Thursday, February 27, 2014

Seguin High School Throws A Technology Party

Today, Juan Seguin High School had its first technology party. The event was meant to be a launching pad for more in depth technology use throughout the campus and from my view it looks like Seguin is off to a fantastic start!

With stations set up throughout one side of the library, teachers were able to learn, from other teachers,  how to integrate specific tools in small groups during all conference periods and lunch.  Teachers were tasked with the goal of finding one small change that they could in fact implement into their classrooms both purposefully and immediately.

I love that the planning committee kept the tool sharing to a minimum, choosing to focus on technology pieces that teachers could jump in and learn in one sitting. Shared today were remind101, Google apps, imovie on ipad, Examtime and Kahoot.

The overwhelming favorites today were Kahoot and Examtime.

Kahoot


Kahoot is an assessment platform that enables learners to utilize devices to respond to questions in a gaming format.

Heard today....
1. "I replaced my bell ringers with Kahoot. Kids beg for them. Sometimes I even end class with another Kahoot quiz because kids love playing them that much."

2.  "Oh my gosh, my kids love Kahoot so much. My kids beg me to play!"

Examtime
Examtime is a free study tool meant to connect learners where they can collaboratively create mind maps, flashcards and quizzes to develop understanding of their content.

Students in AP English create Examtime accounts and utilize the mindmap feature to take notes which can then be populated with images and video. In addition, students can create flashcards and quizzes to share with their peers.

I loved hearing teachers of non-AP classes talk about how they too could introduce this tool to their students as a way to collaboratively grow in their coursework.

My Point of View
It was awesome being here to share with teachers, connect and have conversations about how we can work together to ease them through this learning transition. The true highlight was watching random teachers hop up to share the technology of their classroom with others.

Today was such a success that there are already plans in the works to throw another tech party in April and I look forward to being on hand to support the efforts of this amazing campus. 




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