Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CUELA Event in the William S. Hart Union High School District - 12/3/2014

Flubaroo For Formative (and Summative) Assessments

Once I say GO, click this link here:

Flubaroo is an AWESOME tool for formative assessments! Students can respond on ANY web-enabled device.

Here's a video on how to GRADE a formative assessment using Flubaroo:

Here's a video on how to create a formative assessment using Google Forms:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CADA Area C Advisor Conference - Fresno, CA

CADA Area C Advisor Conference

Google Drive
  • Google Drive is not quite Microsoft Office, and yet is way better than Office in a number of ways
  • The best things about Google Drive are "anywhere access" and collaboration
  • Add-ons take Google Drive to a whole new level (Flubaroo, Autocrat)
  • Google Forms gives you tools that Microsoft Office can't touch
  • Get started at
  • Talk to your school/district about becoming a Google Apps for Education institution--there are many benefits that come when you make this switch and it's FREE
  • Play online with groups big or small
  • Kahoot! quizzes can be set up in less than 10 minutes
  • Play in the classroom or play as part of a school competition or lunchtime activity
  • Play individually or with teams, depending on your bandwidth and the number of devices you have available
  • Make self-grading quizzes with Google Forms and Flubaroo
  • Email results back to your students at the end of the day, or after each class period!
  • Good for summative assessments, GREAT for formative assessments!
  • Bring this tool back to your teachers and you'll be a rock star!
  • Here's a video on how to GRADE a formative assessment using Flubaroo:
  • Here's a video on how to create a formative assessment using Google Forms:
  • If you're familiar with Mail Merge for Microsoft Office, this is Mail Merge for Google Docs
  • Popcornopolis demo
  • Imagine registration at the end of summer 2015 . . .
  • More info HERE
  • Twitter is one of the best professional development tools I have ever used
  • Twitter is great for connecting with other educators
  • Twitter is also great for keeping your finger on the pulse of social media at your school
  • Your students are talking about you and your school on social media, whether you realize it or not. Do you know what they're saying about you?
  • Take my 21-Day Twitter Teacher Challenge HERE
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  • Text-A-Tip is another way for your to have your finger on the pulse of your school culture
  • At our school, messages automatically go out to all three administrators (and whomever else you choose) using Google Voice 

  • Use an IFTTT (If This Then That) recipe to setup an auto-response system to each text message
Google Voice
  • Google Voice is one of the hidden gems of the Google universe
  • With Google Voice, you can setup a free phone number that can send and receive voice calls and text messages
  • Use this when you don't want to give out your real cell phone number
  • Block numbers at any time
  • You have a complete record of every call, message, text all accessible from a mobile device or your computer
  • I put my number -- (661) 347-4990 -- on my business cards, my website, my classroom whiteboard, my email signature, my syllabus, everywhere! It's way better than our less-than-stellar classroom voicemail
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Chromebooks in the Classroom

Elect Them, Select Them, Hold Them Accountable: Grading in the Leadership Classroom

Grading Resources Folder HERE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Advanced iPads in the Classroom - 11/19/2014

Join the backchannel here:

Tools we will discuss:

  • Notability - great for in-class annotation!
  • Skitch - another great annotation tool. Great for marking up images.
  • Explain Everything - a screencasting tool. I have played with Explain Everything, and also use Screenflick for the Mac, and Screencastify for Google Chrome.
  • Google Drive - A great way to access all your Google Apps for Education data from your iPad.
  • Paper 53 - drawing and creativity tool
  • Remind - connect to students and parents via text message
  • Celly - connect to students and parents via text message, and allow for responses back to you
  • Blogger - use the app as an easy way to update and maintain your classroom website

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Leadership Lessons from Frozen - Area E Student Leadership Conference -10/14/2014

