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Summer Adventures Around the Corner

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Learning Goes Beyond the Classroom This Summer with All-New Programming, Digital Resources, Partnerships and Community Activities, Available Starting in June   As kids spend time outside the classroom this summer, PBS KIDS will release all-new content and resources to help keep them active and encourage exploration at home and outdoors with their favorite characters. As part of its annual summer learning initiative, PBS KIDS will air all-new specials and episodes from ODD SQUAD, NATURE CAT and READY JET GO! beginning in June, and will offer free digital resources at pbsparents.org/summer to make learning fun all summer long. Read the rest online. Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

ELL Strategies: Digital Phrase Walls and Anchor Charts #TCEA #TechNotes

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The following post originally appeared on TCEA's TechNotes Blog! Be sure to check it out at http://www.tcea.org/technotes
“My principal wants me to use anchor charts, or at least, hang some on the walls” an experienced teacher told me recently. “I’m just not sure I get the value.” I immediately started to explain why anchor charts are so important, and then sputtered to a stop, like a car running out of gas, realizing that I could not articulate why they were beneficial. In this blog entry, let’s explore the benefits of anchor charts, phrase walls, and technology for use in English Language Learner (ELL) classrooms. Of course, these approaches work for monolingual classes as well. Read the rest online at TechNotes.


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Get Your Drone Pre-Flight Briefing

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Note: Originally posted at TCEA TechEdge Blog at www.tcea.org/blog

Listen to the TechNotes Podcast #1Listen at SoundCloud or Save/Get MP3 featuring Mark Simmons, Sabine Pass ISD,
on the topic of “Drones and the Law.”
Read the rest at TCEA TechNotes
Welcome to the TCEA inaugural podcast. My name is Miguel Guhlin, and I just had to share something that happened recently with you. If you haven’t had the opportunity to control a drone in flight, then you’ve been missing out. When my son and I flew a drone, using the free TickleApp on an iPhone to program its movement, you could feel the excitement. There’s nothing so exciting as seeing your programming come alive in the movements of a drone.
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Create Free NonFiction Writing Notebooks for Student Authors @onenoteedu #onenote

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Looking for a way to galvanize classroom writers with digital notebooks? 86% of the reading we do in life is non-fiction. Why not combine proven ways to help student writers engage in content curation and writing? (read more)

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ClassroomTools: Surveys with Excel Online #MSFTEDU #MIE

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As educators, we’re all about the data. But collecting that information can sometimes be difficult. If you’re an Office 365 user, then we have a great new way for you to collect survey data using Excel Online. (read more)
Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Embedding a Non-YouTube in Google Slides

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Problem:I work at a school where YouTube is blocked. Anyone know how toembed a non-YouTube video (or HTML) in Slides?
Alternative Solution:
I don't know of any way to embed a non-Youtube video in Slides. 

Here's an alternative approach:
Take a picture of the video hosted in Google Drive (which shouldn't be blocked since it's GoogleApps and you have unlimited storage), then paste the image on the slideLink the image to the view screen, then you can Click on it during the presentation. Be aware of the note to get it to autoplay.
Video Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzgfbQxbeqTITVQwZVRwRlhNd0U/view?autostart="true"
(Note: The boldface is what I added to the link to make it autoplay)
Video Link embedded in Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PuOuHXuMoU_NCIN8a593Zc1__qeqWXu2uppro02qC0s/edit?usp=sharing
If someone knows a better way, I hope they will share it! :-)

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not nece…

Top Mobile Apps for Reading and Creating eBooks

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Get your students and yourself reading more and creating your own ebooks with the great free apps and tools in this blog.(read more)
Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

5 Tips for Organizing Your Supervisor

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Like a one-person pit crew, secretaries and support staff make the difference between success and failure for the school leaders they serve. The more the support staff know, the better they can ensure success for all. In this blog entry, find five digital organizational tips to help your admin. (read more)

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Sharing Made Easy via Your iPad #iOS

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iPads are creation engines for K-12 and adult learners. The problem is “How do you get all those creations off your iPad and some place others can access it?” This blog entry explores free apps and strategies that can make sharing easy. Also featured is GoogleDocs ePub maker. (read more)

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3 Tips for Green Screen in the Classroom #android #iOS @sandscholars

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If you aren’t taking advantage of green screen to add depth to project-based learning in your classroom, then you will want to read this primer on how to get started. In this entry, we take the direct route to inexpensive green screen tools and offer real examples from classrooms. (read more)


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Run Android on Google Chromebook This Year 2016

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Google’s announcement that the Google Play Store with its Android apps will be available to some models of Chromebooks may be a game changer for education.


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5 Ways to a #Onenote Onetastic LearningExperience! #msftedu @onenotec @msonenote

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Howdy! The following blog entry first appeared online at TCEA TechNotes Blog.



