I was immersed in the “digital conversion” almost 10 years ago and it was extremely overwhelming for me. I suddenly taught fourth grade to 30 students who all had a laptop. I felt like I had 72 subscriptions and passwords, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I needed technology to make my life easier, not more difficult!
There are always things I want to do better. This morning, while prepping for a conference presentation on#GeniusHour, I realized that I had a pretty clear cut list for growth and reflection for next year.
Educators, especially those of you in rural communities—you shouldn’t have to go out and find good professional development on your own. Your state should provide it. But where do state administrators start?
Students can experience new cultures, history, and understand the world in better ways with virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearables. Teachers are using these technologies to send learners on virtual field trips or getting students to keep track of their steps, cardio, and health with fitness bands. These technologies help engage learners by providing sensory learning and sparking curiosity and imagination.
In a very short time, Pokemon GO has pushed augmented reality (AR) into the mainstream. Its ability to overlay digital animations onto the real world using your phone's camera and screen is unlike any other popular game before it. But Pokemon GO isn't the only app that seamlessly blends virtual objects into the real world. Here are the best AR apps not linked with Nintendo.
In my opinion, it’s crucial to be able to explain how technology could benefit them, either personally or in their teaching. But not just explain, but do so in a couple of minutes – and certainly no more than five.
“Too much of our education system is structured like virtual reality. We create an artificial world where subjects like history, science, and physical education are separated into distinct, and unreal, classes without reference to each other.”
As most teachers know, there are many practitioners who espouse writing workshop, but when asked for the guts–the nitty-gritty details of how a person actually goes about it–teachers are hard-pressed to really explain.
One method, called the Socratic seminar, challenges to students to formal discussions about a text based on open-ended questions. Throughout the exercise, students must alternately employ good listening, critical thinking, creativity, and rhetorical prowess.
Imagine that changing education to a blended paradigm is like renovating a large and much loved home that is more than 100 years old and contains lots of wonderful memories.
"We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug."
Instead of installing monitoring software like My Mobile Watchdog and Net Nanny, she wants parents to mentor their children about appropriate use of all the screens they use. “The more walls we build, the more we are just creating little hackers who are just trying to get around the fence,” she says.
How can you make sure your children follow the screen-time rules when they are away from home? WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger joins with advice on the best way to curb media habits, on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero.
These two boys were beginning to grasp the elementary hierarchy of particle physics, without being “taught.”
Here are some reasons why you should consider working with a teacher turned entrepreneur:
We have to be able to help students get the tools they need to flourish in the high-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. Thankfully, we have solutions at our disposal that can help do just that.
Over the last few years I have developed three different lenses through which to see any creative inquiry process. When we are facilitating or planning with clients, schools and teachers we explicitly talk about our Toolset, Skillset and our Mindset.
Faces in the Crowd
At the Google for Education Innovation Academy you will discover how to unlock creativity, translate insights into solutions, experiment rapidly, and build an effective innovation culture in your own schools and organizations. You'll come away with practical approaches, valuable tools and techniques, and the beginnings of an Innovation Project. The Innovation Academy is just the beginning of a journey with your peers - and Google - to impact education in your communities.
A huge congratulations to our very own Annette Slone, Tech Teacher/Coach at Village and Coastal Ridge Elementary Schools. Only 50 people worldwide are selected to attend the Google Innovator Academy each round. We are very proud to send one of our own from York to this highly esteemed academy. Check out Annette's amazing project idea and video application below.
New Links for Teachers
Welcome to this second post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success
Presentations and inspiration from New Hampshire librarian Caitlin Ahern around the Maker Mindset and Genius Hour.
Try your hand at making it big in this game that simulates opening up a T-shirt online business. Do you have the financial know how to build an empire?
CoSpaces gives your imagination a place to unfold: Fantasy worlds, immersive birthday cards or virtual museums – with the free online platform you can easily create whatever you want in 3D and explore it in virtual reality, 360° or on a regular screen. Your creativity is the limit!
Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.
The best fieldtrip of their young lives is just a few simple steps away.
I have made eight digital BreakoutEDU activities. Please have a look, attempt to crack the locks, and give me feedback! Can you succeed in 45 minutes?
Use this checklist to self assess and reflect on student learning and HyperDoc integration.
Match the correct tool for the appropriate application or project. Digital Designers, Directors and Developers list curated by Kelly Hilton.
Google Tips and Tricks
Technology is allowing students to express themselves in ways never imagined. One way to get students to think about the learning process is to have them create portfolios, which not only lets them exhibit their understanding of deep content for others to see, but also encourages them to reflect on their own progress and growth over time.
Google Forms has long been a favorite tool for schools, and one of the most popular uses for Forms has always been online assessments.
Yep, I’m talking about Google Chrome again! One of my favorite little features in Google Chrome is called incognito mode. Incognito mode is a clean window that is not automatically logged into anything, and it doesn’t save your history or save cookies.
I love using Google Classroom. It solves the sharing permissions problem when using Google Docs and makes it so easy for me to find all student work in one convenient place in Google Drive. When I have a specific wish for Google Classroom I use Google Apps Script to create a custom solution.
Upcoming Free PD Webinars for Educators from CTL
The CTL Professional Development Webinar series is designed to give Education professionals timely and relevant information on EdTech tools and resources from CTL and our partners. These free webinars feature presentations from experienced educators holding certifications such as Google Certified Educator, Google Certified Administrator and Google Certified Trainer.
Thursday, August 25
Google+ for Professional Learning
Wednesday, September 28
Become a Google Classroom Guru
Wednesday, October 19,
Google Forms for Educators
Tuesday, November 29,
Google Chrome Time Saving Tips
Back to School Webinar Series from Discovery Education
Back-to-School Webinar Series: Prepare for a great school year by learning the "Top 5 Things to Know" about your current Streaming service, and review the latest updates we've made for Back-to-School. Register using the links below:
o Thursday, September 8th @ 3:00pm EST
o Thursday, September 22nd @ 7:00pm EST