Ever wanted to know more about the Jamboard App? Here is a (mostly) quick tutorial. #GSuiteEdu
I often cut off the crust of my youngest son’s PB&J. I don’t do this for my two older children, though. At some point, they just got used to the rough edges and the more difficult texture, even coming to like the hard crust surrounding their meal.
Video essays provide for some of the most engaging content available, and they make for amazing multimedia assignments if you ask students to create their own. Check them out.
There are lots of reasons that you (or your students) might want to add audio to a slideshow. Check out three new ways of doing so with Google Slides!
Chromebooks are now a pervasive technology in many of our classrooms. And yet, their use is not altogether transformative or particularly engaging in many cases. How do we ensure that low level math practice is not the full extent for using these tools?
We all need processing time, just some more than others. It is easy to move forward believing that everyone has had the processing time they need because you have had yours. But, it pays to provide more. It pays to listen to what others need.
Become a Raspberry Pi certified educator right here in Denver! For the first time, these training opportunities are available outside the UK. Apply to be a part of the first US cohort for free!
What wonderful news! Adobe Spark has always been a great resource for our kids (and for us) to create high quality visuals, especially those involving text and persuasion. The premium features will now be free and students can login with Google.
Clearly it is not one or the other, but I do think it is worth considering your priorities for Passion and Proficiency within your classroom or school.
There is a time between when you are done with a project and when it sees the light of day. For video, the last step is for the video to be ‘rendered’ so that it can be shared and played. Too often, we get stuck editing and rendering, and never sharing.
Google drawings is finally starting to get the respect it deserves as a power tool for student engagement and content creation. Check out this activity structure to see more!
I love the authenticity of this teacher’s voice as she is describing the ways in which Flipgrid (and tools like it) can lead to more student voice in the classroom.
A rather raw reflection on the notion that we must use our classrooms for delivering content to students or that technology is/should be helping us to deliver content better, faster, or more efficiently.
I am surprised often. By others, and even by myself.
Mostly this is because my expectations are a few degrees off (or massively). I am surprised each time, and I chuckle to myself that I should probably have predicted behavior different. But I don’t.
We are still engaged in this debate about devices in the classroom, at all levels. But, knowing why you believe they should or should not be there is probably more important than just believing it. See what others think here!
This conversation about student data privacy will continue to expand in importance. Fortunately, we are moving forward with more guidance and understanding.
In this podcast episode and article, Barbara Bray interviews and expands upon ideas of PBL from Ross Cooper. I particularly like the discussion of how teachers can create a space that promotes risk taking.
I didn’t know how to make coffee when I first started teaching. Another, more experienced teacher, had to show me how. I learned a lot of life skills from those who came before me, not the least of which was how to make strong (and essential) coffee.
Sometimes you just need to see how others have used a tool or process to great success in their classroom. Sometimes that is all it takes to unloose a torrent of ideas for your own classroom or school. Have at them.
How can students make things that matter to them? One way is to give them ownership of the process. This article tackles the topic head on!
The transformative idea of the internet is the hyperlink. With it, you can link two ideas, two people, or simply two parts of a document together. Here are some great suggestions for how to use the internal linking of Google Docs to create great things!
Sometimes it is hard to know which side of the door has the lock. Are we being locked out of something or being locked in? And, sometimes it is just easier to take the lock off entirely and leave the door open.
This article is so honest about how difficult some educator conversations can be, and I appreciate the measured approach advocated for here. We can and should build trust through these conversations, and we should also learn from each one.
One of my favorite educators, Dan Sharpe, is the lead in this article about how many schools in the metro area are providing more student agency and ownership. While no school is perfect, knowing that there are educators making progress is encouraging.
This student course is all about finding out what kind of learner you are and better advocating for your own personalized learning needs. What an amazing opportunity!
Whenever I find myself too focused upon the struggles of my working or waking life, I know that one sure fire way to process them is to read more. No matter what I read, making meaning of words helps me make meaning of so much else.
This is a great story for really understanding the purpose of using digital tools rather than focusing on the tools themselves. And, even if you know ‘the why’ it is important for you to learn how to revisit it with others on your team.
Many folks made huge contributions to learning in 2017, not the least of which was the educational exploits of Google. Some great research and digital citizenship projects went live last year!
Although not quite as strong as implementing digital badges in the classroom, this might be a great step for helping kids (and adults) to understand the value of demonstrating their learning through digital means.
I have a love-hate relationship with my phone. It both connects me to the world and distracts me from it. So, I decided to do something about it. I uninstalled apps that don’t make me ‘happy.’ I went from over 200 apps, to 50. Which apps could you delete?
What was the last thing that you unlearned? This article makes the case for providing yourself with time to reflect upon what you might need to let go of to move forward. Great time to do it!
I’m a huge fan of both Graphic Organizers (for organizing both kid and adult thinking!) and Google Drawings. This is the best of both worlds.
Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship is more than just stopping kids from cyberbullying. Research confirms that our children need us now more than ever to protect and educate.
Some folks make resolutions.
I just ask myself: ‘Will this get you closer to, or take you further away from, your goals?’ If it gets me closer, I do that thing. If it takes me further away, I don’t do that thing. It makes a lot of decisions easier.
Portfolio approaches to grading allow for students to own their learning to a greater degree. If this fits for your classroom/school, I highly recommend trying some of the advice found here.
If you are looking for research and exemplars in the area of Personalized Learning, look no further than this guide from EdSurge. Find your entry point!
As we look to be our better selves on the internet in 2018, it is good to have a strong curriculum to guide us (and our students). The Be Internet Awesome digital citizenship curriculum for students & the accompanying teacher training course are great.