Author: Ron Houtman

Flipgrid is now free for all educators and students!

Flipgrid is now free for all educators and students!

Flipgrid, the world’s leading social learning platform, is joining the Microsoft EDU family!    This is great news for teachers and students everywhere.  You can read more here:

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We predict that this will win the next science fair at school

Those cool coders at Google made an Artificial Intelligence terrarium that models weather conditions around the world.

Project Oasis, as its named, allows you to use the Google Assistant tools to ask about the weather in various parts of the world.  For example, you can ask “What’s the weather like in Grand Rapids?”, and the little terrarium will mimic the location with mist to simulate fog or clouds, light and even a bit of rain. I’m thinking that if you ask it what it’s like in Grand Rapids during the winter, it probably won’t respond with snow quite yet.

Check out this quick video on how it works.

The unit is powered by a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino and you can get more details and the source code for your own little biome here.

Everyone Can Code Professional Learning at Kent ISD – June 27 & 28, 2018

Everyone Can Code Professional Learning at Kent ISD – June 27 & 28, 2018

Coding is an essential skill for today’s students. Learning to code is valuable because it can teach students how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. This fun, two-day workshop is delivered by Apple Professional Learning Specialist who can help you get started teaching with the free lessons offered in the iPad apps, including Tynker.

Participants are required to bring their own iPad.

Register for the Kent ISD session here.

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Everyone can code

Life’s Better When You Blend! K-5 Grade – June 27

Are you a K-5th Grade educator looking for ways to incorporate technology in your classroom?

Wondering how you can utilize whatever technology you have to support quality teaching and learning? Then this event is for you!

Participants Will:

  • Explore practical ways to implement blended learning in the classroom
  • Maximize the technology you have to engage and support students
  • Investigate digital tools that assess and capture student understanding
  • Intentionally design a blended lesson suited to your classroom needs

Lunch and SCECHs Provided!

Registration is limited, so hurry and choose this great PD opportunity before all the seats are taken.

Life’s Better When You Blend! 6-12 Grade – June 28

Are you a 6-12th Grade educator looking for ways to incorporate technology in your classroom?

Wondering how you can utilize whatever technology you have to support quality teaching and learning? Then this event is for you!

Participants Will:

  • Explore practical ways to implement blended learning in the classroom
  • Maximize the technology you have to engage and support students
  • Investigate digital tools that assess and capture student understanding
  • Intentionally design a blended lesson suited to your classroom needs

Lunch and SCECHs Provided!

Registration is limited, so hurry and choose this great PD opportunity before all the seats are taken.

Learn how to delete online accounts in a jiffy!

Learn how to delete online accounts in a jiffy!

Almost every day, we’re required to register for and set-up accounts on more and more websites to use services or receive information. But what happens when it comes time to stop using a service or a site? What do you do when you hear of a data breach? Most of the time information on how to remove your account from these hundreds of places where we’ve deposited our digital footprint is not easy to find.

delete facebook iconIf you find yourself in that situation, where there is a particular site or service that you wish to remove your account and information from, then you can try visiting accountkiller.com.

Accountkiller.com is a site that gives specific information on how to remove and/or delete your account from hundreds of popular sites and services. The site offers direct links to remove your account when possible and helpful information for sites that don’t offer an easy out.

You can search by the name of the site, look through popular sites, and also see what sites are ranked by the ease of account termination. Blacksites mean that removing your account is more difficult vs the whitelist where there is usually a direct and easy way to remove yourself.

Check it out today to minimize your exposure of personal information loss.

WIN A MEDIA ROOM MAKEOVER FOR YOUR SCHOOL!

WIN A MEDIA ROOM MAKEOVER FOR YOUR SCHOOL!

Need a new media room? Just answer 1 question, submit a few photos, and your media room could get a total makeover!

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance are teaming up to provide a media room makeover for one deserving elementary or middle school in Kent County, Ottawa County, Allegan County or the Thornapple-Kellogg district, through their fourth annual Media Room Makeover contest.
Click here to submit your entry.

Depending on the winning school’s needs, its media room makeover could consist of a variety of new resources for its existing media room, computer lab or library, such as computer hardware, software, books, furniture, paint, carpet and light construction, with a value up to $15,000.
Following the application deadline on April 6, all entries will be reviewed by the Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance and narrowed to a pool of three finalist schools, each of which will receive a site visit as part of the final selection.

The Griffins and Farm Bureau will choose the winning school by April 30, assist school officials in the makeover of the school’s media room this summer, then host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the start of the new school year in August or September. The two runner-up schools will each receive $250 toward upgrading the amenities of their current media rooms.

Check out the link for details.