The Integrator

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January 2018 Edition
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Happy New Year! Welcome to the Future!

2018... 18 years into the 21st century. Ever wonder what the latest and great technological advancement was 100 years ago? If you lived in 1918 and survived the Spanish flu pandemic, you may have been fascinated by the newly refined mechanical pencil, something that we never really think too much about in 2018. A mechanical pencil....a simple pencil was once the latest and greatest edtech gadget!

Sometimes it is hard to comprehend how rapidly and frequently technological advancements take place. Take for instance the Web. Some of us can easily recall a time without the worldwide web and when waiting for dial up connection was nothing short of fascinating. And today, the waiting comes from the time it takes to type in a phrase within the browser field. That dash - the time between no global connectivity to global omniconnectivity - was less than 15 years for most of the developed world. Which begs the question: where will we be 15 years from now? What will the Class of 2033 be able to accomplish that we cannot even fathom at this point? What careers will be created by 2033 that are not in existence today? How will global citizens communicate, work, and learn in 2033?

As an educator, you will experience a mind-numbing revolution in education technology within the coming 15 years. Are you ready? Do you welcome the change and challenge, or do you have reservations about adapting? Honestly, if you do not have reservations, you would be abnormal! Change is not easy, but it is necessary to ensure that we are preparing 21st century citizens for what lies ahead, not only for themselves but for their future families. So, it is okay to fear it, to dread it, and to honestly feel an aversion to it. That is our normal human reaction to tough change. But know this, taking a risk to learn something new and intimidating is very much worth the reward, not only to yourself but to coming generations. So take a chance, try it, fail, fail again, and keep failing, but never stopping trying! Because in each trial and error, you learn something new, you learn what does not work, you learn something that will help others, and you grow as an educator. And you know who else grows? That student walking across the graduation stage in June 2063..........

Welcome to the is already here, and you are an integral part of it!


Educational Integrators of the Month

Are you augmenting reality with Aurasma?

Augment what? Reality! Augmented reality is here and is an amazing way to engage students on every content area and in every grade level! Through the use of multimedia and a mobile device, learners can engage with interactive content, viewing information in multiple formats. Aurasma is a highly effective choice when creating word walls. For an example, watch the video of Mrs. Weaver's First Grade Students.

A limited, free subscription is available from Aurasma. For further support and professional learning about this tool, please contact Instructional Technology for guidance and direction.


Tool of the Month Club: AnyFlip

Last month, we learned about the power of LucidPress to bring digital publishing into your learning activities and lesson assignments - a powerful online tool that is an effective way to integrate both writing and technology within your classroom. But how innovative would it be to take that digitally published assignment and turn it into an online flipbook? Or even an online, student-created, classroom textbook? Students can easily do this through free accounts with sites like AnyFlip. is an online tool that takes an uploaded .pdf document (or link to a Google Doc) and turns it into an interactive, 3D online booklet. These online flip books can be easily shared through a simple URL or embedded within websites (or Canvas); QR codes can even be utilized to post these flip books for easy sharing within the classroom.

Anyflip offers a limited free subscription, allowing subscribers ample space to create a number of flip books. For more information you can access subscription resources HERE.

Integrating a Flip book within your Lesson

Using an online flip book is really easy (although it looks complicated and challenging to create). For a guide on how to integrate a flip book within your lesson, check out the resource below! Happy flipping!!


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