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Things You Really Need to Learn

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This is, in my view, what you need to learn in order to be successful. Moreover, it is something you can start to learn this year, no matter what grade you're in, no matter how old you are.

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Little SIS for Google Classroom by @astillman - Teacher Tech

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Guest blog post by Andrew Stillman

For many of the same reasons I created Doctopus, I agree with Alice Keeler that Google Classroom — used imaginatively, #notjustforworksheets;) — has an amazing potential to change the way kids and teachers interact and learn.  Simply put, Google Classroom makes it easier to manage tasks that involve rich student creation, collaboration, iteration, and timely feedback — essential ingredients for powerful learning at any age, and what school ought to be about.

Make Google Classroom Setup Easier

In this vein, one of the creations we’ve been simmering and stewing at Amplified Labs is called Little SIS for Classroom, which is built on the idea that Google Classroom can become much more widely adopted, and benefit more students with its transformative power, if it were even easier to set-up — specifically, if teachers didn’t have to build and update their Classroom rosters over time as students come and go from their official class lists. 

Little SIS

Here’s how Little SIS makes this possible.  By using data from your district’s Student Information System, Little SIS:

Sets up new Classroom Classes for teachers who need them.
Links onto existing Classroom classes for those who already have them. 
Keeps Google Classroom rosters synchronized with your official class rosters. No join codes or invites necessary. Kids are added and removed automatically every day.
Little SIS for Classroom offers deep insight into the way Google Classroom is currently being used by teachers across your G Suite for EDU domain, and gives IT leadership the automation superpowers they need to drive meaningful Classroom adoption at any scale, from a pilot group, to a single school, to your whole district."

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New Year's Resolution: I'm Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom

New Year's Resolution: I'm Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I don’t typically make “pie in the sky” New Year’s resolutions, but
this year I am bound and determined to move ALL assessment into the classroom!

This may sound like a crazy resolution given that most teachers spend hours of time outside of school assessing their students’ work. However, there are three reasons I’d argue we should NOT spend our time outside of class grading:
Our prep time is better spent designing creative and engaging lessons.
Real-time feedback and assessment are way more effective.
We don’t get paid for the time we spend grading outside of class.
The main reason most teachers spend hours grading outside of their school day is because of lack of time. I believe this lack of time stems from our approach to teaching. If teachers spend the majority of their class lecturing or transferring information, there isn’t time for consistent, real-time feedback.

As I’ve embraced technology and blended learning models, I’ve found it much easier to create time and space to provide feedback as students are working. Below are three blended learning models. I’ll explain how I plan to use each specifically to create the time needed to move assessment back into the classroom.

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Activate Learning Innovators

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Activating Learners: Steps to Success
Allow me to share some action steps I have learned with past initiatives such as  Pathways to Advance Virtual Education (PAVE), EC3 iPads in the Classroom , and the Technology Integration Lead Teacher (TILT) Program in several settings. Take these action steps to get a similar effort started in your school or district.
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Five Ideas to Go Beyond SAMR… How Deep is the Learning in Your Technology Integration?

Five Ideas to Go Beyond SAMR… How Deep is the Learning in Your Technology Integration? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
It is wonderful to see that SAMR is a great place to start. It provides the teacher with some definitions and an understanding of how technology can both facilitate learning while also expanding it. In fact, teaching teachers about the line in between SA and MR allows teachers to see if they are on the road to transformation. This is often referred to as teaching above… or below… the line.

I am certain you are waiting for that “however”… so here it comes. SAMR is one model, and perhaps a first step, in helping teachers understand technology integration and transformational learning. Do not stop with SAMR! Try to understand that a lesson at the top of SAMR may not be the ultimate learning opportunity in technology integration. As you facilitate teachers on a best practices journey it will be important to look at lessons with some other filters, SAMR, after all, is only one. Let’s take a look at some other concepts we must keep in mind as we help educators understand SAMR. Please enjoy the ideas below, and by now you must know that in future posts I will be building upon these important ideas.
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5 Steps to Get Started With Google Cardboard VR Viewer in Your Classroom — Emerging Education Technologies

5 Steps to Get Started With Google Cardboard VR Viewer in Your Classroom — Emerging Education Technologies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
At About $15 per ‘headset’, Google Cardboard Provides an Inexpensive Intro to Virtual Reality, Bringing Learning to Life in Your Classroom Two related technologies that are really starting to gain momentum and show the promise of fun, engaged learning...
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Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

While other parts of business and marketing are becoming increasingly automated, content creation is still a very manual job.


That being said, there are plenty of tools out there to make creating content much easier.


Below, you'll find a list of 36 fantastic tools and resources to help you research, write, edit, and design content more easily.


(You'll notice there are a lot of design tools in here -- that's because visual content is often the part of the content creation process where people get the most nervous and frustrated. So don't worry, we've got a ton in there for you.)...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 21, 2016 10:52 AM

Make content creation easier (and more fun) with these 35 free tools and resources from Lindsay Kolowich at HubSpot. I thought I knew all the tools but she's updated the list and you'll find several social media tools you didn't know before. Christmas comes early. Highly recommended! 11/10. ;-)

Mike McCallister's curator insight, December 22, 2016 10:59 AM

I use several of these tools regularly, and can recommend every one of them. I suspect I'll be investigating some of the visual/design options heading into the new year. Use this list to expand your reach in 2017!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, Today, 5:06 AM
Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources