Technology insights from the FHN Tech Committee
Some Tech Reminders
- Please note that most of the computer labs will be reserved for EOC pre-test and general testing beginning the week of 2/22 through 4/29.
- If you have a lab reserved and realize you do not need it, please contact RaeAnn to remove your name from the schedule.
- Please remember to turn off your projector if you are not using it for instructional purposes
Plickers Lunch and Learn
Kristen DiCarlo has created a Google Classroom with the information from the 2016 METC’s sessions. If you want access to these resources, go to classroom.google.com and use the following class code: wdf0te.
Google Classroom Lunch and Learn
Tech Profile--Brian Santos
My interest with technology began when I was about seven years old. We had computer class in grade school and I always, ALWAYS was the one finished with his work first, helping others, and trying creative new things.
As a teacher, I enjoy keeping up with the latest and greatest that classroom technology has to offer. Not everything I’ve tried works. But, I figure, you only miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. So, friends, here are the top five apps or programs that have worked for me, and I can help make them work for you. Notice that I only include things here that are “QEF,” or “quick easy free.” I only use tech that is QEF.
5) Twitter. Build your professional learning network (PLN) by following leading educators in your field. You can get great lesson plan ideas, advice on about any topic, and participate in content area chats. On Thursday nights you can partake in MoEdChats, moderated by Dr. Huff at FHMS, as long as you use the hashtag #MoEdChat and indicate with question you’re answering (A1:)
4) Vocaroo. Do you need your students to explain something out loud? Have them record their presentation using vocaroo and send you the mp3 file or the link to their audio. This is hands down the easiest way to do voice recording of any kind. Check it out: www.vocaroo.com
3) Plickers. Multiple choice formatives will never be the same again. Download the Plicker app on your smartphone. Create 4 questions, one called answer A, one called answer B, one C, and one D. Give each of your students a plicker card from www.plicker.com. Show a multiple choice question on your smartboard, and bring up the app on your smartphone. Choose the correct answer on your smartphone. As students hold up the right answer, scan the room using your phone. Then, announce the numbers who got it correct. “Good job, numbers 2, 12, 14, and 16)! Everything stays anonymous, and students get the quick feedback they need.
2) Kahoot.it. This quiz game by phone has taken the country’s classrooms by storm. Kahoot is great as a pre-test, review, comprehension check, exit slip, or a time-filler. Find quizzes on about any content area. Create quizzes of your own. Play along with the students! If students don’t have a phone, they can use an ipad, team up with a friend, or simply hold up a dry erase board with their answer.
1) Remind101 (now called “Remind.”). Seriously, if you don’t already have a Remind account that you use to remind your students of deadlines, you need to get one. It’s so QEF, and you can even schedule your messages to be delivered. Students and parents can sign up, and students and parents can also respond back to your messages if you choose that option. I’m pretty sure the only reason my Spanish Club students show up to the meetings is because of Remind101.
A little more complicated, but worth the time investment
Some programs take some time to learn, so I can’t call them QEF. However, they are totally worth it once you learn and get comfortable with it: Socrative space race, Vocaroo with QR codes, Voicetheads, ClassDojo, and Nearpod are my favorites. Look up tutorials on youtube and google on how to use them. Learning them is a good time investment.
Reflect, reflect, reflect
As with teaching, the best way to get better with technology is to think deeply about how to improve. How can the activity go more efficiently, or effectively? And keep in mind that technology is no substitute for the meeting your learning objectives. You need to balance old-school and new-school. I still do old-school bell ringers, exit slips with post it notes, etc. You need to figure what works best for your students, and most importantly YOU. Good luck.