Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Google Goodness

I am so excited for my colleague and daily inspiration, Ann Brucker, for being accepted to the Google Teacher Academy this December!  Ann exemplifies what a Google Certified Teacher is!  All GCT's are accepted based on these three criteria, which are Ann to the A:

  1. Outstanding educators with a passion for using innovative technologies and approaches to improve teaching and learning.
  2. Creative leaders who understand opportunities and challenges, and have a desire to help empower others in their local community and beyond.
  3. Ambassadors for change who model high expectations, life-long learning, collaboration, equity, and innovation.

Summer Presentation about GTAMTV

Primary Phase I TILT

Day one of TILT Primary with Passion was amazing.  The best part of the day was that my primary group set the norm of being infectious sharers!  What an awesome Norm!  They also created great posters in Canva.

Here are a few examples

Friday, October 10, 2014

Projecting from a MacBook

This is always a bit tricky!  This is a great resource to help with projecting.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Load Mimio Software

Lots of folks have received a new computer, thanks to our amazing levy.  Finding all that great software once used can sometimes be frustrating; find the Mimio Download here http://news.mimio.com/mimiostudio-software-11-download

Make a Word File Editable in Docs

Saving a Word document to Drive is a great option to keep it in the cloud but take it a step further and "open with" Google Docs and edit it up. Thanks Erica for the question!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mere Mortals

Our Google Mere Mortal Training started at Meadowlark Elementary and the first night was a huge hit!  So much so that Jimmy Johns decided to stop by and bring some sandwiches (for real, they stopped by on a promotional tour and the teachers got free food).  To see the resources from the training check out this link http://shellystanton.weebly.com/mere-mortals.html

TILT is starting up

I can't wait for our staff development TILT (Teachers Integrating & Learning Technology) to start up again.  This amazing professional development was created by Desiree Caskey and I feel lucky to be able to help facilitate this endeavor.  To find out more about TILT go here http://www.bpstis.org/tilt.html .

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shorten the URL

What you don't know can hurt you...you could get that wrist thingy by typing in too many characters of a web address!  My favorite URL shortner is www.tinyurl.com .  Try it, you'll like it!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back in the saddle!

Day 1 of my new journey at Billings Senior High School was a KaHOOT!
Day one was Awesome click the lick to see how I kicked off Advanced Computer Apps and gave the old business some new business.

Using Shared Folders

Do you want your kids to start using Drive to turn in assignments but need help with folder organization?  Use these step by step instructions to have students create a shared folder with you, their teacher, as well as directions to help you organize.
For more Chrome resources check out the Middle School Chromebook and Elementary Chromebook page created by BPS teachers and your TIS team.

More great resources: Shake Up Learning

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Excited for the 2014 Montana Tech Summit

See my training materials here http://shellystanton.weebly.com/mcce-tech-summit.html 

Google Teacher Academy Presentation

As most know I was lucky enough to go to the Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View; tomorrow I will present the experience at the MCCE Tech Summit.  I hope watching the linked out slides help you start your own Moonshot.

 GTA Hyperdoced Presentation

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Padlet has a Chrome Extension

Wow, one of my favorite tools Padlet has gotten even better. It now has a Padlet Chrome Extension so inquiry projects, reading and searching to create an amazing "anything" is easier.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Google Classroom

Move over Edmodo and Schoology in SD#2; Google Classroom might kick you out of the arena!

Favorites of Classroom:

  • Easy-it should require no PD for even the most novice teachers
  • Turn In Button-YES, you read me right!  If a teacher sets up classroom their students will have a "turn in" button inside their drive!
  • Folders!-Classroom will automatically create folders for students and teachers and assignments will be filtered.  No more drive disorganization!
  • Seamless-it seamlessly works with Drive
  • Any device-it is agnostic
  • The lead on the project was an actual classroom teacher at one time...Power to the Teachers
Concerns to Deal With:
  • Teachers and students must be on the same domain.  Therefore in my district this will take some logistical magic by our wonderful Domain Administrator, Malachi
  • It's following the Google philosophy of iteration, therefore it's a work in progress
Don't worry if you haven't been invited yet they are batching out invites, but by September it should be available!  

