Friday, October 28, 2016

Digital Citizenship: Guiding Our Students to be Responsible Users of Technology

Teaching students to be responsible when using technology is very important in this day and age.  The average student spends about 8 hours interacting with some form of media every day of the week.  Often times they go unsupervised and receive little direction on how to navigate these waters.  Here are some resources that you may find useful as you help students learn about digital citizenship.

BrainPophttps://www.brainpop.com/technology/digitalcitizenship/

This is a collection of videos, games and activities that students can use to learn about computer viruses, conflict resolution, cyberbullying, digital etiquette, media literacy, plagiarism, etc.

Learning.comhttps://login.learning.com/

In Learning.com students in grades 1-8 can watch videos about netiquette, safe searching, sourcing and ethics, etc.

Common Sense Media-
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/digital-citizenship

Students can find games, stories, and activities here for grades 3-12.  Students can practice online safety and apply citizenship skills.  Here you can find many other resources including iBooks lessons, posters, and videos.

Nearpod
https://nearpod.com/s/digital-citizenship-W40

Want your presentation to be more interactive?  Here are some Nearpod presentations on digital citizenship.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Formative Assessment Made Easy with Technology

The last few weeks I've had the pleasure of visiting many classrooms throughout the school district.  As I've seen a variety of instructional strategies used, I couldn't help but think of how technology could aide in student success.  Of course many activities in a classroom can still be successful without technology but how many times are learning opportunities missed or simply impossible unless a teacher takes advantage of technology.  Let's take for example formative assessment.  How many times have you seen a teacher ask a verbal question and just call on one student for the answer or just take answers from volunteers.  Do you really know if ALL students understand?  The performance levels on the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) stress qualifiers of all, consistently, and always. Certainly you can use a variety of offline techniques for gathering this data but if the digital tools are available why not use them?  Here are a few tools that could help with formative assessments.  You can have a presentation prepared ahead of time or make a generic presentation that's ready anytime you need it.

  1. Pear Deck
  2. Nearpod
  3. Kahoot
  4. Google Forms
  5. Plickers
  6. Quizalize
  7. Quizizz