1. Create an environment of trust, respect, and honesty. (7:50-9:50)
2. Be kind and gracious to everyone. (21:00-22:09)
3. Listen to your conscience; have friends that help you make good choices. (43:00-44:21)
4. Leaders always seek to open doors and don't give up on those they care about. (55:16-57:47)
5. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. (1:15:00-1:17:00)
6. No one's perfect, but with love and patience we bring out the best in each other. (1:07:00-1:08:32)
7. Leaders put service before self, BUT if you give to the point of exhaustion, you are no good to anyone. (1:20:00-1:22:24)

BONUS: You can be clever and be classy all at the same time. (15:00-15:39)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Area E and F Advisor Conference - 9/19/2014

1. Start with Kahoot! Quiz

2. Yesterday in Room 301

  • We have a classroom set of Google Chromebooks
  • Students log into their Google account and go to my website as soon as they enter the classroom
  • The William S. Hart District is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district
    • Every staff member has a GAFE account
    • Every student has a GAFE account
  • We started off with a "pre-test" yesterday
    • Students logged onto my website to get the link
    • They clicked link to my pre-test (when I opened it)
    • They filled out the Google Form
    • I then used Flubaroo to grade the form and email them their results instantly
    • Later yesterday afternoon, I used Autocrat to take their form responses and put it into a format that easier for me to read and comment on
  • Google Classroom (GAFE only)
  • Paperless classroom just means less paper

Does all of this seem like an unrealistic dream right now?
  • This was unthinkable in our district three years ago
  • Work with your IT Department (mine is awesome!)
    • Have your people call my people
    • Jon Carrino, Director of Technology Services
  • Infrastructure comes before devices
  • Chromebooks are the way to go for our district
  • Find a way (1:1, BYOD, whatever it takes)
  • Always consider equity
If we have time, let's talk briefly about connecting to kids via text message. Options I like best are:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Take the Teacher Twitter Challenge - OC GAFE Summit

To earn your #gearingup badge, I'm looking for a particular set of skills. You need to demonstrate that you know how to:

  1. Create a profile picture (you've evolved beyond "egg" status)
  2. Send a tweet
  3. Use an @ mention in a tweet
  4. Use a hashtag in a tweet

Therefore, for your Badge Challenge, you're going to send a tweet. In this tweet, please share with me one thing you've learned or one way you plan to use Twitter in the upcoming school year. In your tweet, include two things:

Mention my username somewhere in the tweet: @rippolito
Use our conference hashtag: #gafesummit

The original 21-Day Twitter Challenge was originally created by Carl Hooker. Mr. Hooker is the Director for Instructional Technology in the Eanes Independent School District in West Lake Hills, TX, and is also the founder of iPadpalooza. He’s AWESOME, and you can find his original blog post here:
Carl Hooker's original "21-Day #TwitterGuide4Beginners Challenge - March 2013
Mr. Hooker originally created this checklist/challenge in March 2013. Technology changes so rapidly that I decided to revise and update the list to reflect changes that have happened in the last year, along with my own personal experience with Twitter.

Level 1 – Go to Twitter, create your account and follow people with similar interests. It’s also important to put some basics about yourself in your profile. These can be a mix of professional and personal, but know like anything else, there’s a character limit so make it work. Your profile is how others will see your interests and make connections.

You can see my profile here:
You can keep it simple like my friend Matt Soeth:
The coolest twitter profile belongs to Hillary Clinton:

Level 2 – Figure out how to change your egghead picture into a nice catchy profile picture. 

The best profile picture is one that looks like YOU, but it could represent your passion or your brand as well.

Level 3 – Figure out how to favorite someone else's tweet.

Level 4Retweet someone else’s tweet. RT'ing tweets help to share great things with a wider audience. Think of a RT like adding a megaphone onto a megaphone.

Level 5 Install the Twitter app on your mobile device.

Level 5.5 (optional) - Sign up for NutshellMail. This is how I usually keep track of what's happening on Twitter. It shows you what your last tweet was, any interactions you've had with others, and the activity of everyone you follow. It's totally customizable, too. You can get these e-mails sent to you once a week, once a day, once an hour! It's up to you.

