Monday, August 31, 2015

This iPad List of Tips Will Rock Your Back-to-School Plans

Welcome back! Top tips to get the most out of iPads in your classroom.  

  1. In a classroom with only one iPad? Assign students to be Classroom Paparazzi and have them capture the learning process for newsletters, conferences and slideshows.
  2. Ditch the “There’s an app for that” approach and focus on one screen of apps. Just because there is an app, it doesn’t mean it helps students learn.
  3. Teach digital culture! Train students to update apps, software and backup important work. Assign tech helpers in each class for level 1 tech support.
  4. Help lost iPads find their owners! Have students use Pic Collage to create custom lock screens and include name, picture and other age appropriate content.
  5. Define a workflow for digital assignments! Classrooms with routines thrive so check out Google Classroom, SeeSaw, and Schoology.
  6. Things don’t always go as planned? Remember, F.A.I.L. is a first attempt in learning.  
  7. Digitize your strengths. Use iPads to enhance what you already know and do well, and then build.
  8. Say goodbye to the what-did-you-do-over-the-summer-assignment and have students show you. Use iMovie, Book Creator or Explain Everything to create “SUMMERies.”
  9. Give every student a voice! Make sure one of these great formative assessment platforms (Socrative, Kahoot, Peardeck, Quizizz) are part of your classroom routine.
  10. Learn more with EdTechTeam! Follow @iOSsummit and @EdTechTeam on Twitter for info on upcoming iOS related professional development near you.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's TIme to Take Google's Level 1 and 2 Certifications!

We hope you've been playing around in the Google Education Training Center and self-learning about all of Google's great educational tools and how to apply them in the classroom. Monica Martinez and Nick Cusumano, both Google Certified Innovators and Trainers, sat down to do a deep dive into Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications! Check out the archive and slides below.

411 on Level 1 and Level 2 Archive Video

411 Certification Slides

Check out this 411 Doc, and let us know if you have any questions, and stay tuned for the next Hangout in this series,  411 on Applying to be a Trainer, next month!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Google Update Announced!

Google Classroom Great Mobiel Updates
One of the best tools to hit education is getting an update extraordinaire! Google Classroom will now boast these six amazing new features.
  1. Calendar Integration - starting soon Google Classroom will 'automagically' create a calendar for each of your classes.
  2. Start A Discussion - Teachers can post questions and allow students to have discussions by responding to each other’s answers - fueling critical thinking and thinking about thinking. 
  3. Reuse Posts - Did something go really well and you want to use it again next year? No problem - Google Classroom will now allow you to use old assignments  - and make them better by adding changes before reposting.
  4. Bump a Post - If you want to make sure students can find an old assignment you can "bump" it to the top of the stream - giving it the attention it deserves.
  5. Optional Due Dates - Teachers will now have the option to create assignments that don't include any due dates - making long term assignment easier to assign and manage.
  6. Google Form Integration -  Love using forms? We all do, but now you can attach your Flubaroo quiz or any class survey to your Google Classroom stream.

9 Must-Try Tips for Google Trainers

Do you know of any passionate individuals who would like to join the Google for Education Certified Trainer program? Certified Trainers are individuals who have a strong history of training other educators to reach their full potential using Google tools. Applications for Quarter 4 will open on Oct. 7th, 2015 and close on Nov. 22nd, 2015 this will be the last chance to apply to be a Certified Trainer in 2015! (From the Google for Education Team.)

Google's new certification levels provide opportunities for more educators to seek a certification appropriate for their role. As a Google for Education Professional Development Partner, EdTechTeam provides schools and districts with the capacity needed to help more educators prepare well for certification (and prepare well to use GAFE with their students and colleagues).

Introducing new technologies in schools is a long term cultural change commitment. We hope the following tips from our team will help you inspire and empower new trainers in the organizations you work with. For more GAFE and professional development tips, visit the EdTechTeam Blogjoin the global community, or contact our team. We also hope you'll join us live on Wed, Aug. 26th at 1PM Pacific to deep-dive into tips for the Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications!