March 24th-28th

Another week has sped by…here are my latest tech tidbits…

I just came across this Bloom’s Taxonomy Teacher Planning Kit.  It has some great ideas and excellent references to the type of questioning and activities that should be happening at each level.  A real keeper:

This one is for all you Grammar Geeks out there:

You may or  may not have heard that Microsoft released Office for iPad Thursday.  Now your students can compose and create right on their iOS device.  That being said, check out these citation apps for iPad:

In that spirit, this link explores apps for student researchers:

This link will give your students two key tips for using Google Scholar:

Tweet This!  Tips on how to use social media in the classroom:

A cheat sheet for students when conducting Google Searches…don’t tell them its good for them:

This link may help you flip your classroom in the right way:

Ever wonder how many ways you could use Google Forms?  Here’s 80:

Here are some interesting ways to…:

Stop getting upset with students using their mobile phones in class and MAKE them use their mobile phones in class:

That’s it for this week folks.  Remember, when exploring technology it’s not the size of your input that matters, but the quality of your interface!







March 17th-21st

This has a great week for me in my own learning.  I had two great opportunities this week that were great learning experiences.  The first one was the opportunity to attend a session with Troy Hicks via Google Hangouts about digital writing.  It was great to see some of the things that I have been touting as the future of writing actually being done.  The best part of the learning is that the teachers in the session all had to try their hand at some writing.  Nothing enriches the teaching experience more than having the opportunity to share the experience our students will have when we ask them to do something.  The second great opportunity for me was working with my son’s grade 4/5 class at Alvin Buckwold.  I did a mini lesson with them on iMovie for iPad and then stayed to help them film and edit their Anti-bullying videos.  The biggest learning piece for me however was reaching the understanding that what makes them great learners is their willingness to share that they don’t know.  Even more resilient, is their ability to accept failure and learn from it.  Not once did they get upset when the video didn’t turn out.  They just redid it until they got to a place they could accept.  These are important things for us to remember as educators.  On to other tech news…

This is a great piece on the common elements of good storytelling:!ANSSv

In that vane, here is away to use google to create stories:

This next link references a tool to create interactive pictures.  Much of the buzz in educational technology is around augmented reality.  This might be a great way to take baby steps toward it:

This site offers links to 100 sites for gamification of learning:

Ever wonder how to cite social media?  Do I have a Tweet for you!

For all my History peeps out there. this one is a gem.  It could be even more amazing if we had access to 3D printers:

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this before, but in case you missed it…

This is another Google to tool to help students write:

Finally, this is a great Google feature to support student research:

Hope your week was as productive and enjoyable as mine!

March 1-14th

Sorry, the past couple of weeks have been a blur so here are the gems I’ve collected:

1. This visual revisits the SAMR Framework mentioned in a previous post as it relates to the next evolution of education:

2. This next one is a great matrix of iPad pas for teachers and students across subject areas:

3. This link gives you some great book creating apps:


4. Another one for the iPad folder.  This link clues you in to the best note-taking apps:

5.  Getting grief for giving homework?  Check out these alternatives to traditional homework.  Bonus-students take responsibility for their learning in many of these:

5. Still trying to master the art of giving feedback?  Here are 20 pretty solid tips:

6. This one shows you how to create collaborative diagrams and mind maps:

7.  Another top 20 but this time it’s to stimulate creativity:

8.  Here are a couple of goodies from Leslie Ruo:!4580&authkey=!ABrZIJmIAJEaqJA&ithint=file%2c.pptx

Click on the above link to see how you can install software from the Software Center tile.  You can only do the above while at school!

I also made some corrections to the SITL Tips from yesterday (and added some information about learning how to use Adobe Acrobat)