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  • Google Drive Best Practices
    Now that we have been using Google since May, it might be time to share how we are using Google Drive to enhance teaching and learning and become more efficient.  Join the conversation and tell us how you are using this wonderful tool for teaching, learning, and administering in the 21st century.

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    Posted Nov 1, 2013, 5:20 AM by Unknown user
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Tech Tip‎‎(s)‎‎ of the Week

  • Where did my Google Apps go?
    Where did my Google Apps go?  As you came into school today you may have noticed that Google has changed their look and there is no longer 
    that black bar on the top of your screen with all of the Google services.  Look no further than this video to show you how to find your favorites such as Google Drive, Calendar, and Sites.

    YouTube Video


    Posted Nov 5, 2013, 6:15 AM by Unknown user
  • Share Your Templates

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    share your tech tips with us!
    Do you have documents or templates you think might be useful for other teachers or administrators?  Yes you can share them with specific people but you can also upload them to the CNG Template Gallery for others to use in the future.  You can also browse public templates that people have created from around the world.  Check out this video to see how and start making all of our lives easier.  


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    Posted Sep 26, 2013, 4:33 AM by Unknown user
  • Live Longer With Google Forms!
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    Looking for that fountain of youth?  Although Google Forms won't actually make you live longer, it will save you lots of time to be concentrating on those 21st century learning activities.  Here are some tips as to how you Google Forms can save you days of your life.  Dig in to our Google Forms Resources.
    -  surveys or asking for feedback from your students, grade level team, or department
    -  applications for organizations 
    -  collecting information from parents, students, teachers, admin team, etc.  
    -  student/admin/teacher elections (i.e. personero, student council, nhs, etc.)
    -  recording information (PD hours, student behavior, etc)

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    Posted Sep 26, 2013, 4:34 AM by Unknown user
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Teacher Tech Corner

  • Extending the Lever: APPlying Explain Everything
    Extending the Lever:  APPlying Explain Everything
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    Written By Chris Davis, Enhancement of Literacy Through Technology.  Activity in collaboration with Aaron Garingher, 5th Grade Teacher
    Big expenditure brings big expectations.  As elementary gets more iPads we focus our attention on the APPlication of Apps.  

    "Technology needs to provide us with a low floor (an easy way to get started) and a high ceiling (lots of possibilities for taking things even further). There also needs to be wide walls, so that projects can be extended into other domains ..." - Mitch Resnick

    The App landscape for the iPad can be overwhelming but in elementary we are quickly learning how to differentiate between content apps that may be used for a short time, like a book being checked out from the library, and production apps that become tools we use throughout the year for students to produce their own multimedia.  Explain Everything, a wipe board screen casting app, fits our criteria.  


    Mr. Gahringer’s fifth graders piloted its use during their study of circuits.  Students documented their learning by photographing their circuits they created with batteries, wires, bulbs, motors, and switches.  They then photographed their schematic drawings from their wipe boards and their research notes.  The images easily imported into Explain Everything slides and students began recording their multimedia presentations that they then shared with their peers for review.  

    2013 10 04 Gahringer Spotlight


    Coincidentally, a week earlier I “attended” StemX

    a free online education conference that has no physical location.  Presenters and attendees meet on Blackboard and inter

    act, similar to how they would at a traditional education conference, only here the participants are scattered around the world.   Resha

    n Richards, the creator of Explain Everything, presented on his app, I was able to ask him a few questions.  


    I learned the intention of creating the app was for highlighting process, to make thinking visible, and provide a foundation for reflection and revision.  Students’ thinking can be captured without the teacher having to be present which means that certain students, maybe shy in front of the group, or not apt to record all of the their thoughts on paper, can work and perform at their own pace in a tactile, visual, and auditory format.


    Intuitive and social learning took over.  After a brief introduction to the app, students mostly discovered and taught each other how the app functions, similar to the cooperative learning shown in Sugata Mitra’sHole in the Wall” (see his Ted Talk) where students with no computer training were able to learn and teach each other without adults.  Students quickly manipulated the arrows, text, zoom, laser pointer, and then recorded multiple versions until satisfied.  But the most thrilling observation was seeing students who don’t share as enthusiastically as others create flawless oral presentations.  The inner perfectionist revealed in each student.  Their videos uploaded easily to Google Drive for peer review and teacher assessment.  


    Pencil, paper, wipe boards and markers, and most importantly our hands and brains were all put to use.  Traditional technologies were still present, but Explain Everything and one powerful mini-media production studio, or iPad, helped us transform our learning to a new form and level.  Not only did students have to organize their thinking into written research notes, but they had to visually organize slides, logically order their presentation, and work on verbal delivery.  By putting their work up for peer review they used each others’ critical judgement before it ever reached final review.


    The APPlications for Explain Everything are limitless.  Teachers can flip their classrooms by sending the lecture home for homework and doing the homework as classwork where students have access to the teacher.  Or students could do something as simple as photograph their text, record their reading and thinking, annotate it, and share it with anyone, anywhere.  It only takes a few minutes to learn and it is APPlicable to just about any content, any subject.  Explain Everything gets added to our toolbox for building a better CNG.


    Posted Oct 15, 2013, 8:41 AM by Unknown user
  • Khan Academy Collaboration Across Grade Levels
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    Written By Tracy Andersen, 3rd Grade Teacher.  Activity in collaboration with Carrie Brinkman, 10th Grade Math

    What is your general philosophy of using technology in the classroom?

    Students are motivated through the use of technology. We try to incorporate technology in multiple ways in our

    classroom. If students are excited about the work we are doing with an iPad or interactive websites, then I am excited too! 


    What is the tool and activity you did using technology?
    This week our third graders had the opportunity to work with 10th graders in Ms. Brinkman's math class.  Students worked together to register for Khan Academy, an online math resource used for reviewing and teaching math skills. Students used iPads together to solve math problems and work collaboratively to help answer difficult problems. 


    Describe how this enhances student learning and increases motivation in your classroom according to best practices.

    My students were so excited about this project that they actually cheered for their homework when I assigned Khan Academy! 

    Do you think it could be applicable to other classrooms?  How?

    I hope to introduce this activity to other teachers in the elementary department. I know this can be a helpful tool, both to help students work with math skills and also to help advance the ability for students to gain skills in the use of technology. 

    Posted Sep 15, 2013, 7:25 PM by Joseph Harper
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