April 1, 2015
Over the last month, basically since I published this post, I have received a bunch of emails from teachers asking about ways to publish their audio recordings/ podcasts. Here are the methods and platforms that I’ve been recommending.Publishing your podcast through iTunes will probably give it the best opportunity to reach a large audience. People are familiar with the process of subscribing to podcasts through iTunes which will help you help them subscribe to your podcast. The drawback to using iTunes to publish your podcast is that the set-up process is confusing the first time you do it. WordPress can make the process a little easier. But if you’re only publishing occasionally or only looking to share your audio recordings with a specific audience (let’s say students, their parents, and perhaps another classroom or two) then you might be better served by using a simpler method of publishing your audio recordings.
via Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings.
March 30, 2015
Friday the #TechTakeout crew had the great opportunity of taking over 4th grade at Baker Elementary School! Math has been one of the focus areas of the school so we decided to bring the math in our activities. We had such a great day filled with fun hands on technology infused stations.
The instructional technology team just received a bunch of new tools called MaKeyMakeys. Over the summer we will be able to spend more time with them to develop some rich curriculum connections. However, we have been doing our best to bring them into schools as soon as we can to get some hands on experiences rolling. Mrs. Hughes brought the MaKeyMakeys to Baker today to have the kids work on measurement.
via #TechTakeout @ Baker Elementary | CovaisTech.
March 30, 2015
We all know that our digital natives are very at ease with technology. In fact, they’re in love with it, but does that automatically make them digital proficient?
via Alice in WonderTech: The 9 C’s of Digital Literacy.
March 30, 2015
Around a billion and a half people all play video games of some sort. That’s more than 20% of the world’s population. Video games have become a part of life. They are now more than just leisure and entertainment. They are mainstream media, an everyday method of storytelling and representation. Games have become a common form of rhetoric for the 21st century.
Therefore, it is not surprising that educators, policy makers, investors, and developers are trying to build games for schools. However, the real reason game-based learning is so popular is not only because video games are extremely effective teaching tools; they are also relatively inexpensive to build and to distribute. In other words, they’re scalable, and replicable, and extensible, and all those other buzzwords that philanthropists, and venture capitalists, and policy makers like to hear. Video games have a lot going for them in a world that loves digital technologies and worships the concept of innovation.
via How Video Games In The Classroom Will Make Students Smarter – Forbes.
March 26, 2015
Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from “content expert” to “curriculum facilitator.” Instead, I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years, with a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation’s most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The “virtual class” will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country’s best teachers (a.k.a. a “super-teacher”), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record.
via When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher — The Atlantic.
March 23, 2015
The other day I was working with a group of elementary school teachers on lesson planning with technology. They were introducing some new vocabulary words to their fourth grade students and were looking for some ideas. As we began, they said very little and it was clear were expecting me to introduce some new tools and apps that they might adopt in their classrooms.
via True tech integration starts with learning goals | eSchool News | eSchool News.
March 18, 2015
When we talk about the digital divide in education, the discussions revolve mainly around two factors: lack of access to the internet and lack of knowing how to use that access in powerful ways that can fuel learning beyond consuming content.
There are a lot of powerful tools for change available to educators and plenty of creative, inspired educators working hard to put available technology to work in classrooms. A lack of excellence is not the problem in education; access to technology and guidance for participating in the digital space in powerful ways are much bigger challenges.
That is the message Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise and former head of the Office of Technology at the US Department of Education, is spreading around the country. “When we think about students who do not have access to these kinds of powered-up learning environments, that’s a problem,” Cator said at a presentation sponsored by SVForum, a non-profit that organizes ed-tech events. From Cator’s perspective, the digital learning gap can be broken down into three parts: access, participation and powerful use.
via What Are the Most Powerful Uses of Tech for Learning? | MindShift.
March 18, 2015
Today’s classrooms are outfitted with the latest technologies, but too often the teaching methods don’t take full advantage of the options these tools afford.
Flipping the classroom — inverting the time spent on lecturing and homework — can create new inroads for learning by leveraging the technology used in classrooms and at home, says Kathleen Fulton, an author and president of Fulton Creative Consulting.
To aid those on the fence about implementing a flipped solution, Fulton led a special spotlight presentation Tuesday at CoSN 2015 on the “Top 10 Reasons Why Flipping the Classroom Can Change Education,” a condensed version of her 2014 book of the same title.
Fulton also included caveats for several of her reasons that educators should consider before making the leap to flipped learning. (See caveat in article)
via CoSN 2015: 10 Reasons Flipped Classrooms Could Change Education | EdTech Magazine.
March 18, 2015
I’m one of those people who loves to be paperless and scan in any paper documents I have. I have an Evernote scanner in my office, but what about when I’m out-and-about? I scan documents, posters, memos, receipts, business cards and more. Here are two apps that you can use for document scanning on your Smartphone, and they are both free.
via Educational Technology Guy: Two Apps for Scanning Documents with your Smartphone.
March 16, 2015
Nearly every school in America has some form of Internet connectivity—but that alone doesn’t mean all kids have equal access to the web.
via When Students Can’t Go Online — The Atlantic.