June 28, 2013

From San Antonio, TX to Shrewsbury, MA – Weekly Resources
It's been another hectic week for the EdTechTeacher team between ISTE, the Shrewsbury Summer Institute, and the start of our Boston Summer Workshops. There are still spaces available in some of our featured sessions:

ISTE Re-Cap from the Team

Jen Carey, Carl Hooker, and Don Orth represented us at ISTE this week in San Antonio. ISTE Wrap Up from Day #1: 4 Themes At the end of Day 1, Carl articulated 4 key themes: learning should be fun; the revolution will be televised - only on a mobile device; mobile learning is now the norm; learning should be based on inquiry and interest. ISTE from a Newby Though comfortable shoes ranked at the top of Jen's list, she also made an excellent point: Educators around the world are passionate, innovative, and inspiring. ISTE Wrap Up, Day 2 Carl spent the second day in poster sessions and at the blogger's cafe where he met up with members of his PLN - Michelle Cordy (@cordym), Holly Clark (@HollyEdTechDiva), and Don Orth (@finddonorth). ISTE 2013 Overall Wrap-up: Turning Reflection into Action To maximize the value of a conference, Carl suggests four strategies for codifying learning - especially since school is now out for summer. Dispatch.IO can be used to support asynchronous conversation, while G+ Hangouts can be used for real-time conversation. To "bend time and space" in order to curate the experience, Carl also recommends a combination of Twitter and Storify.

Resources from the Web

Student Portfolios With Evernote | Next Generation Learning; Today... Another great post about using Evernote and student portfolios. Toca Builders Consider this app to be a sort of MindCraft for elementary students. Final Argument Though really expensive, this app has a lot of potential. It serves as a presentation tool similar to Prezi. However, the final product can be exported as an Explain Everything project file. Free Technology for Teachers: Three Google Sheets Scripts That Help Teachers Save Time Doctopus and Goobric tutorials from Richard Byrne. Six Thinking Hats Great visual framework for helping students to make deeper connections. SmartBoardSmarty - home Wiki full of SMART Board resources. Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community: Writer's Notebook: Going Digital Suggested apps for creating digital writers notebooks. Math Champ With Math Champ, push out math quizzes to student iPads for quick assessment. This link is to the quick guide for setting up your class. A Platform for Good New site from the Family Online Safety Institute with info for teachers and parents about digital citizenship and internet safety