An overview of Chromebook:
- Chrombeooks are small lightweight devices that rely on the internet for functionality but are not entirely dependent.
- Students must log into a chromebook with their Google Apps for Ed account (Gmail account).
- A recent update will make all android apps avaliable on the Chrome OS platform.
- Uses Google Drive over Microsoft services.
- Has a webcam that can be flipped form front facing to rear facing.
- Built on chrome and utilizes an always updated flash player.
SAMR and TPACK
SAMR is the pinnacle model of technology usage in classroom. All uses of technology fall somewhere within the four categories, with modification and redifinition being the top striving categories. The best way to visualize this is each word represents a section of blooms taxonomy with modification and Redifintion being at the higher end of the spectrum.
TPACK is a different model but takes concepts form SAMR. TPACK stands for:
A (The a is silent)
TPACK looks at combining the the three areas (technology, content, and pedagogy) to create strong teaching practices to leverage student success.
Find out more at www.tpack.org
Useful Apps (websites) for chromebooks
- Google Classroom
- Google classroom is a staple of the google apps for ed platform. In this you can create classes for specific classes. Post questions, make announcements or useful links or videos, assign homework all through google classroom. all of it is immediately emailed to your students to notify them. A great closed environment to help students succeed.
- Nearpod is a fantastic interactive presentation website. Create a powerpoint, upload the slides, add some interactive content such as live polling, drawings, and even quizzes. great for formative assessment during a class! plus you receive notifications when students switch from presentation to a different tab.
- This one has been a while and explained to death. Great for formative assessments for students! You can also assign summative assessments.
- Class Kick
- Class kick is a new tool that allows you to create homework for students to work at their own pace, and ask for help (meaning the ask you to check their work in real time. Students can also help other students. A great tool for teachers and students collaborate! Try out at least once. You will love it! I promise!
- Formerly Educanon. Take any video from youtube and embed check for understanding questions in the video. You are then given a document showcasing which questions students missed and if they passed your "video quiz"
- Google Forms
- Make questions for students to answer. Make single sign on tests. have it graded immediately using Flubaroo! No need to sort through 25 student multiple choice tests grading every tedious question.
- Student Blog
- get your students blogging through the free blogger account provided by Google Apps for Ed. Have students make meaningful connections to what they are learning and encourage students to evaluate each other's work through comments! There is literally no reason to encourage your students to showcase what they know to a global audience. Plus it teaches great digital citizenship!
- A great website for making flashcards for students that they can access any time.
- A multiplayer online quizzing game. allowing for students to have fun while testing their knowledge. Great for reviews!
- Same as Quizizz but but has a leader board.
Things to consider when designing a project.
- Crystal Clear Goals
- Make sure you know exactly what your are trying to accomplish with technology. if the obvious solution is to use pencil and paper
- Review your current activities you do in class.
- What are you doing in your classroom? What are your favorite lessons? What are your least favorite lessons? What lesson do you wish Diana and Scott would walk into during a tour?
- Match Goals with Activities
- Make sure those crystal clear goals are lining up with the activities you do in class. once you have that connection you might find your least favorite lesson in class becomes your favorite once you align it to your goal.
- KEEP AN OPEN MIND
- Don't be afraid to try a new idea. If a lesson plan you have doesn't work than why keep doing it? branch out, connect, and be adventuorous in your teaching.
- Generate ideas for activities
- Write down every idea you have. There is no stupid idea during brainstorming. Weed out ideas that don't align to your goals for your classroom.
- Gather Opinions
- If you never have your ideas challenged than are they good ideas? Not sharing your ideas creates stagnation in your professional life. Creating a sense of boredom and unfullfillment.
- Put ideas into Action
- Try your ideas. If they don't work the first time (hint: they rarely do) evaluate, modify, and retry. If you stop after the first time that you will never learn anything. Remember failure is always an option. What you do with that failure is the key to making or breaking it.
- BE FLEXIBLE
- Flexibility is key. If one thing doesn't work be prepared to move on to the next thing. Being flexible allows you to adapt quickly to any situation... this is also known as mental agility.
Finally, my most important advice as we begin our journey into chromebooks. YOU are your own professional development! if you don't understand something or want to try something in class, use Google and Youtube to learn about it. Have a student try it and come back to teach the class on what they learned. You can't always wait around for me. I am the first to admit that there is a lag time between when you ask a question and when I can answer. As Sean Jenkins ( a tech integration specialist from South Carolina) says, " I've yet to have a student tell me they can't use technology in class because they haven't had any PD on it."