Monday, September 11, 2017

AppsEvents 4th South Korea Summit December 2-3, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

ISTE EdTech Coaches Blogging Buddies

Blogging Buddies
I decided to join the ITSE EdTech Coaches Blogging Buddies program for this school year. If you are unfamiliar with the idea, you sign up and agree to write one blog post per month and comment on at least one of your assigned "buddies'" posts. It is a great way to keep accountable and motivated with your blogging; plus, it puts you in touch with other EdTech Coaches. What could be better? You are interested in learning more you can use this link. I'm looking forward to adding some new people to my PLN.

Friday, September 1, 2017

3 Great Ways to Use Google Classroom Questions

I believe that the most under utilized tool in Google Classroom is Question, which is unfortunate, because it is rich with potential for gathering feedback, generating discussion, and starting a lesson. If you are unfamiliar with the Question option in Google Classroom, allow me to introduce it to you and explain way it is an amazing tool.

My favorite use of the Question is as an exit ticket near the end of a lesson. In real time, I can gather rich data about my students learning that day, which allows me to plan immediate modification if I see that students are still confused by a concept. Set your question to be done immediately and have students get into your Classroom and answer it. I recommend using multiple choice option, because the data collects in a chart automatically. You can immediately see how many students feel comfortable with the concept of the lesson and how many still feel confused or lost. But, you don't have to wait until the end of a lesson to use it either, you can gather some quick feedback during a lesson as a temperature gauge with your class.

My second favorite method is as a discussion starter. Show a short video, a photo, or share a short reading and ask a Question that requires students to have an opinion on it. As the votes roll in and populate your graph in real time, ask different students to explain why they felt the way they did about the video or reading. After doing this a couple of times, you can have students submit topics and resources for discussions they are interested in having during class.

Finally, you can use the same approach mentioned above to make a hook for your lesson. Show a video, a photo, or a reading to get your students interested for the day's lesson. It is a fast and powerful way to engage students in the learning.

Now go out and use the Question tool!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Parent Notifications in Google Classroom

Some parents have been having trouble with notifications from Google Classroom. These Slides will walk you through the basics. Some things to know -- Google Classroom sends a list of assignments and activities directly to your email account daily or weekly. You DO NOT have to join a Google Classroom. You DO NOT need to download the app for your mobile device. The app is for students and teachers, not parents.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Learning in the Zone: Yearly Plan SY2017-18

Ready for year number two at CDS. After looking back over our faculty needs and using what I learned from last year, I came up with this tentative list of topics for presentations.

Session 1: August 28-September 1 -- Google Classroom
Session 2: September 4-8 -- Google Sites
Session 3: September 11-15 -- QR Codes, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality
Session 4: September 18-22 -- Google Tasks & Keep
Session 5: September 25-29 -- Virtual Field Trips (w/ Google Cardboard & Maps)
Session 6: October 23-27 -- Organizing Group Work -- Best Practices
Session 7: October 30-November 3 -- Intro to Design Thinking
Session 8: November 6-10 -- Advanced Search w/ Google & Google Scholar
Session 9: November 13-17 -- Google Hangouts & Google+
Session 10: November 27-December 1 -- Personal Learning Networks (PLN)
Session 11: January 15-19 -- Working with Video (WeVideo, Youtube, and Screencastify)
Session 12: January 22-26 -- Working with Audio
Session 13: January 29-February 2 -- Nearpod
Session 14: March 5-9 -- Newsela
Session 15: March 12-16 -- Blogger
Session 16: March 19-23 -- Google Forms & Google Sheets
Session 17: April 2-5 (6 is an in-service day) -- Gmail, Chat, & Google Calendar
Session 18: April 16-20 -- Google Docs, Doctopus, and Goobric
Session 19: April 23-27 -- Mobile Devices in Action
Session 20: May 21-25 or May 28-June 1 -- Backing Your Digital Suitcase (special session for departing teachers)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Google Certified Teacher Level 2

Last Friday in the middle of the afternoon, I decide to take the Google Certified Teacher Level 2 exam. I did no preparation (other than my normal job of teaching and experimenting with Google). I was able to pass it! One more step toward becoming a trainer.