Two weeks ago, I attended the OER Summit at my AIU. This summit was to bring awareness about Open Educational Resources for teachers. Many teachers have curriculum that they end up re-inventing or supplementing. The idea of OERs is to save money and empower teachers.
A senior director from CK-12 was there to talk about their resource. CK-12 offers Math and Science books that teachers can remix. They can remove content, reorder, and even add their own resources. I was also impressed with the site's Simulations, PLIX (Play Learn Interact Xplore) modules and adaptive practice. (Click on the images below)
CK-12 is 100% free, and students and teachers can choose to login with a Google account. The site also offers an app for both Apple and Android devices. Teachers can create custom assignments for students based on skills needed.
If you do not teach math and science, but are interested in creating your own curriculum, you can take advantage of the site and construct your own Flexbook.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
~The IT Persin,
This weekend I attended the spring EdCamp at Pittsburgh SciTech Academy. I chose to attend sessions on "labs/technology on a budget", "Project-Based Learning", "Games in the classroom" and "What's new in EdTech". These topics had great discussions and got me thinking!
This week's tech tip was brought up during the PBL session. Though it is really more of a project idea, I thought it was good to revisit the tool "Padlet. I introduced Padlet at my first in-service on formative assessment. The idea at Edcamp was to use Padlet as a pin-board for students to create a virtual Poster.
How to create a Padlet:
1. Login with an account (login with Google!)
2. Click "New Padlet" in the top right corner
3. Double click on the space to add items (images, links, text)
4. Use the gear to adjust the layout, background, title & description
I like that Padlet allows you to adjust the privacy of the board and moderate posts. You can embed it into a website using the share option. You can download it as a PDF to save.
Take a look at the Padlet I have embedded below.
I have this board set on "grid" layout. I have it so users can post vs. just view. It is a hidden link so it isn't searchable in Google. I currently am not moderating posts... but keep it clean!
See what you can come up with for using Padlet with your students!
~The IT Persin, Carol
If you are using Google Docs/Drawings/Slides/Sheets with your students, you have to check out the revision history tool.
In a Google File, it is found under the File - See Revision History. To see a more detailed view, click on "show more detailed revisions" in the bottom right hand corner
Some uses for revision history:
Something to note: Users with "view" or "comment" access can only see new changes in a file and not revision history.
Only 4 more Tuesdays left in KO's school year!
~The IT Persin,
About the "IT Persin"
Carol has her degree from Duquesne University in elementary education (K-6) and the Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. She has 4 years of teaching experience K-8 & 1 year of computer para experience. Carol is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married 5 years to her loving husband and they have a retired racing Greyhound, Henry.
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