the educator resources available to me through these certifications in my classroom often. If you have not done either of these courses, I encourage you to start with these.

Since I conquered these in the fall of this year, I am moving onto Google Education. I use the Google Suite with my K-5 kids during their technology elective time, so I think I know at least the basics, but am really looking forward to how I can learn more and how I can go paperless.

Another dream I have is to pass the Microsoft Office Certification test. I teach a course in Word & PowerPoint, but I have never once used Access. This is what has been holding me back from taking this test, but not anymore. I ordered the “Access for Dummies” book and am hoping that it will give me a crash course in what I need to know in order to learn how to use Access.

So essentially, my professional goals for 2018 are:
1.     Go more paperless than I was this year **
2.     Get Google Certified (Level 1)
3.     Get Microsoft Certified (MIT)
4.     Renew Florida Teaching Certification

**I love to use the terms “than this year” because it gives me something to work forward to that is reasonable. No one is perfect so to set very specific goals stress me out. If you need to pick the exact numbers of papers you are allowed to print for the week, then you do you boo. For me, I like to get better every year until I am where I need to be.  

&& my personal goals for 2018 are:
1.     Less Phone Time
2.     Cook more meals at home
3.     Be INTENTIONAL with those around me – let them know I care

To help you get on the right track with some goals for the coming year, ask yourself some of the following questions:
1.     What is something that I wish was more time effective in my classroom?
2.     What can I do to make me a more successful/more marketable teacher?
3.     What is something that stresses me out? How can I relieve that stress?
4.     What is something that I am passionate about that I do not put a lot of time into?

Lastly, I would encourage you to share these goals with someone so that they can hold you accountable. I have shared them with all of you (hold me accountable!), but also with my mom and my husband. I also hang them on the mirror that I get ready in front of every morning so that I am reminded of all that I am to accomplish that day.

Let me know what some of your goals are for this upcoming year,


Friday, December 22, 2017

iPad: Week 10 - iMovie

Similar to Clips, iMovie is the perfect tool to have your students create book trailers. All of the reading they do will be put to good use when they get a chance to make a trailer for their book by combining pictures and videos of their friends or classmates. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to book trailers, and then you can even add credits and titles to make it match the students book.

On the Storyboard tab, it gives the students exactly how long their clips should be in order to keep their trailer moving and their audience engaged.

If you aren't into book trailers, you can also just have your students combine video & music to create a video. The editing levels are much higher than clips, so I typically use this with my Middle School students unless we are using them for book trailers in upper elementary.

Do you use iMovie? How have you used it in your classroom?
- Hilary 

Monday, December 18, 2017

iPad: Week 9 - Clips

Clips is such a great way to create videos in the classroom. I used to be an iMovie lover, but I have recently fallen in love with the simplicity of Clips. My 1st graders have been successful with Clips and have created great short videos using this app.

Clips is a more simplistic version of a video creation app that anything I have ever used. You can essentially take any picture/video that you have to use, or film it right from the app. For pictures, you just hold down the red button for as long as you want that picture to show. If you are taking a picture or video right in the app, you have the ability to add a filter to it. There are simple and creative slide transitions that you can use as title slides or to share more information about the video. You can also add "stickers" or clip art to decorate the pictures/videos. At the end, you have the ability to add any music from your iTunes library, or you can pick one of their preadded songs.

There are many ways to share the videos you create on clips like to social media, to your library, via email, text or airdrop.

I love to use clips to have students do reflections on holidays, their days, or anything else coming up. It is fun to have them video themselves just telling you something that is important to them. You can also use it to have students create a book trailer or sell you on visiting on of the 50 states for a project. The options are really endless.

Seriously, you have to try it out. It is so user friendly & fun! If you need a companion for the first time you use it, just snatch this up from my store for only $1!

Let me know how you like it,

Monday, December 11, 2017

Apple Teacher Certification

We are all so busy, but also looking for a way to better ourselves, right?

Well I started to do research on what I could do to learn more about technology and better myself as an educator and I just wanted to share some of my findings with you. 

For those of you that don't know, I have a bachelors in Elementary & Special Education. I started my teaching career teaching 6th grade math and science. After I got my Masters in Educational Technology in 2016, I stepped out of the classroom (in a sense) and now am the Educational Technology Specialist. Basically, it's a really fancy title for the fact that I oversee the iPad lab for K-5 and oversee online learning for the 6-12 students. 

Anyways, back to bettering myself. I found 3 really great certifications that I'm sure you have heard of, but maybe haven't researched yourself. Today I am going to talk about the Apple Teacher certification, with information coming on Google & Microsoft Office Certification in the future. 

Apple Teacher Certification: All you need to sign up is your Apple ID, then you will have access to the iPad Starter Guide that will download to your iBooks, as well as online help and a list of in-store workshops. These are great to read through and you can honestly learn so much through these materials. There are 8 areas of expertise for both iPads and Mac and you can choose which you want to take/pass. The 8 areas for iPad are iPad, Pages for iPad, Keynote for iPad, Numbers for iPad, iMovie for iPad, GarageBand for iPad, Productivity with iPad, and Creativity with iPad. The 8 areas for Mac are  Mac, Pages for Mac, Keynote for Mac, Numbers for Mac, iMovie for Mac, GarageBand for Mac, Productivity with Mac, and Creativity with Mac. Each area requires you to take a quiz that is only 5 questions. You have to get an 80% (or 4 out of 5) on each quiz in order to pass, but you can retake quizzes as needed. Each time you pass a quiz, you earn a badge. Complete each quiz in either iPad or Mac in order to become an Apple Teacher in that content area. 

