Monday, July 10, 2017

International Patio PD is July 11!

International #patiopd Day July 11!

Below ⇓ How to organize & create a great #personalizedPD experience ON YOUR PATIO! And your “patio” can be anywhere.


This is not your usual Professional Development, but it should be. It’s on our patios. :-)
Principles of PatioPD:1. We like learning together
2. We like our families
3. Breaking bread and camaraderie enhance creativity4. Informal, personalized, low-stress professional development is useful, powerful, and energizing.
5. Sharing and learning exactly what we need honors professionals and learners
6. Learning collectively builds community right near us, while connecting us world-wide
Let’s get together on everyone’s patios to make this happen! 

HOW TO KIT:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Virtual Field Trips


The Texas Technology TEKS state that students will explore virtual environments, simulations, models, and programming languages to enhance learning.  What possible virtual environments can our students explore?  Although these are only a few to get you started, the links and resources listed below can enhance student engagement and learning.

Google Cultural Institute allows users to go inside the Eiffel Tower, view multiple world museums, explore Machu Picchu, explore National Parks, and so much more!  Read more here.



Visit Mount Everest here or view embedded here:

Courtesy of www.AirPano.com
AirPano features many other wonders such as the Taj Mahal, sites from Norway, Russia, and more.

360Cities also offers various places to visit virtually including the Church of Holy Spirit, the Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland, Tobolsk Kremlin, and much more. Explore the Balloon Fiesta 2009 below:

Balloon Fiesta 2009

Note that some resources listed can be used with Virtual Reality headsets.


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides a virtual tour of the building.

Tour the Alamo from a classroom near you!

Enjoy live webcams at Explore.org (iOS app | Android App)

There are so many web resources to enhance the curriculum and take your students on an adventure from their classroom seats! Continue to explore and share others in the comments.

Please note that some resources listed may not be suitable for all audiences.  As always, preview the links and resources prior to using with students.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Flipgrid



If you've not noticed, students love video and photo media!  So, instead of fighting their interest in apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, educators may consider leveraging this interest in utilizing video for eduational, more meaningful purposes.  Flipgrid has made this idea so easy.  Teachers can push out video, audio, or text prompts and collect student response videos in an instant!  To sign up for a flipgrid account, click here and follow the prompts.

Once the account is created, use the ADMIN LOGIN button when logging in:
There, you will find all of the grids created:
With the free account, teachers can utilize ONE grid, however an UNLIMITED number of students, topics, and responses.  (Read more here.)  A grid code is created for students to access the grid and teachers may add a password for security purposes as well.

Once the settings are defined, TOPICS are created including text or (optional) video (no more than 90 seconds).

The topic can be shared to students via a link or embedded into a learning management system such as Canvas or Google Classroom.  Students will simply click the ADD A RESPONSE button to respond to the topic prompts.


View the Flipgrid tutorial video for more information.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Keller U Registration is Open!

We are very excited to release the 2017 Keller University Catalog!

With more than 200 courses available, this year’s Keller U will be held July 18-20 at Central High School. All courses will be open and available in Eduphoria beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6.

Click here to access the Keller University Catalog Flipbook!
(especially great for viewing on mobile devices)

or


A few helpful tips for using the Keller University Catalog Flipbook:
1.      Use the FULL SCREEN   button for easier viewing
(Press ESC to return to the default screen)
2.      Use the SEARCH   button to find specific sessions (i.e. – presenter names, session name, etc.)



If you have any questions, please contact Keller.University@kellerisd.net

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Seesaw


Seesaw - The Learning Journal is a digital portfolio solution that can be used with even the youngest of students.  Students utilize the camera feature on their device to take photos of their work. They simply tap I'm a Student, scan a QR code with the app's built-in QR code scanner and select the appropriate option.

Students can add a recorded audio file, an annotated drawing over the photo or textbox straight from the app.  In addition, saved images from the camera roll, notes with or without recorded audio, web links, and now files from Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive can be uploaded as well.
Students simply tap their name to add their item to their class journal.
Teachers can turn on a new items require approval option in their Manage Class settings window to approve all items uploaded by students.

Teachers and parents can view student work from the mobile app or the website. View this short video to see more.

Seesaw provides parents with a Seesaw Parent Access app (Available in the App Store and Google Play) to quickly view, comment, and like their student's work (if the teacher has allowed all of these features).
Parents can also turn on push notifications to instantly be notified of new uploaded work.

Pricing for additional parent features can be found here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Swivl's Recap


From the makers of the Swivl, Recap is a video response app that makes the process of collecting student feedback a breeze! View the introductory video to see it in action.


Sign up for a free account here.

Students can easily allow their webcam and microphone on their device and share video feedback to a teacher's unit or lesson.

Students simply connect to the teacher's class with a CLASS PIN:


From there, they click on their PROFILE ICON:

When/if their teacher has assigned a RECAP, a RESPOND NOW button appears:

The question and, if applicable, the video prompt will appear on the following screen.  The student clicks RESPOND to begin the recording process:

The student will need to enable their camera and microphone on their device:

Once the student clicks the RECORD button, RECAP provides a 3-second count down to begin the recording:

 After the student previews and approves the video, they click SUBMIT to send the final video submission to their teacher:

Teachers can view student responses on their ACTIVITY page:
Teachers can submit comments to their students after viewing their video responses: