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Here is a nice short Tech Tuesday Tip. Wondering when to “Reply all”? Here is a link to a short article on using Reply All in email.

The TLDR version is Please don’t use Reply All by default.
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MOOC for You

Let’s drop in to the middle of a MOOC!

A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course. There are a lot of different MOOCs out there, some better than others. This is a link to a one hour video from a MOOC centered around a book called “The Innovator’s Mindset”. During this one hour video, they talk to an innovative teacher/author of another book called “Ditch that Homework”. Whether you agree or disagree with her ideas around homework, this video also touches on so many concepts we have been discussing lately. They discuss student choice, quality feedback, the importance or reading, spreadsheets, and the 5 E’s education model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate).
If you find it interesting, it is one video of a group of videos in this MOOC all available on youtube.  https://youtu.be/zyanhqEzbIY

Google Classroom for Group Work

At the faculty meeting on Monday, Mike mentioned the option of using Google Classroom as a collaboration tool for each Core Competency group to use. Although designed for more of a teacher/student model, it can be adapted easily for the type of resource gathering, discussion and sharing we will be doing. Why try it?

  • Provides a central location for people to have ongoing discussions (without big, long email chains)
  • Fully integrates with our Google Drive documents
  • Can be easily shared with faculty in other groups as it makes sense

We wanted to give you a quick introduction to Classroom and invite you to explore this tool. Here are two options for learning more:

  • The first 3:30 minutes of this video can give you a very quick introduction to Classroom. The rest of the video is helpful only if you are interested in launching Classroom for your students.
  • If you want to see a Google Classroom in action, please feel free to explore the Google Classroom Tutorial we created. To access it:

1. Make sure you are logged into your Applewild Google account

2. Go to classroom.google.com

3. To join a Classroom, find and click the “+” sign toward the top right of your screen

4. Enter the Class code: vxvmcj

As always, Mike and Molly are both here to help you explore this resource.

 

ISTE – Creative Communicator

ISTEposter-I-am-a-digital-age-learnerLast week we introduced you to the ISTE standards that Mike and I are using as a framework for our Tech Tuesday tips and discussions. This week, we want to dig into the Creative Communicator standard:

Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

What might that look like in your classroom? 

  • Flipgrid and Padlet can both be used to have students answering questions or sharing their ideas about a topic. Careful implementation can allow the class to hear from all voices, not just the students usually comfortable with speaking up to share.
  • Animoto, a video software, is currently used in 8th grade short story projects. Using Animoto gives students the ability to choose images, text and sound to discuss a short story. The time limit of the segments require them to make careful decisions about what to include to express themselves fully.

What Tech Tips might apply directly to this standard?

  • Students creating Little Bird Tales to share their knowledge
  • Many ways of using Google Slides that can include images, videos & graphs
  • Creating a website (Google Sites are very accessible to students used to working on the Google platform) to demonstrate knowledge (student portfolio, NHD projects)
  • Writing, recording and editing a podcast for National Poetry Month
  • Using LucidPress to create compelling fliers and posters

What would you add?

Welcome Back!

As we look forward to our year of learning and innovation, Mike and I will be working to share tech tips that will support your efforts. “Innovation” does not automatically entail the introduction or use of technology, but we hope you will consider exploring tools we share to help transform a project or unit in your class.

Many questions came up in our opening meetings about how to evaluate innovation, and we don’t have answers for you on that! However, we have been thinking about and looking for ways to help evaluate technology you might consider using. There are a number of standards-making organizations with a technology focus, but the newly released ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards seemed to mirror many of the 21st century skills discussed in meetings and found in our Core Competencies.

The standards outlined below (I am a Digital Age Learner) provide an interesting framework to decide what value the technology might add. For instance, how might the addition of a class Padlet help students enhance their skills as Global Collaborators or Creative Communicators?

What do you think of this vision of students and technology?

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These standards have evolved over time. Where do you think technology use is right now at Applewild? In your classroom?

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