Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Forget 15, Try 5 Max Learning Technologies

What's The Bare Minimum of What Could Be Considered the Bare Minimum of Learning Technology? asks TeachThought?
  1. Create a class website
  2. Create a class YouTube Channel
  3. Create a class twitter account and make international accounts
  4. Get your students blogging
  5. Find other classes to collaborate with on projects
  6. Do mystery Skypes/Google Hangouts
  7. Invite expert guests via live video conferencing
  8. Code with your students
  9. Do Genius Hour with your students
  10. Gamify your classroom
  11. Strive for a paperless classroom (here are 26 iPad apps for a paperless classroom)
  12. Create digital portfolios
  13. Automate quizzes with Google Forms
  14. Use Google Forms for student check-in and exit slips
  15. Let students use their device in class

Instead, why not try these five?
  1. Co-create digital narratives that blend audio, video and text. 
    1. Audio:
      1. iPad: 
        1. Recording: Voice Record Pro 
        2. Editing: Hokasai (Free but requires in-app purchases to do anything worthwhile)
        3. Screencasting: Reflector for your Mac/Windows computer and Quicktime for computer
      2. Chromebook:
        1. Recording/Editing: Beautiful Audio Editor
        2. Screencasting: Screencastify (makes HTML5/webm files), TechSmith SnagIt (need extension and app; makes MP4s) 
    2. Video:
      1. iPad: Explain Everything app ($2.99), Keynote (free, easy to embed videos), 30HandsLearning (in-app purchases), iMovie (free)
      2. Chromebook (or any computer): GoogleSlides, Haiku Deck web, WeVideo, ExplainEverything Chromebook app
  2. Share those digital creations online with a global audience. Publish outlets include:
    1. GoogleSites+GoogleDrive for free unlimited storage for GoogleApps for Education users, 
    2. Blogger
    3. KidPub.
  3. Co-facilitate online and face to face learning that is person to person, group to group, person to group. Take advantage of any of the following: 
    1. Google Hangouts, 
    2. Adobe Connect (if you have it), 
    3. Voxer EDU, or any other technology, like 
  4. Create digital and classroom learning spaces that engage, inspire and nurture learners.
    • GoogleClassroom
    • GoogleSites
    • Wikispaces.com
  5. Model respectful use of personal technologies for academic learning.
Lists are easy, right? We could spend time focusing on apps--YouTube, Skype, Google Hangout, Games, iPad apps, GoogleForms, Google Keep--or try something different.

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