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eMINTS Conference: Session 2 (Thursday)

Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment

D. Zach Holden of Joplin School District demonstrates how to use Google Forms for assessing learning or tracking data. Teachers create a Google Form that can be used to track data and assess progress. Information will then be transferred to a Word Document for distribution. This strategy is especially helpful for walk-through evaluations and preparing for the online MAP test.

Unlimited Questioning Through Inquiry Circles

Michelle Gilmer of Sikeston School District provides participants with an explicit structure for lesson design that they can use to encourage students to question, research and produce a product. Students need to be asking questions and to be the driving force in inquiry-based learning, but perhaps some are not certain of how exactly to go about facilitating that activity. This session introduces participants to a structure called Inquiry Circles that can be used to facilitate student-created questions, research and products. This presentation is based on the books Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels and Reading & Writing Together: Collaborative Literacy in Action by Nancy Steineke.

20+ Ways to Integrate Technology

Presenter Marilyn Otte introduces participants to programs or tools that will improve student engagement, maximize inquiry-based learning and provide creative presentation tools to take back to their classroom the next day. 20+ Ways to Integrate Technology is designed to give participants resources to use technology in their classroom in all areas of curriculum. Attendees gain a basic understanding of how to incorporate technology in twenty plus ways using different programs and tools for themselves as well as their students.

Apps with Aptitude

eMINTS’s own Cathie Loesing shares ways to foster creativity, higher order thinking, and communication through the use of apps for iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices. Participants become acquainted with a variety of iPad apps that support higher order thinking for K-5 students.

SMART Notebook 201: AKA ‘I didn’t know you could do that’

If you are not at the “SMART Notebook201: AKA I didn’t know you could do that” session presented by Brooke Higgins, an eMINTS instructional specialist, then you are missing it! She is showing advanced SMART Notebook functions for those of us that have had the basic training, but are ready to learn more about what this program has to offer. I have been to many SMART Board workshops, and I even learned lots of cool new things to use! (Chris Lohman, eIS)

HD_Links: Smartphones

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Luckily, smartphones are easier to carry than this. - Click for source.

Cell phones and smarthones are seeing an increase in educational applications these days. In general, American consumers are expected to flock to smartphones in record numbers in the coming year. This piece of technology is taking society by storm and schools are joining the party.

For those just starting with smartphones, check out the links below for some helpful resources:

Apps, short for applications, are what really set smartphones apart from regular cell phones. These small portals and tools have revolutionized mobile devices. Below are some guides for the best apps for educators:

Of course, once we accept the use of smartphones in our schools, we have to find classroom applications and methods for getting the most out of these tools. The following links are a great starting point for incorporating mobile devices in your classroom:

  • Teach Paperless suggests that it’s not necessarily the device that’s the issue. Instead, we must consider the context.
  • One Minnesota teacher allows smartphones in his classroom with some success.
  • This Mashable piece discusses how higher education is utilizing mobile technologies, but some of the lessons could easily apply to the communities at primary and secondary schools.
  • Another Mashable post makes the case for why education needs to meet kids where they are digitally.
  • Blackberry has its own site focusing on educational issues and applications.
  • Project K-nect seeks to improve math skills among struggling learners by engaging them through smartphones.
  • Can smartphones make kids smarter? [Education.com]

How have you been able to use smartphones in your classroom? What are your reservations about bringing mobile devices into the schools? What are some great apps you’ve found in your smartphone use?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center and an avid iPhone user.

Tuesday’s Tool: Free Movie Making

YouTube's free video editor

Multimedia and video production is a popular medium for student products these days. However, schools often lack the resources or funds to supply teachers and students with the proper software. Luckily, there are several tools available online that can help in this arena.

Make Human is open source (read “free”) software that allows users to create 3D human animations. So, if video cameras are in short supply or you don’t want to shell out money for online animation sites, here is a great alternative to creating your own animations. (via EdTech Toolbox)

The Australian Centre for the Moving Images has provided a portal for educators and students to gain access to information about and resources for filmmaking. Their Generator provides storyboard resources as well as free media for all your filmmaking needs. (via Edgalaxy)

If it’s a video editing tool you need, YouTube offers a free one that is easy to use and internet-based. Not only can the popular video site provide free hosting, but this tool allows users to edit their videos without purchasing costly software. Mashable offers some great tips for getting the most out of this fantastic online tool.

If your school has moved onto handheld devices such as iPhones and iPads, Vimeo, another free video hosting site, has the app for you. Although not free, $5 is a small price to pay for such an accessible video editing tool. (via Lifehacker)

What are some tools you use with your students for video projects? How might you get the most out of the tools listed above?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.