Storify

Jan 27, 2015 by

StorifyStorify is a web tool that makes it easy for teachers and students to use the Internet to tell a story.  Storify has a Chrome extension and a bookmarklet that you can save in your bookmarks bar so that you can grab content off the Internet to write your story.  Storify has already connected the most common social media and web tools including Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Google, Instagram and Flickr.  You can also add content via a url and many other popular social media tools.  Storify could be used in class as a way for students to create a study guide from class lecture tweets or as a presentation tool for a research project.

Take a look at this example of a Storify story created by a colleague.

FETC Executive Summit 2015

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Monday Musing: FETC Reflections

Jan 26, 2015 by

I spent part of last week at the 2015 FETC Conference in Orlando, Florida.  FETC attracts around 7,000 educators from all levels and is a valuable stop for educators looking to hear from their peers and create their own Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). FETC does a really good job of allowing educators to get connected and share ideas both through formal sessions, informal gatherings and the Twittersphere.

A couple of highlights for me included:

-The Executive Summit put together by Eric Sheninger for administrators in both the technical and instructional sides .  This 1.5 day event focused on technology integration from an administrators viewpoint including topics like BYOD vs. 1:1, Network Analysis, Professional Development, etc.  This was the first year FETC organized this event and I think it proved quite valuable to those in attendance.

-The opening session included a tech shootout with Adam Bellow, Kathy Schrock, Hall Davidson, and Leslie Fisher.  It is always good to get reviews on some of the latest resources, apps and toys… some incredible stuff is coming this year.  I also enjoyed the opening Keynote from Jane McGonigal on Gaming.  She is a TED Talk Superstar and always impresses.  David Sengeh, spoke of the power of “Why not?” and why it is so important to encourage students to question and to create.

-Finally, I always enjoy hearing from teachers who are doing simple yet effective things in their classrooms to integrate technology.  I noticed a few themes that are definitely worth investigating; gamification and gaming in the classroom, Maker Spaces and the use of Google tools for many different instructional needs.  There were some very practical sessions with information that teachers can use tomorrow such as a session on Engaging Students with Social Media by Tracy Arner, Getting started with a Maker Space by Diana Rendina, Gamification in the Classroom by Kasey Bell and many others were valuable and enjoyable.

You can get an overview of many of the great things that were covered, key ideas, and even some resources by searching for the #fetc hashtag.

If you are interested in attending FETC or other Technology and Education conferences, here are a few to consider:

FETC

ISTE

SxSWEDU

International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Asia Conference on Technology in the Classroom

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Friday Photo: Old Ways

Jan 23, 2015 by

We are often tied to the old ways because that is the way we have always done it.  The way we have always done it won’t open any new doors or create any change.  What one thing can you do tomorrow  that will open a new door to learning?Old Ways New Doors

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Plickers

Jan 22, 2015 by

PlickersPlickers is a great formative assessment tool that lets teachers quickly get a view of student understanding.  Teachers create  their class and each student gets their own printed card.  Students hold up their card to respond to the question and all the teacher has to do is scan the room with their tablet or phone to record all of the responses.  Plickers provides immediate feedback and actionable data for teachers.  Plickers is available for Android and iOS and only requires one device in the classroom.

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Easy YouTube Download

Jan 21, 2015 by

I recently found out about a great tool that makes it incredibly simple to download videos from YouTube. SaveFrom.Net is a free website that will allow you to download your video with a few simple steps.

Save from net

1- Navigate to the YouTube video that you want to use.

2- In the web browser address bar, type ss right after “www.” Save_from_web_URL

3- Hit Enter.

4- Click Download.

5- Select the link for your desired File Type.

6- Determine where you want to save the download.

That is all there is to it.  You can now use YouTube videos for instruction without worrying about Internet filtering or failure.  SaveFrom.net also works on many other media resources.  SaveFrom.net also has a helper extension so you can download YouTube videos in one click.

Save_from_web_resources

 

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Zaption

Jan 20, 2015 by

ZaptionZaption is a great tool for teachers to increase the instructional value of video.  Zaption will let you grab a video and add questions at certain points in the video.  Stop the video at key points and check for understanding with multiple question types including free response.  Teachers can create “tours” through content and the tours can be gathered into a collection.  Zaption also provide analytics so that teachers can see exactly where their students are and where they need help.  Zaption is a great tool for flipping the classroom, providing student choice, and engaging students.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 19, 2015 by

Take a moment today to reflect on the dream and mission of Martin Luther King, Jr.

How can we keep the dream alive and work toward equality for all every day?

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Friday Photo: Highlight of your Day

Jan 16, 2015 by

Remember that a smile is contagious and a bit of praise is inspiring.
Be the Highlight of your students’ day.

Highlight_day

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Spelling City

Jan 15, 2015 by

SpellingCitySpelling City is a fun way for students to practice spelling and build vocabulary.  Spelling City includes word games like Hang Mouse and Spelling TestMe along with other spelling and phonics games.  The students can work through the activities at their own pace and get instant feedback on their progress.  Spelling City will allow registered members to upload their own word lists so you can customize the activities for your students.  Spelling City can be more fun than traditional vocab and students can enjoy practicing their spelling and vocabulary words.

 

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Sandbox EDU

Jan 14, 2015 by

Sandbox EDU itunes iconSandbox EDU is an open-ended virtual world building platform that is designed for creativity.  Students can explore over 50 lessons on science, technology, art, and music.  The lessons were developed with teachers and are great for the classroom.  The virtual makerspace allows students to explore and build to be as creative as they want.  Teachers can use the virtual world for students to show evidence of learning in unique and engaging way.  The EDU version also allows students to share their masterpieces in an online gallery to an authentic maker audience.

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