As our district is venturing into Google Apps for Education territory and seeing all that it can offer, I encourage you to check out this wonderful resource from Google for Education. It's "55 Tips to Make this School Year Yours" and is full of tons of useful tips!
So, one of the most frustrating things that I've encountered on my district issued laptop is when the mouse randomly decides which button is the "primary" button (basically the left click becomes the right click and vice versa). I have several teachers that couldn't figure out how to fix it and just "got used to it" as they've said, but this isn't something you have to live with! I've made a short tutorial on how to fix this when it happens. There may be an easier way; if there is, let me know by commenting below!
From art to historic events to the world wonders, Google Cultural Institute will allow you and your students to explore, experience, and learn like never before!
Google's Historic Moments offers online exhibitions detailing stories behind significant moments in human history! Using documents, photos, and videos, each exhibit tells a story. From Wold War I to the Watergate Scandal, this is a great place to find artifacts your students can study and view to help learning be more authentic.
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world. By using Google's Street View technology, viewers have a unique opportunity to take a peak at an area and walk around as is they were actually standing there! This about how much more engaging this might make your class! Studying the Great Wall of China? Pair your lesson with Google's Expeditions virtual reality, and your students will be excited to learn and completely immersed in your lesson!
With Google's Art Project, viewers can discover art collections from around the world by exploring artworks in incredible detail, view exhibitions, and take virtual tours through museums!
It is definitely worth taking your time to check out these resources! Let me know if I can help you find anything in particular.
"How can we engage students using technology?" is not the question we should be asking! We must look at technology as a tool that will help make our lessons more effective and efficient.
This video does an excellent job of summing up the digital shift in education, and how and what we can do to make it happen!
I plan to look at the Ed Tech Challenge over the summer and possibly use it as a model for technology PD offered next year. I was introduced to this movement by Derek Berry, the Instructional Technology Facilitator for Kershaw County Schools. For more information check out www.edtechchallenge.com.
Several members of our district got a special treat today in visiting the Ron Clark Academy!
I cannot wait to see the awesome ideas and energy they bring back to our district!
To learn more about the Ron Clark Academy, watch this video:
Ideas for Classroom Use:
These apps are a fun way to help students show what they know, but they can also be used by students with speaking and/or hearing impediments, students learning English as a second langue, or those learning a foreign language. Used with other apps (app smashing), students can complete tasks that before were inconceivable. Here are a few ideas/ways to use in your classroom:
Do you have any awesome ideas or ways to use these apps with your students? List them below! I'd love for you to share!
My name is Beth Dabney. I
have been working in Anderson School District 2 for nine years. I was a fourth
grade math and science teacher at Belton Elementary School for the first seven
years of my career. I am looking forward to working with the amazing employees
of Anderson Two to implement different technologies to help enhance learning for