“Pedagogy is the driver, technology is the accelerator.” Michael Fullan
Podcasts are a series of audio recordings that you can listen to at anytime. Podcasts are great in the classroom because students can show what they know in a different format and other students can listen to them and learn too. Here are five ways you can use podcasting in the classroom:
- Book Talk: When students finish a great book they want to share, they can create a podcast highlighting the book for the book talk series. Other students can listen to the podcasts to see what book they might want to read next.
- How To: This podcast series can be subject based on open to all areas. Students post “how to’s” to show what they know and help other students. For example: How to annotate text or how to apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.
- Student Spotlight: Spotlight a student each week. Students share about themselves to help build classroom culture and climate.
- Untold Stories: Students choose a different perspective of a historical event, book etc.
- Current Events: Students chose a current event, summarize the event and why it is important.
It is important to plan, produce and the publish! Before the students record their script, they must have it written out and get it approved by me. Then the students produce the podcast using the voice memos app that is on the iPad. Below are the directions that are posted, which I have previously modeled for them. I also have a podcast helper if a student gets stuck.
- Press the record (red button) and start your podcast.
- When you are finished click on the record button again to stop the recording.
- Then click done and it will ask you to save your voice memo, click save.
- Label it with your last name and episode number. Example: Thompson E1.
- Click on your recording again and it will open up and give you three options share, edit or delete. Click on the share button and email it to me (the teacher).
Once they send it to me, I edit the files using iMovie to add the theme music and take out any pauses etc. You can also use Garageband to edit as well. Depending on the age level students can do this process too. Finally you publish; I chose to use my website as the host for the podcasts. This way the students always know where to find them.
Here are a few other tools that have helped with podcasting in my classroom:
Podcasting tips: Use this resource before writing your script to get ideas.
Script Timer: Use this web tool to help determine the length based on your script.
Benefits of Podcasting:
- Students are practicing reading, writing and listening based on multiple content standards.
- Students are using high order thinking skills to create and critically think.
- Students are being assessed in a different way.
- Podcasts don’t have to be individual but students can collaborate too!
Please share ideas you have done in your classroom using podcasting!
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun” by Mary Lou Cook
A HyperDoc is a Google document that incorporates different interactive features, such as links to content, maps etc. It requires the creator to think about the needs of the learners, how they will engage in the content, what ways they can reflect on their own learning, and how they can show what they know. A multimedia text set is a collection of lessons, various texts, and resources based around a unit, topic or theme. HyperDocs and Multimedia text sets were created by three ladies, Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis and have revolutionized the classroom.
How to create a HyperDoc:
- Choose your audience (students, teachers, staff)
- Choose a standard/topic/theme/unit
- Decide if it is a single lesson (HyperDoc) or a collection of learning resources, example for a unit (Multimedia Text Set)
- Create a doc and title it HyperDoc and name of standard/topic/theme/unit
- Add images, links, maps, instructions, learning experiences etc
- Be sure to set the share settings to view only so leaners can make a copy.
- There are multiple places to share your HyperDoc with other educators such as the below padlet or to Teachers Give Teachers.
HyperDocs are a great way to create personalized learning playlists and/or pathways. It is also a misconception that only teachers can create/use HyperDocs. It is a great way for administrators to model a way to integrate technology in a meaningful way for example in staff meetings or as a way to deliver professional development. Check out this link for HyperDocs for Administrators!
More resources on HyperDoc’s:
The HyperDoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps
Meet the HyperDoc Girls and Their Resources
Collection of HyperDoc Examples from 2nd-12
Collection of Multimedia Text Sets
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono
This week my blog post is different because I want you to read Tony Vincent‘s blog post, Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides. It is chock full of amazing ideas, tips, tricks and templates for you to utilize in your classroom. The directions are clear, concise and so easy you could implement this tomorrow in your classroom. Happy reading!
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun” Mary Lou Cook
NCTIES is one of my favorite conference each year. I love learning new things and sparking new ideas to share with others. Here are 10 new tools I learned about that I have not used before but will be using in the classroom: (These are in no particular order)
- Quick, Draw: This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. The machine guessed 4/6 of my drawings.
- Bloxels for Kids: This is an innovative video game development platform that allows you to create your own video games. I love that it is created by kids for kids.
- Sutori: This is a place students can create their own digital story timelines.
