Washington Tech Tidbits

Washington School - April 20, 2015

Showing Videos to Students: A Must-Have Tool

Ever wonder if a student really watched that YouTube video you assigned? Create a class on EDpuzzle.com to start finding out!

Teachers can sign up with their Google Accounts and have students log in with a class code. EDpuzzle allows teachers to find and crop videos, insert audio notes, and embed quiz questions to track understanding. Teachers can even upload their own videos and decide if they want to block fast forwarding.

Later, teachers can see if students watched a video, how much of the video they watched, how many times they watched it, and how they answered the embedded quiz questions.

If you are someone who is embracing the flipped classroom concept, this is a must-see!

Virtual Conference on April 25th

Discovery Education invites teachers and administrators to participate in Spring VirtCon on April 25 from 8am-3pm. This free professional development event offers opportunities for educators to learn strategies for deepening the integration of digital media into classroom instruction.

Discovery Education is also encouraging educators to get together face-to-face to watch and discuss the online events.

Visit the conference website for more information, including details on how to register.

Earth Day Activities

Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd!

Although Americans represent only 5% of the world's population, we generate 40% of its waste (NatureBridge). My Garbology is an interactive game where students sort garbage into four bins (reuse, recycle, compost, or landfill), according to where they think each piece belongs. When a piece of garbage is placed into the correct bin, a series of short animations explains why it should be there.

For more educational Earth Day activities, click here.

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National Poetry Month/Mother's Day

April is National Poetry Month, and Mother's Day is just around the corner. Here's a great idea to recognize both occasions and allow students to practice their writing skills.

When I taught 3rd grade in Highland Park, my students wrote poems for Mother's Day. Then, they used Animoto to turn their poems into beautiful photo slideshows for Mom. Students wrote 1-2 lines of poetry per text slide. In between the text, students inserted photos of flowers and other things their moms enjoyed. In the end, they had a sweet, meaningful gift to give to Mom! If you're interested in using Animoto with your students, for any project, please contact me, and I'd be happy to set up accounts for your class. Many of our teachers have used Animoto and have been pleased with the end result!

Sharing Documents in the New Hapara Dashboard

The old Hapara dashboard retired on March 31. You can access the new dashboard by clicking on the Apps icon, followed by Hapara Teacher Dashboard (how you've always accessed Hapara), or by going straight to www.teacherdashboard.com. (You may want to bookmark this!) Here is a Google doc that shows how to share documents using the new dashboard. You can now share multiple documents at once and to multiple classes at the same time!

Green Screen Schedule

There are no green screen announcements this week.

April 21: Weil

April 28: Kotis


May 12: Sammons

May 19: Rubeo

*Dates indicate days in which announcements are TAPED. They will air the following Monday.

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