Over on Facebook, I’m making a special effort to keep the TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) closed group going with fresh tips and content. When I started facilitating MIE sessions earlier this year (I’ve had a chance to facilitate 10 across Texas), one of the challenges was reconciling who would be attending at these events. As you might imagine, community building can be tough, albeit rewarding, work. I’m always inspired by Sarah of Edumatch fame, not to mention many others.
My goals were simpler–to build a community of Texas educators, and sure, why not, a few folks from outside Texas. The community had to tap into a need for educators to be heard, to have a place to share their ideas. Robyn H. inspired the Facebook closed group since she has a group for US Microsoft Innovative Educators. I had already tried, unsuccessfully, to create a Voxer group, Skype group, Diigo group. The idea came one session when I asked the audience, “How many Facebook users are there here?” and the whole audience raised their hands. Facebook, not Twitter, was the virtual space teachers, principals, technology directors seemed to inhabit.
The group is now 195 educators strong. Wow.
The group that came about for Texas educators is TCEAMIE. You can join at http://ly.tcea.org/jointceamie
What lessons did I learn?
- Go to where the people are, don’t try to make them come to you.
- Take advantage of multimedia to respond to questions and issues.
- Break the rules, invite others to join who have questions and/or responses.
- Tinker until you get it right.
- Ask for forgiveness.
Note: This blog entry originally published at TCEA’s TechNotes blog.
Best Practice #1 – Establish procedures before issuing Chromebooks.
Best Practice #2 – Teach Chromebook basics along with digital citizenship.
Best Practice #3 – Promote collaboration.
Are you an educator fascinated with creating videos that feature great content, are available on popular media sites (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), and feature YOU as the chief learning strategist and interpreter? What’s more, new tools make it easy to annotate videos. Annotating videos involves layering text, links, and comment bubbles into an existing video.
Note: This is a shortened, improved version of the blog entry appearing here at TCEA.org/blog
5 Video Annotation Tools
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Here are a few tools you can use as a teacher to enhance interactivity with video content:
- YouTube has built-in annotation tools, including speech bubbles, spotlight (highlighting areas in a video), adding text notes, titles, and labels.
- EdPuzzle makes it straightforward to add notes and assessments to videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion and others. This enables understanding checks. There’s also an iOS app you and/or your students can use.
- VideoAnt, a web-based video annotation tool, also allows for annotations or comments to web-hosted videos.
- This online annotation tool, Swivl’s Recap, is a student response and reflection app. Teachers can prompt students to respond to questions and students respond in video via their mobile device of choice. Watch this overview of Recap via TeacherCast.
- Flipgrid works a little differently from the tools above, empowering you to create video-based discussion groups. The teacher posts videos and students respond to those. The “video group” can be passworded via a pin code, and then made accessible online via a web site.
3 Student VideoNotes Tools
Looking for tools that allow your students to take notes about videos? Check out this blog entry by Richard Byrne. In it, he highlights these tools:
- VideoNot.es and TurboNote are two tools that allow you to take notes off to the side of the video.
- Vialogues, not unlike Flipgrid, allows you to create conversations that revolve around a video.
Note: This blog entry originally published online at TCEA TechNotes blog – http://www.tcea.org/blog
Listen to TCEA Podcast #3: ELL/ESL Support Gaps
with Dr. Chris Moersch (@lotiguy) and
Dr. Desiree Marks-Arias (email:
Three ESL Support Pillars
HEAT Framework and ELPS:
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Aside: Many thanks, Gary and Paul!
What Is Content Curation?
Want to Manage the Flow of Information?
Scenario – Anchor Charts
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What Is Flipped Learning?
Overcoming Technical Obstacles
Listen to Practitioners
Flipped Learning Tools
“He’s not a programmer!” cried my Mom when my father bought me a $3,000 Apple //e computer, dot matrix printer, and software (e.g. VisiCalc, The Print Shop) at age 13. “He’s terrible in math.” Would you say the same about drones and 3D printers that involve programming?
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|“The Iron Throne” from Game of Thrones in TinkerCAD Gallery. 3D Printed Design executed by (left to right) Jim Baldoni and Wes Ryan (NorthEast ISD) at TCEA Maker on 05/25/2016.|
Note: This blog entry was originally published in 3 parts at TCEA TechNotes blog at http://www.tcea.org/blog. I’ve combined all into one blog entry here. The term “wicked problem” was introduced to me by previous work colleague…it is defined as a problem that endures in spite of effort brought to bear to solve it. Having solved my share of wicked problems in the technology field, I thought I’d share how I got it done.
[inspirational quote that summarizes the importance of professional learning for campus instructional leaders]
Definition of a Maker’s Attitude
Check out these videos for walkthroughs of how to use the virtual Microsoft Classroom environment, as well as different aspects of Classroom, including setting up integration with OneNote Class Notebook.
- Setup and explore the MS Classroom environment. In this quick 10-13 minute video, we explore MS Classroom and setup a classroom from scratch.
- MS Classroom Big Picture View. In this video, we explore MS Classroom and begin checking out different aspects of MS Classroom. We take a quick look at Assignments, Calendar, etc. We’ll begin exploring Class Notebook and how it interfaces with MS Classroom.
- MS Classroom and Setup of OneNote Class Notebook. Setting up OneNote Class Notebook. Continued exploration of MS Classroom, Conversation, File space, and more. We also discuss the different OneNotes that exist, including OneNote Online, OneNote 2016, and the free app, OneNote.
- MS Classroom and Connecting OneNote ClassNotebook. In this, we explore Class Notebook in more detail, how to connect your Class Notebook on OneNote 2016 to your MS Classroom Learning Management System (LMS) (as well as others). That way, when you record grades in Class Notebook, they are reflected in your MS Classroom Assignments area, and vice versa!
- Adjusting Grades in OneNote Class Notebook and seeing changes reflected in MS Classroom. When you adjust grades in one system, they are adjusted in the other. Isn’t that amazing?
- Exploring the Student View. In this exploration, you get to see what students see when interacting with MS Classroom, as well as creating documents for Assignments. In the video, you see both the teacher and student perspectives as a teacher reviews a student document saved in OneDrive, leaves a comment, then grades it when the students has reviewed it.
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“High-quality OER (Open Education Resources) can save teachers significant time and effort,” points out this article at Edutopia, “on resource development and advance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Further, open sharing of resources has the potential to fuel collaboration, encourage the improvement of available materials, and aid in the dissemination of best practices.” Given that OER is increasingly available in education space, representing various “big players” like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft’s OpenEd.com, it’s worth taking a look at new offerings in this space.
What will these services mean for school districts and teachers? And, more important questions linger, such as, “Should teachers and school districts be trying to create their own content when so much is available online already? If not, who curates OER content?”
Let’s explore three current and future sources of open educational resources
“What’s Office 365?” asked a second grade teacher last week at a casual meeting. “My district is moving from what we have now to that.” The transition, of course, was from MS Exchange and web-based email to Office 365. For the school district, moving to Office 365 will result in much greater efficiency and functionality than they have ever enjoyed. But that means this large urban school district has a lot of professional learning to engage in.
Note: This blog entry originally published by TCEA TechNotes Blog the week of 07/4/2016. Be sure to follow the TCEA TechNotes Blog for updates and great resources! Also, note that you can sign up for free professional learning sessions!
1. Ask your administration for a MS Surface tablet or Windows 10 computer to use this summer.
2. Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator.
3. Create a OneDrive and Docs.com account.
4. Get to know Microsoft Classroom.
5. Learn from the experts.
- Robyn Hrivnatz @RobynHrivnatz
- Mike Tholfsen @mtholfsen
- OneNote Central @OneNoteC
- @OneNoteEDU @OneNoteEDU
- Pip Cleaves @pipcleaves
- Anne Mirtschin @murcha
- Jennifer Mitchell @jenemitchell
6. Digitize your print documents.
7. Convert your multiple choice assessments to paperless Microsoft Forms or Excel Online Surveys.
8. Explore MIE Expert videos to fuel your learning and spur classroom innovation.
9. Manipulate Portable Document Format (PDF) files to save paper.
10. Create Podcasts with OneNote audio recordings on your mobile device.
Earlier this school year, I had the chance to sit and record a podcast with April Wagner while we were both attending the incomparable Tots & Technology 2016 Conference in Galveston, Tx. Please allow me to cross-post a selection of the blog entry that appeared originally at TCEA’s Technotes blog on 07/05/2016.
Welcome to TCEA MIE Podcast #2! In these conversations, we explore how educators are using Microsoft tools to achieve instructional objectives. At the Tots and Technology 2016 Conference in Galveston, Texas, I had the opportunity to connect with April Wagner. April provides assistance to teachers of students in grades 4-6. She models how to use Office 365 tools in the classroom. In today’s chat, she shares how easily tools like OneNote can be used to collect information and share it with students’ parents.
Note: This blog entry was originally published via TCEA’s TechNotes Blog as Five Microsoft Tools You Haven’t Heard Of. Did you know you could sign-up for free, no cost Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) professional development via TCEA? Sign up here for a training in your area.
Tool #1 – Docs.com
Tool #2 – Microsoft Snip
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Tool #3 – Skype Translator
Tool #4 – Microsoft Edge Browser
Tool #5 – OneNote’s Digital Ink to Text Conversion
Tool #6 – Get Office 365 Free for Teachers and Students
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Curious about Inbox Zero concept and want some more principles? Check out this preso which relies on the wisdom of Kyle Chowning, 3 Quick Steps to a Zero Inbox. Here’s what my personal inbox looks like…I still have 2 additional labels to capture all the list emails I get from various sources (e.g. GCT=Google Certified Trainer/Innovator)
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1) Finding Digital Storytelling Resources
2) Storytelling Keys
3) Find Photos That Make You Care
4) Combine Images and Audio into a Digital Story
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Tip #1 – Amplify Teachers’ Voices in Campus Decisions
Tip #2 – Deepen Relationships
Tip #3 – Promote Quality Professional Development Opportunities
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- The teacher creates an account on the Seesaw website, setting up a class.
- The teacher prints out a flyer emailed to her by Seesaw containing a QR code, then hangs that flyer on the wall where students will be working.
- Students who are ready to submit their work open the app on their device, select the “I’m a student” button, and then scan the QR code on the flyer. They will then be given a choice to add a variety of content, including video, audio, text, web links, or images/video from the device’s Camera Roll (iOS).
- Once students have submitted their work, the teacher can decide to approve it for inclusion in the Class Learning Journal, which is viewable by all students in the class today.
Note: This was originally posted at the TCEA TechNotes’ blog, for whom I author blog entries sharing my experiences as a TCEA Director of Professional Development. Is that cool or what?!? 🙂
Tots and Technology Voxercasts:
What is the TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy?
Opportunities to Take Your Innovation to a Whole New Level
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Seven Tots and Technology Voxercasts:
In a storm of reflection and foggy thinking, I had lots of fun writing the first two installments of a new series for TCEA’s TechNotes blog–The Self-Transmediated Learner. The blog series came as a result of two realizations:
- Millennials and Gen Z learners adapt themselves to technology, while teachers try to adapt technology to their needs.
- Learners that know how to navigate multiple technological systems enjoy the same privileges of adults.
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