Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Reserving Chromebook Carts using Google Calendar

There is a quick and easy way to reserve the Chromebook carts in the schools using your Google Calendar. Watch the quick video below to learn how to reserve the cart for your classroom.

You can also check the Chromebook calendar to see when the cart is available at your school. From the MJSD homepage, click on Staff Links. The second option down is District Rooms/Calendars. Find your building and click on the CBCart link for your building to see when the cart is already reserved and when it is available.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mapping through History with What Was There

Have you ever looked at a building or a city and wondered what it looked like years ago?  Well with the site What Was There you have the ability to do just that.  You can enter a city, state, or country name into the search and various pictures from the past will show up.  If the picture has a little yellow man in left hand corner, you will be able to see the current street view of that picture also.  Click on the picture, then click on street view, and you can slowly fade the picture to present day.  It's like time traveling through pictures.

Here is a 1910 picture of Hotel Gilpatrick in Milwaukee, WI.  Theodore Roosevelt was shot in front of this hotel in 1912 while campaigning.
1910 picture of Hotel Gilpatrick

Slowly fading to current day

Current Google street view, you can see that the hotel no longer exists.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Free Langauge Education Site

Learn or brush up on 6 languages for FREE!
The site Duolingo allows you to practice your language skills for free. It takes an approach similar to Khan Academy and puts you on a path where you start with easier skills and vocabulary and slowly moves you toward more advanced skills and vocabulary.

To sign up - Pick the language you want to learn and provide your email address and create a password.

*If you are having students use this site, they need to be 13 years of age or older. That is because students under 13 are not supposed to sign up for accounts that require identifying information (their email address is considered identifying information). Websites are not supposed to collect that sort of information from people under the age of 13.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Search Engine for Apps

Looking for an app? Want to specifically find one for your mobile device or tablet? Here is a easy to use free search engine to help you.

Quixey is a website you can use to search. Drag your cursor over top of the word Mobile and you can click on one category to search in. You can search for apps appropriate for Android device, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone or Windows Phone. Then type your search in the search box and press Enter or click the small magnifying glass.
Your search results come up in a list with a few lines of a description, the number of stars they are reviewed with and the price for the app. Click on the name of app to get screen shots and a longer description.

You will see the price button on this screen.

Drag your cursor over the button and it will now say Download. Click to download the app.

Enjoy your app searching!