MVHS EdTech Tips

April 2016


I created a new website to house some tips and tools regarding technology integration into our classrooms. If you have any lessons, student work samples, videos, apps, or strategies you would like me to post, please send me an email.

You can find the website at the following URL:

Becoming Effective Speakers and Listeners

This month's newsletter is all about speaking and listening. One thing researchers have identified is the need for all students to practice social and academic language acquisition in classroom settings. This is particularly important for English Learners and Long Term English Learners who need regular and structured opportunities to speak and listen in whole class, small group, and one-on-one contexts.

I will be sharing a few different ideas regarding the use of educational technology to aid in these kinds of discussions. Many of us use models such as Think-Write-Pair-Share or Socratic Seminar in our classes. And there are so many models out there, sometimes it is difficult to find the right one for our instructional goals. My hope is that this newsletter provides you with resources to help in our endeavor to get our students speaking and listening better and often.

Speaking and Listening Resources


Video Conferencing

I am currently compiling some information about video conferencing and collaboration. I know of a few tools like Skype and Google Hangouts, but if there are any you have used in your class or with colleagues, please let me know. And ask your students! I know my students used video chatting to collaborate on a few projects last year. I want to figure out how to integrate this more effectively. This is definitely a skill students will need in any career.


MoveNote is an application that enables presentations to be recorded very easily. The app/site integrates with Google Drive and gives the presenter a way to video and/or audio record a presentation using a prepared Powerpoint or Google Slides presentation. The video can then be shared with users and can be watched on any device or platform (iOS or Android). I have seen a teacher use this app to help students give formal presentations and speeches using the video feature.

There are several feature offered by Movenote, but I embedded one video about integrating a video message into Gmail. Let's say there is an important document, image, or chart you want to discuss and share with students or colleagues. With Movenote you can record your message as a video presentation.

A new feature for Gmail from Movenote

EdTech Collaboration & PD

Google Training

Thursday, April 21st, 2pm

2900 Parkway Drive

El Monte, CA

This Google Training will review some basics using Gmail and Drive. I will do two sessions in Room 254:

  • 2:00p - 2:45p
  • 3:00p - 3:45p

If there are any specific questions or ways you would like to integrate

Building a Classroom Website

Thursday, May 5th, 2pm

2900 Parkway Drive

El Monte, CA

Have you considered moving some of your classroom resources to a website so that students can access directions, documents, and videos at home? Schoolloop allows this, but there are other sites that are a bit easier to use. Come to this training to get some ideas about building a classroom website. There will be two sessions in Room 254:

  • 2p - 2:45p
  • 3p - 3:45p

If you have any questions or already have a class site, please send them to me so that I can share them during the training.