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7 Ways to Use Google Keep in Your Classroom. Two Ways to Add Audio to Google Slides. SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0. Evolution, in its broadest sense, serves as a force to help humans move towards a better way of living given the current times or Zeitgeist.

SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0

It follows, then, that the education field should evolve as new opportunities and forces emerge and present themselves. But in general, this is not the case. From the Time Magazine article, How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century There’s a dark little joke exchanged by educators with a dissident streak: Rip Van Winkle awakens in the 21st century after a hundred-year snooze and is, of course, utterly bewildered by what he sees. Men and women dash about, talking to small metal devices pinned to their ears. The evolution of education can be explained from moving from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0. How to Search for Creative Commons Images. The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools. Every year for the past 15 years the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been taking the pulse of where education technology stands among K-12 educators.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the big challenges to effective implementation. Evaluating Websites as Information Sources. Studies suggest that many U.S. students are too trusting of information found on the internet and rarely evaluate the credibility of a website’s information.

Evaluating Websites as Information Sources

For example, a survey found that only 4 percent of middle school students reported checking the accuracy of information found on the web at school, and even fewer did so at home (New Literacies Research Team & Internet Reading Research Group, 2006). At the same time, the web is often used as a source of information in school projects, even in early schooling, and sites with inaccurate information can come up high in search rankings. Assessment and Rubrics. A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, group work/cooperative learning, concept map, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

Assessment and Rubrics

Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki RubricCriteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions. Blog RubricAssess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs. Twitter RubricAssess learning during social networking instructional assignments. How Game-Based Learning Can Help Students of All Ages Learn. Vibby - Annotate YouTube & Vimeo Videos on Your Own Site. Last fall I wrote a couple of posts about a new video annotation tool called Vibby.

Vibby - Annotate YouTube & Vimeo Videos on Your Own Site

Over the last few months the Vibby developers have been hard at work to add some useful new features for teachers. Collaboration, Tools, and Add-Ons. Oh My. Using G-Docs to Improve Student Writing. When students have access to Google Docs it’s like having a personal tutor by their side as they write.

Collaboration, Tools, and Add-Ons. Oh My. Using G-Docs to Improve Student Writing

Innovative educators who empower their students to use these tools can support students in strengthening their writing skills even without the support of a teacher. This is important for innovative educators who take seriously, our job to develop independent learners. Here are some ways Google Docs supports that. Collaborate with Experts and others The heart of G-docs is its power as a collaboration tool. Tools. 3 Tips for Using YouTube Videos In Your Classrom. In my workshop YouTube, It's Not Just Cats & Khan Academy I share a lot of tips and tricks for safely using YouTube in your classroom.

3 Tips for Using YouTube Videos In Your Classrom

One of the topics that I always talk about is how to share and display videos. Here are three of the more popular tips from that workshop. 1. Remove distractions by using ViewPure. ViewPure is a service that allows you to watch and project YouTube videos without seeing the related sidebar content typically seen on You can search for YouTube videos through the ViewPure website. The Real Issue in Tech Integration Is Self-Efficacy. Seven years ago, I did a research project on blended and personalized professional development.

The Real Issue in Tech Integration Is Self-Efficacy

There were a few big take-homes that I hadn't considered before. For example, I learned that "personalized" only works when there is a collaborative and creative component. I also learned that policy issues play a huge role in the connection between pedagogy and practice. Perspecs Shows Students Three Sides to Every Story. Perspecs is a new app that aims to provide users with three sides to every news story.

Perspecs Shows Students Three Sides to Every Story

On Monday through Friday the free Android and iPhone app offers a selection of articles about current topics in the news. The topics could be breaking news or they could be topics of a more evergreen nature like national education systems. I tested Perspecs on my Android phone by selecting one of Friday's topics which was "Is China Best for Education?

" The app then presented me with three articles on the topic. Each article took a different position on the topic. Organize Your Projects with Trello. Wizer - Create Interactive Writing Activities to Share Through Google Classroom. Every Classroom Matters on BAM! Radio Network. An Easy Way to Download Your Google Data. Using Hootsuite to Spread Your School's Message. Last month I shared an outline for distributing your school and classroom messages to as many people as possible.

Using Hootsuite to Spread Your School's Message

Hootsuite is one of the tools that I mentioned, briefly, in that outline. Hootsuite allows you to schedule Tweets and Facebook posts to appear on a schedule of your choosing. Reasons for scheduling Tweets and Facebook posts: 1. You're busy and might not have time to log-in and post on a daily basis. 2. You want to repeat your Tweets and Facebook posts. 3. Why you want to repeat Tweets and Facebook posts: Twitter and Facebook updates stream past most of us at a pace that is faster than we can follow.

Digital Shop Class: Game Based Learning, Design Thinking &  More! Digital shop class! Igniting wonder! You can write on the desks. You can write on the walls; there are no grades! Learning is a game where students level up and earn experience points. Kids are building things to improve their community. Satisfaction. 10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers. As I do every year, I am taking this week to relax, recharge, and ski with friends. While I'm away I will be re-running the most popular posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in February, 2015.

This afternoon I was asked if I could put together a list of my favorite Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons. Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects - A Handout. Teachers Deserve Better Tools for Tracking Subskills - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - Assessment, data, data-driven instruction, digital learning, subskills, teachers. The good news is that a growing percentage of students are learning, practicing and applying math in several engaging modalities most providing frequent instructional feedback. The same is true in other subjects, just a little more slowly. The bad news is that most schools have no way to combine the assessment information from multiple sources in ways that are useful for driving instructional improvement or managing student progress.

The solution to this problem requires clarity around common expectations and how those expectations will be assessed and a common tagging scheme for content and assessment. #YearInReview: The Best of 2015, 10 Predictions for 2016 - Vander Ark on Innovation.