Designing educational experiences that focus on collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity is easier to understand than following SAMR, substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. (Discussed in L N' L on 11-5-13) SAMR focuses solely on technology tools, while the four c's focus on instructional design of a lesson with technology seamlessly integrated. The keynote, Mark Garrison, also completed a great session on Google Apps 45.
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Google Hangouts in Education
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Ms. Barszcz, Title One Reading Support Teacher, asked me if a video could be made to promote participation in middle school forensics. While a video could be made, some challenges always arise with creating videos that include
Time to shoot the film
Who's going to be in the film
Where's the setting
Time to edit the film
Instead of filming a video for the promotion of forensics, I suggested PowToon. I created a promotional video for our bi-weekly professional development at the high school and middle school.
Her creation rocks, was created in a few short hours, and will be shown today and tomorrow in homerooms!
As students entered the room, I had OK Go's Here It Goes Again video playing. As students were settling down in their seats, I turned down the volume, but left the video playing. I emphasized with students the background of the group and their creative videos. So much collaboration, critical thinking and creativity is present in the video. It was a perfect example for this project.
You can see how students experienced this as they entered the room.
On Monday and Tuesday, students will be creating!
I truly believe this was an awesome experience for our classroom teachers who were able learn the details about the app an additional time. Students also were able to get a field trip to our Large Group Instruction Area. I was able to teach students which was the first reason I became a teacher.
It took some time, but we were able to determine a "turn in" folder for our photography students that meets all the criteria for efficient digital workflow. We are using iMacs and Google Drive. Some items that needed to be considered
Teacher able to view all pictures from students
Students not able to view other student pictures online
Method for students KNOWING the teacher received their picture
The 2014 Midwest Google Summit began today as a two day learning opportunity for educators. Teachers were focused on integrating Google Apps for Education by certified Google Teachers. My notes were taken with the Paper 53 app which allows for tremendous creation opportunities. I used the #Sketchnote option to produce ideas. I chose this method because all of the resources that presenters create are online. I wanted to create the notes so that they make sense in a visual way. Below are the highlights of my learning day complete with visual Sketchnotes and written information.
"Our learning objective is for the students to distinguish between the regular present tense and the present progressive verb tense.
To do this we are "app smashing" PicPlayPost and Pic Collage! We wanted to add text to our picture and video, but PPP doesn't include this feature. So we are using Pic Collage to add text to a picture and then combining the pic with text to the video and framing at PPP offers!"
Today, Mrs. Gerth and Mrs. Wagner, school counselors contacted me about a way to have all the web resources (six) available with one click while conducting eighth grade planning conferences.
We initially tried "pinning" tabs in Chrome, but was unsuccessful in keeping them pinned after logging off/logging on. Not sure why, but it could be that we were on a virtual machine.
Because of that failure, I remembered creating multi urls a year or two ago and decided SQWORL would be the best. SQWORL touts itself as "Simple Visual Bookmarking for Educators". One of our counselors created an account. It took about 15 minutes to create the link.
The LINK works perfectly and is now able to be shared with other counselors. (This would not have happened if we pinned each teacher's Chrome browser)
Our principal, Mr. Matczak, completed a voice over of a Google presentation that Mrs. Mathys and Ms. Koch created. The voice over was completed in Camtasia because the Google presentation was able to be screencasted. Also, the editing features were perfect for cleaning up the voice over.
Demonstrated the tools on Monday with the expectations that they would create a storyboard for their personal creation during the day on Monday.
Note: one of our teachers's children became ill and she was unable to be at school on Monday. No problem, she used her personal iPad and another device to join in the learning through a Google Hangout!
Next Friday, I will be utilizing our school's Large Group Instruction area to demonstrate features of Explain Everything to all of the biology students . This should take about 15 minutes or less. Students will then formulate their storyboard in their classrooms so that during the next class period, they will start creating using the Explain Everything app.
Below is the Protein product that one of our biology teachers, Ms. Thut, created.
This was the first time that the entire process of coaching teachers using a technology tool occurred in this sequence. Teacher's time is very precious and not taking an entire prep period to discuss technology integration was a benefit. Extending the learning for teachers over the course of two days was also a benefit.
I'm looking forward to teaching the tools of the Explain Everything app to the students knowing the teachers know the tech tool because of a personal learning experience.
Some might say that we use the Explain Everything app too much. We do use it numerous times, but as students become MORE familiar with the app, the technology tool becomes invisible. Students and teachers don't think twice about using a writing utensil because it is essentially invisible. The thoughts, ideas, and solutions that come from the writing utensil are what matters! So it hopefully will be with technology tools!
Students creating content on the iPad and or using a Chrome browser is all about what students know or can formulate. It is truly one of the best assessment and or creation methods that can be integrated into the educational setting. Two applications that have gained my attention over the last week are below. One is for the iPad and one is for the Chromebook/laptop.
Storytelling can take two forms. One can be of pictures that the student takes and develops written/auditory words that explain the pictures. Another form can be writing that revolves around pictures that others create.
Examples of Storytelling in the educational setting:
Explaining a process such as mitosis or steps to solving mathematical problems
Developing sentence structure
Providing details of a solution to a problem
Examining/clarifying lab results
Comparing and contrasting two, three, or more concepts
Alternative to semester exam; describe the concepts learned throughout the semester
Using an iPad?
The Shadow Puppet app is a free app that allows for no nonsense, easy creation of ideas, thoughts, and productivity. I like how the final video creation can be sent to the camera roll which lends itself to easy uploading to Google Drive. A Tutorial
My Creation - Took less than 15 minutes to make. Took screen shots from the iPad, and started the creation.
Using a Chromebook?
The Storybird Chrome Store App is a free app and service that allows for the creation of short stories. A great set of video tutorials have been created if you would like to set up a classroom of students. This would be great for management of the creations. If you don't want to create a class, have students sign up as students and create individual accounts.
I have found a very detailed tutorial by another tech coach, Megan Ryder, that outlines everything. She really does a great job.
One of her tutorials is below.
As always, I am willing to help a teacher learn, understand, and co-teach these tools in the classroom if they meet learning objectives that need to be mastered.
Students used Explain Everything to show what they knew to the instructor. The question posed to them was "Is Emerson's philosophy about individualism a real possibility for society? Why or Why Not?
Ms. Rheingans stated, "As I was listening to these, I was so amazed at how well I was able to see how much they actually understood from reading."
In my opinion, having students "show what they know" provides some truthful insight as to whether they understand and can communicate their understanding. A traditional multiple choice test may not provide this type of insight. Of course, there is a time and place for every type of assessment.
Yesterday, in Mr. Pratt's class, I noticed that he had a number of Belkin Headphone Hubs. Students use these to listen collaboratively to videos in which they are learning a specific concept or idea. This girl gave an insight into how easy it was to use the iPads for learning.
*I apologize for the sound, there was slightly too much background conversation.