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Screenshot 2016-02-19 at 11.58.58 AMThis site is home to Ramapo Indian Hills High School District Instructional Technology and Staff Development. Here you will be able to find resources and tools to help you become more comfortable using technology with your students and implementing innovative methods in your classroom. Use this website for numerous resources, coaching appointments, newsletters, and workshop materials. I am committed to showcasing some of the great work our staff is already doing while helping to make the technology integration in the classroom both seamless and virtually invisible.

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Videonot.es

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Videonot.es is a great tool that will help you AND your students when using video instruction inside and outside of the classroom. Simply, Videonot.es affords students the opportunity to watch a video in one-half of the screen and take notes in a simple text box in the other half of the screen. What is really cool about this program is that as students take notes while the video is playing, Videonot.es synchronizes their notes with the video, timestamping each individual note with a link. For example…

If student A is watching a Youtube video about The Valley of Ashes (from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby) and notes something important at 1:40 of the video- Videonot.es will “timestamp” the note they are creating with the time of the video. If they click on the note they created, it will play that section of the video and highlight their note. Even cooler- Videonot.es syncs with Google Drive. Students can simply go to Videonot.es (that’s the URL) and select “connect to Google Drive”, and it will create a Videonot.es folder in their Drive. They paste the video into the URL search bar at the top and Videonot.es will find the video and load it up. Then they get to work. Once finished, students can save the notes they took (it automatically saves to their drive folder) and then share it out as well (Videonot.es follows the same sharing procedures as Google ).

There is also a Videonot.es app found here. Install this, and you and your students will be able to create/use Videonot.es from directly in their Google Drive. From Drive click “new’ –> “more” –> then find Videonot.es in the list.

This tool is another great way to track student work on flipped videos/lessons. And, as much as I like it for students, it’s useful from the teacher side when previewing a video you plan to show to the students and take your own notes.

Tech Tip Tuesday: New Google Keep Integration

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Google recently updated its Google Keep app and integrated it into Google Docs. If you don’t know what Google Keep is- Keep is a note-taking app built as part of the Google Suite. Unfortunately, it often goes unused as most do not know it is even there, let alone what they can do with it. Users can use keep to take notes, built “to-do” lists, find and save sources/links, archive information, and transfer little notes between your cell phone and your desktop using the Keep App for IOS or AndroidContinue reading

Upcoming Out-of-District Conferences

Here are a few out-of-district conferences that I wanted to share. Each of these conferences is free. However, you may be interested in getting travel reimbursement. If so, you will need to complete the “Request for Professional Leave/ Out-of-District Conference” form in MLP. You can also earn up to 7 PD hours toward the district 21 if you have yet to use these allocated hours.

EDcampAccessNJ 2017

Saturday March 4, 2017 at The College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.

https://edcampaccessnj.org/

SpEdcampNJ 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017 at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, NJ.

http://www.spedcampnj.org/

TeachMeet Pre-Service 2017 

  • This conference is geared toward student-teachers and first/second year teachers.

Saturday March 18, 2017 at Toms River Intermediate South in Beachwood, NJ.

http://www.teachmeetnj.com/

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Fun With Google Search

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We all know Google can do some pretty amazing things, but even Google Search has some tricks up its sleeve.

Go to www.google.com to bring up the Google Search page, then try any of the following “tricks” followed by clicking the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button to see something cool happen or… pass some time: ** Do not click on the auto-phrase complete as it may not work! Continue reading

Tech Tip Tuesday: Shorten URL’s with Google’s URL Shortener

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Have a long link and want to shorten it? Wish there was a really REALLY quick way to do that? Similar to Bit.ly, Google has its own URL shortener that can be added as an extension to your Chrome Web Browser and can shorten the URL to anything on the web with the click of a button. These links can be sent out, pasted on top of a presentation or document, or made accessible via a QR code. Here’s how to do this: Continue reading