Screencasting Feedback for Students

For my first time teaching a college level course (4 week online seminar class for College of Education students), I wanted to make sure I was following all of the research I have read since my last time teaching.  One of the biggest things I have read was on the impact of effective feedback and…

Using a Swivl for Instructional Coaching

Earlier this year we purchased Swivls for each building in our district to be used by our teachers in their work in the classroom, as well as their work with our instructional coaches.  The Swivls are great when we want to record classroom situations to be shared with others, but they can also play a role…

Intrinsic Motivation of Learners

One of the areas that I am trying to focus on lately is the focus on intrinsic motivation of teacher learners.  As someone who helps to design professional learning experiences and for my work on my Gamification of Teacher Professional Learning Project (Project Falcon), it is important to understand how we can improve the motivation…

Note Taking in the 21st Century

Thinking back to my college days, I remember sitting in lecture halls and feverishly writing down all of the notes I could while the professor lectured.  It was always a challenge to keep up with what they were saying, writing while at the same time trying to understand and make sense of the new information.  This…

YouTube Transcripts and Closed Captions

You can easily enable a transcript or closed captions for videos in YouTube.  This will assist any students, or anyone for that matter, who may have trouble following along, have a hearing issue, or where the video is not in their native language.  While the transcripts are not perfect, they are computer generated for the…

Gmail and Google Drive Organization Tips

One of the biggest obstacles to working effectively in the digital world, is our ability to stay organized and to not fall into the deep end of disorganization with digital files.  It is much easier to be an effective educator if you are organized.  This was true before computers and is even more true now…

New Google Sites

Another new update to Google Apps this summer was the introduction of the new Google Sites.  The new Sites will be the standard Sites sometime in the next year or so but you can still use the old Sites for the time being.  The new Sites are very simple and easy to use, which is…

Google Forms Quizzes

Over the summer Google added a Quiz option to Google Forms, similar to what was available before using Flubaroo.  This new feature allows you to easily mark questions correct or wrong when using a selected response question.  This is a great feature for quick checks, exit tickets, or any other type of quick formative assessment.…