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11 Dec 2014
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Visual Portfolios: The Blending of Analog and Digital

As I mentioned in my most recent post, The Role of an Ed Tech within the Project Planning Cycle of a 1:1 iPad Classroom, my job entails working with students just as much as teachers. A few months ago I was asked to speak to the Senior Mentorship classes about online resumes, portfolios, social media, and digital footprints. A collection of the resources I shared is available here. Each year students in these classes present a final presentation summarizing their experience throughout the semester of their professional mentorship. In addition to showcasing the resources mentioned above, I highlighted the tool bulb as a way for students to create an online visual portfolio of their work and final products.

One student, Yasmeen Tizani, gravitated to bulb and created an exceptional portfolio of her work. Her bulb includes three collections: ArtArchitecture Mentorship, and Architecture at UT.

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I have to say it has been such an amazing experience working with Yasmeen this semester. She would pop in a few times to get my feedback on the layout and any ideas for improvement of the content.

Polishing the Portfolio

Two changes that she made based on our discussions were art work descriptions and the use of Canva to create a few of the tiled images:

  • Art Work Reflections: We discussed adding blurbs on each art piece that highlighted both the inspiration for the work as well as the process and media used to create it. 
  • Canva Creations to Customize Tiles: Rather than uploading a photo or using the default image associated with the page’s tile, Yasmeen used Canva to expertly spruce up a few of her page icons.
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Hybrid Portfolio

The best part of this bulb is the hybrid approach that Yasmeen took. She created a mentorship portfolio that combined a unique blend of analog and digital work from scanned log sheets and journal entries, photographs of hand-drawn sketchbooks, to images of SketchUp designs and photographs of the final product.

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Personalizing Visual Archival

Yasmeen even included a collection of her work from the UT Architecture Program. The collection seamlessly blends photos from her presentations as well as the evolution of her final product through multiple iterations. One of the most powerful pieces of the portfolio is showcasing Yasmeen in action – I think it brings a personal touch to the portfolio that stand-alone photos of products alone could not.

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Transferring Portfolios

One of my biggest pet peeves with ePortfolios is that many students create something within the four walls of their K-12 education and then the portfolio is not transferable to the student when they leave. I advised our seniors to create their bulb accounts with their personal gmail account so that they could continue to grow and evolve with their work after they left our institution.

Many thanks to Yasmeen for letting me share her work. I hope it serves as an exemplary model to inspire you and your students to reflect, create, and publish.

ePortfolios are Awesome

Interested in getting started with ePortfolios… I have prepared a thorough Tackk on the topic in my own whimsical way 😉

See on Tackk.com
 

How Can Teachers Use Bulb?

Bulb isn’t just for students and ePortfolios. Check out how TechChef uses bulb to create a differentiated professional development resource.
 
 

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23 Jul 2014
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Wicked Good Wednesday: Real-World PD that Actually Works!!!

At one point and time, we can all confess to delivering a one-size-fits-all or most app-roach to delivering content to adult learners. I have heard much talk about differentiation in staff development workshops and experienced the angst and eventual loss of patience and focus when a presenter tries to deliver the exact same content to a room full of educators that are clearly at very different levels and require very different tasks to meet their needs. While formative assessments and targeted surveys to staff can address some of this issue, I have yet to see very few actual examples of what this might look like in practice… until today!

Divine Differentiated PD Resources:

Fortunately, four lovely educators decided to step up to the plate and not only design resources that clearly plan for diversity in heterogeneous settings, but share the resources and their thought processes behind them:

Differentiated PD Resources: Real World Activities that Actually Work!!!

 

Divinely Personalized and Student-Directed PD Resources

Not only has Sabba Quidwai provided 12 interactive AppTRACKS and AppSTACLE courses (explore them below), she has provided a truly epic…

Learner-Centered PD Resources: Real World Augmented and Tiered Activities That Actually Work!!!

 

FREE interactive iBook to model redesigning learning including interactive resources and lectures ranging from note-taking and multimedia to screencasting and assessment.

Download the FREE iBook: "Redesiging Learning: Teaching in the 21st Century"

Download the FREE iBook: “Redesiging Learning: Teaching in the 21st Century”

 

Dig Deeper!

As I have devoted multiple hours to writing an article featuring the above resources in greater detail, I will let the article speak for itself.

Dive Right In!

I will, however, share the resources in one additional format for those that like to peruse in a more visual fashion

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22 May 2014
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BYOD Potpourri

Recently, I have been publishing some content on “device agnostic tools” for the BYOD classroom. While these tools were shared to support a BYOD setting, truly they could easily be app-lied in a variety of settings as they are applications that work across a number of platforms and devices.

BYOD POTPOURRI

Rather than serve up a lengthy diatribe, I decided to concoct a delectable interactive dish to share these BYOD nuggets.

Delve deep in to the dish to find:

 Thinglink created with Keynote.

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20 May 2014
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Totally Edupreneurial Tuesday: The Future of Ed Tech?

You don’t have to be a futurist to know that customization and tailored content should be a staple in education planning as we move forward. While there are many open-ended tools and curricula available to the public education sector, they are typically designed with a national or global audience in mind and built to please the masses.

“Clearly there is no packaged curriculum or tool to rule them all. So what is a district to do when served a robust and festive platter that doesn’t truly meet their individual needs? Do they pick and choose which dishes can be consumed, starve, or do they cook up a new recipe for learning?” – Lisa Johnson

ExitTicket Story:

So… let’s take this idea of customization one step further. Rather than making do with a one-size-fits-all commercial product, some districts have decided to create the very tool they need. Perhaps the future of Ed Tech is… Edupreneurship? Take ExitTicket for example:

“Dr Waters (Superintendent and CEO of Leadership Public Schools), and the teaching team tried several technologies, and among them was a set of Quizdom Clickers used for audience polling. They found that students enjoyed the immediate feedback and scores started improving. But it wasn’t achieving the type of proficiency gains Dr. Waters was hoping for, and the clickers were very limited in their features and functionality.” – ExitTicket Story

Dr. Waters, Dr Refsland (an ed tech entrepreneur) and a team of Leadership Public Schools teacher designers began developing ExitTicket to give teachers a powerful tool to accelerate student learning. Flash forward a few years and ExitTicket, an assessment tool that boasts amazing results with student gains of 2 to 3 years in only a year, is now available to the public. (Explore the Case Study HERE.)

Exit Ticket Developed by Leadership Public Schools

Exit Ticket Developed by Leadership Public Schools

A Sampling of ExitTicket Features with Power-Packed Potential:

  • Projector View vs. Teacher View: Teachers only project the data they would like students to see.
  • Launch Tickets for Homework: Math and History teachers (as well as classes that are looking to differentiate as well as flip their classroom) will do cart wheels for this feature! Basically you create a quick assessment to match your homework and you add a qualifier (e.g. 70 and below = green / 80-90 = proficient) and then you can prepare different assignments for students based on how they scored as well as address these issues in real time:
    • Qualifier Assignments: green/yellow/red packets corresponding to qualifiers like below, far below, basic, proficient, advanced. Students in each one of these categories vary quite a bit depending on the TEK or the assignment so students have no issue with having green one day and red the next. 
  • Questions Tied to Learning Targets: Learning target proficiencies can be made available to students so they can track their own data and be in charge of their own learning.
  • A Robust Built-in Math Equation Editor: Math teachers will flip-out AND the tool is web-based so they can do this process on the iPad if they choose.
  • Lots of Sorting and Reporting Available: Teachers can randomize questions, resort students by score, export data as a csv.

ExitTicket Availability:

ExitTicket is available to the public (some features and functionality are FREE and others are premium). Their resource center is also pretty comprehensive. It includes a four week lesson plan for trainers, a video library, and much, much more.

How many other districts could there possibly be that design a tool to support their own students? Up until a few weeks ago, I thought this phenomenon was a fluke… until I met Greg McIntyre, Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at College Station ISD. I popped into his session after my morning keynote, and was thoroughly jazzed by his story!

“College Station ISD felt their middle-of-the-road and struggling students were not being adequately supported so they created their own “Just in Time Learning” portal entitled Success 24/7” – Greg McIntyre

Success 24/7 Story:

Now at first I was skeptical. As many of our own teachers upload lectures and notes for students… I wasn’t entirely sure this was any different. Greg did clearly state what the tool wasn’t. It is not intended to be full blown lessons, flipped instruction, or an online course… more just a support of learning.

