The Creation Station at Village Elementary School is full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!
Surely you’ve heard the not-so-funny joke that if Rip Van Winkle were to wake up today he’d recognize only one thing: the classroom, with its cookie-cutter rows of desks and a blackboard and teacher up front. But we all know that mobile devices allow digital learning to take place anywhere—on a bus, a beach, a bed, or at a ball game. That’s why some districts are turning their libraries, unused closets, and classrooms into open, collaborative spaces that better reflect the open, collaborative learning of today.
This year will change the way we live, let us visit new worlds, and lead us into a jobless future.
It’s no easy thing to stand out at a show so vast and pioneering, but here are 10 of the coolest things we saw debut this year that could revolutionize 2016.
The technologies of tomorrow are already making headway into education, and others are poised for mass distribution in 2016.
Below are 4 infographics I created to help you integrate mobile learning, engage your learners with lesson starters, help youbecome a teacherpreneur, and use web tools and devices effectively. Click on the icon to discover a page full of tips and free resources.
The cost has been the elimination of dull, monotonous and repetitive jobs. But AI is a broad and complex area of endeavour, only one of which is robotics.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that he is setting up a $100 million education fund that is designed to help children with their education.
In August 2007, Chris Messina introduced hashtags (#) into Twitter’s code, which meant anyone using the platform could add a # sign front of any word(s) without spaces to make it a clickable link leading to a page where all tweets with this hashtag were aggregated. Hashtags are now used on other social media sites, like Facebook, Instagram, and GooglePlus.
BC becomes the second province in Canada to make this move; last year Nova Scotia announced computer coding this fall. Other countries, such as Britain and Australia, are also working to implement it.
Do today’s students need to be empowered learners, knowledge constructors, innovative designers? Should they be computational thinkers and global collaborators?
In an era when smart phones, social media and videogames dominate social interaction and digital sales charts, how have board games not only survived but thrived?
Developmentally appropriate use of classroom technology can be a powerful tool for early childhood educators.
Too often, projects are not the main thing because teachers need the time and support to make shifts in their practice from more traditional approaches. They may have assigned “projects” before, but have trouble seeing how they can teach more of their curriculum via PBL.
When students have access to mobile devices in school, either in a 1:1 or BYOD environment, much of what happens in their school lives cross over into their personal lives.
Maine 2016 teacher of the Year Talya Edlund recently shared some thoughts about teaching 21st century skills. Her article appeared in the Bangor Daily News January 9-10, 2016.
Faces in the Crowd
This is a new section that I have added, so that we can highlights some of the wonderful things people in York are doing with integrated technology, Project Based Learning and following the Maker Mind Set. I hope you enjoy!
In this paper bag challenge, students at VES were given a bag with various materials and were asked to create something that could launch a pom pom and a ping pong ball across the room. See what one group came up with for their prototype.
Mr. Moy's 6th grade science class asked students to design a vehicle that could carry an egg and withstand the impact at the end of a ramp with a cinder block without cracking the egg. Here is what one student's test run looked like.
Teachers and students test out the carrot piano programed by a Makey Makey at the York High School Learning Commons Open House.
New Websites for Teachers
Breakout EDU | A platform for immersive learning games.
It's time for something different in education.
Now in open beta. Games for all ages.
The 2016 Student Technology Conference will be held on Saturday January 30th, 2016, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students in grades 6-12 and college. This online event is free to attend, so be sure to invite your friends to attend!
These slides are to help teachers implement video projects with their students. Your feedback is welcome and encouraged.
Can you improv a coherent presentation from images you have never seen?
Enter a tag, press play, and see how well you can communicate a coherent message illustrated by 20 random photos, each one on screen for 20 seconds. Advanced options let you change the number of images and/or the timing.
Differentiate your instruction. Simply drag and drop multimedia onto your digital canvas.
Making Learning Visible with The Collaborative Learning Platform
Google Tips and Tricks
YouTube can be a powerful resource for education with over 4 billion videos watched every day. Despite the number of cat videos, there are actually quite a lot of educationally valuable videos. Google even has their education channels athttps://www.youtube.com/edu where they have currated videos by grade level and subject area.
Add-ons are third party plugins that take your Google Apps usage to the next level. There are countless add-ons to choose from and it can be overwhelming to filter through them all to find the true superstars. But don’t be disheartened, there are definitely plenty of add-ons that can kick your work efficiency into hyperdrive.
As we continue to move more into digital activities for our students, some things that often stay non-digital are physical manipulatives including rulers and protractors.
Google Apps products are designed for work, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be fun. I recently came across several add-ons for Google Sheets that add a little more color and enjoyment into the bland world of spreadsheets.
Parts of Chrome Infographic
Many years ago the height of technology integration was creating an interactive Jeopardy game in PowerPoint. So, I decided to go a little retro and recreate the Jeopardy game in Google Slides.
Take a train ride through the Andes, or hike the Inca Trail, to explore Machu Picchu, the most historic site of the Inca Empire. The temples, terraces and plazas of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, are now available directly on Google Maps.
Bad news: Clearly is going away. So what alternatives are the for Clearly? Thankfully there are other Chrome extensions that perform a similar function. Below we will take a look at four options to consider for you and your students. Watch the video to see each one demonstrated and see the rest of the post below for a quick overview of each with links to install them.
If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware. Just as many individuals have their own channel, curating their expertise in a series of broadcasted lessons.
Whether you are new to Google Classroom, or ready to take your skills to the next level, there is something in here for you.
Students in Mrs. Cleary's AutoCAD Design class at York High School compete in the CAD Car design races. Each student crafted the car using the AutoCAD software, printed their prototype via a 3D printer and tested it out on the test track. Here is a sample race from the day's event.