All things considered, the practice for the practice test is moving along and it's smooth sailing for the Smarter Balanced testing using the iPads and computers.
We had some thrilling times recently using the iPad app for screencasting called Educreations. The updates in the latest version answer questions that came up over a year ago during a demo with staff. It's a wonderful app that just keeps getting better. One of the best features we enjoyed was the classroom teacher can see his student's amazing videos as soon as the student publishes it. Awesomesauce!
Here are some images and one video, "Settling New England," here, a student created during the lesson. Everyone did an exceptional job and had a blast.
This post is over due but I wanted to say thanks to the awesome crew that made this marvelous event happen, educators and sponsors, and share a few snapshots of this incredibly inspiring experience, Edcamp Murrieta. Edcamps are free PD, thanks to the sponsor's generous donations, and I believe it's true, you get what you put into it. Christina Lee and I enjoyed the event very much and feel like we had some great take aways. I personally feel like I have more to learn about Chromebooks because the newer devices have come a long way over the past two years since I researched them. Thanks Miguel Guhlin for sharing some resources that compare models, here. With California Common Core State Standards online testing starting in 3rd grade, you cannot help but look at this affordable device to get the job done. In our district we are trying iPads with an attached keyboard. I'll keep you posted on how it goes this Spring.
Multi-Media iPad Creation Using the Dynamic Discovery Education Build a Board Tool - Video, Audio, Images, Text - A Recipe for the Best Poster Ever!
Oh Joy! I have waited for so long and am thrilled to have had the chance to create a Glogster-like poster using the iPad's Discovery Educuation build a board tool. Thanks for sharing this amazing resource Laura Moore, Tool of the Month: Board Builder.
Reading is the most important skill for a child to be successful in school from my personal experience. But how can you make it super fun to inspire kids to want to read more? Introduce the iPad. I am a huge fan of the 1-1 iPad classroom in grades three through eight. To best use limited funds, I believe that for the earliest grades, Pre-Kinder through 2nd grade, a set of 5-8 iPads is invaluable. This month I got the wonderful opportunity to help setup a small first grade group focused on reading - reading to self or reading along. These little tikes are enormously entertaining and remind me how to have fun. Here's a few photos I took to capture and share the learning.
Check out the post here.
An impressive conference with the funniest keynote ever from Dr. Alec Couros who had his audience totally engaged and laughing out loud. Worth the price of admission! He is a master at engaging a large audience who have a wifi connected device in the palm of their hands. I don't think many emails or texts were answered during his Keynote about "Identity, Networks, & Connected Learning." Yes, it's hard to manage digital distractions and we are teaching our students to manage their distractions as well during the school day.
I feel very fortunate to have met some new tech friends and had the chance to see some awesome educators I met on Twitter. If you are interested in checking out the shared resources from the fabulous presenters, please check them out here.
This is one example of a super funny YouTube video with a powerful message about rewards, worth your two minutes that Alec Couros tweeted out: (click here or on the image) If you want to see more tweets on Twitter about the event, check out the hashtag #TLTF14._
Reflecting on last year, and looking forward to the New Year, I think #FEARLESSin14 is a perfect theme for me. I will try a little harder to work smarter, not longer, and be more generous with my time, energy and enthusiasm. I am having more fun teaching and learning with iPads, Google Apps for Education and all things techie than I could have ever imagined possible.
Happy New from my family to yours! We took this photo outside of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago while visiting our families over the holidays.
It was a December dream team appy hour: Google Drive, Evernote and Edmodo! Resources are here, if you're interested in learning a little more about the iPad apps.
Author: Jeanne Reed
Engineer turned educator, now educational technologist - sharing my passion and perspective on technology in education to improve student learning. Hope you enjoy!
Reflections by Jeanne Reed is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.