Success 24/7 Developed by College Station ISD

Success 24/7 Developed by College Station ISD

A Sampling of Success 24/7 Features with Power-Packed Potential:

  • One-Stop-Shop: All of the content (created by teachers in the district) for a course is in one place so students are not visiting multiple teacher sites or at a disadvantage if their course instructor doesn’t provide additional support materials. 
  • Designed for the End User: The interface and dashboard is designed for the end user and students constantly provide valuable feedback. Additional features such as voting on videos, shorter video clips, and the option to remove white space for easier viewing on the bus have been added at student’s requests.
    • Vocab: Vocabulary is built in to the system.
    • Assessments: Assessments are also available. These are assessments for students – like practice exams. Students can take a test and then they manage their own results and see what other content they need to review (yes, assessments FOR learning). Assessments also serve as prescriptions for instruction for the students.
    • To Do Lists and Reminders: Students have their own customizable dashboard with to-do lists, reminders, and they can view their own reports.
  • Credit Recovery: They are even using the learning portal as credit recovery. Greg said they have essentially trashed the model of “fail first semester and then go to credit recovery.” Now students receive a prescription within the first six weeks. They go to the site and complete the modules prescribed and then are allowed to take a 6 weeks exam to earn credit back for the course. This allows then to not fall so far behind that they can’t catch up. Additionally, he mentioned they had 35 students stay after early release to take 6 weeks exams to receive credit back.

“Through the use of Success 24/7 we have a developed an immediate recovery plan for students that puts them right back on track instead of waiting till summer.” – Mary Selcer, math teacher

Success 24/7 Availability:

Success 24/7 is currently only available to students within the district. However, they have created a demo version with limited functionality for outside districts to explore.

Success 24/7 Is Well Informed:

What better way to showcase this district-created resource than with an infographic (courtesy College Station ISD).

Preliminary Results of College Station ISD's Success 24/7

Preliminary Results of College Station ISD’s Success 24/7

 

“While these two tools differ in functionality and purpose… one thing remains true… they were developed by the district for the district (FDBD). I can see the clothing line now… ;)” – Lisa Johnson

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14 Apr 2014
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Mindful Monday…Collecting Reflections

In preparing for a keynote this month to elementary preservice and inservice teachers at Texas A&M, I felt some self-reflection was warranted. I thought back to my preservice days and even my first year of teaching… with no curriculum, no mentor, no scope and sequence, an outdated textbook, and very little knowledge of what actual classroom management techniques looked like in practice. It truly was a sink or swim time and I found I dog-paddled in the deep end for some time.

While the technology, as you can plainly see, has evolved…

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… and my hair and tan has dissipated somewhat, I still venture to pose the question…

“Are our preservice teachers any better prepared and equipped to handle the challenges of instruction, pedagogy, and technology integration in today’s classrooms?”

Though every institution and teacher is very different, I wonder if we as a collective whole of seasoned educators could sprinkle in a bit of wisdom and personal insight to better prepare these teachers for the limitless potential and critical challenges the 21st Century classroom holds.

Cathy Yenca did just that with her Message to 21st Century Pre-Service Middle School Math Teachers.

While I bring my own insight to the desk, technology allows for collecting an even broader perspective:

“The smartest person in the room is the room itself: the network that joins the people and ideas in the room, and connects to those outside of it…” – David Weinberger

So, what if the room was my global PLN? Imagine the insight and lessons that could be collected and shared…

Truly there are no right or wrong answers. I am looking to collect feedback and insight from a wide variety of teachers and classrooms (e.g. 1:1, BYOD, and not 1:1). There are no required questions (with the exception of basic information) as I am sure certain topics will prompt some of you to respond over others. Any and all thoughtful feedback is much app-reciated:

And because the TechChef doesn’t leave a blog without sharing a tasty morsel of integration delight… here are few ideas for using Google Forms with your students:

This last one was so Heck-Awesome both visually as well as with resources that I felt it necessary to also embed below:

 

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24 Mar 2014
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Weaving Rainbow Loom Math-ness with SAMR

Sometimes a gem of #awesomesauce falls in your lap when you least expect it. If you are not familiar with the Rainbow Loom craze that has swept the nation and has sold over 3.5 million looms worldwide, let me provide a little context. The Rainbow Loom is essentially a loom that allows you to weave bracelets, necklaces, and accessories from multi-colored rubber bands… with very few directions provided.

