MS SHIFT January Update

January The Latest Technology News  1. Sports Day Video -Born to Move Can you find yourself in the video? 2. BONIFACIO– Is your Google password still Bonifacio or your birthday? Change it now! For ultra security consider Google’s Two Factor Authentication . 3. Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking: A technology satire video is that eerily true.  From the Being Digital section.   4. Taking Selfies Too Far? Is the photo the ultimate goal?  […]

Yolanda-One Year Later by Sarina

Haiku Deck Demo

The Sturgeon – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires A simple and elegant presentation tool. Best of all, it has great Creative Commons photos!

iPad Resources Gold MIne


Google Earth Tour Builder

Really excited about this! Uses Google Earth, pictures, video, and text to create a presentation.  Very user friendly! Working on a demo to describe my teaching career. Google Earth Tour Builder Overview Link to Tour Builder site

Qanuippit? Select and Speak

Qanuippit?* I stopped by a few of the MS Modern Language classes to get an opinion on a text-to-speech app called Select and Speak.​ It is a simple extension for the Chrome Browser.  Once installed, the user highlights text and the computer will speak the words. It is doubly cool as the program will determine what the language is […]

Youtube Suggested Videos Workaround

By default, Youtube suggests videos to viewers once a video has completed. It shows up in checkerboard form at the end of the video. Example: Depending on what the previous viewers of the video have also watched, there may be videos suggested that may not be appropriate. There is a way to prevent suggested videos […]

ePortfolio Soft Launch

Student ePortfolios are now available to all students via Google Apps under Sites. Students can fill out class and personal information, embed teacher websites, and most importantly display and share some of their best pieces of school form throughout the school year.


A sample of Powtoon used on the Grade 5 website. [youtube][/youtube]        

Google Apps Video Creation via WeVideo

A sample of student work form Mrs. Vergel‘s Grade 6 Science class. Video produced online with WeVideo connected via Google Apps. \\


One of the many apps that can connect to Google Drive is WeVideo. Here is some advice from Mrs. Vergel: WeVideo feedback notes, not necessarily in order of importance. Initially, we had some issues with opening the app. WeVideo files are saved on an individual’s drive (a folder is created for this by the app). […]

Pogue’s Ten Tips via TED Talks

Simple Student Portfolio Idea

Interested? Looking for one or two teachers to trial. Student Led Conferences Are you interested in having students organize their work for the student led conferences? The idea is to use a simple Google Doc template to organize and encapsulate student work. Option 1 Having students organize their work from your specific class. Here is an example from an iLearn student. template Option 2 A more […]

Scan Master 2013

As a holiday gift  to  myself, I purchased a portable scanner-the Scansnap S1100. This simple looking device is smaller than a traditional skinny three hole punch. While in Canada on the holidays, I dug up all my old newspaper clippings, sports stat sheets, high school memorabilia, and old travel photos. With an early cup of […]

Google Drive Apps and Extensions

Google Drive Extensions/Plugins Worth Considering DriveTunes: allows you to play audio within Drive               Gmail Attachments to Drive: adds a Save to Drive link to the View and Download options with Gmail attachments         Spanning Stats for Google Drive: breaks down what type of files you have stored in Google […]

United Nations Awaits Proposals

Grade Six is beginning the most exciting project of the year!  Students will create a convincing presentation to deliver to the United Nations. The presentations will have a tech component: a movie with iMovie, an audio recording using Garageband, an iSight recording using Photbooth, a Keynote presentation or a combination of them. Here are the […]

How to Tutorials

Ever get stuck and not know how to get a task done on your computer? Well, thanks to the following students, you can get clear and concise directions for common tasks you may need to perform. Choose a topic of your choice and the student’s instructions will guide you to success. How to Get to […]

Cool Teacher Stuff

Check out Mr. Eric’s embedded Homework calendar. Chunking and popping your text. Here for other ways to make your  blog entries pop. T. Cook Making your guidelines visible and public. R. O’Regan Combining science with acting to explain plant cells. Embedding shared student resources from a Google folder into your blog. * Are you making you resources […]

Embedding Blog Photos via Picasa

Trying out embedding via Picasa instead of Flickr.

