Below are some of the ideas and inspiration I gained during my 2nd day at the Future of Education Technology Conference:
Using Technology to its Maximum Potential with the SAMR Model by Tammy Seneca (@Drtamssen)
- It’s about increasing complexity not difficulty. It’s about how you challenge students’ thinking (e.g. solve global warming) not necessarily the difficulty of a task (e.g. read 30 pages and take notes)
- It is about the way that our students interact with the content and at what level . Give students the opportunity to chose how they show their learning (e.g. students have to give a sales pitch for the 13 colonies instead of just create a brochure or presentation)
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Applied with SAMR
1. Recall & Reproduction (SAMR: Substitution): Memorizing & recalling facts, applying simple procedures
- You have to gradually make your way up, it’s okay to start with recall & reproduction
- Students use a “digital microscope” instead of an actual microscope due to budget constraints to look at cells and take notes using a worksheet with basic recall questions.
- View a BrainPop video on Economics & answer basic questions about the video
2. Skills & Concepts (SAMR: Augmentation): Apply skills and concepts related to a particular field of study. Make decisions as to how to approach a question or problem
- Focus is on application in a familiar/typical situation , there’s a relationship between ideas, tasks require deeper knowledge than basic definitions, tasks may call for multiple steps or approaches
- Key verbs: apply, determine, categorize, cause & effect, infer, interpret, modify, organize.
- Make powtoon on what my Cajun heritage means to me. It 2nd level on Webb’s because the teacher gave specific instructions on what goes on each slide (i letting students decide which would raise the level of DOK)
- Google Expeditions: You gives students the opportunity to go beyond the 4 walls of their classroom but questions might be very surface level
3. Strategic Thinking (SAMR: Modification): Demonstrate sound reasoning with evidence & justification. Develop a plan or series of steps to take complex task
- Focus is on reasoning & planning in order to respond; complex and abstract thinking is required, students must demonstrate deep understanding and justify their responses; questions may yield more than one correct answer.
4. Extended Reasoning (SAMR: Redefinition): Integrates knowledge from multiple sources. Make real-world connections in unique and creative ways
- Tasks require complex reasoning, planning & thinking; activities have multiple steps, students employ and sustain strategic thinking over an extended period of time, relate concepts within the content area and among other content areas.
- Plan and curate exhibits for a museum of the ancient river civilization
- Your team of conquistadors will try to persuade the other teams to attack and conquer the civilization that you chose. Create a prezi to support your arguments
Connected with Nikki Smith (@MauldinAPStats ) who is a full-time high school Math teacher but is also on professional development committee.
- Professional Development Idea: They offer monthly PD with choices for teachers and is led by other teachers & administrators. They also have a blended option where during their late start school day teachers can complete their PD at home before or during the designated day
- It’s problematic to equate using a certain technology tool with being on a certain level of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. For example, creating a Prezi can substitute for a poster however what determines the DOK is not the tool but how it’s used. The Prezi can display an original proposal for solving a complex problem or simply facts & images that were copied & pasted from the Internet, How the tool is used determines the level of thinking it elicits not the tool itself!
Personalized versus Individualized Learning by David French (@davidbfrench) & Hope Huynh (TenMarks)
- Establish clear student outcomes for what you expect students to be able to do due to increased use of technology
- Students will gain a global perspective by leveraging digital tools
- Collaborate using digital tools to support learning
- Professional Development for Teachers:
- Stress to teachers: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried something new.” -Albert Einstein
- Offer customized learning (professional development) for teachers, meet them where they’re at
- Powerful math tech tool for highly differentiated and personalized learning: TenMarks
- TenMarks allows for very customized math instruction
- Suggests increasingly challenging tasks for students based on mastery of prior concepts, offers interventions with videos, hints, etc when students struggle
- Students can learn math at their own pace.
101 Tools by Lori Maldonado (@Lori_Maldonado) & Tori Greathouse (@ToriGreathouse) of @simplek12
All of the following tools are free or freemium:
- Easely (infographic creator) with templates
- Showbie: Paperless Classroom and leave voice or text feedbacks
- Quizlet: study tools using flashcards but include auto-generated quizzes & games, quizlet live allows for real time formative feedback
- iRubric: Rubric creator has templates that you can use or modify.
