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#ISTE2015: DAQRI Human Body Augmented Reality App

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As curriculum becomes more student-driven, we need to look for ways for students to interact with content in new ways. More and more teachers are using Augmented Reality (AR) tools to make an impact on student learning. I just came across a new AR tool called DAQRI , which will allow students to peer into the human body in 4-D! This App is available on the iTunes and Android stores. It may be very well worth checking into! According to its website: "Anatomy 4D puts every detail of the most complex human bodily systems into a free app that is easy to use, accessible, and truly engaging. Learners explore bodily systems in depth through DAQRI’s 4D experience, which provides the opportunity to understand their interrelationships spatially – a learning experience previously only accessible in a gross anatomy lab." Using the App is very simple. Simply open up the DAQRI App and point it towards a printout called a "target" (see picture on right). You can print th

#ISTE: Formmule Rocks!

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I have been finding myself using Google Forms very often for sign-ups; however, what if there were a way to send confirmation emails to workshop attendees? I recently found a way that I can create a Google Form with several different workshop dates and use a Google Sheets Add-On called  Formmule  to send an automated and customized message to participants. How did I do it? Step 1: Create Your Google Form Make sure that you request an email address from anyone filling out your form. If you are using Google Apps for Education, you can automatically collect this information by restricting who can access the form. Step 2: View Responses After you have created your form, you will need to access Form Results (where all of your results are compiled into a spreadsheet). 1. While you are still editing your Google Form, go to the Reponses Menu 2. Choose Form Responses Step 3: Get the Formmule Add-On Remember that all of the responses from your Form is compiled into a Google Sheet. 1. In this she

#ISTE2015: The Barrier of Equality

Last night kicked off ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. Thousands of audience members had the privilege of listening to an eclectic mix of speakers; however, speaker Soledad O'Brien's presentation on leveling the playing field and addressing poverty in technology was impressive. Ironically, I will be presenting on the same topic on Wednesday, July 1 from 11:45 - 12:45 pm. I will be sharing my experiences on  Using Technology to Address The Needs of Students Living in Poverty  in PCC 120B. Here are some thoughts from Soledad's presentation: "It's not about the technology, but how the technology is being used" Anytime that you talk about technology, there is always the temptation to use technology to use it. I agree. Many of my teacher friends are tempted to have students use 50 Apps, but they don't use them well. Technology should be used to promote higher-level thinking, creativity, and overcome barriers. We can accomplish this if we use 5 Apps very wel

eLearning Revolution Conference

Hello everyone! I am presenting at the eLearning Revolution conference at IU 13 in Lancaster, PA today. Here are materials from my presentation. 9 Ways GAFE Can Address Diversity in the Classroom 9:40 - 10:40 am in Room 104 The way that we learn is as different as our DNA, which makes educating a classroom of thirty students very difficult. If you are a GAFE school, then you know the power of Apps, Add-ons, and Extensions; however, are you using these tools to strategically address the needs of all students? Join Matt Bergman as he shares with you strategies to address the needs of all learners as he explores GAFE through a UDL lens. Participants will learn how to use a variety of Google Apps, Add-ons, and Extensions to meet the needs of all students in their classroom. Materials for today's presentation What are You Doing with the Last 5?  11 am - 12 pm in Room 104 The last five minutes of a class period are one of the most notoriously wasted parts

The Power of Annotation: 3 Ways to Use Skitch

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Pictures speak a thousand words and  Skitch may be able to speak volumes in your classroom.  If you are not familiar with Skitch, it is an annotation App brought to you by Evernote. Here are three ways you can use it in your classroom: #1 - Begin a Unit with BINGO Why not create a BINGO card to pre-assess students to see what they know? Populate the card with trivia, tasks, etc. Have students find someone in the room who can answer an item on the card.  Annotate it with Skitch! Create a BINGO card, project it on your screen, and have your students take a picture with their iPad. # 2 - Labels Galore  Remember the days of labeling diagrams? Skitch adds another dimension to labeling! If you were discussing the skeletal system, students can take a picture of the skeleton and label it with Skitch. Are you talking about adjectives? Students can take a picture and label all of the adjectives in the picture. Are you discussing the parts of a plant? Take a picture of the plant and la

IU #6 STEM Leadership Conference at Clarion University

I'm so excited to attend the Riverview I.U. #6  STEM Leadership Conference at Clarion University ! Here are resources from my presentations today: Using LiveBinders to Help ALL Students Learn (11:00 - 11:45 am in Stevens Hall 125) LiveBinders is a popular online tool that can help teachers organize links to websites, documents, presentations, videos, and more – all in the form of an electronic binder! Learn tips and tricks on how to use LiveBinders to help address all learning styles. Participants will learn how to use LiveBinders as a support tool/scaffold to address student learning needs. They will also learn how to use the site to organize materials and information in an understandable and manageable way. Today's presentation on Slide Share What are You Doing with the Last 5? (1:15 - 2:00 pm in Stevens Hall 125) The last five minutes of a class period are one of the most notoriously wasted parts of class. Students often use this time to pack up materials,

