TECH 2020 - Jennifer Gonzalez - The Teacher's Guide to

TECH 2020 - Jennifer Gonzalez - The Teacher's Guide to
The Teacher’s Guide to


Jennifer Gonzalez
TECH 2020 - Jennifer Gonzalez - The Teacher's Guide to
The Teacher’s Guide to Tech
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 INTRODUCTION 9 Know Your Legal Stuff 48 Plickers Classroom
 Sown to Grow Management 76
 How This Guide Works 10
 THE TOOLS 53 BehaviorFlip
 How I Choose the Tools 13 Audience Response Bouncy Balls
 Animated GIFs 54 & Backchannels 63 Class Charts
 New in 2020 14
 AnswerGarden Classcraft
 Am I Some Kind of Tech Art 55 Poll Everywhere ClassDojo
 Expert? 16 Adobe Fresco Slido ClassroomQ
 Adobe Illustrator Wooclap ClassroomScreen
 THE TIPS 18 Adobe Illustrator Draw YoTeach! GoNoodle
 Adobe Photoshop Sketch
 Why Bother Learning Adobe Spark Blogging & Cloud Storage 80
 About Technology? 19 Assembly
 Website Building 66
 A Look Inside the Lives of Autodesk Sketchbook Blogger Collaboration &
 Three Tech-Enhanced AutoDraw
 Edublogs Project Management 81
 Teachers 22 Canva
 Tumblr Basecamp
 Fresh Paint Weebly
 How to Do Tech Without Kanbanchi
 Google Chrome Canvas
 Losing Your Mind 25 Wix Miro
 Google Drawings
 WordPress Padlet
 Getting to Know the Inkscape
 SAMR Model 28 MediBang Paint
 Book Publishing 70 Trello
 When Your School is Blurb
 Short on Tech 30 Book Creator Comic Strip Creators 84
 Lulu Pixton
 Wonderings 35 Storybird Storyboard That
 Assessment 59 WriteReader
 What Tool Should I Use? 38 Doctopus & Goobric
 Troubleshooting 41 Edulastic
 Career Exploration 74
 Formative CareerVillage
 Quality-Check Your Tech 43
 Google Forms
 Find Your Calling
 A Hat Tip to Common GradeCam
 Sense Media 47 Kiddom

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 Content Libraries 86 Feedback 100 Games 112 Games & Interactives
 Actively Learn Floop Class Responder Be Washington
 CommonLit Google Drive Gimkit iCivics
 Curipow Kaizena GooseChase The Fiscal Ship
 Epic Microsoft Word Kahoot! Gapminder
 Global Oneness Project Peergrade Playmeo Mission U.S.
 Great Big Story Quizalize Redistricting Game
 Listenwise Flashcard Creators 103 Quizizz
 MyShakespeare Quizlet Quizlet Live
 Newsela StudyBlue Socrative Google MyMaps
 Novel Effect
 Google Tour Builder
 NewseumED Flipped Learning 105 Global Learning 113 Lizard Point
 Vooks Edpuzzle Empatico National Geographic MapMaker
 Wonderopolis InsertLearning Global Read Aloud
 PlayPosit PenPal Schools
 Curation 92 Sutori Skype in the Classroom Primary Sources
 elink TED-Ed Bill of Rights Institute
 Feedly Tes Teach History & Digital Public Library of America
 LiveBinders Versal Social Studies 116 DocsTeach Google Arts & Culture
 Curriculum Interactive Constitution
 Pinterest Fundraising &
 Big History Project Smithsonian Learning Lab
 Symbaloo Payment Processing 109 The Choices Program
 Wakelet Cheddar Up Other Great Sites
 Facing History and Ourselves
 Webjets DonorsChoose C3 Teachers
 The Gilder Lehrman Institute
 GoFundMe Casemaker
 Stanford History Education Group
 Digital Portfolios 97 Indiegogo Holocaust Encyclopedia
 Teaching Tolerance
 Artsonia If It Were My Home
 bulb Voices of the Civil Rights Movement
 Portfoliobox Zoom In

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 Infographics 122 Learning Management Robotics Music 152
 Infogram Systems 131 LEGO Education GarageBand
 Piktochart Blackboard Sphero Groove Pizza
 Venngage Edmodo Dash & Dot Hooktheory
 Visme Google Classroom Noteflight
 Microsoft Teams Math 143 Soundtrap
 Interactive Lessons 123 Schoology ASSISTments TonalEnergy
 BookWidgets Desmos
 Boom Learning Makerspaces 134 GeoGebra Note Taking 155
 Deck.Toys Mathalicious Diigo
 3D Printing Mathchare Edji
 oodlü MyScript Calculator Evernote
 Thingiverse NCTM Illuminations Google Keep
 Photomath Hypothesis
 Interactive Posters 126 Coding Wolfram|Alpha Kami
 Buncee Codecademy Woot Math Notability
 Glogster Would You Rather… OneNote
 ThingLink Kodable Rocketbook
 Made with Code Mind Mapping 148
 Language Study 128 Scratch Coggle
 Duolingo Lucidchart
 FluentU Tynker Popplet
 Italki Unruly Splats Sketchboard
 Microsoft Translator
 Makey Makey
 Pi Top
 Raspberry Pi

