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K-12

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University of Idaho College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Boundary County School District August 31, 2016 Cassidy Hall, Director Doceo Center for Innovation and Learning

Two steps for receiving professional development credit for Kickoff Conference:

  1. Complete and return the registration form with the $60 payment. There will be a table in the lobby where you can complete and return these forms. Please do this on the day of the Kickoff Conference.
  2. Complete the assignment which requires you to apply what you learned at the Kickoff Conference about two technologies to the Danielson Framework for Teaching. You may want to familiarize yourself with the framework prior to completing the assignment by browsing the domains and components: https://danielsongroup.org/framework

This assignment is due Friday, Sept. 1

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Applying Tech Use in the Classroom to the Danielson Framework

University of Idaho College of Education, Health and Human Sciences The Danielson Framework and Technology Integration Doceo Center for Innovation and Learning Cassidy Hall
Google Forms for Data Collection Icon with Cassidy Hall contact information

Tech Tools for Formative Assessment

Tech Tools to Support Literacy

YouTube as a Teaching Tool

GMAIL

  • Gmail Help Center
  • Inbox:  you can control how your inbox looks via the pulldown tab next to Inbox in the left column. Inbox tabs and category labels.
  • Signature: create a signature that will appear at the bottom of every message you send
  • Contacts & Groups: add new contacts from an incoming email or create groups to easily email multiple contacts.
  • Filters: create filters to organize and prioritize emails
  • Stars: you can use stars to easily tag messages that you need to pay attention to later. Starred Messages.
  • All Mail vs. Inbox  you can also choose to archive items to the all mail folder. Any emails that disappear from your inbox can be found there.
  • Search: use search operators to easily find emails
  • Tasks: tasks are your to-do list in gmail. You can easily add an email to your task list from the more button or create tasks from scratch. See more about tasks.
  • Labs: labs are experimental features that add functionality. If you're feeling adventurous, access labs in your settings menu to explore the possibilities.
  • Gmail Offline: read, manage, and compose messages without an internet connection
  • Gmail Tips & Tricks: quickly flip through these tips to become a more effective gmail user

GOOGLE CALENDAR

Apps All Teachers Should Consider

  • Show Me - interactive whiteboard for the iPad
  • Sticky - colorful, fun notebook which allows text and images
  • Evernote - another notetaking app, but this one also records voice reminders
  • Any.DO - easy to-do list app, speak your list, swipe off tasks, shake to remove all tasks
  • Penultimate  - for those who prefer handwritten notes, this app offers the most natural handwriting app experience on the iPad
  • Too Noisy Lite - you set the noise level and the graphic changes when students get too loud, pro version sounds an alarm for $2.99
  • Rover - allows you to stream flash content that safari will not support
  • Discovery Education - access your united streaming account through this app 
  • Video Email - for $1.99 you can compress photos and video to be able to send via email
  • iBrainstorm - up to four people can brainstorm collaboratively by flicking the app to a nearby device
  • I Check for Understanding - an app with hundreds of instructional strategies, many ways to sort the strategies, each strategy lists a time for the activity, $4.99 but worth it
  • Google Earth - virtual field trips, looking up setting of a story, visiting historical locations, etc.
  • Google Maps - utilize street view for students to see buildings, etc., teach latitude and longitude, create a family heritage map
  • myHomework Student Planner - a great replacement for expensive printed planners, can be integrated with Teachers.io (below)
  • Teachers.io - teacher planner that can be shared with students in myHomework (above), track classes, homework, tests, and assignments

Elementary Apps

  • Fry Words - includes all 1,000 Fry words in groups of 10, customizable, add new cards or lists
  • VocabularySpellingCity - students can practice spelling through games, custom lists can be created if you register
  • Grammaropolis - parts of speech are animated characters whose personalities are based on the roles they play in a sentence, nouns are free while the rest are $1.99 each or purchase all for $12.99 (saves $1)
  • Bluster - match rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, and adjectives, over 800 vocabulary words, team mode to work with a partner, versus mode to play against a classmate
  • FaceTalker - make photos talk, use to have students share stories, create presentations, etc.
  • Virtual Manipulatives - compares fractions, decimals, and percents in a concrete way
  • Symmetry Shuffle - a slide, flip, and turn puzzle app that , great for promoting problem solving and spatial reasoning, solve and race modes w/ 12 designs, 5 layouts, and 2 levels of difficulty
  • Slice It! - totally worth 99 cents, helps students learn about fractions and proportions

Secondary Apps

  • VideoScience - over 80 video demonstrated, hands-on science lessons/experiments
  • EarthViewer - see the Earth transition over the last 4.5 billion years, track locations of modern cities over 500 million years, includes suggestions for classroom use
  • Quizlet - can be used with the online version to help students with studying information
  • Molecules - view and manipulate three dimensional models of molecules
  • 3D Cell Simulation and Stain - teaches students everything they need to know about cells and their parts, create your own cell image
  • MyScript Calculator - performs mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting

Remember: It's not about the technology - it's about what you do with it!

