Mini-Geekfest April 9, 2012

URL for logging into our Mini-geekfest live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate OR (both take you to the same place)

Blackboard Collaborate recording link for tonight's show if you'd like to watch it again or share it with friends

Shortened URL for Blackboard Collaborate Recording:

Chat log from recording:

Links and tools shared during the session will be added to this wiki (see below) and the Livebinder.

LiveBinder link for tonight's resources: (Click on tab for April 2012)

Survey link for tonight's webinar: Whether you participate live or view the recording you may complete the survey and request a 1-hour professional development certificate.

Next show: Monday, May 21st, 2012, 6:00pmPDT/9:00pmEDT

NOTE: This is a change from the 2nd Monday of the month due to unavoidable conflicts.

Kim's Resources and Links for April 9, 2012

They Don't Teach You This In School

  • No registration to view
  • To be part of the DISQUS will need an account
  • Started in 2009...not much content...hopefully will grow



  • No login required
  • Easy to use
  • Alphabetimal letters
  • Big "cute" factor (though you aren't suppose to say that when looking for good resources to use in education...)
  • Free print-at-home
    • flash cards
    • coloring pages
    • wall poster

Jog the Web

  • Create a slide show of websites
  • Register for an account
  • Jogs are easy to build, able to add comments


  • Create and share playlist
  • Filter out the useless stuff
  • Easy to navigate



  • Online activities or discussions
  • Free
  • Web page says no need for student emails, but, tutorial says one is needed
  • Takes time to learn, but time well spent
    • Easy to follow tutorials
  • Recommended by Melodie Brewer from Dysart - that is enough endorsement for me!

Ten Marks

  • Free
  • Online Math practice and instruction
  • Aligned with Common Core Standards
  • Again, recommended by Melodie Brewer and that is good enough for me!


Peggy's Resources and Links for April 9, 2012

Adam Bellow's "More Cool Tools for Teachers" ISTE webinar

Just a couple of Adam's awesome recommendations (but you can explore all of them on his Symbaloo created for the webinar)


(alternative to Poll Everywhere-can accommodate up to 200 people voting)
Mentimeterpolling.jpg (create a new URL that combines multiple URLs with one customized link)

Karen Mensing-AzTEA Teacher of the Year 2012
A fantastic 2nd grade AZ teacher to follow who is modeling great uses of technology in her classroom and with her blog for parents!
Planet Mensing (Sonoran Sky Elementary School)
Browse around her blog and read this blog post that she wrote after she received her award and you'll know what she received it!

Exciting event at Sonoran Sky "First Ever Technology Night", March 8 where Karen was surprised with her award. Listen to her kids tell about it!

GorillaScan (allows you to modify your QR codes without re-printing them and replacing the printed copies)

Educational Websites for Elementary Parents (Mrs. Southard)

Screencasting/Flipped Classroom MoodleMeet (co-hosted by Peggy George and Lorna Costantini)

Recent Livebinder Webinar (recording now available-this is the direct link to Blackboard Collaborate)

Livebinder for this presentation (includes webinar recording link)

Another fantastic binder Mike has created for the Common Core is here:
12 Common Core Considerations
He has even written an iBook if you have an iPad that's called Cure for the Common Core and is available now for $1.99.

The Power of a PLN (Personal Learning Network) First TICAL webinar, then Tightwad Teacher Podcast

TICAL Livebinder:
Tightwad Teacher Podcast via Google Hangout:

Don't Miss this Incredible Day of FREE PD!


To preview presentations already submitted: (30 min. length)

Links shared by our fantastic participants/supporters in the chat:

Mike Fisher: His Pinterest site:
Mike Fisher's blog:
Kim Caise: QR Voice
Kim Caise: History Pin
Len Horn: TitanPad
Greg Limperis: Technology Integration in Education Ning

Greg Limperis: Technology Integration in Education

The Knowledge Sharing Place Livebinder Webinar, Mike Fisher, Presenter
Recording Link:

Karen Mensing shared: Gwyneth Jones blog post "Google+ Hangout with QR Codes"
Peggy George shared: Karen Mensing's blog post about her AZ Teacher of the Year award from AzTEA
Karen Mensing's Class Blog:
Karen Mensing: YouTube for Schools "YouTube Finds a Way Off Schools Banned List"
Karen Mensing: Karen's YouTube Channel:
Carolyn Stanley: Storybird example demonstrating alliteration
Kim Thomas: Classroom 2.0 LIVE weekly webinars for educators
Len Horn: Go View Screencasting tool
Peggy George: Article about GoView Free Screencasting Tool from Citrix