Friday Fun with Bitmoji!

I went back to work today so I thought I should also get back to blogging….. I had all these grand ideas of blogging everyday this summer.

What was I thinking?? Instead, I traveled, had fun, made memories, hung our with my hubby and daughter and made seven quilts!! I decided that this was more important🙂 My daughter leaves to go to college in North Carolina in two weeks!!

Anyway I thought I would start with something fun. I have to give credit for this great find to my friend, Nikki who is a fellow technology and learning coach in my district. I started out putting this app on my phone; then I discovered there’s a Chromebook app for it too! My emails are never going to be the same!!


How Facebook and WeVideo saved my bacon..

photo calmI’m still reflecting on the many fun parts of my job and then the parts that people just “assume” are part of your job.  You know, like whipping up videos at the drop of a hat.  Anyone who has ever really made a video knows that they take a LOT longer than you realize.  Even when you are really organized and keep your photos in labeled and dated folders in your Google Drive account….yes, I am card carrying OCD!!

So the last week of school as I am up to my eyeballs in inventory and sick with a sinus infection(yes, I was having a pity party!!) I remember that I need to make an end of year video for our last day of school luncheon.

Luckily, the inspiration hit me on my drive home from work….I do some of my best thinking on the interstate as I blast my 80’s on 8!  I am in charge of all the social media for my school and have found that our school Facebook page gets triple the traffic that our official school website receives.  So, once I got  home I pulled up the photos section of the Facebook page, selected the best photos that were already in chronological order and downloaded them all into one folder.

Then I uploaded that entire folder into WeVideo. I used the wonderful multi select tool to put all the photos into the video.  Added some music, some text slides and VOILA!  we have an end of year video.  So glad to see that all my posting during the school year paid off🙂








End Of Year for a Technology Coach…

Well of course, it can be summed up in one word – CRAZY!!  Of course, anyone who works in a school knows what this time of year is like.  When I was a classroom teacher it was paperwork, permanent records and getting my classroom packed up.  Now that I’m a technology coach it means inventory, work orders, work orders and more work orders.  I even started to dream about computers!!

A high point at the end of this school year was getting to take my awesome morning show crew on a field trip to a local television station.  WLTX did a wonderful job of showing my students all of the background parts of a news organization.  We were also able to watch the noon news in the studio as it was being broadcasted.  They asked some great questions and I think they really impressed our hosts with their news show knowledge.

A personal high point was my daughter graduating from high school.  Come August my husband and I will officially be empty nesters.  Not quite sure how I feel about that but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Also, I am getting Chromebooks for all of my kindergarten, first grade and second grade students next school year.  That’s 414 more devices to keep up with.  I like to look at it as job security🙂  I am really excited to introduce this technology to the younger students at my school.

I am looking forward to presenting at a couple of conferences this summer.  Later this week, my district hosts a regional conference and I will be presenting two sessions at that.  I am really excited to meet Kasey Bell aka Shake Up Learning who is going to be one of our keynote speakers.  Then next month it’s off to Denver for ISTE again.  I had such a blast last year in Philadelphia, I know that this is going to be another great learning experience.  Nikki, another TLC in my district and I have been selected to present at a Tech Coaches Playground to share how we use Google Classroom and other tools to personalize PD for our teachers.

Year Two of being a TLC is almost in the books and I am looking forward to a crazy busy but also hopefully crazy fun summer!!

Blog Challenge – My Favorite Quote

This is a really hard one for me…not that I don’t like quotes….I love them!  I can’t pick just one🙂  I have a lot of favorites for a lot of different reasons.

One that I have above the sink in my kitchen is “Live Well, Laugh Often and Love Much.”

I just checked my Pinterest board of Quotes and I have 501 different quotes pinned.  I looked through all of them and narrowed it down to these ones….Enjoy!!

Blog Challenge – Tattoos or Piercings?

No, no and no thank you!!  I am card carrying wimp when it comes to both of these things.  I didn’t even get my ears pierced until I was 17.  I was at the mall with a friend, when she dragged me into Spencer’s gifts and told me it was time to get them pierced.  Yes, this was the 80’s folks!!  I have one piercing in each earlobe and that’s enough for me🙂

I think I wore the same pair of diamond studs for over two years when my kids were babies.  My sweet son yanked on one of my hoop earrings when he was a very curious babe and I didn’t wear hoops again for years!  I still cringe thinking about it!!

I am amazed by tattoos and have an appreciation for their artistry.  I used to love to watch the show Miami Ink.  I think I also really liked the stories behind the tattoos.  The only experience I have with tattoos are the temporary kind and getting creative with a Sharpie marker🙂


Blog Challenge – 10 Favorite Foods

I think it is hi-lar-ious that I am doing this post on the day that I stayed home with a stomach virus!!  Though, I am glad to say that I am now feeling a LOT better!!

If I had written this post a couple of weeks ago, my list would’ve looked a lot different.  Since the beginning of the new year I have been following a new eating plan called “Trim Healthy Mama.”   Notice, I called it an eating plan because it’s not just another diet.  This totally changes the way that you look at food and how you eat it🙂

I have never done so much cooking!  That being said, I really don’t mind, because everything that I am making tastes SO GOOD!!  You have to check out the Cheeseburger Pie, Lazy Lasagna, and Trimtastic Zucchini Chocolate Cake.

So here are my favorite foods, that in a perfect world would be considered healthy and good for you! Yeah I know – dream on!!

  1. Gummy Bears – not the cheap store brand ones, they have to be the Haribro ones in the gold bag.
  2. Salt and Vinegar Pringles
  3. Steak and a baked sweet potato
  4. Eggs in a basket and hash brown casserole from Cracker Barrel
  5. Bangers and mash with onion gravy (My English friends will know exactly what I’m talking about!)
  6. Pumpkin cheesecake…heck, anything pumpkin!
  7. My husband’s Super Bowl Nachos
  8. My Mum’s rissoles (another English dish)
  9. Philly Cheesesteak
  10. Anything Italian!

QR Code Reading Cards

How to Make QR Code Reading Cards

I have seen lots of these cards popping up on Teachers Pay Teachers.  It got me to thinking… hard can these be to make?

It really is quite a simple process but it does have quite a few steps.  All of  my kindergarten and first grade teachers have 4 IPads each in their classrooms and I thought that these would be great for them to use for their independent reading centers/time.  The children think it is so cool to scan the QR Code and have the story open up on their device and have it read to them.

I have been amazed at how many read aloud videos you can find on YouTube.  A lot of teachers, media specialists and even some authors have posted them.

If you are a Google For Education district, you have unlimited storage in your Google Drive account.  This is a great place to download and host the videos.

There are also free websites where you can create your QR Codes.  You just need to make sure to add a QR Code reader app on your IPad.

If you click on the photo above it will take you to the video tutorial that I made.  Click HERE if you would like the Google slides tutorial that you can print out.

Please feel free to share with anyone else who you think might be interested in making them!🙂