"Tech Times" Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 1 (September 2013)

What is a MOOC??

MOOC stands for an Massive Open Online Course. MOOC's have recently become very popular in educational technology. Essentially, it is an online course (or resource) open to anyone and is a way for students to connect/collaborate about a topic and engage in the learning process.

There are also thousands of MOOC's available for teachers to use as part of their teaching methods. You might be able to find supplementary material such as videos, articles, blogs, etc. that you could incorporate into your own classroom.

What is a MOOC?

"Web 2.0 Tool of the Month" - TurnItIn

TurnItIn is an all-encompassing program that checks the credibility and plagiarism of student work through BILLIONS of websites. It allows students to submit their work through TurnItIn, and in turn, the teacher gets a detailed report of if their work may be plagiarized or not. Also, teachers can make comments on their work, collaboratively edit with the student, peer editing, and engage the students in the process.

We have just received licenses at NAMS for the 13-14 school year and will be implementing this program in the next month or two.

Click here to check out TurnItIn and see what it all has to offer!

Quick Technology Tip!!

Kwiq Poll is a simple tool for quickly creating and posting polls. To create a poll with Kwiqpoll just visit the site, type a question, type your answer choices, and go. It will instantly give you a link that you can share with your students!

You can use Kwiq Poll to answer a daily warmup question, check for understanding on a topic that was taught that day, gather feedback, or even as a pre-teaching tool!!

Click here to visit Kwiq Poll and create your FREE account today!
Contact me if you need any help, would like me to be involved in any projects/activities you have coming up, if you want assistance incorporating some of these new tools into your lessons, or if you just want to meet with me. Just let me know!