5 Ways to Geek Out This Summer!

nerd-304337_960_7201.  Read a teacher geek book 

Aaron Hogan put together an excellent list of 41 Books on Education. Two from the list I want to read this summer are Personalized PD and The Innovator’s Mindset.  Check out the list!  I can guarantee you there’s something for everyone!

 

2.  Join the Geeky Google Drive Level Up Challenge

This is not only a great way to learn about Google Drive, but a way to experience gamification as a learner and gain ideas for using it as part of your own instruction.  Challenge created by Alice Keeler.

 

 

3.  Be a Google Geek and get certified

I went through the Educator Level 1 and 2 certifications and I learned so much!  The trainings aren’t just about Google Tools, but technology integration strategies.  I highly suggest getting certified!

 

4.  Participate in a geeky twitter chat

Twitter chats are one of the best ways to engage in conversations with other like minded educators to exchange ideas, find new resources, and to learn!  Cybrary Man has curated a list of educational chats on twitter.  Check them out!

 

5.  Geek out with me this summer

Want to work together this summer on tech integration, flipping your classroom, project based learning, using code in the classroom, and so much more?  I’ll be here!  Use the link above to see available Geek Out sessions.  If the times don’t work for you, send me an email and we can work it out.

 

How Can I Get My Student’s Media from Their Phone to Their Computers? Google Drive!

It is so awesome that students can use their phones to take pictures or videos for their school projects, but other than email, what is the easiest way to get their media to their computers from their phones?  Google Drive!  Using the Google Drive App is awesome, but it’s not always a best practice to require students to download an app to their personal devices.  So here’s how you can use Google Drive on a mobile device without requiring students to download the app!
This tutorial covers videos, but you would import photos the same way.

3 Tips to Create Engaging Instructional Videos for Students

3 Tips

Instructional videos empower learners to study at their own pace so it is no wonder teachers are creating more and more videos to support student learning.  But because teachers are making videos doesn’t necessarily mean that the videos are effective.  Just because a lecture moves from the classroom environment to youtube doesn’t mean a teacher has now individualized instruction because of the pause button.  Here are some tips to create more engaging instructional videos.

Keep it Short

In this post by Alice Keeler, she shares that according to Facebook analytics, videos that are over one minute receive far fewer views than than those that are under a minute.  She even suggests keeping videos under 30 seconds.  I’m just not there yet, but I do agree that many of the instructional videos being made by teachers today are way too long.  So how do you make them shorter and still cover all the content?

Create a separate video for each concept.  In doing so, teachers can create a playlist of videos which is beneficial for students who need to review a topic.  Rather than skimming a long video, students can jump to the video needed.  If your school doesn’t have access to youtube, upload your videos to a folder in Google Drive and share the folder with students.  Use a naming convention so students will know what order to watch the videos in.  A tip from Alice Keeler is to use 001, 002, etc.

Below is an example of a playlist of videos I created to help students learn iMovie.  Notice the title of the movie addresses the skill.

Plan

Creating instructional videos can take time, but they also save time in the long run, so you might as well do it right the first time (I’m sounding like my parents here).  Planning your video helps make sure you include everything in it.  It also helps cut down on the ums, and uhs, as you record (this is something I do even with my script!).

There are a number of tools you can use to plan your video.  A simple google search of “storyboard” will bring up many different editable storyboards you can use to help you plan.  I use Keynote a lot when making instructional videos and use the notes feature for my script.  Google Slides and PowerPoint are also great tools for planning.

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Here’s a screenshot of how I use Keynote as a storyboard.

Question

Adding questions to instructional videos helps set expectations for students and provides a context for the video.  It is a good technique to engage students as well as assess student knowledge.

Google forms is an excellent tool to create questions and gather responses from students while watching instructional videos.  EdPuzzle is a tool many of the teachers at my school use.  With EdPuzzle, you can add a variety of interactive questions as well as track student progress.  Another strategy is having students come up with their own questions as they watch.  Crystal Kirsch from Flipping with Kirsch successfully used the WSQ (Watch, Summarize, Question) strategy with her students when she was in the classroom and saw an overall improvement in student learning.  You can read all about how she did it here.

Instructional videos maximize learning efficiency and account for differences in learning styles.  What tips do you have for engaging students in instructional video?

Rather watch a video?  Here it is!

Hacking Keynote

Resources below are from my Hacking Keynote Presentation at the KS Maui Student Technology Conference.

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Keynote is my all time favorite presentation software.  This presentation includes some fun ways to Hack Keynote and customize slides (rather than using the same old templates…).

Resources

Creating Presentations with Style
Tips for creating presentations.

Font

DaFont.com
All fonts are free to download but make sure you read the licensing when available.

4 Things You Need to Know to Pair Fonts Well
Excellent tips from Piktochart.

Color

Paletton.com
Excellent color combination tool

How to pick great colors for your website even if you’re not a designer
Excellent resource for how to use paletton and an explanation of color combination

Color Pick Eyedropper
Need the HTML code of a color?  This chrome extension will do that for you

Images

Pixabay
Public Domain Images

Best Practices for Attribution
My favorite resource for how to cite creative commons images

What are your favorite presentation tips?

Create Presentations That Don’t Suck Using Keynote

Resources from Maui Tech Slam – 10/12/15

Font

Da Font
Download free font

Kimberly Geswein Fonts
My favorite font pairing resource

More Font Resources
My pinterest board of font resources

Color

A Pinterest Board full of great color combinations

Image Resources

Pixabay
Copyright free image resources

Creative Commons
Search for creative commons licensed media.

Citing Creative Commons Images
My favorite “how to cite” CC images resource

Pinterest Board of Copyright Free Image Resources

Cute Google Slide Templates

2015-08-14_15-04-08Here’s a little Tech Tidbit about a great site called Slides Carnival.  I learned about Slides Carnival from Liz Castillo when we were collaborating on a presentation for Kukulu Kaiaulu.  She shared her Google Presentation and her slides were so cute!  Here it is:

Adorable, right?  And that’s just a taste!  Slide Carnival has many FREE templates to choose from and within those templates are sample slides and how they can be used to enhance a presentation.  For example:


This sample is from the Quince Presentation Template

and


This sample is from the Trinculo Presentation Template.

What’s nice is when you visit Slides Carnival and click on the template, it gives you what the template is designed for and features for the template.   The Balthasar Presentation Template, for example:

This free presentation template is specifically designed for finance and professional lectures. With its dark style and daring decoration you’ll impress your audience with your slides. Who says finance and economics have to be boring?.

FEATURES

  • Fully editable. Easy to change colors, text and photos
  • 25 different slides
  • Finance themed design with serif typographies.
  • Graphs, icons, tables and maps
  • 16:9 screen layout (Can change to 4:3 with a click on Google Slides, but some graphic assets may not work well)

So check the cool templates Slides Carnival has to offer!

Google Classroom, OH MY!

Itʻs FINALLY here!  We get to use Google Classroom at Kamehameha Schools!  Earlier this month, Google announced Google Classroom is now available across domains.  Lucky us!  Iʻm on an as I need to know basis so I donʻt have a lot of experience with Google Classroom YET, but Iʻm teaching myself.  So why should you have to wait for me when if you want to learn on your own you can too?  Here are some great resources to get you started:

Getting Started With Google Classroom
Learn the basic steps of getting started with Google Classroom inside your district’s Google Apps for Education account

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom
By Alice Keeler

Marc Nakayamaʻs Google Classroom Resources

60 Smarter Ways to Use Google Classroom

Whatʻs your favorite Google Classroom resource?  Please share in the comments below.