Thursday, February 6, 2014

How to Connect a Chromebook to a Projector in 5 Easy Steps

We have received a number of questions about how to connect Chromebooks to classroom projectors. Here's how to do so in 5 easy steps:

1. Plug the HDMI adapter into the Chromebook.

2  Click on the icon on the bottom right hand side of the screen.

3. A menu will appear. See image below. Select the option “Extending Screen to Projector.”

4. The “Manage Display” screen will appear. See image below. Make sure that the box marked “projector” is highlighted.

5. Under “Internet Display”, click on “start mirroring.

Friday, January 31, 2014

DFM: Tech Tuesday Edition -- Resources

At our recent District Faculty Meeting (a.k.a. DFM: Tech Tuesday Edition), sessions focused on Lexia Core, Google Docs, Chromebooks, Student Blogging and Digital Citizenship.

You can find resources from some of the sessions below. If you did not get a chance to attend a particular session, you can find out more about the information.

Using Google Docs with Students:  Matt O’Donnell, SCOE, facilitated a session on how to use Google Docs in the classroom with students. You can find out more by clicking the link below:

The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students

Chromebooks 101: The Basics -- Karie Seliga and Jen Hanshew facilitated a session on introducing Chromebooks in your classroom. You can find lesson ideas here.

Student Blogging: Catina Haugen, Principal from Grant Elementary School, facilitated a session on KidBlog and how to use blogging with students as a way to promote student writing. You can find lots of good resources here.

Digital CitizenshipValerie Swangren, Teacher Librarian, Kenilworth Junior High facilitated a session and shared lessons and resources that you can use with your students to teach them digital citizenship. 

The Common Sense Media website also includes many free resources, including a scope and sequence for teaching students about digital citizenship. On this site, you'll find lessons, short videos to use in class discussions and a variety of toolkits.  For example, you can find a Cyberbullying Toolkit by clicking here.

Do you have a technology resource, tip or tool that has been helpful? Please share your learning with others so that we can all benefit! You can share your tech tip or tool here.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Treasures from Google Apps for Education Summit

Last week, a team from our district participated in the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Summit in Napa. They came away from the conference with lots of tips, tricks and lessons to share. 

The organizers of the conference compiled all of the presentation slides and links to the various session. You can access resources and links from all of the GAFE sessions here.

Introduction to Chromebooks - Karie Seliga, 5th grade teacher at Schaefer, shared lessons that you can access lessons that you can use with your students to familiarize them with Chromebooks. You can access the lesson here

OMGoogle! -- Jen Hanshew, 4th Grade teacher at Schaefer, shared a variety of digital tools that you can use with your students. You can access all of the resources here.

Google Forms -- Susan Donner, POCS teacher, attended a few sessions on how to use Google Forms in your classroom. How many different ways can you use forms? Let her count the ways. You can access resources here.

We will be posting more information from the GAFE Summit. Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Web Tools for Classroom Use

Matt O'Donnell, 21st Century Learning Specialist from SCOE, spent some time in elementary classrooms recently. He has suggested four web tools that can be used in classrooms. Below you'll find links to the sites to access these tools as well as tutorial videos. - Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond.  We empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS - online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.

You can view a tutorial video on Glogster below: - Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

Video tutorial on Socrative:

With you can create infographics called vhemes:   Vhemes are visual themes. drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas for easy creation of your visual idea!

Video tutorial on

Meograph helps easily create, watch, and share interactive stories: v=GhJDY8v9NxsMeograph  Our first product combines maps, timeline, links, and multimedia to tell stories in context of where and when.

Video tutorial on Meograph:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Resources from SCOE's 2013 iPad Symposium

The Sonoma County Office of Education hosted an iPad Symposium earlier this Spring. The event featured keynote speaker, Kathy Schrock.

Kathy Schrock created the video below to illustrate the variety of digital tools available on the iPad.

Her website, "iPads4Teaching" includes a variety of useful tips, tricks and resources for teaching and learning with iPads.

You can find curricular and technical resources on the "Notes and Resources: 2013 iPad Symposium" page on the SCOE website, including Kathy Schrock's presentation materials, a list of the best apps for primary classrooms, apps for all classrooms and digital creation.

Monday, March 4, 2013


Edmodo is a free and secure social networking platform that staff can use to share and access information about a variety of topics. You can use Edmodo as an online discussion forum for asking questions, sharing ideas and resources as well as engaging in discussions with colleagues.

Creating an account:

Our district has a domain on Edmodo. To join, follow the steps below:

1. Go to To create an account, click on the "I'm a Teacher" button.

2. This will bring you to a box like the one shown below.

To get your school code, e-mail me at

3. Type in the rest of the information and check the box, then click on the "Sign up" button.

Joining Other Groups:

There are also a number of other groups you can join to share and access information and engage in discussions with other educators. You can search groups by topic or you can join specific groups.

You can join other groups on Edmodo, by following these steps:

1. Once you have logged into your Edmodo account, on the left hand side, you'll see a section for "Groups" that looks like this:

2. Click on the word "Join" and you will see a box appear on the screen that looks like this:

3. Enter one of the codes listed below, then click on the button that says "Join". That's it.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) -- jjvdht

This group has been created for staff in our district to share questions, ideas, and information as well as discuss strategies to implement CCSS.

Basal Alignment Project (BAP) -- etuyrm

The BAP is a library of revised lessons for common Basal reading series (3rd-5th grades), each carefully aligned to the CCSS. Each new lesson includes quality text-dependent questions, improved tasks, and a focus on academic vocabulary. To access the lessons aligned to our current ELA program, go to the BAP folder, look for HMH/Medallion.

Anthology Alignment Project (AAP) -- pkx4sp
The AAP is a library of revised lessons for common anthologies for grades 6-10. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

LiveBinders: "The Knowledge Sharing Place"

LiveBinders is your "three-ring binder for the web." This free, web-based platform allows to collect webpages, videos, images, and pdfs and organize them into tabs. You can create LiveBinders for your own use or to share information with others.

Getting started is simple. Go to the LiveBinder website by clicking here. Once you sign-up, you can collect online resources and organize them neatly and easily.

On the LiveBinder website, there are also many tutorial videos that can walk you through you the process of setting up binders, collecting resources and searching for other binders with information you may find helpful. You can access the tutorial videos here.

You can find examples of LiveBinders below:

ELA Common Core State Standards Resources

Infusing Technology into the Common Core Curriculum