Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TMST: Scanning in Notes

My love affair with iOS11 continues this week with a small nugget of awesome found within the native Notes app. Like most mind blowing things, this tip is small, but mighty.

Let's take a quick look at how the Notes App has been redesigned in iOS11 to allow you as an educator to scan and mark up documents.  

And, just in case you wondered, the Notes App can be great for our learners too!  

Intrigued?  Want to learn more?  

Check out what else Notes can do: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205773

What awesome small nuggets of learning have rocked your world lately?  Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Time to Update to iOS 11

iOS 11  is here and we have received word from the technology department that it is ok to update.   Updates often take a few minutes; therefore, staggering or allowing extra time for updating is a good practice. I have also found that updating goes faster when devices are plugged in.  

If you are concerned about losing content on your device, it is recommended that you/your learners create a backup in iCloud before running the update.

1:1~ Please encourage your learners to update:
  • ​prior to lunch/recess
  • prior to specials
  • prior to leaving for the end of the school day
  • in small groups/shifts
Shared (K-3) ~  At this time, older iPad 4’s and iPad minis will not update to iOS 11.
  • prior to leaving for the end of the school day or a weekend
  • In small groups/shifts
Educator iPads ~ Please update at your convenience:
  • From home/overnight
  • At the beginning/end of the day
iOS 11 has several features that are awesome for education, including screencasting directly from your iPad, built-in QR code reader in the camera app and more!  Learn more below!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or want to learn more!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TMST: Podcast Learning Anytime

In this day and time, there are no restrictions on how, when and the type of learning we choose.  Gone are the days where you have to attend PD in order to build skills, be inspired and make a change.  It truly is one of this self-appointed learning nerd's favorite things because we can choose to be in a state of learning anytime.  

I am always exploring new ways to learn and was inspired by my friend and fellow DLC Sam Neal to try out some educational podcasts.  Podcasts are great because you can listen and learn on your phone while driving in the car, taking a shower and/or waiting in line for something.  

If you are like me, searching for Podcasts can be a little overwhelming.  I was so thankful that Sam shared a curated list of some of her favorites.  Check out her list below!

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So this week, I challenge you to listen to an episode one of these and share something you learn or are inspired by OR let me know a podcast you are listening to that is inspiring you!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

TMST: iOS 11 Screencasting

Shout it from the rooftops...iOS 11 is here!  

Never in my life did I think I would be this nerdy happy over a software update, but y'all, this one changes the game.  

With iOS 11, we can screencast DIRECTLY from the iPad.

I'm excited, not just because I can make quick app demo videos for this crazy blog, but because of what this can do for our learners.  With iOS 11 screencasting, they will be able to:
  • model their thinking, recording how they attack a problem
  • create reflection videos 
  • record ideas and "aha moments" as they review and interact with classroom materials
  • share their thoughts about a book snap or article
  • add "how to" screencasts to collaborative tools like a Schoology Media Album or Flipgrid

I was lucky to partner with one of our 5th grade classes this week to test it out.  Ms. Voltz's class (Red5) was testing out the update to iOS 11 and so she asked me to come lend a hand.  We taught the kids a little about the new features, and then asked them to record a screencast that explained how to multiply and/or divide decimals using the Number Pieces app.  

Just a few minutes later, our learners had created products like this:

Want to learn more about how screencasting on iPad works?  Check out this awesome resource from Tony Vincent from Learning in Hand or book me to come show you in action/design with you!

What will YOU use screencasting in iOS 11 for?  What other parts of the iOS update are game changers for you?  I'll be sharing more over the next few weeks, but I'd also love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Friday, September 29, 2017

All About Me with Keynote

Hi Readers!

After being in Everyone Can Code training for the last few days, you could say I am in an Apple state of mind.  Last night, I came across a tweet from Apple in Education about a new lesson experience/template available at appleteacher.apple.com 

Check out the video on the tweet to see the lesson in action: 

Using Keynote in a project like this would be a great way to kick off Genius Hour, help learners get to know each other at the beginning of the year, or as a visual cue for learners to use during learner led conferences.

It was so easy to try - all I did was login to appleteacher.apple.com, download the Keynote template and follow the instructions to customize the slide of my choice using shapes. 

Can you guess what I am passionate about?

Sometimes the best way to learn is to play and try it out so my challenge to you on this fun Friday is to create your own, take a screenshot and share it with me in the comments!

Have fun and let me know if you might want to try this with your learners!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TMST: Coaching, DLC Style

Partnerships are key in education.  I am lucky not only to partner with you, but with the coaching teams on both campuses to support you.  This week, the coaching team I work with at Lee elementary is rolling out our Coaches Corner, where all recent information from the Instructional, GT, ESL and Digital Coaches will be shared. 

So as part of that, I wanted to share with you a little about what I do and why I do it! Check out the video below to learn more about me and my role!

If there is anything I can do for you, whether you are local or global, just let me know!  I hope this blog becomes a safe space for you to learn and share.  Check out the video below to learn more about some of the features of my blog!

How are you partnering with others as part of YOUR role?  Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TMST: Apple Classroom

I'm pleased to feature Apple Classroom here on the blog this week!  Let's take a look at it Q/A style!

What is Apple Classroom?

Click "Watch Apple Classroom Guided Tour" on the link below to see it in action!

Are there any special notes about getting Apple Classroom to work?

Apple Classroom works best when you are using the most updated version of iOS and Bluetooth is on.  At this time, Apple Classroom does not work with the version of iPad Mini's we have in CISD.

How do I get Apple Classroom set up for my class?

1:1 Devices (4th/5th grade)
Request it to be set up via Zendesk (see S'more for details)

Shared Devices (PreK-3rd grade, special areas)
Set up manually (See S'more for details)

This S'more below features everything you need to get Apple Classroom ready for your class.  I'd love to help you with a demo for your team, modeling with for your class or answering any other questions you might have!  

What excites you about Apple Classroom? What help do you need? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Digital Newsletters

Are you looking for some options to create digital newsletters?  Check out the Google Drawing linked below for some great ideas!

Special thanks to Amanda Rogers for this great resource!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dot Day is coming!

I am so excited to be partnering with our awesome Media Specialists more this year! These 2 awesome ladies and their team are TOP NOTCH and they have inspired me to share a few resources for Dot Day (Sept. 15), a celebration of creativity and individuality.  

What is Dot Day and how can it be celebrated?  My friend, Cynthia Alaniz (@utalaniz), created this S'more that explains it beautifully.  You'll also be able to learn about what she is doing with our campus this week!  

I'm also excited to partner with Melinda Mangum (@melmangum) at my other campus.  We will be working with our Breakout EDU kits to try this Dot Day Breakout with our learners!

Other Dot Day 2017 Awesomeness

My amazing teammate, Amanda Rogers (@TheEdsaneT) and our Math Director for the district, Mary Kemper  (@MrsKemper) created a global FlipGrid Project for anyone to "Leave their Mark" for Dot Day!

Image Credit:  Amanda Rogers and Mary Kemper

Check it out lesson plans and more for this project here:  bit.do/mymark

Interested in designing your own activity? These Seesaw Task Cards would also fit perfectly with a Dot Day Activity!

Education is all about partnerships and making an impact...I am beyond lucky to be influenced by the amazing people mentioned in this post.  Who leaves their mark on YOU? Give them a shout out in the comments!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TMST: Classroom Screen

This week's Teach Me Something Tuesday is dedicated to an awesome educator I get to work with everyday - May Voltz.  She shared www.classroomscreen.com on Twitter this weekend and I just HAD to try out and now share with you.  

Proof that the best PLNs aren't just global...love my local PLN too!
Www.classroomscreen.com is an easy to use landing page for classroom information.  You can customize the screen with different widgets including a QR code maker, whiteboard, timer, and more.  