GTA Blues

The worst part about finishing a Google Teacher Academy event is the constant desire to work on innovation...I have a vacation to go to and this desire to "Google" is cutting in. In reflection the event was well worth it and I feel re-invigorated to share technology integration!

The network of past GCT's that have already networked, offered support and opportunities in a mere 24 hours is astounding.  Doors opening and ideas are flowing.

Agenda overview of GTA

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day one of GTA reflections

Google Teacher Academy in one word....FINALLY!  My biggest take away is that happiness and engagement in the classroom is the goal of Google.

More interestings from day 1:
As an educator who is often the most excited, eager and outspoken it was a weird dynamic to be one of the quietest educators in a room. This was not because my voice was overlooked but because every teacher in the room is passionate!  We learned we were chosen for these three attributes:

  1. Outstanding Educators
  2. Creative Leaders
  3. Ambassadors for Change
Things I want to continue to explore from our Lead Learners (aka Awesome GTC's):

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting into MTV GTA

Last night I felt like it was the night before my first day of high school (as a student and teacher). Today! Today! is the day I meet my Google Teacher Academy cohort for the Mountain View (MTV) 2014 Certified Educator experience.

TODAY, is also the day I thought I would start blogging about GTA. First off GTA stands for Google Teacher Academy. Second off, how did I get here? Let me explain.

 Step 1)
Pass the Google Educator Exams After passing the 4 required and 1 elective test you are a Google Educator. I did this after my wonderful friend Ann Brucker completed her Google Educator status

 Step 2)
Apply for the academy
 This step has several sub steps and here are my suggestions of why I think I was "selected" for GTA
-Share! How do you share your technology integration? Lots of the questions on the application included what conferences you give and how you train it forward! I learned early from my mentor, Desiree Caskey, that sharing is what it's all about. Do you live in a tiny town with no people to train? Well, that's no excuse; build up your Twitter and Google+ presence....SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.

 -Video! Again my friend Ann Brucker helped me here as I had to use the new iMovie to create my video entry. The entry is less than one minute and it's looked at only one or two times. How do I know this? I checked out the views as soon as I received my acceptance email. Here is my video 

-Resume! Make a resume to share with Google. I think this is where I got "lucky"! I had just finished hanging out with the MT Beyond the Chalk boys and I incorporated my newly learned Googliness to my resume: here is my resume As you can see I used tons of Google Extensions in my resume, such as Google Shortner and One Tab.

 Okay...more will be added about my GTA experience but now it's time to use my Google Map to scope out where I need to be in a few hours! Go Google!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Is it worth it?

When imposing change and trying to lead teachers toward mastering their craft is it worth it? This last week, this question came up repeatedly. There are so many amazing teachers but there are also some who won't do an ounce of extra nor are they nice. I reflected on this and for the lazy...I have no words of wisdom but for the grouchy and territorial I have decided (perhaps for my own sanity) that they are threatened that they aren't as good as they believe. Here are some "WHY" questions if you are cranky with Technology coaches: -Why would you not want to share with colleagues? -If recognized as a leader why do you keep what you do with technology a secret? -What is your mission with technology and why keep what you are doing isolated to your classroom, department or school instead of sharing it with the district? -Why would you send an email with capital letters to a colleague, ever, especially when it is negative? -Why are older teacher mean to younger teachers? -Why do teachers feel they are entitled to the classes, rooms, stipends, etc. just because they have put in their time? -Why do you belittle colleagues who get awards? -Why don't you reply to technology coaches when working together helps everyone? -Why are you so sensitive? -Why do you think your job is so much harder? -Why do you think your life is so much busier? When a pedagogical coach tries to work with you please be thoughtful of your district and at least respond kindly...they are also busy.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Google Take Out

Seniors are almost on there way....they can use this tool to save their awesome Google creations.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WOW, thanks Jennifer

Jenifer Brackney, an awesome math teacher from Castle Rock showed me https://www.plickers.com/ the other day and it's an awesome FREE assessment tool.  Mimio votes are grand but this is FREE.

Active Learning has interrupted my blogging...YAY

We just finished our amazing Active Learning Class.  See the great resources at this link.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Great Tools from our TIS team

Symbaloo is a great tool to bookmark websites!  Here is one of the 406 Tech Gal's mentioned tools in their show http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/406techtalk