Mac Fast User Switching

TEST YOURSELF: Google Search Expert

Using time efficiently is crucial when online. When researching online one must be skilled at finding the correct information in a timely fashion. Google recently set up a Power Searching course that is free for all to take. It consists of six major topics and lessons within which consist of videos and short follow up quizzes. For […]


Get up to speed with the students! Learn the  basics of working in a Google document. You will work through a tutorial that the iLearn students have completed.  This exercise will: a) allow you to become comfortable with the simple commands that Docs uses b) allow you to be familiar with what the students are using c) allow […]

Google Search Education

Google Search Education Google provides video instruction to help students become more proficient when mining the net for resources.     overview Teachers will be pleased to find that the lessons plans are comprehensive. They include beginner, intermediate and advanced versions covering five different topics. There are also ten challenges, each of which covers a specific academic topic (such […]


Ted Ed makes flipping the classroom a great deal easier! Often times teachers mention (and I know what they mean!) that it is time consuming to produce their own video lessons for students  students. Well, Ted Ed makes this a whole lot easier. They offer an increasing number of the inspirational and informative TED videos […]

Eye on the Philippines

CNN has a series of reports on many aspect s of the Philippines. All videos are concise, thought-provoking, and informative.  Should the videos be required viewing for ISM students ? Topics covered include OFW’s call centers, corruption, child labour, boxing, food, religion, and much more. Check out the main page here. To start you off, here […]

Adolescence, Puberty and Backchanelling

Recently Mrs. Thompson’s Wellness classes have been preparing for the upcoming topic of adolescence and puberty. To battle the giddiness, uncomfortableness and self consciousness that the students feel with this topic, she decided to try, a backchannelling site. This online resource offers the opportunity for students to pose and answer questions all the while […]

Hunger Games Trailer Audio

A new profession perhaps? Made my own audio for the upcoming Hunger Games trailer. Pretty happy with it. [youtube width=”525 ” height=”410″][/youtube] Check out the original below. [youtube][/youtube]    

Sample Podcast

Listen to Mr. Sturgeon goofing around in iLearn (at bottom of post). He decided to make a sample of a website review for his students. The iLearn students will be making their own reviews very soon. Check out some previous website reviews by students.  You can listen here or can even download this review and […]

      How can you use 1. Get feedback on school trips. 2. Gather resources collectively. 3. Student responses to presentations, media,questions, etc. 4. Generate brainstorming ideas. 5. think of your own… How to set it up? 1. Go to 2. Choose build a wall. 3. Choose a URL name. 4. Enter […]

What is Next?

Can you see the possibilities of using these future technologies in your classroom? Eye Tracking Smart Window Interactive Projectors These devices are here already. On the Go Is he ultimate presentation tool an HD interactive portable projector? Check out the new Pico

Ten Steps to iMovie


7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

Three Things After perusing all the teacher blogs in Middle School, a few things stand out: 1. Teachers have increased the frequency of their posts. 2. The diversity of topics covered has increased and the focus for this post.. 3. many posts lack an engaging look and feel pic source@Flickr Here are… 7 Tips to […]

Science Rebirth

Laying on the couch bored last night. Clicked my StumbleUpon link to bring up interesting websites. Came across a site that rocked my earthly world….. Why does the earth spin? How was the earth formed? Are just two of the videos that really got me to think. pic source   Seemingly simple questions that […]

Grade 5-Odds and Ends

Updates: Google Apps at ISM Refer to Chadwick’s email. Why? Grade 7/ 8  + HS usage YouTube Grade 5 Channel exists   Blog Highlights Science Math Books Current Events Art   Soothe the soul- Lend  


  Triptico is a neat little resource pack that works great with an Interactive WhiteBoard but is very useful even if you do not yet have a IWB. Triptico consists of a set of fourteen simple but effective resources. The list includes: Student Picker Word magnets Spinner Student Order Flip Timer Student Groupings   Please […]

Getting to the Board-Beginning Steps to Being Interactive

How do use the Promethean with my students? Here are two simple ways to get started: Us the  Engaging the Entire Class flipchart Use the Dual User Intro flipchart all of which  are found under the Shared Resources folder in MS Resources>Grade5>General  

