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Trainers and Coaches: Unleash Your “Incredibles” Superpowers! This guest post was written by Debbie Perkins and Brooke Higgins based on their ISTE 2018 session “Trainers and Coaches Suit Up: Unleash Your “Incredibles” Superpowers!

If you want to be an “Incredible” tech trainer or instructional coach, your mission must include honing the superhero skills of Collaborating and Networking, Facilitating High-Quality Professional Development, Coaching, and Mentoring, and Powering it ALL with Technology.

Thwart the “villains” that make traditional meetings monotonous and mundane. Yes! You can make “Incredibles” superpowers your PD sidekicks.

Traditional professional development does not model the best instructional practices that teachers need to experience in order to understand their value and transfer to classroom practice. So how can you provide what they do need?

Take a look at some of the Incredibles essential superpowers. Are you ready to become an “Incredibles” Superhero?

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Superhero Facilitators

Image credit: Disney Pixar

Channel your inner Dash Parr by being a QUICK thinking Superhero Facilitator; plan ahead to provide research-based, durable PD that enhances educators’ expertise.

As a Superhero Facilitator, you must make “in-the-moment” modifications while engaging learners in ACTIVE, hands-on experiences. Design and facilitate learner-centered instructional activities that include strategies to differentiate and personalize learning for adults. Engage educators in professional learning enhanced by technology with the ultimate goal of transfer to professional practice.

Learn more about Superhero Facilitators.

Superhero Coach/Mentors

Image credit: Disney Pixar

Just like Violet makes herself invisible, you become a Superhero Coach/Mentor by empowering teachers while making yourself less and less necessary.

Bring out others’ STRENGTHS as you PROTECT learners’ thinking with accurate paraphrasing and insights. Model how to design and implement technology-enhanced learning experiences while supporting educators in transferring these skills into professional practice.

Make sure to emphasize creativity, higher-order thinking skills, and habits of mind. Become less necessary over time by consulting, collaborating, or coaching to support educators as they grow their own superpowers.

Learn more about Superhero Coach/Mentors.

Superhero Collaborators

Image credit: Disney Pixar

Superhero Collaborators, like Elastigirl, FLEXIBLY incorporate purposeful collaboration in learning experiences and STRETCH others’ thinking.

Rather than telling someone else what to do, be a Superhero Collaborator! Provide everyone with opportunities to participate and share ideas. Engage in and develop digital age learning environments as both a consumer and contributor.

Model a variety of instructional practices in face-to-face, blended, and online learning environments including purposeful collaboration, planning for individualization, and providing choice.

Learn more about Superhero Collaborators.

Superhero Tech Users

There seems to be no end to Jack-Jack’s powers!

Technology can also exponentially increase your superpowers IF you use your laser VISION to purposefully select tools and apps that make sense for the job at hand and ENHANCE learners’ skills.

Employ strategies for inspiring technology and instructional innovations. Identify, create, use, share, and organize a variety of resources to support purposeful technology integration. Plan learning experiences that incorporate resources and research-based instructional design practices in meaningful ways as a model for other educators.

As Edna Mode knows, it’s never WHAT you use; it’s HOW you use it! Be an expert DESIGNER of professional development; use technology to ACCOMMODATE the superpower you see in each superhero educator with whom you have the awesome opportunity and privilege to work.

Learn more about Superhero Tech Users.

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it)

Coaches and trainers, suit up! It’s time to use your superpowers for good and incorporate innovative methods to facilitate effective adult learning opportunities.

Remember, “With great power comes great responsibility!” ~Ben Parker, in The Amazing Spider-man

One Page Summary of the Superpowers

Find a one-page summary of these superpowers on the Trainers and Coaches Suit Up: Unleash Your “Incredibles” Super Powers! website. Want to delve deeper? Prefer a game-based approach? Solve the clues for each Unleash Your “Incredibles” Super Powers Gameboard section and receive badges and certificates in addition to more information.

About the authors of this post:

Brooke Higgins (@higginsb) and Debbie Perkins (@perkinsd) are Instructional Specialists for eMINTS National Center.

They develop and implement professional development programs grounded in best pedagogical practices powered by technology for teachers, trainers/coaches, and educational leaders. They currently work with eMINTS Affiliates participating in their train-the-trainer program.

Learn more about eMINTS National Center and the eMINTS Affiliate Trainer Program.

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5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students This guest post was written by Brian and Jennifer Cauthers.

Inside this post are 5 augmented and virtual reality creation tools for students! Imagine holding the solar system in your hand and being able to walk around the planets. Would that have helped you to develop a true feel for what you were learning? What if you could bring any content to life for your students and view it as if you were part of that world?

Now imagine your students creating a virtual world for others to experience in order to make their learning visible? You might think it is out of reach financially or it is too difficult to learn.

Luckily, augmented and virtual reality tools (often abbreviated AR and VR respectively) are becoming readily accessible to anyone with a smartphone, tablet or even a Chromebook.

The technology giants of the world have found ways so that the average person can create their own AR and VR worlds with very little training or gear.

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What is the difference between Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)?

Virtual reality brings you into a world that doesn’t exist in real life. However, through the use of special goggles or a viewer that look like a mask of sorts, you can feel as though you are truly part of the world. You can even walk around and interact with the objects in the world. On the other hand, augmented reality places virtual objects into the world around you using a device, such as a smartphone. It alters the surrounding world so that you can interact the with objects, and walk around them without requiring goggles. This makes for a different experience because you can still see the world around you, and it can even be easier on your eyes compared to VR experiences.

