I’m spending the day hanging out with the great folks at Augusta Middle. Go Bluejays!
Our time together is focused on sharing tech ideas and exploring tools. So I figured, might as well share the list of things we’re playing with today.
There’s a ton of stuff – it’s a show and tell day so we’ll demo than play than create than reflect. Pick and choose. Explore a tool at a time.
Enjoy! Read more
I’m spending part of today getting ready for my METC presentation next week.
(The not so subtle self-promotion? My session on using Flipboard and Pocket as content management tools is next Wednesday at 9:45 in Junior Ballroom A, Lower Level. I’m sure once it’s finished, the presentation is gonna be great. Fingers crossed.)
And as part of my presentation prep, I’m exploring what it really means to integrate technology. I started with the idea that just because teachers or their students use technology as part of teaching and learning, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are actually integrating technology into what they’re doing.
That idea morphed into the next: Read more
Looking for a quick, easy to use list of tools and strategies that can help you implement high quality social studies instruction?
Tom Mullaney and Matthew Farber have put together a series of their blog posts from the Imagine Easy Solutions site into a handy free ebook download. You’ll find tools for evidence-based writing, geography ideas, YouTube suggestions, assessment tips, close reading strategies, and video games.
It’s free with a liberal dose of advertising for Imagine Easy Solutions but the book’s got some very useful stuff. So if you’re willing to sift through the ads (and share your email address) to find the good stuff, the download is definitely worth it.
To get the free ebook, go to Read more
It’s Day Two of my Social Studies Nerdfest 2015. And I’m sitting in with Kori Green, Brian Bechard, Kim Gilman, Ed Finney, and Nick Lawrence. We started with a quick discussion of the SAMR model of technology integration.
If you’re not familiar with SAMR, the basic premise is that you begin using tech tools in a very intentional way so that your instruction focuses on the end result rather than just using some sort of “cool” tech tool. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.
For example, I can use Google Docs to post a online handout or worksheet rather than using a paper and pencil version. It’s simply a substitution of a paper handout for a virtual one. Same result. Same info. Same basic workflow. The Educational Technology and Mobile Learning folks have a nice overview of the concept. Read more