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Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit - Guest Post from Reshan Richards - EdTechTeacher

Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit - Guest Post from Reshan Richards - EdTechTeacher | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Dr. Reshan Richards: "Each of these approaches allows teachers and learner to capture and create moments of learning, excerpts of understanding, and reflections of experience. Let’s pretend to be one of my 5th-grade math students from last year participating in an activity about tessellating patterns. The activity was to figure out what individual shapes, when arranged in a flat pattern with touching sides, formed a closed tesselating patter (a regular tessellation). This activity involved using physical manipulative objects (pattern blocks), a piece of paper to document findings (journal workbook page), and NCTM Illumination’s Tessellation Creator website as resources for engaging in the experience of exploring regular tessellation. Here’s how the QFAT could be applied to this activity with an iPad."


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This tool has implications not only in the K-12 educational setting, but also in higher ed. It has the potential to support portfolio creation and on project based learning.

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I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing

I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores of people couldn't live without it. I tried it multiple times, and never saw the appeal until now. Here's what I was missing.
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5 Tips for Google Classroom from Teachercast

5 Tips for Google Classroom from Teachercast | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

This week (the author) was a guest on Teachercast (http://teachercast.net) and was asked for 5 things that people do not know about Google Classroom. Here is a different from her blog post on 5 things you may not know about Google Classroom.

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Chalkup- A Wonderful Google Drive Tool for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Chalkup- A Wonderful Google Drive Tool for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The folks in Chalkup have finally made the move to Google Drive and created a seamless integration of Chalkup with Google Drive. Chalkup is a great web tool that allows teachers to create classes and share different study materials on a message board that students can access in real-time. Chalkup lets you post discussion prompts, add comments to discussions, distribute announcements and assignments and view files.

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How to Create a Pivot Table to Summarize Student Information

How to Create a Pivot Table to Summarize Student Information | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Pivot tables are an incredibly powerful tool for summarizing information.  When looking at data oftentimes there are repeats in the information.  Multiple times a students name is listed.  Multiple times an assignment title is listed.  Multiple times a disciplinary action was taken.  To make sense of a spreadsheet with many rows of information a pivot table can make sense of the chaos.

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You Can Now Create and Publish Educational Textbooks Using Kindle Textbook Creator ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

You Can Now Create and Publish Educational Textbooks Using Kindle Textbook Creator ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Amazon has recently released Kindle Textbook Creator to enable educators to create and publish textbooks and other educational content in Kindle stores. What this tool does is that it transforms books in PDFs or Docs into eBook format. The tool also provides a host of interesting features to help with the organization of educational materials such as graphs, equations, charts, tables and many more. Amazon also offers educators its powerful marketing tools to promote their books.

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How to Use Prezi to Create Visual Lessons | Edudemic

How to Use Prezi to Create Visual Lessons | Edudemic | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Using Prezi, you can create a visual classroom without succumbing to death by PowerPoint. Its interactive features, zooming display, and creative options will enable your visual lessons to engage students without distracting them from lesson objectives. With all those bells and whistles, Prezi might sound complicated, but it’s actually quite simple to use. Read on, and I’ll show you how to use this innovative tool.

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Google Tricks and Tips: Turn Your Google Doc into a Web Page

Publish Your Google Doc to the Web! Such an easy way to create a clean and simple web page!

This is another one my favorite tips for Google Apps! I use this feature to quickly publish information online. Sometimes you really don't want to just share a document. You may not need others to view it as a document, and or those who are not familiar with Google Docs the viewing feature can be confusing.


Google Drive users can easily convert docs, sheets and slides to publish web pages, and even get embed code! Teachers can easily share information with parents and students. It's also a great way to make interactive learning menus.
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How To Use Kaizena For Google Voice Commands In Google Drive | Edudemic

How To Use Kaizena For Google Voice Commands In Google Drive | Edudemic | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Yesterday, we posted about some of the lesser-known Google tools that you can use in your classroom. One of the tools we mentioned was voice comments – which allows you to add voice commentary to the documents you’re working on in your Google Drive. We’ve gotten a few messages from folks who wanted to know more about how to use this fun little tool, so here you go – a step by step on how to add voice feedback to your documents.

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Prezi Guide: The 5 Essentials To Stop Your Audience Feeling Sick

Prezi Guide: The 5 Essentials To Stop Your Audience Feeling Sick | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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Prezi is nothing if not divisive. Some people love it, some people hate it
- I'm in neither of those camps. I find it very useful in some situations,
but still use good old fashioned PowerPoint Slides for more than half the
presentations I give. Prezi should be used for a reason.

