Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Partnership for 21st Century Skills - ED 305 class review

How did the mission of P21 become clearly defined?

Let's review the findings of the Are they really ready to work report

Let's visit the P21 website:

We are going to play in some Google drive products:

  1. Google document:
  2. Google presentation:
  3. Google form:

If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
                                                                                                                         ~ Maria Montessori

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The exciting world of ED 305

Today brings to start a new semester for ED 305 students at Athens State University! These pre-service teachers will learn new technological techniques and about the many resources available to them. I hope they are as excited about this semester as I am!!!

By the end of this semester in ED 305, you will have the knowledge and ability to...
  • Design and Develop a teacher/class website
  • Design collaborative exercises using Google Docs
  • Create course specific digital imagery
  • Design, develop and implement online multimedia
  • Create interactive course lessons using SoftChalk
  • Create and deliver presentations using presentation software
  • Design and develop multimedia course lectures
The following is a list of previous student projects - YOU TOO will have projects like this in four short months!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Communication and Collaboration in a Networked World

Session Overview

ISTE’s NETS for Students states “Students [should] use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. [They should] interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.” Come explore how communication and collaboration tools across K-12 content areas can help transform learning. Learn how you can help your students and colleagues connect with content, with each other, and with others outside the classroom in a meaningful way.

Session Objectives

Session attendees will explore, interact with, and create technology resources for inquiry, research, networking, collaboration, creation, presentation, publication, and reflection.

Session Pretest
Session Post-test

Session Resources

  1. Prezi Presentation
  2. Communication and Collaboration in a Networked World - session handout
  3. Constructivism 
  4. Literacy with ICT Continuum Poster
  5. Electronic Internet Inquiry Search and Evaluation Log 
  6. Group Webquest: Who Owns that Image? Can I use it? 
  7. Storyboards to plan how to balance image and text within a digital presentation
  8. Evaluating Websites - a checklist
  9. Critical Evaluation of Information 
  10. 10 Important Google Search Strategies  
  11. Lesson plans: Teaching about copyright and fair use  
  12. 11 Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search
  13. Information Literacy Tutorials and Activities 
  14. An introduction to the 10-step process (for inquiry) 
  15. 9 Ways to Teaching Digital Citizenship 
  16. 6 Online Research Skills Your Students Need 
  17. Literacy with ICT Website (lots of great information and source of several session handouts)

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: