Timely Tech

Tech tips, hints, features, & general goings on at CMS & MMS

Ted Talk--Hackschooling

When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. It will be worth your time to check out this Ted Talk. I'm not sure I agree with everything here, but it is interesting to listen.

There are so many great Ted Talks out there. Check out their site.

Hackschooling makes me happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada

Featured Teacher: Maus 8th Grade Science

The 8th Grade Science teachers at Maus took a risk, a BIG risk. We met, and they let me totally rework a lesson that they had used in the past. We took their Ecology Unit (2 weeks) and made it into a game. There was a backstory, missions, a leaderboard, etc... And the really cool part, we did it all on their Moodle site. The students were self-paced, but realized they couldn't be lazy. They incorporated technology with items such as Google Presentations, LucidCharts, and Voki. This was a huge undertaking, and I really appreciate Ms. Jennings and Ms. Tuttle for letting me invade their planning.

Are you interested in learning more? Chat with me, Ms. Jennings, or Ms. Tuttle.

Featured Site: ForAllRubrics

Do you like rubrics? I know you do! Now you can create, edit, and use rubrics on your iPad. Check out the website and intro video for the site ForAllRubrics. It is super simple, allows you to collect data, and even print your rubric. Take a second and play around with this. It will be worth it.

Tips and Hints: Too Noisy App and Presentation Tips

  • Is the noise level in your class too high? Try the app Too Noisy Pro.
  • Want to power up your presentations? Check out this article.

Need to Knows

  • With the New Year upon us, here is a list of the Top 100 Sites and Apps from 2013.
  • Let's work together to plan something engaging and interactive for your students. Just shoot me an email and we can set up a time to meet. Several teachers and planning groups are already doing this. Keep an eye out for some really cool projects and activities.