Over the last two months, I have been amazed at how easily I have transitioned from other digital organizers to OneNote. Having migrated approximately 10,000 notes from Evernote  to various organizers, including Apple NotesCentralloEvernote,Google KeepMammothHQ, and SimpleNote, each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages (view comparison chart), OneNote surprised me. Join the ongoing TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) SkypeChat via Your Mobile Device or Online! Explore and share concepts at the intersection of teaching, learning, leading and technology! OneNote serves as a fantastic tool for personal organization and class management. For example, it has the following admirable features: OneNote Notebooks can be easily accessed on a wide variety of devices (e.g. iOSAndroidWindows); you do not need a Windows computer to take advantage of the basic features, which are considerable and…

Image Editing and Image Sources

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If you’re like me, your phone may be the best camera you have. In this blog entry, we’ll quickly explore some tools and the special effects that are possible on your device...Creating and sharing fabulous photos may best be achieved by following a simple three-step process.
Step 1 – Take Fabulous Photos
Step 2 – Explore Great iPhoneography Examples
Step 3 – Edit and Share Your Photos

Read the rest of this blog entry, and you may enjoy visiting this treasure trove!
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One Device, One Learner at a time

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In their moving tribute to rigor and relevance, esteemed colleagues Eric Scheninger and Weston Kieschnick ask, “Are we using technology in our classroom merely to say we’re using technology in our classroom? Or are we using it to advance learning goals and arm our students with technology skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century?” These are definitely worthwhile questions. I’m just not sure that rigor, relevance have anything to do with arming our children with technology skills to thrive in the present century.In their EdTech Magazine blog entry they push back against the “slapdash technology use” that plagues many schools, putting out a call for “strategic implementation.” The problem is, they decide to use rigor and relevance as their tool. Why rigor and relevance? Weston and Eric state that the Rigor and Relevance Framework is……a robust tool that guides, vets, monitors and personalizes technology implementation, provides a better alternative. It is a simple, dynamic tool to …

WordPress, Oh WordPress, How I Loathe Thy Links

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Since I'm now contributing to a Wordpress blog on a regular basis, one of the annoying aspects of Wordpress includes a terrible way of handling links, as shown in the picture below. It takes 3 clicks to get things done.

As a result, I've started looking for an alternative blog entry composer, another way of writing and submitting to Wordpress.

notice I typed the link in the box...
but you can see that it just made a search out of it, and
I have to click on the "open link in a new tab" box. What a pain!

One of the solutions I stumbled upon, almost immediately, is the Open Live Writer, a Windows program for the new Windows 10 machine that I'm carrying around these days (OneNote IS the killer app).

Open Live Writer looks like a free open source version of Windows Live Writer(which you can still get but hasn't kept up with the times), and works surprisingly well (Microsoft and Windows are surprising almost every day with how wonderful they are).

As you can see fro…

The unofficial @TCEA Kick-It Award

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"When do you find time to blog?" Yes, the question frequently comes up. Often, I blog in the wee hours of the morning, in the evenings, or binge-blog during the weekend and schedule postings during the week (delayed gratification and all that). These days, though, I blog during the day, at work. Would you believe I wrote 4-5 blog entries just yesterday? I'm almost back to my early blogging years output (7-8 per day)! What fun! I'm grateful that my colleagues have noticed.

The Kick-It Award comes with high praise from my esteemed colleagues at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). As the first recipient of the Kick-It Award (eat your heart out, Chuck N), I earn the award for...yes, doing what I love, writing, which in today's parlance is, blogging.

Update: You may want to read this blog entry offering Five Ways for Leaders to Say "Well-Done!"
The award means a lot, not just because it was home-made by Dr. Bruce Ellis (although that does speak t…

Five Tips to Increase Webinar Interactivity

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“How can I make my webinars, which are usually 30 to 60 minutes long, more interactive?” I asked myself after being a talking head in my last webinar. Facilitating webinars at TCEA on a regular basis, I definitely want to know better approaches for engaging the audience, enabling them to move from being just listeners to active participants. With that imperative motivating me, I stopped for a moment and asked some colleagues, “How do you make your webinars more interactive?”

Read the complete blog entry online at TCEA TechNotes.

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4 Questions for Servant Leaders

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While digging through an app on my phone, I ran across a paragraph that prompted a few questions worth pondering, no matter what role you are called to serve in an organization. And, drafting those questions immediately made me think of the term, servant leadership.

If you're not familiar with servant leadership, here's a quick review:
"The servant-leader is servant first... It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions...The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types.
The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in so…

ePortfolio Solutions with #Google and #Microsoft #msonenote #msftedu

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In this balanced piece on ePortfolio solutions, Google or Microsoft, I explore my biases :


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