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Visual Creativity - Infographics and Sketchnotes

Creative Communicator Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. ISTE Standards for Students
In the course of my teaching career, I've tried many tools and strategies to engage students with creativity and visual learning. Despite this, I am often disappointed when many visual student projects share more text and not enough creative use of images. When images are included they often are poorly connected or they may even distract the viewer away from the learning goals.
In recent years, I've adopted two methods to help my students explore visual learning: infographics and sketchnotes. These methodologies have provided my students with new opportunities to create visually. 

Infographics - "Infographics support focused data with good design to tell a shareable story in a clear and concise manner – Three rules to great infographics: 1. compelling …

Creative Communication with the Bitmoji Chrome Extension

What is Bitmoji?
Bitmoji is your own personal emoji creator. That you can use right from your keyboard! Create an expressive cartoon avatar. Choose from a growing library of moods and stickers – featuring YOU!
From Bimoji Site How can these be used?
The Bitmoji Chrome extension works directly on many websites. Bitmojis can also be downloaded and inserted into most digital resources for display or printing. The extension is also directly compatible with Facebook, Twitter, Facebook, Slack, most email programs, and just about anywhere you might communicate on the web. You can insert Bitmojis as you type, or drag and drop your character into comments and posts.

Bitmoji in Education
Digital BadgesStudent ProjectsAwardsFeedbackTwitter AvatarsDigital or Print Classroom SignageOnline PostsGoogle DocsPresentationsI would not recommend that younger students use Bitmoji on their own. While most of the Bitmojis are pretty tame, there are a handful of created avatar poses that involve alcohol or mildly …

Growing a PLN - ISTE Blogging Buddies

My PLN has been an essential resource to help me grow as both a teacher and a learner. I am always looking for new ways to connect, so I recently joined the ISTE EdTech Coaches Network Blogging Buddies to connect, collaborate, and share.  What are Blogging Buddies?Blogging Buddies were inspired by Jennifer Hogan's "Compelled Blogger Tribe!"
Blogging Buddies are designed to be a chance for ed tech coaches (and those tasked with helping teachers integrate technology) to connect, network and learn from other coaches via blogging. Many ed tech coaches value blogging as a form of personal growth and reflection in their practice, but don’t always receive that online feedback in the form of comments from our coaching peers that we’re hoping for. So Blogging Buddies groups will be made up of about 5 ed tech coaches bloggers who come together to commit to posting on their blog at least once a month, read one another’s blogs, comment on one another’s blogs, and share the posts with …

Critical Thinking and Formative Assessment

Resources to Support Formative Assessment in 1 to 1 Classrooms “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Alvin Toffler
Formative assessments should be part of the learning experience in all classrooms, but they are particularly important in 1 to 1 classrooms. Quick formative assessments help teachers and students connect learning goals to classroom activities. Many digital resources can help teachers and students create and engage in quick formative assessments at any time with little extra effort.Good formative assessments help both the students and teachers gauge understanding and adjust teaching and learning on the fly. Formative assessments can also be fun.Before creating your own assessments using any of these resources, we recommend exploring the tutorials embed in most of the resources. If you do want to jump right in, get started by searching for assessments that have already been created…

Google - Take It With You

Transfer or Download Your School Content
Your School Account→Your Stuff→Take It With You
Educational G Suite accounts are typically closed when students are no longer enrolled. This means that students who transfer or graduate no longer have access to the files and resources in G Suite. Students should either “Transfer content” or “Download data” before leaving their school.
Transfer your content from Drive and Gmail Copy and transfer your emails and Google Drive files to a personal Google Account.
1. Visit this site: If you need help, click on the Help Icon near the top right of the screen.
2. Follow the onscreen instructions to copy and transfer your school stuff to a personal Google account. Get More Help: Copy content from your school account to another account
Download your data from all G Suite products

5 Resources to Engage Student Creativity and Student Voice

ISTE Standards for Students - Global Collaborator Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

ISTE Standards for Students - Creative Communicator Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
Learn More: ISTE
Technology Is Not Pedagogy. EdTech at it's best is a resource when it is used to support and enhance to sound pedagogic practices connected teaching & learning.
Have an idea or resource connected to student voice or student creativity? Share it in this Padlet.
Student voice and creative presentations are no longer confined to the traditional one slide at a time display of images and text. Powerpoints and Google Slides do have a place, but they cannot be the only way for Future Ready students and teachers to share and experienc…

