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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.

How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites

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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. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment.

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.

Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!

iLearn Technology

What it is: Seesaw is the first truly student centered/driven digital portfolio tool that I’ve seen. The built in audio recording and drawing tools mean that students can reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they reached an answer.

With Instagram and ePortfolios, This Teaching Fellow Uses Tech to Support Literacy ?


A passionate millennial blogger, she had, among her many forays into tech, started a classroom blog that had inspired other teachers and earned her kudos in her district. Source: Digital Promise Jenna recommends these resources Technology Tools. Animoto video making tool.

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. Podcasts can be made on Chromebooks by using audio recording tools available. This is also possible using the tools linked above. What is a podcast?

AP Jeopardy Review – Let’s #ePortfolio That: Using @PearDeck, @Wacom Tablets, and @msOneNote #edchat


It’s definitely a huge inspiration behind my flipped classroom. Solution 1: New and improved AP Calculus Setup – Tool 1: PearDeck – That takes me to this year. Tool 2: Wacom Tablets – I also have a class set of Wacom tablets so that students can handwrite on their screens. But when they are working such complex equations, there’s really a limit to how much I can see when I’m trying to get around the entire classroom. .

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. Imagine being able to create an online environment that enables the practice of both listening and speaking while at home, away from the classroom! The tool used to create this useful environment is called Synth. 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.” I will then discuss specific technology tools and how they can be used as an authentic part of the Thinking Routines.

The Myth of the Magical Pill

Dr. Shannon Doak

Others believe that there is an EdTech tool out there that is going to solve all of our problems in education. A mashup of tools and approaches is what is needed. The best approach is one that is more holistic in nature, one that includes multiple tools and practices.

Chrome Can: QR Codes

Dr. Shannon Doak

Even educators make use of these great little codes in their classrooms. More great ways to use these tools in the classroom can be found here. Chromebooks Creation ePortfolios Innovation InTECHgration Idea My Thoughts Uncategorized

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. So, how can I use memes in my classroom? Tools to Create Memes on a Chromebook. What are memes?

Chrome Can: PDFs

Dr. Shannon Doak

Online PDF tools. tools. Tools Continued. The tools work relatively easy. The tool I like to use the most on my Chromebook to annotate PDFs is called What makes this a great tool for the classroom, is that it integrates with Google Drive.

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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.

4 Amazing Google Tools to Help You Engage Your Students


Have you ever found yourself in a classroom full of students, wondering if anyone is enjoying the content? As teachers, one of our main goals in the classroom is to engage our students in meaningful activities. What’s even better, all of the tools in this post are 100% free!

Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters

iLearn Technology

creative tools available online or as an app download. How to integrate Adobe Spark in the classroom: The collection of tools in Adobe Spark are perfect for students and teachers alike. What it is: Adobe Spark is a collection of fantastic (free!)

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Chrome Can: Screencasting!

Dr. Shannon Doak

To learn more about how screencasting can be used in the classroom please visit this great blog post. There are currently two fantastic tools available on Chromebooks that make screencast creation simple. It is another very easy to use tool for the Chromebook.

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? Creation ePortfolios Innovation My Thoughts

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.

Effective Student-Led Parent Conferences

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura Penrod Stock is a Lee County (Georgia) middle school classroom teacher. Sculpted from her experience in economic development, she is passionate about student eportfolios. STEM Students Teaching Tools

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak

The tools provided in most cloud-based suites also make it easier to elicit feedback which can then be stored and retrieved easily for analysis and reflection. These tools also enable asynchronous collaboration where team members contribute to the project at a time that is right for them.

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.

Dynamic Digital Portfolios #SXSWedu


The showcase aspect of a portfolio can be a PR tool for yourself and what is going on in your classroom. link] Examples Gallery of Teaching & Learning - [link] Online Tools - How do we embed these in portfolios? elearning eportfolio portfolio Project Share sxswedu Texas Notes from SXSWedu 2011 breakout session. Carol Teitelman Region XIII Distance Learning Link to Prezi from presentation: [link] Dr. Helen Barrett [link] Portfolios fall into two different types.

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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. The perfect ePortfolio. The OneNote app makes it easy to build and track an ePortfolio.

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. We’re already innovating in our classrooms and schools; why not make sure we’re carrying that same thinking forward into the ways we communicate with parents and foster the camaraderie and support that benefits everyone. Create ePortfolios. Flipping the Classroom.

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.

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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."

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. This helps students understand the process and take ownership of their grade because they’ve been given all the tools they need for success.

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.

Is Your LMS Safe for Students to Use?

Gaggle Speaks

Canvas features collaborative workspaces, course management, discussion forums, eportfolios, analytics and reporting, quizzes, video and audio messaging, calendars and much more. If you have a place in K-12 education, you’ve likely heard of the Canvas LMS (Learning Management System).

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5 Ways That Digital Portfolios Can Expand Learning Opportunities


As educators sift through numerous edtech tools in search of meaningful ways to connect, engage and share with their students, the following questions are helpful to consider: Students are more likely to stay motivated and engaged when they have a say in how the work will be completed.

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.

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink EDU

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We're in full swing with our free PD to help educators transform teaching and learning in classrooms, schools and districts. Join any or all of our sessions live, or view the archive on demand right from your in box.

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. Technology can be useful for learning when used as a communications tool for activities such as Skyping with a famous author.