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 Parent Engagement 159 Podcasting 168 QR Codes 179 Social Media 189
 Bloomz Anchor QR Code Generator Facebook
 ClassTag Audacity QR Code Reader Instagram
 FreshGrade LinkedIn
 Remind Presentation 171 Research 181 Reddit emaze Google Scholar Snapchat
 Smore Google Cast MyBib Twitter
 Google Slides Zotero
 Photo Editing 163 Haiku Deck Speaking & Discussion 192
 Adobe Lightroom Nearpod Science 183 Equity Maps
 BeFunky Pear Deck Algodoo Extempore
 Gimp PowerPoint Compound Interest Flipgrid
 Photoshop Express Prezi ExploreLearning Gizmos Kialo
 Pixlr Sway Google Earth Parlay
 Prisma Google Expeditions Skype
 Snapseed Productivity Google Science Journal StartSOLE
 VSCO & Planning 175 HHMI BioInteractive Voxer
 Auto Text Expander Learn.Genetics
 Physical Education 165 Boomerang Mystery Science Special Ed/UDL 196
 Coach's Eye Calendly NASA’s Eyes First Then Visual
 Elanation Google Calendar PhET Simulations Schedule
 My Bracket IFTTT Physics Classroom Livescribe Pen
 Seconds Interval Timer Microsoft To Do Ptable Microsoft Learning Tools
 Sworkit Noisli Star Walk NaturalReader
 Team Shake Planboard Visible Body ONEder
 Toggl Read&Write for Chrome

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 Spreadsheets 200 Video: Live Streaming Writing 221 THE TERMS 228
 Google Sheets & Short Form 211 Composition Helpers
 Microsoft Excel
 Speare REFERENCES 242
 Video: Screencasting 213 WriteWell
 Survey Tools 202 Camtasia 287
 Google Forms Explain Everything 288 Grammar Instruction
 SurveyMonkey GrammarFlip INDEX 267
 Screencastify 289
 Typeform Screencast-O-Matic 290 NoRedInk
 Acknowledgements 280
 Teacher Professional Virtual & Proofreading
 Development 204 Augmented Reality 216 Ginger
 Fishbowl 3DBear 293
 About the Author 281
 Insight ADVANCE CoSpaces Edu 293
 Participate Google Tour Creator 293 Social Writing JumpStart: A Technology
 Swivl HP Reveal 294 BoomWriter Course for Thoughtful
 TeachFX Merge 294 Wattpad Educators 282
 Verso Metaverse 294 WriteAbout
 Quiver 295 Style Editors
 Video: Animation Thyng 295 Hemingway Editor
 & Production 207 Tilt Brush 295 ProWritingAid
 Adobe Spark
 Do Ink Word Processing
 Google Docs
 Microsoft Word
 Toontastic 3D

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The Tips
Why Bother Learning About Technology?
A Look Inside the Lives of Three Tech-Enhanced Teachers
How to Do Tech Without Losing Your Mind
Getting to Know the SAMR Model
When Your School is Short on Tech
What Tool Should I Use?
Quality-Check Your Tech: 6 Strategies
A Hat Tip to Common Sense Media
Know Your Legal Stuff
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 especially if up until now you’ve been doing letting people work together in a way that
 just fine without it? Here are just a few records their progress and lets participants
 reasons, in no particular order, why adding dive in whenever and wherever they are
 even a little bit of technology to your available, even if they are in different
 teaching can make a big difference. countries. This means your students can
 collaborate with each other and with you.
 It saves you time. By automating things
 Technology also gives you global access to
 Why Bother you do over and over again, you get more
 time to spend on other tasks. For example,
 other teachers: Social media channels and
 discussion and collaboration tools like

 Learning using screencasting tools to record some
 basic lessons offers the same instruction,
 Voxer and Skype enable you to share ideas
 and resources with like-minded

 but it frees you up from having to repeat it
 professionals all over the world.
 yourself. Coordinating parent-teacher
 conferences with a tool like ClassTag lets It helps you differentiate instruction.
 Technology? you set up the event once, then have
 parents sign up on their own without you
 Technology has so much potential for
 allowing you to differentiate instruction.
 Technology can be a huge pain in the butt. having to coordinate schedules. Being able Here are just some of the ways:
 Wi-Fi goes out, programs freeze, YouTube to record voice comments on students’
 Content: Suppose you’re studying the
 gets blocked, you forget your password, work with a tool like Kaizena will save you
 Underground Railroad. You want all
 and all too often, things just don’t work the loads of time that you would have spent
 students to know a core set of facts,
 way they’re supposed to. writing them, meaning you can give more
 names, and dates, but beyond those, you
 high-quality feedback.
 So why bother? Why take the time to add could allow students to follow their
 new tools to your teaching practice, It allows for better collaboration. So many interests to enrich their understanding.
 of these tools are built for collaboration, for Students who enjoy literature can explore

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 the writing of that time period. Those who offers so many options. As a final spending less time delivering content and
 get fired up by social justice causes can assessment, you could start by giving all more time interacting with our students.
 investigate specific people and how they students the same basic test to be sure
 It helps students become more
 made things happen. Map lovers can they all have the same foundational
 independent learners. If used correctly,
 explore the different routes and how knowledge. Then, to demonstrate what
 many of these tools allow students to
 natural elements impacted them. they’ve learned, students could create a
 create their own study materials (like
 Because technology gives us so many video, do a spoken presentation, write a
 flashcard creators), access video tutorials
 options for consuming content, we are no short digital book, or even create an
 that can supplement what they learn in
 longer restricted to the information annotated bibliography with a digital
 class, collaborate with other students
 presented by one textbook company. bookmarking tool.
 outside of class time, and download
 Process: Learning the required material It gives you more one-on-one time with materials when they need them, rather
 doesn’t have to look the same for every students. By letting technology handle than wait until they are in class. Because it
 student. You could provide students with some of the straight-up information puts learning at students’ fingertips more
 the learning objectives and let them delivery, teachers get more time to than ever before, technology can help
 choose the tools to meet those goals. If, interact with students at higher levels of them develop learning skills that will last
 for example, students need to know the thinking—a task only humans have the long after they graduate.
 states where the Underground Railroad subtle decision-making skills to do. We
 It develops the skills students will need
 was active, you could simply tell them to can talk more with students about the
 for work and life in the 21st century. It’s
 find that information with their tool of whys of our content, and spend more
 hard to imagine a path a person might
 choice and see what they come up with. time on things like discussion, evaluation,
 take in life that would not require the use
 and problem-solving. It allows us to get to
 Product: When it’s time for students to of some technology, and for many paths,
 know our students better because we are
 demonstrate understanding, technology technology skills will be essential. If we do

