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My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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Google Forms Can Now Automatically Grade Quizzes Without an Add-on

Google Forms Can Now Automatically Grade Quizzes Without an Add-on | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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This is going to make using Google Forms SO much easier for quick formative assessments!
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Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities

Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
This is the time of year that we think about activities that we can do to help students review the school year. At this time of the year I frequently receive requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. The tools presented in the slides below can be used to create online games, iPad games, video quizzes, and interactive classroom exercises that engage students in reviewing the year's lessons.
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Review Halloween Safety With Kahoot

Review Halloween Safety With Kahoot | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In this week's Practical Ed Tech Newsletter I demonstrated how to search for, duplicate, and edit quizzes in Kahoot's public gallery. If take a look at that video, you'll notice that I found lots of quizzes about Halloween and Halloween safety. Playing those quizzes could be a great way to review Halloween safety with kids before they head out to trick o' trick this Saturday. If you missed it earlier, I have the video embedded below.

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Seems like Kahoot is all the rage these days. What with Halloween right around the corner, this might be an engaging brain break activity.

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Three Ways of Assessing Students' Understanding Through Mobile Phones

Three Ways of Assessing Students' Understanding Through Mobile Phones | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As all good teachers know, a score on a quiz, on a test, or the completion of a large project doesn't always give us the full picture of what students know about a topic. Let's take a look at three ways to assess a student's understanding through the use of their mobile phones.

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Three #edtech Tools Worth Exploring Right Now | CTQ

Three #edtech Tools Worth Exploring Right Now | CTQ | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

An interesting email landed in my inbox the other day.  A middle school teacher from California asked me what #edtech tools I was planning on using this year.  "There's so many tools to choose from," he wrote.  "Where should I start?"

 

While there's no one right answer to his question -- choosing #edtech tools should start with a clear sense for the kind of learning space that you are trying to create -- here are three tools that I've used in my classroom already this year:

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Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection

Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Too often, conversations about digital portfolios center on the tools: how to save, share, and publish student work. Mastering the technical component of digital portfolios is critical, and students do need an opportunity to showcase their work to a broader audience. However, when we let the process of curate > reflect > publish serve as the sole focal point, digital portfolios become summative in nature and are viewed as an add-on at the end of a unit, project, or activity.

For digital portfolios to be truly valuable to both teachers and students, they need to provide insight into not only what students created, but also how and why. If the ultimate goal is to develop students as learners, then they need an opportunity for making connections to content as well as the overarching learning objectives.
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5 Outside of the Box Assessments Ideas

5 Outside of the Box Assessments Ideas | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As another school year comes to a close, many of us are designing our end of the year assessments or knee deep grading them. For those still in the planning stages of their end of the year assessments, I want to encourage you to think outside of the box. The final assessment does not have to be a
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ClassDojo Releases a Streamlined New App - Now You Can Send Pictures Too

ClassDojo Releases a Streamlined New App - Now You Can Send Pictures Too | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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I started using this in my teacher prep courses to help teaching candidates quantify dispositions and behaviors. Stay tuned for an update...

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Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole-School Approach

Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole-School Approach | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
In principal Matt Renwick's school, digital portfolios are comprehensive collections of student work that drive assessment & goal setting for teachers and kids.
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An effective way to document growth and share it meaningfully with students, parents and colleagues.

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45 Powerful Tools To Create Polls And Quizzes In The Classroom - Edudemic

45 Powerful Tools To Create Polls And Quizzes In The Classroom - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Using polling tools in the classroom is probably old hat by now. There are a ton of different tools available to teachers – many of them free- and they’re being put to use in a variety of different ways. From simply polling your class to get information and opinions to taking quizzes and having your students poll for group work or projects, there are a lot of possibilities out there for these types of tools. Check out this awesome List.ly – its filled chock full of 45 tools to create quizzes or polls in your classroom. Do you have any favorites that aren’t included in the list? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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4 Powerful Formative Assessment Tools For The Chromebook Classroom

4 Powerful Formative Assessment Tools For The Chromebook Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As more and more Chromebooks hit the classroom, redefining instruction and instructional practices is getting easier and easier – you just have to know where to start. One step in the process is to rethink the way you gather crucial information about each student and their journey towards mastery of a concept.

Deb Gardner's insight:

1) Socrative

2) Google Forms

3) Geddit

4) Kahoot

 

Two are new to me and two "old friends" 

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Forms and Google Sheets can be very useful for collecting all kinds of information from students and others. Three of the most common uses of Google Forms and Sheets in schools are creating quizzes, conducting surveys, and organizing workflow. The following videos, screenshots, and links will help you learn how to use Google Forms and Sheets in your classroom.

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Socrative 2.0 Is Coming In September

Socrative 2.0 Is Coming In September | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Earlier this month it was announced that Socrative had received a sizable investment. Part of that announcement included hints of what is to come from Socrative. Today, Socrative announced what a few of those features will be when Socrative 2.0 is released to everyone in September.

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I don't think a week has gone by when I haven't read something on Richard's blog that I can use (or suggest using) in my classroom. Check out Byrne's blog; better yet add him to your Feedly subscriptions.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Rubrics for Assessing Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and Digital Portfolios

Free Technology for Teachers: Rubrics for Assessing Wikis, Blogs, Podcasts, and Digital Portfolios | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The University of Wisconsin, Stout has organized a nice collection of rubrics for assessing digital projects. In the collection you will find rubrics for assessing student blogging, student wikis, podcasts, and video projects. Beyond the rubrics for digital projects there are rubrics for activities that aren't necessarily digital in nature. For example, you can find rubrics for writing, research, and oral presentations.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Have You Tried Kahoot's Ghost Mode?

Free Technology for Teachers: Have You Tried Kahoot's Ghost Mode? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The buzz coming out of the Tech Share Live session at FETC today was all about the "ghost mode" in Kahoot. Kahoot's ghost mode essentially gives students the opportunity to play a Kahoot review game against themselves. In ghost mode students measure their progress against themselves.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Love this! The idea is to "compete" with yourself to earn a better score.

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60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate Understanding

60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate Understanding | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate Understanding
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Some involved ed tech and some don't. Ensure students are aware of how their work will be assessed when the project is explained.

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How to Create a Progress Chart in Google Sheets

How to Create a Progress Chart in Google Sheets | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Flippity provides a handful of great Google Sheets templates. I've featured their Random Name Picker, Flashcard, and Jeopardy templates in the past. The latest Flippity template that I've tried is their Progress Indicator template. With that template you can create a progress chart that will update whenever you update the data in the chart. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of how to use Flippity's Progress Indicator template.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Beyond Assessment: 3 Other Uses for Socrative

Free Technology for Teachers: Beyond Assessment: 3 Other Uses for Socrative | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Socrative is a free student response system that works on any device. With its built-in quick questions and quiz options, it is an incredible resource for formative and summative assessments. However, Socrative can be used for more than just quizzes.

Deb Gardner's insight:

One of my fave classroom tools!

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Response: Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios

Response: Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Several educators - Rusul Alrubail, Michael Fisher, Frank Serafina, Kristin Ziemke, Kate Muhtaris, Jeb Schenck, and Joe Rommel - share suggestions on how to effectively utilize digital portfolios with students.
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10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips

10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

These are just a few of the questions reflective educators are left to contemplate after the bell has rung.  In truth, many of these reflective questions educators are left asking themselves can be addressed if they use an exit ticket. Exit tickets are a simple, quick and oftentimes insightful formative assessment method employed close to the end of a lesson. It is a simple task that requires learners to answer a few questions or perform certain tasks explored during the learning process.

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Reflections on the Class Dojo Kerfuffle | CTQ

Reflections on the Class Dojo Kerfuffle | CTQ | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Based on the posts I've been seeing in my Twitterstream lately, I probably shouldn't admit this, but I am a Class Dojo(link is external) user.

 

I know the complaints that people have with the app:  Awarding points for good behavior feels Pavlovian; allowing peers to see points awarded and taken away from their classmates can be publicly embarrassing; and patterns established over time might just result in kids being unfairly labeled.

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From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

You know the feeling--that “gotta-get-this-grading-done” robotic trance. The blinding feeling of grading close to 180 essays. The guilt of balancing meaningful feedback without taking three weeks to do it.

 

I needed to change the tedious and difficult writing process in my classroom. So, I turned to Google tools.

 

Google scripts and add-ons to Google Drive drastically changed my approach to giving writing feedback. I have been able to quickly develop meaningful “writers workshops”, give individualized feedback throughout the writing process, and provide timely comments to a large student caseload.

 

With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process.

 

Here are my favorite Google tools that have changed the way I approach writing feedback.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Assessment solutions that are helpful for students and manageable for teachers. #gogoogle

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

During the summer, you'll want to improve your teaching and lessons, but how do you decide where to start? Your students! I use these three ways to get feedback from my students on my lessons, activities, and what I can do to improve next year.

Deb Gardner's insight:

I could use this at the college level. I like the combination of using discussion through focus groups as well as providing an alternative way to get feedback using Google Forms and anonymous notes.

 

Interesting that Ms. Davis also suggests using Wordle to paste text to quickly analyze possible trends.

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FlipQuiz Offers an Easy Way to Create Jeopardy-style Games

FlipQuiz Offers an Easy Way to Create Jeopardy-style Games | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

FlipQuiz is a new site designed to make it easy for teachers to create and display Jeopardy-style review games. To create a game just register for a free account then select "new board." Your new board will have six columns and five rows, but you do not have to use all of the columns and rows and you can add or subtract questions at any time. To create your questions simply type in the question and answer boxes. When you're ready to use your game click the "presentation view" to display it through a projector. Try a demo quiz on the FlipQuiz homepage to see how the presentation view works.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Updated - A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment

Free Technology for Teachers: Updated - A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Back in January I published a guide to using backchannels in the classroom. Shortly after I published that guide Wallwisher changed its name to Padlet. This weekend I updated the guide to include the Padlet name as well as some updated directions. The guide includes ideas and directions for using Padlet, Socrative, and TodaysMeet. You can download the guide here and view it as embedded below

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