Friday, October 24, 2014

What is Rebel U?

It seems so long ago that we began planning our first Rebel U!  It began with our superintendent granting our Tech & Media team with one day to provide technology professional development to our staff.  With the freedom to be creative and design a day however we wanted, we were a bit overwhelmed, but more so excited!  Our team sat down, brainstormed, and worked at developing a professional learning day that stemmed from some of the great things from events and other conferences we have attended.  The result was Rebel U.

Five years later, our program has grown beyond anything any of us could have anticipated.  Each year we receive amazing constructive responses from teachers and administrators that helps each participant and planner grow professionally in future Rebel U events.

Thank you to everyone who has participated, presented, or been a part of Rebel U in anyway over the past five years!  We look forward to future Rebel U days and can't wait to see what the future unfolds!

If you are unable to view the video below, please click here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

How to Make Your Life Easier in RebelNet - Storing Passwords

Did you know that RebelNet allows you to store passwords?  This allows you to easily (and securely) access certain resources found within RebelNet.  To find out how you can store your login credentials to have RebelNet automatically log in you into certain sites, check out the tutorial below.

Note:  RebelNet provides links to many different websites and resources.  Not all of these tools allow passwords to be stored, only specific ones that have been set up.  Also, as RebelNet allows you to customize your interface, your screen may not look exactly like the images below.

Step 1: Log in to RebelNet.  On the bottom menu, click on Account.

Step 2:  Click on the Password Mgr tile.

Step 3:  When the Password Mgr window opens, you will be asked to confirm your identity.  Enter your RebelNet password and then press the Submit button.
Step 4: You will now be able to view any of the resources in which RebelNet will allow you to to store your password.  Some of these fields will already have information stored for you.

Example: If you would like to store your IGOR password, click on the IGOR Login Credentials title and enter your IGOR login and password.

Step 5:  After you have entered any of the login credentials for sites that you would like passwords stored, press the Update Stored Passwords button to save your information in RebelNet.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

4 Steps to Making RebelNet Work for You - Creating 'Shortcut' Tiles

Did you know there is much more to RebelNet outside of clicking on the tiles to access your email, Google Drive, or Infinite Campus?  You can really make RebelNet work for you by adding your own "tiles," or links to websites that you frequent.  Below is a quick tutorial on how you can add your own tiles to RebelNet.

Note:  As RebelNet allows you to customize your interface, your screen may not look exactly like the images below.

Step 1: Log into RebelNet.  On the bottom menu, click on My Tiles.

Unless you have previously added any tiles, this screen will be blank.

Step 2: Right-click anywhere on the blank screen.  A menu will pop up and select Add Tile.

Step 3: The Add Tiles window will open.  Add the URL of the website that you would like to add as well as a title for the tile.  Press the Save button once you have entered your information.

For example, if you were adding a tile for a link to the KISD's Moodle server, you would add for the URL and a title such as KISD Moodle.

Step 4: You will now see that your tile has been added to the My Tiles screen.

After you have clicked on your tile from RebelNet, it will show up in the Recent row of tiles.

That is all there is to it!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5-11

Come visit me over at my blog to check out ways technology can be used as a resource in the classroom for teaching about fire safety and prevention.

10 Minute Tech Tools - Jeopardy Rocks

Last school year, I published a blog post with a monthly tech integration idea and corresponding resources.  Although I heard positive feedback on these tools, I also heard that it took more time than what teachers had available to explore and successfully integrate into their classroom.  Like I have always said, I welcome constructive criticism!  This helps me to structure my resources and sharing in a way that works best for my intended audience.  So, back to the drawing board...

Recently, I came across Susan Oxnevad's site with a list of technology resources she has categorized as "10 Minute Tech Tools" on one of her Pinterest boards.  I really liked her idea of sharing tools that could quickly be shared and easily implemented.  

Following her awesome lead, I would like to start a compilation 10 Minute Tech Tools of my own (instead of doing a monthly tech integration idea).  I would like to share cool resources that I find that can quickly be shared and easily researched and implemented by teachers.  This will allow me to share with you more frequently and give you resources and ideas that are fun and quick.  I am always open to learning about new resources, so please feel free to share some of your own!

To check out my first "10 Minute Tech Tool," check out my blog post here.  It is all about making online Jeopardy games!


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