Tech Tips

March 2016: Volume 3- Number 23

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

You'll find a wide variety of apps, articles, and websites in this issue.

How Long Will We Wait to Give Students Choices?

How Long Will We Wait to Give Students Choices?


Excerpt:

Mohini was a regal white tiger who lived for many years at the Washington DC National Zoo. For most of those years her home was in the old lion house—a typical twelve-by-twelve-foot cage with iron bars and a cement floor. Mohini spent her days pacing restlessly back and forth in her cramped quarters. Eventually, biologists and staff worked together to create a natural habitat for her. Covering several acres, it had hills, trees, a pond and a variety of vegetation. With excitement and anticipation they released Mohini into her new and expansive environment.

But it was too late. The tiger immediately sought refuge in a corner of the compound, where she lived for the remainder of her life. Mohini paced and paced in that corner until an area twelve-by-twelve feet was worn bare of grass. –Tara Brach on the Tim Ferris podcast

When I first heard the above story on a podcast, I immediately stopped and listened to it again. The analogy hit home.

We spend so much time preparing our students and slowly giving them choice and voice in their learning. We build up to the idea that when they finally leave our K-12 institutions they will be free and well prepared to take on the world and find their way in a new environment."

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STUDENT CORNER!

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One of own middle school students explains Google Maps!

My Google Maps Tutorial
ASUS Chromebit - Google OS That Turns Your TV into a Chromebook (FULL REVIEW)

6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills

6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills

Excerpt:

"A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:

  • raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;
  • gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively;
  • comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
  • thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; and
  • communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

How can the use of apps on an iOS or Android tablet help teachers develop these critical thinking skills in students? Concentrating on apps that can target the cognitive thinking skills at the high end of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy (2000) is one way to work on this process.

Since many schools now have BYOD programs, finding apps that are available for both the iOS and Android operating systems makes it easier for teachers to develop formative and summative assessments that all students can complete. If educators are familiar with what the creative tool is capable of, they are more likely to develop engaging and meaningful assessments as well as provide technical support for their students. Educators should first re-familiarize themselves with the concepts inherent in the higher-order thinking skills of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy."

How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

Learners love to meet learners in other classrooms, but how can you make it simple? Here’s a trick I’ve learned from experience. I’ve found that two types of calendars– the project calendar and the classtimes calendar — are essential for managing global projects. Now, if you just want to meet with other classes and aren’t doing a project, just use the classtimes calendar. In this demonstration, I’m using Google Calendar. I’m also using the MAD about Mattering project as part of our goal is to create a fantastic library of tutorials for you to use in your projects and work. (These are OER and ready for you to use.)

The LAUNCH Cycle: A Design Thinking Framework for K-12 Students
Thinkers to tinkerers: Andrea Lane at TEDxCLE
How to Insert Special Characters in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings

SCS Instructional Technology Information

Contact me if you have any questions or would like help using these tools.


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