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Getting Geeked About Technology: Tools to Help Teachers Reach the Digital Generation

Technology is something that has become integrated into our everyday lives. Yet in schools, we lag behind when it comes to technology. Traditional learning methods in todays classrooms are simply not reaching or engaging our digital learners. We are failing to reach the "Googled Learner." In doing this, we are not preparing today's students to compete in high-demand jobs of the future. This collection will help teachers at every level begin to integrate technology into their classroom.
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Getting Geeked About Technology: Tools to Help Teachers Reach the Digital Generation
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    5 Easy to use apps to help teachers give quizzes in the classroom. These apps make it easier to correct answers and collect data. My personal favorites are Nearpod and Google Drive with Flubaroo. In Nearpod, you can find lessons which have already been created, or create your own and Nearpodize them! Flubaroo is an extension of Google Forms, and it corrects quizes and creates data sheets for you. It will even create DI groups FOR YOU, given the criteria. It is such an amazing resource!
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    Increase student engagement and interest by conducting formative assessments in a more interactive way! No more boring paper and pencil exit slips!
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    Common Sense is an organization that rates educational movies, apps, games, books, etc. In addition, they advocate for kids, families, communities, and schools. I use their free curriculum for Digital Citizenship badges, and find MANY Tweets for cool new ideas on Twitter!
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    Free online materials and curriculum which are designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world. Teachers using this curriculum can become Common Sense Certified. Students using this curriculum earn digital badges for participation. I found this very useful to start with, and was shocked at the lack of TRUE knowledge my students had involving internet dangers.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    Google Classroom is a learning management system which teachers can use to post announcements, quizzes, and documents. Teachers can offer immediate feedback to one or all students, and students can offer feedback to one another. Google Classroom can be accessed through the website or used as an iPad app! Using Google Classrooms has truly transformed my learning environment and has engaged many students who were previously disengaged.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    I started my personal technology integration with online lesson planning. This site acts as a calendar, meeting planner, lesson planner, and sub binder; ALL IN ONE! In addition, you can track standards and collaborate with other teachers around the world. Once I have created my lesson plans, I turn this link into a QR code and hang it on my classroom door with a note: "Want to know what's going on in our classroom? Scan the code and find out!" This way, I never have a lesson interrupted!
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    This colorful graphic helped me connect digital technology with attributes and capabilities in my classroom. The wheel is a great tool to print and have posted in your classroom to help students move through the wheel independently.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    I use this website to meet all of my curricular needs. I can type in the topic I am looking for and Graphite will offer standards, apps, digital lessons, and other research based suggestions to integrate into my lesson. The best part of Graphite is that all suggestions have been researched by Graphite Certified teachers, then rated for your convenience.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    I found this blog very useful to help me AVOID repeating mistakes with technology in the classroom. It is easy to fall into substitution and stay there, but we need to use technology with a clear, and distinct purpose.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    This presentation is full of resources, links, and suggestions for both websites and apps to use in the classroom. The best part of this presentation is that it comes with a disclaimer from a technology consultant that all resources have been tried and tested! The apps are broken into categories to help you choose the best app for your classroom. After watching this presentation, I told a colleague, "Where has this been all my life, and how have I been teaching without it??"
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