Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Become a Google Certified Educator

Are you interested in learning how to use Google to:

  • Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
  • Increase Efficiency and Save Time
  • Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
If so, you should consider becoming a Google Certified Educator. Google offers the coursework for free and the level 1 test is only $10. Learn more here Google Cert Level 1

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Nintendo Labo

Nintendo just announced Labo, which looks to be a really exciting way of combining hands on, STEAM / maker projects that function with the Nintendo Switch. Take a look at the promo video below.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Nearpod Design Time at Fenwick

Kudos to the Fenwick team for digging deep into Nearpod and really learning the ins and outs of designing original Nearpod lessons. The team is now going to work on creating a school library of Nearpod lessons.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Flip Out: Flipped Lessons for Students

The majority of our students have access to a smart phone at home. When we make our content and lessons available to students digitally, learning can happen anywhere at anytime. There are so many ways of digitizing learning...we will highlight 3 ideas for you to explore with your students.

1. Screencast
There are many options available for screencasting. For those of you unfamiliar with the technique, screencasting is simply recording your device screen. One web tool / app that we have found really useful is Educreations. Teachers can create lessons and share with students or students can even create their own lessons. The video below is an example of an Educreations video.

2. Student Paced Nearpods
Simply launch a student paced lesson in Nearpod and give the students the code to join the lesson or click link and make the link a QR Code. Watch the video below to see the steps.

3. Vizia.co
Using Vizia, you can assign a video for students to watch and then embed questions during the video. You can collect a name and email address from students (or just have students put first name and then ID# for email address) and all student responses are saved in a Spreadsheet for you. Here's an example of a Video inside of Vizia.co

If you'd like to learn more about these tools or flipping your instruction, please contact our department.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ed Tech Planner

Get your EdTech learning on!!  Use this handy dandy planning tool to jumpstart your 21st Century Learning Environment now!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Upcoming Nearpod Pop Up's

I'm excited to let you know Nearpod has assigned a Trainer & Teacher Liaison to work closely with our district in supporting us and ensuring a successful implementation of Nearpod this year. Her name is Katie Hill, and she will be visiting San Antonio on November 28 & 29th. Please see attached flyer for two trainings Katie will facilitate bringing her knowledge and expertise on best practices and advanced level google integration to anyone who's ready to take their Nearpod skills to the next level!