Technology Training Integration Specialist
Academic Coach, Compton Elementary School
Some of DML's Favorites
This week, take a peek inside some of the educational toolboxes of educators across the District. Learn about new instructional strategies, tools, apps, and websites that you may wish to use in your own work.
"Our Professional Learning this year has mainly been focused on learning progressions in reading and writing and vertical alignment in mathematics. We know that a 3rd grade teacher has to know grade level standards, but he or she also needs to know what student understanding needs to be in place for those standards to be accessible. Likewise, that same teacher needs to be knowledgeable about what might be expected of students the following year in order to best prepare them moving forward. Strengthening the scope of vertical teacher knowledge allows our teachers to differentiate more effectively and ensure we are reaching more of our students."
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Tracey's current favorites include, Office Mix, Sway, Infographics, and Skype to help students gain real world experience. Below are brief explanations of each:
Office Mix: This PowerPoint plug-in allows you to include interactive questions, videos, screencasts, and more in your slideshows.
Sway: A mix between PowerPoint and a webpage, Sway allows you to create multimedia presentations.
Infographics: These graphic representations of data make it easier for students and educators understand.
Skype: This tool offers all educators the opportunity to chat, facilitate webinars, or face-to-face conversations digitally.
This week's theme: The Toolbox Edition
The Friday 5: Concise, curated content to enhance the digital and multimedia learning in your corner of the world.
Here in the Digital and Multimedia Learning Department (DML), we have a few tips, tools, and tricks to share.
Edit a PDF in Word: Did you know that you can open a PDF in Word and edit it? Click here to learn how.
Email from Word: Go to File > Share >Email. From there, you can email a document as an attachment, PDF, or link (if saved in Office 365).
Mentimeter: Gather instant feedback for large groups for free. Watch this video to learn more.
Daniel is excited about collaborating on connecting Science with Art through the use of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. This kit, created by BirdBrain Technologies, is a spin-off product from Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab. It enables students to create robots, animatronics, and kinetic sculptures using materials provided within the kit. Furthermore, it eoffers students the opportunity to learn how to code using tools like Scratch, Snap!, and the CREATE Lab Visual Programmer, among others.
Learn more about the Hummingbird Robotics Kit here.
Cara's three favorite tools nesting in her educator toolbox are Canva, Kahoot!, and GreenScreen by DoInk. Enjoy the reviews of each in her own words.
Canva:"I’ll start with Canva because I love it so incredibly much! I’ve made posters and flyers and presentations and invitations and infographics, basically, what haven’t I made with it? Most of my blog’s ‘featured images’ (heading photos) are made with Canva.
Canva for Education
Kahoot!: "Lots of our teachers use Kahoot for reviewing topics. We played Kahoot with our for the Media Center orientation at the beginning of the year instead of the same old boring “here are the rules, blah blah blah.” It was definitely more fun. I had way more student engagement/involvement."
GreenScreen by DoInk: Our kids have loved this app (including my personal kid at home!). Most recently, 7th grade AC SS reported ‘on-location’ in Africa. As far as the teachers go, we used this app to create our ‘classic’ Super Hero Themed Summer Reading Promotion Video. I know that there are free green screen apps, but this app is really easy to use, has no watermarks, saves to the camera roll, and is very user-friendly.
GreenScreen by DoInk on iTunes ($2.99)
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Science Teacher, Floyd Middle School
Media Specialist, McClure Middle School