Many of us also use Eduphoria Aware for administering assessments, be they for our own information as a teacher, or as common assessments at the campus or district level. Eduphoria Aware gives us the ability to disaggregate and break down an enormous amount of data into manageable chunks that can inform and improve our teaching. Often times, to get this data in the system, we end up standing in line at a bubble sheet scanner. There is a better way!
Many of us use SMART Response to conduct assessments. With SMART Response's seamless integration into SMART Notebook, for use on a SMART interactive whiteboard, teachers can embed questions and have them show up at just the right time during the delivery of a lesson, so instead of just asking "who didn't get it," teachers can actually look at the data, either right there during the lesson to determine if immediate reteaching is necessary on a whole class level, or on an individual student level, to set up small groups targeting specific standards or skills for improved differentiation. In this respect, SMART Response is great for formative assessment. But SMART Response can also be used for summative assessments, where students take self-paced assessments, often for a grade. SMART Response gives users the ability to look at the data from any assessment taken in SMART Response, and with recent improvements, teachers can even attach state standards to those questions. Pretty awesome! Some teachers, however, want even capabilities in terms of disaggregating data, or they want the ability to compare those assessments they take on a class level with assessments taken at the campus or district level. There is a way!
Teachers, you can easily to use these two great tools together. You'll need the SMART Response for Eduphoria Connector and SMART Response installed, and you'll need a set of SMART Response clickers (or the online version in beta, SMART Response VE). Ready to see how it's done? Take a look at this tutorial I've added to the Tech4Folks YouTube Channel.
Box.com is like Dropbox and Google Drive in that it is a cloud-storage service, and like any cloud storage service, you have the advantage of grabbing and sharing a link to any resource you store "in the cloud." This makes sharing links with students to handouts, homework, Discovery Education videos, and the like very easy. But unlike some of these other cloud storage options, Box.com has a really neat way of embedding individual files or whole folders and directories right in your website, be it School World Teacher Sites or something else. Find out how in the video below...and if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to the Tech4Folks Channel on YouTube!
Remember, SafeShare.tv links to YouTube videos work great for teachers at home or school, and great for students at home....but not for students logged in as themselves at school. SafeShare requires a behind-the-scenes direct YouTube connection (w/o the Edu filter), so students will have trouble getting the video to load logged in as them. If you want students to watch the video logged in as themselves, solo or in small groups, request white listing of the video in YouTube.Edu through an Eduphoria Formspace request, then have them watch it right from YouTube.Edu
Let me know if you have questions!
A while back, like many people, Deborah Wittenburg began pinning on Pinterest, which just turned three in March. Pinterest currently has over 50 million users and some very impressive stats, but what many people don't realize is that Pinterest can be used to share much more than recipes. Deborah realized long before most that Pinterest is also a great visual way to share educational resources and started pinning over 44 weeks ago on her own Pinterest page. When she approached KWE Principal, Mitzi Morin, about the idea of creating and maintaining a Kline Whitis Elementary Pinterest page for sharing educational resources, Mitzi began to share in Deborah's excitement.
Now, approximately six months later, the Kline Whitits Elementary Pinterest page has over 900 pinned resources and 60+ boards, which are used to organize those pins. A team of KWE staff maintain the boards: Cathy Brown, Deborah Wittenburg, Teresa Stewart, Amanda Herridge, Mindy Weyman, Crystal Hamrick, Stephanie Rutland, Ashley Hernandez, Angela Chestnut, Tammy Burks, Beth Hensley, Kristi Denis, Holly Hill, and Joan Bear. While it takes some work, it seems to be paying off!
Interested in sharing educational resources on Pinterest? Contact me or lori R
Every year, Kuklies' Health Science Nurse Aid Class demonstrates the movements associated with physical therapy in the best way possible: they act them out. Rather than just have them demonstrate what they know in a dry, stand up and show me then sit down approach, she makes it a blast by having them create a video. This year's theme/dance style, as you might expect since it's all the kids talk about these days, was the Harlem Shake. Enjoy! And if you're like me feel free to give her grief for not having a longer video for us! :)
Warner's 7th graders recently read Maze Runner by James Dashner, the first book in a young-adult dystopian trilogy that chronicles the life of Thomas, a teenage boy who wakes up one day in the "Glade," with any memory of his past life erased.
Students viewed examples of other book trailers, identified and explored the qualities and characteristics of a good book trailer, and then began work on building their own with Pinnacle Studio, an iPad App that has become very popular for working with videos, images, and movie creation.
Time will tell how Pinnacle Studio stacks up against Apple's own iMovie, which has recently been purchased and added to the LMS iPads.
Warner's own words on Pinnacle experience and advice for teachers:
"The kids are loving it...incredibly engaging app. Advice to teachers? Set up a rubric that includes guidelines about using texts and importance of avoiding summaries. Show them how to work in their own soundtracks with their own phones (using audio recorder within the app)...show them examples of a project done right. Then let them at it!"
As students create their book trailers, we'll be sure to add The best of them to this post!
Have an idea for how you could use Pinnacle Studio? Contact Eric, Lori or Julie to get started!
You'd think Lampasas Middle School's new 6th Book Club would just involve a war of words, but to encourage more young people to read, Haley Wheeler and Julie Salvato are pulling out all the sponges...I mean stops!
Creating a distribution list in OWA can really make your life easier as a teacher. With all LISD secondary students now having school Gmail accounts, why not create a distribution list for each class so you can email a single class, or all classes, announcements, homework reminders, resources, or interesting articles with a couple quick clicks?
Outlook Web Access allows for any email address to be entered into a custom distribution list. I use a custom distribution list for my daily free iOS Apps and Kindle E-Books; Coach Emerson uses one for his Badger Bits. You can include student emails, parent emails, teacher emails...and have as many distribution lists as you want. And if you use the blind carbon copy option (BCC) to enter your distribution list, recipients won't see anyone else's email addresses. Watch how easy it is below in this 5 minute HOW TO video!
NOTE: Video has a glitch I'll be fixing soon...will pause a few seconds in...just click again to resume!
Want some help creating a distribution list?
Contact me or Lori Ramsey, and stay tuned for the upcoming after school training on using OWA and Skyward for parent/student contact and documentation!
If you're like most secondary teachers at Lampasas ISD, you know secondary students recently received Gmail accounts, but you have no idea how many tools come paired with those school Gmail accounts (most students do not either!). You'll see below that there are many, many services that come with a Google Apps for Education account (not all of which we've turned on at this point, but most), one of these services is Gmail. Sure, students can email teachers and each other now in a safe and secure environment at home or school, but what else can they do, really? The answer is quite a bit!
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