WHO: Teachers and students looking for digital study tools.
HOW: Visit http://www.easynotecards.com/, search for topics or even the textbook used in class, or start creating your own flashcards. Once you have a set you would like to study, you can choose from Cards, Quiz, Matching, Bingo, or Print. This gives students the option that works best for them, and allows the teacher to have a variety to display in front of class.
WHEN: Easy Notecards would be beneficial for whole-class review, individual review, or study tables.
WHO: Teachers looking for skills practice for students K-8 in Math and English – Language Arts.
HOW: Teachers create an account of their own, add in classes and rosters, then direct students to log in. When creating accounts, teachers can identify if students are primarily English or Spanish speakers. Upon logging in and trying different domains, students will start with a diagnostic test. Front Row is adaptive, so it adjusts to the students level. This allows students to focus on what they need to learn first, in order to build upon previous skills to grow. There are over 20,000 questions aligned to Common Core State Standards, and when students need help, there are videos to help guide along. On the ELA side, the main focus appears to be comprehension, and the articles provided can be adjusted to a variety of grade levels. Front Row provides teachers with great data in order to drive instruction. Tracking mastery of content through standards are laid out in the reporting tool. Front Row also works science and social studies into the questions allowing for cross-curricular connections.
WHEN: Front Row is great for independent practice or as an exit ticket option at the end of class. Teachers may also find Front Row useful to assign as homework. Front Row is a great tool to allow for parent involvement in the educational process. Printable instructions for creating parent accounts connected to students are a simple click away for teachers.
Here is an introductory video from Front Row:
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.
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.
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.
I met up with Shane Cox, CEO of Qball at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference. Many teachers walked up to find out more, and each one was very impressed!
Be sure to visit http://peeq.us/ to learn more!
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:
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.