May 2018

Tech This Out! (NEW)

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Padlet UPDATE

Did you hear? Padlet has changed their subscription structure. If you already have an account, you can keep all your existing boards and are allowed to have up to three more than what you currently have. The basic (free) account will also display ads. If the changes to Padlet are enough to have you looking for other options, check out this article for five alternatives to Padlet.

Google Drive

 (REPEAT) Google Drive is going away?! NO!!!

You may have seen or heard recently that Google Drive is going away (have you seen this notice?).  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Google will be removing “Google Drive for Desktop,” which is a standalone program that syncs your Google Drive in the cloud with a folder that resides on your computer, on May 12, 2018. Please continue to use the cloud-based version of Google Drive.


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Best Practices

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20 Simple Assessment Strategies

Looking for a different way to assess your students?  Here are 20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day. Create engaging assessments, practical formative strategies, and learn how to assess instead of just grade! Learn more HERE.

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Digital DooDads

Insert Learning

Insert Learning

Insert Learning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. A toolbar is loaded when the extension is added and clicked. Embed questions, content, video instructions and even discussions. Simpy sign in with your Google account. Google Classroom, Google Docs and Youtube integration. Teachers can sign up for free and create up to 5 lessons.  https://insertlearning.com/

Brain Buffet

Brain Buffet

Looking for free media? Here is a one-stop shop for getting stock photos, free video clips, and background music for your creative creations. Visit Brain Buffet for more information.

Equate IOEquatIO – Math made digital

Easily create mathematical equations, formulas and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn. Made to help mathematics and STEM teachers and students at all levels, EquatIO lets everyone create mathematical equations, formulas, Desmos graphs, and more on their computer or Chromebook. For more information, watch this video.

BBC Sound EffectsBBC Sound Effects

The BBC corporation has now made more than 16,000 of its FX sound effects available for free download. These are being released under the RemArc licence, which means that they can be used for “personal, educational or research purposes”.  See the article and links HERE.

KaizenaKaizena

Augment what you are doing in the digital classroom by giving verbal feedback on work submitted by students. https://kaizena.com/

QuizalizeQuizalize

You can play quizzes as fun, competitive team games in class, or set them as engaging homework.​ All the results go into dedicated dashboards that help you track each student’s progress towards mastery of TEKS standards.

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Professional Resources

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ASCD Learn. Teach. Lead.

ASCD is a nonprofit organization that supports the global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Following ASCD is like taking an instructional multi-vitamin! You can also reach out to your amazing Librarian to access the available books and resources from ASCD. Follow ASCD on Twitter!

Google 20%

Google 20% Time

“Google’s “20% Time” is a philosophy and policy that every Google employee spend 20% of their time (the equivalent of a full work day each week) working on ideas and projects that interest that employee project you saw on his resume. They are encouraged to explore anything other than their normal day-to-day job. As a result 50% of all Google’s products by 2009 originated from the 20% free time, including Gmail. Real break-through happens when we are free from others’ expectations and driven by individual passion.”  Read this teacher’s experience with 20 time HERE.

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Social Media – Who to Follow

Caitlin Tucker

Caitlin is a Google Certified Innovator, International Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Blended Learning Expert & Bestselling Author.

Follow Caitlin Tucker

Jennifer Casas-Todd

Jennifer is currently a Teacher-Librarian in Aurora, Ontario Canada, and author of the book, Social LEADia, published by Dave Burgess Consulting. Before this, she spent six years at the District level as a Program Resource Teacher for Literacy and Literacy Consultant.

Follow Jennifer Casas-Todd

Mason MasonMason, M. Ed. is an Education Technology National Instructor with EdTechTeacher, Inc. and an Ed.D. student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is passionate about helping educators transform teaching and learning through technology integration and closing the digital divide through equitable access to technology for all students.
Follow Mason Mason

*Interested in getting started on Twitter?  Contact your ITS!

