Find this page at bit.ly/msd721pd
Fillmore, July 27, 2021
- Session 1: Incredible Google Tools That You Probably Don’t Know About
- Session 2: Utah’s Online Library with Chris Haught
- Session 3: Adobe Creative Suite and Spark
You may not have heard of Google Keep, but you NEED to know about it. Keep is an incredible and easy to use tool for organizing all of the bits of information busy educators tend to collect whenever, wherever, that always seems to get lost. Keep allows you to bring together notes, links, photos, really anything you can grab with your computer, tablet and phone! Beyond gathering and organizing your digital ‘stuff,’ you can share your notes, collaborate with others, set reminders… even drag-n-drop text and photos into your Google Docs! Join me today and make Google Keep an integral part of your daily workflow.
Looking for my presentations from past URSA Conferences? Find them here or click on the URSA tag on the right.
In these days of uncertainty in education, we all should be preparing blended learning resources for our students – whether we are lucky enough to be instructing students face-to-face, if we have some students who are learning from home, or if we all have to return to remote learning and instruction. See my post on Blended Learning Strategies, Instructional Video & Tools for Student Engagement for best practices and an overview of some great tools available. This post, however, focuses on some different workflows to easily (as possible) record your own instruction and embed your video into Canvas.
Unfortunately, there is not one ‘Best’ way to accomplish this, so I have outlined several approaches. Find one that will work best for you, and master it! Below are some slides that outline these strategies and workflows, but for some more depth, how-to videos and to see and compare what the recorded video looks like (not all methods and recording tools are equal!), please explore the pages in this public Canvas course that I have created:
In this two-day course, we’ll get you up to speed on the incredible array of services and applications that Google provides to teachers and students for free. If you have Chromebooks in your classroom, this workshop will open your eyes to the possibilities and realities of a paperless classroom, as well as having a place to showcase student work, collaborate with experts in the outside world, and managing your limited time in a more effective way.
By the end of the course, participants will:
We discuss Zoom interface basics, strategies for securing your meetings, recommended settings for online K-12 instruction, in-meeting best practices, sharing content, and engaging students.
We cover the basics and more, plus:
Playground: micro:bit – we have 20 micro:bits in our lending library. Let me know if you’d like to give them a try in your classroom (SEDC region only)
Google Jamboard – A Free and Collaborative Interactive Whiteboard for Any Device – Advance with the “>” symbol on the top of the Jam
Ultimate Google Demo Slam – Links to a Google Doc with all of the slam videos and info on the presenters
Instead of purchasing expensive and dedicated student response systems from SMART or Promethean, here are some alternatives around for formative assessment in the area of web-based classroom ‘clickers.’ If you have access to iPads, Chromebooks, or even student cell phones, you can utilize some great (and FREE) web based student response and feedback systems – without the need to purchase additional single-purpose devices.
Here’s a rundown of some great options out there, and what it’s “Killer Feature” is:
|Socrative||Great overall features, has Teacher and Student apps, but not required|
|Mentimeter||Unlimited responses – great for school wide surveys|
|Poll Everywhere||SMS/Text voting from student cell phones, free teacher accounts|
|Nearpod||Presentation and assessment in one tool, app or web based presentations, same app for teachers and students|
|Pear Deck||Similar to Nearpod in functionality, it’s a free add-on that allows you to add assessment and interactivity to ANY existing presentation you have, as long as it’s in Google Slides.|
|Kahoot||“Gamified” assessment, great for review, colorful and fun|
|Quizizz||Gamified review, without the time pressure of Kahoot|
|Plickers||No student device needed – uses paper cards and a teacher cell phone or iPad camera|
|Google Forms Quizzes||Easy to build, no additional logins for teachers or students needed|
Here’s a few more new tools to investigate. More details to come!