Evaluating Websites/Internet Safety

Students, we will be using these links for our lesson today. Please write answers on your worksheet.


Go to one of these links.  On your worksheet write one or two things that you learned from the site:

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Jackalope Conspiracy

Dog Island Free Forever

Republic of Molossia

Please watch this video and use the worksheet to take notes.  Write down the meanings of website endings and the A, B, C, D, and E of evaluating websites. Then write a sentence or two explaining what each one means.  (Ignore the instructions at the end of the video.)


Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:

Netsafe Kids

Netsmartz Videos

NS Teens Challenge

On the back of your paper, write down at least 3 things that you think are important for middle schoolers to remember about web safety.

Chat and Collaboration Activities 2016a

We recently did 2 online activities to practice using chat and collaboration tools in a school setting.

On Wednesday we used an online chatroom to hold a class discussion. It was great because everyone had an opportunity to answer each question and contribute to the discussion.

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On Thursday we used a collaborative document tool that had a chatroom attached. Students were challenged to build a document virtually with a group. The document was to give advice to future 6th grade students. No talking was allowed – all planning needed to be done by using online chat!

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Each color represented a different student’s work. The chat area is on the right. Below are some examples of the students’ documents.

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Technology Class Goals 2016

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences. Talk about:

  1. What kinds of technology you like to use and what you like to do?
  2. Something new you would like to learn this year in tech class?
  3. Something you like to improve in your technology skills?

Remember, when posting online:

  • No last names.
  • Use your best sentences, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Be sure that everything you post is kind and God honoring!

When your comment has posted, look for August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015, or December 2015 on the right sidebar and check out some projects from last year’s classes.


If Time:

Quizizz Login

Miss Bosch will give you the sign in code and directions how to login.

Cyber Citizenship

Use these links to view some videos on issues related to Cyber Citizenship:

Netsafe Kids

Netsmartz Videos

NS Teens Challenge

Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2016, Berlin


At the end of July, I was blessed to attend the Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute which was held in Berlin, Germany. I was one of 380 educators from 38 countries selected to attend this amazing conference for 5 days.


Upon arriving in Berlin, I connected with some other ADEs (some that I have met at previous institutes, some new friends) to do a bit of exploring in downtown Berlin, including a boat ride through the main part of the city. One of the great parts of being in the ADE program is the connections that I have made with educators worldwide. They are my “go to” people when I have questions or are looking for inspiration on the latest creative ways for using technology in learning. Even while touring, we were talking edtech ideas!


Our sessions at the conference were a high energy combination of inspiration and instruction from some of the best experts and educators in the world. Each day we heard from ADEs in 3 minute Showcase presentations where they shared the amazing things that are happening in their classrooms. We also had updates on Apple products and sessions with experts that helped us dive deep into some of the advanced features of Apple applications. Above is a sketchnote that I made of showing some of the things that were covered in our sessions. I am especially excited to use what I learned about the magic motion feature in Keynote, the Live Loops in GarageBand, and programing with Swift Playgrounds. I also had time to talk individually with one of the program leaders in GarageBand to get advice how to reduce sibilants when recording my voice.

Live Loops in GarageBand

Live Loops in GarageBand

On Wednesday we spent part of the day exploring downtown Berlin and had a presentation on iOS photography at the Apple Store in Berlin.

Apple Store Berlin

One of the best part of the conference is working collaboratively with other ADEs to launch a new project with resources that will assist and inspire other educators. Here is a sketchnote which outlines the design process which we were encouraged to follow as we worked together (which also would work great for student projects):

Design Process Sketchnote

I worked with a group of ADEs to develop a multitouch book on sketchnoting. The book will contain “snapshot pages” from a variety of educators who sketchnote personally and with their students. It will serve as a guide and inspiration to others who are looking to use this strategy with their classes. This group contained both beginning sketchnoters as well as some amazing artists and creative minds whose work I have admired. We truly were an international group and we are continuing to work virtually to pull our project together for publication.

Sketchnote Group Sketchnote Group

Finally, I was one of 33 ADEs who had an opportunity to present a Spotlight Session highlighting a topic or lesson that they have developed.  I shared a 50 minute workshop on Quickstart Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning. It was a great experience to talk about my journey with sketchnotes, share the resources I have been creating, and show off some of the amazing sketchnotes my students have been creating! Here is the link to my resources which includes a link to my presentation and my sketchnote course on iTunesU: Digital Sketchnotes for Visualizing Learning

Sketchnote Session

photo via @cindyherren https://twitter.com/cindyherren/status/758301648003424256

The entire conference was an amazing opportunity to learn, connect, collaborate, and share! Thank you again to Apple for their encouragement and support to educators worldwide!

