Browse Month: March 2016

Curate Your Professional Learning: eThemes and edtechteacher

eThemes is a collection of curated lists of websites that are organized by topic and grade level.  These sites are curated specifically for student use and vetted for appropriate and accurate content.  You can search by keyword or browse by topic or grade level.  This collection is maintained by the eMINTS department at the University of Missouri.  If you are searching for a topic that is not included in their collection, they accept online requests for new topics from media specialists and eMINTS teachers.

Edtechteacher provides several resources to help teachers implement technology in their classrooms including tutorials, lesson plans, tech tool recommendations, and rubrics.

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Curating Your Professional Learning: EdSurge

EdSurge posts their mission as helping “schools find, select, and use the right technology to support all learners.”  This is accomplished through reporting the latest EdTech news, hosting EdTech events, and providing product reviews within the EdSurge Product Index.  If you don’t have time to visit the site regularly, the offer an email subscription that sends the latest news and product reviews to your inbox.

Ipevo Ziggi HDPlus Document Camera

We recently purchased a Ziggi HDPlus Document Camera that not only works as a document camera, but as a webcam with a microphone.  The camera plugs into the USB port of a Chromebook and works with the IPEVO Presenter App to display images from the camera on the screen of the Chromebook. The camera also works on a PC. Chromebooks do have a built-in webcam above the screen, but this does not offer much flexibility in camera placement–especially as a document camera.  Using the Screencastify  Chrome Extension in conjunction with the IPEVO Presenter App allows users to create whiteboard screencasts, which I have demonstrated in the following video.  If you’re interested in using the camera and apps in the future, let me know and I’ll lend you the camera and help get everything setup.



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Curating Your Professional Learning: TeachersFirst

TeachersFirst provides a searchable database of online tools and resources reviewed by a community of teachers.  These resources include lessons, units, and reviewed web resources.  Membership is free and grants access to everything within the site.  Resources can be located through a keyword search, or through browsing by subject and grade level.  The site also organizes professional resources into topics such as differentiating, reading, and working with parents.

TeachersFirst also produces webinars on a variety of technology topics.  If you are unable to attend a webinar live, they provide an archive of webinar recordings.