A chart of the SAMR model, Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition, for enhancing technology integration

Common Core Tech Standards & SBAC - why this is important

Communication

Readability

Assessment


Related Links

Access the Google Slide Show for the Keynote

SESSION 1

Google Hidden Tools

Hidden Search Tools

  • Web - Time, Verbatim
  • Search by Voice
  • Search by Image
  • Images - Size, Color, Usage Rights
  • Videos - Duration, Closed Caption
  • A Google a Day
  • vs - food comparisons
  • minus - to eliminate a word from your search
  • asterisk - to substitute for a word you can't remember
  • related: - to find similar sites/tools
  • timer
  • roll a die
  • info: -  for information on a site
  • www.buildwithchrome.com
  • google.com/sky
  • "use quotes" - to get words in correct sequence
  • Google Custom Search - create custom search engines for research projects
  • Google Maps - make your own
  • My Maps Help
  • Google Doodles
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) - in Google Drive

Hidden Tools in Google Docs

Editing Modes

  • Research
  • Revision History
  • Translate
  • Equation Toolbar
  • Find & Replace
  • Templates
  • Download As

SESSION 2

Open Ed Resources

SESSION 3

Tech Tools to Support Literacy In The Classroom

Google Drawing that contains all links for this presentation

SESSION 4

Supporting Video In the Classroom

Idaho Academic Standards

Technology Integration Models

Related Tools

Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to turn text in an image file into active text in Google Drive (video tutorial below):

» Watch Video

Practical Uses for Google Classroom

We’ll explore the crossovers that many other applications have with Google Classroom, the ability to assess within classroom with questions and forms, and new features that continue to improve Classroom. This is a great session for questions you currently have about the App.

G Suite for Education Advanced

Using Google already but want to learn about all those seldom noticed and new features? This session will focus on all the hidden tools that you’re probably unaware of even if you are regularly using Google tools.

Optical Character Recognition (turns pdf's into active text) - rIght click on a pdf or other image file from Drive and open in Google Docs.

Open Your Eyes to Open Education Resources

What are open education resources and where can I find them? This session will introduce you to the background of OER and the CK-12 website with loads of free resources and tools to make the use of OER simple. You’ll also get to explore other terrific OER storehouses.

Google Virtual Reality

Learn about and experience Google Street View, Google Cardboard, and Google Expeditions. Get acquainted with how to use the apps to bring 360 pictures and video into your classroom. You’ll also learn how to create your own 360 photos in Cardboard.

Many tools have been developed to support the wide range of reading levels that your students bring to the classroom. We'll take a close look at a handful of tools, both Internet based and Chrome extensions, that will help support a wide range of literacy skills. Teachers will have time to explore tools in depth to compile a toolbox to support their students. Early elementary teachers will explore a different set of tools to support primary literacy needs.

Formative Assessment is easier than ever with a wide variety of tech tools to increase student participation and interest. We’ll explore three of these tools and then give you time to create with the one that best fits your needs.

Because video clips are so frequently used in the classroom as a teaching tool, many tools have been revealed within the last couple years that provide the ability to enhance learning from these clips. We'll explore tools that enable you to embed questions throughout a video or build a lesson around a video. You’ll have time to create clips for your classes.

There are so many unused tools hidden within Google Search and Google Apps that can be especially helpful in the classroom. From Google Custom Search to making your own Google Maps, we'll reveal all the hidden tools and give you time to explore those that will be most helpful in your classroom.


This Google Drawing includes 20+ places to find active learning resources that can be utilized to help meet NGSS.


YouTube Video



Where should I link what I find? - share resources collaboratively with others teachers in the same subject area through the following Padlet pages (will remain public and available for later access) OR save links to a google doc or word doc to access later:
English/Language Arts
History/Social Studies
Science
Math
The Arts
Business/Professional Technical
Early Childhood
Special Education
Edutopia: Open Educational Resources - we'll use this guide to access numerous open ed resource links

(resources not in Edutopia)
Merlot
National Archives Docs TEACH
Library of Congress Teachers
readwritethink Student Interactives
Newsela

