Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Over 275K Items in Seesaw Here in BPS!

Check out these impressive Seesaw numbers! Way to go, BPS teachers & students!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

FREE Math Apps for BPS Teachers!

Deana Elder just purchased many licenses for these awesome math apps gone free. If any Billings Schools teachers would like these apps installed on their iPads, they just need to complete a Help Ticket!
SmartCards+ Flashcards System

Math Rescue Games For Rounding

Animal Math First Grade Games

Also, don't forget the growing collection of Math Apps in my Participate Collection!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mystery Camp - Breakout Edu Based Camp for Kids

Check out this fun option for a summer kids' camp! Breakout Edu based, facilitated by the amazing Mark Kane! Click above for more info.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Summer PD!


Using Classkick for Instant Feedback
June 18th 8:30-11:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

Let's TACO 'Bout PicCollage
June 18th 12:30-3:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

Seesaw Activities, Folders & Skills (for intermediate to advanced users)
June 19th 8:30-11:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

Seesaw Basics (for beginners to Seesaw)
June 19th 12:30-3:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

All of these courses are worth 3 OPI renewal units. Don't forget, if you are planning to use any of these courses for step up, you'll need to complete the step up request form online at bit.ly/BillingsPD.

Nikki Vradenburg, Teacher Liaison for PBS Montana, also put together a great list of summer PD opportunities in Montana and surrounding areas. CLICK HERE to view her list! Also, be sure to check the BPSTIS site frequently, as new courses will be posted there as they are scheduled.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Weekly Tech-y News April 2-6th

Click the image to download a PDF.

OPI Learning Hub Facilitated Course: Student Created Digital Portfolios

If you're looking for a great online learning option this summer, check out my FREE facilitated course on the OPI Learning Hub. In the course Student Created Digital Portfolios, teachers will utilize the free digital learning portfolio tool Seesaw to research, analyze and create digital portfolios. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn and share ideas in this hands-on learning environment. Participants will research types of learning portfolios, discuss why portfolios are essential in today's classrooms, and compare student portfolios with professional learning portfolios. 

The course is facilitated and will run May 14th-June 10th. Teachers will earn 15 OPI renewal units. Billings teachers, step-up approval has been submitted to the PDAAC committee. To register, visit bit.ly/OPILearningHub. Registration should be open very soon!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Ten Frame Mania App FREE on the App Store

Check out this great FREE app from Greg Tang, author of The Grapes of Math. Ten Frame Mania is the latest Greg Tang Math game! Play it to learn and exercise your number sense. It helps you understand the cardinality of numbers, how to play with them, and how the different numbers work together. It’s concept is so simple, yet addictive and fun!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Traci's Summer Courses


Using Classkick for Instant Feedback
June 18th 8:30-11:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

Let's TACO 'Bout PicCollage
June 18th 12:30-3:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

Seesaw Activities, Folders & Skills (for intermediate to advanced users)
June 19th 8:30-11:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

Seesaw Basics (for beginners to Seesaw)
June 19th 12:30-3:30 Lincoln Center, room 308
REGISTER HERE

All of these courses are worth 3 OPI renewal units. Don't forget, if you are planning to use any of these courses for step up, you'll need to complete the step up request form online at bit.ly/BillingsPD.

Nikki Vradenburg, Teacher Liaison for PBS Montana, also put together a great list of summer PD opportunities in Montana and surrounding areas. CLICK HERE to view her list!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Peeping Awesome Classkick Activities

I've been creating some Easter-themed activities for Classkick. Click on the images below to grab a copy that you can use as-is, or edit and adapt to your own classroom needs. Remember to check the Classkick YouTube channel for quick, helpful tutorials, or email me if you have any questions.




Bunny Collages in PicCollage EDU

Let your students create these clever bunny collages as a way to publish a writing project, and become familiar with tools in PicCollage EDU.
To create this, have students use the web search tool to search for grass, bunnies, chocolates, etc. They can double tap the grass picture to set as the background of their collage. Remind them to add "png" to the end of the image search to find images with transparent backgrounds. They can use the FREE Easter-themed stickers in PicCollage EDU, the doodle tool, and the text tool to add additional details and words to their collages. When finished, have students save to Seesaw to share!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Directed Drawing - Tech It Up!

Use this adorable FREE directed drawing activity from First and Kinder Blue Skies and let students draw digitally using an app like Doodle Buddy or PicCollage EDU. Then, they can add to Seesaw and use the text tools to write a poem, tell a story or add a reflection. Super cute and simple St. Patrick's Day idea!

CLICK HERE for a bunny directed drawing that you can use for Easter!