- Photopin: Creative Commons Photos allows teachers to easily teach being good digital citizens (we shouldn’t encourage them to just use any images from Google Images).
- Clipix: “pinterest for the real world.” Bookmarking tool, multiboard option which allows you to drag & drop photos, docs, files, etc. All boards can be private.
- Google Arts & Culture: Virtual Fieldtrips of important locations around the wall
- Marvel: Comic Creator which can be printed out and they can be up to 22 pages long!
- Newsela: Differentiated current events texts with comprehension questions
- Popplet: Detailed, customizable concept maps including drawings & images.
- Screencast O’Matic: Free screencasting tool without downloading anything. Free version has 15 minute limit. Applications: teachers leave video feedback
- Digizen: Free digital citizenship resources for parents, students and teachers. Includes videos, lessons, etc. Include this as part of your internet safety work.
- edu.Buncee: Multimedia lessons that look professional. Can facilitate blended learning.
- Quizizz: Game based learning, little different than Kahoot: doesn’t require projector, questions are randomized, students can move at their own pace.
- Print Friendly: Save paper & ink by inputting link
- Watch Know Learn: 50,000 free educational videos that are kids safe, reviewed by educators and aggregates videos.
- Power My Learning: Has games for math, English, Social Studies, Science, etc Teachers can create playlists with series of games.
- History Pin: Interactive maps that are created by users with photos & stories from the local community. Includes authentic artifacts (e.g. older family photos)
- Gooru: Personalized learning by creating a collection of lessons/resources. Teachers can track their work as they move through the activities.
- Typing.com: Keyboarding skills lessons and games that are and will always be free. Teachers can still track students progress.
- Global Read Aloud: Over 500,000 students have participated in this global read aloud project which allows students to make connections via Twitter and blogs with others around the world who are reading the same book.
- Symbaloo: Visual bookmarking tool and create different boards for different topics. Application tip- students create a Symbaloo to supplement works cited and you click on open all to check sources.
- EdPuzzle: Interactive videos for flipping the classroom. Teachers can add their voice, multiple choice questions, short answer.
- Wizer: Digital worksheets
- PBL Online: Project based learning helps design and manage student projects (especially for middle & high schools). There’s a project library where you can see what other teachers have created.
- Thinglink: Interactive visuals.
- Ziggedy: Easy fundraising and get extra cash for your class. Parents use that site to make purchases online.
- EdShelf: Collection of Teaching Tools
- Knovio: Upload powerpoint, videos, documents and record sound. It helps you flip your classroom.
- TED-Ed: Customized lessons which allows you to take a TED talk and allows students to answer questions about the video and discuss.
- Pearl Trees: Better curate content and organize bookmarks. Make them easy to share & collaborate. It organizes them as trees of content.
- PodBean: Allows you to easily start podcasting & audio and share with a link. Tip: have students create a library of podcasts
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: Amazing collection of learning resources with great collection of artifacts, videos, questions, quizzes.
- Stormboard: Online brainstorming and has templates (e.g. compare & contrast, KWL). Students can comment on the board in real time but free version limits to 5 simultaneous users
- SimpleK12.com: Teacher Training & Resources which allows teachers to learn easily online via webinars.
Mindful by Design by Caitlin Krause (@MindWise_CK)
- The Need for Mindfulness as a Lens
- Mindfulness gives agency & construction back to students
- Mindfulness should inspire curiosity about themselves and the world
- Dr. Ellen Langer: Mindful is simply being aware. Either you’re aware or not.
- Teachers as Designers
- Is what I’m doing useful to my students? You need empathy to understand students experiences.
- Students should be able to answer: Why am I doing this?
- There is a true intersection between mindfulness, empathy & design thinking
- Mindfulness changes brain, increases grey matter
- “The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance” -Pablo Casals
- Does photography connect your or remove you from your environment?
- Future careers demand skills that mindfulness helps cultivate: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others.
- Students minds need to truly be in the moment to build something meaningful
- Digital: Mindful.org ; Headspace ; Calm App ; Music (Vivaldi 4 seasons —have students predict which season is playing) ;
- Books: 10% Happier (Dan Harris) ; Howard Rheingold: The power of Collaboration