Tech Tip #6: Slidely – Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of the May graduates from the Literacy Specialist program! Below is a collection of pictures from graduation. Click the video to watch.

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Do you want to make a quick and easy video slideshow of pictures? Slidely is a very simple video creation tool. Here are the steps!

1) Create an account on Slidely.

2) On the top left corner of the window, press the +CREATE button.

3) Choose photos. You can connect Slidely with your Facebook, Instagram, Google Account, Picasa, Dropbox, Flickr, or, you can simply upload photos you have from your computer. Once all your pictures are uploaded, click on them in the order you’d like to see them play in your video. As you select photos, they will have a blue check over them.

4) Press the Next button on the top left side of the window.

5) Select music. You can search for songs through YouTube, SoundCloud, Dropbox, POP, TV, HITS or by uploading a song from your computer. When you choose a song, Slidely will let you listen to it. If you like it, click Use this Song.

6) Lastly, preview your slideshow, write the title and description and then press Save my Slidely to publish it.


Friday Favorites: It’s Graduation Time!

Picture Books For Milestone Moments

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Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On by Sandra Boynton

walk onWalk On! A Guide For Babies of All Ages by Marla Frazee


If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade


The Three Questions by John J. Muth


Stars by Mary Lyn Ray

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The North Star by Peter Reynolds


The Wonderful Happens by Cynthia Rylant

suessOh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

courageCourage by Bernard Waber

ideWhat Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

Tech Tip #5: Google for Education

Looking for more opportunities to learn? For FREE? On the Google for Education website, you can learn about the following tools for teaching and learning. The lessons that Google offers introduce what they are and then also how to apply them in the classroom. Google offers lessons for the following applications:

Each lesson includes a Getting Started in the Classroom section, a Training Video, and a Module with lessons, self-check questions, and much more.

If you are especially interested in Google for Education, you can even become a Google Certified Teacher, not only can doing so help you expand your knowledge of educational technology, but it is super marketable! For more information, see this site.

Google for Education also offers this site for more training resources.

The Value of Those Out-of Program Electives

Guest Post by Reveka – thank you!

I took a class called “Informal Science Education” as one of my out-of-program electives, and the purpose of the class was to show teachers how to use informal science resources, such as museums, to teach science. One of our assignments was to write three consecutive lesson plans – one lesson being a trip to a museum – and I of course wanted to take a literacy approach. At first I couldn’t figure out how to do it! But then it hit me. We have so many non-fiction units, and we even have our second graders writing lab reports and all-about books that incorporate science into everyday things, so why not use the museums and resources to reinforce them! I came up with just a few ways in which we could include these informal science resources in our literary units, and maybe you can think of more!

A museum trip during the nonfiction writing unit to make them “experts” on their topics!

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