Comments let you have a conversation about something you're working on. Comment threads, called discussions, help you keep track of comments, address your comments to specific people, and respond to and follow comments from your email inbox.Read More
With playlists, you can put a series of videos all in one handy place. For example, you could create a playlist of all of our favorite music videos or sports clips, then watch them together.Read More
Are you the shirtless dancer? Make sure you nurture the first followers, they are critical to the movement.Read More
The recent process of replacing teacher laptops at SFS has brought to light just how many educators are still not comfortable with moving to the cloud. Upon face value this post may seem quite dated, but I have been overwhelmed with e mails in response to this issue, moving to the cloud. Reluctance stems from moving away from physical media, increased wireless use, and limited storage space. The devises we are offering have no ethernet port, no DVD drive, and only 128GB storage, this has alarmed some. I am a firm believer that tech integration has more to do with changing behavior and attitudes than tools and hope this post alleviates some fears and encourages change.Read More
Simply put, Google+ is Facebook for adults, professionals, and anyone else who is bored or disappointed with the evolution of other social networking sites. I was reluctant to join Google+ a few months back as I felt I was already linked in with Facebook and Twitter so there was no need for change. Additionally, the failure of Google Wave is not too far in the distant past to forget so the last thing I wanted to do, or advise teachers and students to do, was jump on board another sinking ship.Read More
The most common critique of Google Forms that I hear from teachers is that you cannot add images, and my most common response is, wait. Google has an uncanny ability to gauge and respond to customer demand in a way that leaves them surprised and enhances the already open and intuitive nature of their products. My next piece of advice is, use it or lose it. Google also tracks the analytics of all their products and continues to develop their products for the majority of their customer base, much to the frustration of power users at times, but more often than not comes back with a better product.Read More
Does your tech integration add value?
Does your tech integration add value to your lessons, units, and more importantly, does it improve student learning? If you are unsure, or the answer is no, then stop, and start again. This will happen over and over throughout the development of courses as tech becomes seamlessly integrated into education, it's natural selection. Please use the resources below to participate in the presentation as we attempt to add value to an already valuable form of teaching, the traditional lecture.
If this doesn't get you thinking as an educator, what will? I stumbled upon this while sitting through dead time that is so common at most schools, time that you will never get back and is rarely productive, and was immediately inspired. It is big picture stuff, but is there not the possibility to create a bit of this in our own courses? What would the outcome be? I'm going to find out. Watch this space.