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As technology increasingly sweeps through classrooms, it is crucial that educators capitalize on digital tools that will allow them to effectively engage students and set those students up for future success. While teachers are finding more and more ways to use social media within the classroom, they still are unable to completely bridge the divide between social interaction and education, as these social channels lack the academic component necessary to be effective.

How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites

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The post How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Let’s Talk About How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites! Google Sites is the perfect tools for you and your students to create ePortfolios. Yes, folks, we are officially dropping the “e” from ePortfolios. aka ePortfolio, Electronic Portfolio, Digital Portfolio, or Learning Portfolio).


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Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document effort, progress, and achievement over time. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment because they require teachers and students to dig deeper than a multiple choice test. As we scramble to fully implement the Common Core Standards, ePortfolios can be an extremely useful tool to help students develop skills necessary for success in school and beyond. Try Open School ePortfolio.

Back to School with ThingLink ePortfolios

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As a longtime educator and instructional tech coach, I have embraced ePortfolios as a valuable tool for documenting learning over time, self-reflection, goal-setting and growth. An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document student effort, progress, and achievement over time. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment. Dr. Helen Barrett has been researching strategies and technologies for ePortfolios since 1991.

11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios


Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher Classroom Technology An electronic portfolio can helping students reflect on their learning, organize and share their products, and maintain a record of their accomplishments for the future

How One High School is Helping Students Craft Eportfolios People Will Actually Read


A significant number of K-12 teachers looking to move away from student success measures that focus on standardized testing and grades are turning towards eportfolios, online websites showcasing projects tied to learning objectives. Our school’s original eportfolio program became these brochure websites that no one went to,” says Lisa Gottfried, New Technology High School’s digital and interactive media teacher, in an interview with EdSurge. “I

Using Technology to Extend Speaking Practice in a Language Classroom.

Dr. Shannon Doak

Often, in a language classroom, students have ample time to do all of these, but at home, work is usually focused on the reading and writing aspect of the language. This is where technology can help! Imagine being able to create an online environment that enables the practice of both listening and speaking while at home, away from the classroom! Android BYOD Chrome Can Chromebooks ePortfolios Innovation My Thoughts Uncategorized

Making Thinking Visible Using Technology

Dr. Shannon Doak

They are short, easy-to-learn mini-strategies that extend and deepen students’ thinking and become part of the fabric of everyday classroom life.” What I would like to focus on in this post is how technology can be used to support Thinking Routines and Making Thinking Visible. I will then discuss specific technology tools and how they can be used as an authentic part of the Thinking Routines.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. In this blog post, you’ll discover ten topics that can help you improve your online or blended classroom. 1 – Flipped Classroom Concepts for Homework The flipped classroom has been around for a while. In a flipped classroom, students watch lectures and other lesson content on video.

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Chrome Can: Podcasting in the Classroom

Dr. Shannon Doak

This is a fantastic way to learn and is one way for teachers to use podcasts in the classroom. This is one way to provide content to students using technology. Synth enables teachers and students to easily create an environment where classroom discussions can go further using their online conversational podcasts. The interactive podcasting environment that can be created on Synth is a great addition to any classroom. What is a podcast?

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak

In the Guide to Capstone Education from the National Capstone Consortium there are a series of questions posed about technology and the role it should, could or might possibly play in a capstone course. It is important to note that capstone courses intrinsically vary from school to school, however, capstone as an inquiry-based process or one that is driven by student passions often rely on or use technology as a part of planning, design, and implementation.

PDF FlipBook on a Chromebook.

Dr. Shannon Doak

PDF Flipbook Viewer or dFlip Reader has the power of modern 3D web technology which can be used to showcase your reports, portfolio, and brochures in a stunning flipbook effect. It is a great addition to your classroom Chromebooks or your student owned Chromebooks. This app could be used to view student-created ePortfolios during student-led conferences. BYOD Capstone Chrome Can Creativity ePortfolios Friday Tech Tip Innovation Visible Thinking

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences


With transformative digital changes happening in classrooms today, basic learning management systems now deliver the answers to most of those well worn questions on parent portals. In fact, we should use this technology to our advantage and add more ways that teachers and parents can work together face-to-face in helping every student succeed. Skype in the Classroom is a free community of educators from around the world and offers a variety of resources on getting started.

