Spice It Up! 6 Tech Tools to Transform Your Staff Meeting

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For instance, for our administrative retreat, we opened with a superhero quiz, sparking our discussion on celebrating our schools through social media. Poll Everywhere. I have used Poll Everywhere in many staff meetings. With a quick poll, any facilitator can gauge the know-how of the group, as well as the feelings toward a particular topic. For my staff, it is a great first step into the social media backchannel concept.

Ideas and Tools to Give Everyone a Voice

A Principal's Reflections

Mentimeter – Move over Poll Everywhere. Mentimeter is a great tool that allows you to poll your audience in a variety of ways. You can even create a presentation that has multiple polls. Let’s use the power of social media to crowd source even more examples. Whether during a class, meeting, presentation, or workshop it can be at times extremely difficult to give everyone a voice.


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Advancing Mobile Phones as Learning Devices

A Principal's Reflections

This morning I read a great article on PBS Media Shift by Audrey Watters entitled " Why Schools Should Stop Banning Cell Phones, and Use Them For Learning." This shift in mindset can be directly attributed to what I have learned from innovative educators in the social media spaces that I now delve into on a routine basis. For the most part they used a program called Poll Everywhere to check for understanding, review prior learning, and informally assess.

Forging Ahead With Change

A Principal's Reflections

It is time to realize that social media, technology, and the change process are not the enemy. To this end, teachers and students are now routinely utilizing social media and other various Web 2.0 tools on a routine basis to enhance and promote essential skill sets such as communication, collaboration, media literacy, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, global awareness, and technological proficiency.

9 Uses for Smartphones in the Classroom

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Social media: The social media landscape is dynamic, and students will regularly embrace new apps. Student response systems: Clicker systems became popular in schools as a way to quickly gather student input — perhaps at the end of class to determine students’ levels of understanding on a particular topic, or as a way to conduct class opinion polls.

The Seeds of Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

A few weeks ago, I made a commitment to visit schools that are using social media, smartphones, texting, and other digital technologies, as a vital part of daily classroom instruction. Principal Sheninger obviously sees that social media and students bringing in their own technology are great educational tools. Lastly, I used Poll Everywhere in my senior seminar the next day and it was a big hit.

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices


Your students may not be old enough for social media; it’s also likely banned at your school, but there are other synchronous ways to keep students engaged in real-time learning. Websites such as Poll Everywhere allow teachers to pose questions to students during presentations, demonstrations or lectures and students can respond with immediate responses displayed on a projector.

Has Your School Reached an Edtech Plateau? Here’s the Key to Moving the Needle


For example, create a live word cloud with AnswerGarden or Poll Everywhere in response to a school-wide question to help focus the discussion. Parents and educators: Model positive social media usage for children Given the way social media was used by adults to converse and debate during the recent election , it can be challenging to tell our middle and high schoolers that they should follow the examples set by those adults.

Here's what you missed at the MidWest Technology Conference 2014 #METC14


iPads More Than Just Apps- Using the SAMR Model to Meet Common Core iPads More Than Just Apps-Using the SAMR Model to Meet Common Core from msedtechie and Classrooms Without Walls- Using Social Media to Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom Classrooms Without Walls- Using Social Media to Connect with the School Community from msedtechie Here are a few other takeaways from this dynamic conference!

Testing Giving You The Blues? Get Creative with EdTech Formative Assessments


20 years ago we never would have imagined that the position as a Social Media Manager would be an actual job, and just about every company or organization would need to have someone manage their social media accounts. Using Quick tools like Plickers , Google Forms, Padlet , Poll Everywhere can quickly allow you access to data in a quick and fun way, sometimes so fun, students have no idea they are being assessed.

Draw on Student Interests to Make the Common Core Work for You

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As the new school year begins, articles and resources dedicated to helping teachers develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core literacy standards are popping up everywhere. Poll Everywhere ( [link] ) is a great digital tool that you can use to survey your students about anything, from fun, getting-to-know-you questions to provocative questions related to your subject matter. This was originally posted at Common Sense Graphite.

Tools Harvard Computer Science Students Use to Collaborate, Stay Organized


Malan has been pleased at how these meetups have gradually begun happening in social spaces, becoming a connection point between digital and analog support. He attributes some of his success with students new to computer science to the intentionally social aspects of the class. By merging the social and the academic, Malan is trying to make computer science feel approachable. “A Slack : This is a free chat service, but also makes it easy to share media.