Back from Blogging Hiatus…

Hey folks I really missed sharing & caring, along with answering your questions via post comments. Recently I helped a relative near and dear to me complete their cancer journey. The final segment of his cancer journey started back in October. Now you might be thinking, “What does this have to do with educational technology?” Innovative thinking  is the answer!!! I’m thankful due to the doctor teams’ innovative and creative thinking skills because it extended my husband’s life for five years. Saving a life is just one reason why applying educational technology for supporting the 4C’s is so important!

During my husband’s cancer battle I got to see what strong communication and collaboration can do.  It took the brainstorming of many specialized doctors to figure out exactly what to do for providing both longevity and a quality of life. Due to this experience I feel it is more important than ever before to engage students by using Google Docs Chat, Comments, Blogging and etc… for brainstorming and supporting 4C’s skills. It is these very skills which are essential for innovative thinking to occur!

My husband also experienced another benefit of technology. Our daughter lived in a different state far away from us. Although she flew in (hmmm…technology=planes) quite frequently to visit him this wasn’t enough! However thanks to the technology of Video Chats this man who wasn’t savvy had the ability to see and talk with our daughter quite frequently. Bill also enjoyed when my daughter left video messages for him to view.

On one of our last Sloan visits my husband experienced interacting with machine technology when my car yelled at him! He insisted on driving home after spending  a week in the hospital. I was against this and apparently my hybrid vehicle didn’t like it either. My husband wouldn’t listen to me when I complained about him swerving back and forth. However he handed over the steering wheel after the car flashed a coffee cup with the message, “I think you may need a rest”

Bill at Sloan

Another benefit provided by technology was the simple enjoyment my husband received when talking with our Google Home. He like to ask it silly questions just to hear how the device would respond. This simple use of machine technology provided hours of laughter and pleasure during these stressful times. The Google Home also helped my husband keep track of time, play music and create shopping lists for me to access from my phone.

Although I miss my husband very much it is an honor to blog about how much technology influenced this simple man’s life. I am thankful for the innovators in this world who  have affected my husband’s cancer journey. Technology is a blessing when it can be used to make a positive difference. The creation of innovative tools depends on the skills of communication and collaboration.

Give Students a Google Docs Exit Ticket Easy

Exploring different ways to integrate Google Doc for an “Intro to Google Doc” presentation guided me to creating this “Exit Ticket”.  Immediately I fell in love with the idea! The Google Doc lends itself as an easy to use support for all learning styles. Students simply click on the cell and type! If the student would like they can use “Voice Typing” to create their entry!

This is the sample of the Google Doc Exit Ticket:

Please feel free to copy and use!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A COPY

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Avoid Copyright Issues by Empowering Students to be Creative

Lately I’ve noticed two topics mentioned over and over in my Twitter feed as well as in some educational articles. It seems both copyright issues and how to engage students with being creative are hot topics. Sorry for this old cliche but, “Why not kill two birds with one stone?

Understanding copyrights along with the Teacher’s Act and Fair Use is complicated due to the internet and public sharing. The question keeps arising what is meant by “Within the Four Walls of a Classroom”? In this post I’m not going to talk about the issue itself. Instead I’m going to suggest supporting the students creative thinking skills by showing them how to use Google Drawing to create clipart. This way one can avoid the whole copyright issue by supporting the students creativity.

  • Go to Google Drive
    • Click New
    • Scroll down to more
    • Then click on Google Drawings

Open Google Drawing-2

  • Layer shapes to Create Images
    • Insert a shape
    • Change the color
    • Adjust the border
    • Create a second shape
    • Move to back

Create clipart

  • Keep repeating above steps until the clipart is finished

THIS IS MY COMPLETED GOOGLE DRAWINGS CLIPART 

Create Clip Art Creativity

  • Download Google Drawing as a png or jpeg to use clip art with computer or web based programs

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TIPS:

  • You can use the Scribble Tool to draw freehand style

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  • Don’t forget about using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D or CMD+D for duplicating shapes

CTRL + D

Technology Can Support All Learners!

Over the years I’ve heard this question asked, “Why do you think technology is good for supporting the students” Here is my answer:

  • Technology can differentiate instruction
  • Supports the low reader
  • Helps student to maintain focus
  • Provides action for the kinesthetic learner
  • Supports the sharing of ideas
  • Let’s not forget the visual, audio, video, interactive and etc… supports

Keeping this in mind I hope to integrate technology in new and exciting ways to support the students. Here is a sneak peek of a project I’m working on.

As part of my position I maintain supplemental notes for supporting students of exceptionalities. This year I’m planning on sharing a virtual notebook with the students. I hope this provides study information to support all the different learning styles.

Now do you understand why technology can support the students?