Month: April 2015

Live Broadcasts

I am sharing a few tools with you this week.  Brand new tools to both you and I.  Staying up with the “latest and greatest” or “fad” technologies is extremely challenging.  It is important that we try our best to because our students are exposed it it just as quickly (and sometimes faster) as we are.

Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time.  You can also make broadcasts available to replay within 24 hours.  I think the tool can be very powerful if used appropriately.  I also think that this digital tool opens up a whole new realm for cyber bullying.  Many educators are beginning to use it but when I looked into it, I found other people using it for inappropriate matters.  The reason I’m sharing this tool is so we can all A)be aware of it, because I’m sure our kids soon will be or already are and B)see the affordances and risks of certain technologies.  I hope this gets you thinking.

Meerkat is very similar to Periscope because it allows you to tweet live video.  Everything that happens on here happens on twitter.  There are no replays with Meerkat, however.  Everyone can watch the live streams on the web.

KIK is a messaging medium that many of our students are using.  I personally have no experience using it but I know that the keiki do and again, like I said, we just need to be aware.


Twitter shouldn’t be scary!

I wanted to share with you all how I use Twitter for PD.  I know many are reluctant to get on, but I also know that many of you are using it.  If you don’t know, there is a monthly chat that happens called #edchathi where educators from Hawaii chat about best practices, tech integration, etc.  Below you will find the link of ways you can get involved, learn, and participate.

Some of you have noticed that I’ve been curating things on twitter using #kshawaii #kshes and some of you have been asking about Twitter Lists.  I’m inspired by so much of the work that is happening at my school.*

A twitter list is just a group that you create in order to view only tweets from people in that list, rather than viewing tweets from every single person you follow.  The list that I created is for me so that I can view tweets from certain groups I am connected with.  You can subscribe to lists if you would like to see tweets from those same people or you can create your own list.

Five ways I use Twitter to learn is…

  1. Ask questions!  You’ll never know if you don’t ask.
  2. Read! Read blogs from educators you follow.  Read articles.  Read topics on certain hashtags.
  3. Share! Sharing is caring.  Share your work, get feedback, etc.
  4. Collaborate! Connect with other classrooms and teachers around the world and tweet back and forth.
  5. *Take note!  I tweet, retweet, and favorite things that I like as I am learning.  Twitter is almost my way of taking notes.

Do I tweet everyday? No.
Do I read twitter everyday? No.
Do I live and breathe twitter? No.
Do I use twitter when I’m curious? Yes.

More Free PD! (I found out about on twitter 😉 )—> Google Edu On Air May 8th & 9th (I put this in the Google Group too)

Engaging the Youtube Generation

Touchcast is a great video making tool that could help with flipping in your classroom.  What sets Touchcast apart from other video making tools is that the videos can be interactive.  Students would be able to click on areas within the video while the broadcast is playing.  This tool can be very powerful in connecting with the Youtube Generation.  Check them out here to see education ideas and inspiration.

Design Thinking

The tools I am sharing with you this week fall into the genre of design thinking.

City X Project  is a design workshop for creative problem solving and design thinking.  This workshop is a great introduction to 3D design and supports Maker Education and STEM learning.  My fourth graders are in the middle of this project right now.  Some 3D design softwares that students can get on their iPads include AutoDesk 123D andTinkerplay.  A good web based program to use is Tinkercad.

Pixel Press Floors  is An app that enables you to create your own video game by drawing on paper.  This app supports the design thinking process and is easily relatable to academics such as story elements and mathematics.  It is possible to design in app, as well.  They also have lessons and an educator mailing list.  My second graders are using this in Technology class to learn about Design Thinking.

You could be using Google Docs for collaborative student note taking.  I know many of you share things between teacher and student on Google Docs, but are you maximizing the potential for collaboration and having students create and share with each other?