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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…

2018 Tech Tip #4 - Flipgrid

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Tech Tip #4 - FlipgridWhat is it?

Flipgrid is one of my favorite apps that I have discovered over the last couple years. It is identified as a video sharing platform that creates opportunities to empower student voice and hear from every student in your classroom. By far, my favorite thing about Flipgrid is the community it has created. I am proud to be an ambassador and have learned so much from Charlie, Joey, Adam, Jornea, and the rest of the team at Flipgrid.

How do I get started?

Download the Flipgrid app on mobile or go to Flipgrid.com. Create an Educator account (which is FREE!) and get started. You'll want to create a Grid and then a Topic within that Grid about what you'd like your students to discuss. (One of my favorites is to teach my students what an "Elevator Speech" is and have them learn to introduce themselves and a little about themselves)Share the Grid code with your students and you are good to go! Here's the best part... if you have questions, …

2018 Tech Tip #3 - Clips

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Tech Tip #3 - ClipsWhat is it?

Clips is by far my favorite video creation app. Let me tell you, Apple really got it right with this one. It's so easy to use to add text, filters, stickers, and music. My students take to it immediately because it has a social media feel to it. Clips makes it super easy to create professional products in seconds and it is such a great way to help students learn about how to tell a story.

How do I get started?


Download the Clips app for FREE on your iOS device. Click "Create New" to get started. Add posters, videos, or photos to get started and hold down the pink button to record. Add your voice with the live titles feature and spice up your video with the stickers and labels options. Click the music note (top right) to add a sound track and then export your finished product. You're done! It's that easy. 


2018 Tech Tip #2 - Google Photos

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Tech Tip #2 - Google PhotosWhat is it?

If you're like me, you're constantly photo documenting in your classroom. It helps me to remember what activities looked like, have media when we are putting together presentations, and it's fun to save those memories. If I wasn't using Google Photos, I would be totally out of space on my phone and iPad. As a Google for Education user, I use Google Photos to backup my school iPad so that all my school related media is catalogued together and it's Free! and Unlimited!

How do I get started?


Download the Google Photos app on the mobile device you use to take pictures (YES it works on both iOS and Android)Log in with your Google accountIn "Settings" turn on "Back Up and Sync" and you are good to go! You can now go to photos.google.com and you will be able to access high quality back ups of all your pictures for free!


2018 Tech Tip #1 - Canva

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As the holidays approached, I wanted to do something a little different on the blog. At this time of year, it feels that everyone is a little short on time (myself included). We are trying to fit in shopping, family time, cookie baking, and hopefully still a little shut eye each night. As we approach Christmas break (only 9 and a half days, but who's counting...) I'll be sharing 10 tech tips to help us close out 2018!
Tech Tip #1 - CanvaWhat is it?

Canva has easily become one of my favorite tools because it is so easy to use and makes beautiful products! Canva is a digital design tool that lets you create logos, flyers, and more. I have used it to design stickers, posters, and update branding for one of my professional organizations. It's student friendly, works on computers and runs in an app form on mobile devices.

How do I get started?


Go to https://www.canva.com/. I love that I can login with Google and don't have to make another account. Click "Create a Design&…

St. E 12 Days of Twitter

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Looking for a way to motivate yourself and learn from build a network of educators to share ideas with? Join us for the #12daysoftwitter challenge.

Step 1- Create a public Twitter account.

Step 2- Each day, post the answer to the prompt and include #12daysoftwitter

Step 3- Enjoy meeting new educators and learning new things!

It's that easy! Follow me at @KammasKersch to get started.