TCS Technology Tidbits
Each newsletter will consist of five sections:
1. Tech News: This section provides important news updates about our district Technology
2. Three for Free: This section introduces three "new" applications are introduced
3. An Inspirational Video: This section gives an inspirational video that can be used for Bell Ringer/Class Starter exercises
4. Lesson Ideas: This section gives 1-2 cool lesson ideas
5. Professional Development Opportunities & Important Dates: This one is self-explanatory!
Update: This month, the Technology Department is looking for innovative ways to provide Technology PD. Also, we are researching/working on: Technology grants, Google Classroom, and STEM projects. If you have any ideas, please do not hesitate to let me know. We hope to share more about these initiatives next month.
Three for Free
Recap is a tool that will allow students to respond by video. Set up classrooms and questions with in minutes. View results in real-time to provide students with immediate feedback.
Seesaw empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Students can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It also provides simple parent communication.
PingPong delivers in-class responses to any type of question that you could ask. It delivers feedback quickly and is a useful tool when you want an answer from students to test their background knowledge, so you can scaffold the lesson properly. You'll also be able to figure out if students are paying attention when you give them a pop quiz using the app.
Ideas for in-class application:
- Use this as a conversation starter at the beginning of the day.
- Write/blog about the power of words.
Padlet is a great tool that can be used in many ways to collect information that will help drive discussion and instruction. Here are a few ideas of ways you could use Padlet.
Exit Slips- At the end of a lesson, have the students post what they have learned by adding text or an oral recording.
Formative Assessment/Discussion- Ask a question and have the students add their answers for an easy and fast way to assess or ignite discussions.
Build Knowledge- Bookmark websites within Padlet and share it out with students to build prior knowledge of a concept. This will ensure that they are concentrated on the material you put in.
Fluency Checks- Have student use the video record feature on their device to record themselves reading. They will then post the video on a Padlet created by you.
Breakout is a great way for your students to apply the skills they are learning to an activity that promotes collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Breakouts can be themed and created using content you are covering in class. Check out the video... Breakout Intro.