Ed Tech Tips: GradeCam

Ed Tech Tips - Google Expeditions
Feedback is an essential part of the educational process. There is an increasing focus on using data to guide instruction, but wow do you manage data for every student?
This #TechTipTuesday post reviews GradeCam, an awesome platform to help teachers collect, manage, and use student performance data to guide instruction as well as track overall progress towards standards.
GradeCam is a web-based program for scoring assessments, analyzing data, and tracking student progress. Quickly grade assessments with a computer, mobile, or desktop camera and easily transfer grades to your LMS. You can also use GradeCam to keep track of paperwork, like permission slips or code of conduct acknowledgments. The free version offers up to 10 items per test while the paid version allows up to 100 items. Both versions provide the instructor with item-by-item analyses, item summaries, and class averages. A snapshot of an item-by-item analysis below.

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Ed Tech Tips: Google Expeditions

Ed Tech Tips - Google Expeditions
This #EdTechTuesday post involves one of my favorite immersive tech platforms... Google Expeditions!
Expeditions brings Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to the masses! The VR Expeditions can transport students to new environments while the Augmented Reality Expeditions can bring abstract concepts to life. National Geographic, the American Museum of Natural History, and other well-known organizations have created Expeditions you can use immediately. Check out the List of Available Expeditions here for nearly 1,000 VR Expeditions and 150+ AR Expeditions.
Be sure to check out the Expeditions one-pager for applications, step-by-step instructions, and useful links.

Go forth and create! Take learning to the next level!

OP McCubbins

Ed Tech Tips: Flipgrid

Ed Tech Tips - Flipgrid
Another #TechTipTuesday post.
What is Flipgrid? Flipgrid is a free video discussion platform from Microsoft that emphasizes social learning and empowers student voice. The platform is organized by grids (think classes or professional learning communities) and topics (think specific prompts to respond to). You can include resources and attachments along with instructions for responding to topics. You can set the time limit for responses from 15 seconds to 10 minutes. Teachers can also use Flipgrid as a screencasting tool. The great thing about Flipgrid is that it can be used on any smartphone or a web browser.
There are tons of potential applications for Flipgrid including but not limited to: class introductions, content check-ins, review and reflection videos, Public Service Announcements, speech practice, exit tickets, and robust discussion boards. Want to test out Flipgrid? Submit a response on my PLC grid on Ed Tech Tools. Click the link or scan the QR code belo…

Ed Tech Tips: Edpuzzle

Ed Tech Tips - Edpuzzle
Another #TechTipTuesday post.

How do teachers respond to a global pandemic that requires a sudden shift in how they deliver instruction? Apparently, they become YouTubers! Check out this chart signifying the sudden increase in video uploads that included 'distance learning' or 'remote teaching' in the title.

Check out this YouTube Culture and Trends article on Distance Learning videos here to learn more.

Teachers immediately began creating instructional videos to continue delivering instruction to their students. Some have utilized YouTubes live stream functionality to reach students. Teachers have been creative in reaching students, and for that, we should be thankful. 
"How can we hold students accountable for viewing instructional videos?" I hear this question frequently from pre-service and in-service teachers. While we could use traditional means to hold students accountable (e.g., quiz), how can we add interactivity to these vide…

Ed Tech Tips: Wizer

Ed Tech Tips - Wizer
This edition of #TechTipTuesday is coming at you on Wednesday. I have been swamped with grading and wasn’t able to get this completed and pushed out yesterday. Anyhow, here’s another #EdTech tool you can add to your teacher toolkit.

I have seen many inquiries for ways to use traditional worksheets in the current remote teaching format. I would typically respond to these requests with the question, “is a traditional worksheet the best method for teaching or promoting student learning?” The term worksheet can have some negative connotations. I would encourage you to check out the “Frickin’ Packets” blog post from the Cult of Pedagogy. The author does a great job of explaining that the main criticisms of worksheets are often directed at a specific kind of worksheet; one she calls a ‘busysheet’. She goes on to describe a continuum that worksheets fall on. The low-level end classified as ‘busysheets’, and the higher-order, quality learning tool classified as ‘powershee…

Ed Tech Tips: Adobe Spark

Ed Tech Tips - Adobe Spark
Welcome to the first of many installments of #TechTipTuesday
Teachers across the globe swiftly transitioned their face-to-face courses to an online format in response to the current pandemic. The herculean efforts by teachers should be acknowledged and praised to the end of time! To teachers everywhere, I see you and I appreciate what you are doing for students around the world while managing added responsibilities.
During the transition to an online format, I have had several discussions with secondary teachers about tools to create videos. There are many tools/platforms that are capable of creating video and you should use what you are comfortable with. What if you could adopt one tool that could easily tackle several tasks? Then Adobe Spark may be an option for you.
Adobe Spark is a powerful digital storytelling platform. It is a versatile tool that’s really a 3-in-1 platform for easily creating and sharing visual stories. Those three platforms are:

Spark Vid…

Welcome to Ed Tech Tips!

Welcome! Thanks for dropping by! The intention of this blog is to create a space for me to model the shift from content consumer to content creator. As a former high school teacher and current teacher educator, I am well aware of the demands placed on teachers. I also know that teachers don't get much training on how to effectively integrate technology through their teacher preparation program.

There are a plethora of tech tools at our disposal. Limited exposure or general lack of time to explore are additional reasons teachers don't use technology. Can a blog remedy this in some way? I'm going to try! My goal with this blog is to create and share useful tips and tutorials that you can add to your teacher toolkit.

My initial goal is to share two blog posts each week. "Ed Tech Tips" (a revision and extension of my previous Ed Tech Info Project) will be a standardized blog post on Tuesdays of each week. The format and day of publication for my second blog post eac…