Instructional Technology Blog

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Old PowerPoints are better with PearDeck

It's never too late to turn your old lessons into new engaging ones.  Us teachers know that summer time is for relaxing but, the back of our minds we are always thinking about the new school year and how to improve or bring new things to our students.

Are you dreading the use of your old PowerPoints once again with your new students? why not give them a twist and make them real time interactive and engaging with PearDeck?

You may not see yourself as a very tech savvy teacher but I can assure you that using PearDeck is super easy!

PearDeck is:

Want to get started with PearDeck?  We have it available for you here at Guilderland.  To use it, simple log in with your school account and use these resources to get you started!  As always you can "book" time with me to help you! click on the "book now" icon on the top right of this page. 

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Accelerate the Feedback loop: Quizzes in Google Forms

*From Google:  Accelerate the feedback loop: Quizzes in Google Forms 
Getting feedback early helps students learn and teachers teach. Starting now, Quizzes in Google Forms will allow teachers to auto-grade multiple choice and checkbox questions — so teachers can spend less time grading and more time teaching. 

Teachers can also add review materials in the form of explanations, supplemental websites or review videos — so students can get quick, actionable feedback. Plus, teachers can get instant feedback on student progress, so they know which lessons need more explanation and what to teach next. We’ve also added a common request from educators to disallow students from sending themselves a copy of their responses. 

If you haven't used Google Forms with your class,  it's time you re consider.  Especially now that there is a built in Quiz function for auto grading.  Check it out in my video below and read all about it from Google's Education blog

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Free for the summer: Reading Fluency tutor

Exciting news!  I just heard from Alice Keeler that Fluency Tutor will be free for a limited time.  If you don't know what Fluency tutor is, check this video here.  

From Alice's Blogpost:
 Free for the Summer
For those that aren’t familiar, Fluency Tutor® for Google™ is a Google Chrome app that helps make reading aloud less stressful and more fun for students who need some extra support. It’s a big time saver for teachers, and great for struggling readers and English Language Learners.
Designed for schools using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), the app allows students to record themselves reading and share it with their teacher – away from the pressures of reading aloud in the classroom.
To use, teachers simply share content they would like students to practice reading (or allow students to choose content independently), then provide feedback at a time that’s convenient for them.
Texthelp, makers of Fluency Tutor for Google, are giving away Premium access to the app for free through August 2016 in hopes that it will help teachers encourage students to keep reading over the summer. The Premium version (normally $99/year) includes access to features such as downloadable analytic reports, advanced scoring metrics, and the ability to give students feedback on their reading.

How do you take advantage of this offer?

It’s simple, just install Fluency Tutor from the Chrome Web Store. Then open the app, sign in as a teacher, and click your user account icon at the top right of the screen. Click “Activate License” and enter the following code:
That’s it! You’ll now have premium access to Fluency Tutor for Google through August.
If you already use Fluency Tutor, but do not have premium access, you can still enter the code above to receive free access over the summer.
Getting started
If you’re new to Fluency Tutor (or it’s just been awhile) you can check out Texthelp’sintro video to help you get started.
There’s also an email-a-day course. Sign up and you’ll receive an email a day for 5 days explaining how to take advantage of the most used features within Fluency Tutor.
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