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[Read time: 1 min] In much the same way that we learned that all teachers are teachers of reading, we need to start to recognize that all teachers are also teachers of technological competency. We need to know what these competencies are. We need to model best practices within these contexts. And we need to be intentional about how we and students use technology in the classroom…[Read more]
There are some things related to technology that every teacher should at least be familiar with. I’ll be posting several of these throughout the remaining weeks of school.
I wanted to start today with one of the most important ones, which is obviously really an acronym: ISTE (pronounced “isty”), which stands for…
There are a variety of open educational resource (OERs) available online. One such collection of resources for K-5 learning exists through REMC, and you can find a grade- and subject- oriented list on MiTech Kids…
There is a lot of hype around Jamboard, and understandably so! Check out these SEL activities you can do with your class using Jamboard! Using Jamboard for SEL activities, brought to you by TCEA Not sure how to use Jamboard? Check out this video tutorial.
One of the simplest, but most consistent and effective tools I have been introduced to is one that was recommended to me a couple years ago by the amazing Sean Williams, one of our network administrators. The tool is called...
Did you know that H5P offers dozens of interactive activities for you to use with your students? Read about it here!
In a quest to strive for excellence, Zoom is constantly updating itself for a better user experience. Here are some quick directions for how to update Zoom.
It’s out! The Tech Coaches’ sixth podcast, Space (and Furniture)- The Final Frontier, is now up and available to listen to! Join us as we discuss the design of the learning environment, from seating charts to discussion pits. Our discussion stems from a class we were fortunate to attend, called Designing Flexible Learning Environments, presented by the Michigan Region IV Assistive Technology Team. We also have a special guest, Alie Gwizdz!
Here’s a quick video about using Google Drawings to make colored cards for the Matching Pairs activity in Nearpod!
One of the many advantages of using technology in education is the way it empowers students to give, seek, and utilize feedback to shape their learning. Learners in the 21st-century need to harness the power of technology to seek the most timely and useful feedback to build their understanding. But notice I said “seek”. Getting feedback is not the same as when students are of a disposition to actively look for it.
Nearpod now makes it possible to assign another individual the co-teacher role in a Nearpod Live session. This allows your co-teacher to have some of the privileges of the owner of the Nearpod during a session. Here's what a co-teacher can do and how to add them...
A huge problem throughout the remote learning experience, and even since the dawn of Google, itself, has been the fact that there are now so many ways for students to cheat on assessments. How can we build valid assessments when we can't even see the students? And how...
Sometimes during our teaching, we want to be able to pull up a quick, collaborative whiteboard with which to share ideas. This quick video from Kami will show you how to do just that.
Kami comes with a marvelous feature that allows you to splice and dice PDFs and other file types, and you may not have noticed it was there.
We’ve got this. We know what we’re doing. And we should probably question some of the myths about hybrid teaching, what it looks like, and what it means.
In episode 5 of ArchiTECHs of Learning, Amy and Bob talk about hybrid learning, the practicality of student choice in the classroom, and their recent interview with a celebrity. Have a listen below!
Professional Development and an Interview with Mitch Albom Bob and I have been fortunate to take part in some very good professional development opportunities lately, and one of them was offered by Michigan Virtual and MASSP, called Teaching for Today and Tomorrow....
As we head into a hybrid experience with our students, we need to think about how our classrooms are configured. Because seemingly no two classrooms have the same set up across the district, we wanted to offer some basic advice for audio and video recordings. When...
As we continue thinking about how to structure our classes in moving to the hybrid model, one of the most important factors we need to consider is what the learning experience is like for our students.
As I mentioned in several of the PD sessions I have helped facilitate, we need to design with empathy. What is it like to be a student in this class the way I have structured it? And what is the student’s whole day like?
The following are some practical considerations for Hybrid Learning. Some of these may make the experience more simplified for your students, take away some of your stress, and make life easier for many involved. 1. Start small. It might be tempting to start off...
As we make the transition from remote learning to a more hybrid approach, there is a degree of uncertainty for every teacher. Much of this stems from our inability to really visualize what it will all look like once it gets going. One way to confront this uncertainty...
Technology for Lifelong Learning
- Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.
- Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments.
- Model digital age work and learning.
- Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.
- Engage in professional growth and leadership.
from Standards for Teachers.