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IFTTT for Productivity and Creative Thinking

IF This Than That is a great resource that has been around for a while, but one that I sadly have not fully engaged in until recently. The slogan is: "Put the internet to work for you." In recent days I've started automating many of my manual tasks online using and creating recipes. If something is connected to the internet you can probably create a recipe to make you online life a bit easier. What is IFTTT?
IFTTT empowers you with creative control over the products and apps you love. What are Recipes? Recipes are simple connections between products and apps. There are two types of Recipes: Do Recipes and IF Recipes. Do Recipes Do Recipes run with just a tap and enable you to create your own personalized Button, Camera, and Notepad. The Do apps are available for iOS and Android. About IFTTT Ideas for some recipes: Create a recipe for a newsletter that auto publishes.   Recipe to collect favorite tweets in Google spreadsheet. Recipe to connect Pocket to Google Drive. Use to trigge…

Formative Assessment with Poll Everywhere

Reasons to poll your students frequently and consistently?
Discussion StartersQuick Checks for UnderstandingEnhance Communication SkillsInspire Creative ThinkingCritically Evaluate Resources and IdeasJump Start Collaboration Poll Everywhere is a recently released Chrome Extension that works with Google Slides to allow presenters to quickly and easily create quick survey questions in Google slides. Create a survey ahead of time or quickly insert one during a presentation.  Polls can include multiple choice questions, open-ended questions, Q & A / Brainstorm, or even clickable images. Results can be displayed live on screen or hidden from the audience.Students can respond via Text, via the Web, via a Mobile Browser, or even through Twitter. Initial Setup Guide:
Click here to open the Poll Everywhere Extension description in the Chrome Web Store. Click on the "Add to Chrome" button to install the extension. A dialog appears letting you know about the types of data that the exte…

Infographics & Creative Student-Centered Presentations

In the course of my teaching career, I've tried many tools and strategies to engage students with presentations. Despite this, I am often disappointed when student presentations are text heavy with images too often there as little more than distractions. For this reason, I am always looking for different ways to help students inject a bit more creativity into their presentations.

When designing an activity and choosing resources to support students sharing their learning my top priorities include: Ease of UseFree FeaturesCollaboration FeaturesOnline Access and SharingHelp Resources There are are many great strategies and tools to support creative student-led presentations. Here is a list of some of the top web-based presentation tools that best support collaboration and creative design:
Prezi  |  WeVideo  |  Glogster  |  Canva  |  Powtoons  |  Google Slides Padlet  |  Haiku Deck  |  Nearpod  |  Movenote  |  GoAnimate
A list of creative presentation styles might include: Peche Kucha  |  I…

Why Do We Use Tech to Support Learning?

We live in a world where technology is all around us. It is a blessing to many and a curse for some. The incredible growth of educational technology has flipped many teachers upside down and we often struggle to use technology effectively to enhance learning.  I believe that is easy to use technology in the classroom, but difficult to use it well. The challenge of using technology in the classroom is too often overlooked.  Too often technology initiatives focus on "If you build it they will come." and not enough on good learning practices enhanced by technology. 
Components of using technology well in the classroom: Students must be engaged in the content.Content alone is not enough. Content should help students build essential skills.Technology should support skills connected collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Technology should open doors to more learning.Technology in the classroom should be learner-centered. Technology should always be used with…