Douglass teachers participated in the Technology Playdate Fall 2015 this week. Teachers were excited about learning new tools to use in the classroom. Congratulations to Ms. Tatum, a math teacher, for winning the NapPac! Check out our session below! #techplay2015
Today the I hosted another Technology Playdate Fall 2015 session at B.E.S.T. Academy (lower) teachers. Teachers spent their planning periods learning about assessment tools, presentation makers, and augmented reality. Congratulations to Ms. Bell, a 6th grade ELA teacher, for winning the NapPac! Take a peek below at our session. #techplaydate2015
PowToon is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos and presentations. Ditch Powerpoint and engage your students with PowToons. This tool is easy to use and you can export your presentations to YouTube. Not only can you use PowToons for your presentations, but students can also use it. For a limited time, PowToons is offering FREE classroom accounts for a year! Click HERE to create an account today! Hurry...this is the last week to get your FREE classroom account!!
Today the teachers at Sutton had the opportunity to come and learn about several tools to enhance their classroom instruction using technology at the Technology Playdate Fall 2015. Congratulations to Ms. Ross and Mrs. Bland for winning the NapPacs! Take a peek below! #techplay2015
We use email constantly in today's world. I send several attachments throughout the week within my emails. Due the constraints of my work email, I sometimes receive errors stating that my attachment is "too big". No biggie...I just use WeTransfer! WeTransfer is a cloud-based file transfer system that sends files up to 2BG for FREE. Yes, FREE!! Simply add the file, enter recipient's email address, your email address, and a short message (optional) then your file is ready to go. The recipient will receive an email notification requesting him/her to download the file. The link is good for seven days then it will be deleted. So whenever you need to send a large file, don't forget about WeTransfer.
Infographics are a visual representation of data, knowledge, or information. Often more powerful than words or imagery alone, infographics utilize visual elements of design and words to convey a message. However, visual representation of information can be more than just the manner in which we are able to record what has been discovered by other means. They have the potential to become the process by which we can discern new meaning and discover new knowledge. The observer becomes enlighten, having learned from the visual feast and is motivated to seek out more knowledge in this medium (Ross, 2009).
Infographics are easy and fun to create. Teachers can give students an essential question and student create infographics to respond to the essential question. When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. Infographics can be used as an assessment or a way to deliver information to students.
Find out more information on infographics:
Kathy Schrock - Inforgraphics as a Creative Assessment
Infographic Designs: Overview, Examples, & Best Practices
How to Turn a Research Project into Infographics
How Real Kids Create Real Infographics
The teachers at B.E.S.T. Academy (upper) campus enjoyed themselves at the Technology Playdate Fall 2015. Congratulations to Mr. Ponder for winning the drawing for a NapPac. Take a look below at our session! #techplay2015
Looking for another fun way to assess students? Try Quizizz! Quizizz allows multiplayer gaming and is compatiable with tablets, chromebooks, and mobile devices. No projector needed! It is student-paced and allows for realtime feedback. You can choose from a question library or create your own quiz. A detailed report is available at the end of quiz. The best part...IT'S FREE!! Try it out and leave a comment below about your experience.
Science teachers at Harper-Archer would introduced to zSpace, a real world virtual reality created for education. Each zSpace machine comes with a vast array of science software and curriculum resources that offer learning experiences across grade levels. The teachers will be using the machines for stations in their classrooms. You can learn more at edu.zspace.com.
One of favorite tools that I use daily is Google Drive! I love the simplicity and ability to collaborate with Google Drive. Judy Marsh, the media specialist at Sutton Middle School, is currently using Google Forms to collaborate with others in preparation for the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. Judy created a Google Form where students can submit questions and answers from their book in order to create a study guide for the team. Not only are the students reading, but they are also collaborating using technology. Great job Judy!
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Welcome to the Teacher's Lounge! This blog will highlight the use of technology at my schools, as well as tips and tricks to use in the classroom.