Creative Commons License Explanation
 
Rewordify
 
Curriculet
 
Actively Learn


IMPLEMENTING THE TECHNOLOGY Fall 2014

Social Studies

    Idaho Historical Society

    History of Immigration to Idaho
    
    Pilgrims Primary Sources   

        Pilgrims Interactives

    Underground Railroad Primary Sources
    
        Underground Railroad Interactives 

    National Archives Docs Teach

        Document Analysis

    Library of Congress Teachers

    Repositories of Primary Sources

Science & Math

    Visual Dictionary Online - great for science

    A Maths Dictionary for Kids - visual dictionary

    CK-12

    Smithsonian Education

    Interactivate

    Annenberg Learner Interactives

    Windows to the Universe

    PhET Simulations

    ZooTeach

    Bugscope

    EcoKids

    PBS Kids

    BrainPOP Game Up

    Internet4Classrooms

    Math Playground

    Coolmath4kids

    AplusMath

    Math Cats

Observing Patterns With the Sun and Moon

    Stardate: Observing the Moon


    NSTA Lesson Plan

    Learn NC Phases of the Moon

    Phases of the Moon Interactive PBS

    TeacherTube Phases of the Moon Video

    Children's University Phases of the Moon

Inventions

    TeacherVision Inventions Lesson Plans
    
    Inventions That Changed Our World - Scholastic


    PBS Teachers Innovation & Invention


    Education World Teaching Through Invention


Post Falls School District Educational Technology




PLUS AND HANGOUTS:

Google Plus Guide


Google Hangout Guide


GOOGLE CHROME:

Take a Tour of Chrome

Google Drive


GOOGLE APPS:

Benefits - Google Apps for Education

20 Collaborative Google Apps Activities for Schools

Teaching with Google Apps: Sharing and Collaboration


Teacher Channel Video - 
Fostering Student Collaboration With Google Docs

TOOLS FOR READING COMPREHENSION/WRITING ABOUT TEXT:

Rewordify

Text Compactor

Open Text Summarizer 

Annotate
Ponder

Actively Learn
Curriculet


Websites & Apps for Teaching Digital Writing

APPS AND EXTENSIONS from the Chrome Web Store:

Kaizena

Read and Write for Google

Chrome Speak

Natural Reader

Voice Note

Speech Pad

Google Dictionary Extension

Readability

Adblock Plus

Picto4me

Powtoons

STORYTELLING TOOLS:

Tumblebooks OR Tumblebooks

Storyline Online


Chromebook Apps

For Teachers:
EDpuzzle - For those who use video clips to engage students in content, EDpuzzle allows you to embed quizzes and voiceovers in videos to make their use even more meaningful and engaging.
Curriculet - Created guided reading lessons by embedding questions, quizzes, annotation, images, websites, and photos throughout your chosen piece of text.
Kaizena - Provided voice comments within any Google Doc.  Allows adding links and text comments as well.  Also, you can access from within a Google Doc if you choose.
OER Commons - Free open education resources that you can use and adapt to your needs.
Screencastify or Snagit - screencasting tools designed for Chromebooks

For Students:
Lucidchart - Concept Mapping/Diagramming tool for students to support any subject area
Storybird - digital storytelling tool
WeVideo - for video editing or digital storytelling - can use webcam for recording as well
Evernote - great notetaking app that's now available on Chromebooks
Powtoon - create animations and presentations


University of Idaho
Doceo Center Opportunities:

Google Transform '15
Blended Learning with Open Education Resources
NIWP Summer Institute
Online Professional Development Courses
Resources All Teachers Should Know About:

Rewordify
Newsela
Curriculet & Actively Learn
EdPuzzle
What's Happening With Google

Google Classroom
Hidden Tools 
What's Happening With Open Education Resources

Edutopia Article
Gooru
 

SMART Exchange - the exchange has loads of content that you can search and download.  You can also edit it to fit your needs.  Be sure to create an account!

SMART Training Resources - it's actually somewhat difficult to navigate this site.  This page shows some resources that can be expanded by clicking the more+ icon at the right.  This will allow you access to some free training videos.

SMART Training and Professional Development - link to multiple free training videos on youtube.

SMART Training and Tutorials - more free training videos on youtube.  These are stated to be official.

SMART Tech for Teachers - useful for websites list and google slides show with 32 ways to use your SMART Board.

SMART Exchange Tips & Tricks Search - SMART Notebook lessons on tips & tricks for SMART Board use.

YouTube Video


YouTube Video


YouTube Video



Tech Tools for Literacy and Support - click this link to access a Google Drawing with clickable links to a variety of tools to support literacy in all content areas

 

 


Google Classroom Introduction

This session will work you through the basics of Google Classroom including setting up your classes, creating assignments, announcements, and questions, and grading within Classroom.

 

 

Google Classroom Advanced

We'll explore the crossovers that many other applications have with Google Classroom, the ability to assess within classroom with questions and forms, and new features that continue to improve Classroom.  This is a great session for questions you currently have about the App.

Newsela

Curiosity

CK-12

EDpuzzle

G Suite Introduction

Explore the basics of Google Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets especially the collaborative possibilities and paperless classroom aspects of these powerful tools.

