I talk to a lot of teachers who experiment with new teaching tools and methods in June, to evaluate them for the next school year. If you looking for something fresh to finish out the year, something to keep your students engaged and learning right through the end, then learn more about HyperDocs! HyperDocs, conceptualized by… Continue reading Finish the year on a high note with HyperDocs!
Using technology is not always about cool, new apps -- sometimes, it's about creative uses of the tools you already have. Today's tip is a new use of an old tool: using Google Forms for formative assessments.12 Days of Techmas, Day 6: Student-Made Formative AssessmentsSmall-scale formative assessments are important checking in on student learning. A common use of formative assessments is for vocabulary review or basic… Continue reading Student-Made Formative Assessments: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 6
Kahoot is the cool new review app that is raging through classrooms across the country. It combines quick review question quizzing with the best elements of gaming.The idea is that you make short multiple choice questions based on quick recall -- vocabulary review is a great example. On your computer and projector, you display the question, and students can respond on their laptops… Continue reading Kahoot!: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 7
12 Days of Hanutech, Day 3: Semi-public SpeakingToday's Tech Treat is a lesson idea for a way to add some variety to homework: have students record a speech.The ability to write and deliver a well-constructed, well-considered speech is an important part of 21st Century learning (actually, it was an important part of all of the other centuries as well!). Delivering… Continue reading Semi-public Speaking: 12 Days of Hanutech, Day 3
To celebrate the holiday season, I'll be sending out 12 Days of easy classroom tech ideas you can use right away! Weekend Edition!Day 10: Google DrawingA little used feature of the Google Apps system is Google Drawings. I think this is because of its name: it seems to imply free-hand drawing on a computer, which may seem of limited use to most teachers.A… Continue reading Google Drawings! 12 Days of Techmas, Day 10
BYOD is not just about students carrying laptops and tablets. BYOD allows us to rethink the power of having a tiny, portable computer that is constantly connected to the internet. There are so many ways that teachers can use smartphones to enhance their lessons and curriculum. Sure, you wouldn't want to type a Master’s thesis on a… Continue reading 22 BYOD Activities That Work With Smartphones
The combination of whiteboards, projectors, and document cameras is more powerful than many teachers realize. In the hectic rush of our everyday teaching, it's too easy to fall back on using these powerhouse tools as little more than digital overhead projectors. So, here's what I call some "mini-tricks" to get more out of your whiteboard… Continue reading 17 Classroom Tricks for your Whiteboard, Projector, and Doc Camera