Archive for the ‘Technology Tools’ Category

3D Printer on Wheels

November 30, 2016

We are still busy learning about our 3D printer and because so many want to use it, we purchased a cart that will allow us to move the printer from class to class.  The small cart has a footprint (24″D x 26 1/2″ W) but it contains 5 tubs for storage, an adjustable 4 spool holder, and a 6 outlet power bar.  You can see the printer stand and watch a movie about it on our website at


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A New Technology Arrives

November 23, 2016

We are so excited to learn about our new printer.  It prints 3D objects!  This is perfect when we cannot allow students to handle precious artifacts or perhaps we have only one unique object but we really need four.   It also allows students to learn some programming.  Software such as Sketchup, Tinkercad, Autocad etc. are used to design the object and then the printer builds up layers to create the item.  You can download thousands of completed projects from as well. Check out their featured collections!  Learning to use this printer will provide students with skills that can be used in the future!

I am getting trained next week so I will be getting back to this topic in the near future that details my experiences.  Also watch for my blog about the special Copernicus cart that holds the printer.

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A Fast Image Search in Notebook 16

September 21, 2016

There is a new add-on in SMART Notebook 16. It is now possible to search the net for graphics and then drag them onto a page.

This means I don’t have to leave Notebook and there is no need to copy and paste or save images.  Just click on the puzzle piece in the tabs and choose Image Web Search.  You can select pictures or clip art, type in the object you want to search and then click on the magnifying glass.

A search for ‘apple’ resulted in 28 clipart images and 20 pictures.  I dragged one of them onto the page and made it just the right size for my application.  At the bottom left of every picture you will see a small globe.  This is the link to the page where the image was found and it can demonstrate to students that we credit items we take from the web.  It is possible to remove that link and credit the picture somewhere else.

Click here to download the step-by-step instructions


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Our Tech Tubs2 Arrived!

September 7, 2016

My class received a modular tech tub2 that holds 24 iPads and has a usb syncing hub.  The four modules can unclip so that we can share the iPads with four classes or we can use the cart on wheels to roll all of them to another room.

Two students got busy putting the iPads into their slots and then plugging them in so that they would not lose charge over the summer.   The great thing is it only takes one electrical outlet to support the whole cart.

I am so happy that our iPads are protected and locked safely away.

I used Google to create this shortened url so you could watch a video about these tubs.  Go to


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Testing out new softwares

April 15, 2015

Our school bought SMART Notebook Advantage which is an annual paid subscription program that gives us access to some really great learning resources that are not available in Notebook 11.  We can use this with our new Hitachi interactive projector.  However, since we have the Hitachi we decided to check out Starboard software which is the Hitachi interactive projector software.  You can download a 60 day trial at

I will post news about this produce once we have had a good trial.


Happy Learning!

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Hitachi Interactive Projector

February 18, 2015

We just got a Hitachi interactive projector for one of our classes.  This projector can be used with a white board or a wall and suddenly they become interactive surfaces!

One of our teachers said that she loved it because there was instant orientation.  On some interactive white boards we have to press in target zones to orient the boards but with the Hitachi, press one button and it orients itself!  How much easier could it be?


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OH Flip!

November 27, 2013

I have been learning about the flipped classroom and I wish I was as cool and confident as Aaron Sams who shows how he flips his classroom in a video that you can watch in the link at the end of this paragraph.  He has a lot of energy and creativity and he is able to make effective videos for the students to watch at home.  I have to remember that he can use these more than once so I am thinking that once he has a bank of them, it would be piece of cake to function on a day to day basis.

The youth of today are learning through social media.  It is good to know that there are teachers out there who are using it so creatively and wisely!  Aaron and Jonathan Bergmann have written a book that will help you understand the process.

Check out the paperback ‘Flip Your Classroom’ and see the video

Let me know what you think!


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

On Guard with Wrist Guard

November 20, 2013

One thing I really like about our new Samsung Tablets is the wrist guard.  What is that you ask?  As you write you can let your hand rest on the tablet surface but it ignores the larger part of your hand so that it is very close to the ‘writing on paper’ experience.   I am also very impressed with the handwriting recognition and the students are amazing at figuring out all the ins and outs of the tablet.  So far… SO good!  Lovin’ the tablets.


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Calling all Parents (and Teachers)

November 13, 2013

We have been considering how to control what students are doing while working on a Samsung Tablet.  I checked out Mobicip which can be downloaded from Google Play and it is good but it will cost you a nominal amount per student.

Here is an article that explains how to tweak the tablet so that your charges can only access what you want.  This will even help the parent who hands his two year old an android device and watches in horror as the child hammers on random icons.  Check out


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Tablets in the Classroom

October 9, 2013

I just spent the day with my four year old nephew.  What a surprise to see a child interact with technology outside the classroom.

First he taught me to play Minecraft and showed me how to build a dwelling.  It thrilled me that he was able to quickly figure out how to construct a rectangular house with windows and a door.  There was a lot of problem solving and no one taught him how to do it.  He is also pretty good at filming videos and then making them into a movie with music.  He figured that out as well.  Did I mention he is four?  He isn’t exceptionally intelligent.  There are a lot of children who regularly use the tools without frustration or much difficulty.   It all leads me to believe that we don’t have to spend a lot of time teaching students how to use technology.

Here is an article that describes tablet uses that students will totally understand and love to use.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom