Sunday, October 16, 2016

It's Digital Citizenship Week!

Digital Citizenship Week is an opportunity to take stock of how safely, responsibly, and respectfully we are using technology.

Check out these resources from Common Sense Media, including a pledge that teachers and students can take.
Image from Common Sense Media

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Desmos Graphing Calculator to be used in SBAC testing

I just learned that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests will be switching to the Desmos Graphing Calculator this year (replacing the built-in calculator from years past).  That's great news, because Desmos is a well-designed, easy to use tool with a nice interface.

Many students are already using Desmos.  If you haven't tried Desmos yet, take a look here.

Desmos also has many pre-designed activities that students can try individually or as a class, such as this one.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Vermont Fest 2016

Vermont Fest 2016 is taking place November 3rd and 4th this year in Killington.  This is an ed tech conference, but it's about much more than technology integration-- it's really about learning.  It's a great way to get some new ideas and interact with colleagues from around the state.  Check it out at

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Taking a screenshot on a Chromebook (and other devices)

Here's a question that's popping up a lot: "How do I take a screen capture/screenshot (i.e., an image of my screen) on a Chromebook?"

It's often useful to snap a picture of what's on your device's screen.
On a Chrombook, this is done by pressing the Ctl key together with the "Switcher" key (so called, because it otherwise switches you from tab to tab in Chrome)

Here's how to do it on other devices:
  • On Windows computers, the Snipping Tool (in Accessories) does this nicely.  
  • On a Mac, you can use Command-Shift-4
  • In iOS (e.g., iPhone) or Android, hold the power/sleep button and home button (or volume down if your Android doesn't have a home button) at the same time.

Need more advanced features?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Embedding content in a Blogger post

I've written before about embed code as a way to have content from one site viewable within a window on another site.  This can be more effective than simply linking to a video, for example-- like this...

Recently, Jeff and Justin's E10/MMW stduents created videos in WeVideo.  They wanted these videos to play within blogger posts. I wrote up instructions for this and thought these might be useful to others (of course, I embedded the doc as a demo, but here's a link!).