December 4, 2016

Recap Helps Students Respond Using Video


Recap is a teacher app to let you see how students learn. Teachers prompt students with specific questions and students respond and explain their thinking on video.

Teachers create classes and post assignments using Recap's teacher dashboard on a Chromebook, laptop, or Mac. There isn't a teacher app. Students can respond on a Chromebook, laptop, Mac, iPad or Android device.

Here is a link to the iPad Recap app

Visit Google Play to grab the Android app.

The video below mentions. you can have one active assignment at a time. I've read that since has changed and teachers can have multiple ongoing assignments.

I hope you find this useful and don't forget to share it with a fellow educator.

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September 4, 2016

Streamed Live In-House GoogleEDU PD to Start the Year

For the last three years, the Wednesday before Labor Day has been designated as a Professional Development day for high school teachers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  

As EdTech Coach at Father Judge High School, I was responsible for planning and delivering our session this year. The topic for the day was "Using Google Classroom & ISTE Standards to Engage Students." The room we would normally use is being renovated so we needed a Plan B. Plan B turned out to be using Google Hangouts to stream the session to computer labs around the school. I've used Hangouts before but not in-house and definitely not with a group this large (over 50).

In the days leading up to our first PD session of the 2016-17 school year, we had some issues getting Hangouts to work on our network. Connecting with people outside the building was not a problem but it wasn't happening in-house. I enlisted the help of Shawn Dackow our IT Admin who in turn brought in Steve Pagano, Senior Network Technician for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education. Steve was vacationing at the Jersey shore but came in from the beach to lend a hand and get us up and running. Without Steve's assistance this day could have been a bust.

These are exciting times for teachers and students at Father Judge High School. The class of 2020 will be receiving Dell Chromebooks in the coming days. Our Sophomores and Juniors will use their iPads again this year as we move into year four of our Technology Vision Plan. Seniors have access to the school's computer labs, library, and laptop carts. It is important to note, year one of our Technology Vision Plan was devoted to working with our teachers prior to distributing devices to our students.  

So we kicked the year off with a successful PD session like no other ever offered at Father Judge. I hope this is a sign of good things to come during the 2016-17 school year. We have a lot of work to do at five more in-house sessions planned for this year. When I am not doing in-house PD sessions, I will be teaching two periods leaving me six periods a day to work with teachers 1:1 or in small groups. 

As I said, these are exciting times for the teachers and students at Father Judge High School

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August 28, 2016

Busy Week for Google for Education Training

Gearing up for a busy week of GoogleEDU training. 

On Tuesday, I will be representing Kiker Learning​ when I get a chance to work with Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School​, Principal, Christine Pagan and her dedicated teachers. We will be exploring the many ways to use Google Classroom in a Blended Learning environment.

On Wednesday, I will be with my fellow teachers  at Father Judge High School, taking a look at using Google Classroom to help our students meet the New ISTE Standards for Students.

On Friday, I will be in Toms River, NJ with St. Joseph Grade SchoolPrincipal, Mrs. Michele Williams and her eager faculty. This will be their initial introduction to Google Apps for Education. They just got approval from Google for Education three weeks ago. These are exciting times for the St. Joseph Grade School Community.

Check out my Google for Education Directory Listing and contact me for booking information or a personal consultation.

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July 7, 2016

Don't Get In Over Your Head With Google Classroom

Just getting started with Google Classroom? Consider this post a must read. In Alice Keeler's post "Google Classroom: Don't Jump in the Deep End", she gives teachers some advice on transitioning to a Digital Classroom. 

In her post, Alice makes reference to Christine Pinto (@pintobeanz11). K-3 teachers might want to follow her and the Twitter hashtag #gafe4littles for more information on using GAFE in the primary grades.

Image credit: Digital classroom - HLWIKI Canada 

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June 28, 2016

ISTE Rolls Out New Student Standards 2016

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday at the ISTE 2016 Conference, ISTE debuted the new Standards for Students 2016. Most modern educators will agree, this revision was long overdue. The last time ISTE updated the standards was 2007. New educational technologies have forged change in the last nine years. The new standards reflect the changes in the landscape of the education world. ​

While reading the Standards for Students 2016, students and teachers have the ability to hover over important text and get a detailed explanation and examples. I would like to see this same feature utilized in the standards for Teachers, Administrators, Coaches, Computer Science Educators.

When you get a few minutes, check out the Standards for Students 2016. Think about how you can incorporate them into your planning for the 2016-2017 school year.After reviewing the Standards for Students 2016, you are invited to come on back and share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below. Hopefully, you will have an idea or two to share on how you plan on incorporating the new Standards for Students 2016 in the upcoming school year. 

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March 23, 2016

MagicScroll Web Reader

I came across this alternative to Evernote's Clearly extension. In January, Evernote stopped supporting Clearly. If you have the extension installed it will still work but future Operating System updates may render certain functions inoperable. 

I tried the MagicScroll Web Reader Chrome extension the other day. It is not clunky and works very well. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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February 27, 2016

Questions to Ask Yourself About Student Motivation

Hello and thanks for visiting today.

The podcast "5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students" may be worth listening to, especially at this time of year when our students are become more lackadaisical in their efforts.

Take some time to listen to the podcast or read the transcripts. The author, Jennifer Gonzalez, provides links to dig a little deeper.

As I listen, I think about change and how uncomfortable that can be for us a teachers. Please give it a listen then come back and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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January 16, 2016

How to Download Videos from Any Site Using Google Chrome 2015 - Easy Way

I've tried many extensions and apps for downloading Youtube videos. Today I came across the Video Download Helper extension. This Chrome extension will help you download videos from any free site even Facebook.

Give it a try then come back and leave a comment.

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January 12, 2016

Are Your Students Pretenders - Part 2

As a follow-up to "Are Your Students Pretenders in a Digital World?", I would like to think about how our students use technology and electronic devices. I am not only looking at how they use them in and educational setting but also how they use them in their personal life. 

My school started issuing iPads last year. This being our second year of the program, all 9th & 10th grade students have an iPad at their disposal 24/7. We use AirWatch to manage the devices. Over the summer the iPads were wiped and a re-imaged using AirWatch. In the beginning of the school year the iPads were distributed with a catalog of apps to be used for educational purposes. The apps in the catalog were suggested and agreed upon by the 9th & 10th grade teachers. 

I am going to make it a point to seek out 9th & 10th graders and pick their brains about their use of the iPad for personal learning or how is it used outside of school. I'm curious to learn how they use the iPad as a tool and not a toy both in and out of school. I see a lot of game playing when I sub one of the classes that have iPads. I need to take a more active role in discovery how the iPads are being used by our students. 

I will keep you updated on this topic.

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January 11, 2016

YouTube Video Clipper

YouTube Video Clipper

We've all been there. We find a great video but it is fifteen minutes long and we only want two and half minutes from the middle of the video. We see a problem and Tammy Worcester Tang has the solution. 

Once you clip the video Tammy provides you with a new link and embed code that will show only what you clipped out of the original video. This link can be inserted into Google Classroom for your students to view. It also views full screen without ads or comments. This is a big plus for a classroom setting.

If you like this, may I suggest you check out Tammy's Google Stuff Resources. This site can keep me busy for quite some time.

Enjoy and don't forget, if you find this useful please pass it on to a fellow educator.

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