Social Media by Perspective

Received this from a coworker who communicates with me on all social platforms – I can’t keep up with that!  🙂

Tech Blog - Teachers vs Students Social Media Platforms

Blogged today at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, originally blogged at We Are Teachers.


No Harlem Shake on this VideoStar

Blog - VideostarHas anyone else spent innumerable hours viewing Harlem Shake videos OR been inundated with email forwards of random teddy bears, Pepsi Cans or celebrities doing the Harlem Shake? If not, then, ummmmm ME NEITHER!  🙂

If you have, though, you might want to think about how you could use this concept in your classroom. Fun music, still shots and short video segments can be easily assembled to show learning in a specific area. Imagine your students finishing a unit on Canada – uploading a Canadian song, adding images and video of Canadian content and then sharing with their class! Or selecting a song to represent a novel, and adding in key quotes and videoing tableau scenes to show mood. Maybe it could be used in Science as well? I’m thinking of putting “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister with video of science structures that couldn’t hold up textbooks! Seriously, the possibilities are endless!

The free app, Video Star is a great app for this (did I mention it’s free!). Students love taking videos, and with the music integration, it’s a sure hit for student engagement. It’s really easy to use (my son and I learned how to use it on the fly last week), but there is also a youtube channel with tutorials.  Other apps will do the same thing – just find the one that you like!

So if the Harlem Shake’s not your style, maybe create your own video that shows your learning!  And if you’re so inclined, please share it with your school community (or in the comments below!).

Using Google Forms and Flubaroo for Assessment

At a recent PLC, one of the highway 105 teachers asked about online assessment tools that she could use for diagnostic, formative or summative assessment. At the time, I rounded up a few websites and passed them on to her. With my assignment this year being focused on Literacy and History, I haven’t used any kind of tech-based assessment like quizlet or That Quiz. But, a few days ago, another teacher advised me that she had recently started using Google Forms for assessment in her Math class.

Blog - Google FormsIn Google Forms, you can create quizzes with various response options (multiple choice, written answer, scale, grid). Students are sent the link to the quiz and can complete it with their netbooks. As well, by adding in a Flubaroo script, the responses can be tabulated and presented in a spreadsheet – making it very easy for the Math teacher to see at a glance which concepts need to be revisited.

Blog - FlubarooTo see how to easily create a Google Forms test, check out this five minute video. To see how Flubaroo can tabulate the data and save you time, check out this video. To complete a test on what was written in this blog post, see this link!

To view more options for online assessment tools, check out this blog post at Free Technology for Teachers.

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂

Laptop Rollout 101

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We just finished four rollouts at Beaver Brae High School (Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12) and let me tell you, there is a Martha Stewart-in-training here at BBSS library! She had this place ready to go, and by ready to go, I mean READY TO GO!

I think that you should check out the slideshow above and the notes below to find your own way to an an amazing, smooth netbook rollout that will make everyone happy!

Laptops were cataloged through L4U, and then signed out to each student. After signing them out, Ms. Laffin attached the user agreements to each laptop, and then organized them by class. Because Beaver Brae is such a huge school (like really huge compared my own alma mater which had 20 students graduating in 1991!), she organized them by class and alphabetically (with posters!). When the students entered, they grabbed their laptops and handed their user agreements back in.

Students who didn’t have their laptops sat in and watched the start up process. BBSS has some tech-students on hand that will help these non-signers later on! Little notes were also provided to those that didn’t remember their login or passwords.

With laptops on the table (she even removed the inserts!), we got going. With a projector in place and techie-kinda-people scattered about, it was smooth sailing. By the end of the day we had hundreds of netbooks into students’ hands, and a plan that we can share with other schools and boards who do a laptop rollout in the future!

Thank you BBSS, and to the students – “ENJOY (and LEARN!)!”