Teachers colleges struggle to blend technology into teacher training – The Hechinger Report

September 2, 2015

MUNCIE, Ind. — On a typical day in Corey Gilman’s second-grade class, students view and listen to books on a Smart Board, following the text in their hardcover readers; they collaborate in small groups named for colors; and take turns using an iPod to listen to a reading of books they wrote by hand and then narrated. In between, they take “brain breaks” – 30-second bursts of moving and stretching under Gilman’s direction. All the while, Gilman’s iPad never seems to leave his hand. Gilman, 26, is a self-proclaimed geek. Growing up, he built his own computers. He’s also a member of the technology cadre at Storer Elementary School in Muncie, making him the go-to person on everything from how to turn on an iPad to creating animation for the Smart Board. He’s had training on both, including more than 40 hours of Apple training. “I know that iPad inside, outside, backwards and forwards,” he boasts. “I can use it however I need to.”

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How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators? | My Island View

September 1, 2015

We are now better than fifteen years into the 21st Century and educators are still discussing what role technology plays in education. The fact of the matter is no matter what educators, who are mostly products of a 20th Century education, think, our students today will need to be digitally literate in their world in order to survive and thrive. Digital Literacy is a 21st Century skill, but therein lies the rub. Most of our educators have been educated with a twentieth Century mindset using 20th Century methodology and pedagogy at best. I dare say there might be some 19th Century holdovers as well.

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Educational Technology Guy: Some app substitutions for iPad apps to use on a Chromebook

August 27, 2015

Many “apps” made for iOS and Android aren’t meant to be used as apps on a Chromebook, anymore than they would be on a Mac or Windows device. You can just use the website. Others have web apps and/or extensions. A list follows:

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Synergyse Newsletter: Redesigned Classroom, Mobile Upgrades, and Google Projects – bplants@gmail.com – Gmail

August 27, 2015

The ability to be productive with Google Apps on a mobile device just keeps getting better. This week, the mobile apps for Google Docs and Google Sheets both received updates that will be welcome features to both the person working on the go as well as to schools that utilize tablets rather than Chromebooks or computers.The new features include a Print Layout mode for Docs and an Autofill feature for Sheets.

Source: Synergyse Newsletter: Redesigned Classroom, Mobile Upgrades, and Google Projects – bplants@gmail.com – Gmail

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Schools boost broadband to meet demand | District Administration Magazine

July 28, 2015

There’s good news for district leaders in the ongoing battle to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.One-gigabit networks are coming to more areas, the cost of service per megabit is decreasing, and funding through E-rate and other sources is increasing.

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Hangouts on Air: Connecting Teachers With Content Experts | Edutopia

April 29, 2015

It’s hard to believe that the Google Hangouts (GHOs) feature has only been around since May of 2013! For many innovative K-12 and higher education teachers, GHOs have become a tool that we can’t live without. They allow us to connect with others around the world for impromptu meetings, live podcasts, global edcamps, and school-wide professional development.

Google Hangouts are highly utilized in the edtech community, but Hangouts on Air have increased in popularity due to their ability to broadcast live discussions publicly on YouTube. Hangouts on Air can be recorded and automatically saved on the host’s YouTube channel for future access. Up to ten people can participate in a Hangout on Air, but the number of viewers who can watch the live Hangout is unlimited. With school budgets dwindling each day, Hangouts on Air have allowed educators to grow professionally by connecting to experts from anywhere in the world — with no travel costs required.

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The problem with the SAMR model | eSchool News | eSchool News

April 27, 2015

Lately, I have noticed a lot of talk about the SAMR model of technology integration. For those unfamiliar, SAMR is a framework for evaluating the level at which a given technology has had an impact on teaching and learning. The acronym stands for substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition. It was designed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura to define the level of impact that a particular technology has on a learning activity. Each word in the acronym represents a higher level of impact.

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Educational Technology Guy: SmallPDF – free, online PDF Tools – compress, convert, split and more

April 27, 2015

PDFs are one of the most popular document formats, mainly because you can view them easily on any device. Sometimes you need to modify them or convert them to other formats depending on your usage.

SmallPDF is a free, online service that gives you the ability to compress, convert, split, merge, modify, (and more) PDF files.

It’s very easy to use. Select the function you want to perform from the home page and then just drag and drop your files. It’s that easy. It supports converting images to PDF and PDF to Office and Office to PDF, along with much more.

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology | Edutopia

April 22, 2015

What is qualitative formative assessment? Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity — as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word “formative” should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the word “qualitative” into my terminology differentiates it from the analytic or survey-based measures that some associate with the term formative assessment.

For my purposes, qualitative formative assessment is the ongoing awareness, understanding, and support of learning that is difficult or impossible to quantify. An informal observation or the look on a learner’s face can inform a teacher about a student’s progress, yet such signals are challenging to capture or convey to the relevant agents (i.e., the learner, the teacher, or the parent).

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings

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.

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