Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Using Google Cast

I've posted before about Google Cast for Education, but since it's come up for a few people lately, I thought I'd share both some written instructions and a step-by-step video on how to use it.

As a reminder, Google Cast allows you to project what's on your (or a student's) Chromebook through the projector in the classroom.

Here's the video

and the written instructions.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Looking for a summer or fall ed tech course?


Here are some offerings from UVM. The second is taught by Bonnie Birdsall (tech integrationist at Williston) ad the last by the wonderful Lucie DeLaruere.

Curriculum & Instruction: Ed Tech Courses

EDCI 321  Curriculum & Instruction: Learning, Design & Technology (Summer 2017)
This online course explores learning-theory research and its applications for technology-enriched standards-based units of study. Students will study theories of constructivism, multiple intelligences, and research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen 21st century problem-solving skills, and encourage communication, collaboration, and reflection. Using the instructional design strategies explored in this course, participants will develop a standards-based unit of study that strategically integrates technology and meets 21st century skills along with national and state educational technology standards and assessments.
REGISTRATION: http://learn.uvm.edu/
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Maureen Neumann at mneumann@uvm.edu

EDCI 324  Current Topics in Assessment & Technology (Summer 2017)
This course investigates current topics of assessment & technology, including many tenets of proficiency-based learning. Students will examine different forms of assessment and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice.  We will explore and evaluate a variety of digital tools for summative and formative assessment. Students will interact as an online community, modeling how feedback and reflection play an integral part of the assessment process and will also maintain a digital portfolio for the class. As a final project students will create a unit of study, incorporating learning targets developed from the ISTE standards and other content standards, integrating digital tools for assessment, and demonstrating mastery of other course objectives.
REGISTRATION: http://learn.uvm.edu
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Bonnie Birdsall at bbirdsall@cssu.org

EDCI 322  Differentiated Instruction with Technology (Fall 2017)
This course explores ways that educators can address the diverse strengths and needs of students in today’s classrooms by developing and utilizing a instructional framework based on current information and practice related to differentiating instruction and universal design for learning.  A focus of the course will be the use of existing and emerging technologies to assist and support the success of all students, including students with disabilities.
REGISTRATION: http://learn.uvm.edu/
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Tim Fox at Tim.fox@uvm.edu

EDCI 323  Amplifying Inquiry & Project Based Learning with Technology (Fall 2017)
This course engages educators in a student­ centered, active learning experience using technology resources and tools to promote questioning, critical thinking and problem­ solving skills. Educators will learn about technology resources & tools that support problem ­based, project ­based, and inquiry ­based learning in all disciplines and design a project­ or inquiry ­based activity with assessments for the students (or teachers) they teach.
REGISTRATION: http://learn.uvm.edu/
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Lucie De Labruere at ldelabruere@gmail.com 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Parallax scrolling in Wix

Parallax scrolling is a technique in which different elements on a web page move at different rates as the user scrolls, creating a sense of depth.  I first got interested in the technique thanks to Annie Bellerose, who was looking for a way for her students to amplify and transform their writing using digital tools.

So what are we talking about here?

The Boat is a story that uses parallax scrolling (and other techniques) to full effect. Check it out below.  The New York Times story Snow Fall is another example.

How might students use parallax scrolling to tell their stories?  Until recently, this involved a lot of coding that was beyond the reach of most high school students (unless they had coding experience).  Now, Wix has parallax scrolling available for many of its background images and even videos.   An internet search will also reveal many WordPress themes that use parallax scrolling, however this involves more work than simply creating a Wix site.

Check out this tutorial on how it's done in Wix.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Print Friendly & PDF extension

I came across the Print Friendly & PDF Chrome extension today,  This extension allows you to print (or save as a PDF) a de-cluttered version of a web site.  Essentially, it strips out ads, navigation buttons and any content that you don't want printed.

For example, here's a page from CNN as it appears on the web:

And here it is after applying the Print Friendly & PDF extension:

Here's a video that explains how to install and use the extension:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Table of Contents Add-on

I've posted before about inserting tables of contents in Google Docs.  As a reminder-- as long as you use heading formats (see below), Docs can automatically create a TOC for you.


I've been working on a "textbook" for my class, however, and I really wanted the table of contents to be numbered (something Docs doesn't currently do-- although they recently added the ability to show page numbers instead of links).

Enter the Table of Contents Add-on for Google Docs.  To install, go to the Add-ons menu and search (or use the link above).  Once installed, you can select it from the menu.  It will appear on the right of your document.  Click to refresh and you will get a numbered table of contents!

After runing the Add-on, simply refresh the TOC that you created from the Insert menu in Google Docs and you will now have: