First Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Hello and welcome to a new year and a new instalment of Teacher Tech Talk. I hope everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to a new year filled with excitement, passion, and learning opportunities in classrooms around this great province.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a wonderful phenomenon that has went viral and has touched the lives of many. So I’m throwing out a Technology In The Classroom Challenge. I am hoping that teachers around our province will try at least one new tool or lesson using technology in their classrooms or professional development. There are many ways to do this and sometimes it just takes a leap of faith. A few ideas that may help you get started are:
Flip A Lesson - use video to be viewed at home to introduce a concept instead of a direct lesson (http://www.knewton.com/flipped-classroom/)
Kahoot - try engaging your students with this interactive quiz making site, make your own or look through their archives (https://getkahoot.com)
Explain Everything - try this app to create how tos, screen capture your work or your students work with this intuitive and easy to use app (http://www.explaineverything.com )
Twitter - can be used to develop your professional learning community, share ideas with others or follow those with insight and resources - (http://rossieronline.usc.edu/twitter-for-teachers/ and join #saskedchat)
These are just a few ideas and there are many others out there. Technology has the potential to make our classrooms more engaging and provide new and unique learning opportunities. Still the most important factor to learning in the classroom is the teacher … we can never forget that.
If you take the challenge and want to share please contact me and I will include these in future tech talks. Also feel free to tweet out your attempts with the hashtag #techintheclasschallenge. Please check out http://teachertechtalkwithdean.blogspot.ca for this article and past posts, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter at @vendi55. Thank you for your time and remember to innovate, inspire, and collaborate.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.