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 not give our students regular practice with adds a layer of sound and graphics that Gone are the days when an author had to
 technology, we’ll handicap them in the makes it feel more like a game show. It’s be “discovered” in order to get published,
 work world. just fun. And if you can grab students’ when you had to possess high-tech
 attention by making the same learning knowledge to start a website, and when
 And if we want them to use these tools
 more fun, why not do it? art could only be purchased from galleries.
 responsibly, effectively, and ethically, then
 Your students now have the tools to
 who better to teach them than us? Would It gives power to the people. So many of
 make real things that live in the world
 it be better for them to develop their tech the tools in this book allow regular people
 beyond the classroom. And with the help
 skills outside of school, among their peers, to do extraordinary things. Until very
 of crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and
 unsupervised? Or can we prepare them to recently, the average person could only
 GoFundMe, anyone with a vision and a
 enter adulthood with the ability to dream of doing these things without
 few good tools can find the financial
 carefully choose and thoughtfully use significant financial backing:
 backing they need to turn good ideas into
 these tools to make the most of their lives
 • Publishing and selling their own book realities.
 and impact the world in powerful ways?
 • Filming, producing, and distributing And so can you. Educators have
 It increases student engagement. Even if
 their own movie traditionally had limited options for
 what you’re doing with technology is very
 growing professionally, earning extra
 similar to what you’d do without it, it can • Producing their own radio show income, or making their voices heard.
 better engage students by adding the
 • Interviewing people in other countries That is no longer the case. Learning new
 elements of design, interactivity, and
 or experts in a particular field technology not only gives more power to
 automaticity that technology offers. Sure,
 your students; it can do the same for you.
 you could review for a test by just asking • Collecting data with survey tools that
 students questions and turn it into some have the potential to reach thousands
 kind of game, but using a tool like Kahoot! of people

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 pencils, physical books, and face-to-face In class, two of Mara’s most-often used
 conversations that have always been at our tools are Plickers, which she uses to
 disposal. formatively assess students during lessons,
 and GoNoodle, which provides fun, high-
 Take a look at how these three teachers
 A Look Inside have integrated a personal set of
 technology tools into their practice.
 energy brain breaks to her wiggly students
 in between lessons.

 the Lives of As a teacher in a rural town in the Midwest,
 Mara wants to expose her students to other

 Three Tech- cultures and places. Once a year, she and
 her students participate in the Global Read

 Aloud, where they read the same book as
 students all over the world. And this year,
 Mara, Grade 3 Teacher they just took their first virtual field trip to
 Teachers For the past two years, Mara has had a
 class website, which she built on Weebly.
 Tokyo through Skype in the Classroom.

 At home, Mara uses several tools to keep
 One reason technology can seem so out of Once a week, she posts an update, telling up with all of her professional materials.
 reach is that people who use technology parents what the class has been working She has a collection of boards on Pinterest,
 appear to be using all of it, all of the time. on and giving reminders of upcoming where she pins ideas for lessons and
 But this just isn’t true. Each person has a events. If there’s a permission slip or other classroom management. Because she also
 unique toolbox, a combination of apps, form parents need to fill out, she will link tries to keep up with news and trends in
 websites, and software that meets their them to the document in Dropbox, where education, she uses Feedly to follow all of
 specific needs and works in conjunction they can download their own copy. her favorite blogs and websites. And this
 with their “analog” tools—the paper and

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 year, Mara just started working on her Three nights a week, his students watch a occasionally starts off with a warm-up
 master’s degree, so she’s using Zotero to video lesson on Edpuzzle, which debate from Would You Rather.
 organize her research. formatively assesses them as they go. He also uses station work quite often so
 Before the school day even begins, Tim students can apply their learning from the
 In years past, Mara has had her students
 can check his account to see which
 write poetry. This year, they’ll do this on at-home lessons: Each station has a math
 students viewed the lesson the night
 Storybird, where they can be inspired by problem using the skills they are currently
 before and, based on their responses, learning. Printed alongside each problem
 high-quality art and share their work with
 determine how well they understood the
 students around the world. is a QR code that contains the correct
 material. answer. When students finish the
 At the end of every school year, Mara Most of his students have signed up for problem, they use their smartphones or
 loads her favorite photos from the year free Voxer accounts. He has put them into tablets to scan the QR code. This shows
 onto Adobe Spark, where she creates a small chats of 6-8 people so students can them the correct answer on their phone,
 slideshow—complete with musical ask each other questions about the at- giving them instant feedback about
 soundtrack and captions—to share with home lessons. Because he is included in whether they did the problem correctly.
 students and parents. each chat, he can step in at any time if Tim stays in touch with students and
 students aren’t able to figure something parents through Edmodo, where he posts
 out on their own. Students who don’t announcements, interacts with parents
 have access to Voxer through their own or and students, and stores materials that
 their parents’ phones are put into a can be downloaded at any time. And
 regular phone group so they can still call when parent-teacher conference time rolls
 each other on their home phones. around, Tim uses to set up a
 Tim, 8th Grade Math
 In class, Tim makes use of the classroom schedule, then has parents sign up for
 Tim has partially flipped his classroom: activities available on Desmos and whatever time they want.

