Building your PLN

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In the last few postings, I’ve highlighted quite a few people from Dave Burgess to Tony Vincent to my history of teachers who made an impact on how I teach. So, the question begins on how I found these resources? In the classic days of teaching and I’m talking about when my mother-in-law taught during the late 60s and early 70s the only resources were each other. The classic “steal a lesson” idea, of course today we call it mentoring or coaching but during a good part of education for most of the 20th century resources for teachers and educators came from each other something we still do in the 21st century however the platform has significantly changed. In the late 90s just before I attended college a classmate of mine who was going into teaching had to drive almost an hour to a teacher store, which as we all know is a place for teachers and students to find items or to find a way to generate ideas for lessons and projects in the classrooms. My own mother-in-law opened her own teachers’ store, The Teacher’s Apple in the early 90s and it ran for over a decade before the rise of online shopping lead to its closing in the early 2000s. Its very ironic how the shift from in person shopping transferred to online shopping for many educators not just for my mother-in-law’s store but for so many others to the point the Teacher’s Store became almost a complete online ecosystem that now stands today. Continue reading “Building your PLN”

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Beaming out your Unity

IMG_0482  This week I have talked about B is for Beaming in Build like a Pirate. As I the definition applies, beaming is about transmitting and broadcasting to another location. I remember years ago we a classroom exchange at my school. This was where another class in our school came to teach us something similar to a infomercial. No, its true. We would sit in our desks and the other class would present a project that they did and how it works. We then in turn had to do the same to that other class. It was a lot of fun and was very student lead activity. It sadly stopped by the time I got to 6th grade, but it was a fun three years of doing the activity. These days, we have Google Hangouts, Skype, Youtube, Twitter and Periscope. While there is a lot of responsibility in under taking social media in this day and age with a school. Being able to interact with other classrooms and even other schools in different states or around the world has opened up so many learning opportunities. Continue reading “Beaming out your Unity”

Top 10 Ways to Tech Like a Pirate

Starting in January, I’m kicking of “Tech Like a Pirate” where you I talk about several ways you integrate technology into your classroom while you Teach Like a Pirate. To get things kicked off, I have made a Top 10 list or in a way kind of a top 40 list to show you what Apps work the best with all the Pirate Hooks. So, let the fun begin. 1. You. Yes, you. Who knows what tech to use in their classroom the best but you the teacher. What programs do you use every day? Do you have a digital … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Tech Like a Pirate

Purple Pumpkin Tech Super Smash for October 30th

Greetings everyone, With October 31st just a day away and Epilepsy Awareness Month starting on Saturday, I thought I would create some Tech Super Smashes for your Pumpkins in the classroom before the final one tomorrow. Here is list of how you can Tech Smash your Purple Pumpkin. 1. Create a set of QR Codes for your classroom. These QR Codes can be short cuts to websites about the Purple Pumpkin Project, Epilepsy, Stick Around Puzzles and Voice Notes. Print them out and put them on a pumpkin in your classroom and have students scan them. They then can write … Continue reading Purple Pumpkin Tech Super Smash for October 30th

Taking Apps out of the Useless Folder

Greetings everyone and Happy Hump Day. If you are look at the top image and seeing Teacher Andy up there you are probably saying: “Wait what?!” or “Why are you displaying android, IOS and GAFE up there?” Well, its pretty simple, I was working with a few students of mine the other day and we were going over Evernote. For those who don’t know, Evernote is a great productivity App that can be used for note taking, journaling, presenting and voice notes and synchs across all platforms from mobile to desktop. Two of my teachers decided to have students start … Continue reading Taking Apps out of the Useless Folder

A Modern Pirate Tale of The Odyssey by Homer

A few days ago, I was talking about my former comic book collection with a friend of mine. They were telling  me to rebuild it, I should just go digital for a while since it would be well within my budget (and easier to store) than my paper books. I said I was looking into it for the end of the year. We also talked about one series that we enjoyed but had jumped on and off over the years. I told him that Wonder Woman was a favorite of mine since it dealt with modern spins on Greek Mythology … Continue reading A Modern Pirate Tale of The Odyssey by Homer

Teach like a Pirate App Dice set

  First set of Teach like a Pirate App Dice. These App and Tech Dice are designed to work with the creation and uses of Teach like a Pirate. There will be more sets to come. Enjoy.   Continue reading Teach like a Pirate App Dice set

GAFE Dice for iPad Users

  The incredibly talented Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning created a fantastic Infograph for Google Apps that are designed for the iPad. I of course quickly created a set of new App Dice which I’m naming GAFE Dice (Google Apps for Education) for all iPad and IOS users. Check them out and be sure to check out Kasey’s blog above. Continue reading GAFE Dice for iPad Users

My Top 10 Ways to Use Stick Around

    Hello Everyone,    Sorry about the delays getting around to my Top 10 Ways of using Stick Around in the Classroom. Teacher Work Week you know. So, here is my Top 10 in no particular order.   1. Scavenger Hunt  One of my favorite activities to do with Stick Around. You can set up Scavenger Hunts with the Puzzle Creation App by having students assemble pictures or clues on their iPads. Once they have solved the puzzle, they will see clues that lead them to their next adjective. Its a great activity that promotes thinking skills and creation. … Continue reading My Top 10 Ways to Use Stick Around