Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Atomic Learning - Videos to Help you Learn

Atomic Learning is a great resource our district gives us access to. Atomic Learning helps you by providing video tutorials to walk you through using different technology tools. The great thing about these videos is that they are short and to the point. This tool is available to staff, students and parents!

To access Atomic Learning from the MJSD web site, click on Staff Links. Down at the bottom of the page is Training Resources. On that page is the link to Atomic Learning.
Watch the short video below to see how to access the video trainings. You can find videos on the topics listed on the Training Resource page or search for other web tools and topics you want to learn about.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Videos are magic with Magisto

Magisto can give ordinary videos and pictures a more professional look.  Very similar to Animoto.  Magisto can be used online by going to, or can be used as an app on any android or Apple device.  Students must be 13 years old or older to sign up for their own Magisto account.  You can use up to 16 videos and 5 pictures in your video with a time limit of 25 minutes.  You can share the video on many of the social media networks, however if you want to download the video it may cost you $2.99.  When you create a video in Magisto it is automatically listed as unlisted, so the only way other people will see it is if you share it with them.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words - Infographics in the Classroom

Infographic - Graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

Infographics are everywhere lately. You've seen them in magazines and on the news to share information. You can bring infographics into your classroom too. Below is a sample infographic.
Here are some easy to use sites that can help in the making of infographics. Remember, students under the age of 13 cannot sign up for an account online that asks them for personal, identifying information (this could be their name, email address, physical address, etc.). To work around this, classroom account could be created using the teacher's personal, identifying information. (Just make the password generic and easy for students.)  - Can create a free education account Can sign in with your google account and create a free user account - Can create a free account - Can sign in with your google account and create a free user account

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to change the subject in an email in Gmail

Sometime early this year Google changed the format of gmail.  One used to be able to see the subject of emails at all times, which made it easy to change the subject when forwarding or replying to emails.  The new gmail format is more compact, but the ability to change the subject is still available.

Here is how to change it when replying:
 A box will open, and one of the choices will be Edit Subject.  This will open up a new email where you can change the subject.
 This is where you would click to change the subject when forwarding an email.