"Tech Times" Newsletter

Volume 3, Issue 8 (April 2015)

"Blended Learning happening in our backyard"

Recently there was an article in the Express Times about local school districts who are utilizing the blended learning approach in their schools. The days of students writing notes for 40 minutes while the teacher lectures are long gone. Utilizing this different approach, students are engaged throughout the entire class with a mix of instruction, application, working in groups, and center-based learning stations.

Student rotate through the different learning stations while the teacher is able to circulate and guide groups as well as work individually with students. With the technology that they have at their fingertips, this approach is becoming easier to employ in our classrooms.

Click here to read the article!

Transform Learning with Google Apps

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) has exploded in the last few years and is changing the dynamic of our educational landscape. Google Apps employs cloud computing and allows students to have access to e-mail, create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, collaborate with their peers, download web apps, and so much more; anywhere in the world with Internet access.

Documents are saved automatically as you are working and they can easily be shared with their teachers and classmates. Utilizing these amazing tools can truly transform the way a classroom looks. It is even seamlessly integrated with Schoology so that students can access all of their documents and even create new ones all within Schoology.

Check out the video below to find out more about Google Apps for Education (GAFE)!

Google for Education 101 (in 101 seconds)

"Web 2.0 Tool of the Month" - TED Ed

TED Ed or more commonly known as "TED Talks", believes that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. TED offers a wide variety of compelling videos in most classroom subjects that teachers can use to spark the curiosity and creativity of students. TED videos have been viewed millions of times by people all over the world.

Click here to check out TED Ed talks and lessons to incorporate into your classroom.

Quick Schoology Tip!!

As we inch closer to the end of the year, it is important to make sure that all of the hard work that you have put into Schoology this year is saved and ready to go for next year.

In a few simple steps, you can save your entire course (along with documents, links, etc.) into your Schoology "resources". When you are in your course, each of your folders or materials has a "gearbox icon" next to it. By clicking on that icon, it will give you the option to "Save to Resources". Once you do that, it will be stored in your "Resources".

My suggestion would be that you have your resources organized so that you can easily retrieve them next year for your courses. Please let me know if you need any help with this process.

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!