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.

Proud Sponsor EdCamp Ohio

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WHO: Teachers looking for a laid back, productive, and free day of professional development.

HOW: Register online at https://sites.google.com/site/edcampohio/registration

WHEN: April 23, 2016 at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (NCOESC) in Tiffin, OH

I am happy to be co-hosting EdCamp Ohio again this year!  Last year we had around 50 educators from a variety of cities in Ohio come join us, and we hope to have many more this year!  If you are tired of the same old professional development workshops you’ve been going to for years, I highly recommend you check out the EdCamp movement.  These (un)conferences feature a list of sessions that is created by the participants the morning of the event.  At the beginning of the day, participants discuss what they would like to know more about or what they are using in their schools that works.  Then as the session moves on, participants sign up on the presentation board on when and where they will speak on a topic.  These events also feature many sponsors, but are free from having vendor areas where you are trying to be sold on a product.

I am looking forward to co-hosting this event again and would enjoy meeting some of my readers if you can make it! Hope to see you there!

EdCamps – FREE PD and Networking!

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WHO: Teachers, Administrators, Tech department interested in learning from others in a stress free, laid back atmosphere.

HOW: Check out edcamp.org, see if there are any EdCamps coming up in your area.  If not, possibly consider hosting one of your own.

WHEN: Visit http://www.edcamp.org/participate to see a list of reported scheduled EdCamp Events.

 

It is hard to describe an EdCamp to someone who has not participated in one.  I highly suggest checking one out, there is nothing really to lose.  EdCamps are always free, each one takes a life of it’s own, and many times there are some sweet door prizes to win! The general layout of the day goes something like:

Registration – Many EdCamps do pre-registration to speed this up in the morning.

Introductions – Hosts are introduced, give a layout of the building, and discuss the itinerary.

Presentation Board – This is the time where the audience mingles and discusses what they would like to learn more about and what they are willing to present on.

Breakout Sessions – Some EdCamps do a couple long sessions, others will do (3-4) sixty minute sessions.

 

I am currently working with a couple other educators to host EdCamp Ohio on April 23, 2016 in Tiffin, OH.  This will be the third EdCamp I have hosted, and each one has been great!  If you will be in the area, please consider participating.  More information on EdCamp Ohio at: www.edcampohio.org

Twitter #EdChats: Global Collaboration for Better Education

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WHO: Teachers and Administrators who are looking for new ways to learn more about education, from fellow educators.

HOW: If you do not have a Twitter Account, you should.  Even if you are just “lurking” (reading everyones tweets without participating in the conversation), you will still pick up a wealth of knowledge. Teachers are a group that love to share,  especially with other like-minded individuals.  There are chats on Twitter every night on a wide variety of topics.  If there is something a teacher is remotely interested in, take a look at see if there is a chat about it.  You may just find that there are others from all around the globe that have been trying new things in their classrooms and would love to make suggestions.

WHEN: A full calendar of upcoming chats is available to see here: https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat-calendar

Having participated in Educational Chats over the past few years, I would recommend that you use TweetDeck which allows the user to create columns that focus on specific criteria, such as an account, hashtag, notifications, and more.  I typically have a column for my notifications so that I am sure to respond to all direct comments to myself. A column for the chat itself, that way you can see the flow of conversation, and also a column for the chat moderator.  This way you can see the Chat Topics as they are opened for discussion.

 

NWOET Fall Technology Conference

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WHO: Educators looking for a great Professional Development Opportunity

WHEN: Monday, October 12, 2015 at Attica Seneca East High School

HOW: Register online at http://nwoet.org/fallconf/register.php

NWOET Technology Conference 2015 will feature speakers, presentations, and more to help you master technology in the classroom.

$129 (includes a 5-hour PD certificate)
BRING YOUR STAFF! Groups of 10 or more: $49 per person

Early Bird Special
Register by September 30, 2015
$99 per person

2015 Tech Conf