More Promethean Resources

Our Promethean resources have been updated with some interesting resource packs. BrainPop Tim and Moby icons. KWL charts, Classroom Management Activities activity timers, pulling names from a hat, more You will also see more icons an graphics to help build your flipcharts: These include: graphic organizers, Technology Icons, Science ClipArt, Bullets and Arrows, Sounds number […]

Sharing Promethean Resources

Promethean Resources are now available to all. We have amalgamated various sources into an easily navigable  list of training lessons, flipcharts, and animations. To access the resources.. 0 First choose view>browsers. By choosing the following, you gain access to… 1 Resource browser. From here you have access to resources. 2 My Resources This is where […]

Week 2 Aug 15-16. Promethean Resources

Laptop Intro Update Two of eight completed. Forty minutes gets setup, use of login script, Internet browsing, email activation, sending an email. Not covered Microsoft Word setup, cleaning up of Dock, personalizing dock, student account cleanup, saving saving solutions. PROMETHEAN RESOURCES … are being compiled with hopes of having them shared with all teachers. Presently […]

Grades5/6 Start of year Necessities

Nuts and Bolts 1.    Laptop Use Policy 2.    Laptop Orientation Sked 3.    Updating profiles in Grade level blog 4.   Meeting times: Grade 5 after Wednesday meetings  + Checking  calendar Beginning of the year Quickies Positive Changes: Mapping to z Drive More My Docs space Quick Launch Toolbar Website Shortcuts Hiding old blog posts Email pop […]

End of year Grade 6 Teacher Tech Blast

Here are the links to the topics I covered this morning: Microsoft Photosynth: stitching panorama together easily Google Search Tips : a reminder of Google’s power Spike : cut and pasting from multiple documents  

“Change” Podcast Comments Flowing In

Well over 80 comments posted on the Change podcasts. I am once again impressed with the quality and sincerity of the comments posted. Students love the feedback, so keep it coming! If you have not had a chance to listen to some of the great work, visit here. If interested in finding a specific person, […]


  It was unfortunate today that we suffered a grave loss. A laptop gave up its screen due to some manageable mistakes. One student was carrying a laptop improperly in the hallway when another student came running around the corner and crashed into the laptop carrier. The cost to replace the screen is 700 USD. […]

Spike! Keeping it simple.

 Tired of jumping between documents to Copy and Paste various bits and pieces of information and text? Microsoft’s Spike is the answer.   The Spike is a little known  clipboard feature of Microsoft Word.  You are able to selext two or move items (  text, words, paragraphs, graphics)  from various locations in a document or different documents, and then […]

Grade Six Tech Survey Results

The results are in. A vast majority of Grade Six students completed a Tech Survey recently. It covered topics as such as studnet abilities, cyber bullying, social networks like Facebook,  and parental involvement. If you haven’t taken it, you can find it here. Some of the more interesting results can be found below. Is there […]

Modern Language:Ideas for Sharing Oral Speaking

Download this post here. Modern Languages Observations: Posting of homework, assessments and rubrics very common Most teachers posting on regular basis Increasing and Sharing Oral Speaking Opportunities 1. Audio Recording via a. GarageBand-nearly all Grade 5/6/7students have experience b. Audacity c. Sound recorder-Windows:Start/Programs/Accessories/Sound Recorder d. handheld recorders: handy despite software unfriendliness Can: insert audio files […]

Google Search Tips and Tricks

1. Use quotation marks to search for words a as a phrase. “smokey mountain” vs. smokey mountain 2. Exclude words: Philippine tourism -resorts 3. Search for file types: use Advanced Search and search for Powerpoint, etc.  OR use filetype:extension. Example: early humans filetype:ppt 4.  Limit website for particular search: rice shortage 5. Google images: […]

Skype in the Classroom

“Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their […]

Grade Six Teacher Update March 31

Tidbits Relocation Guides are up on Grade 6 site. Did you know? …your My Docs folder has a 1GB limit?* ….students’ My Doc folder has a 500MB limit? Many students are reaching their limit due to accumulating larger files and/or having many years worth of files. It’s time to do some renovation! Setting 20 minutes […]

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has been mentioned before on the Integration blog.  Students are accessing the site on their own time and teachers are mentioning it at the water cooler in the morning coffee lines. Watch the founder of Khan Academy describe how the site started.

