RecordCast: More Than Just Screen Capture

WHO: RecordCast is a tool that can be used for screen capturing but it also has a simple video editing option as well. While trying out RecordCast for the first time, I offered a suggestion to the creators and the feature was added in no time. Teachers that do not have access to video editing tools or the knowledge and skills for putting together videos will find this system simple to get started with. This tool would be great for teachers that are working remotely as well as those looking to get going with the Flipped Classroom model. This is also useful for having students creating videos for classroom content.

HOW: Accounts are free and can be linked to Google accounts for an easy sign-in method. Once in, you can create a video by uploading files you already have or recording. When recording a video, there are a few options to choose from: Screen + Webcam, Screen Only, and Webcam Only.

Choose what works for you! If the video is for your students, I recommend using the Screen + Webcam. This allows your students to hear and SEE you, which makes it a more class-like experience.

After recording/uploading a video, users can then edit their masterpiece. This is a step forward in comparison to other screen recording tools as you can trim out unwanted parts (instead of starting over each time), do picture in picture for you and your whiteboard, as well as adding background music and titles. While this might be more than you need for creating lecture videos, having those options available makes RecordCast much more versatile. I could see it being used by students on Chromebooks in classrooms everywhere.

WHEN: RecordCast is a great addition to the Flipped Classroom model and for teachers creating content for asynchronous online classes. It is also great for students to use for creating videos that demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of classroom content.

Formative Assessment Firehose Webinar – TONIGHT!

WHO: Teachers that are looking for formative assessment tools or activities that could be used for classroom review.

HOW: Visit here and register for the webinar.  This event is free for anyone interested in participating. It is hosted by the National Catholic Educational Association.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7 PM EDT.

 

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION:

Participants will gain exposure to a wide variety of online Formative Assessment Tools. Short demonstrations will show viewers the teacher-side and student-side of each goal as well as discussing the features and benefits of each in the classroom. Tools to be explored are Google Forms, Kahoot, Quizizz, Plickers, Go Soap Box, Formative and More! Presented by Keven Rinaman, Director of Technolgy at Calvert Catholic Schools in Tiffin, OH.

NCEA Webinars – Free Professional Development Resource for Educators!

WHO: Educators that are looking for quality professional development webinars at low-costs (better yet, free!). Many of the webinars hosted by NCEA are sponsored by various vendors, allowing educators to access the material at no cost.

HOW: Head over to ncea.org, register for an account, and register for the webinar of your choice.  As this is a Catholic-based entity, some of the webinars will focus specifically on Catholic Schools.

WHEN: Most webinars are hosted in the evening on the east coast.  Educators should be sure to check the time of the specific webinar they are interested in, but they are also available “on-demand” at a later date.

 

Wired Educator Podcast: Recharge Your Passion for Education

WHO: Teachers looking to gather ideas and hear from educational leaders from around the world! Kelly Croy has nearly thirty years in education between teaching middle school English and as an administrator. Currently serving as Director of Innovation and Instruction, Kelly has a personality that brings out the best in everyone around him.  He travels the country speaking on a variety of topics and also as a chalk artist!  Kelly is the author of Along Came a Leader (available for purchase on Amazon). I’ve been actively listening to the Wired Educator Podcast over the past few months.  I am amazed by the wide variety of topics that are covered as well as the list of educational leaders that Kelly has interviewed. I find myself motivated and ready to try something new after each episode.

HOW: Head on over to https://wirededucator.com, take a look through Kelly’s blog posts and over 100 episodes and interviews.  I highly recommend Episodes 10 (Dave Burgess), 91 (Matt Miller), 92 (Todd Whitaker), and 100 (Celebrating 100 episodes).

WHEN: Each episode of The Wired Educator Podcast is about 50 minutes, making it perfect for planning periods, the commute to work, or while grocery shopping! You can listen to episodes through the Podcast App on your Apple product or stream directly from the website.

 

Going Google! An Introduction to G Suite for Education

 

WHO: Teachers that are interested in getting started with G Suite for Education (formally known as Google Apps for Education).

HOW: This tutorial video is under 20 minutes in length and is a simple introduction into the icons and options inside of Google Drive, Team Drives, Docs, and Forms. Viewers will learn how to navigate, organize, and utilize a small variety of G Suite For Education products.

WHEN: This video gives examples of how you could use G Suite in the classroom, as well as in School Administration.

Tutorial – How to Create a QR Code

WHO: Teachers that would like to use QR Codes in their classroom.

HOW: The video below takes teachers through the step-by-step process of creating a QR Code to use in their classroom.

WHEN: QR Codes are useful for directing students to specific websites you would like them to use, for hiding clues in a scavenger hunt, and many other things in the classroom.

Teachers Try Science – Lesson Plans and Resources

WHO: Teachers looking for lesson plans and resources for Algebra, Earth Science, Geometry, Measurement, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Special Needs.

HOW: Teachers sign up for a free account at http://www.teacherstryscience.org/, click on “Lesson Plans”, and sort through topic, target grade (5-12), and/or estimated time required.  Teachers Try Science will then give many options of lesson plans to try.  Many of these lesson plans also contain any resources, such as worksheets, presentation, etc..

WHEN: The summer months are a great time to start looking ahead for lessons the next school year. As teachers, we should reflect on the lessons we use, and be open to seeing what works for others.

Live Updates From OETC16 On Periscope And Twitter!

Be sure to follow the Teacher’s Tech Toolbox account on Periscope for live updates from the Ohio Educational Technology Conference!  @teachtoolbox

There will also be live tweets as well!  https://twitter.com/teachtoolbox

Quick Start Video Tutorial: Quizizz – Engaging Digital Formative Assessment

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Original post regarding Quizizz was created on February 3, 2016.  View it here.

WHO: Teachers that are looking to move away from worksheets and paper based exit tickets.

HOW: Sign up for an account on Quizizz and get started!

WHEN: Quizizz is great for formative assessment, engaging closure to lessons, or even as homework.

Here is a tutorial video to get started with Quizizz in your classroom:

Ohio Educational Technology Conference: Feb. 9-11, 2016

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WHO: Teachers, administrators and more, who are looking for a great opportunity to expand their knowledge base in the area of Educational Technology.

HOW: If you have not registered already, it is not to late.  Walk-up registrations are available.  Sessions on Tuesday are strictly workshops and are not included on the conference pass.  Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday feature a variety of topics and a few keynote speakers.  There is also a large vendor area to do some great networking and find deals on technology for your classroom.  If you are around on Thursday, check out my presentation, “So You Want To Start An EdCamp? Lessons From EdCamp Ohio”.

WHEN: February 9-11, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.