Showing posts from November, 2016

TMST: Google Webinar

I am beyond lucky to work with some other amazing Digital Learning Coaches.  Last week, our Google project team produced an outstanding Webinar.  

I attended it mainly because I wanted to support them and what I got from it was so much more.  I learned a ton about Google Forms, Drawings and Slides...even though I felt pretty proficient in them already.  

Sometimes learning surprises you.  It did for me that night.  So often we think, "yeah, I already know that tool" when we have only scratched the surface of what learning design potential can be there.  Luckily, my mindset was open and because of that, I was able to see some things in a new light.  

So today for TMST, I urge you to take time to check out the Webinar recording.  Fast forward what you know, but be open to learning what you might not.

After viewing the recording, I'd LOVE to design with you with some new ideas in mind!  Let me know in the comments what resonated…

Coming Soon #Hourofcode

The Hour of Code is coming!!  A nationwide week to celebrate computer science in our classrooms, this week allows our learners to experience coding in all forms as educators set aside an hour through the week to DEAC - drop everything and code.
While we are working to embed the problem solving skills involved in learning the language of coding into our classroom experiences all year round, the Hour of Code week allows us to set aside time to learn and explore with other learners throughout the globe. 
How can my classroom participate? Add your class or campus to the Hour of Code mapDetermine how your Hour of Code might work.  Will you do it all in one hour on one day? Or through the week?What resources might you use and expose your learners to?How can you involve others in your school to be involved too?Select the resources you might use.  Here are some of favorites! Of Code Resources by Grade Level by Jacqui MurrayCoding, Coding, Coding Symbaloo by Shannon McCl…

TMST: Split Screen, Yes Please!

While I am working on a superfly post about the Hour of Code for later this week, I thought I'd give you a couple of nuggets of awesome for Teach Me Something Tuesday.

Have you ever noticed something on your technology but completely ignored it until the day where you were just curious enough to fall down a rabbit hole and tap/click around?

That was totally me and split screen for Mac and the multitasking features on my iPad.  

Split screen basically lets you multi-app, interacting with 2 apps or programs at the same time on your iPad or MacBook.  

For a girl who used to have 2 monitors in my past job, this is an efficiency game changer.  

Need to copy and paste something from Google Docs into Pages?  Done.
Need to refer to data or a rough draft while creating a final project or video? Easy.
Want to watch Netflix while working on lesson plans? Go Crazy. (Kidding.  Kind of.)

I think you get the idea!  Learn more by following the links below:

Using Split Screen for Mac Using Multitasking and…

Upcoming Digital Learning Opportunities

Want to learn more about the digital learning opportunities happening this year?  Check out the link below to learn more about what is coming up!

Fall Digital Learning Opportunities

Spring Digital Learning Opportunities

TMST: Twitter Sanity

I am often asked, "Alli, how do you keep up with all the things?"  While I stifle my laughter since most of the time I feel like I am drowning just like everyone else, my mind always ends up at Twitter.  

I know.  Twitter.  

You either love it or hate it.  To honest, I hated it too circa 2009.  I laughed at people who felt the need to update everyone on everything in their lives.  I just didn't get it.

These days, you might say I am slightly addicted to Twitter.  It is my #1 place to get news, professional learning and discussion from others passionate about education like me.  I follow approximately 1,000 people and if I have one beef, it is how overwhelming having access to all that information can be.

So here is one secret of how I keep up with "all the things" - 


In my profile, I created lists of people and groups so that I can drown out the noise and filter only information that I want to see.  I have lists for each campus and for my other digital learnin…