Since it’s the second Tuesday of the month, this is a B.Y.O.T.opic day! Options for discussion or training include-
-Exploring what you’re ready for as a next step
-Following-up on trainings from previous weeks
-Conducting a “Critical Friends Group” on a lesson, unit or rubric that you’d like feedback on. This CFG will get you thinking about improvements and next steps you can take to bullet-proof your tech integration plans
Here’s what we covered yesterday in our BYOTopic session and some accompanying resources to the demos and discussions we had:
- Reviewed how to connect a projector to MacBook Airs. This YouTube video does a pretty thorough job of retelling that process.
- We looked at how to add images to a Socrative quiz, specifically images of graphs or equations. Socrative’s support site review that. Then, we discussed the limitations of short answer questions in Socrative since the short answer questions do not allow superscripts or subscripts. So, any algebraic equations being quizzed may need to be added as multiple choice answers.
- There were some questions about Edmodo as well and using it to send home extra support when parents request it. We reviewed the difference between sending a Note to a group and a direct message to just one student. Also, we demonstrated how to send files and use Snapshot for standards-based data-gathering and student growth. We discovered that Edmodo is now matching open educational resources to the standards they assess.
- One tool we spent a good deal of time with was Google Earth. One teacher was asking how to track character and plot developments across the areas of New York in the Great Gatsby. She wanted to be able to track quotes, locations and developments on a geography-based timeline of sorts. Another teacher wanted a creative way for students to explore vocabulary for a unit on Europe in Human Geography. So, we looked at how in the first instance, students can create a log of events as they read and in the second instance, how the teacher can create a Google Earth web quest of sorts. Both would build the tour with place marks and then export the place marks to a .kmz file to be sent back/forth from the teacher.