Techy Tuesday – 10/7/2014

Now That I Have Twitter, What Do I Do With It?

Below is a list of informational websites that will help you use Twitter for your own use or for in the classroom.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed like what is below?????  Hopefully some of these links will help.


Above is from:

What if every teacher tweeted? –

Beginner’s Guide to Twitter for Teachers –

Cheat Sheet:  Twitter For Teachers –

Twitter Hashtags

28 Simple ways to use Twitter in the classroom –

Who you should follow on Twitter

How to Cite a Tweet –

Twitter Abbreviation Guide –

I hope these links are helpful!!!!

Remember to follow me on Twitter – @GCSTeacherTech






Techy Tuesday – 9/30/2014

Getting Started With Twitter

This week I will help you set up your Twitter Account!!!

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.  I have looked through some YouTube videos and found one that is easy to understand and has the basics for you.



A useful tool:  More searches are done from this site per day than any other search interface in the world except for Google.  Twitter Search is #2!!!!!!  Check it out.

Next week, I will give you some ideas for general use of Twitter, classroom use, and some other tips.

Make sure you follow me @GCSTeacherTech.

Techy Tuesday 9/23/2014

25 Signs You’re  Teaching In 2015

From  What will teaching look like in the future?  Here are some glimpses.  Some are real now and some will be in the future as you grow as a techy professional.

1. You think of clouds as good things.

2. You believe tagging is the new email.

3. The blogosphere is more relevant a term than the stratosphere.

4. You spent more this year on iPad peripherals than you have pencils and pens.

5. You giggle when you recall how you used to simply give tests at the end of a unit.

6. You google before you even try to remember.

7. You begged your school accountant for an iTunes card instead of your annual classroom fund.

8. Have actually used the phrase “digital citizenship” in a sentence with a straight face.

9. You’re in bad shape if the internet goes down during a lesson.

10. YouTube makes more sense than television.

11. You forgot what chalk does to your skin.

12. Flipping the classroom is an instructional strategy rather than a response to misbehavior.

13. You’re sure Vine is rotting your middle schooler’s brain.

14. Your district has a more transparent facebook policy than they do on assessment or curriculum mapping.

15. You’re scared to explain your blended, student-centered, mobile-centric classroom to parents, so you don’t mention any of it on the syllabus.

16. You’ve “crowdsourced” something–school supplies, for example.

17. You trade rooms with another teacher for a better Wi-Fi signal—and don’t tell them why.

18. You’ve texted during class, but have taken a student’s phone for doing the same.

19. You plan lessons assuming that every student has Wi-Fi broadband access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

20. Students blame passwords and log-in issues rather than the dog for eating their homework.

21. Your students have to explain certain technologies to you, but you pretend you already knew.

22. You seriously consider that if it’s not being talked about on twitter, it may not have happened.

23. You’ve spoken more recently with the tech leader in Mumbai than the new 10th grade Math teacher down the hall.

24. You’d never admit it, but you judge other people by the tech they carry.

25. You’re energized–and absolutely fatigued–by the rate of change in your craft as an educator early in the 21st century.

Techy Tuesday 9/16/2014

Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you’re using a PC with a touchscreen). Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window. Recipes, news stories, book reviews—you name it. Sometimes the easiest way to save a copy of something is to simply take a snapshot of your screen.

You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image.

Picture of the snipping tool
Snipping Tool

You can capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw a free-form shape around an object.

  • Rectangular Snip.  Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

  • Window Snip.  Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.

  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen.

After you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the Clipboard and the mark-up window. From the mark-up window, you can annotate, save, or share the snip. The following procedures explain how to use Snipping Tool.

To capture a snip

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.

  2. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip from the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

To capture a snip of a menu

If you want to capture a snip of a menu, such as the Start menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then, in the list of results, click Snipping Tool.

  2. After you open Snipping Tool, press Esc, and then open the menu that you want to capture.

  3. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.

  4. Click the arrow next to the New button, select Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip from the list, and then select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

To annotate a snip

  • After you capture a snip, you can write and draw on or around the snip in the mark-up window.

To save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, click the Save Snip button in the mark-up window.

  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for the snip, choose a location where to save the snip, and then click Save.

To share a snip

  • After you capture a snip, click the arrow on the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.

Techy Tuesday 9/9/2014

Techy Tuesday – Welcome and Website

Welcome to Techy Tuesday.  I will be posting tips, tools, tricks, videos, etc. every Tuesday!!!  I hope to add a wide variety of techy tidbits for you.  I will work hard to find tidbits that will apply to the majority of staff members, but realize that they all won’t apply to everyone.  Many of my postings will be teacher/classroom centered along with productivity, but I wanted to make sure that all staff had access to it.

If you have ideas of Techy Tidbits that you would like to know more about, please email me and I will work it into the schedule.  If you are doing something techy in your classroom that you would like to share with the district, let me know so I can showcase it.

Today’s Tidbit is my website:

The website is where all my technology information is located.  It is a work in progress and I am updating it as I come across interesting information.  The Techy Tuesdays will be under the Posts heading on the left hand side.  I will also tag them so you can click on the tags to get all the tips that I post.

There is information on:

  • iPads – iPad in Education sites, apps list websites, GCS App Tracker
  • Software – Instructional Software, Assessment Software, Office 2013
  • Digital Resources – Multiple free digital resources, Educational Activity Sites, 1:1
  • Technology Standards – Yes, there are technology standards!!!!  ISTE Technology Standards, SAMR Model, Technology Integration Matrix
  • Training – The place to go to sign up for technology training
  • Helpful Links – IDOE Reports for GCS, IDOE Assessment Information, other links that don’t fit anywhere else.

Check it out!!!!!!

Follow me on Twitter for posting notifications.  @GCSTeacherTech  Not sure how to tweet or not have a Twitter account??????  Next week’s Techy Tuesday will be on Twitter!!!!


School Board

Thank you to the Goshen Community School Board for allowing me the opportunity to share my website.


Welcome to the Teacher Tech website.  The website skeleton is complete. Content is coming.