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.

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

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

Boundless: Digital Replacement for Textbooks

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From Boundless:

“Boundless has thousands of PowerPoints, quizzes, readings, and textbooks you can use to make your teaching more effective. Browse any of our more than 20 subjects to find the resources best suited for you.”

 

WHO: Teachers looking to replace their textbooks, teachers with 1:1 classrooms, and teachers looking to do more online with their students.  Teachers that are looking for resources such as pre-made quizzes, PowerPoint templates, and readings will find this site useful.

HOW: Teachers sign up for an account on Boundless.com, set up a class, invite students, and assign quizzes/readings, etc..

WHEN: Boundless.com is a great tool for lesson planning, formative assessment, supplemental material, and additional material to help push students who need more.

The teachers I have shared this resource with have put it to use immediately.  There are so many different content areas, that you are sure to find something to use in your school.

Google Add-On: Form Mule by New Visions Cloud Lab – E-mail Merge Utility

WHO: Teachers and administrators looking to have automatically generated e-mails from Google Form responses.

HOW: Create a new form with name/e-mail address, and all other information you are looking to collect.  Go to Form Responses spreadsheet, click add-ons, and add Form Mule.  Follow the steps to create various e-mail templates and set up triggers.  Then e-mails will automatically be sent when requested.  In the video below, I demonstrate how to use Form Mule for a workshop registration.

WHEN: This is also very useful for order forms, various confirmations, or student referral system.  Another great option would be for Parent-Teacher conferences.

WEBSITE:  http://cloudlab.newvisions.org/scripts/formmule

IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera: Great Image Quality & Low Cost Make the P2V an Outstanding Classroom Option!

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DEVICE: IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera

COST: $69.00 (plus tax and shipping if applicable) [Schools may qualify for bulk pricing]

INTERFACE: USB (Mac & Windows Compatible)

POSITIVE:

Cost: A high quality document camera for under $70 is very hard to beat.

Clarity: The Point 2 View (P2V) has a 2.0 megapixel camera, and while that sounds low by today’s standards, this device outputs a great picture! The autofocus feature is very easy to use as well. It works up to a 2″ extreme close-up.

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Footprint:  The P2V takes up little to no space on the teacher’s desk.  The sturdy, weighted, round base is a little over 2″ in diameter.  The arm on the base articulates very easily and allows the teacher to zoom in manually.  It is also worth noting that IPEVO offers a microscope adapter for this product for science classrooms.

Ease-of-use:  The included software is simple and straight forward.  Teachers can be up and running with this device in their classroom in under 10 minutes or less (depending on install time.)  Install the IPEVO software, plug in the USB cable, and start using this great document camera!  The camera is detachable from the base allowing the presenter to get exactly the angle they are looking for.

Multi-use: the P2V can also be used with the leading Internet calling applications.

NEGATIVE:

Construction: It is hard to find something wrong with this device, and at a stretch, one could possibly question how well this document camera will stand the test of time and student interaction.  As long as the teacher takes care of it properly, it will last a significant time.

Connection: This camera is USB only, which means the teacher must use the computer in order for it to function.  Again, this is not a make-or-break feature.  Most teachers will want the document camera connected to their computer anyways, so that they can save pictures for later use or post to their classroom website.

OVERALL:

I would highly recommend this device for anyone looking for a document camera in their classroom.  It is hard to imagine given the pricing of other document cameras, but a school could outfit ten classrooms with these devices for well under $800.

 

If you are interested in bulk purchase options for your school, be sure to contact IPEVO via email or phone (Email: sales-america@ipevo.com TEL: 408-490-3085)