Monday, March 2, 2015

Tip of the Week: The Power of Audio: Glogster: March 2, 2015

I subscribe to a Glogster blog and found this recent article worthy enough to send along to you.  I think most of us understand how audio can help students learn by reaching those audio/visual learners, but this article explains the impact it can have for ALL learners, and why..



The tool does not have to be "Glogster" .. There are many web tools that allow students and teachers to record their voices or embed music and sounds.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tip of the Week: Symbaloo: February 24, 2015

Symbaloo is a web based visual bookmarking tool or 'webmix' that can be used in many ways to help organize and share resources with your students, your colleagues, or simply for yourself!  Tiles are created for each resource you'd like to link to.  Tiles can link to typical websites but they can also link to audio books or even individual YouTube videos (see previous post about safeshare.tv!)

Megan Bowhers created a Symbaloo linked to audio books and other resources for kindergarteners.

Librarians Janet Jennings and Dorothy Kramer have created Symabloos for their students that include links pertaining to a particular unit of study (Explorers, Civil Rights, for example)... focusing the kids on appropriate resources with the click of a button!

Rebecca Goldthwaite (kindergarten @ Nixon) uses Symbaloo to help her very young students easily navigate to a variety of sites on their iPads that support literacy, math and other curriculum resources.  

Below is a sample of one 'webmix' I created with a few web 2.0 resources we use here in Sudbury:



You can even search Symbaloo for webmixes created by teachers (or anyone) from around the world and use their webmixes, or edit as you wish!  It's amazing how many ideas or new tools you will find by simply checking out other people's webmixes!  There's no need to reinvent the wheel!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tip of the Week: Uncluttered YouTube: February 13, 2015

At our recent ILAP session, Eddie Good reminded me about and shared the online tool called SafeShare.tv.  SafeShare.tv is a free online service that unclutters the viewing area around YouTube videos.  This tool removes the surrounding "suggested videos", related links, and the comments that are typically displayed while viewing a video.   These extra visuals can be distracting, to say the least, especially in a classroom or educational setting.

Simply search for a YouTube video, paste the URL into SafeShare.tv and turn this:



into this:


This new 'safe' link can be used as a standalone video to show to students.  It can also be linked into Schoology, Glogster, your web page, your class wiki, or even a flipchart ... anything that lets you link to a website!  Enjoy!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Tip of The Week: 4 Tech Skills Teachers Don't Need Anymore: January 26, 2015

Last week I posted about the upcoming trends in education. This week I am sharing the 4 technology skills that educators no longer need in today's environment (according to THE Journal, Jan/Feb 2015)..

You no longer need to:
  • Print documents or worry about disk space. Understanding how to take advantage of external drives and cloud space are the preferred and current methods.
  • Carry flash drives or a day planner (I'm guilty of this!). Using a digital calendar allows you the flexibility and mobility that is readily available on any device you carry.
  • Edit documents via email.  The current strategy is to use cloud computing (Google Docs, for example) to post work, share, review and edit..
  • Sign in with multiple logins.  Where appropriate and available, use the single sign-in to access online accounts..


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tip of The Week: 10 Major Technology Trends in Education: January 21, 2015

According to the THE Journal (launched in 1972 and the first magazine to cover education technology) and a recent survey done by Speak Up (representing more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country that included 325,279 students, 32,151 teachers and librarians, 39,986 parents, 4,530 district administrators and, new to this year’s survey, 1,346 community members), the top 10 trends in education are as follows:

  1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices
  2. Internet Connectivity
  3. Use of Video for Classwork and Homework
  4. Mobile Devices for Schoolwork
  5. Using Different Tools for Different Tasks
  6. Paying Attention to the Digital Footprint
  7. An increased Interest in Online Learning
  8. Gaming is Growing, and the Gender Gap is Closed
  9. Social Media in Schools
  10. What Devices Belong in 'The Ultimate School?'

The details of each trend can be found here:

Enjoy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tip of the Week: Educanon - Insert Questions into Movies!: December 8, 2014

Educanon is an amazing and super simple online tool that lets you insert questions (even record your voice), anywhere you want, into a movie! Think about the possibilities! Use this technique as a formal assessment and gather the data from each student! Use it as a station in your classroom by inserting prompts for kids to ponder.. Insert questions as a way to dipstick understanding.. There are so many ways this process can help you and your students deepen understanding on any topic.  The free version allows you to create the following types of questions: 
You can even embed questions that you would normally ask the entire class while playing a movie.  It's an easy way to pause and reflect without you having to remember when/where to press the PAUSE button.

Here is an example of a lesson created by Megan Bowhers for a kindergarten lesson on rhyming words:

https://www.educanon.com/public/52413/139857

The videos must reside on the internet before you can bring them into educanon.  Did you know that every teacher in Sudbury is connected to their very own YouTube channel?  Did you also know that you can upload videos to this channel and share them as publicly or as privately as needed?  While logged in to your Google email, simply go to the grid on the right and locate YouTube!  (you may have to click "More")

This will come in very handy in the future as many online applications now make it easy to embed or link to videos directly from YouTube.. 

Check out some other educanon videos here:




Monday, December 1, 2014

Tip of the Week: The Four S's of Notetaking: Part 4: December 1, 2014

.. the 4th and final..

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"When choosing a note-taking strategy and platform, a key component should be whether or not a student's notes can be shared among peers as well as with teachers, tutors, or parents. Beyond simply emailing a document or copying a piece of paper, digital notes can become a collaborative experience.
Mark Engstrom, an eighth grade Geography teacher in São Paulo, Brazil, experimented with a different style of note taking to build content knowledge in his class. Rather than ask each student to document his or her own learning during a lecture, he created a scenario where they curated their collective knowledge. Students assumed different responsibilities and employed strategies with an eye toward contributing to the class experience.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the ????

While Mueller and Oppenheimer certainly raise critical points about the dangers of using technology to transcribe notes, that is not to say that we should punish the tool. As Matt Scully wrote to parents at his school:
Their results are not saying students should avoid technology. They seem to be clearly stating that note taking is an activity where the note taker needs to process information and reframe, reorganize, and work with the data to make note taking useful.
Today's students exist in a new (and abundant) economy of information where they require strategies that support their own acquisition of knowledge, allow them to save their notes across devices, permit them search to through the vast quantities of information, and share their learning with the rest of their community. By teaching these 4Ss, we are providing them with the skills that they will need to succeed in a world that requires constant access to information that can be applied to new problems and settings."
Here's a great video of a teacher working with his students, explaining how digital notetaking has changed the way he teaches and the way students take more ownership of their learning..


(http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-4ss-of-note-taking-beth-holland)