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100+ Makerspace Products & Materials..

In Training for Staff on November 15, 2016 at 10:00 am

Thanks to the blog that I subscribed to which is something I think K-12 benefits.

One of the most common questions we get is in regards to buying makerspace materials.  There are a ton of products and supplies out there and it can be overwhelming to pick the right ones especially if you are just starting out.  One of the first steps you should do before spending any money is to talk with the people who will be using your makerspace.  Some schools and libraries have done formal or informal surveys to capture this data.  These surveys can help to determine what projects and areas of interest people are most excited about.  But always remember that one of the best parts of maker education is discovery.  It’s good to have items that people know they like but always make sure to include projects and products they’ve never used before.  Makerspaces are a great way to help students discover new interests and potential career paths.

Click on the link below to find vast information you need for your classroom…

100+ Makerspace Products & Materials


Donny 😉


The 30 Goals Challenge: Transform Your Teaching

In Social Media, Technology, Training for Staff on February 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

I normally get varies of blogs relating to Technology in a Classroom. This blog I received was something that I need to share with other.

Over 10,000 teachers have joined The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers since 2010. Take the Challenge and receive support from teachers worldwide as we aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals within a year. We support each other through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks.

Here is the link: The 30 Goals Challege

Be sure to click the sketch-note which has a picture of 30 goals that will motivate you in being a great teacher!


Donny 😉


iOS 9.3 Beta to Bring New Features for Education

In Newsletter, Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff on January 12, 2016 at 9:53 am

Thank to Lori Gracey from TCEA…

Apple has announced the upcoming release of iOS 9.3 and it looks to be a great step forward for educators using the devices in the classroom. Four key features are included:

  • Shared iPad for students – Students can now log into any iPad and make it their own. All of their apps, books, and documents will follow them. To help with younger students logging in, they can simply use a four-digit PIN on the Lock Screen. This is HUGE!
  • New classroom app for teachers – With Apple Classroom, the teacher can launch (and lock) everyone’s apps at the same time, then guide what students are looking at on their devices. He can see what each student is doing with just a tap. If a student can’t remember his password, the teacher can now reset it instead of waiting for IT help.
  • Apple School Manager for Support Staff – This will be one central place for admins to create Apple IDs, build courses in iTunes U, and access everything they need to deploy iPads using a Mac or PC web browser. Buy and distribute apps and books, manage your MDM system and device enrollment, and create accounts simply and easily.
  • Managed Apple IDs – With Apple School Manager, IT staff can now easily reset passwords, audit accounts, create IDs in bulk, and create customized roles for everyone in the district.


Another feature included in the update is Night Shift. Just like the f.lux program, it will shift the colors on your screen to warmer tones based on the time of day so you don’t get blasted by harsh blue light when working at night.

If your school is interested in being a Beta tester for Apple’s new classroom management tool, make a request at You can read more about the new features coming here.

This is a welcome news for Educator especially with Shared iPad for Student and new classroom app for teachers.


Donny 😉

Happy New Year!

Doceri Interactive Whiteboard…

In Free apps, Interactive Whiteboard, Technology, Training for Staff on November 6, 2015 at 10:11 am

Thank to Peggy Reimers, TCEA

Doceri is an interactive whiteboard, screencasting and remote computer control app. This app allows you to create hand-drawn lessons, presentations and graphics and share them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts. Videos are saved in your My Recordings folder and can be shared to your Camera Roll, as an email attachment or via YouTube. A great feature of Doceri is the ability to re-record.

Price: Free

App Store:

How-To Videos & Sample/Lessons:

If you have suggestion, please leave feedback.


Donny 😉

Free Educational Kindle book for Educator

In Newsletter, Technology, Training for Staff on October 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

Here is a link to access to free Educator’s Kindle book that may help educator to improve engagement in their classroom:

Free for today and may go back to regular price soon.


Donny 😉

Free Technology and Curriculum Conference in Houston

In Training for Staff on October 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

TCEA Community | group directory | Area 4 Members | announcements | TCCA: Technology & Curriculum Conference of Aldine – Oct. 17th (FREE)

TCCA is the only FREE technology and curriculum conferences in the Houston area that takes place on a non-school day and is not just available for teachers but other staff as well such as administrators and librarians.  This enables us to engage both teachers and administrators by providing a service that is in high demand.  TCCA 2015 is again being held at B. O. Davis Sr. High School.  This is a state of the art facility designed to hold upwards of 3000 people.

This event is produced in partnership with TCEA.

October 17th @ Davis High School

Register at

Have a great weekend!

Donny 😉

A Teacher Activity Book for iPads in the Classroom – Created by You!

In Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff, Website on September 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm

This is something I think a teacher will like to be familiar with activity book for iPad. More information below:

A Teacher Activity Book

New App for Teachers and Students to Make Learning More Manageable..

In SmartPhone, Software, Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff on April 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

The Canaryflow app for iPad is designed to support all of your teaching and learning needs. It simplifies lesson creation, streamlines assignment workflow, reduces grading time, and keeps students highly organized. And it’s free!

You can download the Canaryflow Teacher app and create a free account. Then you can set up your course, create a class and add students, and begin assigning activities. The teacher home page gives each teacher an organized dashboard view of the day, assignments, submissions from students, to-be-graded work, and more. And there’s an in-app “virtual red pen” that can cut grading time in half.

Students download the free Canaryflow Student app and enter the teacher-provided four-digit code to begin. The app provides students with assignment reminders and alerts, combined with advanced tools such as camera submissions.

These two apps solve the management headaches of working on the iPad. Try them today!


Donny 😉

Guided Access on iOS devices

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff on April 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

I have several teacher who wants to locked down all the apps and only use one specific app for the student. Here is the instruction below:

iOS: About Guided Access

This will help you to stay focused on a task while using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.


Donny 😉

Help Your Students Become Digital Safety Experts…

In Computer, Interactive Whiteboard, Newsletter, Social Media, Technology, Training for Staff, Website on February 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm


Being online offers opportunities for children to learn and connect with others. Unfortunately, it also opens up potential risks of sharing the wrong information or connecting with the wrong people. Intel®  Security and Discovery Education have partnered to bring you the Intel® Security Digital Safety Program , with resources you need to educate students about making smart and secure decisions online. 

With the new interactive lessons released this month, your students will learn how to keep their digital information safe and out of the hands of cybercriminals. Students will also learn about viruses, malware, phishing, spam, and more. Extend the learning with interactive, hands-on, in-class activities in the associated educator guide.

To begin the lessons, Click here!

Enjoy the lessons and empower the next generation of digital citizens!

Donny 😉