Anthony VonBank
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Tracey Melandro replied to Anthony VonBank's discussion Hardest things to get used to with Google Docs?
"I see this is an older discussion but do you have any suggestions on how to do a sharing assignment as a group?  I was going to try a group DBQ and have each group enter a paragraph but I see that having them enter at the same time could be a…"
Feb 8, 2013
Anthony VonBank replied to Elizabeth Shuman's discussion BYOD: Has anyone tried this?
"I do it frequently. It works about like you'd expect, most kids know how to run their own stuff, some are as clueless as they would be in a lab. I find they are more comfortable using their own devices, so it goes smoother overall. I have also…"
Feb 9, 2012
Anthony VonBank replied to Harold Jeffcoat's discussion Tablets or Laptops...that's the question.
"That is excellent advice. It may also be wise to allow students to use their own devices if they are more comfortable using them."
Jan 20, 2012
Anthony VonBank posted a discussion

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Jan 5, 2012
Anthony VonBank posted a discussion

Need suggestions for a program/site for school announcement monitors

I am looking for great options for a program or site to run our school's announcements and notices on the networked television monitors.Is there anything with a national news crawler? A customizable crawler? I really don't even know what such a probram would be called, in order to search for it. IT people, please help!!!VBSee More
Dec 16, 2011
Anthony VonBank replied to Cathy Herstead's discussion What do you think is a good balance between traditional books, worksheets, pen and paper and technology in a middle school English class?
"I teach 9th grade in a small rural school.  My feeling is that worksheets should be used sparingly and with guilt across the board. They accomplish little other than wasting time.  I think technology is under-used in most English…"
Jun 14, 2011
Anthony VonBank commented on Honor Moorman's group Google Apps for Education
"  Resource for folks using Google Apps for Education."
Apr 7, 2011
Anthony VonBank replied to Paul H. Strassner's discussion What are your classroom management secrets?
"I have freshmen, but I think the greatest power you have is respect.  You have to have a presence.  The presence I always try to express in any group of kids is "hey, I am in charge, this is what we are going to do, and your…"
Apr 7, 2011
nlowell replied to Anthony VonBank's discussion Looking for a free site to publish several student essays online. Ideas???
""More than a blog" is actually pretty difficult to get to short of a full bodied CMS like Joomla or Drupal, and you can't use a free site for those, as far as I know.   I'd recommend and one of the magazine…"
Jan 3, 2011
Anthony VonBank posted a discussion

Looking for a free site to publish several student essays online. Ideas???

I am specifically looking for something that looks like it is made for this purpose.  I'd love something with a newspaper-style interface, with several columns and some flexibility for layout.  i will have approx 30 smaller essays (3-5 paragraphs) to display. I'm looking for more than a blog, simpler than Yola or Weebly.  Google Docs has some templates that work, but they don't seem quite right.  What have you used?See More
Jan 3, 2011
Anthony VonBank replied to Bradley Dutchcot's discussion Technology Checkout program
"I'm not sure how large of a staff you have or how many items you are talking here, but wouldn't a Google Calendar work?  It is accessible to everyone (if you set it up that way) and then you can make a calendar for each item or type…"
Dec 20, 2010
Christopher Casal replied to Anthony VonBank's discussion Need info on how to do a mass share of a document in Google Docs?
"You could also make it a public document on the web and give out the url as needed. Using an app like Tinyurl you could even create standard urls for them such as That way people know what the url will be ahead of time,…"
Nov 24, 2010
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Need info on how to do a mass share of a document in Google Docs?

If you ever wanted to share a document or presentation out to your entire class, grade, or staff without having to enter all the addresses each time: More
Nov 24, 2010
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Five things I have learned about technology from my students.

From as I write about what I am teaching my students in the highschool, it probably makes it seem as if that is a one-way street.  Thetruth of the matter is that it is often a two-way conversation that isvery healthy.  I thought I would write about a few of the things I havelearned from the students I teach:1.  They neither know or care what web 2.0, cloud computing, or socialmedia are.  These…See More
Nov 20, 2010
Debbie Birchett replied to Anthony VonBank's discussion Where can I find a program to send mass texts from my computer to my students?
"Googlevoice allows you to text many #s from your computer. Its free and I believe you can even set up designated groups. I have used a few times - still figuring it out but so far seems great. you can pick your own phone number but will need google…"
Oct 27, 2010
Anthony VonBank posted a discussion

Where can I find a program to send mass texts from my computer to my students?

I am looking for a free site where I might send out text reminders to students who sign up for the service.  I understand that I can Twitter or something like that, but I want to push messages straight to their phones and have the phones signal them.  I want the ability to essentially text 30 kids by sending an email.  Any ideas?See More
Oct 27, 2010

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I teach Ninth Grade English, and a class for 12th grade called Global Technical Communication. I try to infuse as much technology as I can in my Global Tech class, lots of collaborating on Blogger and Google Docs, Wiki's, and I want to do more Skype sessions this year.

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At 4:53pm on August 29, 2009, Michelle George said…
Hey, you reached out to me about the "diversity in the workplace" idea. Want to talk about it? Let me know.
At 2:34pm on August 19, 2009, Sarah Mendel said…
Hello Anthony,

Would your Global Technical Communications class like to partner with the World Mind Network and their new Student Leaders program? It requires 1 hour a month from participating students, and gives them exposure to leaders in Economics, Science, Sustainability, and the Environment. It's a good thing to put on college apps and resumes. Contact us at

At 10:15am on August 19, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Anthony,

With your interest in Technology and Online Collaboration, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.

Here’s a Public Class on Technology Integration you might be interested in.
At 8:57pm on August 6, 2009, Anne Mirtschin said…
Hi Anthony and yes, you are right. These projects require a big commitment and something shorter is much easier.
At 5:19pm on August 6, 2009, Anne Mirtschin said…
Hi Anthony I have also concentrated on making global connections with my classes. There is a global project called flatclassroom projects and their projects are about to start up once the USA school year starts. These are fantastic and geared primarily towards the 15-17 year old students.

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