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Wow, it's time for the Hour of Code! Next week, code.org promotes computer science learning for all with several activities. How would you like to learn one of the most popular programming languages in the world by making music? (Christmas Carols, perhaps??) EarSketch is a free web-based program that allows you to do just that! Create your own music from a library of sounds by Young Guru (Jay Z’s audio engineer) and Richard Devine, or record or upload your own sounds. You don't need to know anything about music or coding to get started. https://earsketch.gatech.edu/landing/?utm_content=buffere9658&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#/ Happy Coding!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 29, 2017 at 9:14 AM
  
Wow, Thanksgiving is next week! Time for some animal fun. Thanks to Russell, here's a very cool 20 questions game to Guess the Animal-- could it be a turkey? Or is it a platypus? You'll have to play to find out! This would be a great way for students to practice their questioning and researching techniques, too. You will need to use the Chrome browser, and if your computer or Android device does not have a built-in microphone, you'll need to use an external mic or headset. https://mysteryanimal.withgoogle.com/ Happy Guessing! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 15, 2017 at 9:57 AM
  
Wow, what better way to get ready for Thanksgiving than to gather and share stories?! This November, the Great Thanksgiving Listen will take place in living rooms and kitchens across the country — your students can add their voice to the Library of Congress and take part in our national effort to collect the stories of a generation by recording an interview with a loved one. Adobe is partnering with StoryCorps to help bring student stories to life with impactful images and other visual storytelling elements. Highlight special moments in the interview with free tools like Spark Post, Spark Page, and Spark Video. And, if you haven't caught #FlipgridFever yet, this would ignite the classroom!! The StoryCorps website also has lesson plans, implementation tips, teacher toolkits, and a help center. https://storycorps.org/participate/the-great-thanksgiving-listen/ Happy Storytelling!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 08, 2017 at 9:28 AM
  
Wow, we made it through Halloween! Do you have lots of pictures of awesome costumes and fun activities? Or would you like to get ready for the holidays early? How about letting students show their creativity in any season by making amazing graphics for projects, documents, presentations, etc.? Photo Funia has a huge collection of fancy text makers and digital image filters as well as calendar, flyer, postcard, signs, billboard, poster, magazine, and newspaper templates. Also, some of the options will allow you to create animated GIF's-- Great for your students to present their "final products" from a PBL activity!  http://photofunia.com/ Happy Fun with Photos!
Posted by moagueros  On Nov 01, 2017 at 9:11 AM
  
Wow, I forgot what day it was yesterday! So, you're getting the Website of the Week a day late. If you sometimes forget what day it is, too, especially what celebratory day it is (today is National Pumpkin Day, by the way), this week's site can help you out. What National Day Is It is a database of days reflecting the current popular holidays across social media. According to the site, they use data-mining and natural text analysis to work out which national days have the highest significance online. Each day links to information about how many people considered the day as well as a bit of background of the significance of the day. Note: Because most of the info is gathered from social media, the days listed may not have any historical significance or count as "official" holidays and/or days of recognition. And of course not all of the topics may be appropriate for a school setting, so you may want to search outside of class and only project the relevant ideas. It is neat, though, to see what other people deem popular! https://www.whatnationaldayisit.com/ Happy National Pumpkin Day!
Posted by moagueros  On Oct 26, 2017 at 11:09 AM
  
Wow, it's Digital Citizenship Week! What better way to spark a discussion about copyright and attribution than with using awesome images? Finding Creative Commons images through a CC Search (Google does this when inserting and searching within a Google App, too) is a good option for students. However, getting students to attribute those photos correctly can add time to the work exponentially. Photos for Class removes that hassle. It automatically adds a black ribbon across the bottom of the image with the appropriate attribution. Plus, it provides a link to the original in Flickr so you can add it somewhere else. Much thanks to Matt Miller, DitchThatTextbook.com, for the tip! http://photosforclass.com/ For even more Digital Citizenship resources, check out the Common Sense site: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship Happy Digital Citizenship Week!
Posted by moagueros  On Oct 18, 2017 at 8:17 AM
  
W.O.W., it's finally here! A brand new Tech PD opportunity. If you're ready to accept the mission, this week's site features online modules designed to let you discover additional strategies to implement technology, explore new technology tips and tools, and have a little fun. The Mission:Possible site is ready for you to learn and earn! Our own Russell Smithson has designed a site just for you. The purpose of this site is to provide Warrensburg teachers and staff a new way to receive Professional Development and to celebrate their achievements of implementing these new strategies within their classrooms or group settings. http://tinyurl.com/WSBGTechPD Happy Learning!
Posted by moagueros  On Oct 13, 2017 at 9:03 AM
  
W.O.W., Fall is here! Time to start thinking about pumpkins, cider, leaves, and Google Slides. Why Google Slides? Because Eric Curts has an amazing website, Control-Alt-Achieve with help guides, presentations, and other training resources for Google-related topics as well as other educational technology topics. A one-stop-shopping site for all kinds of tutorials and activity/lesson ideas. One of his current features is a template to build your own Jack-O-Lantern-- a great way to incorporate writing skills and add a little creativity to lessons! http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/09/build-jackolantern.html Happy Halloween!
Posted by moagueros  On Oct 04, 2017 at 8:36 AM
  
Wow, Google is 19 years old today. It's their birthday, but you get the presents! Try out the birthday spinner for fun games and a blast from the past: https://goo.gl/yZjzyt You can also read about the history of Google, get information about the annual Doodle for Google contest, see how far in the world today's doodle has reached, and view past birthday celebration doodles. https://www.google.com/doodles/googles-19th-birthday Also, if you would like a daily search skill challenge, try out A Google A Day: http://www.agoogleaday.com/ Happy Birthday Google!
Posted by moagueros  On Sep 27, 2017 at 9:31 AM
  
Wow, a new website and now a new app! The Warrensburg SD mobile app has been updated with a new look and new links. Plus, you can select your school upon start up (or set up later in settings). The design is best viewed in portrait mode rather than landscape, and content is updated when the district website is updated. For iPads with automatic updates turned on, the app should already be the new version. For devices using Google Play Store to install apps, the SD app will need to be re-installed. http://content.customschoolapp.net/launchpage/warrensburg/index.html Happy Apping!
Posted by moagueros  On Sep 20, 2017 at 8:28 AM
  
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