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All The New Google Drive Updates Teachers Should Know about

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August 1, 2014 Google has recently released some important updates to its Google Drive. I have already covered each of these updates in separate posts but for those of you who haven't seen them yet,...


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Assessment and Rubrics

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Assessing Student Learning

Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?”

Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document).

The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters. The technology itself is simply neutral. Consider: would a teacher grade the pen a student used to write an essay? Of course not! They grade what the student writes. It’s what students create with the tool that is at the heart of learning and assessment.

Formative vs. Summative AssessmentPerformance is most often analyzed through formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment is ongoing and provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning for a more effective outcome. It not only helps to monitor student progress throughout an activity, but can also gauge student understanding and readiness to proceed to further tasks. Alternately, summative assessment focuses on a particular point in time, such as a test at the end of a unit or grading term.Regardless, whether the immediate assessment is formative or summative, a teacher needs to be able to distinguish between the capabilities of the tool and the students’ performance using it. To illustrate, anyone can easily produce a visually stunning and captivating video presentation using iMovie as it has built-in easy-to-use professional effects. Therefore, to assess a movie presentation effectively, the teacher needs evidence of the thinking that went into the creation of the movie. Rather than grade the end product, educators must focus on the process -- research, writing, image selection, etc. This allows teachers to focus on learning throughout the whole project rather than the flashy, finished product.Rubrics to Measure Student Learning

Providing detailed explanations of an assignment using an online rubric, created with tools such as Rubistar or Digital Media Scoring Guides, can assist students in both completing tasks and thinking about their performance. Additionally, these tools allow teachers to create rubrics quickly with a greater level of meaningful feedback. They can also easily be shared among teachers and saved or modified for future assignments.


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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare


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All of his plays in one place in a neat, user-friendly site.

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The Staggering Number Of Schools That Have Gone Google - Edudemic

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The sheer number of schools that have gone Google are simply incredible. More than 20 million students are currently using Google Apps.

 

http://www.edudemic.com/2013/07/the-staggering-number-of-schools-that-have-gone-google/


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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.

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Create Motivational Images With AutoMotivator

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If you're not out of school yet, you probably will be soon. If you're looking for something to pep-up your classroom a bit for the last couple of weeks of school, consider creating your own motivational poster.
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Google Brings History to Life With Online Exhibitions

Google Brings History to Life With Online Exhibitions | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it

Now you can learn about 42 important historical events from the last century on your home computer.


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Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher

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"Surviving as a teacher isn’t easy. Between the sheer work load, diversity of tasks, brutal pace, and seemingly divergent initiatives pulling you in a thousand directions, education can break even the most noble spirits. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Below are ten tips to keep you ticking when things get tough."

The post also suggests that as teachers we need to find the balance between the needs of our learners and content. For some great suggestions check out this post!


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10 Free Tools for Everyday Research - Getting Smart

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Why do so many students choose Wikipedia when asked to find information on the Internet? I believe the answer is that Wikipedia is like the McDonalds of the Internet, you can always find it and you know what you’re going to get.

Check out the 10 free tools, including Google Search Education, Google Custom Search, the Find Tool, a variety of search engines (although I would also include Carrot2 at http://search.carrot2.org/stable/search) and more!


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5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards.pdf

An overview that covers:

• Lead High-Level, Text-Based Discussions
• Focus on Process, Not Just Content
• Create Assignments for Real Audiences and with Real Purpose
• Teach Argument, Not Persuasion
• Increase Text Complexity


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An Illustration of Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture

The Flipped Classroom: The Full picture is not about watching videos as homework.


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For this first scoop, some basics with the Flipped Classroom concept, during 2 years (at least we will give you some topics about this concept during an Eu project with France, Spain, Germany and Turkey)

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8 Steps to Create an Infographic | Visual.ly

8 Steps to Create an Infographic | Visual.ly | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it

8 Steps to Create an Infographic via Michael Biondo of Mainstreethost...


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Web 2.0 for the Under 13s crowd

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Way useful: Web 2.0 for the Under 13s crowd http://t.co/2xZcuH6Z via @zite Tags: #from_twitter send2blog...


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Part 2: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit

Part 2: Forty Educational Websites To Put In Your Toolkit | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it
  It is still summer time and I am sharing some of those websites I feel should be in every teacher's toolbox! I have forty... maybe more... and I am sending out ten new ones in each post. Thi...

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This is the 2nd installment in a group of four,

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A Wonderful New Google Cheat Sheet to Improve Students Search Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful New Google Cheat Sheet to Improve Students Search Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it

Great resource to keep and share with your students to help them make the most of Google!


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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Google Calendar Tutorials for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Google Calendar Tutorials for Teachers | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it

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Even more ways to use Google to help you spend your time more efficiently!

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10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.

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A teacher's complete guide to using Google Voice to collect classwork and homework

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This entry will guide you through how to set up and use a Google Voice account for the purpose of collecting spoken homework, such as for a language class. The focus of this entry is not to give an...

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How Technology Inspires Creativity In The Classroom

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Are you ready to make technology and creativity a big part of your classroom? Technology inspires creativity like little else and it's time to take a close look at what technology really means for your classroom.
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What Is Geocaching?

Geocaching is great way to get people outdoors, use geospatial technologies and have fun with the whole family. 

 

Tags: GPS, edtech, geospatial, technology, location.


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I have tried geocaching and it really does make you use geospatial tools. You have to know exactly where you are in reference to a map, you have to know directions in which you must travel, and you know you have to reach a certain place. While a fun activity, it is also a great geographic learning tool. 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Sketchnotes & Visual Thinking: A Different Way of Note-taking

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Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking.
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Mobile Devices and the Common Core

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Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education

Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it

Like reading, writing, and arithmetic, web literacy is both content and activity. You don’t just learn “about” reading: you learn to read. You don’t just learn “about” arithmetic: you learn to count and calculate.


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Visualize Everything: 32 Free Tools To Create Different Diagrams

Visualize Everything: 32 Free Tools To Create Different Diagrams | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it

By Daniels Mekss

 

Excellent collection of free tools for developing charts and diagrams. Mekss has gone out of the way to gather a very powerful set of free tools. This is definitely worth checking out. -JL


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Apps for Common Core Math Standards, Grades 9-12

Apps for Common Core Math Standards, Grades 9-12 | Students Learning with Laptops | Scoop.it
RT @nancyrubin: RT @pgsimoes: #edtech Apps for Common Core Math Standards, Grades 9-12 http://t.co/mKkNPAl7 (@cyndidannerkuhn)...

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