Author Archives: Betsy Ruffin

Appy Hour Is Coming!

Appy Hour Is Coming!

Remember to join us for the Appy Hour on March 20 starting at 6 PM CST via Twitter.  We will tweet about great educational applications for iPads and Android devices.  For more on this see the following links:

Reflection App

By Linda Rush Using the $15 Reflection App on an Apple computer, it’s now possible to MIRROR the screen of an iPad2 or iPhone4S right on your screen.   AirPlay mirror your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 to any Mac running OS X 10.6+, wirelessly. This  makes your Apple computer function like an AppleTV for iOS mirroring, except

TCEA: more links

More links to info from TCEA sessions: From Steve Dembo’s sessions: 50 ways to spin a digital story Storytelling for the YouTube Generation iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom General TCEA 2012 Handouts site: If you’ve got other links from TCEA (like others from Steve or those

Texas DEN STAR wins TCEA award

Our own Texas DEN STAR and LC member, Andrea Keller, was named Classroom Teacher of the Year at the TCEA 2012 convention. “This award is presented to a teacher who exhibits exemplary use of technology in the classroom. The teacher recognizes and uses a wide variety of technology tools to enhance the learning of all

Iron DEN Challenge — LIVE and In Person

Streaming blog time as I blog live from the Iron DEN Challenge at TCEA. The Challenge: create a resource to introduce students to the water cycle The Rules: 30 minutes to make it, then will share and vote on best The secret ingredient: Camel’s Head image The Results: All -4-One : used blabberize  and 

Live from TCEA–Tory Belleci

Embark  Engage  Energize  Empower  Educate That is the theme for this years Texas Computer Education Association conference. The keynote speaker for Wednesday was none other than Mythbusters  co-host Tory Belleci!  Some notes from his talk: He is dyslexic and was not a good student.  So, yes teachers, don’t give up on those different and difficult

Going to TCEA?

If you are heading to Austin for TCEA in February, be sure to watch for the great sessions by Discovery Educator Network speakers. Hall Davidson and Steve Dembo are featured speakers with presentations during the day on Wednesday and Thursday. Then our own Texas LC team is well represented with sessions by Lea Anne Daughrity,

DEN Stars shine in TCEA

Two DEN Stars — and LC members also– are on the finalist list for Educator Awards at Texas Computer Education Assocation 2012 convention.  Andrea Keller, Irving ISD, is one of three finalists for Classroom Teacher of the Year. “This award is presented to a teacher who exhibits exemplary use of technology in the classroom. The teacher

Android OS Apps for Education

Culled from listserv responses, here are some suggested Android OS based apps useful for teachers or students: Spongelab is great for science. Middle School and High School FriendCaster for Facebook use (can’t use it to play games though) For good, free Android apps for children, check out Famigo Sandbox: One App that librarians should

Is “Cultural Literacy” still relevant?

First a link to what is meant by cultural literacy:  See also references to the book Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch After sending out a question to my library listservs on what they thought students should know to be culturally literate these days, one respondent told me that in presenting this concept to a