Tech Night



What technology are you planning on spending most of your time working on tonight? What is something you would like to learn more about?

To answer these questions, go to: http://todaysmeet.com/osceolatechnight

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I only have this session open for a week, so it will erase all answers after a week. When building a TodaysMeet discussion, you can decide how long you would like the discussion to be open.

TodaysMeet.com:


TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime. Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs. Very easy to use!!!

WikiSpaces:


Wikispaces makes managing your class a breeze, with tools to handle day-to-day work and features to tackle the special activities you've only dreamed of.
What can I do with WikiSpaces:
  • Student Portfolios
    • Each student cultivates a unique online space to showcase their best work, and teachers assess performance as it progresses.
  • Professional Development
    • Education professionals come together to plan events and share best practices in a flexible, accessible, easy-to-update online resource. (Digital Learning Day Wiki)
  • Project-Based Learning
    • Student groups collaborate on projects that address real-world questions, and share their findings with a real-world audience.
  • Student Assignments
    • Teachers post homework, group work, and classroom goals, and update them throughout the year in real time.
  • Curriculum Planning
    • Classroom schedules and lesson plans can be tweaked from any computer or mobile device — and reused and re-purposed from year to year.
  • Distance Learning
    • Students and teachers share a flexible educational space that’s accessible anytime from anywhere in the world.
  • Discussions
    • There is a discussion forum built in to the wiki.
What it won't do:
-Upload student's assignments
-Quizes and tests
Comments from other teachers:

  • Being able to embed files, links, html coding, videos and other media so easily has meant that Wikispaces has made a great home for me on the Internet. Wikis can be slowly built up and added to from humble beginnings and grow into something quite wonderful.
— Martin Burrett
  • Our Wikispace allows my students to have a 24/7 learning environment, and it is being used as such which is an exciting thing to see.
— Craig Kemp

To learn more and create an account, go to: http://www.wikispaces.com/content/teacher

Directions for Teachers:


Directions for Students:


QR Codes:


What are they?
They are little bar graph looking squares that contain information when scanned by a cell phone with a camera and an app that reads them. QR stands for quick response and they are really gaining popularity.

Resources and links:
-Tips for using QR codes in education: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/qr-codes-education-mary-beth-hertz
-QR Code Wiki with some great ideas: http://educationqrcodes.wikispaces.com/
-QR Code Generators:

Ideas for Education:
  • Put QR codes up in your classroom that link to your class website or to your moodle page
  • Embed a QR code in a presentation or in a handout/document that will take them to a website or article you want them to read.
  • Link to music- create an art gallary of student work. Have the students pick a song that reflects the mood they want to portray in their piece of art. Embed the song in a QR code next to the artwork. As students walk around the art gallary, they can use an ipod to scan the qr code for each piece of work and listen to the music as they reflect on the meaning of each piece. You can takeit even one step further....while students are listening to the music and reflecting on the piece of work, you can have them visit a backchannel chat, such as Todaysmeet.com, and have them post their thoughts.
  • Create a scavenger hunt.
  • Advertise your clubs around the school and have a link to information about meetings and why students should join.
  • Post trivia or puzzles
  • Post QR codes that link to flashcards
  • Post QR codes that link to class notes, videos, presentations, etc. (some file types will not be supported without a specific apps or flash)
  • Embed an audio bookinto a qr code. Example:
      • To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter One

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          • Summarize Chapter One in Todays Meet
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      • The Hunger Games: Chapter One

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          • Or Discuss the chapter on Voicethread (conversations in the cloud)
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Skype:


We are now able to get skype on our computers!!! Just put in a helpdesk and the tech department will be able to install it in a rather short period of time!

Have it downloaded on your computer by the tech department, or you can download the app on an ipad and connect it to a projector with a VGA adapter. Check out the VGA adapters from your library:) VGA Adapters/Dongles work on IPad 2, limited functionality with iPad1, and do not work with iPhones.
Skype in the classroom:
  • Cultural exchange
    • Introduce your students to new ways of seeing the world with a cultural exchange between your class and another classroom anywhere in the world.
  • Language skills
    • Bring language to life with real-life conversations where students can practice a new language with a class of native speakers, or help English learners practice their skills.
  • Discovery
    • Try mystery Skype calls, where classes connect online and give clues to help each guess the other's location. Or introduce your students to a classroom in the location of a book they're reading or a subject they're studying.

Twitter:

This is an amazing tool that is great for establishing a PLN.
Challenge to all teachers: Sign up for Twitter and use as a professional learning community, or in your personal life! Find some people to follow, no need to post any tweets if you are not comfortable yet. Once you personally use it and get comfortable, start imagining the possibilities for student learning activities!!!
Check out my list of the top 10 Twitter hashtags for educators:
  1. #edchat - This is hashtag that was created by Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson and Shelly Terrell for all educators to connect and share their ideas on. Every Tuesday at 12:00 pm EST and 7:00 pm EST they have a discussion on a topic that is voted on the day before.
  2. #mlearning - This is a great hashtag to follow if you're looking to incorporate moibile devices into your classroom. This feed will provide you with many ideas and connections with other educators doing similar things in their classroom.
  3. #edtech - Under this hashtag you can find anything that has to do with technology in education. This is also a great place to find out about new web tools you can use with your students.
  4. #ipaded - If you're an educator with an iPad (or looking for a good reason to buy one), check out #ipaded. This stream highlights many iPad apps that are ideal for education.
  5. #education - Here you can find information on anything and everything related to education- from standardized testing to new technology for teachers.
  6. #mathchat - Not only can you always find a tricky math problem that needs solving on this stream, but you can also connect with all types of math teachers who you can collaborate and share ideas with.
  7. #scichat - If you're a science teacher you must check out #scichat. This stream will keep you up to date with everything happening in the science field, both related and unrelated to education.
  8. #engchat - engchat takes place every Monday from 7-8:00 pm EST. Each week they cover a different topic that they highlight on their website.
  9. #sped -Technology is revolutionizing special education. Check out #sped to learn about how education is changing and what technology is making it happen.
  10. #kinderchat... #6thchat - If you're looking for grade specific content and lessons for your elementary students, check out any of the following hashtags- #kinderchat #1stchat #2ndchat #3rdchat #4thchat #5thchat #6thchat