3 Ways to Better Use the Last Five Minutes of Class

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What are you doing with the last five? What I mean is - what are you doing with the last five minutes of class? Have you ever thought about the consequences of wasting five minutes a day? You lose 25 minutes of instruction per week, two class periods a month, and eighteen class periods a year. This is the perfect time to utilize formative assessment tools to gauge student understanding and help make decisions about tomorrow’s instruction. Here are three ways you can better utilize the last five minutes of class: #1: Correcting: Where am I? In other words, this is the perfect time to gather feedback, correct mistakes and address misconceptions. Knowing what students understand and do not understand is extremely important in preparing the next day’s lesson. Here are some ideas on how you can use assessment tools to see where students are in their understanding: Socrative is an excellent formative assessment tool to gather student feedback to correct mistakes and address m

Like NearPod? Then Love Nearpodize This!

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I have been using NearPod and Google Slides for a long time; however, I recently came across a Chrome Extension that puts both of my favorite tools together. What is it called? Nearpodize This! In short, this Chrome Extension will take your existing Google Slides presentation and convert it into a NearPod presentation immediately. In NearPod, you will be able to add activities like multiple choice questions, drawing activities, and short responses. From Nearpod.com  What is NearPod?  If you are not familiar with NearPod , it is a web-based presentation platform and assessment tool, which allows you to create interactive multimedia presentations. Once you have created content, it can be viewed and shared on any device, such as laptops, Smart Phones, and tablets. NearPod allows you to quickly gather student responses, share the responses, and access response data on PDF reports.  Nearpodize This and UDL Nearpodize This! provides an engaging and interactive way of repre

Self-Regulate with Time Warp

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Self-regulation is a difficult skill for adults, let alone students to master. It involves helping providing students with tools to help master their emotions and motivations. Time Warp is an excellent Chrome Extension tool that can help students master the art of staying on task and avoid distracting websites. Once installed, the user creates a "wormhole" by entering in the address of distracting websites and choosing one of three different actions (if the site is visited): 1. Redirect - if you visit your distracting website, you will be directed to a predetermined website. For example, let's say that you want to cut down on using Facebook and visit Google's homepage instead. 2. Quote - if you visit your distracting website, you can place a predetermined quote on your screen to redirect your activity. 3. Timer Only - if you visit your distracting website, you will see a timer appearing on your screen. This will tell you how much time you have spent on

Reclaiming the #Last5Minutes of Class: 3 Exit Ticket Tools

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What if there were a way that you could gain 25 extra instructional minutes a week, 2 extra class periods a month, and 18 extra class periods a year?  Effectively using the last five minutes of class is the answer. In this series, I would like to help you reclaim the #last5minutes of class. My last post focused on how you could use a camera to solve problems . Today I would like to focus on creative ways to use exit tickets to gather information. Exit Tickets: Whether you call it a parking lot, exit ticket, or ticket out the door, exit tickets are an important formative assessment tool. Here are 3 tools that you can use for creating your own exit tickets: Idea # 1: Socrative Exit Tickets What I like about Socrative is that it has a built in Exit Ticket feature available, so there is no need to prep. This pre-made template includes three basic questions: A multiple choice question asking "How well did you understand today's material?" A short answer question

Reclaiming the #Last5Minutes of Class: A Camera for Solving Problems?

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What if there were a way that you could gain 25 extra instructional minutes a week, 2 extra class periods a month, and 18 extra class periods a year? Effectively using the last five minutes of class is the answer. Think about how much time is wasted for packing up materials, completing homework, and socializing. In this series, I would like to help you reclaim the #last5minutes of class. Camera +  Annotation = High Tech Problem Solving Mobile devices seem to populate many classrooms today and students can use this technology to quickly complete problems and provide feedback. Whether it is a cell phone, iPod touch, or tablet, students have the ability to take pictures and annotate those pictures.  What if you were to have students do the following? At the end of the class, you have a problem on the board. Perhaps you ask students to complete a math problem, analyze the parts of a sentence, or write a short response.  Step 1: Camera Have students take a picture of t

Google Forms and Formmule to Send Confirmation Emails

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I have been finding myself using Google Forms very often for sign-ups; however, what if there were a way to send confirmation emails to workshop attendees? I recently found a way that I can create a Google Form with several different workshop dates and use a Google Sheets Add-On called Formmule to send an automated and customized message to participants. How did I do it? Step 1: Create Your Google Form Make sure that you request an email address from anyone filling out your form. If you are using Google Apps for Education, you can automatically collect this information by restricting who can access the form. Step 2: View Responses After you have created your form, you will need to access Form Results (where all of your results are compiled into a spreadsheet). 1. While you are still editing your Google Form, go to the Reponses Menu 2. Choose Form Responses Step 3: Get the Formmule Add-On Remember that all of the responses from your Form is compiled into a Google Sheet.