An edtech teaching toolkit should include reliable tools for your needs and circumstances. Whether that includes Kahoot!, Screencast-O-Matic, or Scratch, it's ultimately about your teacher-student relationship.
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.
The idea behind the shift? A kind of empathy–moving beyond see one’s self, and moving towards seeing one’s self in the physical and digital company of others. As digital technology and social media become more deeply embedded in our lives, and more nuanced in their function, this is a shift whose time has come. The question becomes, then, what’s the next evolution of this idea?
That’s a pretty general and subjective idea. The best for them as human beings–health, finances, and entertainment? The best for them in the classroom? To connect with other educators? To stay on top of emerging tools and trends in education? To use with students?
For iOS, Android, or Windows Phone? Can we assume there’s WiFi access? Is data use an issue? What about data privacy? And what do we mean by “free” Truly free? Are in-app purchases available? Necessary? Is it a free version that has hideous banners everywhere?
To say that there is a lot to consider is an understatement.
That said, we’ve taken a wide-lens view of the modern teacher and taken a stab at what might be considered 50 of the best really, truly actually free apps available for iOS. They may have some paid options, but they’re each entirely useful without spending a penny.
After making 100 videos, a veteran flipped learning educator reflects on what he's learned: keep it simple, employ differentiated instruction tools, and respect students' schedules.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Probably one of the best "lessons learned" articles about flipping the classroom I've read. Answers the question, "What the digital sweet spot regarding the length of a flipped classroom.?" Also, "How far ahead should the videos be provided?". Joe also emphasizes the most important aspect of a flipped classroom.... it's not about the videos and what happens outside the classroom, but rather what happens INSIDE the classroom as a result of viewing the videos prior to class.
Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the 3rd Annual Smart Lists. Throughout October and November you’ll see about 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work.
Today we are recognizing 35 open resources for K-12, postsecondary, and anytime learning.
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.
STEAM, English Language Arts, and Social Studies are among the core-curricular skills students practice within the larger context of cultural investigations on topics such as what it’s like to grow up in Turkey or Cambodia, the causes and effects of poverty globally, and how recipes from Spain, Russia, Holland and the American South reflect regional beliefs and customs.
ePals Experiences are designed to inspire, challenge and empower kids by opening their minds to new understandings and points of view,” says Cricket Media CEO, Katya Andresen. “When they collaborate on language learning or other activities with peers in places like Thailand or Argentina, these personal connections foster the global awareness and empathy called for in the 21st century.”
We had a crazy idea over the weekend here at Daily Genius. What if we organized all the top education technology tools into a simple graphic? Then we took it a step further by identifying some of the best ways to organize data into a single visual. What better way to do that than by taking a page from the Periodic Table of the Elements? So we set out to identify the top edtech tools and conferences and then figured out which categories they all fit into.
We created a collection of 12 of the best math apps for kids–specifically, elementary school students. We focused on the kinds of apps that introduce students to concepts, as well as those that let students practice and progress. Better yet, many are adaptive learning apps, adjusting in difficulty to meet an individual student at their level. Some (e.g., ProdigyGame) also feature dashboards as well for both teachers and students track progress over time.
You’ve seen it when you visit Twitter – a million and one different hashtags are used every day. Some are actually helpful when you are trying to search for important things like #GOPDebate or #NationalCatDay. Some of them are #completelymadeupandridiculous, either on accident or on purpose.
But one thing is clear – when you use hashtags strategically, you can join popular conversations and strengthen the impact of your tweets. Some best practices when using hashtags include:
If you are looking for digital tools in the education category prepare to make yourself comfortable. Over 80,000 apps are labeled “educational” in online app stores. The notion of “educational app” implies that children will acquire new knowledge and skills as a result of their activities. However, research from the Science of Learning shows that not all learning apps are created equal—or are even designed with learning in mind for that matter.
Use the Four Pillars developed by the Science of Learning to determine if an app is truly educational, and select educational apps with real substance. Apps that don’t make the grade are equal to digital candy or cognitive junk food.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Simple evaluation tool that determines the quality of an "educational" app. I'm considering turning this into an activity in my EDU120 class.
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.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Seems like Kahoot is all the rage these days. What with Halloween right around the corner, this might be an engaging brain break activity.
This evening I received an email from a friend who was looking for advice on how to sign and email a document without printing it because she didn't have a working printer at home. My suggestion was to use HelloSign. HelloSign makes it easy to sign PDFs and Word documents without having to print them. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use HelloSign in your web browser. HelloSign is also available as an Android and iOS app.
For as long as I have been a teacher, I have been showing videos in class. While not a revolutionary idea, back when I first started I would show a video related to the lesson and hand out an accompanying question sheet to make sure the students were focusing on the main ideas. I would call out helpful reminders like “Number 3 is coming up!” to ensure that students were paying attention.
They were not.
My high school students were sometimes doodling on the paper, staring out the window, or hoping to just get the answers at the end from myself or a friend. But the content was so good and so relevant! I thought. These were primary source accounts! How could students not be engaged? What could I change to make the topic and delivery more relevant? That’s when the lightbulb went off.
Deb Gardner's insight:
A different "take" on Document Based Questions (DBQ). This article explains VBQ - video based questions by integrating video clips (either on YouTube or student created) and pairing them with questions that incite critical thinking.
Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the second annual Smart Lists. During October and November you’ll see about 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work.
Today we are recognizing 55+ thought leading blogs, blasts and EdTech sites you should be plugged-in to.
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