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 sources from NewseumED, so students she uses Remind to stay in touch with
 can examine artifacts firsthand, and players and parents about practices,
 historical documents from CommonLit, upcoming games, and other team
 which are paired with literature and business.
 Denise, AP U.S. History
 informational text from the same period.
 Students in Denise’s classes need to know
 a lot of history and be able to write about Denise has two students this year who
 it. For learning and remembering the have dyslexia. To help them tackle all of
 history, she has students create and share the required reading in her course, she has
 online flashcards with Quizlet. Every them use the Natural Reader tool to read
 Friday, she holds a class competition with most of the texts out loud. Now a few
 Gimkit to see who has learned the most. other students have asked to use it
 sometimes, because they simply prefer to
 For the writing, Denise has students hear text out loud rather than read it.
 organize their thinking using Coggle mind
 mapping, then write their essays in To keep her professional documents,
 Google Docs. Next, she has students read notes, and reading organized, Denise uses
 each other’s essays and provide written Evernote. She also has taught her
 and voice feedback with Kaizena. After students how to use it for taking their own
 some revisions are made, she adds her notes and keeping their resources
 own feedback in Kaizena. organized—most of them use it for all
 their classes.
 When she is teaching students about key
 events in U.S. history, she pulls up primary Because Denise is also a basketball coach,

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 Step 1: Get Clear on the Reason. It’s essential to start with your learning
 objectives. Before you even consider
 Before you adopt a new tool, figure out
 technology, think about what you want
 why you want to use it. Some reasons are
 students to know or be able to do by the
 sound and will lead to success:
 time the lesson is over. Then consider how
 • The tool could solve a problem for you. technology could help you reach those
 • It may boost learning for some kids. goals more effectively: Can this tool help
 How to Do • It could save you time or stress.
 your students develop measurable,
 content-based skills in a way that’s more

 Tech Without • It may give you access to new skills,
 people, or information.
 authentic, lasting, expedient, or engaging
 than the way you’d ordinarily do it? Or will

 Losing Your • It looks like fun. If the tool could engage
 students and keep them learning, it’s
 it enable you to grow professionally in a
 way that would be much harder without it?

 Mind worth a try.
 Then there are the not-so-good reasons:
 Then it’s worth a try.
 Any time you feel things are taking too long
 or getting too frustrating, ask yourself
 Technology can be tricky even for the most • You feel pressure to use the tool whether you’re still heading toward
 tech-savvy person, and if you don’t have a because people keep talking about it. meeting those learning goals. If you’re not,
 good plan, you might give up before you
 • You feel like you should use some it’s time to change course.
 ever really get started. These seven steps
 technology; it might as well be this.
 will give you a framework for adding more Step 2: Get in the Right Mindset.
 technology to your teaching practice. • It looks fun. A time-consuming tech tool
 with no connection to learning will take Succeeding with tech requires a ton of
 too much time away from instruction. flexibility and patience. Most people who

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 get good at it have a few mindsets in • Let's just try it. The only way a person • How to use _____
 common, so try to adopt them yourself: gets better at working with technology
 • ______ for beginners
 • Things WILL go wrong. Expecting and is by trying stuff. They don't wait for
 the full day of training. They sign up, • ______ tutorial
 dealing with problems and setbacks,
 log in, and get their hands dirty.
 rather than getting thrown into a tizzy • Introduction to ______
 by them, makes it easier to persevere. Step 3: Start Small (and Low-Risk). If you get a lot of results, look for ones
 • Reboot and undo. When something Small wins equal greater confidence, so that have a lot of views and were made
 goes wrong, know that many problems start with a tool that’s easy. Some good within the last year. You may have to
 can be solved by simply restarting a options are QR codes and YoTeach!. But watch the first minute of a video to figure
 program or a device. And before you let before you start, read the next step. out if it’s going to be helpful. If it’s not,
 a big mistake discourage you, look for move on; there are plenty of others.
 the “undo” button: In many programs, Step 4: Find the Video Tutorial.
 Many tools also have their own collection
 there’s a way to reverse that terrible Ninety-five percent of what I’ve learned of tutorials right on their website; just look
 thing you just did. about technology has come from video for a section called support, help, learn, or
 • Phone a friend. It’s not possible to tutorials. These free videos teach you knowledge base.
 know everything, so get comfortable exactly how to use tech tools—an
 with asking for help from colleagues, experienced user uses the tools right on Step 5: Do Test Runs.
 friends, and students. Don’t let the fear your screen and talks you through each
 Even if you’re armed with the best
 of looking ignorant stop you. And if the step. To find good ones, go to YouTube
 instructions, things will still go wrong in
 person you ask seems bothered, then and search with any of these phrases, (fill
 class. To avoid watching a class period
 look for others who are happy to share in the blank with the name of your tool):
 waste away while you and your students
 what they know. frown at screens, trying to figure out why

