Ever wonder how people suddenly find out about a new G Suite update? For example, Google Forms has a few new updates that you can read more about by clicking here. More often than not, this breaking news comes from the G Suite Release Calendar that contains release dates of various G Suite programs.
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The new and improved Google Sites is really easy to use. Feel free to watch the six minute tutorial above. There are so many neat ways to use Google Sites in an educational setting. Students can show what they know about the topic at hand. Teachers can house important information pertaining to class in an interactive way. Administrators can keep stakeholders abreast of school and district happenings. What unique things do you do with Google Sites? Please share! Click on the image below to get your free sample chapters of #HackGoogleEdu.
Recently on #Satchat, Class Tech Tips creator and author Monica Burns guest moderated a conversation on formative assessment with technology tools. In fact, Monica has book titled #Formative Tech that can be pre-ordered on Amazon. You can find the Participate #Satchat archives by clicking here. There were hundreds of participants and thousands of tweets shared during the hour long conversation. Did you know that Monica will be presenting at the 3rd Annual Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today Conference at Rider University on Saturday, May 20? Get your tickets today before seats are no longer available.
The first question Monica tweeted asked about how teachers check for understanding in the classroom. Participants shared out a number of insights including the following…
The second question Monica tweeted looked at the difference between formative and summative assessments. Some unique perspectives were shared…
The third question Monica tweeted examined the way technology tools change the way teachers check for understanding. Educators posted their favorite tech tools…
The fourth question Monica tweeted focused on collaborative spaces and discussion threads for students to share their thinking. Some of the responses from participants included...
The fifth question Monica tweeted out examined the role data sharing with families. There were many effective methods shared out…
The sixth and final question Monica tweeted out asked participant to highlight goals they have for the remainder of the school year as it relates to formative tech. Participants had some very useful insights…
Overall this particular #Satchat session on formative assessment with technology tools was incredibly helpful. The number of resources and ideas shared will brought back to the school setting and directly impact students. When used properly, technology can help drive teaching and learning.
The blog post originally appeared on the OnCourse Systems Blog...
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Recently on #Satchat, educator and author Denis Sheeran guest moderated a discussion on his newly released book titled Instant Relevance. Did you miss out? No problem, you can access the Participate Learn archives by clicking here. There is no doubt that relevance plays a critical role in classrooms, schools, and districts. It's what separates effective learning environments from highly effective learning environments. Throughout the hour long #Satchat discussion, it became abundantly clear that participants had a clear understanding of relevance, but also looking to enhance their toolbox of best practice strategies.
For example, Kevin Cullen, a middle school social studies teacher from New Jersey, tweeted out about the role of sharing personal stories, and Dan McCabe, principal from New York, shared an inspiring quote from Jean Piaget. Educator and Edupreneur Mark Barnes, from Ohio, highlighted the fact that we must meet kids where they are if learning is to be relevant and engaging.
Relevance in the digital world was also discussed in great detail during #Satchat. Kristin Kochheiser, a 6th grade teacher from Michigan, spoke to the roles that ownership and autonomy play in making learning relevant in student’s lives. Access to devices and online tools provide students with an outlet to gather perspectives, show what they about the topic at hand, and to share their work with others. There is no doubt that educators can leverage the power of technology to impact student learning through autonomy and differentiation.
Some of the most impactful parts of the book focus on applicable lesson ideas focusing on such things as the State of the Union Address, food and math, and integrating your surroundings into various units of study. Often what is relevant to students will engage them with the topic at hand in ways once thought unimaginable. Educators from all walks of life need to take risks, step outside of their comfort zone, and really ask themselves the question “is this relevant?”
Relevance will not be instant if educators do not build relationships with students, know their content, and implement effective teaching strategies. Furthermore, relevant learning environments will cease to exist if school and district leaders do not support efforts of teachers and students to do things differently. For educators, it's all about evolving one day at a time so the success of students will be promoted from now until the end of time.
The #Satchat Blog is a recurring retrospective on the tremendous insights and resources shared by educators from around the world. Join the #Satchat conversation every Saturday morning at 7:30 EST on Twitter. #Satchat is moderated by Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco, Founding Partners of Evolving Educators LLC and the co-authors of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators. Learn more about #Satchat and other relevant professional growth opportunities by visiting www.evolvingeducators.com.
The National Education Technology Plan and the ISTE Standards highlight the importance of collaboration with technology for all school stakeholders. John Hattie's effect size list is composed of various elements directly tied to the effect collaboration has on learning. Here are few tools that can enhance collaboration efforts in the digital world...
Ziteboard allows users to collaborate on an interactive online whiteboard. Think of the possibilities for students to show what they know about the topic at hand or collaborate on a project in real time.
Poll Everywhere Google Slide Extension allows users to embed a previously created Poll Everywhere poll that automatically activates once the slide deck is in present mode. Students can use this feature in their own spaces to engage audiences in meaningful discussions.
Google Drawing is a wonderful tool for students to create, collaborate, and share in real time. Venn Diagrams, flow charts, mind maps, and other helpful graphic organizers can assist students to make sense of their own learning.
Take a risk today and provide students with an opportunity to use one of the these interactive tools during an upcoming unit of study.
There is no doubt that 2016 was a tremendous year of growth for me as an educator. Through my connections with other educators in both the physical and virtual worlds, I was able to enhance my own effectiveness as a leader. Sharing is definitely contagious and I am so thankful for all the great resources and ideas that people shared this past year. In sticking with the spirit of the season, I am sharing ten resources I worked on during 2016 that you or others might find helpful to utilize in 2017.
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We are excited to announce that our next book, Hacking Google for Educators, will be available to purchase on a virtual bookshelf near you in the Spring of 2017. This will be the second book that we have written over the past few years that focuses on the impact technology can have on the educational world. It’s also the first time that the Evolving Educators will collaborate on a project with Mark Barnes and the Hack Learning team. We really feel that there is a place in the market for this sort of book, that will provide readers with varying perspectives on how Google tools can move learning environments from good to great. Hacking Google for Educators will provide readers with a unique opportunity to flip to any part of the book and immediately apply what was read within the context of their current educational environment.
The book will highlight a plethora of Google apps, extensions, add-ons, and tricks that can be incorporated by any school stakeholder. Well known tools like Docs, Slides, and Sheets will be featured in ways that will allows students, teachers, and administrators to thrive in an innovative and efficient manner. Other not so well known tools like Cardboard, Tour Builder, and Orange Slicewill be clearly explained and demoed through a series of screen shots. We really want to inspire teachers and administrators to take risks and try new methods that ultimately impact the success of students.
So what does a Hack Learning book look like? The chapters are called hacks that identify problems prevalent in our learning environments. Say for example, that there is an issue with students who are reluctant to write. An app like Google Docs can assist students that have writers block through a feature called voice typing. Just think of the possibilities that students have to show what they know through the writing process by being able to speak directly into Google Docs. The “what you can do tomorrow” portion of the chapter is characteristic of all Hack Learning books and guides you through specific uses of the hacks that are highlighted. So for the Google Docs chapter, additional enhancements will be examined such as the Explore feature, translation services, and using comments to provide real time feedback.
Hacking Google for Educators will be a useful and applicable resource for teachers and administrators. The book will change your mindset and show what is possible when technology is leveraged to enhance student learning experiences. There is no doubt that Google Apps for Education, or what is now referred to as G Suite for Education, is a game-changer in how people collaborate, create, communicate, and critically think in their learning spaces. Hacking Google for Educators will provide a framework for classrooms, schools, districts, and organizations to move forward in a meaningful direction that will push students to learn, teachers to teach, and leaders to lead in ways once thought unimaginable.