Chrome Can: Meme Creation and Educational Use

Dr. Shannon Doak

Watch this great TED Talk titled “More than just a Meme” | Emily Sands | TEDxSantaClaraUniversity” Why Memes in the Classroom. I know some of you might be wondering but what does a meme have to do with school and what do these ridiculous images with a message on them have to do with learning in a classroom? Using technology in creative ways enables a more authentic learning experience for our students. So, how can I use memes in my classroom?

The Myth of the Magical Pill

Dr. Shannon Doak

There are many opinions about the effectiveness of educational technology to improve learning. Neither of these approaches is the correct approach when considering using technology to improve learning. The problem with both of these thoughts is that technology is at the heart of the process. As an educational technologist, I always put education first and technology second. Learning and improved performance are the goals not the use of technology.

It’s Not About Google (Part 4) – SULS047

Shake Up Learning

Even when we love technology and Google tools, we have to remember that it’s NOT about Google. In part four, Kasey explains how we can go BEYOND the walls of our classrooms, and how to go BEYOND the due date and encourage students to continue learning about the things that interest them. BONUS : Get the Dynamic Learning with Google Toolkit to help you find the best tool to support Dynamic Learning in your classroom. Share with a classroom on the same campus.

A Look at Blogging in the Classroom as we Start a new School Year


Blogs Seeing More Academic Use as ePortfolio Platform, and for Collaboration, Discussion, & Resource Sharing In 2013, reported that 74 percent of teachers agree that technology in the. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Student Blogging: Importance of Authentic Audience and Student Ownership and Connecting Home with School

Dr. Shannon Doak

Having a place where students can share their work with family, enables a deeper connection to the learning happening in the classroom to the conversations that happen at home about the school day. Are there any benefits in the classroom? Technology enables students to share their work with a wider and more authentic audience through the use of a blogging or journal platform. Creation ePortfolios Innovation My Thoughts

Digital Badges: credentialing the things that make us fully human

iLearn Technology

I’ve been somewhat hesitant to jump into digital badges world (despite knowing the digital badge ninja, @senorg) because I feared that digital badges were just one more way to categorize and label kids, another carrot to dangle in the classroom. because it brings us so many books and expands our classroom libraries and feeds our students desire to read. Two weeks ago, I attended the Digital Badge Summit in Denver, CO.

Student Portfolios with Google Sites – SULS091

Shake Up Learning

Student portfolios are great for ANY classroom! Related: How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites. This strategy can be implemented in just about any classroom. The post Student Portfolios with Google Sites – SULS091 appeared first on Shake Up Learning.

Professors Aren’t Good at Sharing Their Classroom Practices. Teaching Portfolios Might Help.


At the height of the buzz around MOOCs and flipped classrooms three years ago, Bridget Ford worried that administrators might try to replace her introductory history course with a batch of videos. Looking through a collection of teaching portfolios by her colleagues helped reassure her that she could redesign her course while preserving what worked about the classroom experience. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

5 Ways Office 365 Can Benefit Student Learning

Gaggle Speaks

Office 365 broadens the capacity for learning, offering on-demand access to documents and projects, and provides students new and creative outlets to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. At the K-12 level, there is always concern about the openness and availability of certain technology because all students don’t have access to the same types of resources. The perfect ePortfolio. The OneNote app makes it easy to build and track an ePortfolio.

New Posted Resources 10/21/2010

The Web20Classroom

Sample Lessons - iPad in Education tags : ipad favorite The Google Classroom tags : googleapps favorite Education Week: The Misuse of Professional Development tags : professionaldevelopment PD favorite Podcasting at an Elementary School | School Technology Solutions tags : podcasting favorite 21st Century Teaching / Digital Storytelling tags : digitalstorytelling favorite Cybraryman Internet Catalogue-iPad tags : Ipad favorite 10 Ideas For Class Blog Posts |

Read-Along Storybooks Using Audio in Google Slides

Shake Up Learning

I’m always amazed at how Mike innovates in his classroom. Mike is also the author of one of the most popular blog posts on Shake Up Learning, How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites.

