Wednesday, March 25, 2015

iPad to Google Drive Workflow

The iPad is a great tool for creating interesting, high quality results to demonstrate learning. But, sometimes it's a pain to get the content from the iPad to someplace easy to share (like... the web). This is particularly true if you're also trying to take advantage of Google Apps for Education.

Here's a presentation we did last weekend at CUE that starts to address the issues and opportunities regarding iPad to Google workflow.

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Name - New Ideas...

...but the same commitment to providing resources and inspiration to teachers striving to integrate technology into their classrooms.  And yes, we dropped "Common Core" from our name, and as our focal point. We are still committed to helping teachers meet the standards, but we felt the name limited our reach.

We know teachers are going beyond the standards to bring students to even higher levels of learning. We know teachers are using innovative instructional design theories to develop students' problem solving and critical thinking skills.  As teachers become more knowledgeable of the standards and look to create a personalized learning environment, they are challenged with developing plans that include authentic assessment opportunities for their students.

Putting technology into the hands of students is one critical step in doing this.  Our goal is to help you with these challenges.  Thank you for your support in the past, and we look forward to connecting with you in the future!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Use Thinglink

What IS Thinglink? It's a super easy to use and powerful way to bring images to life. You simply find a background image, and add clickable links - basically, 'hotspots' - to the page.

Here's an example - much easier to look at a completed Thinglink than to explain it in words, to me...

Here's a short presentation I put together for my high school's faculty. We've started to use Thinglink for both student projects as well as teacher created works - one teacher has created a Math summary study guide that she's provided to her students to study for finals!

Finally, here's a short video that explains how to add content, once you have your account set up and have added a background image upon which you can place the links.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mystery State Skype from Tracy Watanabe

All the steps to set up and run a Mystery State Skype can be found on Tracy Watanabe's blog found here.

Tracy says Mystery State Skype "isn't a new idea, it's basically taking learning geography and placing it in a game format like Twenty Questions via Skype, by asking questions to guess the location of the other classroom. Not only does this connect students from across the country (or globe), but it also gives a context for students to apply geography with critical reasoning, collaboration, communication, digital citizenship, and information fluency -- 21st century skills."

Please look at her post for the full scoop to successfully run a Mystery State Skype!

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