Many teachers have access to one or two iPads in their classroom and have asked me what they can do with only one iPad. In response I have created this online handout or flyer called a Smore. Smores are easy to make, have many built in fonts and backgrounds and are especially good when you want a quick way to communicate with text, images, video, maps and links. The service is free unless you want premium services. Make one for your next fundraiser or as an online handout when you present at a staff meeting. Keep in mind that Smores are public so be mindful of the your personal information.
This video (shared by George Couros during his talks in Peel) shows how a simple survey tool was used by a teacher to connect personally with her students. It’s a powerful reminder of how important it is to try to meet the students where they are. Sometimes people and especially today’s ”screen”agers will share more online than they will in person. After that inital contact, deeper relationships can be forged.
For PDSB teachers:
It is easy to make a survey in Office 365 like this teacher did in Google Forms.
- Go to your Skydrive and click +new document.
- Choose Excel Survey and give it a name.
- Add your questions.
- Click Save and View.
- When you are happy with the survey, share it by copying the link provided and emailing the link to respondents or by posting it to your site newsfeed.
- The results of the survey will be found in the Excel spreadsheet. No one can see the results of the survey unless you share the Excel spreadsheet with them.
A stream. A real time, flowing, dynamic stream of information — that we as users and participants can dip in and out of and whether we participate in them or simply observe, we are a part of this flow.
That’s a quote from 2009 and I don’t think the stream metaphor is big enough anymore. A river? An ocean current? Maybe solar winds? Sorry, I digress into earth science easily… The point is that social media, and especially Twitter, is massive and can be intimidating. That’s probably why only 218 million of the 1 billion registered users of Twitter are active.
I jumped into the Twitter stream around the time this quote was written but I’m a long way from being really connected. Although I do give and take from the Twitter River of Great Resources, I am in the infancy of building online relationships.
One relationship I have developed is with Sue Waters. Yes, it’s Sue’s job to support Edubloggers, but she goes way beyond. She and I have connected about the ins and outs of blogging of course but also about our kids, chocolate, roundabouts and driving on the wrong side of the road (Sue’s from Australia). We were hoping to get together the last time she was here, but it just didn’t work out.
I am teaching an additional qualification course for teachers on integrating Information and Computer Technology (ICT). One of the requirements of the course is to create a blog for class reflections. During prep I wanted the link to Edublogs’ 30 days of blogging challenge as a resource for my students. Instead of going to my bookmarks, I googled it. I found instead a link to Sue’s new, very comprehensive, Edublogs Teacher Challenges that guides you through setting up and using a personal or class blog. It even has sections on building your PLN and using Web 2.0 tools. Excited about this new resource, I headed over to Twitter to share the good news. Who should be posting at the same moment, about the same site, but Sue Waters.
Bit behind on goal for challenge http://t.co/jZb0lpHsDS Any suggestions on what include about video? Favorite tools? Ideas using videos?
— Sue Waters (@suewaters) October 5, 2013
Like the connected educator she is, Sue was asking for help with what should be in the video section of the site. Some teachers would call this “plagiarism” but crowdsourcing is a powerful 21st century skill! Sue pointed out the kind of detail she needed for video by linking to her photo section. Wow. That was just what I needed for teaching teachers about Creative Commons and finding and using pictures online.
At first I just watched her discussions with Alec Couros about YouTube copyright. In the past I would not have joined into/interupted two edtech gurus’ conversation but I’m trying to engage more and get over my feelings of “less than” so I asked a question.
— Susan Campo (@SusanCampo) October 5, 2013
In the end, I got clarity on next steps to support a teacher, Sue got some extra info she might not have solicited from Alec without my question and we all built deeper online connections. It’s something that probably happens often to truly connected educators like Sue and Alec, but it’s new for me. I’ve heard enough examples of the power of 21st century learning that I talk about it all the time in presentations. It’s good to have some more personal experiences!
When I thanked her, Sue told me to say that she just checks in with Twitter to avoid getting out of bed and getting to work, but it often ends up with some productive work being accomplished. Sometimes it is a waste of time opening up any social media, but in the space of 10 minutes, I had 3 of my needs met through this dip in the river. I think I will head on over to Sue’s advice on building your PLN so I can have these experiences more often! Who’s with me?!
Alec Couros gave a presentation this evening for PDSB’s MFO Leadership Launch. I often tweet “in the moment” during a presentation and I sent a couple of tweets at the time. However, Alec was autotweeting his videos and websites and that somehow gave me permission to put down my phone and just listen. I laughed and I cried. I cheered little Audri and his success on the Rube Goldberg Monster Trap. I wanted to contribute to the conversation, but could not find the words to sum up my learning. So I tweeted this:
— Susan Campo (@SusanCampo) October 2, 2013
Most of what Alec presented was not new to me personally since I have been in webinars with him in ETMOOC, I follow him on Twitter, Flickr and… (Let’s face it, I’m a groupie) but I still learned from it. What struck me in this presentation (and in George’s presentation during our Teaching and Learning in a Digital World Conference this past August) was the connection he had with the audience. I think it was not just his superior presentation skills. It was also that fact that I was not the only groupie in the audience. Since Alec is such an open lead learner, he shares his triumphs and failures, and he responds and supports others online, he feels like a friend or close colleague.
That’s why he (and George) have made my job easier. Alec and George are our peers who live online and “in real life’ like our students do—without drawing boundaries between them. After teachers listen to their talks they really get it. By “it,” I mean they see how thoughtfully using social media and technology in the classroom can create positive, powerful—memorable—learning experiences for our students. It can help students build relationships with people of all ages all around the world. The presentation helps develop a teacher’s moral imperative to model and guide students to create positive digital footprints and participate in social activism. It is easy to work with a teacher that gets it.
On the other side, this makes my job harder. It’s not only because my inbox is fuller and my time is at a premium. It’s because it is still quite new to all of us. I am looking forward to getting back into the classroom eventually and developing personal experience with connected learning. Until then, the teachers, administration and I (along with the rest of the team of ITRTs) work together to see what works and what doesn’t. Of course, being connected means help is just a tweet away!
— Alec Couros (@courosa) October 2, 2013
Alec and I met face to face for the first time today. I feel I know Alec because of our online interactions and his open sharing. I doubt he feels the same about me though. I share online, but not very much personal information or reflections. My blog posts are mostly about technology, not relationships.
6 months ago today I lost my dad. I haven't woken up a day since without feeling incredible sadness and loss. But, it will get better right?
— Alec Couros (@courosa) September 25, 2013
When I saw Alec continuing to struggle with the grief of his father’s passing, I did not respond. I felt shy and that he would not value support from someone he barely knew. But it brought me back to my Mom’s passing last May and the struggle I have every time I see her pictures in my photo stream.
Do I delete them so I don’t have to face the pain at random times when I’m searching for a photo? But no, I have them saved elsewhere and eventually, those pictures will be pushed through the stream that will only hold 1000 pictures. When that happens, I will have to purposefully go look for her picture like Alec does with his dad’s Facebook page. Until now, I have not shared that with Alec or anyone. In my need to present only my professional persona, I think I cheated both of us that shared grief and healing. I can see that now.
There are many ways to use Popplet in math from K-12. It is easy to create collaborative digital Word Walls for review, learning vocabulary and making connections.
On the iPad, students can design, sketch and write about the math in other apps like Explain Everything, Number Pieces, Geoboard, and Skitch, save their work as images, then upload them to a popple.
Popplet is a web app and iPad app. An account is free and Popplet can be private, shared with specific people or public. Students can work simultaneously within a shared Popplet in the web app.
Popplet lite is a free app for the iPad. Popplets built in the app are not connected to or viewable on the web and remain in the device. Popplet has a paid app ($4.99) that will connect and sync to your online account.
This is a quick test to see how well the Posts app works for Edublogs.
I like this app so far because it has a basic HTML editor.
— Susan Campo (@SusanCampo) May 6, 2013
***Note*** update Oct. 20, 2013
This map still works for Flicker and Twitter, but the controls have changed. Zoom in to the desired location, click on the layers button and change the tags in the social tab to your hashtag. Images of controls are not exactly the same as the current map.
The map below allows you to search Flickr, Twitter and Youtube for geo-located social media posts. The tag that is currently mapped is “weather” but you can change the tag by clicking on the gear icon.
- looking at what is happening in your school neighbourhood
- Centre on your location or zoom in to get to your neighbourhood
- change the tag on all three social media searches to the name of your school or neighbourhood
- examining how people across the world are discussing a particular news event
- look on Twitter to find the most common hashtag used for the event
- change the tag on all three social media searches
- illustrate the digital citizenship skill of choosing when to turn on the geo-location setting when creating and posting social media.
How else would you use this map?
- Access from Video Resources chiclet on your MySite
- Videos for all subjects and grades
- Short clips (great to activate knowledge or if you are flipping your classroom).
- Full length feature films (Hollywood and Classic). Click on the link in the middle of the home page to see a list of titles in English and French.
- Download, favourite or add to a playlist
- Teacher Resources ready to use in the classroom are available for many videos
- Students can currently view Learn360 videos through the OERB (see below).
Ontario Education Resource Bank (OERB)
- Lessons, animated interactive activities and assessments for all subjects
- Download for use offline or link to resource in Angel course
- Check the FAQs of the Peel21st chiclet (Teaching and Learning) for the passwords or ask your ITRT.
For easy access to your course’s resources:
- Log in and Click SEARCH
- Choose the Browse by Curriculum tab
- Choose the grade, subject and strand
- Click Search by Strand
- Scroll down to see resources
- An excellent alternative to “googling” for students
- Access to database search of extensive high-quality resources
- 65+ databases and services
- No password required at school
- Check with your librarian for the home password
- click on Students
- click on Library eResources
This is my presentation that I use to introduce Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model to teachers and principals.
Note: You can access many resources from Ruben’s blog.
I am working with some teachers at Clarkson today about starting their own blogs.
— clarksonchargers (@clarksoncharger) February 27, 2013
— clarksonchargers (@clarksoncharger) January 11, 2013