Month: January 2014

Discovery Education: Science Fair Central

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Discovery Education and Elmers have partnered to create a science fair resource website. Science Fair Central offers all the tools and resources to put together a small or large scale science fair.

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Resources include project ideas, teacher, parent, and coordinator resources. One section of the website that looks particularly useful is the Science Fair Investigation Project Steps.

PDFs included on the site:

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ELA: Informational Text and Digital Literacy

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Looking to introduce students to Internet Literacy Skills? Try this site!

ImageFifth grade students in Laurie Buckel’s class at Seltice Elementary have been  developing their informational reading skills the past two weeks. Students have closely read very complex text, analyzed academic vocabulary, written argumentative essays, and explored digital text via Powerpoint presentations and Discovery Education video segments.

This morning, however, they learned a valuable lesson about credible web sources.

All About Explorers is a website created by teachers and students in Centennial School District in Pennsylvania. It looks and acts like a typical educational website geared toward elementary students. However, once students started reading closely about their selected explorer they realized it was all a spoof.

See if you can spot the errors in these passages!

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Ed Tech: Idaho Google Apps for Education Conference-North

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GAfE (Google Apps for Education) is coming to North Idaho! Learn how to use GAfE to support teaching and learning.

Idaho GAfE North conference will be held February 15th at the Coeur d’ Alene Resort. Scholarships to cover the $145 registration fee are available through the University of Idaho Doceo Center; apply today! 1 credit hour is also available for $60 through the University of Idaho.

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Idaho GAfE Festival – North 

Saturday, February 15 Coeur d’Alene

Join us on February 15, 2014 for the first annual North Idaho Google Festival. This event will focus on integrating and using Google Apps for Education and other Google tools to promote student learning and engagement in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, University faculty, and practicing administrators.   

Register now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education and other free Google tools to support and enhance student learning.

Sessions include practical application presentations as well as hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers.

  • Google Apps Scripts
  • Google Apps for Education at all levels
  • Chromebooks in Education
  • YouTube for Schools
  • Google Maps and Earth
  • Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Calendar, Gmail tips, and… even more!
All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, or teachers with local Google success stories!  

Open to attendees everywhere, this festival offers unique opportunities for all participants:

  • FREE parking and WiFi
  • Continental breakfast and lunch with networking time each day.
  • Direct access to educational technology leaders.
  • Optional Credits for Professional Development (extra charge)

Updates: Schoolmaster and ShowMe

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Schoolmaster: Here is an updated version of the New Semester Guide. There was an error in the archiving instructions sent out yesterday.

ShowMe: One of our followers requested another ShowMe! Here is an excellent two by two multiplication Show Me created by one of Cory Nilson’s students! Thanks again to Cory and his students for sharing!!!


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UPDATED:Schoolmaster New Semester Guide

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Here is a New Semester Guide(updated) I created for Schoolmaster’s Web Classroom. It includes instructions on how to create a hardcopy, backup your gradebook, archive your gradebook, add a new gradebook, import assignments, and import configurations. This guide was created as a general guide to be applicable to all four buildings (PFHS, NVHS, PFMS, RCMS). Please make sure to verify your school’s procedures with your administrator.

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Ed Tech: Show Me

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Looking for a digital whiteboard you can record and share with your students? Looking for a digital whiteboard your students can use? Showme might be the app for you!

ShowMe is a digital whiteboard app that allows users to create and share digital whiteboard creations. Teachers can create playlists that students can access at a later time. The app and accounts are free for both teachers and students.

Matt Gunderson, a digital resource trainer at Post Falls High School, shared Show Me with his fellow staff members through a ShowMe.


Matt uses Show Me because “it differentiates the learning modality and offers students flexible support since they can pause, and replay at will.”

Cory Nilson, a fourth grade teacher at Seltice Elementary, has his students create Show Mes. I had the opportunity to step into his classroom for a short bit last week. Cory played a student created Show Me for his class. As soon as the Show Me started his students were instantly engaged and excited to see what their classmate created. Here is a Show Me one of Cory’s students created.


If you use Show Me or another whiteboard app in your classroom, let me know how you are using it.  I will share your ideas on the blog!

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Ed Tech: Posting Grades in Schoolmaster

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It is that time of year again! For most secondary teachers, the semester ends Thursday and grade are due soon after. 

Here are guides I created to assist teachers in posting grades. These guides were created as general guides to be applicable to all four buildings (PFHS, NVHS, PFMS, RCMS). Please make sure to verify your school’s posting requirements with your administrator.

Post Grades in Schoolmaster-Adding Comments

10 Steps to Post Grades By Editing an Existing Calculation

10 Steps to Post Grades By Creating a New Calculation

Here are the guides put out by Schoolmaster:



Additionally I have had many questions on how to print readable hard copy reports.  From the drop down menus at the top, select reports>gradebook>hard copy.  Select the features (students, assignments, date ranges, portrait or landscape) you would like your hard copy to show and select submit.  From the next screen, select create a PDF. If the PDF copy is difficult to read, follow the steps above except choose a shorter date range (maybe break it up by progress periods or quarters) and try a different orientation (portrait or landscape). This isn’t ideal, but this is the only solution Schoolmaster has for us at this time.

I hope to have my grades (I teach two periods) posted Thursday night so I can be available to help teachers on Friday.

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