CLICK HERE to access the sample Google Doc

CLICK HERE to access the sample Google Slides

G Suite Advanced

Explore the hidden and new features of Google Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets and improve your use of Google Chrome.  Even if you've been using these tools for a while, you'll learn about the powerful aspects that are often overlooked.

Technologies for Formative Assessment & Digital Feedback

This session will cover multiple tools, both high-tech and low-tech, that allow you to easily deliver surveys and assessments to help guide your teaching with real data and utilize active learning strategies in the classroom.

PLICKERS

KAHOOT! - teacher access

KAHOOT! - student access

GOOGLE FORMS

Google Classroom

During this session, you will get to know Google Classroom and have time to set up your classroom account and visit the classroom accounts of others to see the student view.  

If you would like more extensive training or support in the use of Google Classroom, visit the training center linked here.

Click here to access the survey.

Google Forms & Sheets

During this session, you will be immersed in the creation of Google Forms for student assessment and student/parent feedback and learn about using sheets to auto-grade assessments in forms.  

If you would like more extensive training or support in the use of Google Forms or Google Sheets, see the links below:

Visit the training center linked here for Google Forms.
Visit the training center linked here for Google Sheets.
Click here to access the survey.

Tech Tools to Support Literacy Across the Curriculum

During this session, you will have the opportunity to explore multiple tools to support literacy.  Please feel free to skip the tools that don't apply to you while farther exploring the tools that most meet your classroom needs.  Many of these tools will be accessible through Google Chrome via the Chrome Web Store while others are web based.  All tools are linked within the following presentation:

Click here to access the presentation.
Click here to access the survey.

Google Sites, Google Hidden Tools, & Google Fun

We'll begin this session by exploring Google Sites and ideas for use.  Then we'll explore an array of tools within tools that aren't obvious.  We'll end by exploring A Google A Day & Google 4 Doodle.

Click here to access the survey.

If you would like more extensive training or support in the use of Google Sites, visit the training center linked here.


PLEASE UTILIZE THIS PADLET PAGE FOR SHARING IDEAS AND RESOURCES THROUGHOUT THE PRESENTATION!

Technology in the Common Core Standards - highlights all common core ELA standards that include tech language

Considering Technology in the Danielson Framework - be sure to consider how your use of technology in the classroom fits in the Danielson Framework

Tech GEARS Framework - questions to consider when purchasing technology for schools

Recommended technology integration models:

     Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) - provides video examples for teachers
     SAMR - one of the most used models
     RAT - most simplistic model
The Power of Seeing in STEM:

     Utilize search terms such as interactive, simulation, visualization, and animation:

     Google search "fibonacci sequence interactive"
     Google search "fibonacci sequence simulation"
     Google search "fibonacci sequence visualization"
     Google search "fibonacci sequence animation"
     Visual dictionaries:

     Visual Dictionary Online - by Merriam Webster w/ 15 major themes
     Visual Dictionary: The Visual Reference! - same w/ a couple more themes and the virtual human body
     Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary that helps with seeing relationships between words
     Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary - part of Math is Fun website, includes illustrations and animations
     Visual Mathematics Dictionary - if you need a Spanish version
     A Maths Dictionary for Kids - includes multiple examples for each term, many of which are interactive
     Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Beginning Algebra to Calculus
     Geometry Words - drawings by kids to explain geometry terms
     Online Math Dictionary - by Coolmath.com, covers K to algebra
     Dictionary of Technical English - great for definitions of technical terms
     Making the most of video in the classroom:

     EdPuzzle - insert questions in videos to guide student learning, can search for videos from multiple places directly from tool 
     TedEd: Lessons Worth Sharing - create lessons around any TedEd Original, TED Talk, or YouTube Video
     Using Primary Resources & Challenging Texts

     Document Analysis Worksheets - from the National Archives teacher resources, pdf documents to help students analyze written documents, photographs, cartoons, posters, maps, artifacts, motion pictures, and sound recordings.  Consider adapting to meet your needs in the classroom.
     Rewordify - simplifies difficult words in any text.  Either copy and paste a section of text or enter a URL to rewordify a webpage.  Includes classic literature, public documents, and teaching tools.
     Doceo Center Website - a collection of resources for teachers

     Resource Filter
     Resource Grid
     Open Education Resources (OER)

     Introduction to Open Education in K-12 - free online course to learn more about OER
     OER Resource Roundup - an article from Edutopia with multiple OER resource links


Chrome Web Store

Google Classroom


May 26th

8:00 Announcements/schedule overview, etc.

8:15-9:30 Extensions for Chrome

Extensions enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.  We’ll introduce some useful extensions for teachers and students and give you time to explore extensions in the Chrome Web Store.

