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Twitter Slowchat How To

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Looking to participate in a Twitter Slow Chat, but not sure where to start? I've got you covered.

Step 1- Make a Twitter account and make sure it is public so others can read the responses you are contributing to the conversation.

Step 2- Find your chat. There are tons our there! Here is a great list to get started.

Step 3- Participate at the scheduled time using the #hashtag that the chat uses. All chats have their own hashtags.

Most chats use a Q1 A1 format. This means that when the chat starts, the host will post Question 1. To respond, start your tweet with "A1" and make sure you include the hashtag (#) for that particular chat.

A slow chat is exactly what it sounds like, a slowed down version of a typical chat. Most chats take place in 1 hour and include 6 questions. A slow chat is over days instead of minutes. A question is posted each day and throughout that entire day participants respond to the prompt as well as to each other.

To get the most out of the chat, se…

Hats off to 2018, Setting Goals for 2019

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Hopefully over the last year or so as a reader, you've come to see how important reflection is to me. You've also probably realized how much I like a good list, so as 2018 comes to a close I want to reflect on some of the top lessons I've learned and set a few goals for 2019. I would encourage you to do the same. There is so much research that supports reflection and goal setting as important aspects of growth and learning. 



Peace Out 2018 ✌️
2018 brought some incredible experiences, but these are the top of the list.

We bought a house! My husband and I become homeowners in May of this year. Our home has been filled with moments full of stress like unpacking, but mostly many moments full of love like our first holiday season in our new home. I am already looking forward to our first of many full years here. I presented at ISTE! When I got accepted to present at ISTE last December, I squealed in excitement in the hallway at school. When I got to Chicago and was about to presen…

2018 Tech Tip #9- Google Sheets

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Tech Tip #9 - Google SheetsWhat is it?

Sheets is one of Google's many collaborative productivity tools, but it is for spreadsheets. Maybe it's because I am in the sciences, but spreadsheets have always been a personal favorite of mine. I love using Sheets to organize data, make data visualizations, create digital sign-in sheets and more. It is easy to use and like the rest of Google's suite, collaboration is at the core. 

How do I get started?

On a mobile device? Download the Sheets app. On a Chromebook/Mac/PC? Go to sheets.google.com Create a new Sheet using the plus sign. Give your Sheet a name and you can get started. There are some additional graphing features that work more effectively when you are not on a mobile device, but overall it is very robust. Tip - Start by using it to organize data. Once you get comfortable with that, dive into the advanced features. If you are a Docs user, try adding your Sheet into your doc rather than making a chart in Docs.  


2018 Tech Tip #8 - Podcasts

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Tech Tip #8 - PodcastsWhat is it?

The first 7 tools I've highlighted have been for students, but it's time to switch gears and highlight one for teachers. I have found that listening to podcasts while I drive or work around the house is a way for me to continue to be a learner. I love hearing new ideas and feeling empowered to try new things. The best thing about podcasts, they're free PD and many of them have Facebook or Twitter communities to connect with the hosts or other listeners. 

How do I get started?

Download a podcast app. I have a Pixel 3 so I used Pocket Casts, but there are loads of options.Subscribe to a few to get started. Not sure where to start? My favorites are the Google Teacher Tribe hosted by Kasey Bell and Matt Miller and the House of EdTech by Chris Nesi. Still not sure where to start? Many of these awesome podcasts are members of the Education Podcast Network. Their site does a great job pointing you in the right direction depending on your interests.…

2018 Tech Tip #7 - Notability

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Tech Tip #7 - NotabilityWhat is it?
Notability is the app my students use more than any other. It is a note taking app fo iOS that allows you to import and export as PDF, handwrite, type, record audio, and so much more. It is very intuitive to use and the students enjoy using it. I particularly like using it to sketchnote on my iPad. It provides an outlet for both organization and creativity.

How do I get started?
Here's the catch, it is a paid app. Once you purchase it, you'll find that it is well worth the price. Once you have the app, you don't need an account to use it, you just get started. I would recommend clicking on the gear and signing into a backup account. Start by making a divider and a subject to keep yourself organized.Within the subject, make your first note by clicking the pencil. Start exploring! Ginger labs got it right with this lab. 

2018 Tech Tip #6 - Code.org

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Tech Tip #6 - Code.orgWhat is it?

If you participated in Hour of Code las week and are looking for a way to continue learning or teaching computer science, Code.org is the place to start. I have used it for single activities, but also as my curriculum for AP Computer Science Principles for the past two years. It makes it so easy to get started with a topic that can be intimidating to teachers. My college degree was in chemistry education, but through a variety of trainings and the materials available from Code.org I am able to successfully and confidently teach computer science.

How do I get started?
Go to Code.org and click Sign In.You can create an account or sign in using Google (my personal favorite). Then you are off to explore! Once you are logged in you have the ability to create classes, access lesson plans, and create your own coding projects. 

2018 Tech Tip #5 - Albert.io

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Tech Tip #5 - Albert.ioWhat is it?

Last year I was searching for resources to help prepare my AP Computer Science Principles students for the exam in May. Albert.io was recommended from one of the AP CSP teacher groups so I gave it a go. It is an incredible test prep tool. It is full of multiple choice and free response questions that the teacher can put into assignments. My favorite parts are that you can get excellent insights on where students are individually and overall struggling and that students can see an explanation, not just a correct answer for each problem. I am confident that Albert.io helped my scores and it has now caught on to all our AP teachers!

How do I get started?

Go to Albert.io and sign up as a Teacher. I love that I can get sign in with Google. There is a fee to use Albert (that we found to be very reasonable), but you can explore some of the content to see how you like it.Once you've worked with the awesome team at Albert to set up your school account, you…