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Teaching Tip Tuesday: Flipping The Classroom w/ Screencast-O-Matic & Smart Notebook

Screencast-O-Matic + Smart Notebook = Awesome "Flipped" Classroom Videos

The screencasting tool, Screencast-O-Matic, is amazing at creating excellent tutorial videos.  Great tool for all educators.  Some of the ways I've seen educators use it:
  • Flipped faculty meeting.  Admin use Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) to cover meeting agendas, present Google presentations, create tutorial videos on using a tool or strategy, display classroom procedure and hallway procedure policies, etc...
  • Instructional Tech Specialist have used SOM to create tutorial videos over tech tools, instructional techniques, etc....
  • Classroom Teachers have used SOM to create flipped classrooms by providing the students a video over the content they will learn in class or a video detailing content they have previously just learned.  Great for review of topics!
Below is a video showing you how you can use SOM combined with Smart Notebook to create great lessons for your students!  Let them watch the videos in stations, before/after school, before a classroom lesson, etc.  Check it out!

The combination of Screencast-O-Matic and Smart Notebook is also great when wanting to create custom GIF's.  You could create loop videos showing how to solve math problems, write a sentence, vocabulary words, etc.  When you are done creating your video, you have the option of saving the video as a MP4 or a GIF file.  Save your videos as GIF's for short, easy-to-follow, looping videos:

Monday Reflections with Students: Madison Ermis

Monday Reflections with Madison Ermis

What are you liking the most about BHS right now?
I am liking when the teachers show interest in their students and work hard to help us be our best. I’m also liking the clubs BHS has to offer.

What lesson have you enjoyed the most in your classes?
Any lesson that involves a project that gives me the chance to make a video

What technology tool do you most like using in class?
WeVideo and Vimeo.

What is one thing that you appreciate when teachers do?
Taking in account external things in order to make something in class less stressful.

In the past week, what is one new concept to you that you learned in class?
That some of the most famous historical figures have interesting pasts that are hidden by their fame.

What are you looking forward to this school year?
Leaving behind the class of 2017’s legacy. (Also the Europe trip, of course!)

What are your plans after high school?
Go to Tarleton University to major in Digital Media Studies and minor in Interior Design to one day be able to do what I love most; create!

Fab Find Friday: Flippity is Now an Add-On to Sheets

Flippity is Now an Add-On for Sheets
We all love because you can randomly group students into groups of 2, 3, 4, 5, teams, or single name. Flippity also is great for flashcards, spelling words, hangman games, and more. With Flippity, you can easily take your spreadsheet of names or words already created and paste it into their spreadsheet. Now it just got even easier.
The best part about Flippity is it is all in Google Sheets, and now there is an add-on in sheets you can get to make Flippity do its magic in seconds. Go to your sheets in Google Drive, click "Get Add-Ons" and look for the Flippity Add-On. Once you have added the Flippity Add-On, you just need to go to add-ons, Flippity, and choose a template when you are ready to use it. Once you select your template, it does all the work in seconds, and now you have a link that will go to your personalized flash cards, name generator, or whichever template you chose.

Take your data and turn it into anything you want! See how easy it was for me.

T-TESS Thursday: Moving From Proficient To Accomplished (Parts 12 & 13)

What are your T-TESS observers looking for when they walk into your classroom. This is a multi-video insight from their perspective.  Great for any district utilizing the T-TESS Appraisal System.

Knowing what an appraiser is looking for when they enter your class is beneficial to all educators.  Here are parts 12 and 13 of our T-TESS Appraiser interviews. Parts 7 through 17 will be interviews with all of our Assistant Principals in Brenham ISD. They are focusing on this question:

"What is one dimension the teachers commonly score proficient on that could easily be improved upon to move them to accomplished?"

Your T-TESS Observer Insight Part 12
(Mr. Shields: Assistant Principal, Krause Elementary School)

Your T-TESS Observer Insight Part 13
(Mr. Still: Assistant Principal, Brenham High School)

Don't forget to bookmark our Comprehensive T-TESS Toolkit HERE.

Web Tool Wednesday: Super Quiz Add-on

Super Quiz Add-on
Super Quiz enables you to add a whole host of functionality to a Google Form quiz with very little input required. A check-list is provided when you run the add-on but here is a guide to getting set up.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Teaching with GIFs

Teaching with GIFs

What is a GIF? In plain English, it is a graphic image that moves. Here is an example of a GIF:

Now, how can we use GIFs in teaching? GIFs can be used to capture the students' attention at the beginning of a lesson (hook), they can be used to teach a concept, they can be used to state a startling fact, they can be used to show mastery of a topic, and more. Teachers can use GIFs they find by going to places like-

OR, teachers can create their own GIFs to go along with their lesson. Check out some of the simple GIFs that I created (feel free to use)-
*How to solve an equation!

*Scientific Process

*Learn about procedural texts.

How do you create GIFs? I use Google Drawings + Free GIF Maker. First, I create my images (pictures or description) in Google Drawing. Then, I go to File- Download as- JPEG. Next, I go to this website-, and I upload my images that I just made in Google Drawing. In this gifmaker website, it lets you re-order your images and change different settings (like how fast you want your GIF to play). You can also preview your GIF on the right while you are creating it. When you are satisfied with your GIF, you can view it and download it to use.

Check out some of these GIFs I found-


Another idea to teach with GIFs is letting your students create the GIF. You would be surprised with all the creative GIFs they can create.

*Need more? @meaghanohara1 has some great ideas on her Google Slides, as well.
**Also, last year, we posted about making GIFs. Check out this article to review it.

Monday Reflections with Students: Joshua Ruemke

Monday Reflections with Joshua Ruemke

What are you liking the most about BHS right now?
I am liking how the principals talk to us.

What lesson have you enjoyed the most in your classes?
I have enjoyed learning about economics the most.

What technology tool do you most like using in class?

What is the one thing that you appreciate when teachers do?
I appreciate when they help you one on one.

In the past week, what is one new concept to you that you learned in class?
I have learned how the Senate works.

What are you looking forward to this school year?

What are your plans after high school?
My plans are to go to Blinn for two years and get a fire science degree. Then I would like to work for the state fire marshal's office.