EDIT 3220 Spring 2017

Welcome to EDIT 3220, a class devoted to providing ideas and training on how to use technology in your K-5 grade classroom. You might want to bookmark this page, as it will be continuously updated with new information on assignments, as well as technology, throughout the semester.

EDIT 3220 Syllabus

– You will need a Dropbox (or similar) account for this course.

Final survey for the course

iPads and Problem-Based Learning

Apps we covered in class include:

  • PuppetPals HD
  • Book Creator
  • iMovie
  • Nearpod
  • Aurasma
  • Stop Motion Studio

There are many more apps that can be used on the iPad, so feel free to explore and select one of your own.

What is Problem-Based Learning?

It is the quintessential real-world example of why students need to know the content you are teaching in your classroom. You present a problem to the students, framed within a real-world context, and the students have to solve the problem using the resources you give them. This lends itself very, very well to technology integration because, let’s face it, so many careers require the use of technology for success.

Examples of problem-based learning in an elementary school classroom, using one of these apps:

  • Re-write the ending of a popular story using Book Creator
  • Develop and film a documentary on the problems with litter in the community (iMovie)
  • Have students learn about the geography of Georgia and then develop (and talk about) what THEY think the regions of Georgia should be named, and where they would be located (Stop Motion Studio)
  • The local library has commissioned the students to write and direct their own play, covering an issue important to the community (Puppet Pals HD)
  • The school is full of geometric shapes, but most of the students and teachers don’t know it. The principal wants your class to come up with a story that shows the shapes, then share it with the rest of the school to learn about the building they are in (iMovie and Aurasma)

For this project, you (and a partner if needed) need to come up with a problem, and then develop an example project much like you would have your students create. This finished project will then be uploaded to Livetext by Friday, April 28th. You need to include, in the comments section, a breakdown of the problem and the assignment that would be given to your students.

Huge list of ideas for PBL

Digital Storytelling

The use of still images to tell a story or relate content can be a fun and engaging project for your class. There are several different software packages that are freely available for this type of project, but this semester we will look at iMovie. Your assignment is to create a digital story, which will consist of still images as well as narration. The images should have transitions as well as movement to keep the video interesting for the viewer. Aim for a length of 2 to 3 minutes.

Here are some links for you to learn more about digital storytelling. Some contain ideas as well as actual examples of student products.

Using digital storytelling in your classroom

The elements of digital storytelling

More information on storytelling and how it relates to education

Video editing and digital storytelling

Click here to download Microsoft Photostory

This project will be due during the week of April 17th.

Online Teaching and Learning

Edmodo link to join class (Monday)

Edmodo link to join class (Wednesday)

This is a brand new assignment in the course and will be a group project. Four or 5 students in each group will work within Edmodo to develop a lesson on a web resource that you feel would be very helpful within the classroom environment. It is either a website that you could use to teach with, or it could be a resource where students go to supplement their learning or collaborate on a project.

Here are the parameters:

  • Once you have selected your resource, please post the name of it on our Edmodo group so the rest of the class can see it. No more than one group can select any individual resource.
  • A presentation on the resource, including how it works, how much it costs, and some examples of how it can be used within the classroom. Your presentation can be a PPT file, a Powtoon, a Prezi, a Popplet (with the presentation feature), a Nearpod, or some other presentation software. Be creative!!!
  • A short review quiz (5 questions or so) for students to take to ensure they learned key information about your resource. You must use the Edmodo quiz feature for this component.
  • You need to answer any questions that students ask about your resource. These questions should be asked and answered within Edmodo.

Please note: ALL group members must share the development responsibility. If a group member does not carry his/her load on this assignment, then substantial loss of credit will occur.

These Edmodo lessons must be ready to deliver by the week of April 10th. You will also submit them in Livetext.

Some great classroom resources:

AASL 2016 – The best websites for teaching and learning, updated every year

Kahoot.it – Turn all of the students devices into a clicker system so they can answer questions. Great for assessment

Bloomz – Awesome resource for communicating with parents

Scholastic Story

Audioboo – Free and easy way for your students to share their thoughts with you. Creative writing, project planning, or short answer response to a question in almost any content area, this gives them a voice.

Story Starters Great tool for creative writing assignments, especially for grades K-8.

Voki Great presentation tool especially when testing knowledged learned of those students whom may be shy about public speaking. With the use of this site, students can create speaking avatars.

Nearpod – Fun and interactive way for students to use their devices in your classroom. Great for assessment!

Plickers – Can’t afford a student response system? Use YOUR phone or iPad to record students’ responses in real-time.

Goanimate – Flip PowerPoint on its head by having students create presentations (or create them yourself) using characters, animation, and sound.

Socrative – Post a quiz online, watch as your students answer the questions in real time. Get the results instantly and use them for formative or summative assessment. Great for a classroom with BYOD, tablets, or laptops. Basically, a free student response system.

Remind – Easily remind your students/parents about important events, tests, quizzes, etc through text message

FlipQuiz  Gameshow style quiz board; great for review

Electronic Whiteboard

For this project you will use the whiteboard to teach a lesson to the class. You will need to form groups of 3 to 4 students and plan about 10 minutes of instruction to deliver to the class. The instruction should be on something related to your content area, and you need to take advantage of the white board’s functionality. This includes interactive exercises that get students up to the board and engage them in the lesson. You can have questions, writing exercises, integrated video, and links to external websites. The more functionality you utilize, the stronger your grade will be. Be creative with your layouts and make sure to utilize plenty of colors and images throughout the presentation.

Here is the example I did in class:

Smart Notebook

Using a Promethean or SmartBoard at your school? Download the software to your personal computer so you can create lessons from home!

