Tech It Out! #32
June 6, 2015 - Summer Challenge
Enhance Teaching. Empower Learning.
Challenge #1 - Organize Your Google Drive
- Move related files into folders (Alice Keeler wrote a great blog post on organizing Google Drive with folders)
- Color code folders for a quick visual aid
- Constantly searching through "shared with me" files? Move the important ones into your Drive for easy access.
- Rename files to make them easier to find
Challenge #2 - Join Twitter (and use it!)
Getting started is simple!
First: Create an Account
Set up an account at www.twitter.com.
I suggest creating a professional account that you will use only for school-related Tweets.
Craig Kemp wrote a great blog post: 10 Steps to Creating the Perfect Educational Twitter Account.
Next: Find Educators to Follow
Then: Learn How to Re-Tweet and Favorite
Finally: Explore Hashtags
Cybrary Man's PLN List (scroll down to see hashtags AND suggestions of people to follow for each one)
Challenge #3 - Find Some Great Blogs to Follow
Back in April, I sent a newsletter about this topic. Go back to Tech It Out! #25 to get started!
Challenge #4 - Consider a Conference
Downers Grove has hosted great Ed Tech workshops for the past several years. I always leave with great new ideas for the classroom! Their SAMRi Summer Camp will be held Wednesday, July 29.
Check out this link for registration information: SAMRi Summer Camp 2015
Get updates on their Twitter page: @SAMRiCamp
Challenge #5 - Make a YouTube Playlist
- Show a quick clip in class to clarify a concept or activate prior knowledge.
- Put a link to a video or playlist on your website so students can review at home.
- Try out a flipped classroom where students watch a video for homework (it helps to have them take notes or complete a guided worksheet) and then explore the topic more in depth during class the next day with hands-on activities.
Challenge #6 - Curate Digital Content
Finding lots of ideas, but don't have time to look at them right now? Bookmarked tons of sites over the school year but don't have your school computer? Use a cloud-based curation tool so you can access your saved bookmarks from any device, any time!
Challenge #7 - Explore My Resources Page
If you find things you like...
- Add them to your Pinterest, EduClipper, or Evernote account!
- Tweet about it!
- Make a plan for how to use that resource in your classroom next year.