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 something isn’t working, do a few test more convinced than ever that technology it’s living up to its promise. Tech
 runs before launching a new tool. just isn’t worth the trouble. implementation is an ongoing process,
 and you shouldn’t feel you have to stick
 • Start with your own test—for tools that Step 6: Prepare for Setbacks. with something forever just because you
 have a teacher end and a student end,
 The first few times you use a new tool, invested time in learning it. If this tool isn’t
 set up a fake student account and go
 have some safety nets in place in case really paying off, ask yourself these
 back and forth between being the
 things don’t go according to plan. questions to figure out why:
 teacher and being the student. This will
 help you understand how the tool • If possible, prepare a paper version of • Are you using enough features to get
 functions from a student’s perspective. the activity, in case the tool doesn’t the best from it? Do you or your
 work or the internet goes out. students need more training?
 • Try the tool on the devices students
 will use. If your home computer is a PC, • If the whole lesson depends entirely on • Have your needs changed? Is the tool
 but your school is Mac, get on a Mac a tool, have an alternate activity ready. not what you thought it was?
 and see how the tool works. If students
 • Have someone in your building (or a • Compared with how you used to
 will be using iPads, try it on an iPad. perform this task, have you seen
 tech-savvy student) on call to assist
 • Do another test run with a small group you if needed. improvements with this tool? If not,
 of students; or, if you teach multiple you might need more time with it OR it
 classes, start off using the tool with just Step 7: Reflect and Recalibrate. might be time to drop it.
 one class. Once you’ve used the tool long enough to Whatever you do, don’t give up. Even if
 Whatever you do, don’t use regular class get semi-competent with it, where you’re you only add one or two tools, you’ll get a
 time, with the whole class, to try past the most frustrating part and you real sense of satisfaction from it, a feeling
 something out for the first time. You’ll end and your students can get basic use from of strength that just might make you start
 up frustrated, way behind schedule, and it, take a moment to reflect on whether seeing yourself as a bit of a techie.

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 tech’s sake,” the SAMR model is an
 Redefinition important tool for reflecting on and

 Tech allows for the creation of new designing your practice.
 tasks, previously inconceivable.
 The chart shown here works from bottom
 Modification to top, with the bottom representing the
 Tech allows for significant task redesign. least desirable level of implementation,
 and the top representing the ideal.

 Augmentation As teachers first get accustomed to using

 Getting to

 Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, technology, they are most likely to start at
 with functional improvement.
 the Substitution level, where the tech

 Know the Substitution
 Tech acts as a direct tool substitute,
 with no functional change.
 merely takes the place of some tool they
 are already using. For example, having
 students take handwritten notes with an
 SAMR Model Diagram based on the work of Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. app like Notability merely replaces the
 notes they would take on paper, especially
 Not all tech use is created equal. In some That’s the basis of the SAMR model, a if they simply write words in the same way
 classrooms, the technology is a distraction framework for technology integration that they would write them on paper.
 from the learning; in other rooms, it merely developed by educator Dr. Ruben For many teachers, starting at this level is
 makes things faster or more efficient. And Puentedura. The model lays out four perfectly reasonable: It helps both us and
 in others, it gives students experiences different levels of using technology for our students get comfortable with the tech
 they would likely never have if it weren’t for instructional purposes. For teachers who and work it into our regular routines. And as
 the technology. want to get beyond just “using tech for long as the tech doesn’t detract from the

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 learning, doing some work at the The next level is Modification, where you students might be tasked with creating
 Substitution level isn’t a problem. But if are starting to actually change the learning notes specifically for others to learn from,
 we want to really make the most of what task for students. Puentedura says that at with embedded audio recordings to guide
 tech has to offer, we should be starting to this stage, the “heart” of the task is still readers through the notes. This type of
 push ourselves to see if more of our the same, but certain capabilities of the end product wouldn’t be possible without
 lessons can reach those other levels. tech are making the learning experience this technology, and it is therefore a very
 different. With the Notability task, different kind of learning task.
 At the Augmentation level, the tech still
 students might be told to give a few
 acts as a substitution of a tool we’re
 students collaborator access to their While it’s not reasonable to expect all
 already using, but now it adds some
 notes, then give each other written and class work to hit this highest level, having
 functional improvement. So you have
 audio commentary to add to students’ an awareness of the SAMR model can
 students using Notability, but now they
 notes. Now the work has become truly help us stretch our teaching practices to
 add diagrams to their notes, zooming in
 collaborative, and because the tool allows make the most of the tools we have.
 to add more detail, then their notes are an
 students to save and revisit the
 improvement over what they’d be able to
 commentary, their notes have now
 do on paper.
 become rich sources of information that
 At both of these levels, our instructional has come from their own research and the
 process is still basically the same, but the input of their peers.
 tool has enhanced it. Some classroom
 At the top level, Redefinition, students are
 activities work just fine at this level and
 actually performing a new task with the
 don’t need to be changed, but you may
 tech, something that would not be
 start to incorporate different activities that
 conceivable without the tool. At this level,
 push the learning in a new direction.

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 equipment, extracurricular options, and ask yourself these two questions:
 healthy, fresh food in the cafeteria,
 First, does a regular classroom teacher
 technology is now another resource that’s
 have the power to give students more
 abundant in well-funded schools and
 access to technology in a whole school?
 lacking in underfunded schools, creating
 one more way low-income students will fall I ask this one first because I suspect this is
 behind their more affluent peers. the thing that might be holding you back,
 the reason you haven’t done more than
 If you’re in a school where technology is in
 shake your head at your school’s lack of
 When Your short supply, and you believe your students
 are falling behind their peers because of it,
 tech. You’re “just a teacher.” You have no
 control over the school’s budget. You can’t

 School is
 you have options.
 change the tax laws in your community.
 I’m going to share 11 specific solutions you
 I think you have more power than you
 Short on Tech can choose from to start improving
 students’ access to tech in your school.
 You can pick just one or mix up a few of

 Your administrators are doing the best they
 While some schools have already gone 1:1 them, but in this list, there’s definitely can with the knowledge and money they
 —with a device for every student—others something that can start to make a real have, but technology is just one small piece
 don’t even have reliable internet access, let difference in giving your students more of of all the stuff they’re responsible for. If you
 alone enough devices for students to use, the opportunities technology has to offer. and a small group of your colleagues
 even if they share.
 committed yourselves to improving your
 This issue has a name: It’s called digital TWO QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER school’s tech infrastructure, to identifying
 equity. Just like with books, science Before we get into the specific solutions, which changes would make the biggest

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 impact and figuring out how to fund • Technology provides students with
 them, your administrator would be crazy more flexible options for learning, so
 to turn you down. I think it’s definitely they can learn at school and at home,
 worth a shot. A serious, carefully planned developing habits that will equip them
 shot. to become lifelong learners.