9:45-11:00 Tech Tools to Support the Three Principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning)

The Universal Design for Learning is a great way to make decisions about technology integration.  We’ll look at a few tech tools to support each UDL principle:

Multiple means of representation - give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge
Multiple means of expression - provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know
Multiple means of engagement - tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation
12:15-1:30 Tools to Support Content Areas

While many tech tools can provide support across the content areas, there were designed with specific content in mind. This session will provide time to explore a variety of tools that are specifically meant to support your content (will include all subject areas – even PE, art, agriculture, foreign language, business, etc.).

1:45-3:00 Danielson & Technology

It is important for teachers and administrators to understand how the use of technology can fit into each domain of the Danielson Framework.  We’ll introduce a checklist that provides an easy way to view technology use in relation to the domains.

3:00-3:30 Questions/Clarification/One-on-one

 

May 27th

8:00 Announcements/schedule overview, etc.

8:15-9:30 Video in the Classroom

Nearly all teachers use video clips to support content knowledge and provide students with different ways to view a concept.  This session will focus on three tools that allow you to do more with video in the classroom by creating a lesson around a video, embedding questions within the video, or creating an instructional video through screencasting.  You’ll choose the tool you find most intriguing and have time to practice using it. 

9:45-11:00 Tools to Support Special Needs & Gifted

A large variety of tools exist that especially support special needs students.  We’ll highlight a few and give you time to explore.  We’ll also take a look at tools that provide opportunities for enrichment to better support gifted learners.

12:15-1:30  Formative Assessment

This session will look at fun options for formative assessment – both high tech and low tech.  We’ll model the use of the tools and then help you set up accounts to begin using them in your own classes.

Click here for support on using Google Forms for data collection

1:45-3:00 Add-ons for Google Tools

This session will focus on some of the amazing add-ons available in Google Docs, Forms, Sheets, etc. that add a great deal of functionality to Google tools.  You’ll also have time to explore add-ons to support your content area.

3:00-3:30 Questions/Clarification/One-on-one


Google Drawing

Tech Tools for Supporting Literacy Across the Curriculum - visit this Google Drawing to link to a variety of tools.

Hidden Tools in Google Search and Google Apps

Hidden Search Tools

Web - Time, Verbatim
Search by Voice
Search by Image
Images - Size, Color, Usage Rights
Videos - Duration, Closed Caption
Google Custom Search - create custom search engines for research projects
Google Maps - make your own
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) - in Google Drive
Hidden Tools in Google Apps

Editing Modes
Research 
Revision History
Translate
Equation Toolbar
Find & Replace
Templates
Download As
Google Chrome Extensions to Support Teaching and Learning

Chrome Web Store - all of these extensions, and many more, can be found in the Chrome Web Store

AdBlock Plus - blocks all adds on YouTube, Facebook, etc.
Shout Out
Quick Scroll
Translate
Search by Image
Google Scholar Button
High Contrast
Create PDF
Read & Write
Google Forms and Add-ons for Student Assessment

 


Resources

Idaho Common Core ELA Technology Standards
- lists only the standards that include technology and can be sorted by grade or subject

Discovery Education Tech Tips Blog
- a great resource for tech tools, listed by category

edtechteacher's Learning Goals & Web Tools
- extensive, valuable list of tech tools organized by what you want your students to be able to do

Websites and Apps for Teaching Digital Writing


Poetry

Rhyme Zone - rhymes, synonyms, definitions, etc.

Poetry Idea Engine - fun way to teach children about haiku, limerick, cinquain, and free verse

Mind Mapping

readwritethink Student Interactives - interactives for Organizing & Summarizing, Inquiry & Analysis, Writing Poetry, Writing & Publishing Prose, and Learning About Language 

bubbl.us - free mindmapping tool that doesn't require an account, allows for collaboration

Connected Mind - this Google App Extension offers simplistic mind mapping from your Google Drive

Blogging

edublogs - create and manage student blogs for free

Kidblog - built for teachers (50 free student accounts) and easy for students

Entry/Exit Tickets - Instructional Strategies for Increasing Writing Frequency
***See also documents at bottom of page


Digital Collaboration

Pirate Pad - Easy online collaboration tool.  Share a link to have collaborators join.

Google Docs - Excellent collaborative tool if students have Google Accounts.  Includes remarkable tools including research, translation, revision history, and many new add-ons.  Up to 50 collaborators in the same doc.

Digital Storytelling

Storybird - create free account for students, allows for feedback from peers
***These are art-inspired stories!

Little Bird Tales - can create and manage students and lessons in free account

StoryJumper - create student accounts for free, and students can create free home accounts

Chogger - create your own cartoon strip, draw your own pictures, import or take pictures

Toonlet - create characters from a large library of options, make your own cartoon strip

Voki - create a speaking avatar using your own voice or a selected voice and share

Padlet - free wall to post/present information, enables links, docs, pics, video, etc.