Twitter in the Classroom:

K-12 teachers have taken advantage of Twitter’s format to keep their classes engaged and up-to-date on the latest technologies. The following projects provide you and your students with multiple ways to incorporate Twitter into important and lasting lessons.
  1. Network with other educators.
    Beyond using it for lessons, teachers who Twitter have at their disposal a vast network of like-minded professionals with whom they can trade ideas and insights regarding social networking in the classroom and other topics. Join #educhat.
  2. Direct message students and parents.
    Tweet about upcoming due dates or assignments. One of the simplest ways that teachers can use Twitter in their classroom involves setting up a feed dedicated exclusively to due dates, tests or quizzes
  3. Summarize.
    At the conclusion of each lecture, ask students to type a 140-character or less summary of what they have learned and perhaps pose any questions to be considered in the next class.
  4. Provide the class with a running news feed.
    Subscribe to different mainstream and independent news feeds with different biases as a way to compare and contrast how different perspectives interpret current events and issues.
  5. Create a career list.
    Set up an interesting assignment requesting that students set up Twitter lists following feeds relevant to their career goals and keep a daily journal on any trends that crop up along the way.
  6. Track a hash tag.
    More ambitious educators may want to incorporate Twitter in lessons that track hash tags for another interesting lesson in how trends spread and the various ways in which people use social media to communicate ideas.
  7. Follow the issues.
    Bring a little technology into debates by asking the class which issues they would like to follow. Subscribe to relevant hash tags and accounts from all perspectives and compile an updated resource cobbling together as much research as possible.
  8. Live tweet field trips.
    Sick kids or paranoid parents may like the idea of following along with class field trips on Twitter, and smart phone-enabled teachers can keep them engaged with pictures and descriptions of the lessons learned.
  9. Ask questions.
    Monica Rankin at University of Texas-Dallas uses Twitter as a way for her students to keep a running stream of questions going during lectures– an application that works in any computer-enabled K-12 classroom.
  10. Take and share notes.
    Classrooms with enough resources can allow students to tweet their own notes during lessons and share with their peers – perhaps even printing them out for home use if they do not have internet access.
  11. Chat with industry professionals.
    Older high school students who need to explore their career options before spiriting away to college benefit from real-world discussions with professionals in paths they’re considering. Twitter helps them connect with primary sources and facilitates educational communication.
  12. Connect classrooms.
    Teachers and students from around the world can collaborate on projects using Twitter as a communication tool that simultaneously educates students in different classroom and cultural protocols.
  13. Engage parents.
    Parents of K-12 students interested in daily classroom activities can follow teacher tweets discussing some of the lessons learned and any progress on projects with one quick and handy trip to a dedicated Twitter feed.
  14. Become politically active.
    Any teachers responsible for educating kids in politics or government may like the idea of encouraging their students to use Twitter as a forum to make society aware of issues that affect them by retweeting relevant events, news stories, blog posts and other media revolving around a chosen theme. Have students follow Barack Obama on Twitter, etc.
  15. Post sample questions.
    Save paper by using Twitter to post up sample questions for upcoming exams for students to research and consider without ever having to put down their computers.
  16. Post supplementary materials.
    Retweet articles, news stories, opinions and other interesting tidbits relevant to a specific class as an excellent, convenient supplement to classroom lectures.
  17. Facilitate discussions.
    Take supplementary material postings one step further by requiring students to post their own succinct responses to the main theses and open up intelligent discussions with one another.
  18. Post syllabus changes.
    E-mail inboxes often filter out important messages as junk and students lose papers or miss class for various reasons, meaning that some of them may miss out on important announcements regarding any changes to the syllabus. Twitter keeps a permanent record of any new bits of information so nobody has any excuse for missing out.
  19. Take a poll.
    Teachers who enjoy polling their students on what activities to do or their opinions on current events may want to keep a running tab of results they find when working in conjunction with SurveyMonkey, polleverywhere.com, or another similar site.
  20. For more great ideas, go to: http://www.teachhub.com/50-ways-use-twitter-classroom

Twitter’s classroom capabilities are limited only by an educator’s imagination. Though many believe its limitations prevent valuable applications to an academic setting, teachers in the know realize the microblog’s potential to establish a nurturing classroom for students of all ages.


Twitter Articles:


Twitter in the classroom: http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/twitter-in-the-classroom.html
Check out school Twitter Posters on this page: http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=3738

How have you used Twitter? How would you like to use Twitter in the classroom? Share on TodaysMeet:

http://todaysmeet.com/twitter
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Resources and Tutorials:

OSD Digital Learning Day Wiki Page- http://osdwi.wikispaces.com/



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