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Monday, January 7, 2019

#OneWord2019: Contribution


#OneWord2019
My colleagues at the Fayetteville School District and I often have conversations about how we want students to use educational technology for more than just consumption. We want them to contribute while engaged in blended learning lesions and tasks. Prior to this school year, I would often say that students were either consumers or creators with technology. I’ve come to find that when we use the term creators, many people often draw parallels to the arts, and then claim that they aren’t creative. The word contribute leaves a little less for interpretation.

The students are able to give something as well as take with technology:

  • an image that displays their understanding of a story
  • a quick video explanation of a problem they solved
  • a how to infographic
  • a blog post that serves as a journal entry of their learning journey


I have personally chosen to use contribute as my #OneWord2019 in hopes to be an example of how we can use technology to contribute thoughts, ideas, theories and/or explanations.

My Top Tools for Contribution

1. Adobe Spark
2. ScreenCastify
3. FlipGrid
4. SeeSaw
5. EduCreations
6. ExplainEverything
7. Clips by Apple
8. Buncee
9. Google Draw
10. Canva

During the next few posts, I will utilize these tools to display how they can simply be used by students or teachers for contribution. In the meantime, I invite you to check out some of these tools or leave feedback below of how you use any of these tools for contribution below.

Friday, November 30, 2018

How are teachers and students curating content?

This week, I decided to start a video reflection series on Blended Learning. 

Topic 1: Content Curation.

I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about content curation. I find so many great articles and infographics online, just to lose them in the ocean of information that is the internet. I have yet to find the perfect tool for myself, but I think I'm getting closer. Check out the video below, and feel free to add comments on you favorite tools!



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Digital Assessments: More than an online quiz


There is a sea of assessment tools out there in the EdTech world: Kahoot, Google Forms, GoFormative, Nearpod, Socrative... the list goes on and on. All of these types of tools are good. They can give students instantaneous feedback, and can become more engaging. The but the question is, how are these tools more than just a digital worksheet?

There are many reasons that districts jump on the 1:1 digital bandwagon. The biggest arguably being that technology allows for great support of Personalized Learning. So is taking a quiz and putting it in Google Forms personalized learning?

EdTech gives us the opportunity to add Voice & Choice to how the students want to be assessed. We now have audio, video, graphic design, and many other tools at our students fingertips!

Thinking "Outside the box" on Assessments

1. Graphic Design Displays - Designing posters and infographics no longer takes hours of time with scissors, construction paper, and poster board. Students can use tools like Canva, Adobe Spark, & Piktochart to easily create graphics to display and/or explain their learning. Wouldn't your students take more ownership in their learning if they were developing a social media graphic about the causes of the Civil War as opposed to filling out a google form?

2. Video & Multimedia - There are so many video and media tools available these days. Screencastify, Explain Everything, Educreations, SeeSaw, and FlipGrid are all simple tools for students to record with. With these tools, we can ask every student to explain how they solved a problem as they submit an answer. When the student reviews their video explanation before submitting, they are checking their metacognition! How often does a multiple choice test do that for us?

3. Global Publishing - This option comes with a disclaimer - students under the age of 13 are not legally permitted to use social media accounts.
For our middle - high school students, we can allow them to share their learning through a blog, mini blog (twitter), or other social media outlet. This allows them to ask for feedback from others. Think about the effect of meaningful conversations with others, including experts, would have on the learning of a topic.