May 11, 2013

Weekly Resources – Teacher Appreciation Week Wrap-Up
As Teacher Appreciation Week 2013 comes to a close, we hope this post will serve as one final "treat."

NEW from EdTechTeacher

For those of you who missed our big announcements this week, we have two.
iPad Summit 2013 in Boston
It's official! The Call for Proposals and Early Bird Registration are both OPEN for the November 13-15 iPad Summit at The Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Ruben Puentedura - creator of the SAMR Model, and Dr. David Weinberger - Senior Researcher at the Harvard Berkman Center and Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, will be our keynote speakers. Featured presenters will include members of our EdTechTeacher team as well as renown educators such as Kathy Scrhock. More featured presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Register Soon! We expect this to be another SOLD OUT event.
Welcome Sam Morra!
We are thrilled to have Sam Morra join the EdTechTeacher team. You can meet her virtually in our May 21st webinar and in person, July 8-10, when she leads Digital Storytelling & Multimedia Student Projects in Boston.

Articles from the Week

When to Put the Tech Away in Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom "When we work with schools embarking on 1:1 programs, losing classroom culture often tops the list of concerns. Teachers worry about too much screen time and lack of face-to-face interaction. Between the two of us, we have taught  in 1:1 environments with students in grades 2-12. Despite the wonderful learning opportunities afforded by these devices, sometimes, the technology is best when turned off." Beth Holland & Shawn McCusker teamed up on the writing of this post to offer examples for all grade levels. It originally appeared on Edudemic. The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media "The Someday/Monday dichotomy captures one of the core challenges in teacher professional development around education technology. On the one hand, deep integration of new learning technologies into classrooms requires substantially rethinking pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and teacher practice (someday). For technology to make a real difference in student learning, it can’t just be an add-on. On the other hand, teachers need to start somewhere (Monday), and one of the easiest ways for teachers to get experience with emerging tools is to play and experiment in lightweight ways: to use technology as an add-on." Read the rest of Justin's article about Consumption on MindShift. More Articles

Resources, Tools, & Apps

The Best Chrome Apps You're (Probably) Not Using A few apps that you "may or may not" have seen. We've added many of these to the curriculum for our July 25-26 All Things Google workshop. Story by Disney This new FREE app from Disney is a great option for elementary digital storytelling. Students can incorporate photos and video into the creation of custom books. Technology with Intention | 5 best iPad apps to teach programming List of 5 iPad apps to help teach programming and computational thinking. Insert quizzes into video with SOO Meta Soo Meta, which lets you combine videos from YouTube, pictures , text, and audio recordings to create a presentation, now allows you to insert a quiz into your projects. We think this could be a great tool for a Flipped Classroom. Popcorn Maker This HTML 5 tools could be excellent for digital storytelling. Enhance and remixing videos, plus add annotations, to most anything that has an embed code.