Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Technology Tool: Zondle

Zondle is a tool that let's you choose, create or share games to support learning.  Students interact with the material by answering questions and then being able to play a game as a reward for a correct answer.  Incorrect answers are added to the question stack to be asked again as students move through the games.

Published: April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Going Google - Volume 2 - Issue 15

In the latest Going Google, experience the ease of using Google Drive keyboard shortcuts and protect your Google Account with 2-Step verification.

Published: April 28, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Summer Professional Development: Discover Your Technology Learning Pathway

This summer the Instructional Technology Department will offer over 50 sessions on various topics during the 2 weeks of RRISD Summer Professional Development.   Courses include both technology skills and research-based applications in the classroom.

To help navigate these courses and help find the right fit for what you would like to learn, we have put together a Learning Pathways Guide.   The idea is that courses have been identified and groups based on skills and research it supports.  Learning Pathways have been identified for the following areas:

Technology Tool: Capzles

Visually appealing, image based timeline creator. Unique Feature: Video, images, mp3, word, excel, powerpoint & pdf can be uploaded. Events can be “stacked” on the timeline. Timelines can be edited and shared. The most visually appealing timeline tool.

Published: April 22, 2014

PD in your PJs: Google Productivity - Make Life Easier w/ Apps, Extensions, Formulas, Scripts, and MORE!

All Staff is invited to join members of the RRISD Instructional Technology Department as we explore ways technology can be implement across the curriculum.  

In this session we will be looking at ways that Google can help with classroom productivity to help make life easier . Items to that may be covered include Apps, Extensions, Formulas, Scripts, and MORE!

Presenters: Christy Fennewald, Angie Hintz, Nicole Ortega, Krista Tyler and Robin Young

Air Date: April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Technology Tools: Kahoot!

Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that allows users to create multiple choice questions for the participants to answer. The session can be run as a quiz with game show music and points awarded to students based on getting the answer correct and the fastest. At the end of each question a graph appears to show how the group did as a whole allowing the teacher to discuss with the class any misunderstandings they have of the content.

Kahoot works well on web browsers as well as on BYOD devices. Students do not need an account to be able to join in and using nicknames can help keep users anonymous. 

Published: April 15, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Going Google - Volume 2 - Issue 14

Learn how to add more fonts to Google Drive, Edit images in Google Slides and adjust the number of printed pages in Google Sheets.

Published: April 14, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lunch & Learn: SharpSchool Tricks and Tips

The next Lunch and Learn will cover SharpSchool Tricks and Tips - getting beyond the "Mountains and the Sun" in your school web design.  

Presented by: Robert Heard, Vicki Bradford, Erik Weiler and Henry Vasquez.  Moderated by Greg Smith.

Air Date: April 10, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Technology Tools: Smore

Smore's flyers are dynamic and changeable, they're not single-use PDFs. Your Smore flyers can include many types of media including videos. Deleting or adding elements to your Smore flyer is as simple as dragging and dropping them on or off your page.

Published: April 8, 2014

Contributed by Sandy McDaniel

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Technology Tools: EduCanon

 EduCanon is a tool for teachers to create interactive lessons. Find an existing video on your favorite domain (YouTube, TeacherTube, or Vimeo) and insert questions at specific locations within the video. The video will not move forward until the question has been answered. This is advantageous in the blended learning environment as you can chunk the content your students are watching with a reinforcing activity. It works on most modern browsers in both the PC and Mac settings.

Published: April 1, 2014