Promethean ActiveInspire

SMART software

Apple Teacher and Google Educator

There are two certifications available to all educators that can serve to increase your knowledge of technology integration as well as provide evidence on your resume that you are a technology savvy educator. You will choose one of these and begin the certification process here in class. You have the until March 31st to become certified, but be aware that this takes a little while, so you simply cannot wait until the end of March to begin.

Apple Teacher

Google Educator (test costs $10 to take)

These certifications will 1) prepare you for technology integration in your classroom and 2) help you stand out when applying for a teaching position. We will get started today in class.


Please take this quiz before our next class

Concept Mapping 

You all will be building your concept maps based on your content area or grade level. There can be no more than 4 individuals in each group. You will build your concept map to simulate an assignment that you might give to your own students, or you can develop a concept map that you can use to supplement your own teaching.

First, as a group you all will agree upon a main topic. Then each group member must develop a subtopic that comprises:

  • a minimum of 12 concepts
  • must contain media such as images, video, and links

We will be using Popplet, which is free

Assignment: Professional Website

Professional Website

You can use this website as a model for your project

This might be the most useful project you do in the course. When you are finished, you will have created a website that showcases you as a teacher. You will be creating your website using the excellent free service Weebly.com

If you want a custom domain (for instance, www.drchrisgreer.com) then you can register one here and point it to your Weebly website.

Your website needs to be, at the very minimum, 5 pages and contain content related to:

1) what you teach
2) your philosophy
3) examples of your work (technology and other), embed your technology projects on a dedicated page for greater visibility
4) your overall experience
5) a link to your resume
6) lots of your own images

If you want to ensure a solid grade for this project, you should go above and beyond these minimum guidelines.

You can also showcase any research, presentations, work experience, or a variety of other topics.


iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops

Is there a single best choice? Nope, it depends totally on the needs of the school.

iPads have tens of thousands of apps available for a variety or purposes, while Chromebooks rely heavily upon the Google Educator Apps. A reliable and fast Internet connection is absolutely essential for a Chromebook to be successful.


General rules to follow:

1. Do not Facebook “friend” your students
2. Consider changing your last name once you begin teaching
3. Consider creating a new account on Facebook for online contact with students
4. Make sure your stuff is private. Make VERY sure. Go and view it as someone else and as the general public to make certain

You can no longer hide from search results

Locking down your presence on the web can be tough, but now is the time to do it. Google, Twitter, Vine, Tumbler, etc need to all be examined.

Cyber-safety, Facebook, and You

Cyberbullying is a major problem. 43% of teens have been the victims of cyberbullying in the past year.

Cyberbullying – How to make it stop

So sad, and further proof that you need to look out for your students

Must Read:

Do cyberbullying laws violate free speech? It’s murky.

A recent study on cyberbullying in Boston schools


Social Media Padlet (Monday Section)

Social Media Padlet (Wednesday Section)

Assignment due next week:

Write up an overview of CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, and Fair Use of Copyright. Devote a paragraph or two to each topic, and bulleted lists or tables will be fine. Do not just copy/paste, that does not lead to a full understanding of these important laws. Highlight the important components of each law that teachers need to be aware of, and provide examples (at least one per law) of a situation that could arise in your classroom where your knowledge of the law is important. For example, if you create a presentation with lots of copywritten content, can you use it in front of your students? You will type this up in Word or Google Docs and then submit it in Livetext next week.

Hardware and Software

Using search engines activity

Basic computer components

How computer viruses work

Download free software to prevent viruses

Do not fall for phishing scams. They can be very clever and many people cannot tell the difference.

Websites for Your Classroom

TeacherTube – Just like Youtube, but contains educational content for K-12 curriculums.

SchoolTube – Similar to teacher tube, with videos that are edcuational in nature. Make your own and upload them!

UnitedStreaming – Massive resource for lesson plans and educational videos

Edmodo – A social network, for your class, that allows interaction and assignments

Google Educational Apps – Free apps for your school, quite powerful. Talk to your IT person about implementing them.

Google Docs – Excellent for collaborating on a word processor file

Google Scholar – Access journals, presentations, and other research on virtually any topic

Class Dojo – Free online classroom management software.

Linux for Education – Huge site of interactives and flash demos. Not the best navigation, but just check the link on the left that says “Resources by theme.”

National Geographic Education – Part of the excellent National Geographic site, but contains activities and interactives for students.

Nova – Excellent interactive exercises for science, history, contemporary culture

EduHound – Educational resources for teachers and students

The Jason Project – Excellent supplemental curriculum for science classrooms

Yahooligans – Kid-friendly search engine

Foreign Language Games – A site with games and exercises for all kinds of foreign languages

Howstuffworks.com – Amazing site with very thorough tutorials on how various things work

History.com – The popular cable channel has a website dedicated to K-12 education

HistoryTeacher.net – Great resources for history teachers

History Websites – A listing of some great instructional websites on various events in history. This website is a great example.

Merlot – Massive repository of interactive learning units

Geography games – Great site with interactive Flash geography games.

Ikeepbookmarks – Perfect way to keep track of all of the websites you use in your classroom

What is a Wiki?

What is a Blog?

Visible Earth – Wonderful repository of images from NASA.

The Human Body – An interactive look at the human body

Economics – Some great online economics lessons for business classes

Virtual Stock Market – Learn about the stock market with this free online interactive

WebEnglishTeacher – An online website with resources for English Teachers

English resources – More resources for the English teacher

Websites for Teachers – Numerous websites for ideas and lesson planning

EPals – Virtual penpals for your classroom

Teach-Nology.com – Lesson plans for incorporating technology into your classroom

PEcentral.com – Large resource for health educators

PBS.com – Great resource for teachers of all disciplines