Friday, July 31, 2015

Which service do you use?

Which service do you use?

Here are a couple of stations that we have come across over the years that teachers use in their classrooms.

  • Thanks to Becky Donze for suggesting The Vitamin String Quartet. This station plays all the hits you love with one tiny twist, all the songs are instrumental. I promise it won't disappoint.
  • Mike Kuhn suggested George Winston. All mellow piano music. Excellent background music while working.

  • Doug Barton recommended the Focus-Enhancing Soundscapes. It is crazy how this really helps you disappear into your work.

  • Check out the genres & moods section. 

Has anyone found similar school-friendly playlists on Apple Music?

Share your favorite stations in the comments.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Getting new glass was like getting a new face. Time to update.

So I got new glasses the other day.

I thought it might be a good time to update my Google profile picture. Maybe you also got some new specs, a fancy new hair style, etc and want to spiffy up your profile pic.

Updating your Google profile picture.
1. Login to your district Gmail.

2. Click the head in the upper right corner.

3. Click Change photo.

4. Select or drag a new photo.

5. Adjust and hit the blue button.

 Having trouble with your profile pic? Send us a message.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ALERT! (Using Google Alerts as your research robot.)

Do you ever Google things?

Google alerts will crawl the web looking for your specific topic. It will then email you once a day or once a week depending on how you set it up.

I have used this for when Eddie Bauer pants go on sale, when people post about iPads in K-2, anytime someone uses Colin Davitt or Davitt.  

Why do I want an email about when the pants go on sale? 
  • I hate shopping. I hate looking for sale items. Google can send me an email when there is a sale.

Why an email about iPads in K-2?
  • We had some trouble finding information about iPads in the primary grades. We turned over the research to Google and let it find us solid links. This saved us about 15 hours worth of pointless Googling.

Why the Colin Davitt or Davitt search?
  • I wanted to be alerted when someone was posting about me. I want to keep tabs on what is happening on the web so I can react if needed.

How could you use it?
  • for new lesson ideas
  • tips for parent teacher conferences
  • new streaming videos on Netflix
  • new restaurants in St. Louis

The alerts you create are almost limitless.
Note: Not all alerts will magically return amazing results.

Follow these steps to activate your first Google Alert.
1. Make sure you are logged in to a Google account.

2. Google - Google Alerts (or go to

3.  Create your alert.

4. Select alert options.

5. Click the blue button to start the process.

This simple process has increased my overall efficiency by 17% on a daily basis.

How might you use this in your daily life?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My ELMO Gone? (Reinstall the software.)

Why isn't the ELMO software already on my laptop?

Simple answer is we have many types of ELMOs. This post will help you quickly identify and install the proper software.

Note: We are using Chrome for the install process. We always recommend using Chrome for daily internet use.

Step 1
Pick the image that matches your ELMO.

Do the buttons on your ELMO match the above image? (square)

Do the buttons on your ELMO match the above image? (round)

Step 2
This folder will soon appear in the lower left corner of your screen. Click and drag it to your desktop. (Your folder may have a different number than you see in this image.)

Step 3
  • Right click on this folder. (See image below.)
  • Choose Extract all.
    • Then click Extract.
      • Open the new ImageMate folder that appears on the screen.

Step 4
Double click this icon to install the Image Mate software. It will say either IM or Image Mate Setup. (Your icon may have a different number than you see in this image.)

You might get another pop up. Click yes.
Follow the on screen prompts to install.

Step 5

During the install process you may see the screen to the left appear. Click next then finish.

Step 6

Find this icon on your desktop and click to launch Image Mate.


Let this run if you see it appear.

Still having issues? Email Doug or Colin for assistance. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Notifications - Will this be epic or annoying?

New content notifications in the Classroom App!

Notifications will pop on when you add new content! Check out Google Apps Updates for more information.

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