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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It seems paradoxical, but the most boring classrooms tend to be the ones that are full of technology – and little else. The worst ones I’ve been into are those in which 30 or more computers are crammed into rows, allowing no room for note-taking, let alone collaboration -- despite plenty of evidence indicating that kids learn better by working with others, at least some of the time anyway.
Book Creator is open-ended, creative and cross curriculum. Create your own teaching resources or have your students take the reigns.
Combine text, images, audio and video to create:Interactive storiesDigital portfoliosResearch journalsPoetry booksScience reportsInstruction manuals‘About me’ booksComic adventures
Take a look at the link below for information on how this has been released for Chromebooks. https://bookcreator.com/2017/02/book-creator-coming-web/
GoGuardian recently released this video featuring a school district that compared chromebooks with laptops and iPads. In a short, but to the point statement, the speaker explains why Chromebooks are the preferred device based on his experience.
Having great content is important when delivering a professional learning opportunity but it is not enough. What is also important is to ensure opportunities are well organized and leave participants feeling they got exactly what they came for. http://www.techlearning.com/blogentry/12223
A backchannel is a space where students can post questions, respond to prompts and participate in a discussion without raising their hand. You might set up a backchannel for students using the free tool Today’s Meet or have older students set up a Twitter account and tweet using a shared hashtag for a virtual class discussion. If you haven’t used backchannels before you may want to check out this post for a quick overview. So what does this have to do with BrainPOP?
One of my biggest challenges at the beginning of the year, as a teacher was trying to learn students' names as quickly as I can. This is quite challenging for me as I can barely remember the names of my own family members at times.
This article below offers 2 great tools and resources to help teachers learn their students names. This is an essential skill for teachers to have for making a personal connection with their students.
This article has an interesting editorial on technology use in education.
Article Preview and LinkDigital transformation is disrupting every industry, and education is no exception. Global investment in edtech companies is increasing rapidly, with some reports predicting a total of $252 billion in investments by 2020. Investors aren't the only people recognizing the importance of technology for education. Educators and students are flocking to solutions that enhance their experience while reducing the high price associated with higher ed.
Check out this article below for some great resources and rationale for adding gamification to curriculum and instruction.
With the proliferation of the wide range of EdTech tools that we have seen in recent years and the widespread popularity of games (whether video, sport or board) among students, it comes as no surprise that many are seeking ways to introduce new and innovative EdTech games into their curriculum.
Google sheets is a very powerful, although a bit basic when compared with the industry standard Microsoft Excel. Google Sheets Add-ons add some of the advanced features of other spreadsheet programs into Sheets. These add-ons have allowed me to completely move away from Excel for all data entry.
We ...selected for you the 8 most popular applications there. Using these add-ons will enable you to: Create graphs and forms and write complex math in your sheetsCreate and modify a planning schedule for project management in a spreadsheet; easily scaffold, manage and assess students projects in Google Drive...see the article below for more http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2017/07/8-google-sheets-add-ons-every-teacher.html
As the first day of school approaches, many teachers are getting their classrooms ready and looking over plans for the first days of school. One item to review is the classroom syllabus. Take a look at the resources and ideas for giving your classroom syllabus a "much needed makeover."
One idea I am going to try with my online class syllabus this year is to make my syllabus an info graphic. The article linked above gives many resources to make this task a bit easier than starting from scratch for me. There are also other great ideas in this article as well.