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Posted by Patrick Burke on Friday, Aug 31st, 2012.
On Mac OS X, a user can take a screenshot of an entire screen by pressing ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+3,

Or of a chosen area of the screen by ⌘ Cmd+⇧ Shift+4.

This screenshot is saved to the user's desktop, with one PNG file per attached monitor.

If the user holds down Ctrl while doing either then the screenshot will be copied to the clipboard instead.
Posted by patrick burke on Wednesday, Jan 29th, 2014.

Getting student content from the iPad is easier than before with the updated Drive app. In a 1:1 environment, this is a great way to have students keep work, even if they do not keep the same device year to year.

Special thanks to Greg Lulowiec, the creator of this video

 Drive for iPad
Posted by Mr. Burke on Wednesday, Nov 20th, 2013.
Posted by patrick burke on Friday, May 17th, 2013.

Learning apps to stop summer slide: grades 3 to 5

Yes, kids should be out playing. But when you're waiting in line at the grocery store and your child's begging for your smartphone, try one of these apps to keep your child's brain sizzling.

By Sonali Morris


Posted by patrick burke on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013.


Click the above link for the full article:

See an excerpt below from educatorstechnology.com:

So, what I have for you below is a step by step tutorial on how to use TED Ed tool to create flipped lessons around YouTube videos. Keep in mind that you need to open an account with TED Ed to start using this service. The sign-up process is pretty easy and free.

Now here is the visual guide I prepared for you and I also provided a link ,at the end of this tutorial, to a flipped video lesson I created as an example of what your finished flipped lesson will look like. Enjoy

First head over to TED ED and :

1- Click on " Find and Flip "

Posted by patrick burke on Friday, Mar 22nd, 2013.

iPad/iPod RESOURCES from the Texas Computer Educators Association

With more than 500,000 apps available for use on iOS devices like the iPad and iPod touch, how can you make a good decision about which ones are best for education? TCEA helps by testing and recommending great apps for the classroom. We regularly try out new apps and list those that make the grade in the shared document available here for iPad and here for iPod touch/iPhone. Apps are categorized into 46 different subject areas and 14 different personal use areas. Looking for free books for students in grades K-12 to read on the iPad and iPod touch? TCEA offers a list of recommended iBooks as well. Find the book title, author, a brief description, recommended grade level, and notes about any special features in the book.

Posted by patrick burke on Monday, Feb 25th, 2013.

First link is how to setup iStation at Home


Using iStation to improve English skills for ELLs

Knowing the alphabet and learning word patterns is one thing. Knowing how to develop and use vocabulary, read with comprehension, and extract meaning from text is quite another. Istation has utilized extensive research and educational best practices to create a reading curriculum that integrates reading instruction and language development-unlike English reading and ESL programs, which tend to focus on one or the other. By combining a carefully paced "scaffolding" approach that incorporates words-as-images, the animation of basic tenets (such as phonics rules), virtual lab experiences and adventures, and interesting, age-appropriate storylines that engage multiple senses, Istation helps students go beyond "word calling" and truly understand English text-establishing a solid foundation for ongoing achievement in school and beyond. To learn more, click here to access the 2010 white paper, " English Language Learners and Istation Reading Curriculum ."

Posted by patrick burke on Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013.


Username: student id number

Password: 9999

STEMscopes™ is a K-12 comprehensive online science curriculum program that provides hands-on inquiry activities, assessments, problem-based-learning, intervention tools, acceleration materials, and teacher support resources.

STEMscopes™ is 100% aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and meets the rigor and depth of both the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) and high school End-of-Course (EOC) assessments.

For more information click http://stemscopes.com


Posted by Patrick Burke on Thursday, Jan 10th, 2013.

The Rosenberg Library in Galveston is itself a fantastic place to visit in person. If you can't get there for some reason, visit them online. Here is a link to their digital media section.


Here you will find access to a plethora of resources and content for you and your children to enjoy. Best of all it is FREE, thanks to our generous benefactor Henry Rosenberg.

Library patrons can also download FREE music from the Sony music catalog with Freegal

Need more help: from the Rosenberg Library Website " Need help checking out library e-books and e-audiobooks? In-person help and instruction is available on Tuesday afternoons from 4pm - 5pm, Wednesday mornings 10:30am-11:30am, and on Saturdays from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Bring your library card, e-reader and account login information for Amazon or Barnes & Noble, your iPad, MP3 player, laptop or other device, to the Reference desk at the scheduled time. No registration required. For questions about what to bring, call 409-763-8854 x115 or email reference@rosenberg-library.org . Online instruction is available 24-hours a day via these helpful How-To Videos < help.overdrive.com/going-mobile-videos > and guided Digital Books Tour < overdrive.com/Solutions/Libraries/Guidedtour >. Or you can chat with our helpful librarians Monday - Friday from 10am - 5pm: Ask a Librarian .

