"TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-12 environment and providing our members with state-of-the-art information through conferences, workshops, newsletters, the Internet, and collaborations with higher education and business" (http://www.tcea.org/)
Our Instructional technology team will be attending the annual TCEA Convention, and will be off campus February 2-6. We will be attending workshops and learning about the newest and most effective classroom tech.
I have always liked the idea of a flipped classroom, especially as a former high school math teacher. I ran with the flipped classroom my final 2 years in the classroom, but when students watched their lessons I had no way of knowing who was prepared coming into class. EdPuzzle can help with this. EdPuzzle takes videos from sites such as YouTube, National Geographic, TedTalks, and many others or you can upload your own video. This last feature is really cool as YouTube is blocked for most student access. EdPuzzle allows you to break up a video and ask questions through key parts of the lesson to check for understanding. It also allows you to crop the video so that you are only showing the part of the video you need. Students are also given the option to re-watch that section of the video if they need to. The teacher can then check on their understanding of the topic by viewing the results and see how many times the student re-watched it or if they saw the whole video. Below is an example. Oh, did I also mention that this is free!
We have iPads in our classrooms, we know that there are a lot of cool apps, and we know that we are being told technology is a good thing in the classroom because it is supposed to be engaging and create endless possibilities unique to each student but it is not really coming together. Well don't feel alone in this; the beginnings (2-3 years) of technology integration is learning process for all of those involved. Please take a few moments to read this short article about 5 good tips to create a song learning environment with iPads. Remember it can be the little things that sometimes pull it all together for you!!
AirServer is a free-to-you software as a CISD employee.
It allows you to wireless view you iPad screen on your computer and/or projector.
Follow the links for setup and troubleshooting:
- Timothy Grijalva
Discovery Education offers free student resources that bring learning to life both inside and outside the classroom. The site offers free interactive games, videos, contests, virtual labs and activities designed to help students dive deeper into a topic —and have fun too! - Stacey J. Dudzinski
Many of our seasoned teachers who have traditional methods of classroom management skills find it difficult to manage their classroom now that the District has enacted Bring Your Own Device, including the iPad Minis issued to students.
Fortunately, there are a few apps that can help you manage your classroom with all the gadgets. - Stacey J. Dudzinski
The website bridgingapps.org is designed to help those with disabilities, their teachers, and their caregivers find technology resources for them. Probably the best feature of this site is the app search. Here you can look for apps not only by topic but you can also narrow the search for apps by putting in the needed cognitive or language ability of the user. In addition you can find local meetings where teachers, parents, and those with disabilities can meet to network and share resources. The next meeting in Fort Worth is November 12th.
Check out our Instructional Technology Blog! Here you can keep up to date on useful information, new technology tools, and instructional strategies.