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Tech Buffs An instructional technology newsletter for the herds@florence

Using technology in your classroom combined with a project or lesson can be rewarding for both you and your students. When your students learn to use tech ed they are becoming 21st century learners. And as educators we provide the opportunity for growth everyday. Technology paired with right lessons can really free you up as the educator and open the classroom to student-driven learning. You are then available to help any struggling learners, adapt lessons, and teach rather than manage. The right tools in the right hands can do wonders. So in this post I'll mention technology that can be varied across grades, and content areas AND used everyday!

Quizlet

Free and Paid versions, Quizlet syncs with Google Usernames and is an interactive vocabulary student and teacher resource. Search millions of vocabulary study sets or create your own. Student work to improve grades by studying with flashcards, games and more. Create a custom diagram with locations, terms, and definitions. Then students can study it with activities and games. In my classroom we used Quizlet as a bell ringer and students often competed against eachother while studying. Teachers are able to see how often students study, and I was able to see real improvement across the classroom. Such a valuable tool. Students or Educators can create sets and then they can be searched. Educators are able to create custom sets for their "class, " and students can then join the class. Desktop and Mobile applications are available

Kahoot

Kahoot! is a game-based platform that makes learning awesome for millions of people all over the world. Sign up for free and get started! Educators can create a multiple question set, which creates your "game" and game code, then students access the game with the specific code and start playing on a device. Kahoot players can be anonymous or name specific. When ready to play the game, the teacher projects the question on the board and students answer on the device, each question can contain a picture and or text. There is also an integrated leader board and players can compete against your "ghost" trying to beat the previous score. Kahoot can be used to review for a quiz, test, or anything with a multiple choice answer.

Flip Grid

Capture your student voices with Flip Grid. Educators add a Topic to spark the discussion. Students respond with short videos and ALL students engage. Educators start by creating a grid for your classroom, then add a topic to spark a discussion. Share out the link to your grid and then students respond with a recording. imagine asking them to use their phone/tablet or laptop to record share their thoughts. Can be private, password protected, you can moderate link sharing and downloads.

"How to introduce FlipGrid to your Students: 1) Let students play & have fun! All features unlocked. 2) Scale everything back & use features one task at a time with a purpose. 3) GOAL: Have students understand FlipGrid is being used to help their learning."

I'll just leave it at these 3 to begin with, try integrating one or two, see how it goes, let me know, and I'll find more for later this school year...until next time.

~Marisa Mejia, your Instructional Technology Specialist. Thanks for the read! Please reach out anytime if you would like some help or just a friendly face to help implement these instructional tools into your classroom.
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