Tuesday, January 31, 2012

K12 Teachers Alliance - Video Writing Prompts

K12 Teachers Alliance is a great PD provider that also publishes a monthly newsletter called the K12 Innovator.  A special thanks to Mary Taylor, one of our English teachers here at EHOVE, who pointed this out to us.  In particular in this month's newsletter video writing prompts were one of the highlighted areas.  These are especially useful to those who teach English.  Check them out on TeachHub.com, another great teacher technology resource, here.  Hopefully these prompts and the many other resources they provide will be a great learning tool for your students!  Enjoy :)

More with Google Docs - Forms!

Check out this amazing resource talking about different ways to use Google Forms!  Also check out the great blog that I discovered this resource on by going here.  Enjoy :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Introducing ItsLearning [EHOVE Staff]

Starting this year for EHOVE staff, we have introduced a new virtual learning/learning management system called itsLearning (https://ehove.itslearning.com).  We have chosen to move to this platform for a few reasons.  Many were unhappy with our current Moodle system, due to stability issues, as well as our online learning system, A+.  ItsLearning is essentially a combined approach with all of the features the other two environments provide only with a lot more stability, flexibility and usability.

ItsLearning provides some great new features that you wouldn't have found in the other two systems such as secure test browsing, audio and video responses to blogs and forums and much more. Not only are the features in ItsLearning great, but compared to platforms such as Blackboard, Plato and Angel, it is thousands of dollars cheaper with just as much if not more functionality and support. Also like those other platforms, ItsLearning has the option to allow uploading of book publisher modules or cartridges. These are created as essentially a skeleton course based on the information in the book you are using.  Once the module is loaded you can edit and change any of the content and customize it for you class.

Lastly, ItsLearning has a huge customer base mostly in Europe, though they are growing dramatically here in the US so with such a large list of customers, stability concerns are rarely an issue.  Also with more and more schools moving to ItsLearning in Ohio, a consortium is being created to allow course content to be shared.

All in all, ItsLearning is looking like a great alternative online learning platform.  If you want to find out more about how to use ItsLearning please check out the link below or contact one of the EHOVE Tech Dept. employees.  Enjoy!

Help/Video Tutorials (you must be logged in to uses these):

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Year : Another New Resource! [EHOVE Staff]

Have you ever heard of Glogster? Perhaps you remember this EHOVEWire post from a while back...  Well if you don’t I encourage you to check it out to learn more about what a Glog is and how it can be amazingly beneficial to your classroom. The simplest way to describe a Glog is as an online interactive poster.  Check the EHOVEWire link for some great examples. 

Guess what?  EHOVE has a free Glogster account!  The first 25 staff members that feel this would be a great addition to their teaching will receive access to this resource.  Please email one of us in the EHOVE Tech Department for access.  Don’t miss an opportunity to engage your students with another amazing technology!  Enjoy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year: New Training Resource! [EHOVE Staff and Students]

Attention EHOVE students and staff:  

Our school has taken a big step in integrating technology into our classrooms. Atomic Learning is a key partner in our dedication to providing the highest quality technology training resources available.

Our subscription to Atomic Learning includes:

Project-based training on:
·   21st century concepts and content
·   Tech Integration Projects: Lesson Accelerators
·   Workshops on emerging tech topics, such as blogging
·   Applying 21st century skills in the classroom

50,000 step-by-step technology tutorials

Tech Skills Assessment based on ISTE NETS-S

21st Century Skills Assessment for teachers based on ISTE NETS-T
Access for staff, students and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

We encourage you to use it as a resource for yourself and integrate it into your classroom.

Our school is dedicated to providing the highest quality technology resources available in order to prepare our students for their futures. That is why we are making Atomic Learning available to you—at school and at home. 

For more information on how to log in and use this amazing resource, staff and students should check their email.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Teaching Your Students on a Snow Day

It's that time of year again. Yes, it's that season again where students wake up in the morning, look outside to see how much snow is on the ground and then they run to the radio or TV (or their computer) to see if they have school for the day. For most students, snow days means a day off from school, but it doesn't have to be a day lost when it comes to their classes.

There are several ways teachers can still reach out to students and connect with them even when they don't come to school that day. Of course you'll want to keep into consideration that not all of your students may have Internet or computer access, so don't make snow day work compulsory. (That wouldn't be fun anyways.) Here are some tools you can use on those snow days:
  1. Record a lesson using SMART Recorder. You don't even need a SMART Board to use SMART Recorder. You just need the SMART software and a microphone and you can record a lesson by writing on the screen with your mouse. You can then share it with your students through a Moodle site, or even YouTube.
  2. Moodle. There are many possibilities with an online course management system. If your class already uses a classroom management site such as Moodle or ITSlearning, you can continue to use the site on snow days. Open up a Forum topic, post an assignment for extra credit or offer some suggested online reading for the day.
  3. Google Docs. If your school district is set up with Google Docs (which EHOVE is), you can share a document with your students and encourage them to collaborate on it. Maybe you could create a list of review questions and have students pick two to type their answer below the questions.
There are lots of possibilities. Can you think of any? Add your comments below.

Your "snow day lesson" may require some preplanning and preparation, so think ahead and consider making your snow day plans well before the actual snow day so that you're all set and ready to go. In the mean time, let it snow!