This post that lists 9 TED Talks recommended by students, for students caught our attention. It includes a range of TED Talks about topics like education, character development, leadership, public speaking and what adults can learn from children that students have given the seal of approval. It was published by a new resource called TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing. Their Lesson Library is a growing list of many lively lessons created by educators in collaboration with professional animators that can be a nice supplemental resource to amplify your teaching. See some of the existing topics and examples below:
With a free account you can also create your own lessons or flip an existing lesson to adjust any previously created content to fit your needs and share with your students, with interactive reflection options and a way to plug any YouTube video into a lesson separate from all of the distractions of YouTube. If you need help or if you give TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing a try let us know.
Some teachers have students use post it notes to handwrite feedback about topics or as an exit ticket after class. Do you use post it notes in your class or have you wanted to try something like this? If so, the Post it Note Plus App will be a great addition to your technology toolbox. Post it Note Plus allows you to scan a group of Post it notes to a digital board where you can sort, organize, add notes, and share the board with others. Click the image below to watch a short video with specifics about how to use this useful app. Have you used this app? How might you use this app in your classroom? Share your thoughts so we can learn from each other.
There is now a handy tool called Markup in Photos on the iPad and iPhone that allows you to draw, magnify and put text on your images (I was able to easily use Markup for the photos in the instructions below).
In Photos on your iPad or iPhone, find the image you want to Markup, then tap the edit (three lines with three dots) icon in the top right corner: Then tap the Extensions button (three dots inside a circle) on the right side of the screen and select the Markup black toolkit icon.
From here you can start using and having fun with Markup.
The New Periodic Table Of IPad Apps via Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist
Click on the image above or click here to see an informative graphic via Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) that breaks down useful iPad apps into categories for suggested use. You can easily search for apps by color coded categories like creativity, collaboration, teaching, learning and more. This updated guide can serve as a great resource to determine apps that can amplify your existing teaching and make a big impact on learning in the classroom. As Mark points out in his blog posts, it’s not all about the apps, good pedagogy always should come first. To see the full blog post about this Periodic Table of iPad Apps click here. There is also a Periodic Table of iPad STEAM apps and a Periodic Table of iPad apps for older students on the ICT Evangelist website.
This week we are sharing a video of a Makerspace project that was completed in 7th grade Speech class this winter. Watch the 4 minute video above or click here to see how students used Spark for a collaborative demonstration speech project. If you are inspired by these projects and would like to find ways to make this spring or plan for next year please be in touch.
Thanks to Lis and the 7th grade students for helping with the video!
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)
EdTech Teachers has created an awesome set of video tutorials for Google Drive folders. They included topics like creating a folder and moving a folder. They also included advanced topics like storing a Google Drive folder in two locations.
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!