I am in the process of a redesign with my blog...stay tuned!!

So Many Tools, So Little Time...My Re-commitment to Blogging.

posted Oct 7, 2013, 7:21 PM by Tammy Lind   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 7:21 PM ]

Well, so far, so good.  It's only been a couple weeks since my last a blog post. 

Many of you know already that I got hooked on this whole tech thing as an Assistive Technology team leader in my district--lots of years ago.  As more and more FREE web tools became available I got deeper into how we can use those tools to help ALL kids access the curriculum and experience success.  That is what gives me GEEKbumps.  That is why I love my job.  That is what challenges me. That is what makes me smile--watching a student that has struggled and struggled experience that "light-bulb" moment.  I began to move away from the intense A.T. programs and more to the free tools for kids.  My good friend Paula Walser and I compared geeky tool notes every time we got together at our Assistive Tech events and since then I've been hooked.

Now, don't get me wrong.  The intense programs that companies like Don Johnston and Texthelp put out are invaluable for many kids.  In no way am I trying to diminish the impact that those programs have had not only on kids that I worked with, but many more struggling learners.  I am simply saying that for many children a simple web tool may be just what they need to get reconnected to school and to realize that they can and will be successful.  

All that to say that I have decided that those tools will be the focus of my new and improved commitment to blog.  Every couple of weeks I will be sharing out 1-2 tricks/tips that we can use to help all students in our classrooms.  The first one that I will be writing about this week is simply using the Research pane in Google Docs...with a Twist.  Stay Tuned...

I'm back!!

posted Sep 17, 2013, 5:36 PM by Tammy Lind   [ updated Sep 17, 2013, 5:36 PM ]

Wow--it's been quite a while since I hopped into my blog/tech resources page!!  

So much has happened.  I have had the honor of attending the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago and have become a Google Certified Trainer.  What a whirlwind!

After attending the Google Teacher Academy (GTA) it became very clear that I need to get back into the blogging world.  There is so much going on and so many great things to share and I have been missing out.  I met so many incredible people that are doing great things for our kids.  Literally changing the world!  I can't wait to share that with you.

So, my re-commitment is now public!  I need to blog at least once a month.  I can do it!!

Chrome...The Browser of the Future!

posted Mar 6, 2012, 7:00 AM by Tammy Lind   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 10:40 AM ]

Many of you know that I am an avid Chrome user and am continually blown away with all that is available to users through the Apps Store.  All of the options available to us can be confusing in Chrome. 
In this post I will try to clarify to different between what's available in the browser, the Apps, and Extensions.

Chrome...the Browser
At the very basic level, Chrome can be used just as any other browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox).  You would be missing out on some of the greatest parts of using Chrome by doing this, but it can be done. 
This image shows Chrome being used as a browser.  You enter the web address you would like to visit.  You can also use tabs to go back and forth between web sites and windows.

Chrome Apps...
Apps in Chrome act very much like they do on any mobile device.  Apps are programs that actually run from inside Chrome.  A good example of an App that many of us enjoy is Angry Birds.  
You download an App from the Chrome Web Store.  All Apps are listed in new tabs in Chrome.  

Watch this short screen cast to see how to download and install and App.

Google Chome Apps

Extensions make Chrome fun!  This is where you begin to personalize your online experience.  Extensions make working online more efficient, interesting, and sometimes fun!
Extensions are downloaded from the Google Web Store, which can be found each time you open a new tab.  The following images show where you can find the Google Web Store as well as where you will see extensions that you have added.  

The Web store...                                                                                  Extensions

Here is short video on extensions and how you can add them to Chrome.

YouTube Video


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