I hope that your summer is off to a fantastic start! I'm teaching a series of college application bootcamps so it seems that mine hasn't quite started yet, but this week I want to share one of my major summer goals. If you haven't made summer goals yet, I'm inviting you to take this journey with me and if you already have some expertise in this area, I'd seriously love your two cents! This summer I want to learn how to effectively use a social learning network in my classroom. I used Collaborize Classroom last year and I absolutely loved it. However, some of my colleagues have decided to take up Edmodo or Schoology and it makes sense for us to have some constancy across the curriculum.
I'm really excited to share a new teacher tech tool with you today! Although, I am just getting started with it, I think NoRedInk.com is a tool to keep an eye on!
Here's why I love it:
Remember when I told you about a few apps that my students taught me to love? Well, I just jumped on the bandwagon and realized that one of them is going to change the way I assign vocabulary study. No matter what words or book you are using for vocabulary, you have to check out this tutorial on quizlet:
The kind folks over at Grammarly recently let me try out their service with my high school English classes. The service offers to help students continue to develop writing skills through automated instructional feedback in grammar and word choice, as well as plagiarism tracking. I tried out the teacher/student version, which you can learn more about at Grammarly.com/edu. Check out the video tutorial below and the pros and cons list. Please let me know if you have questions or comments and remember to check back weekly for more teacher tips, tutorials, and tirades. ;)
One of my awesome coworkers went to a conference recently and brought back information about a cool new edtech platform called cel.ly. It is a secure way for teachers, students, parents, and other education professionals to communicate via the web, text message, or the celly app.
I'm just beginning to think of all the ways this platform could be used to harness the power of "student device love" to enhance my instruction. Below is an introduction to this cool new tool. including a couple of ways I was able to use it in my classroom.
Today, I am excited to bring you a tip for using google presentations to create classroom engagement and collaboration. This idea is a combination of a project that a colleague of mine has done for years, the inspiration of Catlin Tucker's vocabulary instruction (she is really amazing), plus of course, my deep seated love of socratic seminar, novel study, and google drive (full tutorial here)! This project puts ownership in the hands of students and frees up a lot of my time for meaningful writing feedback instead of a ton of prep for teaching a novel. Check out the Youtube video below for the specifics of my project:
I just found an awesome iPad app that can be used by teachers and students to capture and annotate images and video lectures. Explain Everything is perfect for the flipped classroom and also for increasing access to information in the traditional classroom. It can easily be used by students to create assessments or by teachers to create lessons. The possibilities are boundless, but I put together a video blog with 3 options that I could see implementing into my curriculum easily. I'd love to hear your thoughts, questions and ideas, so please comment at the bottom!
Flubaroo is a great tool for quickly grading assessments created with google forms and, in even better news, it is absolutely free! If you want more information about how to use google drive and create google forms, check out our video tutorial by clicking here and if you want to know more about using google forms in the classroom, click on over to this blog post!
I'm excited today to share Collaborize Classroom, one of my favorite online resources for students and teachers. Collaborize Classroom is an online discussion board that is safe, private, and geared especially toward secondary classrooms. I use this site to deepen classroom discussion, teach online communication skills, get my grading done faster, and ensure inclusive student participation. It is also a great way to improve student writing and brainstorm before essay assignments. This video blog will briefly describe setting up the site and feature my favorite parts of this system from a teacher perspective. If you have questions, or suggestions, we'd love to hear about them in the comment section below. Thanks!
In the process of discerning my goals for the new school year, I've been surfing through the webiverse of teacher facebook-pinterest-youtube-blogs and I 've seen a lot of plans for incorporating more technology and working toward a paperless classroom. If that is the kind of thing you are into, today I have a brief tutorial of Google Drive, which is a perfect tool for both! My tutorial focuses on sharing documents with students and creating dropboxes for students to use to turn in assignments. I believe that these two functions are good jumping off points for most teachers. I hope to revisit the idea of creating collaborative digital writing with Google docs a few months down the line. Please share any questions, concerns, tips, or suggestions in the comment section below!