Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Communicate using Remind101

Remind101 provides a way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. Teachers never see students' phone numbers. Students never see theirs.
Upon signing up, teachers create a "class" with a unique number assigned by Remind101. When students and parents send a text to that number, they are subscribed in the class and will begin receiving messages from the teacher via either mobile phones or email. Only one-way messaging is permitted, allowing teachers to send updates and reminders without having to worry about managing another inbox.
Messages can be sent immediately or scheduled for later delivery. It can be used to send students a quick query or challenge problem during the day. Others use it to remind students and parents of upcoming assignments, field trips, report cards, field trips, deadlines, theme days, conferences, and more. A staff group could be set up to announce emergency closures and announcements.
Remind 101 just announced that teachers can now send photos, homework, and presentations to students' and parents' phones. The video demonstrates how to add attachments.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Digital Reading

The purpose of the following ThingLink is to demonstrate how technology has the potential to foster deep comprehension. 

To engender critical thinking about read text, students need to activate prior thinking and to build upon existing conceptual understandings prior to engagement with the author's words. During reading, technology can help students to pause to reflect on the author's words and to be metacognitive of their understanding. Collaborative tools can enrich students' understanding of the text through critical conversations. Students' insights can be compiled into attractive presentations for a purposeful audience and archived for future reference using a variety of tools and/or apps. 

 Each section of the ThingLink is linked to a Google document which highlights possible tools for engaging students in deeper look at their reading. 

 As it is a work in progress, I welcome feedback. 


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Love These Tools

Valentine’s Day inspires corny gestures of affection with greetings and gifts. Red roses and chocolate hearts are wonderful, but perhaps you are looking for a quick way to add some sparkle to your look for the big day? Canva, Haiku Deck and ThinkLink are bling to add little extra sparkle to your presentations.

Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, and cards. The above card was made in Canva. Langwitches provides a great blog post of Canva's pros and cons.

Haiku Deck is a simple new way to create elegant presentations.

allows images to become interactive with embedded audio, video and rich media. Each image can be individually linked. The finished Thing can be shared on the web. View my ThingLinks.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Crafting Digital Writing

"Yet, in order for educational technology to transcend its past patterns, paperless work will need to expand beyond the confines of an 8½ x 11 mindset, not just the 8½ x 11 page.” - Shawn McCusker, Defining Paperless 2.0

Crafting writing is no longer confined to pen and paper. A recent post by Beth Holland and conversations with Dr. Troy Hicks inspired me to rethink the craft and the process of writing. How can technology inspire topics, organize thoughts into a cohesive draft, activate self and peers to provide effective feedback from a variety of lenses, and promote the sharing of creative works with an intentional audience?

The following ThingLink, and linked Google Documents, were created as a possible response to "leverage the capabilities of the device in order to "modify" and "redefine" what's possible" (Holland, 2013).

ThingLink embeds audio, video and rich media links directly in images. Hover over each image (called a "thing") and view each link's web resource. By clicking each image, you can access the Google Documents that have been linked.