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Technology for educators

Technology for Educators

Presented by:

ShaLee Baan Hofman and Desirae Surat

June 11, 2012

  • Introductions

  • Video:

  • Education and the Future of Technology


Advantages of using technology in the classroom
Advantages of Using Technology in the Classroom

  • Technology projects can be used in differentiating activities and assessments

  • Engages students

  • We are teaching them how to be successful, working individuals in a world dependent upon technology

  • Teaches students how to problem solve

  • More information is readily available and searchable

Disadvantages to using technology in the classroom
Disadvantages to Using Technology in the Classroom

Students’ computers are not working

Websites are blocked

Internet is down and/or slow

Students may not have internet and/or computer at home to finish their work

Our wikispace for this workshop
Our Wikispace for this workshop:


    • (All the websites are posted here)

  • Have a place where you are saving your user names and passwords as we go along today. 


  • What it is:

    • A term that refers to a real-time, online conversation about the topic or the speaker

  • Benefits:

    • Increase participation

    • Immediate feedback

    • Ask questions

    • Share ideas

Ideas for educational use with backchannel
Ideas for Educational Use with Backchannel:

  • Questions/comments during a video or speaker

  • On-line study session

  • Collaborate with colleagues, another class, or students

Backchannel tips
Backchannel Tips:

  • Once you post something it can’t be deleted.

  • You can copy and paste the conversation if you want to save a permanent copy.

  • Give expectations before hand of what you are looking for students to post.

Backchannel websites
Backchannel Websites:


    • What you put in for the name will be used in the link.

    • Shows the time & date it was posted

    • Newest post are on top

    • Transcript and projector link on bottom of chat



Edmodo features www edmodo com

  • Online discussions

  • Notes

  • Turn in assignments

  • Grading

  • Calendar

  • Polls

  • Quizzes

  • Library to bookmark sites

  • Connect with other teachers and share/browse lesson plans

Creating an edmodo account
Creating an Edmodo Account:

  • Each group you have has a different code

  • Next to “Groups,” click on “Create”

  • I write my code on the board for each class when they are making their accounts. Each class has a different code.

  • Student Sign Up: Click on “I’m a Student”—fill out information—write down username and password; use school email if applicable.

    ***Teacher note: Account- Settings- Notifications (top right) Check off of “Replies” and “Direct Messages” or you will get an email for every post from every student.

Example assignment for edmodo
Example Assignment for Edmodo:

  • Edmodo Response Guide—

    ***Please use formal/proper writing…not “texting” writing, and obviously, no foul language or talking about subjects that are off topic, please and thank you 

  • Reply to ONE (or more) of the five questions by directly answering the question.

  • Respond to ONE other person’s response. Start it out with the name of the person you are responding to….

  • Ex. Randy, I also think the fact that the setting is of the family living on a farm and not in town adds to the plot of the story because…

Voki features www voki com

  • Create customized avatars.

  • Add voice to your Voki avatars.

  • 60 second audio with the free version

  • Share with others through e-mail or posting to a blog or website.

Voki con t

  • Free version requires students to create their own accounts using an e-mail.

    • Can create one account and have every student sign in with that username and password

  • Ideas for lesson plans on website

  • Student example:

Storybird features www storybird com

  • Art inspired storytelling website

  • 75 student accounts with the free teacher account

  • Storybirds are private unless you decide to share

  • Comments feature (classes-settings-comments)

  • Add assignments

  • Storybirds can be embedded

  • Student examples:



    • Kerpoof:


  • Engage Me!


Glogster www edu glogster com

  • What it is:

    • Glogster EDU is a collaborative online learning platform for teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom.

  • Used to create:

    • Individual portfolios

    • Alternative assessments

    • Differentiated instruction activities

Glogster features
Glogster Features:

  • Graphics

  • Texts

  • Photos (you can upload your own too)

  • Video (you can upload your own too)

  • Record your own audio

  • Link to other websites

  • Change color, fonts, and backgrounds

Glogster examples
Glogster Examples:

  • Teacher Example

  • Student Example

    - Too much scrolling:

    - No scrolling:

How to sign up for glogster
How to sign up for Glogster:

1. Go to

2. Click: “Choose your account level”:

3. Scroll down and click on “Sign up as a teacher”—(free 30 day trial)

4. Make sure when you have students sign up they are clicked on sign u p as a STUDENT and that they go to NOT

4. If students have a school email have them use that and write down their username and password down in their planner or a document where they save all their passwords. (see student directions)

About glogster
About Glogster:

  • Glogster in 90 Seconds

  • Glogster Tutorial

  • HELPFUL Tips:

    • Have students type out their information first and then copy and paste it into Glogster text boxes.

    • Have students make their text boxes larger and font smaller to avoid having to scroll through all of their writing.

  • How to Sign up for your Glogster Account (for students)

  • Go to

  • Click on “Choose Your Account Level”

  • Scroll down and click on “Register Free as a Student”

  • Fill out the information starting with the teacher code. Use the beginning of your email for your username (ex. Sb2367).

  • Write your username and password in the back of your planner

  • When you sign in to create your account you will need to go to

  • ***I would bookmark this website.

Livebinder features www livebinders com

  • Collect and organize your resources by binders and on different shelves

  • Bookmark websites and upload documents to make your binders content specific

  • Students and/or teachers can make an online portfolio

  • Can be accessed from anywhere you are

  • Watch the tutorial video

  • How to Guide & How to Add links while you browse without having to open Livebinder:

    • Go to “My Binders”- “Your First Binder”

  • Email: [email protected]

Tagxedo features www tagxedo com

  • Word cloud

  • Words sized appropriately for how often they are used in the text

  • Custom shapes

  • Custom colors and fonts

  • Examples:





  • is another website of the same type. It does not have as many features to customize it though.

Informational websites
Informational Websites:


    • Search for a book or type in a website and it will correctly site it for you in the format you choose (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

    • If websites have an author, that will a lot of times need to be written in by you.


    • Online graphical dictionary and thesaurus

    • Learn how words associate

    • Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts.

Informational websites con t
Informational Websites con’t.


    • Takes information from all over the internet and organizes it into an informational video

  • OR

    • Communicate information to one parent, one classes' parents; one student or all students.

    • Gives you a proxy phone number so that personal contact information is never exchanged.

    • Program reminders to be sent out to parents or students at a later date.

    • Free!


        • Sends texts to parents only

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Informational Websites con’t.

  • SDLN


    • A LOT of Online Resources (go to “List A-Z):

      • Gale Virtual Reference Library

      • Proquest

      • SIRS Discoverer (K-9)

Ipad apps for math
ipad Apps for Math:


  • Education Apps:


Wrapping up
Wrapping Up:

  • Evaluation

  • Assignment:

    • Due this Friday, June 15th by 10:00 pm

    • One lesson plan (see hand out)

    • One article review (see hand out)