New year, new resolutions, new goals, new words.
My word is BALANCE. My focus in 2018 is to find balance in personal and professional life. To make room for priorities and to be ok with letting some things go. With this balance comes my commitment to bring my blog out of hibernation to share resources and strategies with educators in my district, or any district for that matter! Whatever your focus for growth is this year, of course I hope you will consider adding an EdTech goal to your focus and I will be here to support you in your goals.
In these first weeks of the semester, schools in our district are finding focus in increasing the Depth of Knowledge, data driven instruction, and of course, test prep for GMAS.
SCCPSS is a G-Suite for EDU district which makes it somewhat easier to manage student logins and digital assignments. With that in mind consider these 5 ways to integrate technology into your instruction, tomorrow!
1. Gain confidence, efficiency, and community in G-Suite for EDU by participating in The Academy! There is something for everyone at The Academy. Whether you want to increase your skill set, go paperless in the classroom, learn something new, or test your knowledge. By the end of the semester, you will be ready to successfully complete the Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam. Get started by logging into Google Classroom with your district account and use this join code: igsr8qv. Skills you gain in The Academy can be applied to your work no matter what your role is in education.
2. Get students to explain and record their thinking. Using FlipGrid, students record a short video selfie. Students should explain a math problem, showcase their reading skills, tell a short story, give a short speech, read their own writing, narrate their artwork.... you get the idea. FlipGrid is an easy way to provide students with a fun way to increase depth of knowledge on a particular standard. When students show what they know with FlipGrid - there is no one right answer, and multiple ways to showcase learning. With the free version, teachers sign up, create their one free Grid, and then create a Topic for students to access. The Topic can be shared with a code, a link, or even in Google Classroom. Interested? Create an account with FlipGrid and join FlipGrid Fever!
3. Give students the opportunity to become more efficient keyboarding communicators. Typing Club is a personalized keyboarding tutor for students. Students may log in with their district Google accounts and increase their skills, save their progress, and build communication confidence. Add Typing Club to morning work, small group rotations, even homework!
4. Provide students more opportunity with DOK 3 in reading and writing. Digital ReadWorks offers teachers and students the opportunity to respond to reading in both extended and constructed responses. Teachers create their classes in Digital ReadWorks while students log in with the district Google accounts or classroom code. Teachers benefit from automatic scoring, students benefit from gaining confidence in reading materials online with support from their teacher.
5. Fill in learning gaps in Math. KhanAcademy Mappers creates learning paths for students based on their most recent MAP scores. Teachers need to create an account and a class, then provide students with the class code. Students log in with their district Google accounts and enter their MAP score on the http://khanacademy.org/mappers page. They must be logged in to save their progress.
What is your word, goal, or focus for 2018? Share your favorite EdTech strategy in the comments below!
District Instructional Technology Coach, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Educator, Apple Teacher, tech therapist, teacher supporter, avid reader, bullet journalist