Check out this quick "vlog" to learn more about how and why you may want to check this out!

What is something YOU have learned recently from your PLN (local or global)?  Share it with me in the comments!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Finding Purpose in the "Other"

Can we all just pause a second to reflect on how awesome it is to have a 3 day weekend 2 weeks into school starting?  I don't know about you, but I sure needed it after a long week of supporting our tech department, educators and learners with iPad rollout.

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While necessary, rolling out iPads has never been my dream.  The logistics tend to overwhelm my perfectionist soul, last minute unknowns keep everyone on their toes and hiccups are inevitable.  Always hard on myself, I worry about the time spent away from classrooms and design work as if I am constantly letting someone down.

But as I reflect on my last couple of weeks, I keep coming back to our kids.  Our kids are ready and able to learn using technology that much faster because of the team of dedicated people who helped with iPad rollout.

In education, most of us have a small line at the end of our job description: other duties as assigned. Most of the time, we think of the mundane "extras" like morning duty, making copies, attending meetings, being part of committees, etc. as what defines that.

But I started thinking...maybe that line is a subtle way of reminding us that we are servant leaders and that we do what it takes, anything it takes, to make sure our learners are taken care of well.

With that lens, even things we don't dream of about our jobs become worth it. 

May your week be full, heart happy and purpose clear, even when it seems like other duties assigned are taking up the majority of your time.  Even if they benefit only one learner, I promise, they are worth it.

What other duties will YOU perform this week and how will your lens help you to reframe the purpose of those tasks?

Keep an eye out for Teach Me Something Tuesday!

View my schedule for the week here.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Week 2 is Here!

I had such a great 1st week last week, supporting both campuses. Both campuses were able to get K-3 iPads out and classrooms began working through the Digital Literacy Overview (due date Sept 4.) and 1st login experience. I am LOVING the Flipgrid responses our kiddos have been sharing as reflection.

In addition, I was able to check in with our new hires, something I will continue to do over the coming weeks and months.  I sent them the picture below but I am pretty sure we could all use the message as we head into week 2.

We may doubt ourselves from time to time, but Ryan's got our backs.

This week starts 1:1 rollout and knowing our educators, they are beyond ready.  I will be off campus a bit to support some other campuses, but am looking forward to supporting our campuses too.

As always, you can find my schedule at the My Schedule link at the top of this blog.

Did you miss last week's post about starting with Seesaw and/or Schoology? 
Find it here.

How can I best support you this week?  Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Starting the Year Strong

It's the first week of school and there is so much I want to share that I just can't wait for Tuesday.  I, like you, get so excited to begin new school years.  This post won't be long, but I do want you to have some helpful resources that can help you to start your digital learning journey strong!

CISD Beginning of the Year K-5 Resources 

Kick off your year by providing our learners with their first digital citizenship lesson.  All learners in CISD must complete the Digital Literacy Overview by Sept. 4. When learner accounts are ready, I will email you. Then, you'll be able to help them login and change their passwords for the year using the first login quick resources.


Seesaw can be an awesome way to promote a school - home connection.  Many educators are planning to use Seesaw for digital learning journals, projects, reflection and more this year.  I recently became a Seesaw Ambassador and would love to discuss it with you if it is new to you! If you are already "ALL IN" to use it, check out these helpful getting started activities for your learners!


District created classes have been added to Schoology.  These classes are set up through Pentamation and your learners should already be in them.  If you decide to create your own class to use, don't forget to add your kids as members.  Below are some Back to School things to consider.

And lastly, whether you are itching to get started with digital learning or are still under water with all the things, please just know that I am here for you.  Let me know how I can best help you!

Image used with permission from Sam Neal, made in Canva

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TMST: A Couple of Randoms

Welcome back to Teach Me Something Tuesdays!  

In this weekly blog series, I try to share something I've learned, discuss new ideas or strategies, and/or showcase something I have been working on in classrooms. I typically share these on Tuesdays to hold myself accountable and give you something to look forward to midweek!

