NEOTIE Magazine and Conference

In case you missed it a couple weeks ago, the latest issue of NEOTIE came out.

Headlines include:

Why Should Schools Invest in Technology? By Dr. Ken Veon

Pokemon Go Back to School By Giovanna Orlando

Poke a Stick at It: Being a Lifelong EdTech Learner By Eric Curts

Traditional vs. Progressive Education: Why the Battle? By Vicki A. Turner

Writing and Communication: The Importance of Conveying Message and Online Identity By Sean Whelan

eBook Creation using GAFE in the Primary Grades by Stephanie Sholtis


Tips Every New Teacher Should Know by Mike Daugherty

Also, the NEOTIE conference is coming up next Saturday, October 1! There are still tickets available (only $15!), and you’ll get free coffee, breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt. More importantly you’ll be collaborating with the best kind of professionals, those excited to learn about innovative technology on a Saturday.

NEOTech Conference Notes

I attended the NEOTech conference today, and wanted to share what I learned with those of you who couldn’t make it. The entire session listing and resources are here. Below are ones I attended.

Session 1: Turn Up The Tech

Fast paced apps reviews by Angela Wojtecki & Annette Lang. I want to look more into:

  • Quizizz
    • Like Kahoot but not timed
  • NearPod
    • Devices mirror the presentation. With integrated questions.
  • Thinglink
    • Add hotspots linked to other files on to an image
  • Credly
    • Badge Creator
  • JoeZoo Express (Google Docs Add-on)
    • Rubric builder and writing feedback
  • A Web Whiteboard
  • Prism
    • Good for Language Arts. Have students highlight text evidence, teacher gets aggregate results.
  • Zaption
    • Video with embedded questions. Auto-grading.
  • 81 Dash
    • Private chat rooms. Can moderate.
  • Noisli
    • Nature based white-noise.
  • Google Keep
    • Sticky notes to share and keep organized.

Session 2: Using Google Classroom for Professional Development

Maria Kehres

Session 3: Eye on Infographics

Mary Ann Stahr uses Piktochart. Folder and Presentation.

Session 4: Clone Yourself with Screencastify

I presented on Screencastify. It went pretty well! 100% of respondents to my feedback survey said they would “definitely” use skills or ideas gained during the session within the next couple of weeks. All but one reported their skills and ideas for integrating teacher created videos increased. One person wanted more examples and one wanted a comparison with Snagit. I’ll have to consider that if I’m accepted to present for EdCampNEO.

Favorite quotes from attendees:

“You made it very easy to learn!”

“I was able to go into the ballroom where it was quiet and put together a video rather quickly. I would not have been able to do this if it were not for your presentation, thank you very much for your presentation 🙂 ”

Session 5: Let’s Hang Out

Ann Radefeld hosted a mystery Google Hangout. We took turns asking yes or no questions to figure out what state the other class was in. Turns out, Texas. So fun!

End of Day

Sadly, I didn’t win any of the door prizes. But coffee with friends was lovely!

NEOTech Conference: Screencastify Session

Next Thursday, I’ll travel to Kent State University (my Alma mater!) for the NEOTech Conference. I attended last year, and enjoyed being a learner for the entire day, but this time, I’m going to do a bit of teaching!

I use Screencastify to share my screen and my voice with students, colleagues, and friends. It’s so versatile. Certainly, the people coming to the session will figure out useful ways to integrate it into their practice. After a brief introduction, they’ll have time to play around and learn by doing.

I’ll be in 306A, from 1:15-2:05, but in case you can’t make it, or you can and you’re curious already, here’s my slide deck.


Symbaloo to the Rescue!

Rememer that WVIZ Tech and Learning Conference post I wrote a couple weeks ago? (It was as much/more for myself than it was for you. Every conference I go to, there are way too many things that grab my attention than I can actually deal with in a day!) One of the new-to-me apps has already proven useful. Woo-hoo!

Our district tech committee decided that we wanted to provide an “Apps Warehouse” and training on how to find and evaluate apps. I started it off by creating a document that had apps we were using. Although the document had district specific information, and was organized by UDL categories (Engagement, Representation, Action and Expression), it was simply unappealing–ugly and not user-friendly. Plus, it was taking a lot of time to compile. We knew we needed to change course. We needed something that would be eye-catching, applicable to everyone, and easier to make. I had a vague idea that one of the websites I heard about at WVIZ might work…Symbaloo to the rescue!

Symbaloo allows users to create and share collections of bookmarks in a visually appealing way. Here’s their official Welcome To Symbaloo video.

I went on Symbaloo and found a whole bunch of webmixes, screenshot them, and made this slideshow with links to each.

It looks better and has way more content. It will be easier for teachers to navigate than the document.

In a recent survey at Cardinal Middle School, teachers cited Time as their biggest barrier to using new technology. A majority (77%) said they would use an “Apps Warehouse” to find new apps, and just over half said they would like a rubric or checklist to use when evaluating. So, we are planning on giving them time at an upcoming staff meeting or early release day, a rubric and the slides. I hope that everyone (including you!) finds at least one app that will help their students.

Symbaloo seems like a pretty sweet way to organize your own bookmarks. I haven’t done it yet, but I bet it’s simple. If, like me, you just want to find what other people have already spent time collecting, here’s a video (from Symbaloo) on how to do that.

WVIZ Tech and Learning Conference

Today I attended and presented (on Google Classroom) at WVIZ’s Tech and Learning conference. Usually after conferences, I feel like there are so many things I want to look in to, but then, I only ever get around to one or two. I thought it might help if I immediately made a list that I could return to later. Also, in case you couldn’t go, I could help you find something useful! Since I don’t know much about these things, they will just be links and maybe a sentence description.


How Video Killed the Red Pen: Using YouTube to Explain Complex Concepts.


Draw My Life

One Minute, One Take

Orthodox Teaching Disrupted by Innovation

As seen on Twitter with #wvized


Note: I love using Twitter at conferences. (You can follow me @gorland2) I wish the hashtag would have been promoted better though! The picture at the top came from @AmyRoediger