After the conference was finished, I was able to travel with my brother to Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg, which was also incredible! Wow, what a summer!Save

Unboxing the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Printer


Over the summer, I received the exciting news that I had been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the upcoming school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer along with 10 spools of filament as a part of this program. Over the past year or so, I have been following how Steve Dickie, Steve Clark, and Anthony Johnson have been using 3D printers with their students and have been inspired by the creative learning experiences they have shared. I have never used a 3D printer, so I can’t wait to start exploring and learning along side of our students.

Our printer arrived yesterday, and I was excited to take a look at it! Here are some unboxing photos!


Our students are going to love having different colors of filament to use in their designs!


One of the things that I am planning to do is to explore ways to merge collaborative writing with 3D printing. Think Flat Stanley goes 3D Digital! Here is my application video which will let you see a few of my ideas on how I hope to use the printer:

My students and I are so blessed to have this opportunity to learn new things and share with others! Stay tuned to follow our 3D learning journey!


3D Character Profiles for the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40

Photo Jun 04, 7 25 11 AM We are hoping next year to get a 3D printer for our classroom. Some of the students have been exploring the 123D Sculpt App to create 3D characters. We are hoping to be able to print out our 3D characters to inspire collaborative story writing by sharing 3D character files. Hear are some examples of characters that the students have made and what we are hoping to be able to do in the future.

Photo Jun 04, 7 21 02 AM Photo Jun 04, 7 25 19 AMThe 123D Sculpt app is currently a free app that lets you model and color characters in 3D.


Congratulations Meijer Great Choices Video Winners!

Thank you to everyone who faithfully voted for our student videos a few months ago.


“Be Yourself” took second place in the Promoting Character category.

IMG_6833“You are Special” took third place in the Celebrating Diversity category.

Each video won $200 for our technology classes. We are hoping to use the money towards buying a 3D printer! Thanks again for your support!

Coding: Code.org, Tickle, and Sphero

IMG_6772 IMG_6773Recently, the middle school students completed a coding unit in tech class. They began by working through a series of lessons at the Code.org website. (Note: teachers can set up a free account and assign the lessons to the students. They include video instructions, so students can independently work through the lessons at their own pace. Teachers do not need to be an expert at coding – I let students take ownership of their learning and help each other if they got stuck on a solution.)

IMG_6775 IMG_6776Once students had worked through lessons on code.org, it was time to transfer those skills to programing to the Tickle app, which uses block coding similar to code.org. I sent up a series of challenges for the students work through to program a Sphero robotic ball.  Challenges included moving in a straight line to hit a target, drawing shapes, and programming a dance move.

IMG_6793 IMG_6792As students worked they needed to document their thought process through their failures and successes. They also had lots of fun!!

IMG_6789 IMG_6790At the end of each challenge, students were given a creative task where they came up with an idea for a related challenge and tried to program it. Finally, they wrote up a blog post which explained their thinking throughout the challenge and shared a screenshot of their solution. Here are a few links to examples of the student blogs:

Arianna example

Luke example

The final challenge required students to program through tunnels and barriers and then through a maze that they had designed. These activities required complex programing, but were lots of fun!

IMG_6796 IMG_6795Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)



Finalist in the Book Creator Comic Contest!


Congratulations to Luke, Tyler, and Jalon! We received word that their comic is one of 10 finalists in the Book Creator Comic Contest! The winner will be selected by Kevin Eastman, one of the co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Read more about the finalists in this post at the Book Creator Blog by clicking on the link below:

Comic book competition – here are the finalists!

The Book Creator team created this video version of the book which they posted on Youtube. Here is a link to the video. Note, this might be blocked at school.)

The Polluter

Also, congratulations to Camryn, Raven, and Rachel for receiving awards as highly commended entries in the contest!

National Park Superheroes Comic Collection

coverI’m very pleased to share that our National Park Superhero Comic Collection eBook is now available for free download on the iTunes Bookstore. Here is the link where you can download the eBook into the iBooks app onto your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Mac computer:


For other devices: If you do not have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, here are some other ways you can possibly open the books by using the links below.  On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.) Here is the link to the epub file:  National Park Superheroes ePub

If you download the book, we’d love a rating or a comment!

The National Park Superhero Comic Collection began with students researching a national park and discovering a problem in the park. Then students designed a superhero who could solve the problem and planned a story that combined information with imagination. Students created their superheroes using a variety of drawing, avatar, and editing apps and combined them with photos or drawings. Some students used animated character apps to make video clips of their characters talking.  All the elements were combined using the new comic features in the Book Creator app. Finally, the students recorded the audio so you could hear each character talk. Here are examples of the pages that the students created:


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This project involved a lot of work by the students over several weeks using a variety of technology skills, including research, story boarding, drawing, creating videos, building the book with photos, drawings, and text, and finally recording audio. The comics went through many revisions to perfect the blend of information and imagination. We used these comics to enter into the Book Creator Comic Contest.  We hope you enjoy our comics!