Technology-Related Tips and Musings from Susie Simmons, a 6-12 Technology Coach at Bonny Eagle School District in Maine
Tech News for November
Yesterday I presented my news for November at the high school faculty meeting. For those of you who missed it, either via the meeting at the HS or the Monday memo at the MS, here is my Prezi that I used. :)
An example of a student choice menu that has students chose one item from each "course". I've been working with a teacher lately who has struggled with her students completing a summative paper in her class. This trimester, we're working together to find a way to increase buy in and hopefully have a higher percentage of students complete the project. While investigating options for her, the first thing that came to mind was using a choice board or learning menu to enable her students to select the method that would work best for them rather than prescribing a multimedia project. There are a wide range of ways that you can put choice boards in to action. Tic-Tac-Toe, Menus, Choice Board... there are lots of different words to use to search for them. But the premise for all of them is the same. Give your students a selection of options to chose from and let them go with it. Beyond hopefully boosting engagement, the teacher gets the added benefit of not have a ga
Nearpod has been creeping under the radar since last year and it hasn't been on my list of frequently chatted about tools. But it is really handy for building engaging lessons and presentations online. I just got an email from them and they are giving away 24 of their top lessons FOR FREE ! It is worth checked out their list and grabbing any that have to do with your content area before you run out of time. Need to create a Nearpod account to grab them now? Go to this link to create an account first ! Nearpod Loves Teachers!
I think by now every who has followed this blog knows that I take in a TON of information each day in hopes of finding you information that I deem to be useful to pass along to make your day easier. I feel a bit like a clearing house in that regard. Many have told me that technology is awesome, but that it is so hard to determine what tool to use and when not to mention learn how to use it. Fortunately for you, that's pretty much my job (so use me!). In a recent summary of links from the Diigo education group, a member had posted a link to Katie M. Ritter's Backwards EdTech Flowchart. Once I read her post, which you can read by clicking here , I knew that I had to pass along her flowchart to you guys, too. The basic premise of her flowchart is simple: decide what you want to do and the flowchart will help guide you to the tool you could use (including links to all of them). It's a pretty well thought out flowchart and especially useful for those of you who are just starti