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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. 
~John Dewey

Google Classroom

posted Sep 23, 2014, 11:23 AM by Landon B   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 11:25 AM ]

Google Classroom helps you manage and organize students' Google Documents. Check out the link and video below for more information. If you are using Google Drive already, this will save you time. Let me know if you want help setting this up for your classes.

Upgrade Your Clickers

posted Sep 12, 2014, 11:41 AM by Landon B   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 1:51 PM ]

Use student response apps to make formative assessment more engaging. Here are two great options that can be used with any internet connected device (Android, iOS, Chromebooks, laptops). Check out the videos and sites below for more information. Let me know if you have any questions or want to schedule a time to explore using this in your class.

samr model
REDEFINITION - Use Kahoot to "gamify" your lesson in a game show like competition 

MODIFICATION - Have students use Kahoot or Socrative to create their own quizzes to test other students


AUGMENTATION - Use Kahoot or Socrative to get real time feedback on student understanding

SUBSTITUTION - Use Kahoot or Socrative to check for understanding at the end of a lesson


posted Aug 25, 2014, 8:53 PM by Landon B

It's that time of year again. Use the following document to complete your required training. As always, let me know if you have any questions.

ERK & BBP Training

Add-Ons for Google Drive

posted Apr 1, 2014, 7:22 AM by Landon B   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 7:46 AM ]

Google Drive is great, but it doesn't have all the features of some other big name productivity suites. Insert Add-Ons for Google Drive. These add-ons try to fill some of those missing gaps. This link will show you how to start adding these to your account, and it highlights some of the add-ons available.

Here is one article on some of the best add-ons. These include bibliographies with EasyBib, faxing documents, mapping data points, and more.

REDEFINITION - Use the UberConference add-on to collaborate with speakers or classrooms around the world

MODIFICATION - Use the Mapping Sheets add-on to create a real world history timeline or plot animal population data in science


AUGMENTATION - Use the EasyBib add-on and have students collaborate on papers and create bibliographies right in their Google Docs

SUBSTITUTION - Use the Merge add-on to send customized emails to parents

StarBoard Help

posted Feb 6, 2014, 1:47 PM by Landon B   [ updated Feb 6, 2014, 1:50 PM ]

Here are some resources to help get the most out of your StarBoard.

Lessons - Here are a number of lessons that can be downloaded and used
Tutorials - These video tutorials will help you become an expert user
User Guide - If you are feeling really ambitious, check out the full user manual

SAMR Application

SUBSTITUTION - Using the SmartBoard to display your classroom materials

AUGMENTATION - Using the SmartBoard to annotate materials during a lesson or connect with Web resources

- Here is an article describing how to augment using the SmartBoards


MODIFICATION - The SmartBoard is used to collect and create graph data from multiple groups

TIES Takeaway - Technology for Reading & Writing Standards

posted Jan 20, 2014, 8:33 AM by Landon B   [ updated Jan 20, 2014, 8:40 AM ]

Laura Gudmundson created a great resource for using technology to address reading & writing standards. On her site, linked below, she has grouped standards with specific examples and some of her favorite tech resources.

Google Ninja Training

posted Nov 6, 2013, 10:08 AM by Landon B   [ updated Nov 6, 2013, 11:26 AM ]


To master the secret art of Google-Fu, use the techniques below. We will learn about the importance of your search terms (keywords) and how to use various operators and filters.

Level 1 - Keep it simple
- Guide, tutorial

Level 3 - Search Operators
- site:
- ""

Level 4 - Advanced Search

There are also a number of baked in tools.

Copyright Education & Resources

posted Oct 30, 2013, 9:00 AM by Landon B   [ updated Oct 30, 2013, 9:06 AM ]

There are some curriculum topics that don't fall neatly into just one subject, and copyright education is one of those areas. We live in a digital age where copyrighted information/media is readily available. It's everyone's responsibility to teach students to use materials responsibly and how they can protect their own creative works.

The link below, from the Copyright Alliance, contains curriculum resources and programs for the classroom. There is also a brief video that highlights areas to address with students.

Distance Learning Lab (ITV, IVC) Resources

posted Oct 25, 2013, 10:07 AM by Landon B   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 9:39 AM ]

The distance learning lab is a gateway to the world outside the classroom. Also know as an interactive TV (ITV) or interactive video conferencing (IVC), the room provides an opportunity to connect with guest speakers, virtual tours, and other students throughout the world. 

Some of the many resources available online are collected below. Think about the content you want to bring into class, and then we'll match the best provider. The video below showcases some of the many ways ITV can be used.

Connecting To Our School District

For a person to connect to our school they would need a camera (Web cam), microphone (if not built into the Web cam), and videoconferencing software (a few options are listed below). 

Here is the connection information they would need:

Crosby Location: Cisco C40 Codec
Connection to main Video Control Server is site to site ipsec connection between Crosby firewall and Njpa Firewall
System can call using either SIP or H323 (also referred as IP dialing)
Crosby Sip Address:
Crosby H323:
Session can be recorded by Cisco Content Recorder
Recorded content can be published to Cisco Show And Share

The requirements are pretty basic, and the tech department can help hammer out any technical details. It's recommended that you do a test call/connection before the actual meeting.

Preparing Students

Many content providers have resources that accompany their content. Take advantage of these materials to prepare your students for this experience.

'Driving' The Distance Learning Lab

Using the equipment in the distance learning lab is very similar to a desktop Web camera, just on a larger scale. I've included some resources on using the lab's touch panel. Attached to the bottom of this page are two PDF files. The Telepresence Quick Guide highlights some of the major features and options. The other PDF is a complete manual for using the system.

Video Guides - Click on this link, ignore the warning, and click on Endpoint Operations Videos. Dr. Lance Ford has created a handful of videos demonstrating how to use the touch panel controls. 

Speakers, Virtual Trips, and Worldwide Collaborations

Where do I find guest speakers? They same way you do now; contact them directly. The only difference is now you have a global pool. If you just read a book in class, contact the author and see if they are able to speak with your students. If you're studying criminal law, connect with a big time lawyer in Chicago. You just finished a unit on the solar system, and now you can bring in a speaker from NASA. 

CILC - The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is a resource that shows up on almost every page dealing with ITV. Here you can explore a vast database of content providers (tours & speakers) and collaboration opportunities. Here are some of their award winners.

CAPspace - Another highly recommended resource that allows educators to find collaboration opportunities around the world. This is a great opportunity to raise cultural awareness in the classroom.

Skype in the Classroom - This is a great ITV resource for finding speakers, tours, classroom collaborations, and lesson material. More than that, Skype allows you to bring the ITV experience into your own classroom. With a very basic set up (iPad or Web cam) you can make lessons come to life.

MAGPI - K-12 Programs that cover a variety of curriculum topics.

Minnesota Providers

Hennepin Theatre Trust

More Content Providers

Royal Tyrrell Museum  - Science of Paleontology

Center for Puppetry Arts

Challenger Learning Center

The Mariners' Museum

Connect 2 Texas  - Site dedicated to ITV content resources available in the state of Texas

Milwaukee Public Museum 

Center of Science and Industry - Medical procedures and more

National Park Service - Ask a Ranger and other programs

Mega Conference Jr. - Let your class participate in a global student driven conference

Whirlidurb - Standards based K-6 programs

Videoconference Adventures - Older "yellow pages" list of video conferencing programs

Many, many more ...

Grant Opportunities

The distance learning lab would be a great way to utilize the Cuyuna Lakes Education Foundation (CLEF) grants. 

Let Me Help

I really hope our district leverages this great resource. Let me help you. We can work together to find the right speaker or tour for your students. Also, I can be available to help during the scheduled event. You just need to take the first step, and let me know if your're interested.

Student Pictures and Publishing in JMC

posted Oct 22, 2013, 2:09 PM by Landon B   [ updated Oct 22, 2013, 2:16 PM ]

Pictures were loaded into JMC this week and last week. They should show up under your attendance and seating charts. To enable this feature go to File, then Preferences, and check the box that says Show student photos.

There was a helpful email the other week about publishing assignments in JMC. Remember that they are not published automatically. Here are the two main ways to publish assignments.

The first method is to publish all assignments in one shot. Go to File, then to Publish Assignments. On this screen, enter a date to publish grades through and hit Ok.

The other method is to publish grades individually for each class. Go to Scores and then Assignment Scores (where you enter grades for each class).

On this screen you can click on the Publish Assignments button toward the top of the page, which will publish grades for only that class.

Finally, remember that when we enable the feature, parents can choose to receive an email every time you publish assignments.

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