When I was a STEM teacher, my pedagogy, curriculum, and strategies were constantly evolving through a pattern that I call the Know Better, Do Better Cycle. It’s based on Dr. Maya Angelou’s famous quote “Do the best you can until you know better and then when you know better, do better.”
In Chapter 10, of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset I share how, after turning my STEM course into a student-paced one, I was able to uncover new opportunities for improvement. This chapter–and the sketchnote below–showcases one of those “opportunities”: occasionally, I didn’t discover that kids were confused until the very end of class! How exactly did I solve this problem? How did I do better? The sketchnote below gives you a peek, but you’ll have to grab your copy of the book to hear the full solution!
🎙 Want to use Audio to measure students’ understanding, not just their knowledge of the right or wrong answer? Check out these tools!
🎛️ This selection of tools includes only Multitrack Audio Recording and Editing Options. In other words, you can have multiple audio files playing at the same time or overlapping one another, such as your voice in one track and music in another. These tools might be a little challenging for younger learners, but once get the hang of it, just imagine what they could create!
💡 In Chapter 8 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset, I discuss the 6 tools that I think that you should consider. The infographic below provides a simple breakdown of them. Grab it as a PDF here! In that same chapter, I also discuss a selection of other audio tools, some of which are single-track editors, while others are just audio recorders. I’ll also share those in future infographics!
📖 More details about each tool (and a few others) are in the book!
What tools can my students use to record and edit audio?
Click on the image to sign up for my newsletter and grab the PDF to learn a bit about Soundtrap for Education, GarageBand, Audacity, WeVideo, Twisted Wave, and Beautiful Audio Editor. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!
Joshua Stamper, author of ASPIRE to Lead and host of Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast, joins me to talk about how we can use edtech to make managing restorative practice and PBIS more efficient, giving us more time to focus on the relationship piece. Continue reading Joshua Stamper – PBIS & Restorative Practice with EdTech
🎥 Want to bring screencasting into your classroom, but are overwhelmed by the idea of selecting a tool to use?
💡 In Chapter 7 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset, I discuss a set of tools that I think that you should consider. The infographic below provides a simple breakdown of the 6 options that I think are best for most teachers. Grab it as a PDF here!
📖 More details about each tool (and a few others) are in the book!
There’s a 7th tool that I mention in the book–Camtasia, it’s my favorite–which I leave out here because it’s a little pricier than most educators are able to go. There are also a handful of other ones that are honorable mentions in the book (there are a LOT out there!). These, though, are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.
How can my students and I record screencasts for flipped lessons or blended learning?
Click on the image to grab the PDF and learn a bit about Screencastify, Screencast-O-Matic, Loom, Flipgrid, WeVideo, and RecordCast. Or sign up for my newsletter and I’ll send you a copy of this PDF. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!
The framework of my technology integration mindset comes more from the experience in Chapter 9 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset than from any other experience that I’ve had as an educator. The way that I addressed the problem that I was having in that class 8 years ago (read the image on the cell phone 😂) lit a fire underneath me to do more with educational technology than I had previously considered. And the E + R = O equation frames it perfectly. Grab your copy of the book to learn more about this story, the mindset, and this powerful equation!
Chapter 8 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset is full of quotes and insights that I love, including one from Dr. Maya Angelou and another from Seth Godin. Like the other chapters in the book, those valuable pieces are featured alongside a funny story – this time about some crying grapes, my daughter, my SmartBoard, and my wife. This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen, features many of those quotes and story elements from that chapter. Grab your copy of the book so that you can hear the funny story and learn from the powerful quotes!
Jen Giffen, Shukes and Giff the Podcast co-host, Shake Up Learning trainer, and Google Innovator joins me to talk about how she creates her amazing sketchnotes! Continue reading #EduDuctTape – Jen Giffen: Sketchnoting Tips & Tools
In this bonus episode, I chat with Fonz Mendoza on his podcast and YouTube Live show My EdTech Life about my challenges as a teacher in 2020-21, the offensive notion of learning loss, balancing family and work, and balancing my classroom work with my work as a podcaster, author, and speaker. Also, I unveil a new contest, which runs through 10.31.21.
Continue reading #EduDuctTape BONUS: My EdTech Life
This is another in a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. Within the book, most chapters feature a question that a teacher might ask along with a few educational technology tools that I believe might be the right answer.
This question – How can my students self-assess their learning? – comes from Chapter 6 of the book.
It’s important to note that there are varying levels of self-assessment. In the book, I discuss the three stages of the self-assessment cycle that James McMillan and Jessica Hearn identified in their article “Student Self-Assessment: The Key to Stronger Student Motivation and Higher Achievement.” They are: self-monitoring, self-evaluation, and identifying learning targets and instructional corrective. In the book, as well as in this resource, I focus mostly on the self-evaluation stage.
The infographic below features the 6 tools that fared the best in my research. There are a handful of other tools that I mention as alternatives within the chapter, but these are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.
How can my students blog about their learning and growth?
Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Quizizz, Quizlet, Kahoot, Flippity.net, Spreadsheet Conditional Formatting, and Checklists in Spreadsheet or Docs.. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!
Here’s the 7th sketchnote from Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset! This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen shares the story from Chapter 7: “8 Minutes, Crazy Solutions, & Talking to Myself.” As you can see, it’s a story of how I saved time in my math classes when our periods were shortened. But I bet you’re wondering how I saved that time, right? You’ll have to wait until you read the book to find out!