DTL e-Digest

Technology Tips & Strategies

December 2018

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Lisa Queen, Physical Education Teacher, Lakeshore Elementary

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What excites you about integrating technology in your classroom?

The increased student engagement has been the most exciting outcome of integrating technology. Students love the opportunity to use technology. They are able to receive instant feedback from video analysis. This application allows students to break down movement skills and make corrections. This increases their confidence and understanding of a new skills. I use QR Codes to link to a variety of videos. Students are able to view videos at various levels to help them better understand a skill. It puts an expert in their hands to reteach a skill or challenge an advanced student. I have also integrated Kahoot to quickly assess students prior knowledge of a topic and review of important vocabulary and concepts. With the help and guidance of our technology teacher, I became an Apple teacher this past school year. Technology has helped me transform physical education to a class where students are accountable and reflective learners. Technology represents a more rigorous and enjoyable way to reach all students in the digital age.

Nominate a Teacher For Spotlight

If you know of a teacher who is doing some great and innovative things for students, nominate him or her for the Teacher Spotlight.
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Educreations is an interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's easy to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate your content as you explain any concept. You can create short instructional videos and share them with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.

For both iPad and MacBook, Educreations has both free and paid versions. With the free version you can...

  • Record & share lessons

  • Use basic whiteboard tools

  • Create & join classes

  • Save 1 draft at a time

  • Have up to 50MB of storage space

Watch this video demonstrating how to use Educreations. Here are some additional thoughts, suggestions, and benefits of using Educreations.

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The Apple Teacher Program is a great way to learn the apps that are available on the Apple devices: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, and GarageBand. It’s self-paced and you can do it wherever - whenever! You can choose to take the MacBook path or iPad path or complete both. Each path could earn you 1.6 DTL credits! Ask your Digital Teaching & Learning Coach how you can earn DTL credits for it!
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Canvas Palooza

It is not too late to connect and join. This is a great way to build your Canvas capacity and earn DLC CEUs.
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Canvas, Digital Learning Competencies, & SAMR

In every issue of the DTL e-Digest, our goal is to dive deep into the Digital Learning Competencies--either as a whole or a specific competency. To review, here are the DLCs for Teachers & Administrators. If you want to review what SAMR is with some examples, check out this image.

How does Canvas allow teachers and administrators to align and apply to the Digital Learning Competencies and SAMR? What features in Canvas allow you and your students to illustrate the DLCs and SAMR?

Canvas features aligned to the DLCs

SAMR Rubric applied to Canvas Feature -- For Administrators

SAMR Rubric applied to Canvas Feature - For Teachers

Growing with Canvas

Interested in building your capacity in Canvas and becoming a Canvas ninja? Then you can self-enroll in the Growing with Canvas professional learning experience. This learning experience is self--paced and along the ay you will submit activities and earn seven total badges. At the conclusion of Growing with Canvas, you can request a certificate of participation for 1.2 CEUs which can be used for DLC credit.

Canvas Tip of the Week

I hope you are reading and applying the Canvas Tips of the Week. Each week (Monday-Wednesday), you and your students can explore the Canvas tip for that week. Please encourage your students to read and apply the tip. These tips will help with Canvas productivity.

Here are the archives of the Canvas Tips of the Week:



Got a tip, suggestion, hack, solution. Share it with us. We will feature it an upcoming Tip of the Week and for each tip, you will receive your Canvas Tipper badge.

Tell us your Tip Story.

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Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

What is your level of comfort with using digital media appropriately? You may be hyper-vigilant and lock down all use of digital media (to avoid any copyright issues) or you may be loosey-goosey will all digital media without concern of proper use and attribution. Both extremes are not good learning. Here are some practical resources, tips, and strategies for using digital media appropriately. In the coming months, we will drill down to some specifics about understanding and teaching copyright, fair use, and the creative commons effectively.

  1. Examine this infographic about Copyright. Click on the image when it opens to zoom in.
  2. Need the perfect graphic? Here are our top five sites to find high quality images for instructional purposes: Unsplash, Pixabay, Visual Hunt, Flickr Creative Commons, and Wikimedia Commons. Check out this table of other alternatives for finding quality graphics other than conducting a Google search.
  3. What is the anatomy of properly attributing Creative Commons licensed graphics? Check this slide deck out.
  4. Check out this Teaching Copyright Resources.
  5. Here is a complete Livebinder of resources, tips, and strategies for modeling digital responsibility through understanding copyright and fair use.

How does copyright, fair use, and the creative commons align to Digital Learning Competencies?

Digital Citizenship illustrates that teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school culture. There are two indicators that will ensure that teachers demonstrate this competency:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of intellectual property rights by abiding by copyright law, intellectual property, and fair use guidelines. Use the myriad of graphic resources to demonstrate that you not only know how to find copyright friendly resources but you also know how to use those resource appropriately.

  2. Teach and require the use of copyright law and fair use in student work and creation. Use the Teaching Resources above to teacher students how to be digital responsibility. In every unit that requires a multimedia presentation or project, require that your students use digital media responsibly. Also, explore some of these resources about teaching copyright: The Right Stuff, Copyrights and Wrongs (9-12), and 4 Great Lesson Plans on Copyright.
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