I am so excited and honored to be presenting at ISTE today and to be in the same room as all of the brilliant minds that have congregated here. This weekend Educators of all sorts from across the globe have gathered here because we share the same passions. We wish to provide our students, our children, with the opportunity to be successful in this digital world. And, we are all willing to take our time to discover Engaging Authentic Learning Opportunities for our students.
This weekend you will find more resources and knowledge here than any one of us will ever be able to understand as individuals in a life-time. And this is absolutely amazing. Our learning is no longer confined by the contributions of a few. Please use my experiences to help guide your teaching practices:
It's official: I am now a Teacher Advocate, Edmodo Support Ambassador, and Edmodo Certified Trainer! I just got my certificate today. And, I am celebrating by sharing a FREE 5 hour PD Course on Edmodo. :-)
Our Social Classroom
The following is a presentation for the Computer Using Educators (CUE) of San Francisco. I briefly (in 4 minutes if you can believe it!) will show how my students and I were able to create an social, engaging, and safe classroom using Google Drive and Edmodo as our "Go To" mediums in our 1:1 classroom.
I hope you enjoy it. (PS....I have embedded the Google Presentation directly into this post. So, it will update as I modify the presentation - in real time!!)
Our Social Classroom
- Kimberly Carpenter
This week I have been focusing on some personal projects, and I stumbled upon an article written by Christopher Pappas at eLearning Industry entitled "List of Free Tools to Create Infographs for Your Learners". As promised, I have gone through this comprehensive list and found two great resources that have amazing potential for use in the classroom.
Piktochart is a user-friendly, web-based Infograph creator. (Infographs are those really cool posters/logos that display information and graphs that you always wished you knew how to create!)
1. Free - with limited designs, but they are still great
2. Drag and Drop - No coding experience necessary
3. No verification of Email address - so if emails get blocked, they are not necessary to use program
4. Embed or Link completed project to websites, emails, digital newsletters, or print out.
Simply, click on "Create for Free", enter your email and off you go. There will be about 10 designs that you can use for free.
Here is one that I created in about 30 minutes - my first try!! We all know that are students are faster than we are, but if you are using this in a lesson, you may want to allow for 15 minutes to teach the students how to use the site.
Have students create Infographics about your content. Put them in groups or have them work individually and then have them present to the class. They can quickly and easily publish this to their own personal blog or you can add it to you class blog if you have one - which you should definitely consider creating.
1. Math - Percentages, Fractions, Area, Multi-variable equations. Create visual definitions of concepts.
2. Science - Explain a Process, Create Definitions with images, Put a concept in context, Labeling
3. History - Use the Time line feature, Cause and Effect graphs, Statistics of Time Period
4. English - Character analysis, Comparing two sources, Definitions, Analyze features within text
These are just some quick ideas. Opportunities are endless.
Feel free to comment or shoot me any questions. Happy Learning.
I'd love to hear any great success stories!!
One year ago today, I created a dream for myself. I was determined to embrace the seemingly new idea of education technology and use every resource I could get my hands on to help my kids. (Yes, I do mean my students, but sometimes I just feel like they are my own children.)
One year later I have achieved one part of that dream:
With this success, and all of the failures, set backs, and heart breaks along the way, I now start my new journey: Teaching Teachers About Tech!!
Now, I aim to complete the rest of my dream. Please join me on this adventure and contribute your own thoughts and ideas.
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My name is Kimberly Carpenter and I was an 8th grade ELA teacher ..... now turned Edtech consultant. Above all else, I believe that I was meant to be in the classroom helping students realize their own passions.