Saturday, 19 April 2014

Digital Badging

The Digital Badging professional development opportunity is an initiative created by the Saskatchewan School Library Association (SSLA). The professional learning opportunity, which will debut in the fall of 2014, offers badges to participants upon completion of tasks. The tasks involve the development of digital fluency skills.
Digital fluency is the ability to use digital technologies readily and strategically to learn, to work, and to play, and the infusion of technology in teaching and learning to improve outcomes for all students (Saskatchewan’s Technology in Education Framework).
Participants will learn about technology tools and applications, when to use the tools to achieve the desired instructional and learning outcome, and even why the tools are likely to have the desired outcome. 

Earning digital badges is a way for educators to document their professional development accomplishments. Once a digital badge is earned, it can be placed on social networks, web sites, and portfolios as a detailed record of skills and accomplishments to various audiences.

The tasks encompass a range of digital literacy skills represented in the following model:

The earning of digital badges involves a simple four stage process:

On behalf of SSLA, we welcome the participation of educators! Together, we can pave a personal learning pathway and leverage the potential for mastering digital age skills embodied in the ISTE Standards and Saskatchewan’s Technology in Education Framework.

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.