Alicia Leonard


Wife. Mom. New teacher-to-be. Tree-hugger. Generally happy person. Learning to teach so I can teach to learn.

I teach: Writing, Social Studies, and Science

To ages: 11 to 12


July 24, 2017

I have been using a different book cataloging app and it didn’t fulfill exactly what I wanted for management of my classroom library. This app does. It enables me to print bar codes that can be scanned when the code on the book doesn’t work for one reason or another. It also has a web-based interface for managing your account and will allow you to see who has books out. Perhaps the best thing is how easy it will be to enter all of my other books into this catalog! There is a quick mode where you can just scan and add until you click done. It’s going to save me so much time and SO much money since my books will no longer go on walkabout! Can’t wait to use this next year!

July 17, 2014

TweechMe is AWESOME! I recently became involved in the world of Twitter, and by involved, I mean nearly drowning! I heard about TweechMe, and immediately bought it and am so glad I did.

This app is SO useful for learning how to navigate the world of Twitter. There are different levels of learning: Twitter 101, Twitter 201 and Twitter 301. They all have short and amusing videos to help you learn the ins and outs of Twitter-land. And each level has tips and tools available as well.

TweechMe has two other amazing features. One is a chat schedule. There is a lot of great information to be found on Twitter and even more amazing connections to be made, and the chat schedule helps do that by letting you know when your favorite chats are being held.

The second awesome feature is Twitter Mentors. You can sign up to be mentored in the use of Twitter as you develop your PLN. Invaluable.

Would I recommend TweechMe to a colleague? You betcha!

July 10, 2014

SnagIt can do screen captures, including scrolling ones (on the right browser), but it is capable of so much more! I use this tool in so many different ways, I wouldn’t know where to start! But I love it! It’s easy to use and allows for some really fun creations to be put into otherwise boring presentations. The only thing I really don’t like about it is the price!

July 8, 2014

I have used PowerPoint for ages. There are lots of other cool presentation tools out there, but PowerPoint is still my go to when I am in a hurry. It’s also something the kids seem to understand and they are able to use independently.

July 4, 2014

I used this tool recently to collaborate on a presentation with a classmate It was easy enough to use, but I didn’t love it. The templates, backgrounds and formats available were “meh”. In the end, once our collaboration was done we put it into Powerpoint to use for our live presentation.

I think the concept is great – the collaboration piece is what makes this a good tool to have in your arsenal, and for that reason alone, I would recommend that people use it.

July 4, 2014

I used this tool to create a flipped math lesson for one of my graduate classes. I had SO much fun with this, and found so much value in it, I actually upgraded to the EXTREMELY reasonably priced student subscription.

The only weaknesses I could find with this tool are related to the limitations put on the user of the free version. They disappear when you pay the nominal fee for one of the many different upgrade types.

I would totally recommend PowToon. It’s easy and fun to use (you don’t have to be a genius or a developer) and it’s engaging to watch the end product.