In fact, all of our creations… (Yes, my son has also fallen prey to the craze and sucked me in) … have been developed by watching YouTube videos.

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

Rainbow Loom and Online Learning

“Okay, I get it, TechChef…Rainbow Loom calls upon online learning… but really? Why pray tell, are we focusing an entire blog post on a craft item…?”

Rainbow Loom Math-Ness: Up until this morning, I saw this item as just that… a creative craft item. But we all know a tool is only as innovative as the purpose and intent we assign to it. One student took this tool and gave it a creative educational spin and I simply couldn’t help but share:

Rainbow Loom Educational Value: Being ultimately very intrigued and caught off guard by this delightfully educational twist, I decided to google “Rainbow Loom Math” and discovered multiple articles (listed below) citing educational benefits from this trend ranging from patterning and sequencing to hand-writing, self-learning, persistence, and even frustration tolerance:

Rainbow Loom TRANSFORMED: Truly, the Rainbow Loom is merely a tool… and the TechChef would not leave a post without a sound pedagogical connection. So let me guide you down the cookie crumb trail of transformational learning. After finding myself deep in the haze of the google bermuda triangle, I discovered this article, “And Just How Does Rainbow Loom Fit Into Library and School?”. Moments later… something snapped and the SAMR Rainbow Loom Model was born (in both Thinglink and Quizlet deck options):

This interactive graphic and linked Quizlet is in no way meant to be a definitive SAMR guide but more a way to provide relatable talking points for transforming a concrete tool into a redefined learning experience. I will tell you that I struggle with clearly delineating the SAMR levels – while the tasks move up the SAMR ladder, there is definitely some overlapping between levels…hmm… there may even be a not-so-subtle metaphor woven in… 😉

If you are interested in more of these concrete examples and tasks, visit the S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR interactive infographic.

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04 Mar 2014
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Thought Leadership Tuesday: Surviving the Digital Zombie Apocalypse

Well, I was going to entitle this post “My Boss is a Zombie” but clearly that title has been taken. Rather than causing a “War of the Worlds” panademic with this piece, I will tell you that Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) is safe and sound… at SXSWEDU.

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 #BRAINZ – The Antidote Acronym: Today he offered a cure, an antidote if you will, for digital addiction in the clever form of an acronym.  Let me unpack it for you… BRAINZ. How will you move from Zombie to Zen?

Unpacking the #brainz acronym

Unpacking the #brainz acronym

#BRAINZ – Follow the Curation: I don’t want to take his digital thunder… so you will have to dissect the twitter hashtag #brainz to see all of his slides, links, and resources.

Follow #brainz for links and resources

Follow #brainz for links and resources

I did however take his acronym and unpack it a little further for those of you that are interested – I also chose to showcase a new feature available in the Quizlet Teacher edition (voice recording).

Tips for Managing Digital Distractions: As I am a firm believer in not just documenting sessions but adding value-added resources, I have compiled a list of 25+ articles that share a slew of tips and ideas to manage digital distraction. Some of my favorites are:

  • 6 Tips to Fight Distractions and Get Your Homework Done
  • 25 Tips to Deal with Digital Distractions
  • 7 Tips to Help You Focus in the Age of Distraction
  • Which of These Digital Distractions Affect You?
  • Ten Top Tips to Regain Real Control
  • 10 Unconventional Habits to Live Distraction – Less
  • Retrain the Brain: 3 Tips for Redirecting Office Distractions
  • Digital Distraction: 8 Ways to Turn Downtime Into Learning Time

The Listly is linked here and embedded below:

What Better Way to End this Post than with a Pic of a #Zelfie (courtesy Carolyn Foote)

What Better Way to End a this Digital Zombie Post than w/pic of #Zelfie    (courtesy @technolibrary)

 

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TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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03 Mar 2014
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Magnificent Monday: A Motley of Social Posters for Lifelong Learners

Let the alliteration parade saunter on… As SXSW EDU is upon us, I will keep this post relatively brief.

Ed Tech Collection of Smores: Tracy Clark (tracyclark08) is one of my favorite people. Both of us have vested interest in appropriate technology integration to transform instruction. In keeping with the alliteration theme, I am showcasing Tracy’s Motley of Smores on Monday 😉

Over 20 fliers ranging from Visible Thinking and Formative Assessment to Make and Do for the iPad Crew, Tracy creates and curates relevant topics and resources using the web tool Smore***.

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TechChef4u Faves in the Assorted collection:

Tracy shares why Smore is her go-to tool for professional development takeaways:

“Smore helps me create training sessions and presentations that involve my participants. Instead of a static, one sided presentation I can pull folks into the learning experience.” – Tracy Clark

Tracy also highlights how easy the tool is to use and design something aesthetically pleasing as well as a resource that offers interactivity:

“I might use a core thinking routine and then invite participants to share their thinking via Padlet or create a Thinglink. I love how easy it is to make something with a nice design presenence.” – Tracy Clark

Social Learning Posters: Clear and Thoughtful Content and Curation is King. And Making that Content Visible and Accessible to the greater global edusphere is what allows us all to learn and thrive. So, let’s not forget to make our learning social! A big thanks to one of my other favorite people, Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis), for assembling this stellar Haiku Deck.


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Rafranz shares insight as to the power of social posters here:

“We are only as great as what we learn and that is amplified by what and how we share. Smore, by nature, is social, sleek, and perfect in its way of allowing us to contribute to the social learning space thus strengthening our collective ability to grow.” – Rafranz Davis

 

Rabbit Hole of Smores: I fell down the rabbit hole, y’all. In curating a few more Smores to explore and digest, I happed upon another exceptional user of Smore, Valerie Burton (@TweetsFromMsB).  She has amassed a collection of over 20 flyers on a wide variety of topics. Some of TechChef4u’s favorites are linked below:

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Smores 4 All: Truly Smore is a very open-ended tool that can be app-smashed and used by ed techs, admin, teachers, and students alike:

TechChef4u Collection of Smores: If you are not totally Smored out, stroll on down to the TechChef4u collection of Smores:

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*** At this point in time Smore has changed their structure to only allow 5 flyers with no renewals (rather than unlimited fliers with limited features) for FREE. They have broken down their options in to three tiers and added an edu option for $59 a year that allows for custom backgrounds, private fliers, reporting, and unlimited fliers. So this is a somewhat viable option for educators (and could even replace the need for a stand-alone website). Wondering if they will look at district license model as well.

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TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

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25 Feb 2014
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Blending Relatable Resume Resources 4 Students

At the request of a student that was looking for resume templates, I began assembling some relatable and relevant resources. After some research, I found there are two conflicting (or colliding) schools of thought on what these resources should look like and contain: the standard resume versus the creative resume.

Standard Resumes: According to About.com and a study by The Creative Group:

“70% (of employers) preferred traditional resumes (PDF/Word) even for creative jobs. Only 20% were interested in infographics, and fewer preferred a social or online profile (4%) or a video resume (2%).” – About.com

Creative Biographical Resumes: That being said, Michael Margolis argues that your personal story really matters and employers google your talents and biography rather than rely solely on a static resume of credentials:

“Everybody has some credential or another, the way you distinguish and differentiate yourself is with your personal story.” – Michael Margolis

Part of this personal story is told through your social profile pages on sites like Linked.in and About.me.

I think a marriage of both the biography and creative visual resume elements blended with a traditional resume is a great way to establish relevance and quality in the eye of a possible future employer.

Blended Resume Resources Smore: Thus, I decided to concoct a Smore which combines resources and examples to support a blend of both schools of thought. The following Blended Resume Smore includes:

  • Skills Employers Want
  • Tips for Writing Great Resumes
  • Tools/Apps for Building a Basic Resume
  • How to Craft An About Me Page
  • Creative Resume Examples (including Augmented, Video, and Slideshare)
  • Tools for Building Profiles and Portfolios
  • Visual Resume Examples
  • Tools to Create Visual Resumes
  • And Much, Much, MORE!!!

Truly there is no one-size-fits all resume or template. That being said, I hope some of these resources and examples resonate with relevant and relatable ideas that will allow you to equip students with the story and skills to be successful in what lies beyond K-12 and college.

Fictional and Historical Character Resumes… Making Resumes Relevant! But wait… there’s more. Consider taking the above resources and adapting them to a language arts assignment. Rather than composing writing a biography, have students create a standard or even a creative resume. Would William Shakespeare have gotten the job? (more support resources HERE.)

William Shakespeare's Resume on Resume.Com

William Shakespeare’s Resume on Resume.Com

What social media would Shakespeare connect with? Would he Follow TechChef4u on Twitter?

TechChef4u wants to hear from you! If you have ideas, examples, or resources on the Visual/Biographical Resume front or the Fictional/Historical Character Resume Analysis assignment, we would love to hear from you – please post these in the comments section of the Smore.

 

Do you like TechChef4u’s Smores? Explore the other titles!

 

 

If you would like to check out sessions and workshops that Lisa Johnson presented this month at TCEA 2014, peruse all session materials HERE:

  • Groovy Graphics in the iClassroom
  • Sassy SAMR Toolkit
  • iPad Academy: 1:1 Implementation PD Toolkit
  • iPad Academy: Instant PD with iTunes U

Interested in seeing Lisa Johnson keynote – register for the TIC Keystone Area Education Conference here.

TIC Technology Integration Conference

TIC Technology Integration Conference

1:1 Deployment and Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

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04 Dec 2013
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Thoughtful Instruction by Design

I might need a 12 step program to overcome my Thinglink addiction at some point. A few days ago I posted a lengthy blog entry detailing and showcasing educator examples for how Thinglink can be used in an instructional setting:

TechChef even uses Thinglink to showcase iJewelry in a visual manner and detail the back story of chic geek fashionistas.

As I was scouring the web for additional edu examples to, I happed upon two from two of my favorite Thinglinkers – Cathy Yenca and Rafranz Davis.

By Teachers for Students: Cathy (better know online as Mathy Cathy) designs her images in Keynote and then thinglinks them. I have always loved her design aesthetic but especially enjoyed her most recent creation. Not only are they informative and meet multiple learning styles – she has now started linking them to iPad Friendly tools such as Desmos so students can be taken to a interactive graph to explore and interact in a seamless fashion – rather than sitting idly in the passenger seat. (If you are interested in designing these types of resources for your students – explore the 40+ iPad Friendly interactive sites.)

By Teachers for Teachers: Rafranz Davis uses Canva to create her images and then Thinglinks them as a guide for professional development. Her exceptionally detailed Chromebook 101 Thinglink is probably one of my favorites. When asked why she prefers the Canva tool to create the foundation for her Thinglink, she messaged (yes we were having this convo via Twitter DM):

“I like to use Canva’s built in layouts as much as possible because they are timesavers for people like me who over-stress. I can think less about how I lay out the image and more about what I put into it.” – Rafranz Davis

What’s even better is that teachers and students ultimately benefit from the intuitive design of the shared resources:

“My teachers love it because I can embed multiple resources in one image versus several postings. They’ve even started using thinglink in their classrooms which is a huge win!” – Rafranz Davis

But truly these blog entries are not fundamentally about the tool itself – at the heart, they are about thoughtfully designing interactive study guides for students to graph inequalities and for teachers to get a handle on the Chromebook.

What instruction will you design today? And don’t forget… Thinglink is offering FREE Premium access and upgraded features to teachers that sign up before the end of December!

If you would like to see Lisa Johnson present – visit Learning Forward 2013 in Dallas next week.  (Learning Hangouts Monday afternoon and the Differentiated iClassroom workshop on Tuesday)

Interested in 1:1 Deployment or PD strategies and implementation? Looking for a dynamic presenter or interactive workshop? Contact TechChef4u (lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com) for parent presentations, hands-on workshops, keynotes, and much more! Read testimonials about TechChef presentations.

 

 

Chic Geek iJewelry on etsy!

1,300+ iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!

Contact TechChef4u to schedule Fall and Spring PD and Workshops: lisa.johnson@techchef4u.com

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