Tech Minute


Here are some useful resources from the ASTE conference ( The Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) is a professional organization whose mission is to promote access to technology, connectivity to information resources, and technology integration for all Alaskan learners.

Disrupting the Institution special interest group page includes great resources for ePortfolios, copyright, QR codes, augmented reality, and more: (see all sections listed down the left side)

UAF’s Center for Distance Education just released a great new resource for teaching online and growing your technology skills. It is still under construction but looks very promising:

Google Sites (and other great Google resources from Mister Sill):  Since our students have access to Google Apps for Education we should be using these great tools.

Mobile learning isn’t just elearning on a mobile device:


Free Online Learning at

“It is’s mission to provide quality, innovative online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their skills or knowledge.” This site has free online courses, mobile apps for learning, and a great section on internet safety for all ages!

Check it out:

Presentation Tips

The eLearning Workgroup will host an eTech Fair via eLive on Friday, February 17 from 1:30 to 2:30. There will be two half-hour sessions, with concurrent topics in each session. Check out the schedule of session presented by your peers.

Here is a short video I created in preparing for my session: Compare different presentation tools and techniques for both classroom and distance delivery. Share effective slide design and delivery tips.

Do you text your students?

Thanks to Cindy Trussell for suggesting this option for safe texting in the classroom:



ClassParrot is a website that allows teachers to send text messages back and forth with students, while keeping phone numbers private. Teachers sign up for the service for free and then add their class to the ClassParrot website which generates a unique code and phone number. Then you can share the code with students. Students send a text message to the phone number to sign up for notifications for that class.

Is it free? Kind of. The first 500 messages are free and then you get another 200 free messages each month thereafter. This could come in handy when email becomes unreliable. Just for kicks, ask how many of your students text.

Remember to attend Cindy’s session on Digital Detours this Friday: