Author Archives: Betsy Ruffin

Oldie but Goodie

Oldie but Goodie

An updated post from the past: The Holidays! As the winter break draws nearer, have you found that the students are less attentive than usual?   Discovery Streaming has items to help! First, some holiday title suggestions from the catalog:  What’s New? Christmas Theme Page Hanukkah Theme Page Kwanzaa Theme Page Winter Weather Theme Page Oldies

EdCamp El Paso

Do you live in Region 19, or close by? Ever wanted to go to an EdCamp but thought it was too far? I have a solution for you. On December 3, 2011 El Paso ISD along with Region 19 and other area school districts are organizing this event. You can register on the Region 19

Calling for the Stressbusters….

Who us?  Dealing with stress?  Well, maybe, just a bit……    I have commented to some folks that I had given up trying to catch up with my to-do list; I am now going for less behind than previously.   If you ever feel like that, here are a few tech tools I use to help: Last Pass

Web Surfing

      So, what have I been finding in my web surfing?   Here are a few of the “waves”:       > — add web links, files, videos and more to your own lists or browse the lists saved in various catagories      > — “social networking for schools”      >  — keep up

Airplay in iOS 5

Airplay: One of the “quieter” new features of the new iOS 5 system release is the expansion of its functionality. Watch a youtube video to become familiar with Airplay. It’s the feature on your iPad or iPhone that allows you to wirelessly stream photos, video and music from your iOS device to any external display

Tech or Treat in Texas

    Join us for a local DEN event held in Pasadena ISD. The DEN Tech or Treat Virtual Conference will be held on Oct. 22 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm (Central Time). From mashups to digital stories, you are sure to enjoy learning and creating for your classroom. Lunch will be provided and space is

What’s GNU?

     What’s GNU? So, I’ve been trying out and hearing about a few new things on the technology scene.  Some of my latest finds and learning more abouts are: — seen the little +1 button by some of the websites in a google search?  Here’s more on that: if this, then that — — 

Literacy Technology for the Classroom: “A Story Before Bed”

“A Story Before Bed lets students, teachers, and even parents record videos of themselves reading from a large collection of online children’s books (currently over 300 books). Unlimited playback of recordings is available on iPad, iPhone, Mac, or PC”  Click on the link:          Watch a youtube video “Classroom Literacy Technology – A Story

A Day of Learning

   Simple K12 is offering a FREE day of professional development on Saturday, September 24, 2011. If you have Internet access, you can attend the information packed sessions all about integration and technology in the classroom. With 7 sessions to choose from, you are bound to find something to spark your interest. The keynote session

Streamathon 2011– Book Lovers Special!

One of the great sessions on this year’s Streamathon features author and naturalist Jean Craighead George, author of such wonderful books as Julie of the Wolves, a Newbery Award books, My Side of the Mountain, How to Talk to Your Cat and many more. For information on that special session — for teachers AND students