Tools for Dealing With Complex Texts

Rewordify - paste text or a URL and get a simplified version that replaces difficult vocabulary.  Includes tools for reading level, highlighting options, adding or removing rewordified words, learning new vocabulary, and a teacher page.

Text Compactor - paste text in the box and use the slide bar to adjust the % of text you want to keep int he summary.  Only use for nonfiction.

Open Text Summarizer - Paste text or a URL into tool to get a condensed version or keywords.  Select the summarization ration and language of choice. Only use for nonfiction.


Resources

Idaho Common Core ELA Technology Standards
- lists only the standards that include technology and can be sorted by grade or subject

Utilizing Student-Owned Devices
    Class Messenger
      Nearpod

Discovery Education Tech Tips Blog
- a great resource for tech tools, listed by category

edtechteacher's Learning Goals & Web Tools
- extensive, valuable list of tech tools organized by what you want your students to be able to do

Websites and Apps for Teaching Digital Writing


Poetry

magnetic poetry: Magnets That Reveal the Poet Within.- just like the magnetic version but you click and drag, different sets to choose from

Concrete Poetry-choose or draw a shape and fill it with words

Pic Lits- choose a picture then select words to capture the meaning or essence

Mind Mapping

spiderscribe- can collaborate and share, insert images and links, etc.

exploratree- choose a many free thinking guides and fill it in online

Mindomo- can set maps to public or private and has ability to include multimedia

Blogging

blogger- this free blogging tool can be accessed through your Google account

Wikispaces Classroom- social writing for education with free accounts for teachers and students

Entry/Exit Tickets - Instructional Strategies for Increasing Writing Frequency
***See also documents at bottom of page

Digital Collaboration

Google Docs- Excellent collaborative tool if students have Google Accounts.  Includes remarkable tools including research, translation, revision history, and many new add-ons.  Up to 50 collaborators in the same doc.

TitanPad - work on the same doc simultaneously with no sign-up required

Digital Storytelling

Pic Lits- a creative writing site where you choose a picture and then add words to capture the essence or meaning of the picture

PhotoStory - this is a free download for Windows XP that allows you upload images and add music, text, voiceovers, etc.

ToonDoo
- easy, create your own comic strips by clicking, dragging, and dropping

Voki - create a speaking avatar using your own voice or a selected voice and share

Padlet - free wall to post/present information, enables links, docs, pics, video, etc.

Glogster
- a virtual collage where you can add video, images, audio, documents, text, links etc.  Make sure you sign up for the free version!

Pinball
- kick start your ideas, develop creativity and get thoughts flowing with these fun and simple tools

Tools for Dealing With Complex Texts

Rewordify - paste text or a URL and get a simplified version that replaces difficult vocabulary.  Includes tools for reading level, highlighting options, adding or removing rewordified words, learning new vocabulary, and a teacher page.

Text Compactor - paste text in the box and use the slide bar to adjust the % of text you want to keep int he summary.  Only use for nonfiction.

Open Text Summarizer - Paste text or a URL into tool to get a condensed version or keywords.  Select the summarization ration and language of choice. Only use for nonfiction.

Faculty

This schedule shows both university and K-12 professional development workshops. K-12 events are prefaced with a (K-12) marking before the event title. Click on any event title for more details.

gallery of textbook titles

In May-June 2015, we hosted a group of science teachers from a moderately-sized Idaho school district for a series of open textbook creation institutes. In these three-day institutes, teachers worked in groups to adapt, revise, and remix openly licensed textbooks for use in their classrooms.

Targeted subject areas included middle and high school sciences, and using pre-existing open textbook content from CK-12 and other sources, five textbooks were created in total.

All revised textbooks were released under a Creative Commons license and are available for other educators to freely access, distribute, download, share, print, edit, adapt, and otherwise use.

» Open Textbook Library

screenshot of google with transformational change in the search bar

On April 25, 2015, we were excited to bring 82 educators together in Boise for Google Transform '15! At this event, we had eleven educators (eight from K-12 and three from higher education) lead sixteen sessions on Google Tools for transformational classroom change.

Most of the presenters were practicing, full-time classroom teachers, and this was their first time presenting in a large session format to groups of teachers. Nonetheless, sessions were rated very highly by participants overall (3.5/4.0), and some of the highest rated sessions included Becoming a Search Ninja by Royce Kimmons (3.9/4.0), Google Doodles and a Google a Day in the Classroom by Cassidy Hall (3.9/4.0), and Collaborative Learning and Critical Thinking with Sites by Katie Graupman (3.9/4.0).

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In August of 2014, the Doceo Center very generously provided my school, the Northwest Children’s Home Education Center, with a new iPevo document camera and magnifier lens. It immediately attracted a great deal of interest from students and staff alike, partially since we had until that time very little in the way of digital educational tools and also because we had not been aware that a document camera with that degree of flexibility, quality, and affordability was available. It did not take us long to consider many possibilities for its use.

Initially, it served mostly as a curiosity to the students once I had taken it to my classroom. At that point, our ability to present digital media consisted of an old laptop with an even older television plugged into it. The quality and placement of the television limited what could be seen, and my own inexperience limited what we could make with the situation. The students however, made the most of the exploratory time that was given to them. They quickly learned how to operate the camera, both with the built-in controls and the installed computer program. In a very short time, they had created a wide variety of creative and goofy pictures and were inviting in the residential staff to view them.

What is the Doceo Center? What is its mission and how does it work with schools?

This 5-minute video provides a brief introduction to the work of the Doceo Center at the University of Idaho and showcases some examples of teacher educators using our resources to improve the work they are doing with university and K-12 students.

» Watch on YouTube

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October marked the beginning of our Introduction to Open Education in K-12 MOOC, and we were excited to see around 40 educators sign up for the course. These educators represented all regions of the state of Idaho, and we also attracted attention from those outside the state. Guest interviews for this course have also been very exciting, as we've been able to record my conversations with leaders in the field on topics including open education, digital citizenship, and copyright. This course will remain open even as the synchronous learning experience winds down in mid-November so that those with interest in the topic can always access the recorded sessions and course content.

As has been the case in previous months, we also welcomed a number of people to tour and utilize our lab in October. We were happy to meet with Regent and State Board Member Dave Hill and U of I President Chuck Staben this month and to share the work that we are doing in K-12 outreach and distance and extended education. We were also excited this month to host a partner workshop with EdElements. In this workshop, Idaho technology and education leaders got to experience hybrid approaches to education hands-on from a group that conducts training throughout the U.S.

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How do you engage with students locally in the classroom and at a distance in a manner that builds community? This is a challenge we grappled with this month as we are hosting more courses in our lab that have a hybrid group of students: some local who meet face-to-face and some at a distance who meet virtually. The challenge that instructors typically deal with is that when they design their courses they must favor one group over the other. As a simple illustration, if you have a graduate course with nine people meeting locally and three people participating via videoconferencing, it becomes very difficult to promote discussion between participants in both contexts, and even very expensive video capture systems do not do a very good job of displaying multiple users in an effective manner.

To tackle this challenge, we wanted to stay away from extremely expensive solutions that would not be replicable in schools or other institutions but rather considered how we could use existing technologies that may have been designed with other purposes in mind to give all students an equal voice in the classroom. To create a prototype, we purchased a multichannel video surveillance system designed for security installations and mounted these cameras at our discussion stations in the face-to-face classroom. The surveillance system allows us to place a camera on each individual in the class and merge all of these video inputs together into a single video source, which may be used as a webcam.

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August marked the end of the summer for the Doceo Center as most of our staff dispersed to the four corners of the world (or at least Idaho). Yet, this did not stop us from moving forward several key initiatives and gearing up for the Fall semester. In the month of August, we wrapped up our series of summer institutes, announced a brand-new K-12 open education MOOC, hosted various tours of our facilities, rolled out an innovative Online Teaching Studio, and began gearing up for Fall research and outreach efforts.

First, the Northwest Inland Writing Project (NIWP) Summer Institutes took a new form this year as a collaborative effort between NIWP, the Idaho Common Core Network, and the University of Idaho Doceo Center of Innovation + Learning. Two regional institutes were held for two weeks each. The first institute, with 24 teachers in attendance, took place at the University of Idaho’s Research Park in Post Falls during the last two weeks of June. This institute was facilitated by Mary Orr from NIWP, Barbara Crumb from Idaho Common Core Network, and Cassidy Hall from the Doceo Center. The first two weeks of August brought 17 teachers to attend at the Doceo Center Lab in Moscow with facilitators Jill Diamond from NIWP, April Niemela from Idaho Common Core Network, and Cassidy Hall from the Doceo Center. The focus for the institutes was to support the teaching of writing with the use of technology to meet common core standards.

The online teaching studio allows instructors of online courses to use the newest technologies to help support their online teaching and is constantly being upgraded with the newest and greatest technologies. The studio is available for scheduling by all University of Idaho instructors and faculty by contacting Cassidy Hall (cassidyh@uidaho.edu).

