UEN is located at the University of Utah

UEN is located at the University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meet The Chromebook!

This is cool - I now have a computer that connects me to all of my Google Docs, Gmail, Blogger Blogs, YouTube videos and everything else I need online.  It feels sleek and light, it's easy to use - wait a minute.  This isn't easy to use.  It feels backwards.

 I'm a MacBook user and this Chromebook touchpad is opposite.  I just got used to the two-finger push for scrolling through pages, now I have to pull.  I can't interact in two different realities - an APU Apple Push Universe and a CPW Chrome Pull World at the same time!  I made up those acronyms.  Acronyms make me feel smart, or MMFS.

No worries (Australian Idiom intended, mate).  There is a simple fix on the Chromebook that will allow you to set your touchpad to behave like the one on the MacBook.

1.  In Chrome, click the menu button (little box with three lines) in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

2.  Choose "Settings" from the Chrome OS menu on the left of the screen
3.  Scroll down to the "Device" section and click on the "Touchpad settings" button
4.  Select "Australian scrolling"

Now that your Chromebook touchpad works just like the MacBook you spent so much time getting used to you can relax and "throw a couple shrimp on the barbie!"

This menu area is where you can also toggle between enabling "tap to-click" and also adjust touchpad speed.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Use Animoto to Kick Off the First Day of School

It's the first day of school and students are entering the classroom with anxious excitement.  What you do in the next 3 minutes could determine their attitude toward not only the first day of school, but maybe the entire school year.  Will it be fun? Will we learn a lot?  Will I have homework every night?

Get off on the right foot with an energizing, captivating, and motivational movie that you made in a snap with www.animoto.com.  The process is fast, easy, and free if you're a teacher.  To get started just make an account using your school system email address.  Then go to http://animoto.com/education/classroom while you're still logged in and upgrade your free account to a 6-month educator account for free.  With this free upgrade you'll be able to make full length movies and even set up student accounts to use with your class.

Now you're ready to make a movie!  All you need are some pictures or short video clips, creative thinking, and 10-15 minutes to pick out a theme and music.  Upload your content to Animoto or connect one of your online accounts like Google Picassa or Flickr.  Pick out music from the Animoto selection or upload one of your own favorite tunes from your computer.

When you're done, you'll end up with something like this short video made for first year middle school students.

Sharing an Animoto video is easy too.  You can post a simple link to the movie page, share it on Facebook or Twitter, or use the ready made embed code to publish in your web page or blog.

For step by step directions you can always visit the Animoto Help page at http://animoto.com/#how-animoto-works

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mike H from Maryland

"1 in 3", the title of the challenge given to the EdTech team at Canyons School District.  During our yearly retreat to prepare for the new school year, each Ed Tech was asked to share one of their passions in three minutes or less.

This is what I had to say...
Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

License to Drive: Collaboration in the Cloud with Google

Join me this afternoon, August 6th, from 2:15-4:00 at Brighton High School for the Flip'in Utah Conference where I'll be sharing tips and tricks on how teachers can use Google Drive to support their flipped classrooms.

Check out the Google Presentation at

This presentation was inspired by and includes materials from the Maryland GAFE Summit and specifically Michael Wacker, "Google Drive: Your Workflow in the Cloud”
Available at http://goo.gl/XLjKz

From the Flip'in Utah Conference flyer -
Google Docs is a freeware web-based office suite offered by Google. Learn to create and edit documents, spreadsheet, forms, and presentations to collaborate teacher-to-teacher, teacher to student, and student to student.