Teaching with Technology

Collaboration, Documentation and Assessment

Reflecting on SAMR

Use the SAMR model to reflect upon how you are integrating technology. Is it act of Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, or Redefinition?

The SAMR Model Explained By Students

Swimming with SAMR

Teaching with technology is much like swimming in a pool, you have to be comfortable wading in the shallow before you pass the safety rope and venture into the deep. Remember, it's always fine to come back after venturing and wade a bit more or in fact, sometimes, take a chance and jump in!
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Group Brainstorm: Building a Masterlist Together

What digital tools are teachers using for collaboration? documenting student learning? assessment?


Connect subject examples with digital tools being used within your schools.

Breakout Session One: Collaboration

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Co-Authoring for Better Collaboration – Microsoft #Office365

Option A: Saving to OneDrive & Collaboration Features (Word/PowerPoint)

Document collaboration means several authors work on a document or collection of documents together.

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Students can be simultaneously co-authoring a document or reviewing each others work. Document co-authoring means working on a document simultaneously with one or more users.

Option B: OneNote & Class Notebook

OneNote is a live binder resembles a free form canvas that empowers teachers and students to use visual notes such as images, text, printouts, tables, screenshots, audio recordings, etc.


Students and teachers have the ability to share Notebooks with other collaborators or to use a collaboration space designed by the teacher in Class Notebook.


If teachers are ready, it is always best to create your Notebooks with a class website, under sites. Use the video tutorial below to guide you through the process.

How to Create a Subsite in Office 365
OneNote in Education: A framework for teaching and learning with OneNote class notebooks

Breakout Session Two: Documentation

Option A: Book Creator

Book Creator is simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad.


Using Book Creator in the classroom:


1. To create math journals (Planning Template)

2. To track inquiry logs

3. For reflections and goal setting

Overall Expectations

By the end of Grade 8, students will,

  • model linear relationships graphically and algebraically, and solve and verify algebraic equations, using a variety of strategies, including inspection, guess and check, and using a “balance” model.

Equation Book Project Examples

Operational Sense

By the end of Grade 1, students will:

– solve a variety of problems involving the addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 20, using concrete materials and drawings

Animal Riddles

Explain Everything

Explain everything is a screen casting and interactive whiteboard app that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.


Here are a few ways my students have been using Explain Everything in the classroom:


1. Guided Reading Activity

2. Communicating Findings with Math Problems

3. Demonstrating Understanding of Inquiry

Discussion Activity: Assessment and Digital Tools

Assessment plays a major role in how students learn, their motivation to learn, and how teachers teach.

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Assessment is used for various purposes.

  • Assessment for learning: where assessment helps teachers gain insight into what students understand in order to plan and guide instruction, and provide helpful feedback to students.
  • Assessment as learning: where students develop an awareness of how they learn and use that awareness to adjust and advance their learning, taking an increased responsibility for their learning.
  • Assessment of learning: where assessment informs students, teachers and parents, as well as the broader educational community, of achievement at a certain point in time in order to celebrate success, plan interventions and support continued progress.
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Breakout Session Three: Assessment

Option A: Primary Assessment

1. Using Book Creator to create Learning Journeys

2. Using Pic collage to represent Learning Skills

3. Gathering data with Nearpod to drive instruction

By the End of Grade One students will determine, after consultation with the teacher and peers, whether the ideas and information they have gathered are suitable for the purpose

Book Creator Example from First Grade

Option B: Junior/Intermediate Assessment

1. Gathering Feedback through Surveys tools such as Socrative and Google Survey

2. Assessing students and providing immediate feedback with Nearpod

3. Using iMovie to engage students when sharing their knowledge and express their thoughts or reflections in the form of a digital movie.

Advanced Google Drive : Google Forms Tutorial 2015

Co-creating Success Criteria for the Use of Technology in the Classroom

Learning Goal: We can use technology effectively to support student learning

Success Criteria:

I can…