Author Archives: Diane Quirk

Chirbit in the classroom

Can You Hear Me Now? Supporting Learners with Audio Resources from Chirbit

Creating and making use of audio files has become a way of life for many of us ever since the first iPod and the beginnings of the iTunes store. There are a number of ways that our students make use of audio files. As consumers of audio, students can benefit if they have a preference … Read more

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Google Chrome

Improved Reading with Readability for Chrome

One of the things that strikes me first when visiting a webpage to read an article is the amount of “stuff” on the page — popup surveys, links to other articles, advertisements, links to social media, and more. I also wonder what these pages look like to a student with reading disabilities or to a … Read more

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Hyper iStick

Transferring Files from an iPad

Recently on Kickstarter, a new project from Hyper was announced called iStick.

iStick is, “the World’s 1st USB drive with integrated Apple approved Lightning connector.” It is designed to allow you to move data between computers and the newest generation of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch without the need for Internet or … Read more

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3D Figures and Architecture: Teq Calendar Lesson for May

This lesson was created for middle school Math and will focus on the use of geometric concepts in architecture, with a specific focus on geodesic domes. Students will develop a plan for finding the surface area of three-dimensional figures by applying their knowledge of congruent faces and area formulas of the polygons that make up … Read more

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Read & Write for Google

Read&Write for Google Supports All Learners

In our classrooms, we have a wide variety of learning styles and needs. Read&Write for Google is a Chrome browser extension that can support your students’ work in Google Docs, on the Web and in PDF documents.

Getting started is easy. Open the Chrome web browser and go to the Chrome Web Store to install Read more

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Earth Day 2014

An Earth Day Approach to Classroom Technology Use

It’s hard to believe that Earth Day will be 44 years old this year. Back then, we couldn’t have envisioned the types of technology that we have now at our fingertips and in our pockets or the access we have to a growing number of people and resources that support the instructional use of technology.… Read more

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The New Edmodo

Assessment with the New Edmodo Snapshot

Edmodo is a popular tool with teachers for building collaborative classroom communities. Its features such as notes and replies, polls, quizzes, assignments, and gradebook, as well as the Edmodo app store have provided teachers with the means to engage their students in active learning.

Recently, Edmodo provided a group of users with access … Read more

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SMART Maestro add on for Notebook

5 Tools for Interaction in the Lesson Activity Toolkit

In a previous blog post, we pointed out a few examples from the Activities folder in the Lesson Activity Toolkit that can help provide immediate feedback to the learners in your classroom.  In addition to the Activities, there is a folder labeled Tools that contains a number of Flash objects that can be added … Read more

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URL Shortener Bitly

Short and Sweet: URL Shorteners Made Easy

We all like to share the great things we find on the web. But, sometimes a website’s address or URL is so long and complicated that it’s not easily remembered or shared. That’s where URL shorteners come in.

Why do we shorten URL’s?

We shorten URL’s basically because we like to share what we’ve found … Read more

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SMART Extreme Collaboration

Creating Activities That Maximize the Use of Extreme Collaboration

In a previous blog post, we described how to set up the Extreme Collaboration add-on to use with your SMART Notebook lessons. Here are some thoughts about the types of activities that can make the best use of this tool.

Open ended responses

This type of response to a question can help you to:… Read more

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