Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Goodies

Some of you have asked me for the Carmel Popcorn and Popcorn Cake recipes that I made for Christmas.  So, here you go...

Carmel Popcorn

5-7 quarts of popcorn (put it in a roasting pan)

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter (I use the real stuff)
1/2 cup brown syrup (Karo Syrup)
1 tsp salt

Melt the butter.  Add brown sugar and mix well with the butter.  Add syrup and salt.  Bring to a boil stirring intermittently.  Boil 5 minutes & continue stirring so it doesn't burn.  Take off the heat and stir in 1 tsp baking soda.  Pour mix over the popcorn and stir it so the sauce gets distributed on the popcorn.

Bake at 250 degrees uncovered for about an hour - stir every 15 minutes (you'll end up stirring it 3 times).  After the last 15 minutes, stir making sure to scrap the sides and bottom.  let it stand for 5-10 minutes & then put into your containers.

Popcorn Cake

12 cups popped corn (put in a big bowl)
1 1/2 cups M&Ms
2 cups salted peanuts

40 caramels
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup butter (the real stuff)
5 cups mini marshmallows (or 50 regular marshmallows)

In a pan over low heat, melt the caramels into the butter & oil.  Add and melt the marshmallows.  Be sure to stir constantly so the mix doesn't burn.

Pour the above mix over your popcorn & stir.  Add in the M&Ms and peanuts.  Stir into the popcorn mix.  Press your popcorn cake into a buttered angel food cake pan or a rectangular cake pan.  If you use the angel food cake pan, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then remove your cake from the pan.


Interesting Year in Review

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Monday, December 12, 2011

What the heck is a tech integration specialist?

When I was first asked about becoming a Tech Integration Specialist for the school district, I thought that could be an interesting challenge and adventure.  However, when I thought about what I would be doing during the course of the day, I had no clue.  So, like any librarian, I started doing some research.   According to Edutopia, technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, digital cameras, CD-ROMs, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school...Technology integration is achieved when technology tools support the curricular goals, and help the students to effectively reach their goals.  (I'll talk more about technology integration in another post.)  Based on this description of technology integration, a technology integration specialist is someone who assists with technology integration.  Of course to me, that definition meant as much to me as the definition of density (the quality of being dense).  After some additional research, I found a better answer.  Basically, the tech integration specialist assists teachers, staff and students with technology for class projects and school management.  During the course of day, you might see a tech integration specialist assisting an administrator with the school Facebook page, teaching a class how to set up blog, providing one-on-one technology training with a teacher, showing a new tech tool to a teacher and presenting ideas on how they could use it in their class, researching more tools for generating vocabulary games, and more.  I know as I continue to work as a Tech Integration Specialist, my understanding of the roles and responsibilities of this position will grow.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Getting Started With SlideRocket

This video provides a great tutorial for getting started with SlideRocket.  Hit play and get started!

Demo: Getting Started with SlideRocket from SlideRocket on Vimeo.