This post was originally published 4.02.13. I made a few slight updates. Enjoy!
Have some extra time over break? Yeah right. Well, just in case you do, here are some ideas.
Review our Tech Tuesday blog posts:
Watch a TED Talk or two:
Think of ways to change 20% of what you do in the classroom using concepts from PD Day:
Watch this video: Did You Know? Shift Happens 2013 – 2014 / Higher Education
Have a great Break!
We have been using an app in our Digital Literacy class called Socrative. It’s a simple to use student response system that works with any web enabled device. So, you don’t need an app in order to take advantage of Socrative. You can simply have your students go to Socrative.com on any computer, smartphone or tablet and you are in business. Socrative will also email you a spreadsheet of the responses when you are done with a specific activity. Best of all, it’s completely free to use.
Here is a short overview video that will show you how Socrative works.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Edutopia is one of the best resources for educators. They have put together a great page of Connected Educators Resources.
Resources for Connected Educator Month 2013 | Edutopia.
I hope you find it as useful as I did. Check out Connected Educators.org. The have a great tool for helping you connect to other educators called edConnectr.
Still not sure what it means to be “Connected”. Watch the video below.
Sorry, I am publishing this a day early.
October 2013 is Connected Educators Month. It’s a chance for us to start connecting with other educators around the world!
Below are some great places to start if you haven’t already. If you already consider yourself “connected”, make sure you spread the word about how being connected has helped you as an educator!
If you aren’t sure what it means to be a “Connected Educator”, watch this short video for an overview.
CEM – Connected Educators Month – Resources
How do you insert a YouTube video into a WordPress.com blog? Here is a short video that will explain this process, and it’s much easier than you think.
Feedback, questions and comments are always appreciated!
How to add icons to your email signature?
I have had a few people ask me how I managed to get those tiny icons in my email signature.
It is quite easy to do however I find it difficult to explain. I have made a short video to explain the process.
Here is a short video with some simple keyboard shortcuts that you can use on your Mac. Not only are they simple, but I think they will help you improve your productivity! Let me know what you think. If you have a favorite shortcut that you use let me know.
You can also check out these two links:
What is Pinterest?
Over the past few years visual pinboards have been developed to help people stay organized. Before virtual pinboards existed I would download images to folders on my desktop that I would promptly lose or forget about. I tried different naming conventions but I could never find a reference, visual, or video when I needed it most. Pinterest does not only help me stay organized but it is a social site. I can find links and resources from other teachers in my discipline, lessons, apps, and classroom tips. Edutopia even recently wrote an article on the benefits of Pinterest in education called, Pinterest for Teachers? There are other pinboard services out there that function similarly to Pinterest that I would recommend looking at before settling on one.
Check out some of our favorite educational resources from Pinterest below:
And now introducing the Allendale Columbia School Pinterest. Inspired by guest blogger Heather Lambie on Brendan Schneider’s blog, How I Used Pinterest to Create Our School’s Virtual, Viral Viewbook.