This blog is where I post a collection of numerous tech tips, tricks, and tools for teachers as well as other educational technology specialists. I also post articles that I have come across, along with my input, on best methods of integrating technology into the classroom as well as managing technology in schools.
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Educannon – Creating a classroom movie is always fun. This tool allows the placement of videos in a formative loop allowing the teacher to check for student understanding as videos are watched.
Zaption – Link videos to this wonderful tool designed to place formative learning with in a video activity. Collect information on student progress as they access from home or school.
Edpuzzle – Explore this formative video tool that allows the teacher to track and view student understanding. Use a video from just about any source on just about any device. Allows for important student metacognition during the course of the activity.
Blubbr.tv – Now teachers and students can create their own video based trivia games. Allowing the trivia to be based on content standards can bring a whole new form to learning.
I have used EduCannon and EduPuzzle. Both are great if properly used!
In the book Embedding Formative Assessment, authors Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy suggest replacing rubrics with work samples.
Citing reasoning such as, "Rubrics rarely have the same meaning for students that they do for teachers." I agree with this statement. I have seen plenty of rubrics as a student and as a teacher. Many are not specific enough for students. This forces students to guess what the teacher is looking for. Rubrics should be specific and layout exactly what is required to attain the rating listed.
As for work samples, there are many good research studies that support using a student work sample to assess student learning. The problem is many teachers (in my experience) have evaluated student work samples with rubrics... May be worth investigating in the book mentioned in this article.
Windows has automatic updates on by default. Windows updates can create havoc with group policies and management tools in Windows. However, I feel that this is no different than what many schools are facing with managing Chromebooks in the Enterprise. In Goog…
This article is from Forbes contributor Jenn Choi, a former worker from the New York University School of Medicine's public relations office.
She makes some keen observations on what the "Cutting Edge" schools will look like this year. I believe that this article shows a growing philosophy that technology is only one tool that is utilized by the students and teachers. Technology is not the sole tool for learning. While looking through this article, I noticed that technology is only mentioned as one part of the "Cutting Edge" schools.
"Teachers are resourceful and creative. They can turn anything into a tool for teaching."
"The school invests in effective delivery (or effective learning), not just quality content."
"Technology is purchased wisely and efficiently."
"You see kids actually playing at school because the sc…
This post from "Teach Thought" raises some good questions for those using technology in the classroom. What can we do with a device that we couldn’t previously?This question raises a very important factor with education technology. Now that this device is part of the classroom, how is it going to change learning and instruction? There are many teachers that use technology for "Substituting" what was previously done without the technology, without changing the lesson. (See SAMR model)How will mobile increase learning gains for students?One of my favorite definitions of technology is that it "amplifies human forces". How is this going to amplify the student learning? How will devices pair with our current class culture?What will be our key indicators of success?
Many education technology programs in schools address these questions as a district. Is this somethi…