The longer I teach, the more addicted to technology I become. I find that technology is engaging for students (engaged students learn more!), it often makes my life easier, it easily fosters genuine creativity, and it helps train students to be 21st learners and consumers. I was THRILLED to be given the opportunity to attend ITEC 2014 this school year. While I don’t always pick the perfect sessions, I left wishing I could have attended the entire conference rather than just one day. While some ideas I heard were great reminders, I also heard some novel things I need to try…
- EduCanon may revolutionize the way I show videos to class. The program offers tools that allow teachers to directly embed comprehension questions into videos and receive feedback about student knowledge.
- iFakeText is just plain fun. I asked my psychology students to create fake text conversations showing they understand the interventions for alcoholics.
- FlipSnack may be an another awesome presentation tool for my eighth graders. I’m considering having students use this tool for their final American Revolution project.
- ThingLink allows students to add tags to their own digital photos or photos of their choice. Again, my psychology guinea pigs tested this out for me by tagging a photo with information about depressive disorder.
- The Noun Project allows users to choose from hundreds of symbols to tell a story. I’m not 100% sure how to use it yet, but I’m considering having students create a visual representation of an essential question essay.
I heard tons of other great ideas, and it was awesome to join with my fellow tech-lovers in rejuvenating our passion for everything technology! What will they think of next?