Prezi is relatively new (it's been around since 2009), it's getting more
popular (there are around 40 million users now) and it's improving its
interface all the time. Some people accuse it of being style
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Teacher Tip- Use Google Forms to Instantly See students Feedback ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher Tip- Use Google Forms to Instantly See students Feedback ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Today I am sharing with you a handy Google Sheets tip to use on the forms you share with students. This tip allow you to receive a notification email  every time a student submits a form. You can select whether you want to be notified each time a change is made to the form or only when a user submits a form. Similarly, you can also choose whether you want to receive a daily digest email or an instantaneous email. In this way, you will be able instantly track all the forms submission from your students and determine who submitted what and when.
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Dozens of Tips & Techniques for Creating High Quality Engaging Screencasts

Dozens of Tips & Techniques for Creating High Quality Engaging Screencasts | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The creation of instructional videos is one of the many technology-enabled capabilities that the 21st century teacher has at their disposal. Instructional videos can be a wonderfully engaging element in teaching. Video content is also usually a fundamental element of the flipped classroom (which regular readers of EmergingEdTech know we’re a big fan of).

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Engaging Social Studies Lessons with Drawp

I've shared some of the reasons I love Drawp for School and this includes how easily it can be incorporated across the subject areas.  Social studies teachers love using Drawp as a way to inspire s...
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edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.

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Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects.

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Metaflop Lets You Create and Customize Your Own Fonts for Free

Metaflop Lets You Create and Customize Your Own Fonts for Free | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
If you're looking for the perfect font, but can't seem to find it, you might be able to make it. Metaflop Modulator makes it easy to create custom fonts simply by adjusting some sliders.
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5 Things You May Not Know About Google Classroom

5 Things You May Not Know About Google Classroom | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

  Google Classroom solves so many challenges when using digital tools with students. Here are 5 things you may not know about using Google Classroom.

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Google Docs: Prompt Students to Make a Copy

Google Docs: Prompt Students to Make a Copy | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A feature of the old Google spreadsheets was to be able to append &newcopy to the end of the URL. What this would do is when you share a view only link with a student, it would prompt the stude...
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Google Forms: Creating a Rubric

Google Forms: Creating a Rubric | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Google Forms has so many  applications for education. For students to fill out to submit data to the teacher, for the teacher to record data on observations about students, for students and teacher...
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Co-editing in Prezi | Support | Prezi

Prezi is a cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.
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Top Five Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom

Top Five Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Screencasting is one of the most dynamic tools educators can use to transform their classroom in a dramatic fashion without investing a tremendous amount of time learning a new software piece or app.  While most teachers are excited to use a “new” technology their frustration grows when there is a significant learning curve involved and little time or support available to learn what is necessary.  The tools available to create screencasts are easy to use and can be quickly implemented by both teachers and students.  This article will focus on five easy ways educators can use the power of screencasting.  This article is a not a “how to” of screencasting.  Please see the wealth of tutorials that make screencasting easily accessible at the TechSmith Tutorial page.
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Excellent Tool for Creating Interactive Arcade-style Quiz Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Tool for Creating Interactive Arcade-style Quiz Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Arcade Game Generator is a wonderful web tool to create interactive arcade-style games. These games can be used with students for different learning activities.Here are some interesting samples of how teachers have been using them in class.

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The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote | Edudemic

The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote | Edudemic | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Students are not perfect, and we spend much of our time correcting their mistakes. Our challenge is in correcting these mistakes in a useful rather than in a discouraging manner. Fortunately, as Dr. Richard Curwin argues cogently in his recent Edutopia blog post.


There are ways that we can structure our classrooms and change how we view and talk about mistakes that will actually encourage learning.  Here are a few ways to do just that.

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Beyond the Chalkboard: 5 Apps That Will Change the Way Your Students Learn | Edudemic

Beyond the Chalkboard: 5 Apps That Will Change the Way Your Students Learn | Edudemic | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Despite technology’s onward march, the fundamentals of teaching have remained relatively unchanged. Sure, phones are smarter and software is freakishly advanced, but the role of a well-informed, caring adult is more important than ever — someone who connects to the student on a human level, shepherding the often overwhelming path to subject comprehension.

 

In light of this, the mere notion of altering tried-and-true methods of teaching is met with skepticism, even outright hostility by many lifelong educators. Be that as it may, turning a blind eye to the unprecedented needs of digital natives benefits no one. We are, after all, talking about children that learn to use mobile apps before tying their own shoelaces.

 

Quality educational technology seeks to enhance, not obliterate, the role of teachers. Indeed, having an engaged classroom is half the battle, and the apps listed below assist brilliantly in accomplishing just that.

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The Popular Drawing and Sketching App Paper Is Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Popular Drawing and Sketching App Paper Is Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Fifty Three announced today that all premium tools that come with its popular app Paper are now free. As you probably know, Paper is free to download but the basic version has only few features and users had to pay up to $8 in in-app purchase to get extra tools and functionalities. With this new update, all the premium features are now available for everyone for free.

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How to easily record video of your classes online (step-by-step)

How to easily record video of your classes online (step-by-step) | BHS Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Using Google Hangouts on Air can enable teachers to create an online repository of videos of their classes. Students can watch them as needed.
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