May 26th-30th

Well, this week certainly made a thunderous entrance!  The rest of the week looks good though.  Even though I’m a techy, I still appreciate seeing the grass and trees begin to green and the flowers starting to bloom.  Though we are just getting started, there are already some nice little treasures out there…

If you are considering blogging with your students but struggle with the notion of  assessment, this link not only provides you with a great rubric, but an excellent visual as well.

From the Department of Redundancy Department – a site that offers you a rubric on…you guessed it- creating rubrics.

Next, this site will expound on the benefits of gamification on learning and literacy.  In that vein, here is a link to 8 Science games.

If you are one of those teachers like myself who uses their summer to learn, this site will link you to 800 Free MOOCS (Massive Online Open Course) to cram knowledge into your brain.

For my science colleagues out there Science NetLinks is a phenomenal resource that allows you to narrow your searches quite specifically.  I spent considerable time on this site and there are some great tools and resources.

If you have ever assigned an assignment that requires PowerPoint but your students are afraid of public speaking?  This site explains how to ad audio narration to your presentation.  This would still allow you to assess some of those critical speaking skills.  This works well if you want to screencast the presentation for your students to access virtually as well.  It would be extremely beneficial if you are teaching EAL learners and you needed them to hear the proper pronunciation of sentences as well as seeing them.  You could also create a lesson where they add the narration at you can assess their speaking skills.

Reading fluency and comprehension are skills commonly assessed in ELA classes.  Here are some suggestions for iPad apps that can help.

I have to be honest, Edmodo is not my favourite LMS (Learning Management System).  However, my goal is not to bias your decisions.  Here is a guide to getting started.

This is a great piece on the 21st Century Classroom.  There are great visuals and other supports to shift your classroom into the digital “blended” realm.

Did you know that your students can adjust their search in Google to their reading level?  Here’s how.

Among the many things you can do with Google Drive Heres how to give students audio feedback.

As I continue my learning journey on DCMOOC, I try to share the knowledge I gain.  This week’s topic was related to digital footprint-essentially one’s online presence.  In an age rife with all kinds of social media, it is important that we teach our children the importance of a positive digital footprint and the hazards of  the contrary.  Here are three links worth looking at: 

Have a great weekend.  I hope that reading this post has brought you even one new piece of learning you can move forward with.  Remember, we learn to walk one step at a time!



May 5th-May 9th

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I hope you went easy though since Tuesday is a workday for most.  The week has already started with some stellar finds:

This site links Blooms Taxonomy with with iPad apps.

This awesome chart illustrates how student learning can be transformed with technology.  Remember that the transformative state is the one we aspire to when using technology in the classroom.

Ever wonder what people are doing on the internet?  I love this infographic that tells us what happens every single minute on the internet.

Creative Commons has undergone some license changes.  Read about them here.

Are you hashtag literate?  If not check this out!

This infographic does a great job explaining the impact of mobile learning.

My students are busy working on their Canadian Inquiry project using the Pecha Kucha format (20×20) mentioned in a previous blog.  I tried this last quarter and was pleased with the outcomes.  Last week they submitted their skits on “Canadianisms”.  Many of them used GoAnimate.  Be wary though, unpaid accounts are limited to 30 seconds.  I have mentioned similar sites in previous blogs that may be less restrictive.

I learned about Tunescoop this weekend from a colleague.  It is a great free website for hosting audio files.  We used it to embed a student podcast on a website that required an external audio server.  Many thanks Tamzen!

Here is another great example that pairs technological integration with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

This page demonstrates new features of Google Docs for image handling.

This blog offers some support in creating a BYOD classroom.  The suggestions are quite practical and easy to understand.

I had an interesting real-world indicator of the importance of continuing to support teachers in understanding the importance of digital literacies.  I was working at the Literacy for Life Conference banquet as the social media coordinator.  Despite the fact that we heavily promoted the use of social media, there was minimal traffic.  Some might argue it was because the speakers were so engaging (They were.  Sally Armstrong was phenomenal!), but I think it had more to do with the group demographic and their connection to social media.  This just strengthens my resolve to continue this work!

Google just announced its Classroom web app.  You can apply for a free preview.

I primarily follow Edutopia on Twitter but that do have a website with some useful tidbits.

I read this blog on the definition of digital literacy.  I thought it was share-worthy.

This was also a neat piece on the 5 TedTalks teachers should watch with students.

Again from the Twitterverse, this is 7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter.  I really liked this one because it offered some practical advice as well as more philosophical.  I am always trying to engage students to engage social media as an agent of change and this site gives them some simple tips to start with.  Even if you didn’t want to use it as a lesson, you could put the poster up and let students have a chance to see it.

If you find yourself adrift in the world of online and texting acronyms, this chart will help you out.  Also, this might be a launch point for teaching students how and when to abbreviate.  Perhaps you could even create class-specific acronyms!

Digital citizenship has been a hot topic this week.  This site offers a wealth of resources for teaching it.

For those who love their Google apps, Doctopus offers comprehensive student project management.

Well, that’s it for this week.  Thank you for being my technology tourists.  If I can help you or your students navigate the technology terrain, don’t hesitate to ask!