CFHS Educational Technology News

What's Trending in EdTech News November 2014

Visual Learning (Mind Mapping) Digital Trends: Follow up to "An Atmosphere of Understanding"

Following Mrs. Johnson's presentation about unique qualities and challenges of our students. This newsletter will focus on EdTech tools and research that will help our students with understanding in the classroom.

Visual Learning
Visual Learning is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words, and concepts are associated with images. Visual learning helps students organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Graphic organizers, diagrams, and outlines are just some strategies of visual learning. This is also known as mind mapping. As we are moving towards digitizing more of our everyday learning practices. Mind mapping is also going digital. Mind mapping is a great way to encourage students to take notes in a way that best suits their learning style.

Mind Mapping: Inspiration 9
Here at Colonial Forge we have an "in house" mind mapping tool that is available to all students and teachers on our PC computers. This tool is called Inspiration 9. This tool is located in the novel launcher under every teacher log in and student log in. As a teacher you can upload your notes into Inspiration and it will create a powerpoint and start a mind map for you. You are also able to print out or send created mind maps to students. There is also an outline feature which can turn the mind mapping information into an outline. Click on the video link to learn more: INSPIRATION

Web Resources for Visual Learning

Infographics as a Creative Assessment Tool

Infographics are a visual representation of data. When students create inforgraphics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. The link below will help you develop formative and summative assessments that have students creating infographics to showcase their mastery of knowledge. Read more about infographics as assessments by clicking the link: Inforgraphics.
CFTech1 Twitter

Follow Colonial Forge Technology on Twitter @CFtech1 to get the latest on integrating technology news. Trending this month: 1) CFHS Tech Projects 2) Visual Learning Resources 3) BYOD Resources

CFHS: Tech Buffet Fall Edition 2014

Stay after school on one of the following days and learn about a new resource to integrate into your lessons; or refresh yourself on something you already know. Every week will be a new technology integration tool that can be used in the classroom with an emphasis on BYOD.


Schedule for Tech Buffet 2:30-4:00 Library

November 6 = Create your content visually with Infographics

November 13 = Using Socrative as an assessment tool on student owned devices

November 20 = Creating vocabulary flashcards with Quizlet

BYOD/Technology Integration October All-STars