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???

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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. 





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:) 

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. 

Options:
*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.
Workflow:
*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?