Get organized, then get tech
Many of your current — or future — collaborators teach at other schools around the state or world. But when you’ve got a great idea for collaboration, don’t let distance stand in your way. Let’s look at this example from three Vermont schools on how to plan, manage and support one unit run across three different schools.
(Hint: tech helps. A lot.)
Part 2: sharing videos in Google Classroom, Drive, and YouTube
In Part 1, we looked at tools for finding and editing videos to share with your students. But once you’ve found and marked up videos with polls or questions or just a shot of your own sweet self in there, how do you share these videos with students?
Let’s look at three platforms for sharing: Google Classroom, Google Drive and YouTube.
Thinglink, augmented reality and gaming
Alert reader Lucia Hoegeveen asked a question about our suggestion that you create a map of a country and give each state it’s own voice. Now, as she pointed out, each Chatterpix you create can have only one mouth. So in order to make our Chatter-map, we’re going to need to app-smash Chatterpix in one of a couple different ways.
Or maybe we’ll just put them all together in a blender and hope for the best. I’ll let you know after I finish this delicious coffee.
Tips and tricks from around the edtech world
Image by Wes Fryer (CC 2.0)
Successful and powerful integration of iPads in the classroom depends in no small part on keeping device management, well, manageable.
Here’s a quick look at how edtech folks are tackling the nuts and bolts of keeping track of, making best use of and not being made crazy by, iPads in the classroom.
Cite your sources as you write
I was working with a teacher the other day who expressed some frustration around wanting to add footnotes to Google Docs on the iPad while doing some research with students.
Well, as I began to look into it, I realized there’s kind of a trick to it, so I sat down and recorded this screencast to show you step by step how to set up your Google Drive so you can add footnotes to research on your iPad. It’s a bit tricky, but I’m sure you’ll agree, entirely worth it.
It’s PAML 6th grade educator Joe Speers, of course! And he’s here to explain how his students are using Explain Everything to share the Best Part Of My Week with their families.
Joe previously showed us how his students use Corkulous to create vocab flashcards, and how he uses Google Drive to organize student work.
Meet Theresa White. She teaches 4th and 5th grade at Roxbury Village School, and this past summer, in preparation for her school going 1:1 with iPads, she took Susan Hennessey’s Emerging Technologies course, and as a result, shared this 5-minute lesson on getting up to speed with Google Drive on the iPad.
Bonus: she’s also shared her iPad skills checklist, for students (and teachers) to check off each new skill they master on the iPad. Thanks Mrs. White!
Peoples Academy Middle Level (PAML) educator Joe Speers returns with an explanation of how PAML uses Google Drive on iPads to arrange and organize student folders of work. It’s a fascinating video for anyone working in or considering implementing 1:1 with iPads.