 Which brings me to my second Here are some important things • Technology gives students tools to
 question: Will having more technology technology can do to improve learning. create original products and share
 automatically improve student learning Consider whether your plan embraces them with the world. Rather than
 at your school? some or all of these: simply doing tasks “for school,” they
 can pursue their talents and passions
 The answer to this one is definitely NO. • Technology increases opportunities and share their work in communities of
 Simply boosting your school’s internet for students to take ownership of their real artists, writers, filmmakers,
 bandwidth or adding more devices will learning through self-paced models, photographers, journalists, scientists,
 not magically improve the education you inquiry-driven projects, and authentic historians, designers, and engineers.
 offer. tasks that allow them to engage with
 content in ways that reflect how it is • If your plan for increased technology
 You need a better plan than that.
 used in the real world. doesn’t allow for much of this, you
 Start by getting very clear on the learning may want to rethink things first. These
 • Technology allows teachers to assess standards for educators and students,
 goals you’re hoping to achieve with more
 student learning more efficiently and put out by the International Society for
 technology. What is the end goal? What
 effectively so that they can Technology in Education (ISTE), would
 will teachers and students be able to do
 differentiate instruction and challenge be a good place to start when crafting
 with more tech that they can’t do now?
 every student appropriately. a vision for your school.

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 So let’s explore some of the creative ways computer, you can get a lot out of it by to create videos, provide instructions
 schools are addressing the digital divide. setting up guidelines and routines to for stations, and give students
 I’m putting the solutions into three make sure students know how and when opportunities to be creative.
 groups: work-arounds, fundraising ideas, to use it. Also check out these resources:
 2. Implement a Bring Your Own Device
 and off-campus solutions.
 • Blended Learning with Catlin Tucker: (BYOD) program that allows students to
 WORK-AROUNDS This seven-video series by McGraw-Hill bring devices from home for use in school.
 Education provides an excellent This can quickly increase the number of
 These are the fastest to implement:
 overview of how to set up and run a devices in your school without the need
 Rather than attempt to change the
 blended learning environment in your for any increased funding. If you choose
 amount of tech your school has, these
 classroom. Tucker walks the viewer this route, do it carefully: Without a clear
 work-arounds will help you make the
 through specific stations so you can get plan in place, a BYOD program can cause
 most of what you do have.
 an up-close look at what students lots of problems. Two resources that can
 1. Create centers or stations where actually do at each one, along with how help are listed below. They include advice
 students take turns using single devices. tech is integrated into some of them, on getting buy-in from parents, creating
 These might be permanent centers that which will help you imagine how you an acceptable use policy, and making sure
 students can access at any time, or might do the same in your classroom. your school network can handle increased
 centers that are part of a specific station- use by more devices.
 • Spruce Up Your Centers with
 rotation model. You might have devices
 Technology: This blog post and video • 9 Best Practices for Getting Started
 set to specific sites or programs or create
 by Tony Vincent focuses on the with BYOD published by Edmentum
 a physical menu of options students can
 specific things you can do to set up
 use during their time at that center. • BYOD Guidebook published by
 technology-driven centers, including
 Even if your classroom only has a single which programs and tools you can use

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 3. Use minimum-tech tools that only 6. Partner with local businesses and
 require the teacher to have a device: organizations to raise funds and provide
 better access.
 Plickers allows teachers to scan responses
 that students hold up on paper sheets; • This Cincinnati high school partnered
 only one device required. with the local phone company to get
 devices and tutoring for students.
 GradeCam lets teachers create paper
 answer sheets that can be scanned with a 7. Apply for grants: This is one of the
 The Learning Center at Big Walnut Middle School
 single device. more difficult ways to go about raising
 funds, but if you learn how to do it, it can
 Skype in the Classroom offers some into an essential, active part of the school be a great source.
 incredible programs that only require one once tech resources were centralized and
 internet-connected device. a system was created for teachers to send • This guide from Education World offers
 students there to work on specific tasks. good advice for successful grant
 4. Create a tech hub at your school where writing.
 most devices are kept in one central FUNDRAISING IDEAS
 location. Students then go to the hub to • Check out this list of grants put
 5. Raise funds through crowdfunding together by Kajeet.
 use the devices, which ensures they are
 sites like DonorsChoose. With this
 put to maximum use and rarely ever sit
 approach, teachers often target specific
 hardware that they’d like for their
 Check out this story about the Learning classroom, such as a collection of
 Center at Big Walnut Middle School. What Chromebooks. See more examples of
 was once an underutilized library turned successfully funded projects here.

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 OFF-CAMPUS SOLUTIONS This California district installed these
 systems on its buses and has many of
 When technology is limited at school, it is
 them park right in family neighborhoods,
 often limited at home as well, which can
 so students can get access at home.
 put students at a further disadvantage.
 When addressing digital inequities in your 10. Summer device check-out
 school, think beyond the boundaries of programs allow students without devices
 your campus. to check out school-owned devices and
 continue their access over the summer
 8. Portable Wi-Fi hotspots can be
 months. Read about how this Kansas
 checked out by students, giving them
 school district did it.
 internet access in homes that otherwise
 wouldn’t have any. Kajeet offers 11. Build community connectivity. Districts
 the SmartSpot, which can be filtered so can work toward setting up Wi-Fi kiosks in
 that students can only access educational local neighborhoods. Organizations
 content. This Wisconsin high school uses like EveryoneOn work to get low-cost
 Kajeet to provide at-home internet to internet, refurbished devices, and
 students, and this public library in Prince computer literacy training to unconnected
 George’s County, Maryland, checks them families. If you pool resources from
 out to the public. everywhere in your community, like this
 North Carolina town did, you’ll not only
 9. Wi-Fi enabled school buses, also
 build greater capacity for student learning;
 offered by Kajeet, allow students to get
 you’ll create more opportunity for
 work done on the ride to and from school.

