October 28, 2012

Considering iPads for your high school Geometry classroom?


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Considering iPads for your high school Geometry classroom?

Here are some options:

Got only one iPad for the classroom?

     Try Geometry Sketchpad Explorer for iPad - The Geometer's Sketchpad Resource Center

Want to use iPads with smart board technology?

     Check out what one California district did.

Got a BYOD classroom?

     How about Geometry Pad, a personal assistant, for iPad and Android tablets.

Considering games?

     This looks like fun: Super Hexagon (99 cents)

And if you're going "all in", here are two possibilities:

     Geometry iPad apps - more than an online textbook -- for your school or district

     Geometry Classroom for iPad on the iTunes App Store

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Any more to add to this list?

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@mauilibrarian2


October 25, 2012

Google+ Hangouts: A Brief Reunion with Google Certified Teachers on a Monday Morning

When fellow Google Certified Teacher Tanya Avrath invited 46 from the #GTANY cohort to drop in for five minutes to help her show the power of PLNs (professional learning networks) to her class, I was happy to accept.

It sounded like fun!


The time of day was a little problematic. I was supposed to be checking in my advisees and leading them to the reflection pond area of our campus, for a school-wide assembly.

What to do? 

I should bring my laptop along with me outside, I decided, and go from there. I figured other GTANYers would enjoy the scenery.

The Hangout turned out great! Much to my delight, our Headmaster Mr. Joe Schmidt came over to see what I was doing and ended up inviting the group for a gathering on campus. Summer is a good time, he mused.

Photo by Ned Simonds

The group included a principal from Illinois, two educators from Ohio -- a district administrator and an ed tech specialist, a teacher-librarian from Maryland, an ed tech specialist from New York, two professionals from New Jersey -- a Google lead learner and a director of curriculum and technology, and two classroom teachers from California. And of course, Tanya, who's an educational technology teacher in Quebec. Many others wanted to join in, but couldn't because of schedule conflicts.


This was so easy! All that was needed was a Gmail account, set up of a Google+ account, and download of a plug-in. Up to 10 people can participate at one time, and if the Hangout link is shared or the event is made public, anyone can view and enjoy.

If the Hangout had been a show-and-tell, I would have included the group in the beautiful Hawaiian canoe blessing ceremony that took place in front of Cooper House, with the entire student body witnessing. It was a heart-filling event.

Are there more Hangouts in my future? Most definitely.

Would I recommend them? Whole-heartedly!


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October 07, 2012

Five Take-Aways from the Google Teacher Academy


Yes, of course there are more than five things I took away from the Google Teacher Academy!

This little list is just a pupu* to start.

1. Let's jump right to the Grand Prize (yes, I sometimes do eat dessert first!). The email invitation at the end of the training to become a member of the very active Google Certified Teachers Group assures me that the awesome learning I experienced at the Google Teacher Academy will continue. I've already consulted the archives a couple of times to answer Google-related questions, and the word is that group members are quick to respond to questions. I've elected to subscribe to the daily digest, and I definitely will be tapping into this mother lode of knowledge often.

2. I discovered that the Chrome Web Store is jammed packed with useful apps and extensions to automate tasks.

A couple of free extensions mentioned by Sean Beavers and Eric Curts grabbed my attention:

Awesome Screenshot,  to "capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, one-click upload to share."

Anesidora, still in beta, is an unofficial Pandora player that you can play right in your Chrome browser.

I'll be shopping for free web apps and extensions at the Chrome Web Store often.

3. I found out that Google Docs Integration with Edmodo (often called Facebook for Education) has been available since March. This opens up exciting collaboration and networking possibilities that I'd like to explore, for our Google Apps for Education (GAFE) school. (One of our teachers had expressed interest in trying Edmodo, before the Academy.)

Fellow GCT, New York librarian Brendan Breen, has had experience with Edmodo, and he offered to help me set up an experimental Edmodo group, using Google+ Hangouts. Thank you, Brendan!

4 of the 5 school librarians at GTA

4. The Data Liberation Front site is a central location for information on how to move your data in and out of Google products.

How cool is it that I found out about this site at the Academy? Love the transparency.

5. I was blown away by the in-person presentation by Kern Kelly's students of Nokomis Regional High in Central Maine. Their Tech Sherpa group has just started a live online technical support program that's available for the world every Tuesday at 3:00 EST. So inspiring!


Yes, there's more ... stay tuned!


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*appetizer, in Hawaiian