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D. I. T. C. H. that Session

Where do your sessions connect with this diagram?

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What inspires you to move to the next level?

What's the big picture of "Ditch that Session?"

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1. GAFE Tools

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What are Google Apps? (Often referred to as GAFE-Google Apps for Education)

All thing Google work best when using Chrome. Consider where you are on the curve with this tool. Bookmarks and extensions are useful in being more efficient while browsing.

The Google Apps with potential applications at Region 7 include: Google Drive (which includes Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawing), Google Calendar, YouTube, Gmail, Hangouts, Blogger, Google+, and Google Maps (to name a few). Consider the curve.

Task: Make sure you can locate Google Drive and know your GAFE credentials (hint: they are your R7 network credentials.) A median level task would be to create a shared (view only) Google Doc and email a shortened URL from the extension to someone who would need the doc. It might include a training session schedule, important terms related to your assignment, or a list of commonly used websites.

2. Tools to Connect (people to URLs)

T-TESS correlations: 1.1; 1.4; 2.3; 4.3; 4.4
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What does this mean?

Considerable time can be spent on connecting participants (or teachers connecting students) to websites or other resources on the internet. As presenters, we should model to teachers various tools for accomplishing this.

This task is dependent on what tool(s) participants will be using. Some will work better with a mobile device (tablet or smartphone) and others are best used with a computer/laptop/Chromebook.

Tools to consider might include:



Task: Sign up for one or more of the suggested sites. (Don't forget your username and pw.) Many of the tools offer an Edu version with more bells and whistles (for free).

3. Collecting Content and Curating

T-TESS Correlation: 1.1; 2.2; 4.2; 4.3
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What does this mean?

One of the fastest growing tools for educators collaborating on the internet is Twitter. Have you discovered the knowledge base associated with your assignment? What hashtags do you recommend to participants? Are you or your department using a hashtag to "brand" your products and services?

Using a social media tool (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and/or Facebook) is a best practice for teachers to not only collaborate, but also tell the story of what is going on in their classroom or school. Using professional credentials allow users to compartmentalize personal and professional use.

Another component to finding resources on the internet is having a method to file and organize or curate them. Some tools useful in this process might include:

Some points to ponder when choosing a tool are: how easy is it to save a website, how easy is it to find something once it has been saved, how easy is it to share resources with others.

Task: Discover hashtags relevant to your assignment. What tool(s) are you using to curate material? Is there another one to explore or consider?

4. Tools for Calibration (How Do You Know What They Know?)

T-TESS Correlations: 1.2; 3.1; 2.4; 2.5
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What does this mean?

What have you presented and what has been understood? There are various ways to do this--high tech, low tech and no tech. Often times this may be a missing piece when working with adult learners in a session; however, it is a critical facet of EVERY classroom. The more frequently and efficiently formative assessment is integrated in to instruction, the better students should succeed.

Tools to consider integrating into sessions for teachers might include:

Task: Take time to perpend what task is at hand and what access participants (students) have to the internet. Register for one or more of the suggested tools or discover another one to accomplish the same goal--how do you know what they know?

5. Tools for Creating

T-TESS Correlations: 1.3; 1.4; 2.2; 2.4; 3.3
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What does this mean?

How do you create content for sessions? It's understandable that some content delivered to participants in sent to us from the state or feds. When the option is left to the specialist or presenter, is it "DBPP"? Often times when creating a PowerPoint with many slides, it is not easily shared with participants/customers. There are several tools for creating content to be shared. Most are internet based, so a link is all that is shared (see section 2). Consider the following methods for creating and presenting material:

PowerPoint Alternatives:

(also check out for some FREE PP or Google Slides templates)

Creating Images:

Video Tools:

Task: Determine which type of tools are not being used in sessions. What resources should you sign up for and explore? (Don't forget to look for Edu versions and remember your username and pw.)