Google Expeditions allows you to take your class on a Virtual Fieldtrip. Tour the Aztec and Mayan Ruins, the International Space Station, or Gettysburg National Military park. You can do all of this with your classroom iPads. When using Expeditions, you become the leader on your iPad and students join you on the tour with their iPads. Edtech teacher has created and quick video to show you how this works. Start by downloading the app on your iPad. After that, you will be ready to take your students on a virtual Field Trip!
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.
In addition to the educator’s guide, Fran and Linda also recommend the links below:
Cyberbee interactive copyright Q and A (Flash version) (non-Flash version)
Be Copyright Cool Google Slides presentation by Brisbane Catholic Education
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.
iPad or iPhone – Use the do not disturb feature. This will silence notifications on your device so you can work distraction free.
Laptop – Close all apps. Turn off all notifications. Only use one app at time.
Extra Challenge – To give yourself larger blocks of time to focus. Check email only 2 or 3 times a day.
What works for you? Let us know in the comments.
Learn | Try | Amplify Week 6:
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.
View two Safari tabs on the same screen on an iPad running iOS 10. See below for 4 ways to do it courtesy of Tony Vincent.
For week 5 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, we are sharing a couple of videos (4 minutes) about how 1st and 3rd grades are using Seesaw as a digital portfolio app to engage parents, teach digital citizenship, and encourage students to reflect on their learning. Seesaw is one of the best educational apps to come out in the last couple of years so, I encourage you to carve out some time to check it out. Are you using Seesaw? Share how you’re using it in the comment section.
For more See Saw activity ideas in Grades K – 2 click here.
For more SeeSaw activity ideas in Grades 3 – 5 click here.
For week 2 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, 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:
Here are some of the resources that I used to make my video:
Ever wish you had an assistant in your classroom? In a way, your iPad can act as your assistant and, in a sense, amplify your lessons and activities. Full Disclosure…. I’m completely stealing this idea, verbatim, from Tony Vincent’s blog. Tony’s infographic is filled with great ideas for using your iPad as your assistant. Each section of the infographic is organized into common tasks like manage your classroom, assess student work, or interact with your students. Below, I have shared just the section titled “Manage the Classroom” to narrow things down and provide focus for this week. I encourage you to give one of these apps a try this week and report how it went in the comments. That way, we can all learn from each other.
Explain Everything will be launching a new version very soon and it comes with 4 new features that I think will be useful here at Pike. See the new version in action with Explain Everything creator Reshan Richards.
1. Updated User Interface – this is minor for the classroom but they have created an cleaner look.
2. Improved Export Workflow – one export button. This should make it a bit easier to export your creations.
3. Equation Editor – They’ve added an equation editor for including formulas and graphing. Pretty Cool!
4. Simple User Interface Option – This is going to be great for the younger grades at Pike. Takes away many of the buttons and leaves only the most important ones.
At Pike some teachers are using Socrative with their students during class. Socrative is a classroom tool for measuring and visualizing student understanding in real time. It can provide immediate feedback from every student in your class. It is very easy to administer quizzes and no student accounts are necessary.
Below is a link to an Atomic Learning Tutorial that will show all the major functionality of Socrative in 15 minutes, by Greg Kulowiec from EdTechTeacher:
Getting Started wtih Socrative Training – Atomic Learning
If you would like access to shorter videos for specific topics or questions there are many useful videos here.
The complete Socrative User Manual can be found here.
As always, if you would like to meet with someone individually to help get you started please let someone in the Tech Department know.
Advanced Socrative Users
Below are some ideas if you are looking to expand your use of Socrative in the classroom.
Students as Questioners – Blooms Taxonomy presents many ideas to help build your students’ questioning skills and cognitive abilities.
Utilizing Socrative as a back channel during class