Monday, June 15, 2015


Session Overview

We have lots of technology floating around our schools and classrooms, and while this is a good thing given the digital age in which we now live, we often find that our technology-related efforts are not paying off as hoped. One reason for this is because we don’t have a great way to think about what’s occurring when we see students and teachers using technology for learning and teaching purposes.

What’s happening in your school? In your classroom? Are currently used technology integration frameworks helping you (or other educators) transform learning? Are the tech integration models currently in use specific enough to guide you (or other educators) through the process of improving their use of technology? Is increased student engagement the most important aspect of technology transformation? Or is a deeper investigation of the pedagogy behind the activity important?
Technology integration should be purposeful. Push past the typical response to digital activities in the classroom that focus on student engagement and instead evaluate whether students are truly using higher-order thinking skills, learning core aspects of a specific discipline, and using technology in the most powerful and transformative ways.

Session Objectives

In this session, educators will
  • Participate in a lesson review and discussion using a technology integration framework (TRUDACOT) that guides teachers in thinking critically – and purposefully – during the design and planning stage, resulting in powerful technology integration.
  • Use the TRUDACOT discussion protocol to modify existing lessons to ensure students are truly using higher-order thinking skills, learning core aspects of a specific discipline, and using technology in the most powerful and transformative ways.

Session Resources

Sign up for the July 22nd PD Session here.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Free, easy-use tools for bridging the gap between busy teachers and tech-savvy students

This coming Tuesday, June 10, I am conducting a professional development session for K-12 teachers. The following is information related to the session.

Session Overview

Every year students become more tech savvy. And every year teachers struggle to keep up. It’s hard to take time out of busy schedules to learn how to create a class Web page and keep it up to date with a calendar of events, homework assignments, class projects, useful links and other important information.

Fortunately, the latest communication and collaboration tools are far more natural to use than traditional Internet technologies. These tools provide teachers with an effective way to bridge the technology gap and embrace the kinds of tools their students already use.
In this two-part, hands-on session, attendees will create classroom resources and activities with easy-to-use, engaging communication and collaboration tools.

Session Objectives

Part 1: Attendees will be guided through the step-by-step process for building an easy-to-use and easy-to-manage classroom Website and blog, providing a new resource for communication.

Part 2: Attendees will create classroom activities using a wide array of simple-use tools, delivering interactive and engaging contexts for communication and collaboration.

Session Resources

  1. Session pretest
  2. Wendy Cowan's Symbaloo Link
  3. The Teacher Website

Monday, April 27, 2015

ED 305 Student Videos

305 students created original videos this semester around the topic P21. View and vote! Let's see who takes first this semester.

Video 1: P21 - Core Competencies
Ashton Cowan, Kassie Miller, Christian Gilliland & Kayla Goad

Video 2: View this video
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Rachel Chaparro, Anna Baugher & Lindsay Meyer

Video 3: P21 - Physical Health and Well Being
Morgan Price, Amberlee Benson & Rebekah Duvall

Video 4: P21 Life & Career Skills
Olivia Haley & Mary Fouse

Video 5: P21 Impact - Communicate Clearly
Keri Callahan, Brittany Flemming & Jada Callahan

Video 6: P21 - Diversity
Mallory Hall, Meagan Johnston & Melody Passwater

Video 7: P21 from Classroom to Business & Industry
Katie Shubert & Stephanie Hogan

Who takes first?

ED 305 Awesome Teacher Websites!!

ED 305 students submitted awesome teacher websites this semester. This class is full of "above and beyond" students who will make the best teachers ever! I'm proud of all of them.


Lindsay Meyer:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ED 307 More Great Videos

Once again, ED 307 students do a great job! This past week 307 students submitted their second presentation about a specifically assigned partnering pedagogy. As usual, all students did a terrific job with the content. The students below did an outstanding job overall - creating visually engaging, content-packed presentations -

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ED 307 Multimedia Presentations

I have a truly gifted group of ED 307 students this semester....

If asked, I feel certain that each 307 student would state that "ED 307 is a very demanding course." However, these students amazingly meet the challenges of the course, time and time again. I am very proud of each of them, as every student has stepped up in multiple ways throughout the course - I've seen lots of strengths in them that they may not even be aware of.

307s most recent assignment was to construct a multimedia presentation about an assigned partnering methodology. Some of the methodologies are very popular, but others not so much. Regardless, the content presented was very thorough - and I learned a lot of new information by viewing their submissions.

To make the assignment even a bit more difficult - the video standards were set fairly high - requiring students to dig deep and think "outside" the box in regard to presentation format. In my opinion, this was probably the most difficult aspect of the assignment. But again, students really stepped up.

As stated, almost every submission included excellent content coverage, however, the videos below are student submissions that I found most impressive due to the hard work put forth to create a true multimedia viewing experience.
Thanks 307 folks for your continued hard work. Keep it up!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

305 students master lecture capture

As stated previously, this semester's ED 305 group has really been doing great work...

Most recently 305 students created lecture/screen capture videos about a variety of technology resources used for teaching. Their presentations were created with Prezi - which in itself is a challenge for new learners. When discussing assignment expectations with the class, I explained in past semesters students were REALLY selfish with their use of graphics throughout their presentations - and challenged this group to really step it up. And guess what? They did!

The presentations submitted had more graphics than any group to date! Not only that, but the information presented was accurate, informative and engaging. I am, once again, very proud of their commitment to excellence!

I have recognized a few submissions below - while these are not necessarily perfect, they include some aspect of the assignment requirements that I found noteworthy.

  • C Gilliland: - Overall very well done. Very engaging from the beginning, which opens with a question. Lots of graphics and constant presentation movement.
  • A Cowan: - Overall very well done. Very engaging from the beginning of the presentation. Throughout presentation lots of graphics, good information, continuous movement, with little visual lag time. Improvements include closing the ads on videos and fixing the sound on the others, but the digital storytelling message was still obvious even without the sound.
  • K Goad: - great presentation skills – used questioning to engage from the beginning and throughout the presentation. Nice mix of text and graphics, however, more zooms are needed to avoid excessive visual lag time.
  • M Hall: - great presentation skills – very engaging from the start and continues throughout – will make you excited about QR codes! Improvements include more zooms to decrease visual lag time.
  • R Duvall: - Very well explained - presentation provided a good understanding of clickers. Nice mix of text and graphics. To improve – more zooms – there were some instances where visual aspect of the presentation progressed slowly.
  • A Baugher: - lots of graphics – good presentation skills – overall nice job explaining cloud storage. Improvements include adding additional zooms to avoid lag in the visual aspect of the presentation – and capture less of the screen, only the presentation.
Based on the work completed by this class so far, I can hardly wait to see their final projects - teacher websites!!! They will probably blow it out of the water!