1-Year Anniversary of #TeacherFriends Twitter Chat


‪#‎TeacherFriends‬ Mark your calendar! 6/30 We celebrate first anniversary of Twitter Chat! INCREDIBLE prizes to entice the most reticent tweeps to join in on all of the fun.

Build your PLN {Professional Learning Network} in your pjs! Great guests planned for the rest of summer! Plan to attend on Tuesday night at 9PM EST. Bring a newbie-friend so that you can learn the ropes together and double the odds of winning.

There will be incredible technology gifts, books, and an array of gift certificates for previous guest’ cyber-materials. NOT to be missed!

As always. We will begin with an EarlyBird special ‘ramp-up’ time for those new to the Twitter platform. Arrive at 8:30 when the chat is slower and the support is plentiful.

I promise. You won’t be disappointed. Could turn out that Tuesday night becomes your favorite part of the whole week! Our regular weekly participants are truly an AM.A.ZING group of supportive professionals! ~~ Debbie

Prizes too numerous to mention here. Working on blog article to give the necessary shout outs!

Talking Animal Reports

My students absolutely love the app Chatterpix.  They create hilarious projects with it, from talking classroom stuffed animals to singing classmates.

Recently we used the app to create Talking Animal Reports, during their Daily 5 sessions.

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Students self-selected a book to read.  They wrote five or more facts about the animal they read about.  Then they used the iPad app Hello Crayons to illustrate their animal.  After saving their illustration to the iPad’s photo gallery, they imported it using the Chatterpix app and recorded their animal report.  Take a peek!

Unable to View or Download a Google File?

Having trouble accessing one of my Google Drive files or folders?  Read on!

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Occasionally I receive an email from a visitor requesting access to a Google Drive folder of file that I’ve shared on my site.  These files are set to “public” and “can view” which means anyone with the link can view them and download them and print.

But it doesn’t always work.  Why?  Because schools sometimes have tight network security settings that don’t allow users to access files from outside of their network.


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When I try to add a website visitor’s email address manually into the share settings, I get the above message, or something similar.

There are two ways to fix this problem:

  1. If you are using your school address, and are not able to access Google Drive files/folders, try logging out of your school gmail account.
  2. Another option is to talk to your school’s network specialist and share that you are unable to download a Google Drive document from a trusted educator.

Build a Bug App

We love our classroom iPads!

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I’ve been moving my students toward a more creation environment, rather than consumer environment when it comes to iPad technology.  We have five iPads in our classroom and they get used A LOT.  We love them.  In fact we kind of wish we had a class set at times.



One of our projects utilizes the Sago’s Mini Bug Builder app.

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This project integrates technology, writing, and speaking.  Students build their bug, add their bug’s image to the iPad’s photo gallery, write a story about their bug, and then voice record their story using Audacity.  We keep track of each student’s progress using our SMARTboard “status of the class” Bug Builder file.  Click the image below to view it!

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When we are done we upload each bug’s image to our blog and link the podcast!  Take a peek at a couple of our Build a Bug stories:


My bug’s name is Snowflake. He is nice. He has to go to Packer Games. It is good luck for the Packers because he wiggles and jiggles when the other team has the ball. He is awesome because he helps the Packers win. We like him A LOT!


My bug’s name is Zoe. Her favorite food is pizza. She likes to cook. Her favorite color is pink. She likes bunnies. Her friend’s names are Amber and Ally. She likes to do math. She is very sweet and likes to give hugs. Zoe really, really, really likes you guys!


Future blog posts will highlight other technology projects we embark on this year.  How do you use tablet technology in your classrooms?