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 of these is to create a term that is unique usernames you have to remember.
 and searchable. • Create a separate email just for your
 Hashtags originated on Twitter, but are tech accounts. Except for tools that
 now being used on other social media require a school-based email for
 networks as well. This allows lots of people educator discounts, using an email
 to talk about the same topic and see all service like Gmail or Yahoo mail is a
 comments about that topic in real time. good move so you don’t clutter up your
 regular inbox with mailings from tech
 For an in-depth explanation, read
 companies. Then unsubscribe from any
 Mashable’s Beginner’s Guide to the
 Hashtag. email correspondence you don’t want to

 To use a new tech tool, I have to set up an
 Where do people get those cool fonts?

 account. Won’t this cause me to get a
 bunch of unwanted emails or threaten my You can download free fonts from sites like
 privacy in some way? and 1001 Free Fonts. After
 Why do I see the pound sign everywhere? downloading, you just install the font on
 Having multiple accounts is one
 What you’re seeing are hashtags. These are your computer, and it will appear in most
 inconvenient aspect of exploring
 words and phrases (all smushed together), of your programs after that. Follow these
 technology, but you can do a few things to
 with a hashtag (or pound or number instructions for installing a font on a Mac or
 minimize the impact:
 symbol) right before them. Like this: a PC.
 • Many tools now let you sign in using a
 #ilovecheese or #bestdayever. The point If you install a free font, be aware that it is
 Google or Facebook account; doing this
 generally only free for personal use. To use
 cuts down on the passwords and

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 a font for a product you’re going to sell, How do people make those tutorials, effect, it impacted most of the internet,
 you usually need to purchase a license. anyway? because even if a website isn’t created in
 Learn more here. One option for free Europe, they all reach European citizens.
 They use screencasting tools. These tools
 fonts, even for commercial products, is GDPR required most websites to get
 record whatever is on your screen. Go here
 Google Fonts. users’ consent for things like storing
 to read more about them.
 cookies, small text files that tell a website
 How do I learn how to use these tools? Where do people get those cartoon a bit about you so they can tailor your
 Do I have to enroll in some sort of class? images of themselves? viewing experience. Having to click that
 “accept” button everywhere you go is a
 Nope. That’s the most wonderful thing Those are called Bitmoji, and people
 pain, but ultimately it just means the
 about technology: You can teach yourself create them with an app by the same
 website you’re visiting is trying to obey the
 almost anything tech-related just by name. Once you have yours created, you
 law. Learn more about GDPR here.
 finding free video tutorials. can use it in emails, in texts, and on
 various social media platforms. Go to What are Open Educational Resources?
 To find good ones, start by going to the, download the app, then
 tool’s website and look for a section called These are teaching and learning resources,
 follow the steps in this video.
 help, support, learn, or knowledge base. usually available online, that can be used
 These sections often have a library of or modified for free. In 2015, the U.S.
 Why is every single website I go to asking
 tutorials, some written, some video. If they Department of Education launched the
 me about cookies?
 don’t have much, go straight to YouTube #GoOpen movement, which encouraged
 and start searching for “___ for beginners” In May 2018, a law was put into effect in
 schools to adopt these resources. Learn
 or “Intro to ___ .” Once you find a good Europe called the General Data Protection
 more about OERs in this article.
 video, go to the video creator’s channel Regulation (GDPR). This law is meant to
 and see if they have more. give internet users more control over how
 their data is used. When the law went into

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 I see people use abbreviations like AF, When I click a link, sometimes I am taken Where do people get music for videos
 SMH and IRL and I can figure out some of to a new tab, but other times the new and podcasts?
 them, but not all. Is there some kind of page replaces the one I’m on. This is
 Ooh, good question, because using
 dictionary for these abbreviations? maddening! How can I get control of it? copyrighted music for these things is a big
 Yes! One of the best resources for “real Good news: You can force a link to open problem. If a person is following the rules,
 talk” definitions of terms people use is in a new tab or window. If you’re on a PC, they will use royalty-free music. Head over
 Urban Dictionary, but be prepared for just right-click on your mouse when you to the podcasting section for a full
 some very adult language and topics on hover over the link (use command-click explanation.
 this site. on a Mac) and you’ll get this menu:
 Another place to look for answers is this My students keep talking about needing
 text abbreviation list that is regularly to “keep up their streaks.” That sounds
 updated by Webopedia. gross. What the heck are they talking
 Where do people get memes? It’s a Snapchat thing. Read about it here.
 First of all, if you don’t know what a
 meme is, read this. So where do people
 get these? Some social media platforms
 now have built-in search engines for From there, you decide what happens. On
 memes and GIFs. Otherwise, people a smartphone, you may also be able to do
 either make their own or share them from this by holding down the link and waiting
 meme-generating websites, like the ones for this option to come up, rather than
 listed in this article. just tapping on it.

