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#4 TL4ED: Using Augmented Reality to Integrate Black History Month Across the Curriculum

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Date: January 22 , 2020 Time: 4 PM Eastern Topic: Using Augmented Reality to Integrate Black History Across the Curriculum Are you looking for engaging lessons for Black History Month? Have you ever wondered how Augmented Reality fits into your classroom? We’ll discuss and learn about how students can use digital storytelling techniques with Augmented Reality to create their own Black History Videos. 3DBear’s Augmented Reality Creation App allows teachers to conduct Inquiry-based… Read More »#4 TL4ED: Using Augmented Reality to Integrate Black History Month Across the Curriculum

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3DBear — Augmented Reality and Digital Story Telling

What is it? 3DBear is a media creation tool that allows you to insert 3D objects into your “real world” space via Augmented Reality (AR) to record video or take photos. It includes a large library of objects ready for use that includes a wide variety of objects ranging from geometric shapes, the alphabet, and animals to dinosaurs, planets, and vegetables. Students can use 3DBear to design a space, tell… Read More »3DBear — Augmented Reality and Digital Story Telling

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A SAMR Assessment example

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In a recent post, I shared a simple way to assess your use of technology with the SAMR model. I wanted to provide an example of what this looks like in action. Let’s run through an example of students writing an essay for Mr. Smith’s high school US History 11 class. “Old” way Mr. Smith’s school is not a 1:1 school, and access to computers and good broadband outside of… Read More »A SAMR Assessment example

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Assessing Your EdTech Use With SAMR

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I often see posts and get questions from educators asking whether or not a product is good. Or if what they are doing is right. Sometimes it’s phrased in the form, “How do I know if what I’m doing is better?” All of these questions revolve around a simple fundamental question, “Should I do (or use) this or not?” For many years, I’ve pointed educators at the SAMR model created… Read More »Assessing Your EdTech Use With SAMR

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#3 TL4Ed: Interview with Aaron White of Script

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An interview I gave on the Script Innovate and Educate: Rising Education Leaders podcast hosted by Aaron White. The interview was originally recorded on November 7, 2019. Aaron and I had a wide ranging conversation that includes discussions of my background and early experiences in edtech to questions about who is driving innovation in today’s world. 

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#2 TL4Ed: Supporting Teachers: Improving Professional Development

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Date: November 14, 2019 Topic: Supporting Teachers: Improving Professional Development How can we better retain new teachers? How can we support veteran teachers in a constantly changing environment? We’ll explore these questions and more with Ilya Zeldin. Thought Leader Guest: Ilya Zeldin Ilya Zeldin – Ilya Zeldin is the founder and CEO of 2gnoME (To know me), an award-winning platform that puts teachers at the center of their professional development. The platform is content-agnostic… Read More »#2 TL4Ed: Supporting Teachers: Improving Professional Development

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2gnoME — Personalized PD for Teachers

What is it? 2gnōMe (To know me) is a cloud platform that puts teachers at the center of their professional development. Winner of multiple awards in education, this platform clarifies for leadership who needs what kind of learning in the first place, and uses data to personalize teachers’ professional learning experience, at a massive scale. The platform is content agnostic and inter-operable with any learning management system and easily incorporates… Read More »2gnoME — Personalized PD for Teachers

Webinar: Applying Digital Citizenship Skills in the Classroom

#1 TL4Ed: Applying Digital Citizenship Skills in the Classroom

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Date: October 17, 2019 Topic: Applying Digital Citizenship Skills in the Classroom We’ll discuss how to move Digital Citizenship from a content area that needs to be learned to a set of behaviors that need to be practices, and how to help guide students into making these behaviors habitual. Thought Leader Guest: Melissa Davis Melissa Davis – Melissa is a former award winning feature film producer and serial entrepreneur, who is extremely passionate… Read More »#1 TL4Ed: Applying Digital Citizenship Skills in the Classroom

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GoEnnounce – Student Digital Portfolios as an active learning tool

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What is it? GoEnnounce is a web-based software platform that was created by Melissa and Meghan Davis, that allows students to maintain a digital portfolio. Unlike some digital portfolio tools, it provides an easy way for students to upload and store digital artifacts including documents, images, video, and audio. Key features GoEnnounce is more than just a storage system. Throughout the platform, GoEnnounce provides school/district administrative management over the interface… Read More »GoEnnounce – Student Digital Portfolios as an active learning tool