Yolanda-One Year Later by Sarina

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


A sample of Powtoon used on the Grade 5 website. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ9gx4-pzvM[/youtube]        

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teach Yourself: Google Docs, Chrome, Mac apps and more!

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 […]


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 […]

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 Todaysmeet.com, 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″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_XrOC3EXcY[/youtube] Check out the original below. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAWODq_dMFI[/youtube]    


      How can you use Wallwisher.com? 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 Wallwisher.com 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…..       Veritasium.com 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  

Sample eShorts

“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: site:cnn.com rice shortage 5. Google images: […]

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 […]

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… https://www.dropbox.com/ 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

Setting Up DropBox

1. Go to Dropbox.com 2. Download Dropbox. 3. Install 4. Connection settings At school, you need to get around the proxy. Use the settings below. In Windows XP, the DropBox symbol will show up next to your clock.

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