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 Photos for Class. When using images I’m constantly typing on my computer or
 created by others, it’s important to thumbing away on my phone. Are there
 understand copyright and licensing issues: any tools that let me use voice or video
 Even though most of the work you and instead?
 your students do will remain in school, YES! Voxer, an incredibly easy voice
 understanding the law is smart in the long messaging system, is a great substitute for
 run. This article explains how to teach emails. It allows you to chat with up to 15
 students to legally use images online. people at a time and would work for
 How do I project what’s on my iPad (or conferencing with students, parents, or
 another device) to my whole class? colleagues. Kaizena lets you give voice
 feedback on written work, instead of having
 What Tool The simplest way to do this is to connect
 your iPad to the computer that’s
 to write it all out. If you use Google Docs or
 Slides, try using voice typing within those

 Should I Use? connected to your classroom monitor. If
 this is not a solution, it would be a good
 idea to enlist the help of the technology

 I want to meet other educators who share
 We need images for all kinds of projects. coordinator in your building, because each my specific interests. What tools will help
 Where can we get them? school will have a unique combination of me do that?
 If you want to make your own, try an devices and systems. To get started, the
 Twitter is a great way to start finding other
 image creation tool like Canva or article 10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a
 people who share your interests, especially
 Piktochart, an infographic maker. For Projector Screen offers lots of solutions in a
 if you participate in Twitter chats that focus
 photography, check out this list of royalty- range of prices.
 on topics you care about.
 free image sources or visit the website

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 I can’t keep track of anything! My to-do Do you know of any tools to help me I teach pretty young kids. Are any of
 lists are all over the place, and I have files increase student participation? these tools appropriate for them?
 and bookmarks on different computers. • Many of the classroom management
 Why yes I do. Equity Maps is designed to
 What can help me pull it all together?
 help you get a better sense of which tools in this guide are appropriate for
 Evernote is designed to solve this students are participating in a discussion. young students, especially ClassDojo,
 problem. It gives you a cloud-based place ClassDojo, Class Charts, and Classcraft (all GoNoodle, and Bouncy Balls.
 to create and store notes, files, images, in the Classroom Management section) • Young students who can do some
 even websites. You can also create help you recognize positive behavior, typing would love creating their own
 “checkable” to-do lists and scan receipts which could include participation. All of online stories with Storybird.
 and other documents right into your the audience response systems in this
 notebooks. A simpler tool that’s designed guide allow every student to participate at • Many of the flipped learning tools allow
 purely for to-do lists is Microsoft To Do. once. teachers to build lessons around
 existing internet content, so these can
 Remember chat rooms? I would love to be custom-built for a young audience.
 Organizing class parties and parent
 be able to create those kinds of private, • Seesaw is popular with primary
 conferences is so time-consuming! Is
 online rooms where my students could there anything out there that can make teachers because you can share
 have “chats” about class content. Does these processes easier? student work in images as well as
 anything like that still exist? words.
 Read about ClassTag and
 Take a look at YoTeach!, a free and prepare to have this problem reduced • With help, students could create their
 backchannel tool that sets up a web- to a tiny speck in your universe. own animated videos with a tool like
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 • Primary students would love Finally, students who know certain tools Some of my students’ parents don’t
 participating in a video discussion very well can create video tutorials for the speak English, and my school doesn’t
 through an app like Flipgrid or a class using screencasting tools. have enough interpreters. Are there tools
 Mystery Skype session through Skype that can help me communicate with
 in the Classroom. Sometimes I’ll have a file, but I need it to them?
 be a different kind of file. For example, I TalkingPoints is a parent communication
 Some of my students are showing a lot of might have a PDF but I need to convert it app that can translate your messages into
 aptitude for technology in general. What to a Word doc. Any tools do that? over 100 languages. For face-to-face
 tools can I point them to that will communication, check out the instant
 Yes! Check out Zamzar, a free site that
 challenge them? translation offered by Microsoft Translator.
 can convert just about anything into just
 For students who are detail-oriented and about anything, or, which is
 curious about how things work, suggest specifically for audio and video files.
 that they try some programming lessons
 on one of the coding instruction sites. There are times when I’ll come across a
 great site, and I wonder if there are other
 Highly social students or those who are
 sites just like it. Is there any way to
 confident speakers might enjoy learning
 quickly find these?
 how to podcast.
 If you’re using the Chrome browser, you
 Students with skills in visual art, writing, or
 can try adding the Google Similar Pages
 graphic design might like the challenge of
 extension. One click on this in your
 building a website in WordPress or using
 browser will give you a list of other sites
 iMovie to produce a movie.
 similar to the one you’re currently using.

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 My district has blocked YouTube. How can only videos made for kids and giving
 I access this content at school? parents more control over content. Though
 it’s not currently set up for school use, it
 Despite the fantastic educational value
 might still be an option.
 that can be gained from YouTube, many
 schools are reluctant to allow classroom Finally, you can show YouTube videos
 access to the channel because it contains through ViewPure, a free site that filters out
 so much inappropriate content. comments, related videos and most ads.
 To work around this issue, some teachers
 download videos at home, then share How can I choose the right tech tools if I
 them at school through Google Drive. This don’t have time to research them?
 practice is frowned upon, however, so it’s Consider turning this into an independent
 best to avoid it. project for tech-savvy students. Give them
 The best approach would be to let your parameters (what the tool should be
 Troubleshooting administrators know that YouTube allows able to do, price, compatibility with your
 school’s hardware), and then have students
 them to customize viewer settings. These
 Technology is rarely trouble-free. In this can be set to different restriction levels for present you with the three best options.
 section, we’ll look at some common different users, so that mature content is This task engages tons of higher-order
 problems with managing tech in the filtered out. You can also approve thinking skills, including analysis (choosing
 classroom. For more excellent, practical individual videos or whole channels, so that the tools), presentation (informing you of
 ideas, see Education World’s Managing teachers and students can access the their choices), and argument (convincing
 Technology: Tips from the Experts, which videos they need. you that their choice is the best).
 contains 33 smart ideas for common
 management problems. YouTube Kids launched in 2019, offering

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