Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sir Ken Robinson: How is Technology Transforming Education?

 This is a short (2m20s) video from Sir Ken Robinson about how technology is transforming education. My favorite line, "Technology isn't technology if it happened before you were born."

Here are a couple of technology related items from the (college class of) 2017 Beloit Mindset list to get you thinking about what may (or may not be) technology for our students:

  • They could always get rid of their outdated toys on eBay.
  • PayPal has replaced a pen pal as a best friend on line.
  • A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.
  • Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car.
  • Courts have always been ordering computer network wiretaps.
  • With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address.
  • Java has never been just a cup of coffee. 
  • They have never really needed to go to their friend’s house so they could study together.

Monday, March 24, 2014

What's new in Google Drive?

We use Google Drive for a variety of things, but now it can be "super charged" to do a number of new and helpful things. Watch this to learn more!

There are a ton of new things you can do with Google Drive, to explore just open Google Drive, create a new document and click on "Add-ons" in the menu bar.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Creating groups quickly using Smart Seat

This short video will show you how to quickly set up partners or groups in your class using Smart Seat.

If you would like more information about Smart Seat, specifically how to set up classes in this app, here is Kate Slevin's post from last year.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014