Technology Integration Newsletter-February 25, 2015
This blog post has some great suggestions for getting your students ready for a digital testing environment as we approach the testing season.
This website geared towards middle and high school students has clever study materials that merge humor and learning.
Shmoop offers learning guides for core content subject areas as well as several additional elective areas. The authors on this site do a great job of breaking things down into smaller, more easily understandable segments. For example, literature guides contain character descriptions and quotes. In addition, teachers who may be able to spend money for a subscription can access teacher guides and standardized test prep guides. You definitely don't need to pay to access the information in the free areas of the site, and I hope you find it to be both comprehensive and useful. High-schoolers who need a little extra help with their studies could benefit from the site as well.
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8 Formative Assessment Tools
Infuse Learning provides a platform where teachers can engage every student on any device, making it an ideal choice for our school as we continue to encourage BYOD. This allows students to provide real-time feedback and teachers can adjust instruction accordingly.
iClicker is a powerful formative assessment tool that allows teachers to ask questions through any presentation application; students answer questions with a remote or smart device. Teachers can then display results in real-time if desired.
Poll Everywhere is another powerful web tool to collect feedback from your students. It provides you with a variety of templates and feedback forms to choose from. Students answer in real time using mobile phones, Twitter, or web browsers. It also lets you see your responses live on the web or in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.
Geddit is another interesting tool that you can use in class to gather instant feedback about your students learning in real-time. You can use both multiple choice or short answer responses to check for evidence of understanding.
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Past Editions of TEACHnology Today
September 11, 2014: Important Links, Technology Goals, Google Calendar and Chromebook Checkout, the 1-iPad Classroom and Reflector App
September 18, 2014: Important Links, Kahoot.it Tutorial, iPad App: Rhyme to Read
September 25, 2014: Digital Citizenship Image, Chromebook Checkout Refresher, iPad App: Noise Down, Bookmarking Sites: Tizmos and SymbalooEDU (with examples/resources by subject area and grade level)
October 2, 2014: Technology Goal Submission, Tutorial: Remind, Technology Workshop Opportunities, Chromebook Use Update
October 14, 2014: Technology Goal Update, iPad Spectrum, Apps for Every Classroom, Cool Tool: Planboard with Examples
October 23, 2014: Teaching Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety, iPad Reference Card (Printable), Cool Tool: Chatterpix App, Google Classroom, Apps for English and History, Sight Words on iPad, Youtube Channels for Educators
November 10, 2014: Tech Integration Request Form, Reflector and Splashtop (installation and use with your iPad and school computers), Google Calendar Refresher and links to LP School Calendars
November 18, 2014: Technology Mini-Session Poll, iPad App Suggestions with ThingLink, Thankful Turkeys with imagechef.com, Past Editions and Tech Integration Request Form
November 25, 2014: Technology Mini Session 1 Information, Planboard: Unit Planner How-To Guide, Formative Assessment with Socrative
December 4, 2014: Using Apps to Level your Classroom Library, Leveler Websites and Databases, 15 Virtual Field Trip Apps, and a Neat End of Year Activity
December 17, 2014: Survey Tools, Socrative, 30 Best Apps of 2014, WebTools with No Registration Required, Fun Classroom Timers
January 8, 2015: Technology Goal Update, iPad Student Objectives with Apps, iPad App of the Week: Phoster, A Comprehensive Guide to Classroom Blogging
January 30, 2015: Technology Half Day Ideas, Technology Half Day Form and Procedure, TED Ed Writer's Workshop Videos, iPad Volume Apps that LP has available for student or staff iPads
February 3, 2015: iPad App Request Forms, 12 Elementary Apps that Should Be on Every iPad, Learning Objective Maker, Saving Attachments to Google Drive
February 19, 2015: Websites to Teach Keyboarding Skills to Elementary Students, Elementary Math Videos by Level, 40 Reflection Questions, "Did I Plagiarize" Infographic
February 26, 2015: Preparing Students for Online Testing, Website: Shmoop, A Game Website to Help End World Hunger, 8 Formative Assessment Tools, DK in the Classroom Resources, and a List of the Best Music Education Resources