2015 Hour of Code

The week of Dec. 7-13 is the global Hour of Code initiative, a one-hour introduction designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programing. The promotional video that you can show your students in … Continue reading 

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The Thanksgiving Interactive Textbook

4th Grade Energy Thinglink Project


4th Energy

Multimedia Cheat Sheet

  1. Sound Video: https://goo.gl/SZh0jx
  2. Heat/Thermal Video: https://goo.gl/r1QjeH
  3. Light Video: https://goo.gl/UJ2lM3
  4. Mechanical Video: https://goo.gl/NxgV8y
  5. Electrical Video: https://goo.gl/wn982a
  6. Images: https://www.photosforclass.com/ Right click on the image you want and choose “copy image URL”


It’s October!

My favorite month of the year is upon us and I want to share an outstanding Google Drawing lesson created by Kasey Bell (@ShakeUpLearning). She created an adorable Halloween Magnetic Poetry board that I ended up playing with for about … Continue reading 

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Safari Montage

A few “musts” before we begin…

  • Make sure you have the following installed on your computer: 
    • Safari Montage
    • VLC Media Player
    • Quicktime
    • Any Video Converter
    • Sphere (Avermedia Document Camera)
    • Smart Notebook 15
    • Screencast-O-Matic
  • You must use Internet Explorer!!!
  • Go to http://safari.neisd.net
  • You need to be hardwired to view live video announcements (Either login or click on School News)
  • Login using your Active Directory Credentials

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Video Tutorials:  

Video Creation Tools:

  • Sphere Software for the AverMedia Document Camera
  • Screencast-O-Matic 
  • SMART Recorder
  • Any Video Converter (Converts AVI to MP4)

Sharing Videos on Blogs and Websites:

  • Edublogs
  • Google Sites
  • Weebly

Flippin’ Awesome Examples:

A “Flipped Classroom” is a classroom that uses class time to do activities/lessons (guided by the teacher) and “homework” time for guided instruction, usually through video. Basically, it turns a classroom upside down: the learning of a topic is done at home and then the applied practice or work is done at school. For an excellent info-graphic on what a “Flipped Classroom” is click here. – See more at: techlearning.com

Ideas for Using HSTRY

3 cool things about this timeline: It’s a timeline of timelines of timelines (very Inception) You can now embed timelines (See below) It’s a wonderful introduction to the HSTRY platform for new users. It not only demonstrates how to use … Continue reading 

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Beginning of the Year Survival Guide


 Let’s Get Connected!

New Systems and Updates

Outlook and Lync

Student Login Information

  • Beginning August 20, 2015 ALL students K-12 will be using the following login credentials for Active Directory. First letter of your first name and up to 10 letters of your last name followed by the last 4 digits of the student ID number. The password will be the complete student ID number. Please login to the Employee Portal to access the Student Privacy Inquiry:  
    • username = jsmith3456  
    • password = 0123456
  • Student Login Printable
  • VDI Printable
  • Login Information for all Online Resources
  • Google Docs Login Information
    • Important Update: All new students must use the word “password” or “chromebook”  the first time they login to Google Docs. They may or may not be prompted to change their password. Please have them change it to “ne” and their full student ID # e.g., ne0123456)
    • K-3 teachers: you might want to login and do this for all of your students prior to your first lesson. 
    • Returning students will use the login information listed below:
      • For K-12 students, username:  username@stu.neisd.net (e.g., jsmith3456@stu.neisd.net)  password:  “ne” and your full student ID# (e.g., ne0123456)

Digital Citizenship

First Lab Lessons

Instructional Technology Support

Technical Support 

Network Support