EduGems: Student Motivation, Digital Writing Tools, eZen & More!

Vol 1:3, click here to read the other EduGems issues!

This is the weekend edition of my new Edugem finds. This issue includes the 7 Traits of Digitally Competent Teachers, digital writing tools, social media for classrooms, and more! I also regularly share these incredible resources on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. If you’re on Twitter, follow these educators!

Challenge:

Try one of these ideas, resources, tips, or tools.

If you enjoyed these finds, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go, which has digital and mobile activities and handouts.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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EduGems: STEM, Google Guide, Coding & More

Vol 1:2, click here to read the other EduGem issues!

These are today’s finds! Discover a Google Hangouts for Teachers guide, Chrome extensions, STEM resources, infographics, creativity activities, web tools to teach history, coding resources, and more in this second edition. I also regularly share these incredible resources on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Scroll for the sections- Google, STEM, and Resources. If you’re on Twitter, follow these educators!

Challenge:

Try one of these ideas, resources, tips, or tools.

If you enjoyed these finds, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go, which has digital and mobile activities and handouts.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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EduGems: Edtech Updates, Google Tools, & More

Vol 1:1, click here to read the other EduGems issues!

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger

I’m so thankful you read my blog. You may not know that I regularly share my education discoveries, resources, education technology updates, free apps, web tools, and tips on Twitter (@ShellTerrell). I do this every day and will be sharing these education finds on my blog in case you missed them on Twitter. Scroll for the sections- Google Tools, Technology Updates, Resources, and Smart Tools. If you’re on Twitter, follow these educators!

Challenge:

Try one of these ideas, resources, tips, or tools. Share your work with me on Twitter, @ShellTerrell, or leave a comment below.

If you enjoyed these finds, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go, which has digital and mobile activities and handouts.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day!

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker

A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain. The teachers are very new to web tools, developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and are currently teaching full time. The course is task based and I’m fortunate to be one of the instructors. The course will soon be over so I am grading their reflective eportfolio final projects. I look forward to grading their reflective eportfolios, because this is when my students begin to look back at their learning journey and see how much they’ve grown. Three months ago these teachers were new to integrating digital storytelling projects, integrating technology, social bookmarking, and connecting with teachers online. After the course, they have contributed to our collaborative Pinterest boards, created and shared on Twitter, attempted missions and received digital badges, and kept digital portfolios. Many students let me know how much they appreciate learning about technology integration and how to develop PLNs, which you can see from the tweet I received from one of my students below. Keep reading to discover how to get your students reflecting on their learning in your course with a digital portfolio.

 

Creating Reflective Portfolio Presentations

Students are asked to create a reflective audio/visual presentation in which they reflect on a task, reading, and resource (tool, app, website, game, database, video or program) for each module. Their presentations should include screenshots, links, and examples. Students are asked to describe what they learned from the resources and explain how they will specifically apply this knowledge in the real world. More instructions are included in the slide presentation below, which is free to download. 

Recommended Tools

I recommend these tools for completing these projects: these tools for completing this project:

  • Prezi- multimedia presentation tool that embeds video with cool transitions
  • VoiceThread – multimedia shows you can add video or audio commentary to
  • Present.me – use video to narrate a slideshow
  • TouchCast- create a multimedia, interactive video with clickable links
  • Capzles -looks like a timeline. Add video, pdfs, etc.
  • Educlipper- curation tool like Pinterest with the ability to add audio and video commentary

Student ePortfolio Reflections

These are some examples of their eportfolios. Find more in this Pinterest board.

 

Challenge: Have your students reflect on their learning for the semester.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day!

I’ve been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. You can watch a video of me helping students in Ogulin, Croatia to get an idea of what this looks like in action. Often, we are not fortunate to work in schools that provide us with the budget to get the technology we want. If you have a passion for teaching with tablets, Chromebooks, or setting up a digital station then you have many ways to afford that dream. Don’t give up! Below, are ways to fund your vision whether it be a maker station, 3D printer, or other project. Don’t forget to check out my previous post, on getting your students to create digital books to help others. Students have the ability to publish and sell their digital books online. The proceeds can go towards getting computers, laptops, tablets, better wifi, a technology cart, or other digital tools.

Ideas

Find the ideas below in the bookmarks that follow or click on this link, Tech Funding.

Make a wish list or a project plan that you can share with students, parents, universities, local businesses, or other audiences to help you reach your goals. Often, you can get universities, churches, or businesses to donate their old technology to you when they make updates or get new inventory. This benefits them, especially when they can write it off for taxes.

Crowdfunding- Many sites will allow you to raise funds for a project by asking people around the world for small donations. Try DonorsChoose, DigitalWish, AdoptaClassroom, ClassWish, Indigogo, or KickStart.

Grants- You can apply for grants specifically meant for your topic. Try WeAreTeachers, GrantGopher, or NaNoWrimo.

Pilot programs- Often big companies like MicroSoft or Verizon will want to run pilot programs worldwide and provide your school with tons of their devices.

Develop an app that helps the community in some way or develop a game on an app. A group of kindergarten students created drawings for a version of MouthOff. Other schools have worked with developers to get their students to create an app. Find resources and places below to make an app easily. AppShed is a great tool for making apps.

Think of creative ways to fundraise! I have been part of celebrity dinners where students dressed as famous characters and served tables dinner. We also did a coffee and talent night with students reading poetry or playing music. You can discover tons of ideas in the bookmarks below.

Challenge:

Come up with a plan or project for your class and try one of these ideas to fund it.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

Links

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar! Scroll the image below and each day discover free web tools, apps, and resources.

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