Back to School: Engage with Tech

figure_balancing_custom_words (1)It’s that time again…teachers scrambling to get their classrooms ready and come up with innovative ideas to engage their students.  I’ve compiled great ideas from some awesome edtech leaders to help you get started!

  1.  Teacher Trailers by Shawn Beard    Don’t just sent a postcard or letter to your students this year when you can use video to introduce yourself!  Challenge your students to create their own video for you!                                                                                                                                              
  2.  Google Slides – Ask and Respond Template by Alice Keeler  Student voice is important in every classroom.  This great template will help students have a voice even when they leave your class, anytime anywhere collaboration in action!                                                                                                                                                                                              
  3. Quick Ideas for Creating a Classroom e-Newsletter by Miguel Guhlin  Communication with parents is a must for any successful classroom.  Create a format of digital communication that parents can rely on throughout the school year!                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  4. Google Classroom – my favorite uses! by Christy Fennewald  Google Classroom can help streamline many of your digital processes. Check out Christy’s favorite uses!                                                                                                                                                                                        
  5. New Quiz Feature in Google Forms:  Quizzes in Google Forms by Sarra Smith and New Google Forms Quiz Feature vs Flubaroo by Eric Curts  Whether you are using the new quiz feature in Google Forms or Flubaroo, using Google Forms for formative assessment is the way to go!  You can also use Forms for surveys, gathering data and feedback, rubrics, interactive reviews and more!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  6. How to Create an Ebook with Google Slides by ShakeUpLearning Engage your students with Google Slides.  Go beyond presentations and create ebooks and choose your own adventure stories!                                                                                                                   
  7. 10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year by George Couros  Help reignite your students’ passion for learning!                                                                                                        
  8. Flip Your Classroom:  Check out the Scaling Flipped Learning Parts 1-6 by Jon Bergmann and Learning to Flip Your Classroom Without Fear by Anthony Persico          Use videos to engage students inside and out of the classroom while creating deeper meaning and more time for interaction during the school day!                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  9. Use Breakout EDU Any subject area can come alive with a ready made Breakout EDU game or create your own!                                                                                                                       
  10. Try Something New!   Check out Jodie Deinhammer‘s 1st day plans and 7 Ideas to Mix Up Your School Year, Michael Hernandez‘s 5 Big Ideas in Education in 2016 and No More Lectures – Try Back to School Stations by Jennifer Wolfe.    A new school year means a clean slate.  Re-energize your students and yourself this year!  

 

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