Friday, October 20, 2017

Recharge Learning Becomes Wicked EdTech - My Neverending Story


Sometimes I feel like I am wondering in a Neverending Story. This is not a bad thing. This is how I learn.



My goal for blogging and sharing resources is not to show what I know, but to share my learning experiences with my PLN. I explore and share resources as a diary of sorts connected to my learning. I share these resources because I still believe that the more you share the more you learn.

All that being said, I wanted to let everyone know that I’ve reimagined the Recharge Learning Site and rebranded it as Wicked EdTech. Why? Let’s blame it on my ADHD, and I needed a new direction. (On the practical side, I wanted the site in the new Google Sites.)

My main areas of exploration right now include:
As always, this is a neverending work in progress, a Neverending Story?
I know there is a lot here, but I am curious about quite a few things right now. Thanks for taking a look, feedback is appreciated.



Monday, October 16, 2017

Digital Communication Resources on the Web


Supporting the 4Cs in Learner-Centered Classrooms

Communication - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students will:
  • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
  • Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought.” ― Oliver Sacks

I have long believed that my content should support the development of student skills connected to the 4 Cs or collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. 

This week, I am working on updating my list of Web Resources connected to Communication Skills for teachers, parents, and students. I have had a great deal of help from my PLN in the past and I am hoping you can help with this updated Google Doc.


Have an additional resource or want to share how you use one of the tools? Visit this Communication Padlet to share or post a reply in the comments below.

Additional Communication Resources



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Digital Collaboration Resources on the Web


Supporting the 4Cs in Learner-Centered Classrooms
Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students will:
  • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
  • Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

"Alone we are smart together we are brilliant." Steven Anderson

I have long believed that my content should support the development of student skills connected to the 4 Cs or collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. 

Today I am working on updating my list of Web Resources connected to Collaboration in the Classroom. I have had a great deal of help from my PLN in the past and I am hoping you can help with this updated Google Doc.


Have an additional resource or want to share how you use one of the tools? Visit this Collaborative Padlet to share or post a reply in the comments below.

Additional Collaboration Resources




Monday, October 9, 2017

G Suite Brings More Awesome Updates with Google Slides

"Around here we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Walt Disney

I have always been a big fan of the Disney magic, so it is now small wonder that I also love EdTech and G Suite for Education. I love that both companies have a growth mindset and never rest on their laurels. 

Google slides has always been one of my favorite G Suite Tools and it comes as no surprise that Google recently announced some incredible updates for Slides. These updates go live for everyone on October 11th.  Slides is so much more than a presentation tool, and these updates will make Slides even more versatile. Here are three of my favorites from this recent Slides update.
  • Peardeck has partnered with Google to bring us one of the first add-ons for Slides. The Peardeck add-on allows you to add interactive questions to your presentation. It will be a great tool for formative assessments. Learn more about Slide add-ons here

  • Google has now brought Keep Notepad to Slides. We loved when Keep was added to Docs and now this incredible organization, research, and note tool works with with Google Slides. Learn more about Google Keep in Slides and Docs here.


  • You can now link slides across multiple presentations. This means that you can have the same slide across multiple presentations and if you update this linked slide in one presentations it automatically updates in the other presentations. 



Learn more about additional updates including: inserting Diagrams, Grid view, Skipping slides, and more here


Thank you Google for helping teachers enhance the learning experience for our students! Change is so important for learning and growth and I appreciate the Google models an innovative mindset for all learners!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Exploring Google Essentials for Students

We Don't Know What We Don't Know?

This fall we rolled out almost 4,000 Chromebooks for the first time. Our students have been engaged in G Suite for more than 5 years, but Chromebooks were new for most. 

How do we help all of our students explore the power of Chromebooks and G Suite?

We knew that our students all have different experiences with Chrome and G Suite for Educations. We needed to provide them with resources and opportunities to explore and engage. It was important for us to provide them with something that they could use regardless of their knowledge and experiences. 


We initially planned to use HyperDocs to get students collaborating, creating, communicating and thinking critically as they explored our 4 Google Essentials. We planned and organized 4 HyperDocs that we hoped would engage students in an experience that was rich with the 4 Cs. 

We quickly realized that we simply would not have enough time to have students dive deep into a true HyperDoc experience, so we scaled down the HyperDocs. Our interactive HyperDocs became interactive Exploration Documents that act as a starting point to connect students to resources.
Curious? Explore the links below to learn more about our Google Essentials. 



This tutorial is designed to help you explore the features and functions of a Chromebook for learning.
This tutorial is designed to help you explore the features and organization of Google Classroom. This tutorial does bring students directly into Google Classroom so you will not be able to experience everything we have here.
The tutorial is designed to help you explore the features and organization of Google Drive.
The tutorial is designed to help you explore the features and power of Google Keep.


Questions or ideas? Please share below!