Showing posts from February, 2012

Friday Freebie: Build Your Wild Self!

Special thanks to Cole Middle School Special Ed Teacher Ms. Sheila Bannon for turning me on to this week's Friday Freebie Site!

I learned about this week's Friday Freebie site on Monday and have been playing with it ever since! It's  a simple site called BuildYourWildSelf. The concept is simple: build an avatar of yourself choosing from body, hair, eyes, mouth, and clothes. But, that's just the start of the fun.

You then get to pick your "wild additions" from Head Gear, Ears, Face, Arms, Bottoms, Backsides, and Tails. And these are indeed "wild." Head gear includes horns and antennae. Ears are from a variety of real and make believe animals. You can turn your face different colors and add crazy arms. Want frog legs? They're there. Need wings? Fly away! Then add a background and your wild self is ready!

You can email your wild self to someone (which would work great for your students who can email it to you). You can save it as a wallpaper. And, …

So Darn Proud, I Can Barely Stand It!

This week, I've been in Austin, Texas attending the annual Texas Computer Educator Association's (TCEA) annual state conference. It's an incredible conference with thousands of attendees, and hundreds of vendors and sessions. It's been one heck of a week.
On Tuesday night, I was blessed to be name the TCEA Technology Administrator of the Year. I truly attribute this to a whole team effort. From our school board, to our administrative team, to our teachers, students and parent - we have all worked hard to integrate technology into our schools. While humbled, I was proud of this accomplishment. But, the sense of pride I felt over this award doesn't compare to the pride I felt about the seven high school students I took with me. 
I have seven students that help me integrate technology, train teachers, oversee online programs, and help fellow students. My "tech interns" are an integral part of our technology program and I took them along with me to present a…

Friday Freebie (3 Days Late): Create a QR Game for FREE

I've posted about QR codes a few times before. If you're not familiar with them, they're square boxes of what appears to be gibberish, which actually contain lots of hidden information.  Using a QR reader app on a smart phone or laptop, you can scan the codes to discover the treasures hidden beneath. People use QR codes to display links to websites, contact information, and more.

Well, now the good folks at ClassTools have made it easy to create a QR Game for your students. At the site, you simply type in questions and answers (and a password for editing later if needed). You click a button and like magic you get a link to a site with all you need to start your game. (Bookmark the site in case you need to go back to it.)

Print out each page of QR codes and post them around your room, or around the whole school! ClassTools is kind enough to give you some helpful hints on a successful hunt and some links to good QR readers.

It's too easy and too cool to pass up!