Description:

Web-based tools and apps continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be time consuming to determine which resources are worth exploring. In this section, you will be introduced to several free web tools and apps that can impact how you teach and how your students learn.


Here are a few important things to remember:

  • Let students build, design, and create projects. As I always say, "The one that does the work does the learning."
  • Studies show that 80 - 85% of the population are active, hands -on learners.
  • Have fun!


Goals and Learning Objectives of this course:

Goal:

Discover free web tools and apps that will help improve student learning in all content areas while also preparing students to contribute and function in today’s information technology society.


Learning Objective:

1: Improve student learning by using technology in the classroom.

2: Improve participants knowledge and skills about free web tools and apps that can be effectively integrated into instruction.

3: Improve decision-making, productivity, and efficiency at all levels through the use of technology.

4: Improve equitable access to appropriate technologies among all stakeholders.


Essential Questions:

  • How is technology affecting the learning process in the 21st century classroom?
  • How is technology affecting the 21st century workforce?
  • How can technology be effectively used in the classroom?
  • What principles should guide your approach for integrating technology into instruction?
  • What do you do, if you are not convinced you can integrate technology into your instruction?


I CAN Statements:

  • I CAN use digital tools to design, develop, and present/publish a project that demonstrates my content knowledge and skills.” (Examples: documents, slide shows, videos, portfolios, websites, digital learning games, animations, digital storybooks, etc.)
  • “I CAN select from a variety of Web 2.0 tools and apps to use for educational and real-world tasks and justify the selection based on their efficiency and effectiveness.”


A New Day Has Begun!

Signs of the Time!

Our New Students

.................................................................Attendance Reporting.......................................................................

How-to-Video

This is a video that explains how to take attendance using Google spreadsheets and Google docs.

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Let's Take Attendance

Download a free QR Reader, and scan the QR Code above. Answer the questions and click Submit.

..........................................................................Real Time Polling....................................................................

How-to-Video

This is a video that explains how to use Answer Garden.

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AnswerGarden

Scan the QR Code above, and answer the question.

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Let's Check Out Your Answers!

With AnswerGarden, you get real-time feedback to discuss with students.

....................................................................Lights, Camera, Action.............................................................

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Let's Periscope

Use the Periscope app to keep others informed of important events, provide tutoring assistance, make announcements, etc.

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How-to Periscope Tutorial

Click here for instructions on how to start using Periscope.

How-to-Video

This is a video that explains how to use Facebook Live.

........................................................................Interactive Lessons..............................................................

Make It App

Parents, educators, students and children can quickly and easily create their own individual projects and then share them with family, friends, colleagues, classes or individuals through social media or email, which can be played on any device or operating language.

The app comes with interactive menus, drawing, memory, relationships and quizzes (including written), a range of themes and multiple content libraries to access from the outset or users can select their own content to include.
No other app allows you to create the range of personalized games and activities that are included in Make It.

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Example of a Make It Game

Download the Make It app.

  • Click “code” from the top bar, and type in the code 561346.
  • Then, click download. The game will appear on your Make It homepage.
  • Click on the Water Cycle Game.
  • Click “play” in the top right hand corner.

Vittle Screencast Recorder

FLIP YOUR CLASSROOM WITH ENGAGING VIDEO SCREENCASTS

Use Vittle to build a video library on any subject. It is also a powerful tool for collaborating across time and space with any number of people.

Vittle is a powerful tool for flipping your classroom. Screencastify your lessons into a reusable video library that students can watch and learn from on their own, then use valuable class time to focus on individual coaching.


PowToon is Better than Video!


Engage and explain with impact using just a short, simple Powtoon. They’re proven to be more effective than any other form of video or text communications to grab attention in the 21st century classroom and workplace.

Example Lesson

Being Prepared

Example Adobe Spark Project

Example: The Living Museum AR Sway Project

The Living Museum was the students’ final Problem Based Learning (PBL) project for the EDUC 2010 Psychology of Human Development for Teachers course at Walters State Community College. Stud…

Go to this Sway


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Thinglink

ThingLink’s image interaction technology helps students become fluent in using digital media to express themselves and demonstrate their learning. With ThingLink, teachers and students can easily create interactive infographics, maps, drawings, and engaging 360 documentaries in a classroom setting, at home, or on field trips.

Example of a Thinglink Project

.............................................................................. Stay in touch! ...........................................................................

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Remind

Send messages that students can’t miss. Teaching should be about your students, not tracking down handouts or playing phone tag. Remind makes it easy to reach your class—and puts time back in your day.


What is Remind?

Ways to Use Remind in the Classroom

Remind: A Tool for Professional Development

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Let's try it out!

......................................................................Interactive Videos.....................................................................

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Playposit

PlayPosit (formerly known as EduCanon) is a web and Chrome-based interactive video and assessment tool that lets teachers add interactive elements -- such as questions and pauses -- to streaming video content from popular sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, among a number of others. If your school blocks these more popular sites, PlayPosit can also work with sites such as TeacherTube, Shmoop, and even Google Drive videos -- an especially helpful feature if YouTube is blocked at your school. The interface is inviting, limited to three buttons that crop length, build questions (multiple-choice or free-response questions), or finish the "bulb."


Throughout any video lesson, students can rewind to hear any part of the video again. However, they can't fast-forward to skip ahead of what they've already watched. Through a dashboard, teachers can get data about students' use and performance within the embedded assessment items. Users who join the PlayPosit school edition have access to PlayPosit's integrations with Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, Haiku, Powerschool, Clever, and other systems.

Playposit How-to-Video

.....................................................................Game-Based Learning.............................................................

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getKahoot!

Let's take a break and play a game. Scan the QR Code to the right to go to the log in page.

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Kahoot.it

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Kahoot Game Pin Number

Once you scan the QR Code to the left, insert the game pin number. After inserting the game pin, you will be prompted to provide a player name, and we are ready to play!

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Padlet

Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to.

Padlet

Click on the + on the wall, and answer the question in the top left corner.

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Scan the QR Code above to get to the Padlet wall.

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Visit The Website

The techteaching2 website can be found here.


Darlene Smith and Linda Weeks

techteaching2@gmail.com

423-258-2758

@techteaching2 on Twitter



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