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Professional Development

Save the DateSave the date!  Tech Camp is coming June 11, 12, & 13 at Lopez MS.  Classes will be 1.5 hours, 3 hours, 6 hours, and even online evening courses will be available! If you would like to present at Tech Camp, please reach out to your Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS).

TIP: you can always search for professional development opportunities offered by Instructional Technology by browsing the “Online/Web,” “Technology Services,” or “Webinar” categories in Eduphoria.

April 2018

Tech This Out! (NEW)

Google Drive

(REPEAT) Google Drive is going away?! NO!!!

You may have seen or heard recently that Google Drive is going away (have you seen this notice?).  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Google will be removing “Google Drive for Desktop,” which is a standalone program that syncs your Google Drive in the cloud with a folder that resides on your computer, on May 12, 2018. Please continue to use the cloud-based version of Google Drive

 

chromebookChromebook UPDATE

Make sure your Chromebooks are updated to the latest Chrome OS! Many Chromebooks that have been sitting in carts may still be on an old operating system and will not work for testing or general instruction.

  1. Log in, click your account photo.
  2. Click the little “Settings” gear.
  3. Click Menu, click the little “hot dogs,” (the three little horizontal lines), then click “About Chrome OS,”
  4. If you are not on OS 65.0, choose  “Check for updates.” It will download automatically, and should take only a few minutes.

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Best Practices

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POMS: Points of Most Significance

Students reflect on the most significant point of the lesson. Reflections are used to view whether or not the key points of a lesson are perceived as significant by the students.

Consider using Padlet to collect student responses. Padlet will allow students to favorite responses, which will make polling very convenient

For more information, visit HERE

*UPDATE*: there are changes to Padlet’s FREE platform.  Educators are now only allowed 3 free Padlets. Watch this VIDEO for more info.

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Digital DooDads

Quizizz

Quizizz-Read Aloud!

New on Quizizz – a read aloud option! When using the Quizizz app (not on the website), students can select an option in their settings to have the Quizizz activity read aloud to them. Not only that, they can choose from six different languages! Quizizz will translate all text (with the exception of the actual questions and answer choices) into that language, and will read aloud all text in that language. Check out this video to see it in action!

padletPadlet

Padlet is a free application that allows users to create an online collaborative bulletin board that can shared with students and allow them to add text, images, links, videos and more.  Select a template or create your own (wall, canvas, stream, grid, shelf or backchannel). Students can use phones, iPads, chromebooks and computers to access the bulletin board. Check out this Padlet tutorial for more info. 

*UPDATE: Padlet now limits users to 3 Padlet walls (or 3 more than you currently have).  Check out this VIDEO for more info.

iMovieiMovie

Free is Fun! iMovie is still free on the Apple App Store for the iPad!  This incredible movie and trailer making tool for teachers and students to create or use video for projects is fun and easy to use! iMovie provides audio narration, sound effects, theme music, editing and filter options to make dynamic movie projects. Make sure you have iMovie added to your iPad or class set for your next lesson! Check out this article for some tips and tricks!

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Professional Resources

Professional Resource

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Learn How To Become is a website created by Dr. Jessie Moon Longhurst. There are tons of resources for new teachers, veteran teachers, and everyone else in between. If you’re interested in digital tools, lesson plans, or apps, check this site out and bookmark it. Click here to view it for yourself. 

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Social Media – Who to Follow

Tanya Avrith

Tanya is the co-author of the book “The Google Infused Classroom”. She is an advocate of Digital Citizenship and is a Google Certified Innovator. She has a great website with resources for educators.

Follow Tanya Avrith

Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer is the creator and host of the Cult of Pedagogy Podcast. She has a great blog with tips with instruction, classroom management, and technology. Check it out here.

Follow Jennifer Gonzalez

*Interested in getting started on Twitter?  Contact your ITS!

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Professional Development

Online:

Coming soon!:

  • Redefine Learning with SAMR
  • Grading with Google
  • Stations in Secondary

TIP: you can always search for professional development opportunities offered by Instructional Technology by browsing the “Online/Web,” “Technology Services,” or “Webinar” categories in Eduphoria.