Practical EdTech Tips
Practical resources and tips to help you integrate educational technology into the classroom effectively.
Gear up for a new school year with us this week! We've got some great reminders and tools to consider to start planning, build community, and more! We are covering a lot of great topics here such as big-picture or long-range planning, summative assessments, backwards design, mastery-based learning, EdTech tools (screencasting, HyperDocs with Google slides, learning management system), community building during the first two weeks, and teacher self-care.
This week, we are talking about the use of digital portfolios in the classroom. We'll explore why you would want to use portfolios, how to assess or evaluate portfolios, and our best tips and suggestions to make portfolios a success in your classroom. Listen or read to learn more!
As regular podcasters ourselves, we are big fans of #podcasting and see a lot of value in student-created podcasts in the classroom. It can be overwhelming to start so we've got a new blog post to show you how to do this easily using ONLY @Screencastify! Only 4 easy steps for your students to follow to create their own micro-podcast episode.
During COVID, professional learning has taken quite a backseat. Join us as we discuss new and innovative approaches to professional learning. We'll go over our current struggles we're experiencing as well as possible ideas and solutions to bring back and reimagine what professional learning could look like going forward. #PD #educators
Are you making videos for your classroom? Listen in as we discuss our favourite tips and tricks for planning and recording effective instructional videos. We'll share some considerations for creating videos, as well as tools you might want to use and tips and tricks to help you along the way. #OntEd #BlendedLearning #EduGals
In this episode, we are discussing various strategies, tips, and ideas for digital teacher organization. As we embark on a new school year, this is a great time for you to get organized and develop some systems to help keep you on track. We'll talk about digital planning, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Canva, Slides Mania, and Gmail. #OntEd #EdTech #DigitalOrganization #BlendedLearning #K12 #EdTechChat
Choice boards are a great option for those in a hybrid or remote learning/teaching environment. Differentiation is built right into this format, which give students more options, and allowing them to demonstrate their learning in way in which they feel the most comfortable and can show their strengths.We recognize that we are all starting the school year differently – face to face, remote, or even a hybrid model that involves both! #BlendedLearning #EdTech
Digital Citizenship is essential for effective blended, hybrid, or remote learning. How can we, as educators, protect our students' data and privacy as we head into a new school year? We are often so quick to accept permissions on apps that we add to our phones, tablets, etc. It is time that we start to really think about what we are signing up for, how much time we are spending on screens, and how we can better model digital citizenship for our students and children. #EdTech #BlendedLearning
Canva is an amazingly easy-to-use graphic design app with endless possibilities for creation. To setup a custom background in Google Jamboard using Canva, there are a few easy steps to follow. First, in Canva, you can search for “online whiteboard” to get the correct dimensions for your creation (1920 x 1080 px). Then, you can select from one of the awesome pre-build templates or use a blank canvas to create your own.
This week we are talking all about a fun, creative and educational tool called Book Creator. We will go over the various features of the tool, as well as some different ways that you can use it with your students. Book Creator also has amazing accessibility tools already built in to it, so it's perfect for differentiation and ensuring that you are meeting the needs of all of the learners in your classroom. Listen in to learn more!
This week, we are bringing you a second episode all about Screencastify. A lot has changed since remote learning first started last spring, so we wanted to revisit this tool, share some updated features, and explore some ways to use this tool with your students. We will cover the recorder, editor, and Screencastify submit tools as well as a variety of teaching and learning activities that you can do in your classroom.
In this tutorial for teachers, we are going to show you how to use Mote, an amazing Chrome extension, to quickly add audio to your Google Slides. Note that you need to install the Mote extension first. Also, if your students have Mote installed, they can also add audio as well. We love this feature for creating word walls, community building activities, micro-podcasting and so much more.
We are bringing you our favourite keyboard shortcuts. Most will be from Google Workspace, because that’s where we typically work, but we will also share some keyboard shortcuts from Screencastify. We thought we’d share some that are helpful, and some that you may not be familiar with, to help save you time. It may seem silly to save fractions of a second each time, but it really does add up over the course of a day, year, etc. Get ready to get your teacher life organized!
We are going to show you a quick little hack in this teacher tutorial to help you quickly create multiple shapes in Google Slides or Google Drawings with the same formatting! It's as simple as creating one shape with the fill color, border color and drop shadow you want, and then, while that shape is selected, create a new shape. And voila! Your new shape will have the exact same formatting as your selected shape.
In this episode, we are joined by a special guest: Jake Miller. Jake is an EdTech enthusiast, and the host of the Educational Duct Tape Podcast. He will be sharing some of his experiences as a technology coach, as well as his experiences as a classroom teacher. Listen in to hear about his journey!
In this podcast episode, we are joined by an amazing guest, Tony Vincent. We'll chat about digital drawing skills and creativity in the classroom using Shapegrams and other educational technology. We'll also go over some tips and tricks to using Google Drawings effectively and efficiently. Check it out!
The Google Certified Educator Level 1 program is a great way for teachers to gain the skills needed to be confident using Google tools in the classroom. Here we give you lots of great tips to help you ace your Level 1 exam so that you can use these tools effectively and efficiently with your students.
We've got some great ideas for summer learning to share with teachers in our latest podcast episode. We don't necessarily know what the next school year will look like but we do know some great EdTech certifications and other learning opportunities that you can pursue to feel more prepared for whatever may come. We'll go over Google certifications, Modern Classrooms Project, Screencastify, Book Creator, Adobe, Shapegrams, and Conferences.
Chrome extensions are a great way to expand the capabilities of the Google Chrome browser. We are sharing our top 10, most amazing Chrome extensions that we love for teacher productivity. We also have some honourable mentions as well as others that are just, plain fun! From Screencastify to Wakelet to Bitmoji and more, we share some amazing tools for you to save time and improved your educator workflow. #teacher #edTech #BlendedLearning
Digital Citizenship is essential for effective blended, hybrid, or remote learning. How can we, as educators, protect our studentsâ data and privacy as we head into a new school year? We are often so quick to accept permissions on apps that we add to our phones, tablets, etc. It is time that we start to really think about what we are signing up for, how much time we are spending on screens, and how we can better model digital citizenship for our students and children. #EdTech #BlendedLearning