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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Spark Students' Interest in NASA

Sign up FREE with the NASA Explorer School Program. Spark your students' interest in STEM subjects with the help from NASA.

Also you could also gain an opportunity to have your students share their learning and projects at Kennedy or Johnson Space Center before scientists and engineers.

 What a Once in a Lifetime experience. 
 View this presentation and see the SPARKS!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Story Elements - Jeopardy Game (iPad Friendly)

Here is an excellent jeopardy game I found on the Internet
 (Author Unknown)

I just upgraded the slides, added linkage between the slides, and added a Story Elements Resource Slide at the end of the game.

Your students will LOVE this game and learn at the same time.  

Download this presentation and OR play it directly from here.

Special Note:  Make sure you read the Teacher Directions on (Slide 2) to ensure maximum fun with the interactive capabilities.

Here is the link to the "Jeopardy Theme Song"

You can visit my "Diary of an iPad Grant Team" for other iPad Friendly lessons or activities.

Jeopardy_[LanguageArts]_Version 2

More PowerPoint presentations from Reba Gordon Matthews

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Mouse" Practice Webtools for Beginners at Computers

FREE Computer Classes -
Every Wednesday & Saturday
@ the Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library
1600 Veterans Memorial Pkwy.
Lancaster, Texas 75134
(Look at the bottom of this post for upcoming classes)
Today I utilized the following "mouse" practicing webtools for participants who are learning how to use the computer.
1st Webtool:
Each participant practiced each of the mouse skills below.
2nd Webtool:
Participants followed on-screen instructions to click on objects.
Each click gave the participant instant feedback and encouragement.

November FREE Computer Classes
Library Resource Courses
Using Mango Languages - Saturday,  Nov.16th - 1:00 p.m
Computer Basics
Wednesday, Nov. 20th - 10:30 a.m.
Job Seekers Class
Saturday, Nov. 23rd - 10:30 a.m.
Microsoft Office Courses
PowerPoint Basics - Saturday, Nov. 27th - 10:30 a.m

Computer Basics
Saturday, Nov. 30th - 10:30 a.m.
Checking out eBooks
Saturday, Nov. 30th - 1:00 p.m.

Send Care Packages for Deployed Troops

Lancaster Library & LVML Teen Club
(Lancaster, TX)
Sponsors a Care Package Supply Drive for Deployed Soldiers
Help send troops thanks for the  holidays.
 SEE Pg. 2 for Needed Items
Let's Send Thanks to our U.S. Troops

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dear Techie Lab Teacher,

I was setting up my livebinders and wanted to create a subtab under subtab.
How do I do that?   Can I do that?


Dear Livebinder Question,

Unfortunately you are NOT able to make a subtab under a subtab.  You are only able to add an additional subtab to left and to the right of that subtab.  I wish that feature was available as well.

Yours Truly,
        Techie Lab Teacher

BELOW is a video tutorial for anyone needing assistance in making a subtab
in LiveBinders:

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Join An iPad Webinar TODAY! - On SimpleK12

Simple K12 is hosting a iPad Webinar today titled, "Turning Students Into Teachers: Using iPad Apps to Create Tutorials.  Click this link and join:

Don't be LATE!
These SimpleK12 webinars fill up fast.

The iPad App that I found useful with students in making
Peer Produced Academic Tutorials was:

This is an EASY and Quick Video Producing Tool for K-12 students.

Students have the following viewing options after they have completed their videos:

  • Have others view them from that particular iPad
  • Email or Tweet the link of their video, generated by ScreenChomp 
  • Teachers can screenshot the screen and post the videos in their class blogs.

  • I have come across two other apps that can be used for producing video tutorials.
    They are:  Whiteboard and ShowMe.  However, I have not yet reviewed their usability at this time.  CHECK THEM OUT and let me know.

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Apps Apps Apps - Which Do You Choose?

    My iPad App Reviews or Evaluations or Suggestions

    I decided that I needed to record my evaluations of the MANY iPad apps that I review as I develop my  iPad integration lessons.  There are soooo many apps.  You may find 10 apps that work on a specific skill and every teacher is different in regards to what technology tools they prefer to use.  As a member of our iPad Grant Team, we look at apps, try them out and report their value to the team.  Some of us are trying them out on students and getting their opinions, as well.  But my reviews were only shared in our meeting minutes.  Therefore, I decided to discuss the apps in this blog so that it will be more useful.  So here I am...letting you know what is out there and whether it worked or failed.

    Today I am going into a 1st grade class and a Special Education classroom. I will introduce some apps that can enhance or assist with their language arts and math curriculum.  Two weeks ago, our entire student body had their first iPad experience during their computer lab sessions, in what we call our iTiger Academic Lab.   Click iTiger iPad Lab Logo Contest and view our iPad Logo Activity and iPad Pilot Dry Run Labs.

    So today will be their 2nd experience.  I will review some past apps and introduce several new ones in order to evaluate their effectiveness.  (SEE below)

    Notes coming later today.....It is still morning Lol!

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    Need Help Understanding Creative Commons Licenses?

    Have you wanted to used some of those great and inspirational photos you have seen on several of the photo sharing sites such as Flickr, Photobucket, and Picasa, but didn't understand their licensing request?

    I too, have that same dilemna.  I have to constantly reread the Creative Commons license descriptions in order to fully obliged the owner's request.  However, many of the descriptions were so complicated that I just contacted the owner and requested permission.

    Well, I found an excellent QUICK fact sheet on Creative Commons licenses that spells it out simply for all the licensing novices like myself.  It is an easy-to-read 2 pager on an Australia website.
    SEE the website link and the CC Fact sheet BELOW:

    Fact Sheet Link:
    Creative Commons Australia website Link:

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    2011 Global Education Conference

    Yes, I was up at 4:00 a.m participating in this week's 2011 Global Education Conference.

    Am I sleepy? You bet, but I am well fed with knowledge I can walk in the door TODAY and practice with my students.

    I attended several sessions yesterday and a few this morning. However I listened to the recording of keynote speaker Alan November. Very thought provoking and he turned me onto a video where a presenter and college professor (will input his name later - too early in the mornining) discussed "PEER INSTRUCTION" & The Flipped Classroom Model".

    These two concepts together would have our students taking ownership of their learning and retaining the information for deeper learning. I am going to share these
    ideas and suggestions with my iPad Grant Committee.  This could be one of the driving forces for integrating iPads into the daily curriculum and using them in a more purposeful and innovative manner.

    I will add more to this post later, but I must shower and take my sleepy self to work and enjoy facilitating learning today. You noticed I didin't say teach. I must not have been as sleepy as I thought. I LEARNED SOMETHING. Lol!

     If you haven't gotten to the 2011 Global Education Conference yet, read below and get the link. It will happen all week (Nov. 14- 18) and it runs 24 hours a day. That's right, you have time to pop in and learn a little. Click on your time zone and begin the learning and connecting with some really great people.

    I will add the links to several of the articles and videos associated with each session and post later today.  And please pardon any grammatical errors, remember I was up EARLY trying to get some knowledge (Lol!).