Our most recent weekly tech emails have been resources that allow you to take virtual field trips or visit museums. This week we decided to share a way to shift from using virtual reality for consumption only and present a way where students can create and eventually become virtual reality storytellers. If you are interested in learning more about this Ed Tech Teacher has a tutorial on the web-based Virtual Reality Creation Tool: StorySpheres. Click here to learn how to create a virtual reality environment with audio and be inspired by their ideas for incorporating 360 degree images into poetry, historical research, art, science and more. Virtual reality images combined with audio provide a new and amazing way for students to demonstrate their understanding, reflect on their process and explain their inspiration.
(Pictured below: a 360 view and story created of the last watchtower in Berlin from the Story Spheres website)
Google recently made it possible to insert videos into Google Slides without the need to host your videos on YouTube. You can now simply upload a video to Google Drive then insert it into any of your Google Slides presentations. If you would like detailed How To instructions watch the video above or click here to watch the 2 minute video via Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne.
Now you can virtually explore many museums from several countries around the world via Google Arts and Culture. You or your students can take advantage of this awesome resource via a browser or with their free iPad app. The zoom views and virtual tours allow you to experience many of the world’s greatest treasures and landmarks. This resource is a perfect thing to try if you are looking to amplify one of your lessons with a real view related to your curriculum. Thanks to Google Arts and Culture I was just able to escape my snowy morning and “travel” to Italy and experience a 360 view of the Floating Piers installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (see screenshot above).
Thanks to Kate Moran for sharing this awesome link with us! If you have any interesting new resources please share them with us.
Did you know that you can delete some of the pre-loaded Apple apps on the iPhone or iPad? If there are some on your device that you never use and would like to get rid of follow these steps:
How to delete a pre-installed Apple app:
• Open a folder or locate an Apple app you want to delete
• Push down lightly on the app icon until it starts to dance.
• Tap the small x icon that appears on the top left.
• Tap Remove.
Digital copyright awareness is an important responsibility that often gets overlooked or can be easily misunderstood. The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons is an excellent explanation of the many layers of responsible use and has many resources for teachers and students to use when working with or creating online content.
We encourage you to check this information out, since understanding digital copyright is an essential skill for students. Also, remember that we have excellent in house resources about this topic, so be sure to be in touch with Fran and Linda in the Library if you have more questions or need help.
Last week you heard from the Lower and Middle School about the benefits of using SeeSaw with students. This week we are sharing how SeeSaw is being used as an extension to some Upper School Math classrooms at Pike (4.5 minutes, see video above or click here to watch). You won’t want to miss hearing Becky Miller’s 7th Grade Math students talking about what they like about using SeeSaw, and the video also features Nicole DeRosa’s teacher perspective. If you would like help getting started with SeeSaw in the new year, please let the tech department know.
For some more SeeSaw Activity ideas for Grades 6 – 8 click here.
*Big thanks for your help 7th Graders, Nicole and Becky!
Want create a distraction free safe YouTube Link for students?
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Use SafeShare.TV – paste a YouTube link into SafeShare.TV and get a new safe link to share with students. This is a great tool that can help prevent distractions when you share a YouTube link with students.
For week 3 of our Learn | Try | Amplifyinitiative,we are sharing a short video (2 minutes. See above) about EdTechTeacher.org, which can inspire you with many innovative ideas and resources for teaching and learning with technology. We invite you to share about your discoveries and ideas for amplifying your teaching from EdTechTeacher in the comment section of this post.
Tech Tool Note: I created the EdTechTeacher video using Adobe Spark, which allows you to easily narrate and share well designed stories in minutes.
For week 2 of our Learn | Try | Amplifyinitiative,I am sharing a short video (2.5 minutes) where you can learn about the benefits of using the online virtual bulletin board called Padlet in the Classroom.
After watching the video you can try using a Padlet and let us know if you have any ideas of how you would like to use Padlet or if you have already found a way for Padlet to amplify your teaching in the classroom. Click here to contribute to a collaborative learning wall.
More Padlet Resources If you are interested in starting to use Padlet and would like to watch a full tutorial, here is a good video that is about 13 minutes long and quickly teaches all of the features:
We are excited to announce that starting next Wednesday 11/2 the Tech Department will share a weekly technology learning opportunity until Winter Break. We are calling this initiative: Learn | Try | Amplify@PikeSchool, with the hopes that you will be exposed to some technology tools that have the potential to amplify your daily teaching in a way that can lead to powerful learning. Each week’s tip will be delivered via email, will take 5 minutes and the flexible format allows you to complete it at any time. We hope that you will consider joining us!
-The Tech Dept #LearnTryAmplify@PikeSchool
Note: The book Amplify by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke has been an excellent resource about digital learning in the elementary and middle school classroom and inspired the name of this initiative.