5 Ways That Digital Portfolios Can Expand Learning Opportunities


Does this tool increase student engagement, motivation and ownership at home and within the classroom? Filling Your Bucket Daily ” - bulbLibrary template for educators, supporting SEL across grade levels “I don’t want my students to be restricted to the four walls of the classroom. Education Technology Remote Instruction Student Engagement Personalized Learning Project-Based Learning Digital and Media Literacy

Starts Tonight - Free "Reinventing the Classroom" Online Keynotes and Conference. Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Reinventing the Classroom kicks off tonight (US Eastern Time) with some great keynote speaker sessions, and runs all day tomorrow, Thursday, May 1st. The theme of our 2014 Reinventing the Classroom conference is: "How Ed Tech Is Reshaping the Classroom Experience." This is a free event, thanks to generous support from ClassFlow , and brings together classroom educators and innovators from around the world.

4 Powerful Ways to Implement Class Blogs – From Jennifer Carey


Blogging is a popular activity in classrooms today because it allows students to share their writing with a broader audience and teachers to communicate with parents. Here are some great ideas and applications for class and/or individual student blogs that you can explore in your classroom. Blogs as ePortfolio. This makes them a great platform for students to build their own ePortfolio. Teaching English, History, or Foreign Language with Technology.

Strategies for Becoming an Effective, Present Teacher

Teachers can get caught up in the day-to-day parts of the classroom and forget to take time to consider whether or not they’re teaching effectively. In her edWebinar, “ Make Learning Visible in Your Classroom,” Cari Wilson, Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher at West Vancouver School District, BC, explained how she continually evaluates her instruction to improve her impact on students’ learning. edWeb Blog Making Learning Visible techtools for classroom

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. But What About Technology? Technology can be useful for learning when used as a communications tool for activities such as Skyping with a famous author. Over the last three years, she has led dozens of professional development sessions all of which have impacted the way that educators communicate learning through eportfolios.

Create Interactive Albums with ThingLink Channels

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Now teachers and students can create collections of work within the safety of their own T hingLink EDU classroom with an exciting new feature known as Channels. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build Channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines. Portfolio Channel Students can create a channel for use as an ePortfolio to organize a collection of their own work and document learning over time.

Marketplace trend update: 5 new ed-tech developments

eSchool News

Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change. A new tool for teacher resource sharing, Boom Learning , will help teachers access a collection of teacher-created content for classroom devices.

Google Teacher Tribe Podcast | Episode 3 The New Google Sites

Shake Up Learning

In this episode, Matt and I discuss the new version of Google Sites, what we like, what we don’t, and ways to use it in the classroom. Ways to Use Google Sites in the Classroom. ePortfolios. edtech educational technology FREE Download Free Resources for teachers G Suite GAFE Google Google Sites google teacher tribe podcast Google Tips Instructional Technology podcast Professional Development google google teacher tribe

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

TeachThought - Learn better.

Further, research validates the use of mobile technology in education. In fact, our same study found that 77% of college students feel the use of adaptive technology helped them improve their grades. As education technology proliferates, research supports the notion that overall student achievement will improve as students gain the ability to learn at their own pace with a variety of teaching styles and formats available to them.

A Project Share Story: Ensuring a Successful Implementation #SXSWedu


Jill Galloway Coordinator of Instructional Technology Irving ISD Twitter: @ajillgalloway Irving ISD has had a very peaceful roll out of Project Share. They decided to start with T3 grant participants, instructional technology specialists, and high school math teachers who needed access for training materials. Irving wanted to use ePortfolios with their students. Who can access ePortfolios? Also how to work with your ePortfolio.

How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

A new perspective on classroom space/building use. Innovative uses of technology and ePortfolios. This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” ” (If you haven’t shared it with your kids…you should!). I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome!