Well my apologies for not keeping up better with the site and the amazing tools I have discovered this year. Yes it is Leap Day, on the eve of March 1st before I am making a post in 2016. However in the spirit of the testing season, I want to spend this post looking at Go Formative. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the TechFAT team that presented at TCEA 2016 on some of the best formative assessment tools for the classroom. Formative allows anyone to turn a typical handout into an 'actual' interactive document that can be add to student learning through video examples, teacher notes, or simply the ability to submit answers electronically. Take a look at the video below.
So starting this school year, I have borrowed the concept of having a Tackky Thursday for edtech training on my campus. If you haven't Tackked lately, you should. It is an easy and effective way to communicate information, embed and share. Create a classroom blog with students or just allow the students to be creative. Use it to make newsletter for your class or school. Be as creative as you
Survival - the first week of school; that is what most teachers think as Friday if finally here! We survived the first week now we can settle in! In my district, we had to add to the mix password resets for grades 5-12. Necessary but seems to be at the worst possible, stressful time for most. Amid all the chaos of the week, I am reminded of needing to communicate more and #teachsmall . I am again encouraging our teachers to use Remind to communicate daily and often with students via text. Keeping with the teach small concept means it is the small things you do that matter most. Big learning can take place when the small pieces come together to foster a better relationship with your students and their parents. In this world of information, why not use it to your advantage and make it as easy as texting a reminder, a homework note, or words of praise and encouragement. I know I often want to write thank you letters and will eventually get around to possibly an email but sometimes a simple text goes a long way.
Stumbled across this today as my co-worker and I were watching a Google Zombie challenge-- and it looks promising for easy sharing of URLs. ShoutKey was created by someone that wanted to quickly share a link to others collaborating in small groups rather than trying to get an email, or write out the long URL--ShoutKey gives you a QR code or a common word as a hyperlink to share with a set expiration time. Works pretty well. I could see the benefit of using it with students collaborating and needing to quickly share a cool find.
Last fall I had the pleasure of presenting and attending TCCA for the first time. If you are in the Houston area, this is an AMAZING and FREE edtech professional development. Not only were the sessions great, but there was an Apple academy, lunch was provided and they had giveaways! Did I mention it was free! A must do so please check out the flyer below and register now! It is a great time!! I plan on going (and hopefully presenting) again!
Well I am half way through a power week of edtech at the Texas Computer Educators Conference in Austin, Texas. If you haven't ever gone- GO! There are so many presentations on all things edtech that are instructional and curriculum based. As an educator you will get tones of 'take aways' that will make your head hurt ...(but in a good way). I know I have been a bit 'radio silent' but I will catch up this week. I was excited to present again with @tw33terW again on Symbaloo, Edmodo, and the whole middle team for TechFAT. I have linked to all the presentations here if you want to take a look at them yourself.
I had a great opportunity to work with my campus staff on an early release and we did a little CSI activity using their document cameras. It was great fun and we had some great feedback. It was hands on - and with enough time and cameras set up that all my teachers could participate. I think had I made it more elaborate to incorporate both types of document cameras we had together, rather than splitting the two into groups I would have had more confusion, but something to think about. The teachers always want more time to learn - so this time we got time and hands on! Feel free to adapt it for your own use.
A new and 3 dimensional style of presenting your same old Powerpoints is with Emaze. In browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, you will see a few of these easy to use templates come to life! It makes it easy to take something old and give it a 'new' look. The content stays the same but the delivery mechanism is different. Have fun e-mazing your next presentation! **This is a great tool in lieu of Prezi, but note that it is in an online environment. If you documents are copyrighted or proprietary this is not for you.
Thanks to Mrs. Hoff for sharing this super awesome tool that is high touch and high tech. Plickers uses cards that you print from their website and then assign to a student to hold up during question/ response. Using your smart phone, you simply add questions and answers then scan your classroom using the camera on the app, and it captures the students A,B,C, or D responses for you. When you log in to the website, you can view your classes and their responses - color coded - red (incorrect) and green (correct). I find this is easy to use when incorporating a PowerPoint or simply a paper quiz by groups to respond to as a formative assessment tool. Students enjoy it once they realize the direction they point the card determines their answer submitted to me. Have fun plicking!
I work with teachers and students as an education technology specialist for middle school and teach as a faculty adjunct for higher education. My goal is to share innovative and useful information for other educators, as well as catalog my personal finds along the way!