My past few days have been spent easing into the new school year with my team.  During the course of the work we have been doing, I learned 2 very random, but awesome things that may seem small, but have changed my efficiency in BIG ways!

Sometimes its the little things right?

So, did you know...

that if you click on someone's picture at the top of a Google Doc, it will take you to the exact place in the doc where they are working????

Click the picture of the person at the top right to locate them.

I can't believe how helpful this has been as my team collaborates on a long doc to reference where someone else is!!  

Or, did you know...

you can connect your iCloud Drive to your Mac for easy access across devices???

Yes!  My iCloud drive in Finder now looks like this:

This totally rocks for me as I have been using the collaborative features in Keynote on several presentations lately.  I like to be able to access them on my Mac when designing but also on my iPad for presenting.  Anything I don't need on my Mac stays in the cloud. Setting it up was so easy! Check out the steps here!

What small random things are YOU learning that can change your world in big ways?  Let me know in the comments!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Gearing up for 17-18

Hello, blog readers!

No, I didn't fall off the face of the planet.  Life events forced me to truly disconnect this summer, which I rarely do.  It was needed and it was worth it.  Since my One Word for the year is BREATHE, I knew this summer must be one of rest.

But...a new school year is upon us.  As I move from dreading the alarm clock to the inevitable excitement a new year brings, I am reminded of a quote from the movie, You've Got Mail.  

We met our new hires today during Digital Learning Day.  I wanted to tell them all the things - how our district promotes risk, how we believe in learning beyond the tools, how little kids can and will when we have growth mindsets. I wanted to tell them that is is less about technology and more about relationships, that if they are willing to let go, the sky is the limit for our kids. I wanted to tell them that they have as much to teach me as I have to offer them.

It's a lot for a "first day", but I know that they will learn that in time.  

As a Digital Learning Coach, I am only as good as the relationships I build.  I may not be able to buy them all newly sharpened pencils, but I can be there.  We are better together and it is a mission I accept with pleasure.

Here's to a GREAT year.  It will be great because we will make it so.

Teach Me Something Tuesdays will be back this year and until then, let me know what you are interested in learning in the comments!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

#ISTE17 or Bust

I'm headed to #ISTE17 this week in San Antonio! I'm so excited to learn and share with other educators.

Want to join in on the learning fun? Follow my Twitter feeds, this blog or the hashtags #ISTE17, #notatISTE or #coppelldlc!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

TMST: Keep it Classy

It is the last day of school here in Texas and boy did we earn our summer!  I'll be blogging through the summer, but possibly not as often so make sure to sign up on the top right to have the posts emailed to you.  

As we pack up our school lives and head for the pool, I want to provide you with a quick tip to help your brain remember important things after summer ends.  

My team recently did our last #CISDCHAT of the year about a tool called Google Keep.  Since it was a crazy time of year, I wanted to make sure you, my readers, benefit from the learning even if you did not get to chat with us.  

What is Google Keep?

Keep is an online space that syncs across your devices for sticky notes, to do lists, reminders and everything else your heart desires organizing.

How do I use Google Keep?

Our team found this video from Matt Miller at www.ditchthattextbook.com to be really helpful in learning to use it!

How can Google Keep be used in the Classroom?

Check out these resources from Kasey Bell at www.shakeuplearning.com to learn more!

I especially like the way Stephanie Richter, one of the awesome Designers at Lee Elementary, is using Canva to create images for her notes in Google Keep!

Image Credit:  Stephanie Richter

How could Google Keep help YOU?

Have a great summer, Readers! KEEP it classy!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TMST: Summer Learnin'

Picture me in 50's gear as I "sing" the next line, Grease style...

Summer learnin', you'll have a blast,
Summer learnin', coming up so fa-a-ast.

DISCLAIMER: It is the end of the year, and yes, I am feeling extra nerdy.  

 As we count down the days to a much needed break, I decided this blog would be devoted to celebrating that special moment of the summer where we actually have time to breathe  focus on learning new things.  