Current tools include:

  • Dedicated high-end desktop (Windows 7, Intel i7 processor, 8GB RAM, SSD, gfx card, Blu-ray, Ethernet)
  • Two large Lenovo monitors
  • Wacom Intuos tablet
  • Wide-angle Logitech webcam
  • Wireless mic/headset (Bluetooth or adapter)
  • Bose speakers
  • Document camera
  • Comfy chairs

Technology-Infused Research Projects are collaborative efforts between University of Idaho faculty members and Doceo Center Researchers aimed at improving teaching and learning through technology integration. In this collaboration, faculty members provide subject-area research expertise, while the Doceo Center provides technology resources and technology management and research expertise. The deadline for Technology-Infused Research Project proposals was Sept. 30, 2014.

TA & RA

You'll learn how to utilize Google Scholar for keeping track of your research, how to navigate our library system, and how to use tools for creating citations and bibliographies.

» Google Scholar - be sure to log in to your Google account

  • searching for articles (submenus under each article, search fields)
  • My library (saving, labeling, exporting)
  • Citations (user profile, searching other profiles, indices, co-authors, Follow)
  • Alerts
  • Metrics (finding top publications in a topic, subcategories, h-5 index)
  • Settings (library links, scholar button)

» Google Scholar Help

Why Screencast?

Screencasting can be used to accomplish all of the following:

  • Answer frequently asked question
  • Clarify a difficult concept that you know students find challenging
  • Provide a tutorial to support a task that the students will have to accomplish
  • Demonstrate - a how-to sort of video about a website, a procedure, a research concept, etc.

Let's begin with some tips for creating quality screencasts:

Do your students ever forget what you taught?  Are they ever absent? Do they need homework help?     

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then screencasting may be for you!


For PCs

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  1. To use screencast-o-matic, you really just need to click on the "Start Recording" button on the homepage of the tool.

    You can download the tool if you wish, but it is not necessary. Note that you can choose the selection of the screen you want to record and also have options to just record the screen, just record the webcam, or record both. Be sure that your mic is working – when you are talking, you will see green bars pop up next to narration as seen below. To start recording, just click the red “Rec” button. Note that you can pause the recording and backtrack if you make a mistake – you don’t have to start over. To do this, you just play the recording back to yourself (after pausing it), and pause it where you want to begin recording again. Then when you select “Rec” again, it will ask if you want to truncate to the new position and you would select yes.
     
  2. Once you have completed the recording, you have three options for saving. You can save it:
    • to your youtube channel (a freebie as part of any google account)
    • to your screencast-o-matic account (you have to create a free account in order to do this)
    • as an mp4 file.

For iPads

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Show Me is a free iPad app that allows the user to create an interactive whiteboard tutorial to share information with your students. You can add:

  • photos
  • text
  • handwriting

Then record yourself teaching. There are also more that 1.5 million videos in the Show Me library from educators around the world.

How can I use this in the classroom?

Use a Show Me:

  • to introduce a lesson topic
  • as closure to a lesson
  • record yourself during a lesson for students who are absent
  • record yourself for those students who need repeated explanations
  • for a homework tutorial to explain concepts or directions

» Watch tutorial video to learn how to use the Show Me app

BbLearn Q and A session with Carie Saunders of Distance & Extended Education

Many free tools exist that allow for amazing synchronous and asynchronous reflection and discussion and take advantage of integrating student-owned devices. We’ll explore the power of collaborative writing and discussion tools to increase engagement and participation for online and hybrid courses.


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Padlet is a free, web-based collaboration tool that allows for privacy settings and personalized page options. It's a terrific tool for posting thoughts and reflections for sharing in real time as an alternative to discussion boards. Note that Padlet does not allow responding to other posts. Each post is independent and can include text and image/video/website. This makes it an easy way to have students share resources.

Related Links for Padlet:


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TitanPad allows for collaborative writing on a public page or through signing up for a private space. This tool enables real time collaboration with 8 different author colors to keep track of changes. The timeslider feature allows you to see the collaboration history. The account administrator can create other user accounts for private use. (Note: TitanPad shutdown Nov. 2016 and is no longer available.)


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SpiderScribe is a collaborative mind-mapping tool that can  be shared via link or email or embedded in a website. Easily add text, files, images, maps, and events.

Related Links for SpiderScribe:


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Google Docs is the most well known and widely used real time collaborative writing tool, but most people who use it don't realize half of the tools it offers. Let's take a look at some recent additions and hidden tools in Google Docs.

Related Links for Google Docs:

  • video tutorial of Google Docs
  • other features of Google Docs (such as the bookmark, table of contents, personal dictionary, translate, and modes tools)

Please complete this brief survey at the end of today's session: (link is https://uidaho.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6zoGctpBisEAlO5)

Refer to the following Google Presentation for information from this session:

» Supporting the Use of Video in the Classroom

Contact

Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
Doceo Center
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

Phone: 208-885-9084

Fax: 208-885-1071

Email: cassidyh@uidaho.edu

Web: Doceo Center

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