Are you an Apple Teacher? 
Let me know in the comments below. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Online Christmas Resources

It's that time of year again! I love Christmas and wanted to share with you some of my favorite online Christmas activities that my students enjoy each year! These are all kid-friendly websites and most of them are free of any ads. Some are educational and others are just fun for early finishers or Christmas parties!

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!

Ho Ho Ho!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

iPads: Week 8 - MooseMath

I originally heard about Moose Math from Research & Play on her "Tech Tuesday" Instagram Story. I saw her showing how she uses it in her classroom and I loved the content that they offered. I decided that I wanted to try it out in my 1st grade tech classes the next week and they CANNOT GET ENOUGH. The harder it gets (as the levels go on), the more they love it.

There are essentially 5 math games within the app -

  1. Moose Juice: Counting ingredients to add to a smoothie  
  2. Puck's Pets - Bingo: using adding and subtracting to find the answer then trying to match answers to get Bingo 
  3. Puck's Pets - Counting/Colors: Look at the spots on the larger animal and use them to make her child look just like her 
  4. Lost & Found - Skip Counting: Counting forwards and backwards by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's 
  5. Lost & Found - Shapes & Sides: Find certain shapes, sides or colors and drag them into the answer boxes 

Each time they complete so many of the activities in each game, they get to "level up" and add something new to their store. They LIVE FOR THIS. It is so much fun to watch them play. You definitely need to try it out if you teach K-2nd!

Let me know how you like it, 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving - Graphic Organizer Freebie

I know this is a crazy time of year and that you are probably spending more time with family than with reading blog posts (which you totally should be!). But I wanted to THANK YOU for following me on my blog and for supporting my teaching journey with your sweet comments. I LOVE hearing about your classroom journey! I just wanted to make this short & sweet for you.

As a way to say THANK YOU, I wanted to share with you some Graphic Organizers that I love to use in my classroom. I use them both with Google Classroom and with PicCollage. I hope that you find them useful too! If you are looking for other ones, don't hesitate to hit me up to add some new ones to the pack. I am always looking for great ways for students to share and organize information.

Here's the link to the freebie! Enjoy! 

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Online Resources

Hey y'all! Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? Here are some of my favorite sites to use in class with my elementary tech students. I also enjoy using my Thanksgiving Digital Resource to start off my class on the days leading up to Thanksgiving. I love to listen to students and the things they are thankful for and watch them research and find new facts about Thanksgiving that they didn't know before!  

Happy Holiday Season! 
Be Thankful.

The First Thanksgiving: 

*Originally posted on 11/6/2016 on MrsTech's blog

Monday, November 6, 2017

iPad: Week 7 - Book Report Freebie

We are big into AR (Accelerated Reader) at our school and the teachers love to see students meet their AR goals. Since I'm not in the classroom full time, I have little to do with AR and goal meeting. I had a teacher ask me, though, if I had something that would allow students to "report" on books they were reading through the use of the iPads and an app. At the time, I didn't have anything made or really anything in mind, but I knew that I could come up with something.

If you follow Teaching With Appitude, you will see that she uses Pic Collage to do so many wonderful things in her classroom. Well I decided that I was going to make a Book Report Rubric to use with Pic Collage. I posted it FREE in my Teacher Pay Teachers store, so I just wanted to share it with you!

I ended up using this in many of my classes for them to share about a book that they have read that they really like. I just love reading their opinions on the books (and their summaries)!

Snatch up this freebie to use with Pic Collage in your classroom!
- Hilary 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Newsletter.

Can you even believe that fall is here and that Halloween has already passed? We are in full holiday time and I couldn't be more excited. How many of you have already starting Christmas shopping!? I know I have (even though my husband think's I'm insane). Well I just wanted to stop by and share with you some of the new products that I have in my store. 

This year, I got a new job as the iPad specialist (of sorts) at my new school. I am working on so many great iPad 1:1 activities, as well as lots of Digital Resources and my regular Webquest favorites. I share about what I am doing in my classroom with iPads very often on my blog. Check it out if you to see iPad tips, digital resources at work, and tips and tricks for your classroom. 

These are a few of the products that I am most excited about:

This bundle has 9 character qualities that the students should exude and has webquest links and iPad focused activities to learn about each one and show you what they have learned. There is also a link to a Kahoot to see how much they learned, as well as a YouTube channel link to show videos about the qualities. I introduced a new one each week for the first quarter of school. 

This GROWING bundle pulls out all the stops for my 1:1 iPad classroom. There are tons of activities for students to complete in many different apps (most of which are free). This is your one stop shop for incorporating technology via iPads in your classroom! 

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

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

Or just grab a few to use with the specific holidays you had in mind.

Enjoy this cooler weather,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech

Don't forget to follow me on social media to see my products in action and see what's coming in my store.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Easy Teacher Halloween Costumes

As we prep for Halloween, I wanted to share with you some super easy costume ideas that I have found that I think our students would enjoy. I have linked them all to their original source (if I could find it) so you can read any helpful hints they might have posted.


Smarty Pants

If You Give A Mouse a Cookie (& friends)

Monsters University

Winnie the Pooh Crew

Cookie Monster

Thing 1 & 2


What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
- Hilary