Without further ado, here are some ways you can build your skills, focus on next year's goals, and in some cases, earn some flex hours.

DLC PL Offerings

Our DLC team is offering some great Professional Learning this summer, in person AND as virtual courses.  We'd love to have great participation from our Coppell ISD peeps.  View our Thinglink with Eduphoria links to sign up HERE.

Image created by Leigh Ann Howard in Canva

Outside of CISD Opportunities

There are some great opportunities outside of Coppell too!  My teammate, Trisha Goins (check her out - @heartinlife) made this awesome Smore of professional learning being held around the DFW area.  

Also, did you hear about Apple's Teacher Tuesdays?  I am SO excited to see they will be offering professional learning at Apple stores in our areas geared for educators!


Keeping up with @DLCoachAlli

Lastly, there are several ways to follow my learning journey.  
  • Review past Teach Me Something Tuesday posts, archived at the top of the blog.
  • Sign up on the top right to be notified of new posts by email.
  • I'll be learning and presenting at the #ISTE17 conference June 25-28.  
  • Follow me on Twitter - @dlcoachalli

As we wrap this year up with a bow, thank you for reading and learning.  I started this blog as a way for me to focus on sharing and reflecting on my personal professional development.  It has been an awesome journey, one that I plan to continue!

What are YOU doing for PL this summer?  Share with me in the comments!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TMST: Region 10 Tech Conference

Happy Tuesday, Blog Readers!

We are inching toward the end of the year so I will make this TMST post short.  I attended a the R10 Tech Conference yesterday and I made a quick storify of the conference hashtag.  Yes, that's right, you get to learn from me AND my PLN in this post!

A Storify is just a collection of social media posts, pictures, and links that are curated into one place!  It can be great for telling the "story" of a CBL or UBD, as a way to reflect upon your learning for summative conferences, or as an end of the year reflection activity!

How do you share out learning from conferences and PL? 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Learning Together is Better

My favorite partner in learning and I were at it again last night.  Just a quick reminder that learning together is better...even when your learning buddy is younger than you.

Video created in Apple Clips.  Drawing Machine made with Little Bits Steam Kit.

Stay vulnerable, friends.  You might just surprise yourself with what learning you find.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

TMST: Blogging Buddies

For years, we as educators have been talking about connected classrooms.  Over the years, many classes I have worked with have connected with experts, used tools that allow for online collaboration and joined projects that involve learning with others outside of their classroom walls.

But how do we make sure those connections promote deeper thinking?

I've been thinking about this question a lot lately.

To me, a connected classroom starts with a connected educator.  Connected educators are inspired by connected coaches.  As I reflect upon the types of connections made by myself and modeled to the educators with which I coach, I realized something.

It's a step to put yourself out there, and I took that step by starting this blog. But connection isn't just putting yourself out there, it is the conversation between thinkers, the shared work of collaborators, the process of problem solving with someone and more.

That's why I decided it was time for me to show you how I am trying to connect more deeply.  I want you, my readers, to know that there is power in working together and seeking new perspectives.  

I recently joined a group of other EdTech Coaches through a project called Blogging Buddies.  This is my first type of project like this.  I am paired with 4 other coaches around the world to learn, reflect and share with each other.  I joined because if I am hoping you and your classrooms will begin connecting with others, I need to do that as well.

My Blogging Buddies have some pretty cool sites and I invite you to visit and learn from them as you would from me.

Eric Curts - www.controlaltachieve.com
Dierdre Shetler - http://collaborativeedtech.blogspot.com
Daniel Scott http://www.mr5scott.blogspot.com
Debra Killen - https://dkillenedtech.wordpress.com/ 

I'll keep you posted on how this connection project of mine goes!  There are many projects like this for educators and classrooms out there and I'd love to help you find one if you get inspired.  In the meantime, let me know in the comments...

How do YOU promote deeper thinking with your learners by connecting with others?


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