Here are directions for setting up your new teacher laptop. They might also be helpful if you have had your teacher laptop reimaged.
So I’ve had a couple of requests for directions on making Bitmoji icons for Office 365 email. To make this a little more “educational” I am going to add that once you learn how to do it, you could considering making Bitmoji stickers for your classroom. I’ll add a link for directions on how to do that at the bottom.
To Create a Bitmoji Profile Picture for Office 365:
Set Up Your Bitmoji on Your Phone
- Download the Bitmoji app to your phone (if you don’t already have it). Create your account.
- Customize your Avatar on your phone.
Install the Bitmoji Chrome App on Your Computer
- Open Up Chrome and install the Bitmoji Chrome App.
- Login to the Bitmoji Chrome App with the same login as your phone.
Save a Bitmoji to Your Computer
- Click on the Bitmoji Extension and find the Bitmoji you want to use.
- Right click on the Bitmoji and choose Save image as…. Save it to a place wehre you can find it again (maybe your desktop).
Change Your Profile Picture in Office 365
- Now login to Office 365 Mail.
- Click on your profile picture (it may just be your initials) in the top right corner.
- Click on the picutre icon.
- Choose Upload a new photo
- Adjust the photo as needed and then click Apply.
Using Bitmoji in the Classroom
After you’ve customized your email, you may want to consider using Bitmoji in the classroom! Check out this great blog post about how to make Bitmoji stickers!
Why I Bitmoji? If I’m being completely honest, I bitmoji because I am obsessed and I find joy in sending and receiving bitmoji. And all the cool kids are doing it!
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)!
After their experience with their Level Up Village Global Scientists projects, students in Mrs. Meredith’s class wanted to create a media message to encourage people to save water. They had learned that, in their community, water waste was one of the biggest issues. Check out some of their water conservation projects using Adobe Spark.
These students are helping make our world a better place! This project addressed Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation. Learn more about the SDGS here – http://www.teachsdgs.org/
This project was also posted here: Fort Lewis Digital Archive.
Tutorials from Do Ink
- How to Crop Images, Videos and Live Camera
- How to Change Position, Size and Orientation of Image
- How to Use the Mask Tool to Create a Moving Newspaper
- How to Combine, Trim and Save to the Camera Roll Two Videos
- How To Use All 3 layers in the Green Screen by DoInk app on the iPad
Places to get free picture/videos
Check out this Flyer for Tons of other resources, ideas, and examples
Green Screen Magic by Janet Corder and Joan Gore
CuePrompter is a free online teleprompter. Write or cut and paste your script in the teleprompter window. You can change the font size, colors and prompter window.
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?