With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution. While there …
’ve spent a great deal of time this summer preparing and facilitating professional development for teachers involving the integration of iPads into the classroom. So when I inadvertently came across this really neat iPad Bingo visual while searching for edtech infographics on Pinterest, I knew I had to further investigate this concept.
Well, my surfing resulted in the following: Media technology specialist Josh Borzick from Oak Creek, Wisconsin created the iPad Bingo site to provide teachers with integration ideas related to six apps—Google Drive, Skitch, 30 Hands, Popplet, Doceri and Touchcast. The page includes the iPad Bingo card, which contains a set of activities for students to learn how to utilize each app at varying degrees of difficulty.
"The guide can be used in a variety of settings (classrooms, clubs, museums, libraries, and more) with a variety of learners (K-12, college, and beyond). No prior experience with computer programming is required, only a sense of adventure!"
"Graphite is one of the amazing platforms that connects teachers with technology. Graphite is a free website from Common Sense Media that provides reviews of the latest exciting innovations in educational technology, everything from video games that help students learn algebra to lectures they can watch online."
When we ‘research’ things now, we generally aren’t referring to spending time in a library – or even referring to spending time online accessing specific library or school research databases. The word ‘research’ largely refers to the act of typing words into your internet search bar and seeing what the Wise Old Web tells you. …
"Google Drive on the iPad provide teachers and students an effective way of accessing, organising, sharing and providing feedback on student work.
In the following slides an effective workflow is proposed with examples. View the slides for step by step instructions or download it as a PDF. http://organising%20your%20ipad%20classroom%20with%20google%20drive/
"National Geographic has tons of fantastic apps and The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom is a great choice for upper elementary and middle school students. This interactive app introduces children to the Underground Railroad by placing them in first person experiences. They’ll have to make decisions on how to proceed from on step to the next while they learn about this period in history."
"A connected classroom is a learning environment that is open to the outside world. One in which students get engaged in real life authentic learning that starts within their classroom and extends to reach other global learners. With the widespread of internet connection and web 2.0 technologies, creating a connected classroom becomes way easier than any time before. But before we delve into the web tools to use to open the doors of your classroom to to a global audience, let me first share with you some of the academic pluses of using a connected classroom approach"
With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution.
While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and approaches within Google Drive that classroom teachers can take that range from manual organization and file / folder sharingto advanced automation with tools such asDoctopus, Google Classroom provides a viable option that strikes a balance – blending tight integration with Google Drive, an intuitive interface and advanced features that experienced Google Drive users are looking for.
"Welcome to the seventh step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging!
The aim of this step is to:
Discuss copyright, fair use and using images on blogs.Introduce you to Creative commons.Explain how to find and add creative commons images to posts.Discuss what are free and public domain images; and how to source them."
Without professional development that can give teachers the full practical knowledge on the use of technology, you will not see technology being successfully integrated in the classrooms for better learning.
"Today I am bringing you a great find I learned through TechChef4U. This is a list of useful iPad apps to transform your teaching. The list is created by Rachel Jones ( from Create Innovate Explore ) and features some really great titles that every teacher should know about. And though most of these apps have already been featured here in this blog in several past instances, the list also contains some new apps I never had the chance to share here ( e.g., Moldiv, Memrise, and Green Screen Movie FX).'
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.
With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of appsvoted on by educators around the country.
“I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand.