Here are directions for setting up your new teacher laptop. They might also be helpful if you have had your teacher laptop reimaged.
Backing Up Files in One Drive
Backing Up Book Marks
Below are directions for exporting bookmarks in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. You can export the bookmarks and save them in OneDrive, then after you get your new laptop you can follow directions to import bookmarks.
What is a Maker Faire?
A Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. There are many Maker Faires across the world, and it’s so cool that Roanoke will have it’s very own AND that our students will be able to attend and participate in this global movement!
What will you see and do at the Roanoke Mini Maker Faire?
Students from all over the New River and Roanoke Valleys will be showing off their Maker skills – from lip balm to an interactive ocean exhibit to a dancing troupe of robots and much more. Other Makers will be there too, including the Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club with their retro arcade games and robots. There will be a chance to make Milkweed Missiles with kids from Green Valley Elementary and talk to the Wind Turbinators from Valley Elementary, and all sorts of other opportunities for kids (and kids at hear) to build and make. All ages are welcome to attend, and it’s FREE!
Karen Richardson from The Virginia Society of Technology in Education and Hannah Weiss from the Science Museum of Western Virginia have been instrumental in getting this event to happen in our own backyard, and I am so grateful for their expertise and hard work. Checkout the website for the event, reserve your free tickets, and check out the list of Makers that will be there.
We hope you will bring the whole family and stop by to glimpse the future and get inspired at the Greatest Show and Tell (on Earth)!
Our division has really been talking hard about small groups. Our literacy plan requires small groups in Language Arts, but teachers are also asked to come up with ideas for Math, Science and Social Studies — even cross-circular activities. Here are some ideas for using Technology in small groups.
Minecraft Edu (Use Prompts to match your content – area, perimeter, models of science or social studies concepts, novel settings, etc.) — All Roanoke County teachers and students have accounts.
Breakout Edu (Digital Breakouts) – https://platform.breakoutedu.com/ ; Create a free teacher account to find the free games; Example: Finding Frosty – https://platform.breakoutedu.com/game/FINDING-FROSTY
Formative (Game Based) Assessment Websites
- Kahoot (iPads or Laptops) – https://kahoot.com/
- Quizziz (iPads or Laptops) – https://quizizz.com/
- Quizlet (iPads or Laptops) – https://quizlet.com/
- Scratch – https://scratch.mit.edu/ or install on student laptops so there’s no login needed
- Paper Coding / Unplugged Coding — https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Brooke-Brown-Teach-Outside-The-Box/Category/Coding-282394 (Free Activity Available to try it out)
- Dash and Dot Robotics – see Tina for first use — https://education.makewonder.com/curriculum/code-to-learn
- Code.org – https://code.org/ Keep track of student progress with free student accounts.
- Tynker – https://www.tynker.com/
- Minecraft Edu Code Connection – see Tina for first use
- TES (Blendspace) – https://www.tes.com/lessons
- Adobe Spark (Student logins coming soon!) – https://spark.adobe.com/home/
- Read Write Think Student Interactives – http://www.readwritethink.org/
- iPad Apps (Use Blue iPad Set 3 or iPad Case)
- Draw and Tell HD (K-2)
- Book Creator
- Stop Motion
- Venn Diagram
- Pic Collage
Are there any other ideas or resources that you use in your classroom?
Did you know Roanoke Country provides Minecraft Edu to students and teachers? Here are some resources you might find helpful as you explore the ways you can incorporate this engaging game into your classroom.
- Download (if you are on the network, use the downloads in the software center). Otherwise, use this page: Minecraft Edu Downloads
- Minecraft Edu Basic Handout
- Basic Minecraft Commands Quizlet (learn those skills!)
Lessons, Worlds, and Educational Community
A huge thanks to JT Thompson from Microsoft for many of the above resources.
Here’s one more great resource:
Access the Roanoke County Office 365 Portal here:
Looking for Office 365 Handouts? Here are ones that we have set up so far: