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Adobe Slate

Posted by deb_norton Oct 29, 2015

There are many choices for making presentations, but one of my favorites is Adobe Slate.  There is an iPad app as well as a web version.  Here are some of the features that make Adobe Slate a favorite of mine:


  • Scroll through the presentation and check out the awesome effects and features.
  • Easily add text, window images, captions, links, picture galleries and a cover photo.
  • Edit or add more content as you go. Easily move any content around to readjust.
  • Publish and share your presentation with a link or embed code.




Click here to view my Adobe Slate presentation.

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October is Connected Educator Month. How do you stay connected with others in the education world? Skype, Twitter, Facebook or Google Hangouts? There are multiple ways to connect with others and learn from one another.

Watch this Chat with Deb and see a few other possibilities that might be new to you:

Resources shared in this video:




How do you stay connected with educators from around the globe. Please share. I'd love to hear about it. 


Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb.

Makerspaces and Career and Technical Education (CTE)


What are Makerspaces and how do they help with CTE ? Think back to when you were younger and enjoyed a hobby or interest. Perhaps you enjoyed building or a craft. Maybe it was music or art? Or, if you were like me, perhaps you enjoyed electronic devices and games.  These are all examples of the Makermovement or Makerspaces.


Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares our youth for a wide range of high-skill, high-demand careers with cutting-edge, rigorous, and relevant educational experiences.


When Makerspaces- hands-on areas of creation and discovery in the learning environment, combines with CTE, great things can happen.  Think of this as technology blended with hands-on, skill-based learning environments.


There is a big movement in education today to bring more creation and hands-on time to students; to give students time to explore and learn from their personal interests (20% time or Genius Hour); and to incorporate learning through newer and cutting edge technologies such as drones, green screens and virtual reality.


The more I learn and develop my understanding of Makerspaces, the more I think, "This is what is good for students and learning." Tapping to our student's interests and allowing them the time and resources to discover on their own is the key to developing strong 21st century learners for our future economy. And at the same time this can meet many career clusters for today's Career and Technical Education initiative.


Let's take a look at some Makerspaces that can educate students for a range of career options.


Google Cardboard and View Master Virtual Reality

Virtual reality allows us to experience locations and worlds that we may not normally have access to. Using Google Cardboard or the View Master VR viewer are an exciting way to learn about new topics.

Here is a video demo of Google Cardboard:


And here is a video about Mattel's View Master:

Virtual reality (VR) is growing in popularity and this technology is going to be used in many careers and educational settings in the future. Soon, our students will be learning through VR and many careers will involve training and exploring through VR.


Stop Animation Videos

Animated film is big business. It doesn't take much to allow students to explore and create this technology. All you need are some props and an app such as the Stop Motion Studio.  Students can easily create an animated video and experience the full process of animation through this free app.

Watch this video:


As with most Makerspaces, this process involves combining the technology with hands-on creations. Involve students in the full process of story-boarding to filming to audio. These are great skills to have for any career in advertising, film or storytelling.


Green Screening and Film

I love how this young lady describes using the Do Ink app to film a video or take a picture using Green Screen effects:


Whether students are filming an interview, a public service announcement or even a personal narrative, this technology can help to superimpose the character into a location otherwise not possible. The Do Ink app makes the whole green screen process manageable. Even the green screen cost is quite reasonable.

This amazing site can help students to explore, create and try out a skill that they are interested in.

Explore being a business innovator or a solar engineer.  Whatever skill you try, there are how to videos, tutorials and examples. Students can upload their projects and earn badges along the way. I remember how much I loved earning a new badge when I was in Girl Scouts. This takes that experience to a whole new level for today's students. The possibilities are endless.


If you could have explored a career in CTE or had the chance to try a Makerspace in your classroom, what would it have been? What was your passion when you were younger? Does your job today reflect your passions and interests from your youth? Personally, I love my job today and technology, science and education have always been my passion.



Special Note: Everyone who attends the webinar and completes the webinar survey will receive an Webinar Attendee: October 2015 Google Tools badge.


As children, we remember being excited about “Show and Tell” at school and the anticipation to reveal our priceless treasures.  The excitement of the unknown brought on as each person carefully and meticulously showed their item and told us about why their special item was a precious gem.


We are giving you the opportunity to re-live that excitement again by participating in our October Webinar Followup Mission: Google: Show Us What You Got: The Virtual Online Reveal of Show and Tell.

Share with us your Google Tips and Tricks and all Things Google. For example, you can highlight how you use and interact with Google Chrome Extensions and use tools such as Google Maps.


Participate in our Google: Show us What you Got Webinar Followup Blog between October 15 and November 30 and earn a badge.


The Mission Title: Intel Teach Live October 2015: Google-Show Us What You Got

You must complete all the actions related to this Month’s Webinar Follow-up Blog to receive the Badge.


  • Comment on this post at least 2 times with a resource. Each comment should include the name of the item you are sharing, a description or link to the resource, and a brief description of how you use it and why it is a great tool. Comments should include each of the following:
    1. A Google resource such as from
    2. An instructional resource (ex: document, video, image, how-to document, link to a website etc)
  • Share this blog three separate times with 3 people (see Comments, Sharing,Likes and Ways to Share Thread)
  • Bookmark this thread

October is Digital Citizenship Month

As a technology integration specialist, I am often asked to find resources for classroom teachers on Digital Citizenship. Below is a collection of videos that specifically cover Digital Citizenship and Social Media. 



Talking to students about their behavior online is very important to me. I know first hand with my own two sons, ages 15 and 17, that kids need direction and reminders of how they behave, not only online but in any social situation, including the classroom, in public and online.

Here are four excellent resources for the classroom and for parents to help talk to students about Digital Citizenship and Social Media.


Hashtag, You're It shows the consequences of giving away your location and personal information using hashtags in social media. It's amazing that the people in the video are shocked by how much the host of the video knows about them when he approaches them.

Kindness and thoughtfulness should be expected not just in our classrooms, but also in social media.

Facebook, YouTube, Texting: Rules of the Road for Kids is a Common Sense Media video of kids talking about the consequences of their unkind and hurtful actions in social media.

You Can't Take it Back is a real life story from  which tells the story of a teen who regrets his participation on a website created to rate others at his school.  I've noticed, when I go into classrooms, how common it is for students to play pranks on one another or to make fun of their peers. I always take the time to have a conversation with students when I see this happening.

A spoken word film called "Look Up" shows the consequences of letting our devices distract us from what is happening in our world. I often talk to students about not letting their phones and Chromebooks from becoming such a distraction that they miss what is happening right in front of them.

I hope you can take some time this month to talk to your students and children about Digital Citizenship and being safe online.


STEM Snacks: Water and coins

Posted by glen_w Oct 13, 2015


Recently, my students were studying water properties. One of our activities included dropping water onto a coin. I like how inexpensive the activity is. Each group of three students used one coin, one dropper, and a towel to drop off the coin and table. Students switched who used the dropper so everyone had the opportunity to participate.


We used pennies in this activity to ensure every student had something similar to compare. Students first predicted how many drops they thought they could put onto the drop - they then allowed water to fall a drop at a time onto the coin. Students observe the coin after there is a water puddle on the top. It is interesting to hear student comments as they see the water acting as a magnifier.


Students are consistently surprised and try to "outdo" the results of their peers.


How might this activity be used to help students with math?

How could you adapt the activity to include Language Arts?

October is a time to focus on Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety. In this Chat with Deb, you will learn how to use a video / animation site called Powtoon with your students for the purpose of creating a video about Cyber Safety.

Here is the published Powtoon video:

Here are some sites with resources on Cyber Safety:



How do you bring awareness to Cyber Safety with your students? Please share if you have a good resource or activity.

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this video.


In a collaborative effort to increase awareness of computer science in schools, Intel Engage is joining the global movement to reach tens of millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries to encourage them to  just try “an Hour of Coding?” during December 7-13.

Last year over 100 million students tried the Hour of Code and more girls tried computer science than in the last 70 years.

Each year more than 44 million people of all ages participate in an Hour of Code. This is a one-hour introductory course designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. The goal is to have students take part in grade level specific activities. and other organizations have created these materials for participants to use during National Computer Science Week (December 7-13) or before or after. These are very simple, easy to follow lessons that are teacher and student friendly.

So, our mission is a multifaceted one that will expand over several months. You will have several missions to complete over the next few month.  In order to receive your Learning Pathway Mission Badge and or be eligible for an Intel-inside product , you will need to complete all parts of the mission. This is a WorldWide event so we are wanting a WorldWide sharing event here in Intel Engage! (Please refer to the Community Sweepstakes Drawing policy for eligibility )

The Mission Title is Learning Pathways- World-Wide Hour of Code Roll Call 2015

Between October 9 and December 15  partake in our WorldWide Hour of Code Roll Call Mission. You must complete all the actions related to this mission in order to receive your badge and be eligible for the prize drawing..

  • Watch the Hour of Code Promotion Video
    • Create and post a 6 Word Memoir (as a comment) about your excitement to participate in this year’s Hour of Code
    • Optional (Post a graphic along with your 6 Word Memoir)
  • Sign up to participate in an Hour of Code
  • Share (in a comment) an Engage Thread or an outside resource that connects to your vision of coding /computer science to empower students.  This can be another thread within the Engage Community or a motivating video or article outside of the Engage Community.
  • Comment in the thread To Code or Not to Code is that the Right Question
  • They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, so let’s put that into ACTION. Share with us your pictures of how you and or your class, district, state is participating in the 2015 Hour of Code. Post a comment with a digital artifact of you and your students participating in the Hour of Code (Remember to abide by your school system’s Acceptable Use Policy AUP)
  • Share this thread with 5 people (see Comments, Sharing, Likes and Ways to Share Thread)
  • Bookmark this thread


Every October, Engage explores the theme of Digital Citizenship. Every year, there is something new in the mix, whether it's an emerging technology (like the Internet of Things, or Maker tools), a hot new app, or a new cyber-security threat. Keeping kids engaged in high quality, cutting edge learning experiences continues to present new challenges for schools and districts, ranging from resources and infrastructure to safety and security.


October features two key events related to these topics and questions:


This month, consider these key questions:

  • How has digital citizenship changes in the last five years? What about in the last year alone?
  • How do you balance protecting students in online environments with allowing them to fully experience everything our global, connected world has to offer?
  • What are you going to do for Connected Educator Month?

digital_cit.pngAs with each month, if you participate in our Roadmap theme-based activities, you can earn a badge. If you complete all the actions related to this month's content during the month of October you'll earn the Community Roadmap Digital Citizenship badge and 200 community points. To do this, you need to:

  • Read this blog (hint, if you're reading this, you've already completed this step)
  • Comment below with responses to any two of the three bulleted questions in the post above.
  • Bookmark and then leave a comment to participate in our Engage and Win giveaway discussion.

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