Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Facebook/Instagram Scrapbook

Yes, I actually have a paper copy of my Facebook and Instagram posts! It was one year ago today that I discovered My Social Book. It takes all my Facebook posts for a designated time period and puts them in a "magazine" type book.

Before discovering My Social Book I didn't have a reason to post very much to Facebook. I think/thought my every day events were really nobody's business and who would care anyway. I don't really care if anyone sees what I post. If it's helpful, great! If not I guess they can "un-follow" me. I have "un-followed" A LOT people.

Instagram is my favorite and I have created a much larger archive of my life there than in Facebook this year. Probably because not as many people are on Instagram. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I think I am going to order a separate Instagram book. I noticed that when I linked both accounts it prints duplicates if I cross-posted to both accounts.

My kids LOVE this. They love all my picture books. I forgot the value of scrapbooking until I saw my kids pour through all my scrapbooks. I will definitely do this for them when they join social media channels. Maybe this is a good teaching tool for posting appropriate things? Hmmm?

Costs approximately $55 but I don't feel like I post as much as most people. More you post, more expensive I assume. But you could print in small date ranges a little at a time? 

Proud Social-Booker Pinterest board

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Take a Peek Into #APrincipalsDay Jan. 7th, 2015

Education Week has challenged school principals to share pictures of how they spend their day on Wednesday Jan. 7th. If you follow the hashtag #APrincipalsDay on Twitter and/or Instagram you will finally find out what happens behind the scenes.

Edweek Article < Click here
Our aim is to gather a wide variety of images from school leaders in remote, rural, suburban, urban, and even international settings to show the differences and similarities that principals share in their demanding, yet rewarding jobs.
Disclaimer: Due to the nature of the job of the principal you will not get a complete picture of the day in the life of a school principal. But you should get pictures of the best parts!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The 5 Days of Christmas Teacher Treats

Because I can't keep up with TWELVE!!! Thank you to my Voxer group and +Jay Posick for helping with this again this year. I think Jay did this last year and we all jumped in midstream. This year I let our group of principals share ideas then I took the best ones!:)

Since it is AFTER Christmas (better late than never) and you might want to use these next year here is my recommendation....

Go to your calendar and on Dec. 1st add "5 Days of Christmas." Then include a link to this post as a reminder. Example: I use Google calendar. Any time I come across a time specific or holiday idea I add it to my Google calendar as an event. In the description I include a link to the post/picture/idea so I can look at it when I actually need it. Make sense???

Click here for PDF Copy

The how.....
  • I created all of the images on my phone, using the apps listed above, and attached them as images to a Remind text message.
  • I scheduled the text messages in advance. Sunday, before the week started, I scheduled all of these. (Remind has the "scheduling" feature.)
  • Just for fun these were all scheduled at different times. Created suspense:) It was fun. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Blog More Often

So the two people who still read this blog asked why I don't blog more often anymore? That's a good question so I thought I would at least make something up. Here goes....

In order to blog more often my girls will have to rely on a diet of cereal, frozen waffles, and/or ramen noodles. My daughters are now 9 and 6 years old. I think back to my glory days of blogging and they were still drinking from a bottle. Or they were toddlers. You can put anything in front of a toddler. Whatever foods they don't throw on the floor become their meal for at least the next month. Nowadays I do try to prepare a decent meal at least 3 times a week (for a good week).
I also think I could blog more often if the laundry did itself. This pile of laundry just gets moved from the bed, to the foot of the bed on floor, back to on the bed in the morning! 
I actually think there is more laundry on the couch in the other room when I took this picture. 

I LOVE blogging! I have tons of ideas. Sharig helps everyone. I love reading blogs. I wish more principals/teachers blogged. I even have planner specifically devoted to blog planning! 
But its empty.
For now I will do the best I can. I share a lot of my ideas on Instagram now because so quick and easy. Maybe you can follow me there until the next phase of life that gets easier? But I've heard  the "easy" part is over:) 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Displaying Students' Digital Work

Oh what fun we have had with the new display TVs in the hallways!

So I didn't really have a workflow plan and list of things to display so this has been total trial and error. What I found is that once I displayed a couple student presentations more and more students have asked to have their worked "streamed" in the big screens. 

*Stream from Apple TV. (Our internet/filter/etc. does not play nice with Apple TV.)
*Stream from Chromecast. (Streams a little better on our platform but you need computer specifically for mirroring and a trained person to monitor it all day. Loses connection? Who troubleshoots?)
*Image slide show on USB! Ba-Bam! This has worked so far.
*If just displaying pictures, I put on USB and plug into TV, DONE.
*Teachers share their own Google presentations or share student Google presentations. 
*I download as PPT, save as pictures, put pics on USB, DONE. I don't have to worry about connection issues all day. 

Student presentations are the best! Tomorrow I am combining 4 student presentations as a slideshow to stream next week! 

What's your TV display workflow?