Level 6 – Compose your first official tweet. Make it a good one and make it relevant to what you do. Share something going on in your work life, or better yet, say something about the GAFE Summit you're at right now. Think about who your Twitter audience will be as opposed to your Instagram audience or your Facebook audience or other social media. How will you use Twitter to connect with friends and/or connect with colleagues?

Level 7 – Use Twitter to share a link from an interesting website or blog you discovered, maybe something your school or district is doing, or something from a colleague. Twitter will automatically shorten the URL for you, so you don't have to worry as much about going over your 140 character limit.

Level 8 – Figure out how to tweet a photo. (this is easiest from a mobile device)

Level 8.5 (optional) - If you have Instagram, connect your Instagram account to your Twitter account. This is how I tweet out most of my photos. I love Instagram!

Level 9 Mention someone in a tweet. Remember, they don’t know you are trying to talk to them unless you mention them with the “@” symbol and their handle. Also, know that anyone can see this. Here's an example:

Twitter user @yesca posted this after hearing Mike Smith Live speak at her school. However, none of her followers will see this message in their individual Twitter feeds, unless they follow both @yesca and @mikesmithlive. She meant for this to be seen by all 296 of her followers, but chances are they won't see it. She could have made it easier for them to see by adding a period at the beginning:

.@mikesmithlive inspired me to follow my dream on helping children w disabilities and cancer (-:

If you are mentioning someone's username at the beginning of a tweet, and you are talking about them rather than talking to them, insert a period first.

Level 10Direct Message (DM) someone. This is a short, private message that is like email, so it won't appear in any public feed. If a determined person REALLY wanted to access your DM data (Andrew Breitbart accessed photos that Congressman Anthony Weiner sent via DM), they probably still could, so be cautious. You can only send a direct message to a user who is following you; you can only receive direct messages from users you follow.

Level 11Create a hashtag (#) and find one to follow. Ours is #gafesummit. You can use the magnifying glass tool on your mobile device to view everyone using the same hashtag. Use a tool like to follow the same hashtag across multiple social media platforms.

Level 12Tweet from more than one device to test your diversity (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or all of the above)

Level 13 – Learn Twitter slang like RT, DM, MT, #FTW. is like Urban Dictionary for Twitter slang.

Level 14Post three tweets in a day. Spread them out over the course of the day. You can use a tool like TweetDeck to schedule tweets in advance. Make one of them an inspirational quote that you love. (Carl Hooker says "post 5 tweets," and I'm going to respectfully disagree with him, because I sometimes get turned off by people who clog up my Twitter feed. If you're going to tweet a lot in one day, do it with purpose).

Level 15 – Don’t click on the link in your DM that says either “People are saying bad things about you” or “LOL. I was laughing about this video about you.” This is spam, and usually means one of your friends got hacked. Politely tweet, call, text, or email your friend to let them know this.

Level 16 – Have a twitter conversation with someone that you’ve never met in person. This could be as little as a response, but see how long you can make it go. My favorite new Twitter friend is @alicekeeler. She's awesome!

Level 17 – Participate in a “Twitter chat” one night. Here are "13 Great Twitter chats every educator should check out" from THE Journal.

Level 18Test your Twitter cleverness – Post a tweet that is longer than 140 characters, however, use clever short-cuts and lingo to make sure you message fits. (like “4″ instead of “for” to save characters). Look to other Twitter users to figure out how to shorten a message while still keeping it professional. Here's another way I did this to help ease tension on our campus after a tragedy.

Level 19Seek out 10 meaningful people to follow and use a critical eye when thinking about following people who have followed you (disclaimer: I don't follow my students until after they've left my school, even if they are following me).

Level 20Create your own "Twitter chat" for the teachers of your school or district. I'm encouraging my colleagues for the next three days (starting tomorrow, Monday, August 4) to use the hashtag #HartSDAIE to unite the conversation in our SDAIE training for the Hart District.

And before we finish, here are two great tools for connecting with students and families: Celly and Remind (formerly Remind101).