Google Essentials - Google Keep

Google Keep can be an essential resource to help teachers and students organize their digital life. The essentials components of Google Keep include the Extension, the App, the Website, and the Keep Notepad in Google Docs.
How can you organize and save webpages, images, or quotes? With the Chrome Extension, you can easily save the things you care about to Keep and they will sync across multiple platforms. you can take notes with additional details and add labels to quickly categorize your note for later retrieval.How can you quickly capture and organize what you need to get done for your classes? Share notes and ideas will = with friends and classmates. Create reminders by time or location. The App also helps you create and collaborate on to-do lists. How do you learn more about Google Keep? The Google Keep website is similar to the Google Keep App with one exception. The website includes interactive help videos. How can Google Keep help you brainstorm and create with Google Docs? You …

Chrome Extensions for Teaching and Learning

Extensions are enhancements to the functionality of the Google Chrome browser. They add to Google Chrome by providing a suite of tools to enhance the user experience within or connected to a website. Some extensions work in the background, and some are activated by a click.

Extensions can be explored and added to the browser in the Chrome Web Store.
We've also organized a collection of Recommended Chrome Extensions to Support Teaching and Learning in this Google Document.
Recommended Chrome ExtensionsAdditional Resources
G Suite Resources Connected to Content and ConceptsInstall and Manage Extensions - Google Help

Collaboration with Padlet and Google Plus

"Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. Zip codes and borders no longer determine the learning opportunities, skills and careers that students can access. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity, and discovery no matter where they or their teachers are in the thoughtful integration of ed tech."
Source: ISTE Standards for Students
When considering where to start incorporating technology, I think first about the interpersonal skills of communication and collaboration. The skills connected to collaboration and communication provide a strong learning foundation for students to understand content and develop additional skills. 
Creative Communicator Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their go…

Personal Learning Networks - The Power Of Collaboration

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
I love being a teacher. There is always something new to learn and experience every year, every month, every week and every day. Yes, this can be stressful, difficult, and time-consuming, but it is never dull.

Most days my classroom and my students are the highlight of my learning experience. After my classroom experiences, my educational PLN  has had profound impacts on my mindset as a teacher and a learner.  I can trace many fundamental shifts in my teaching philosophy to my face to face connections and my online educational network. 
My digital PLN connections through Twitter and Google +.My favorite Educational Books.M favorite Educational Blogs.My personal PLN that includes PLCs in my school district and my local educational groups.EdCamps, and Educational Conferences (A few favorites include EdTechTeam, Midwest Google Summit, SAMRi Teacher Camp, The Southland Learning Conference, Tech &…

Organizing Files and Folders in Drive - Move vs. Add

Organizing Files and Folders in Drive
Moving and adding files in Google Drive is different than making a copy of a file. A copy is static and does not update if the original file is modified. When you move or add a file to a new location, it is a live document that is always the latest version.
Copy a File: Create a static copy of the original. Changes made to the copy are not reflected in the original file. Moving Files/Folders: Move a file or folder from one location in Drive to a different location. The file will no longer be viewable in the original location. Adding Files/Folders: Add these items to multiple folders in your Drive. (Please note that deleting a file will remove it from all folders, not just the folder you’ve deleted it in.)
Learn more about moving and adding with these tips connected to Google Drive in the Chrome Browser and Chromebooks. Moving Files and Folders
The fastest way to move a file is by right clicking on a file or folder in the Drive view. This opens up a me…

Inquiry and Knowledge Construction with Google Keep

ISTE Standards for Students - Knowledge ConstructorStudents critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.Learn More: ISTE
Technology Is Not Pedagogy. EdTech at it's best is a resource when it is used to support and enhance to sound pedagogic practices connected teaching & learning.

Have an idea for using Google Keep in your classroom? Share it in this collaborative Google Keep Padlet.
Source "Great ideas can surface in unexpected places. We created Keep to capture your thoughts anytime, anywhere—with smart tools to help you easily organize your notes, ideas and to dos."
Source Google Keep is a note-taking resource in G Suite for Education. I've frequently heard it described as "virtual sticky notes", but I believe that Google Keep is much more than just a place to take notes. There are many different ways the various aspects ca…