- Post it Plus App: Take a picture of the post-its that you were using to brainstorm/collaborate and save it as a picture. You can then later rearrange or add to it.
- Phonto: Add text to photo’s…so many great ways to use this in the classroom.
- Quizalize: Similar to Kahoot but what I like about more is students can take it at their own pace.
- Vizia: This site makes a quiz from any video, sends answers to a spreadsheet!
- Inklewriter: Create your own choose your adventure story.
- OpeneBooks: This site, once you create an account, offers free ebooks for students.
- Teach Your Monster to Read: This site is great for the younger students and ESL students.
*Bonus: Richard Byrne shared all his presentation slides here from the conference as well.
“Life is filled with tests, one after another, and if you don’t recognize them, you are certain to fail the most important ones.” By Brian Herbert
In a recent study from Stanford, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning, displays that a vast majority of students can’t determine it what they read on websites is true or false. (I would also be interested in a further study to see how many adults can identify fake news as sometimes I see adults posting fake news too.) The skills of evaluating fake news and information are a very important part of Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy.
As educators we need to have an understanding ourselves where information comes from so we can help guide students. We need to explicitly teach if an article, blog post etc is reliable and accurate. We can start doing that be utilizing these three core ideas:
Consider the Source: Where was the information published? Remember anyone can make a website.
Check the Author: What do you know about the author(s)? What else have they written?
Check the Date: When was the information posted? How long ago was it updated?
Below are some resources you can use in the classroom for teaching how to spot fake news:
Chrome Extension: Fake News Detector
Snopes (Put in a url you are wondering about and they will fact check it)
Fictitious, Satirical, Bogus, Fallacy-laden Websites (Sites that are fake you can use to teach students about digital literacy and spotting fake news. I would make this into a web-quest mixing real and fake news to see how many they can identify)
Lesson Plan: Fighting Fake News
Lesson plan: How to teach your students about fake news
Fake News and What We Can Do about It: HS Lesson Plans
More articles on fake news:
Mission Critical: How Educators Can Help Save Democracy
Who Stands Between Fake News and Students? Educators
Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News
Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds
How to Spot Fake News
“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world but to change it.” By Colin Wilson
A Makerspace is a learning environment where everyone can discover, collaborate, and create things. It is not defined as a certain space but rather an area of exploration, experimentation and tinkering. Many schools have been adding Makerspaces into their media centers but that is not the only place they have to be. You can add them into your classroom as well. There is a misconception that Makerspaces have to have technology such as a 3d printer and this is not true. I have seen many awesome Makerspaces with no technology in them such as Fashion Makerspaces. Ask parents to donate supplies or apply for a grants through Donors Choose or Go Fund Me: Education to help launch your Makerspace.
Here are some examples items you can put into your Makerspaces but not limited too:
- Recyclables: This is a cheap and easy way to start a Makerspace.
- plastic bottles or cups
- altoid tins
- egg cartons
- milk cartons
- popsicles sticks
- Electronic/Technology Items:
Helpful Articles and Resources:
7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces
Book: Invent to Learn
My previous Makerspace posts:
Makerspace in Education
Ways to Use Blokify – Without a 3D Printer in the Classroom
Adding Creativity and Imagination to the Classroom
I would love to hear what you put into your Makerspaces.
“An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children—and that includes our girls—in this critical field.” By Sheryl Sandberg
It is that time of year again where I love to remind and promote Hour of Code to all educators. This year the Hour of Code is the week of December 5-11, 2017. The Hour of Code is a global movement hosted by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching millions of students, in over a 100 countries from K-12th grade. The concept is simple, it gives students an one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
In North Carolina alone there are 16,919 open computing jobs (4.7x the state average demand rate) with only 1,224 computer science graduates. You can learn more about how you can support North Carolina Computer Science here or about any other state here.
More great resources:
Apple is offering FREE Hour of Code Workshops
10 projects to kickstart Hour of Code
Hour of Code with Kodable
Here are my previous years blog posts on Hour of Code along with other Computer Science blog posts that have helpful resources:
Resources for CS EdWeek 2015
Hour of Code
The Foos: Kids Coding App
Using Kodable App in the Classroom
Bridging Coding and Common Core with Tynker
I hope all of you give your students the opportunity to see what coding and computer science is all about! You don’t have to know how to code or anything about computer science to provide students the spark to get them excited about learning computer science!