EDpuzzle New Look EDpuzzle the amazingly simple site for Flipping a Classroom/Lesson just released a sleeker new design w/ new tools to make it even easier to create an engaging interactive video.
What is EDpuzzle? EDpuzzle is a free learning tool for educators being used in classrooms around the world to take a video and "make it their own" by editing a video, adding narration, and even adding questions/poll/quiz. W/ the educational portals students can join a class via a unique code (i.e. ClassDojo). This portal allows educators to create a video, assign them to students/classes, and even assess them. This is great for Differentiating Instruction, Project Based Learning, and Flipping a Classroom. Not only that, but teachers can see the progress of each video assignment and set permissions (Block Seeking Ahead) on wether the video can be skipped through or not.
Teachers and students need access to interesting and thought-provoking videos "Students have different learning styles, and teachers strive to individualize instruction whenever possible. But videos often appeal to students of all learning styles when they are engaging, informative, and inspiring.Some of the world’s top experts in various academic areas have helped to create videos in which they explain complex concepts in ways that students are able to understand, which gives students real-world knowledge of how they might apply their classroom lessons after they leave school.
Today we’re delighted to announce iTunes U support for all your Bookry widgets.
In addition to using your widgets in your Multi-Touch books made with iBooks Author, you can also place them in any course on iTunes U. This is how it works:
Create your widgets on Bookry.com as before, using your computer or iPad.After creating your widget, tap on the ‘iTunes U and App Link’ tab.You are then presented with a unique widget code for you to place on iTunes U.
To view the widgets, all your students need to do is download the free Bookry Widgets App to their iPad and enter the widget code – simple!
So, if you want to add a Quiz to your course on iTunes U, simply upload your course documentation (e.g. Multi-Touch book, Keynote, PDF, Pages etc.) to iTunes U, then compliment this with your Bookry Quiz widget code, together with the codes of any other Bookry widgets you want to include. You can also provide them with a code for your book project (get this from your book tab on Bookry.com), so that they can download multiple widgets in one go.
“ As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …”
Are you selling a vision of student empowerment? Of kids as autonomous, self-directed learners who are thinking deeply, collaborating to make societal contributions, and using digital technologies to do powerful, meaningful, and authentic work?
Or are you selling a vision of recall and regurgitation? Of kids as passive listeners, masters of basic skills, and completers of worksheets, end-of-chapter review questions, and bubble tests?
Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login.
Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's insight:
Written by dkapuler on Apr 25, 2014 02:13 pm
Otus is a wonderful mobile learning environment that is ideal for a 1:1 iPad classroom or school. These free apps blend perfectly together to give teachers the tools to host all their student data and needs on their iPad. Educators can take attendance, manage class/students, do grades, assess students, create polls, browse the web, and much much more, while using this easy to use app. Best of all, Otus integrates seamlessly w/ Google Drive and has lots of video tutorials on how to integrate Otus into your classroom.
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...
I stumbled across this the other day on We Are Teachers, and found it to be amusing enough to be worth sharing. We’ve all seen the awesome autocorrect posts that show how sometimes technology bites back at us a bit (I think by now we’ve probably all fallen victim to being unnecessarily or incorrectly autocorrected …
Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?”
Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document).
The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters. The technology itself is simply neutral. Consider: would a teacher grade the pen a student used to write an essay? Of course not! They grade what the student writes. It’s what students create with the tool that is at the heart of learning and assessment.
Formative vs. Summative AssessmentPerformance is most often analyzed through formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment is ongoing and provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning for a more effective outcome. It not only helps to monitor student progress throughout an activity, but can also gauge student understanding and readiness to proceed to further tasks. Alternately, summative assessment focuses on a particular point in time, such as a test at the end of a unit or grading term.Regardless, whether the immediate assessment is formative or summative, a teacher needs to be able to distinguish between the capabilities of the tool and the students’ performance using it. To illustrate, anyone can easily produce a visually stunning and captivating video presentation using iMovie as it has built-in easy-to-use professional effects. Therefore, to assess a movie presentation effectively, the teacher needs evidence of the thinking that went into the creation of the movie. Rather than grade the end product, educators must focus on the process -- research, writing, image selection, etc. This allows teachers to focus on learning throughout the whole project rather than the flashy, finished product.Rubrics to Measure Student Learning
Providing detailed explanations of an assignment using an online rubric, created with tools such as Rubistar or Digital Media Scoring Guides, can assist students in both completing tasks and thinking about their performance. Additionally, these tools allow teachers to create rubrics quickly with a greater level of meaningful feedback. They can also easily be shared among teachers and saved or modified for future assignments.
"Once again, I am amazed every time I talk to groups and find out so many educators have not used word clouds with their students. In fact, I am so sure that you will enjoy this topic I have now up to 170 ways to use word clouds in the classroom. I have tried to include almost every subject. These are a collection of ideas shared with me, various readings, and a lot of my own brainstorming.
"This is an update I promised from my previous 125 ways to use word clouds. I know this will be an article you wish to share with others. In order to better understand some of the advanced uses I suggest you may wish to read a past posts entitled, 12 Valuable Wordle Tips You Must Read. I am certain you will find at least one new idea… and again please give a retweet. Please note that if you wish two words to stay together in a word cloud using Wordle, just put a tilde between them. (Example (ice~cream~cone -"
Edutopia is one of my favourite web sites. It has recently run a series written by Monica Burns aka @ClassTechTips featuring Resources for Using iPads across multiple grade levels. Though I've featured them each individually here on iPads in Education I thought it might be useful to post all of the series in one collection.
Okay. I know that movies about teachers rarely tell the whole story. You know the ones I’m talking about – movies like:
Stand and DeliverFreedom WritersDangerous MindsMr. Holland’s OpusLean On Me
They rarely show the hours of grading, the phone calls from parents, IEP meetings, kids throwing up on your shoes, music program practice, endless committees, extra duties, coaching – though there does always seem to be some sort of happy ending.