#EdTech Job-Embedded Teacher Training as Professional Development

#EdTech Job-Embedded Teacher Training as Professional Development

On the Job or Job-Embedded Training   Who hasn’t attended a tech workshop at a conference, been all fired up to implement some of the new ideas, only to have difficulty making them work in the classroom? The closer that a training is to the context, location, and need of the teacher, the more likely that learning will be generalized and extend into actual classroom practice. Professional development needs to be part of the teacher’s daily…

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Characteristics of Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development

Characteristics of Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development I’ve been studying over the past two years how to best create, deliver, use, and abuse #EdTech Professional Development in our district. Like anything, sometimes you eat the bear… and sometimes the bear eats you. That’s why there’s this thing called research that people do, and it really helps to inform you of what works and what doesn’t. So hopefully, this little post will share some of what…

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Tuesday’s Tech Tips 3/3/15

Tuesday’s tech tips is a collection of resources on the topics related to instructional technology for teachers in Sanger ISD. You might find something there that you like or is helpful. If the page doesn’t load, click here for external link:

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Our 4th Grade Texas History iBook on Native Americans of Texas is Now in iTunes

Our 4th Grade Texas History iBook on Native Americans of Texas is Now in iTunes. Native Americans of Texas describes the various tribes of Native Americans who populated Texas prior to 1830. This work is created by 4th grade students in Mrs. Belita Morris’s Texas History class at Clear Creek Intermediate School in Sanger ISD. The students worked very hard on their chapters while having fun. They were really excited to see their work get published….

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The Importance of Sharing “The Word” on #EdTech

Spreading the message is something that I am extremely passionate about. Encouragement, inspiration, enticement, instruction, and support are the primary tools I use to create change through communication and collaboration. Technology has made the world a very small place, enabling us to readily interact with larger and larger circles of teachers than ever before. I communicate with educators across the globe through social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Google+. This allows me…

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Using an iBooks Author Project to Teach Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to 10th Graders

by Cassie Miller We started the iBooks Author project as an experiment for our IT director, Chris Miller. None of the kids knew how to use it, as it had been out as an app for just a short time. I couldn’t help them or teach them how to use it – I was clueless! I could help with the content, but the kids had to figure the how-to and ins-and-outs on their own. And…

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Instructional Coaching with the EdTech Quintet

Instructional Coaching with the EdTech Quintet photo by Oliver Tacke – CC license There are many, many approaches to doing instructional coaching to help teachers leverage technology for learning. I often find that teachers have difficulty coming up with tech activities to use in their daily teaching in a way that makes meaningful connections with curriculum. There are many great models to help guide teachers, including SAMR, TPCK, TIM, etc. Lately, I’ve been using the…

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GIFsmos.com – Have Students Learn About Functions by Creating Animated GIFs

GIFsmos.com – Have Students Learn About Functions by Creating Animated GIFs GIFsmos.com is a free site where you and your students can create animated gifs with functions on a graphing calculator simulator. There are a variety of uses for this including showing the relation between parent and child functions, translations, rotations, etc. It’s easy to use, just follow the steps below to get started! First go to gifsmos.com to get started. Enter your formula in…

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Getting Started with Quizlet

Quizlet is at it’s very basic, a web based flash card generator. Quizlet is much more than this. The site itself allows you to play games and even take tests, all with the click of a button. You can share your card decks and even import and modify decks created by others. Innovative and clever teachers and students have been able to think outside the box and leverage Quizlet in combination with other apps or…

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PowerPoint for Mac OS X Crashing on You?

PowerPoint for Mac OS X Crashing on You?

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