Posted by Patrick Burke on Monday, Dec 17th, 2012.

Twitter for Teachers

Over the holidays, I know all of you will be brimming with ideas of how to improve your classroom for next semester. To share those ideas, Twitter is a perfect place. The link above is a twitter handbook for teachers. Read it over, start an account, learn and share with your online personal learning network.

If you are not feeling so enthused, the twitterverse is a perfect place to get some great new ideas for the new year. Some of you are already on there, follow me @t3burke happy tweeting!

Posted by Patrick Burke on Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012.

Student resources for our English Language Arts adoption are available on the web. Follow the link below. There are books available in English and Spanish.


students login: g12345 (g plus student ID number)

password: 99999

Posted by Patrick Burke on Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012.

| Adaptive Web-based Math Intervention Solution for Grades 3 - Algebra 1

A Breakthrough Math Intervention System for Grades 3-Algebra I Think Through Math is a research-based math intervention system designed to support students who are struggling with mathematics. The program transitions students to the rigor of the Common Core State Standards and prepares them for Algebra and beyond.

Using a powerful blend of Web-based, adaptive instruction and LIVE, state-credentialed teachers, Think Through Math transforms the way students think about-and think through-mathematics. Students have been setup at ECU for 3rd and 4th Grade. Students can access their accounts from home to practice math skills, with a real tutor available for help.

Posted by Patrick Burke on Wednesday, Nov 14th, 2012.

Tired of students or your children using apps that you do not want them to? The newest update to iOS has addressed this issue. Read about Guided Access in iOS 6. Read the article below. For a quick how to, see the picture below. 

 Locking up, locking down: Hands-on with iOS 6 enterprise management | Ars Technica

Posted by Patrick Burke on Wednesday, Nov 7th, 2012.

 ReviewKids can learn about the art of storytelling and theater as they create their own puppet shows. Toontastic walks kids through the basics of the story arc (setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution), letting them choose their scenery and characters or draw their own from scratch, then record their own dialogue and choose appropriate music. Toontastic is a wonderful creative outlet for kids to express themselves through a variety of art forms rolled into one package.

Posted by Patrick Burke on Thursday, Oct 25th, 2012.

Check out this cool new app@\!

Posted by Patrick Burke on Thursday, Oct 25th, 2012.
Posted by Patrick Burke on Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2012.

PTO and Math Night were a great success! Thanks to all the parents for coming out and showing support for your students. Remember your child has access to Reflexmath.com for 1st - 4th grade to practice math facts and develop automaticity.
Posted by Patrick Burke on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012.
Thanks for everyone's help in preparing for our presentation at the conference in Dallas.

Posted by Patrick Burke on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.

Smart Student Response System

After trying many versions of student response systems, with varying positives and negatives, Socrative has to be one of the easiest to use. Along with ease of use, the platform independence it huge. Teachers can create quizzes and tests from any computer, and administer it on pc, mac, and mobile platforms. 


Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Socrative Interface
Socrative on Every Device

Teachers login through their device and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Students simply login with their device and interact real time with the content.


Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file.

Posted by Patrick Burke on Monday, Apr 23rd, 2012.
Teachers place LiveBinders on desktops so kids don’t have to type addresses or get lost searching on the web. And they don't have to add a bookmark to every computer every time they have a new link to share - they can just update the livebinder.

Tutorial Videos: http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/video?showsubtab=video
Posted by Patrick Burke on Monday, Apr 23rd, 2012.

Ms. Antonelli and students created a video to share with last minute tips about the STAAR test!

Gearing up for the STAAR Test

Posted by Patrick Burke on Tuesday, Apr 17th, 2012.

From: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students.aspx

Digital Age Learning
ISTE's NETS for Students (NETS•S) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.

Simply being able to use technology is no longer enough. Today's students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. Digital age skills are vital for preparing students to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.NETS S Indicator

Posted by Patrick Burke on Monday, Apr 16th, 2012.
atomic learning logoAtomic Learning is now available to Teachers, Students and Parents:
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Posted by Patrick Burke on Monday, Apr 16th, 2012.

Keynote is a great app for presentations. All students have this app loaded on their iPads. I can't wait to see what the students will show us!

Tutorial below:


Posted by Patrick Burke on Monday, Apr 16th, 2012.

Students in Mr. Blake's Music class here at Early Childhood University have been exploring instruments and compositions in "GarageBand" on their iPad 2's. Last Thursday, students from Ms. Hopkins' class composed original scores and shared with their classmates. 

For more info on GarageBand. click below:


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