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A collection of current practices, ideas and research for infusing technology into education
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Google Forms - YouTube

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Over the last year I've created a bunch of videos on some of the advanced features available in Google Forms. Those videos are all in my Google Forms tutorials playlist.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 22, 2016 11:08 PM
Mr Byrne shares his Google Forms playlist. A great set of 'how-to' videos on this application. It includes his latest effort entitled, "How to get started in Google Forms".
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What Every Teacher Should Practice for Blended Learning

What Every Teacher Should Practice for Blended Learning | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Rather than follow the traditional roles of sharing content and grading papers, classroom teachers in the blended learning model must be willing to learn, be open to new teaching strategies, and be a leader.

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Why Teachers Are Asking Students to Escape From the Classroom

Why Teachers Are Asking Students to Escape From the Classroom | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Launched in 2015, Breakout EDU is a recurring name in the educational escape-rooms space, and what the French teacher Nicole Naditz uses in her California classroom. The company sells small boxes, priced $89 to $119, filled with escape paraphernalia (think padlocks, UV lights, and hint cards), and an empty thumb drive for downloadable lesson plans, created to complement the curriculum. This allows teachers to access the large Breakout community of more than 8,700  members worldwide, and download custom escape games, as well as build their own.

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Something new to play with! 
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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, August 6, 2016 9:12 PM
Escape Room design principles can transform and enliven online learning experiences...
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10 Tips To Improve Your Visual Design Skills For Non-Designers

10 Tips To Improve Your Visual Design Skills For Non-Designers | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Are you a non-designer? Want to know how to improve your Visual Design Skills? Check the Top 10 Tips To Improve Your Visual Design Skills For Non-Designers.

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LiveSchool - Track, Reward, and Improve Behavior

LiveSchool - Track, Reward, and Improve Behavior | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
A free app that helps your team work together, get rid of classroom management paperwork, and motivate students with consistent feedback and positive rewards.

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Looks like a secondary version of Class Dojo. Might be useful for those of you who like Dojo, but felt it would not be received by your older students 

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Engage Students with ThingLink Video & Google Docs

Engage Students with ThingLink Video & Google Docs | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it

In Week 5 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge participants are encouraged to design a media rich guided learning experience to engage students with ThingLink Video. These annotated video lessons work well because they allow students to progress at their own pace, providing opportunities for review and challenge. Once a ThingLink Video lesson is created and published, it can be accessed at school or at home as an extension of the classroom. Best of all, these lessons can be powered by Google Docs to provide data, student accountability, and opportunities for feedback.


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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 5, 2015 7:37 AM

Pretty thorough summary above.

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OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric - Google Docs add-on

OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric - Google Docs add-on | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Easily and quickly make rubric selections and convert the Analysis or Holistic rubric into a percentage or points grade.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 26, 2015 7:46 AM

An alternative to Goobric if you need to assess your student's work using a Rubric.  I haven't tried it yet but it looks reasonably simple.

You need to go to the Google Add Ons to load it in.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Updated Comparison of Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: Updated Comparison of Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it

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How Blended Learning Changed My Classroom Experience: A Student Perspective

How Blended Learning Changed My Classroom Experience: A Student Perspective | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
At Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School in San Jose, CA, students are experiencing a new style of learning. Blended learning has provided students with the chance to learn and accumulate information at their own pace. These students are using various websites, such as ALEKS, Duolingo, Memrise, Ach

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10 Tips for Folders in Google Drive

10 Tips for Folders in Google Drive | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Folders allow you to organize your files in Google Drive. They also allow you to more efficiently share a collection of documents. If you've switched to the new Google Drive you can create a folder...

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, April 29, 2015 7:12 AM

Terrific summary outlining how to use various features of Folders in Google Drive. They include: Moving multiple documents to a folder, sharing folders, adding files to multiple folders and colouring folders for easy identification.

Again, Alice Keeler is the author and well worth following on Twitter or on her blog.

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The Four Negative Sides of Technology

The Four Negative Sides of Technology | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
There can be a negative side resulting from inappropriate or overuse of technology, and that negative side can have serious and long-term consequences.

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Free Technology for Teachers: The New Google Drive Empowers Language Learners

Free Technology for Teachers: The New Google Drive Empowers Language Learners | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, November 4, 2014 4:22 PM

Jennifer Carey shows you how to add languages that you understand (not just one primary language) to the list of ones that Google Docs will recognise.  Great idea for using Google Docs with students so that you can include other languages in the writing and discussion of an assignment.

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Showbie - The paperless classroom made simple

Showbie - The paperless classroom made simple | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Showbie makes it easy to assign, collect and review student work in iPad classrooms.

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Making the Most of Visuals in eLearning: 9 Tips and 5 Examples

Making the Most of Visuals in eLearning: 9 Tips and 5 Examples | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Learn how to choose and create visuals that will move your learners and make your eLearning course sparkle. Here are the best practices that you cannot ignore.

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Why You Should be Grading Student Participation in Online Discussion

Why You Should be Grading Student Participation in Online Discussion | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
In online teaching I favor graded participation in discussion rooms. It enhances and fosters learning, while also increasing student-to-student engagement.

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6 Steps to Transition to Digital - Teacher Tech

6 Steps to Transition to Digital - Teacher Tech | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
These are some suggestions to get you started. Check out Matt Miller and Catlin Tucker and Kasey Bell and other educators who are sharing how they use technology in the classroom. Move towards having your activities and lessons online, but do not feel you need to be paperless tomorrow. First, develop a mindset around what digital can do for you. Actively find ideas you can try, one at a time.

This EdSurge article highlights that only using digital tools for remediation and drill practice has a negative impact on student achievement and engagement. The article lists some specific tips for using technology in a more effective way.

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Some great tips for any one who is looking to incorporate more blended learning!
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Kit Nielsen's curator insight, August 15, 2016 9:20 AM
Some great tips for any one who is looking to incorporate more blended learning! 
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Embed a Google Form in a ThingLink Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Embed a Google Form in a ThingLink Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it

Did you know you can add a layer of resources and interactivity to any video by embedding a Google Form right inside of a ThingLink Video? 

 

Just copy and paste the link from the Google Form right inside of the ThingLink Tag Editor and it will display live, right inside of the video.


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Math Teachers: Add g(Math) to Google Forms!

Math Teachers: Add g(Math) to Google Forms! | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
g(Math) is a great add-on for Google Docs. If you do not have it, go get it! g(Math) is now available as an add-on for Google Forms too. To get g(Math) for Forms, open Google Drive and create a new...

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, July 17, 2015 1:14 AM

Takes you through using g(Maths) and Google Forms to create questions and quizzes for your Maths classes.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Step By Step Guide On How to Create Flashcards Using Google Spreadsheets

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Step By Step Guide On How to Create Flashcards Using Google Spreadsheets | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 20, 2015 4:19 AM

Make flashcards online using Google Sheets and Flippity.

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Chromecast and Google Slides | Slides | The Apps Show - YouTube

Did you know that you can run entire presentations from your phone? Join Debbie and John as they show how you can ditch the cables and use Google Chromecast ...

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 27, 2015 7:26 AM

If you have Chromecast, this could be very useful in the classroom. You can project your Googles slide from your phone to your monitor and therefore control the presentation. Also very useful is that you can have speaker notes on your phone to refer to during the presentation.

This process is still in 'beta' phase but given how cheap Chromecast is, it might be worth looking at.

Here is the Apple TV/iPhone version of the same thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icK83S1DvBM

Julian Wang's curator insight, March 15, 2016 3:52 AM

If you have Chromecast, this could be very useful in the classroom. You can project your Googles slide from your phone to your monitor and therefore control the presentation. Also very useful is that you can have speaker notes on your phone to refer to during the presentation.

This process is still in 'beta' phase but given how cheap Chromecast is, it might be worth looking at.

Here is the Apple TV/iPhone version of the same thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icK83S1DvBM

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Should Teachers Use Twitter? This Flowchart Says Probably

Should Teachers Use Twitter? This Flowchart Says Probably | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Should Teachers Use Twitter? This Flowchart Says Probably

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Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom

Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
We want to address concerns about tablet use in the classroom & offer tips that may serve useful if iPads do come to play a larger role in your classroom.

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Ly Torn's curator insight, April 29, 2015 10:01 AM

Head nõuanded iPadi kasutamiseks klassiruumis. 

Ricky Rodriguez's curator insight, October 17, 2015 5:34 PM

Great to see a site that points out challenges but also offers solutions.

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3 cool tricks you can do in Google Sheets that you can't do in Excel

3 cool tricks you can do in Google Sheets that you can't do in Excel | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it

FirsVIDEO: You won't believe how easy it is to add these sophisticated features to your charts in Google Sheets.


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Gerald Carey's curator insight, May 4, 2015 4:33 AM

This looks really interesting.

The first example show you how to add data to maps.  So if you have population information, you could add it to a world map (or even a country) and show a colour range indicating the range of data - like conditional formatting.

Then the video also talks about labeling data points on a chart and including projected data on a chart.

Well introduced and information that could be very useful for Maths and Geography teachers.

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4 best practices for Flipped Classroom implementation

4 best practices for Flipped Classroom implementation | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it

"The flipped classroom model has undeniably become a go-to learning model in the digital age of higher education, but what have educators learned since the model’s debut? What are the best practices that work?"


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Lindsay Gaughan's curator insight, December 3, 2014 3:16 PM

This is a great article

Amy Dooley's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:35 AM

Thinking about trying this for some of the Audio Recording modules. 

Allison Steineker's curator insight, June 9, 2016 1:31 PM

Exploring the flipped classroom for implementation in my own classroom next year.  

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5 simple ways to organize your Google Drive

5 simple ways to organize your Google Drive | Bethel Tech Champions | Scoop.it
Tidy up your Google Drive with these quick tips.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, November 23, 2014 5:54 AM

Some are simply a reminder but worth repeating. It talks about using colour codes for folders (more choices would be good!), adding numbers to file names to help with sorting, using the star option for special files and, obscurely, using Google forms for to-do lists!