Google Science Fair 2016 – Now Open!

WHO:  Teachers and students looking to turn an idea into reality.

HOW: Students ages 13-18 can enter their science project in to the Google Science Fair.  If students need help coming up with ideas for a project, they can use the “Make It Better” generator or teachers can use the “Idea Toolkit” to help inspire students.  Visit https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/ to register and find more information.

WHEN: Deadline to register is 5/18/16, to view the entire timeline, click here.

NotebookCast – Simple, Collaborative, Cross-Platform Online Whiteboard

WHO: Teachers that would like students to work together on brainstorming and/or creation using whiteboard space online.

HOW: Create an account on https://www.notebookcast.com, create a whiteboard, and share with collaborators using a unique code for each board.  Simple tools available such as shapes, lines, text, image insert, board capture, erase, etc.  NotebookCast is designed to also be used on tablets along with full size computers.  When creating a board, the owner sets the dimensions, which include portrait and landscape mode on iPads.

WHEN: NotebookCast is great for brainstorming projects, students creating lessons, or allowing students to demonstrate mastery of content.

Ohio Educational Technology Conference Day One

While I did not make it to all the sessions I was hoping to today, I would still say it was a success.  The major theme I took from the special presentation speakers (Jaime Casap – Google Education Evangelist and Hadi Partovi – Code.org and Hour of Code Founder), was that 60% of today’s kindergarten students will have careers in jobs that do not exist yet.  How do we prepare our students for these positions that have not even become thoughts in someone’s mind yet? We need to grow skillsets in our students and understand that they live in the age of information.  The classic regurgitation of facts has never been a sign of true learning, and it is even less relevant today.

In the vendor area, I was able to run into some great folks that have fantastic products.

The first person I ran into was Shawn Hendrickson from ITSaavy.  I have worked with Shawn on a few different products, and he has also been very generous when it has come to sponsorship of events I have put on.  Shawn and I got into a good discussion on the Amazon Echo and it’s uses in the home.  If you are at OETC, be sure to stop by and see all of the awesome products they have available.

I ran into was Alex Yang from IPEVO.  This company has great products from multi-iPad chargers, document cameras, interactive whiteboards and more.  The best part of IPEVO is that they keep their margins low to keep products affordable.  They realize that schools are working on slim budgets and some teachers buy items out of their own product.  Alex hooked me up with some goodies to give away at our presentation tomorrow morning.

While wondering the hallways, I noticed a gentleman carrying around a foam dodgeball and the logo on his shirt looked very familiar.  Shane Cox is the CEO/Salesman/Spokesperson and many other titles with his invention, the Qball.  I was able to speak with Shane for a good amount of time and he even allowed me to do a Live Periscope with him (view here). The Qball is a game changer for the classroom. It is a simple to install microphone set up inside of a foam ball.  The wireless receiver is plugged into your classroom speakers and question/answer sessions immediately come to life.  Not only will the students be able to hear the teacher better using a microphone, but they will be able to hear each others answers clearly.  Students will also be engaged by the introduction of a brightly colored ball that produces sound.  Shane is letting us use the Qball for our presentation on “So You Want To Start An EdCamp? Lessons From EdCamp Ohio” tomorrow morning. Our session is scheduled for 8am in room C223-225.

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.

Quizizz: Engaging, Entertaining, And Competitive Formative Assessment

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WHO: Teachers in 1:1 or BYOD classrooms that are looking for formative assessment that captures students attention.

HOW: Teachers sign up for an account at http://www.quizizz.com/, choose a public quiz, or create their own, and begin!  When creating a quiz, teachers can search the public bank for quizzes and copy individual questions over to their own.  The quizzes can also have media embedded to base questions on. Each question can have up to four potential answers.  After a teacher starts a quiz, they direct their students to open a browser and go to http://quizizz.com/join/.  The students will then enter the teachers quiz code, enter their name (they will be given an avatar), and wait for the quiz to begin.  Once all of the students have entered the room, the teacher begins the quiz.  Students are able to see both question and answer on their screen instead of looking back and forth between device and projector.  Each correct answer gives the student points, and quicker answers net higher point values. After answering a question, the screen displays a humorous meme to let them know if they were correct.   At the end of the quiz, the students are given their rank for that particular assessment.  Teachers are given a graph with student scores and an option to download the results in a spreadsheet.

WHEN: Quizizz is a great formative assessment tool.  It could be used at the beginning or end of a class, or as a weekly checkup.  Teachers could also have students create their own quizzes as a way of demonstrating mastery of content.