I learned a lot from teaching a six week online class for educators in Google Classroom. Now I’d like to share tips and advice for using Google Classroom for professional learning, including the fundamentals of Classroom, a cheat sheet for post options, and the workflow I used with the adults in my class.
Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant at Grand Wood AEA and he presented 10 big ideas to consider when it comes to technology integration at the 2017 Iowa 1:1 Institute. Here are my notes and his slides.
Cubetto is a wooden coding robot for children ages 3-6. My four year old twins and I have been playing with Cubetto for a few months, and I'd like to tell you about the robot and our experiences. Also check out other coding toys for kids.
When I make my own clipart, I actually trace a photo. I thought I’d share some before and after images so you can see the original photo and the drawn illustration. Use the sliders to compare the versions.
Let's see which web links I shared on social media got the most clicks in 2016. I've also included my top tweets for each month and top 10 Instagram posts. There's plenty of great stuff to explore from 2016!
An iPad can be a teacher’s very handy assistant! It’s all about what can be done by Pad-using educators, whether or not their students have iPads. It has seven sections full of suggested apps, websites, and tips.
There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can be used for free. I’ve made simple graphics for 18 of them. Most of the tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.
I love to share tech tips! Sometimes one little piece of information can make a difference for teachers and students. I've found that social media is a great place to share and archive these tips, hints, and ideas.
Join me on Periscope as I broadcast live from ISTE 2016 in Denver June 26-29! Come with me as I visit poster sessions, see what teachers are learning, and get a chance to hear from ISTE's closing keynote speaker. If you miss a live broadcast, don't worry. They will all be archived.
Got a smartphone or tablet? Then you could be drawing your own illustrations, clipart, and avatars! I share examples and show techniques for creating your own artwork, even if you don't consider yourself an artist. My technique is based on tracing photos, so don't worry if you are embarrassed by your drawing skills. The video features the free Adobe Illustrator Draw app for iPad, iPhone, and Android, and the techniques can certainly be used in other drawing apps.
As a teacher wouldn’t it be handy to be in more than one place at a time? I’d like to give you some ways of recording yourself and getting that audio or video online. Once online, it’s a matter of copying and pasting to generate a QR code. A QR code is a quick way to get students to online content. Easily providing recordings to your students means you can reteach concepts, differentiate instruction, give directions at centers, communicate with parents, and be heard and/or seen anytime and any place.
iTeachTVnetwork has a Perscope account that has regularly scheduled live broadcasts from a team of thoughtful teachers. You can watch live in the Periscope app or on Twitter. Or, view archived replays. Whichever way you watch, there's a lot you can learn about technology and other education topics!
Drop It To Me at dropitto.me is a free service that I’ve been using for several years. It provides a simple way to receive files from others. You can also choose to have your files sent to Google Drive, Dropbox, or Microsoft OneDrive.
I find myself explaining Periscope and how I use it a lot lately. Educators are eager to live broadcast to connect to each other and possibly use it in their classrooms. So, what better way to explain my take on this new video streaming service than in an infographic?
I’ll be in Philadelphia Sunday through Wednesday this week at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2015 conference. Read about how I use Periscope to broadcast live video from the event.
Learning in Hand Show #31 is about giving your learning centers or stations a makeover. The collection of activities teachers provide their students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet available.
The Noun Project has a huge collection of symbols and icons. All of The Noun Project’s icons are only available to download in black. I’d like to show you how I recolor them with Method Draw, a free web-based graphic app.
Teachers really like the ability to display their iPad or their students' iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom. Read the post for more information and for a handy chart.
Adobe just released its newest free storytelling iPad app, Slate. Adobe Slate is simple software for creating and publishing webpages that look great. It’s a sister app to Adobe Voice, so if you’re familiar with Voice, you’ll feel right at home in Slate.