Technology Times

January 8, 2015

The Classroom Secret Behind the Buckeyes’ Winning Ways

In this Wall Street Journal article, Jonathan Clegg describes how Ohio State coach Urban Meyer uses the flipped-classroom approach to develop championship football teams by getting every player to a high level of mastery of his complex playbook. Instead of running through new plays in chalkboard sessions, Meyer e-mails videos and interactive graphics of new plays to his team to study on their smartphones and computers on their own time and at their own pace. In team meetings, players are literally on the edge of their seats as Meyer blitzes them with impromptu quizzes, walkthroughs of plays, situational drills, and individual interactions. He might ask an offensive lineman to diagram a play against a defense, or have a defensive player draw up his responsibilities against a blitz. Meyer also texts players between meetings to be sure they have mastered their assignments.

“It really speaks to his skill as a teacher,” said former coach Keith Grabowski. “They are on the cutting edge with the methods they use… The whole idea is that if you can get players thinking about it and doing the mental work prior to being in the football facility, your time in the classroom will be that much more productive.”

Going into a crucial Big Ten game against Wisconsin last Saturday, Ohio State was the underdog because their quarterback, J.T. Barrett, had been sidelined with an injury the week before. Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones entered his first collegiate start under tremendous pressure. “It’s his show,” said Meyer before the game; “he’s got the keys to the car. He’s been studying film and getting ready to go. We’ve just got to teach him up.”

It worked – the Buckeyes won 59-0.

“Taking the Buckeye to School” by Jonathan Clegg in The Wall Street Journal, December 6-7, 2014,

5 top tech tools of 2014

Graphite, from CommonSense Media, previews its Top Tools of 2014

Ruth Okoye, a Common Sense Graphite Certified Educator, offered insight on five of the top

ed-tech tools.

Okoye is the Communications Chair for the ISTE Ed Tech Coaches Professional Learning Network.

The list includes:

Shadow Puppet - a free video slideshow creator for elementary school students. It’s available for iPad, iPhone, and iPad Touch.

Prodigy - "prodigy is a great math tool," stated Okyoe. "It's got a little bit of everything, so you'll be able to use it no matter the type of device.

Newsela - connects middle and high school students to engaging news targeted to their reading levels.

eduCanon is a website for middle school and high school students, and it adds interactive components and formative assessments to videos.

Curriculet is a reading tool that uses embedded assessments to boost comprehension.

To learn more the programs click on each link.

Also to see all of the 2014 Best EdTech click here

Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura, December 16th, 2014

24 of the best free education apps of 2014

Ed-Tech posted 24 of the best Educational Apps

1. TinyTap
A free DIY app creation platform for making your own interactive games, featuring educational games, interactive lessons and presentations, visual quizzes, music activities, and illustrated stories.

2. Brainly
Got a problem with homework? Get the Brainly app and ask questions about what’s causing you trouble.

3. Test Precision
Test Precision is an eLearning platform for college admission test (SAT & ACT) preparation. Rather than spitting out a series of questions, the technology platform assesses the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses to create highly personalized curriculum that actually focuses on improving their scores.

4. KidQuest
This maker app features dozens of free things to make and build, with step by step illustrated guides (think table-top soccer pitches, lava lamps, and frozen fruit treats). Digital scrapbooks of creations are automatically created and ready to share with friends and family.

5. Solve the Outbreak
Users play disease detective as they collect clues and analyze data to solve the outbreak and save lives in this app from the CDC

6. Planets
Hold your phone or tablet to the sky and the new automatic orientation feature provides a virtual reality view using your device’s magnetometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope.

7. SchoolCircle
The SchoolCircle web app allows teachers to easily communicate with parents from a personal dashboard where they can share tasks, events, messages, photos and documents according to designated classes or “Circles.” At a glance, parents can see all upcoming events, classroom pictures and documents, messages from the teacher and assigned tasks.

8. NGAkids Art Zone
The NGAkids app provides an immersive experience as children visit a virtual art gallery and explore a variety of works spanning more than 300 years of art history. High-resolution graphics, careful attention to detail, and a variety of subjects, painting styles, and techniques help cultivate an authentic understanding of the artistic process and reinforce users’ familiarity with the fundamental elements of art.

9. Census PoP Quiz
Test your U.S. state knowledge with Census PoP Quiz, a new population challenge about the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the U.S. Census Bureau.

10. Drawing Desk
Free drawing app bundled with 4 different drawing modes featuring 3D brushes, full color pallet, undo and redo functions as well as a collection of stamps and stickers.

11. Global Shark Tracker
OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker lets you observe the navigational pattern of sharks that have been tagged with satellite tracking technology all for the purpose of shark conservation.

12. EarthViewer
EarthViewer is like a time machine for exploring Earth’s deep history. Based on the latest scientific research, it lets you scroll through the last 4.5 billion years with your fingertips.

13. ChemCrafter
ChemCrafter lets you build your own lab to run fun and creative experiments. Chemical reactions don’t just happen—you have to make them happen. As your strategy guides you through experiments with water, acids, and salts, you’ll create surprising color changes, encounter fire and smoke, release various gases, and shatter equipment.

14. CrowdFlik
CrowdFlik is the mobile video app that allows users to share, view and edit mobile video footage captured by the crowd. CrowdFlik automatically synchronizes and organizes multiple video streams and lets users create multi-angle, shareable video compilations.

15. Walking with Dinosaurs – Inside their World
A comprehensive and interactive dinosaur encyclopedia, with narration by actor Stephen Fry. Users can explore interactive dinosaurs, spinning turntable, and 3D animations.

16. Whole Wide World 2
Features a range of themed content around Geography, Social Studies, History, and culture introduced through action, logic, puzzle, and matching games. Students discover everything from the beautiful monarch butterflies of Mexico to the giant rocks of Iceland.

17. Virtual Nerd Mobile Math
A free math app from Pearson that provides on-the-go access to a video library of more than 1,500 math tutorials.

18. SymbalooEDU
SymbalooEDU is a free educational tool that allows teachers and students to save their online resources in the cloud with access from any device. Teachers can easily save their favorite web 2.0 sites to a webmix with just a few clicks then share it with colleagues or students.

19. MyStories
StoriesAlive has launched its first-ever set of storybook creation apps, MyStories, which allow children to craft their own narratives by adding text, audio and photos to personalize each page.

20. eduClipper
Adam Bellow’s educational social platform for educators and students. This app makes it easy for educators and students to explore, share and create content. Users are able to save time, build personal learning networks, and begin to shift the culture of assessment to be more holistic.

21. Winning Words Match Games
Winning Words takes the familiar game of memory match, and adds a twist: Instead of matching two pictures, users match two synonyms, antonyms or other word combinations.

22. BrainPOP Featured Movie
Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz–free! Recommended by Macworld, Family Circle, USA Today, iPhone Life, and Common Sense Media.

23. Classroom Mosai
Classroom Mosaic is web-based app that provides an easy, efficient and secure way to perform teacher observations. Observation templates can be created to suit any school’s needs.

24. Door 24-Math
Aligned to the Common Core, Door 24 provides targeted practice in the use of basic facts, number sense and algebraic thinking. Students can work through 6 different levels and multiple problem sets as they help fix Victor the robot’s circuits and solve the mystery behind Door 24.

Posted By Stephen Noonoo On January 5, 2014 @ 6:31 am In Featured on eSchool News,Keys to Successful Mobile Learning,Resource,Top News,Uncategorized