Tech That Got Me Excited To Teach in 2017
This weekend I am attending my second EdTechTeam Summit, which I am SUPER excited about because:
1. I absolutely love learning, period.
2. I really love learning about technology and how to use it in the classroom, and last year it completely revolutionized my teaching and got me started on this edtech journey.
Since I started using tech tools to teach, I can't imagine my (teaching) life without them.
Since I am planning to learn about a whole bunch of cool new stuff this weekend, I thought I should jot down the top tech tools I learned about last year, and that I frequently use in the classroom.
I hope you enjoy these tools (organized in no particular order) as much as I do, and I can’t wait to share what I learn this weekend at the summit, (I also can’t wait for the lunch, it was bom.com last year).
I use Pear Deck when I have important content to teach, that I want to make sure the students hear from my mouth (as opposed to posting a video or a student-directed lesson). Lately I’ve been using Pear Deck in small group lessons, as a part of “station rotations,” but it is also great with the whole group.
Why is this so great/different from a regular slide presentation? I can upload my slides to Pear Deck, and, as I teach, have students interact by answering questions that I have assigned to the slides. (Give a muliple choice question on something I just said, have them write a response or summarize, draw!)
I can see the students’ responses in real time to see if they are understanding the lesson, and they stay engaged.
I kid you not, I get “yays” when I announce a PearDeck lesson (even when it is a grammar lesson!!!!)
Truth be told, I haven’t used many video editing platforms, but this one seems pretty good so far.
What I like about it is that the visual layout makes editing intuitive. Everything is layered, and can be adjusted by a drag, pull, or double click.
What I like about using video assignments in the classroom is EVERYTHING! There are so many ways to apply it in the curriculum, and everytime I assign a video, the students are collaborating, and thinking, planning, and enjoying themselves.
Google Forms - Data Validation
Quiz on Monday? Make a form! Want student feedback? Make a form! Keeping track of student behavior? Make a form!
I could go on for days about all the uses for Google Forms, but one of the coolest I learned in 2017, was the data validation option.
When you require a specific response on Google Forms to move on to the next section, it becomes a password protected lock. Now, you want to do a scavenger hunt? Make a data-validated form! Want to do a digital breakout room? Make a data-validated form!
I could go on, and on, and on…
Like forms, Flippity could use it’s own post detailing all the amazing things it does.
It is an add-on for Google Sheets (look for the words Add-ons in the toolbar + Get add-ons) that takes a list of:
- Vocab words
- Review questions
And arranges them in fun and helpful ways.
I use it to break students up into groups, make seating charts, and play review games.
(At the time of writing) I teach 6th grade, and Gonoodle is pushing it for them on the cheese factor, but I have found a couple of useful applications.
What it IS (excuse me) is a video library, aimed at getting kids moving during the day. They are fun and silly videos (mostly directed at an elementary audience).
I love the mindfulness videos, and the choreograph dancing - but if you are an elementary teacher, I'm sure they would all be a smash.