Animation Celebration

Some iDesign students created animations were played for the entire Middle School this past Wednesday. Based on the laughing. applause, and the audience’s desire for more, the student animators should be proud of their work. If you are interested in animation, download the free Stykz program. It is available for both Windows and Mac. The […]

CWW Trivia Challenge

See how much you remember about the CWW trip. “Who Wants  to be a Millionaire?” CWW Millionaire Game “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” 5th Grader Jeopardy! link

Celebrating Poetry!

Check out some of the sample poems produced by Mrs. Cook’s class. To see more , visit her classroom.

Teacher Challenges

Weekly Update Thanks for surprise! Email subscriptions-7 teachers now using Email subscriptions-can do so for integration blog Email subscriptions-investigating a plugin for wordpress-UPDATE: foudn and ready to go 7 people now following the Grade 6 site! Teacher Challenges Enter the “Cutting Edge Teacher of the Year”  award by completing one of the following tasks: adding […]

Three Ways to Capture the Screen

 Three ways to capture  part or the whole of your Desktop (Using what is already on your school computer) 1. Print Screen button  2. Smart Notebook Screen Capture  3.  Have a Mac :0 Ways to Capture Images on Your Scrren

Recieve Integration Updates in your Email

Never have time to check out how to solve those niggly tech issues at ISM? Well, have solutions come to you! Click on the ‘Subscribe to Emails” button the the ISM Integration blog and have the latest tech updates delivered in your email.

Grade 5 Website Update

The Grade 5 website has undergone some changes! Now virtually everything you need related to Grade 5 is located in the menu bar. Some of the immediate changes include: Added home button: just makes sense Added Specialist teachers tab:makes finding any Grade 5 teacher even easier Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to use the […]

Change for the Better

The Grade 6 website has undergone some radical changes! Now you will have an easier time navigating as virtually everything is located in the menu bar. Some of the immediate changes include: Added home button Redesigned site with new theme Added Specialist teachers tab Added email request link

2011 Tech Ideas to Start the Year

2011 Tech Ideas to Start the Year Find some time. Click a few links. A little something for everybody. Student Work Displayed See the results of  grade level wide integration that saw Grade 6 students produce videos to be viewed by the United Nations. View some well thought out Grade 5 Wellness Public Service Announcements […]

United Nations Pitches

For the second straight year, Grade Six students have produced stupendous work incorporating research from all core subjects. They produced incredible Pecha Kuchas* for the Q2 performance task. Their video presentations are between 10-20 slides, and the narration on each slide is between 10-20 seconds long. Their task was to research the impact of certain […]

Photostory Sample

Here is a sample of a Photostory  that I put together for my iDesign class.


Check your email for a link to get sup. To watch the video again… When at school… It will ask for connections options. You will need to a) check manual settings b) server: proxy   port:80 c) Check “Proxy Server Requires Password” box 4)  input Unsername and Password

Flex Your Blog’s Muscles

I have spent a good amount of time looking at blogs of teachers involved with Grade 5 and Grade 6. I thought I would highlight some particular aspects of certain blogs in hopes that you may look at them and be inspired. This is not to show the best sites nor create pressure on teachers. […]

Dealing with Pictures Grade 5/6

  Dealing with Pictures PDF Format Dealing with Pictures  Traditionally, teachers have used the server for pictures.      +’s  -‘s  Staff Resources:  for keeping pictures for teacher use only Secure while at school Nobody remembers where they are.Nobody really looks at them. Takes up a lot of space. Student Resources:  pics for student use Secure […]

YouTube Tutorial for Grade 5/6 Teachers

YouTube Upload Tutorial

Grade 5 and 6 Updates Sept 8

Grade 6 Home Update The Grade 5 site is up and running

How to Monitor Traffic….to Your Blog

Website Traffic How to

Future Laptops? What do you think?


Toast Your Screen


Prezi Testing

Here is a presentation I developed for our recent teacher meeting days. Over 100 teachers were shown a ‘Prezi” presentation all about giving good presentations. Check out Prezi and try it for yourself. [prezi width=”550″ height=”300″][/prezi]

Be gentle with the carts!

Grade Five and Six laptop carts are being rolled out soon. Here are some tips for students: handle with care be sure to exchange student ID for a laptop be sure to plug in when you return it use your USB to save your work as a backup handle with care] If you have other […]