5 AR and VR Creation Tools for Students

The tools listed are in no particular order and are tools that are readily accessible with smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks or even desktop computers. Please note that if you use a Chromebook or desktop, you will only be able to view the creations by using your mouse and keys to navigate through the scene instead of true AR or VR experience.

CoSpaces and Merge Cube

VR AR Viewing and Creation: Chromebook, Desktop, Tablet, Mobile Device
Freemium
https://cospaces.io/
https://mergevr.com/cube

This is web-based and also has Android and iOS apps for creation and viewing. The tool allows the user to create true virtual reality scenes that can be viewed with VR goggles to fully interact and move around the scene. Alternatively, you can also view and interact with the scenes on a Chromebook, tablet or computer.

CoSpaces has a set of starter backgrounds and a rich library of characters and objects to build your scene. We love the fact that you can also import 3D objects from sites such as TinkerCad, Poly, and Sketchup. The true power of the tool comes from the ability to use block code or javascript to animate the objects and add interactivity such as speech bubbles, movement, and switching to different scenes. If you want to get really geeky, there is a physics integration to give your objects mass and friction, which can be programmed with code as well.

There is also a new partnership with Merge Cube (an up and coming AR tool) to create AR experiences for your scenes that will be released this fall. Merge Cube is a foam cube that acts as a marker to view AR experiences through different apps. Merge is a new tool that is moving quickly to break through in the education marketplace. Look for more partnerships soon from this one!

CoSpaces has a free version for teachers and students to get a taste of the experience and also a paid version for a richer set of tools and objects. This is definitely one of our favorite tools for students to not only practice their coding skills but to allow for a creative outlet for storytelling, imagery, step by step processes and even virtual galleries or tours. The site also has many shared spaces that users can view.

Tour Creator

VR Viewing and Creation: Chromebook, Desktop, Tablet, Mobile Device
Free
https://vr.google.com/tourcreator/

Have you experienced Google Expeditions? If you said yes, then you will love Tour Creator. It is Google’s public version of a Google Expedition style creation tool. The features all look similar to a regular expedition, allowing users to add points of interest, descriptions, pop up images and even audio narration.

The highlight of this tool is the ability to obtain 360 images from the street view on Google maps. This is a game changer for most users because many classrooms do not have access to a high quality 360 camera or cannot visit places of interest related to their content. Overall, users can create a VR tour with multiple scenes and high-quality imagery to guide the user through an experience.

Users can share their work publicly on Google’s warehouse for VR and 3D content called Poly or keep it private. Ultimately, it is amazing for students to make their work accessible to others across the globe.

ThingLink

VR Viewing and Creation: Chromebook, Desktop, Tablet, Mobile Device
Freemium
https://www.thinglink.com/

ThingLink enables the user to create a highly customized and interactive 360 series of images. It is very similar to Google’s Tour Creator but has a greater ability to customize the points of interest. The user can create custom buttons for the “hot spots” or “tags” to allow a user to gather more information. The tags can contain more than just text, audio or an image. The tag can link to a URL, embed content (google docs, maps, Padlet and more), play a video, or link to another 360 image.

The downside to ThingLink is that you have to upload 360 images (from your camera or downloaded from sites such as Flickr) or use their library of high-quality images. There is also a feature that is not widely known within ThingLink, which is the ability to create popups at specific times on a 360 video. Users can easily use videos published to sites such as YouTube (obviously giving credit to the owner) to create their interactive experience. This is a feature that is unheard of for the education sector at a reasonable price. One downside is that in order to get the 360 editor, you must switch to the paid version, which starts at $35 per year.

Metaverse

AR Viewing: Mobile only Creation: web-based
Free
https://gometa.io/

Many AR apps on the market are mostly for entertainment purposes. Remember Pokemon Go? As the technology is becoming more accessible and easier to program, there are some apps that are starting to gain traction in the education sector. Metaverse allows users to program an AR experience in a web-based interface that is easy to use and highly customizable. Creators can add images, interactive questions, animated objects, sound and more to engage the user.

The tools is very quick to learn and helps students with step by step planning and storyboard style programming. Many users are creating metaverse experiences for digital breakouts, scavenger hunts and even review style interactive games. To share your experience, the site generates a QR code that will open the experience in the app or you can simply share the link. You can also search the library of shared experiences.

Unfortunately, the creations can only be viewed on a mobile device at this point. If you have Chromebooks that can run Android apps, you may be able to view with the android app. If you’re looking for privacy information and COPPA compliance for users under 13, it is available here: http://help.gometa.io/terms.html.

Quivervision

AR Viewing and Creation: Mobile and Tablet
Free and some paid
http://quivervision.com

Any time we hand out a coloring worksheet to our students they absolutely love it. Wouldn’t it be great to make coloring educational and have it come to life? You can with Quivervision! On the website, users select digital coloring sheets to print for their students. There is a great educational starter pack for free, as well as a set of about 30 mask templates.

Once printed, the user colors the worksheet and then uses the app on their mobile device or tablet to make it come to life in AR. The education pack has several objects that include interactive quizzes and animations, including a volcano that erupts. However, this does not feature any student creation yet, right?

To allow your students to make their learning visual, use the recording tool to describe different features on the worksheet, and narrate key features. You can then share your videos on something like Flipgrid or Padlet.

The newer mask worksheets include AR masks that attach to your face when you use your rear-facing camera, almost like some Snapchat or Facebook AR stickers. As you move and talk, the mask follows your motion, such as blinking, opening its mouth, and appearing to talk as your mouth moves. Students can use this as a creation tool to use the tablet screen recorder to record the mask actions and then smashing it with an app like Screencastify to add the audio narration.

It is a few steps, but could you imagine having an animated mask of a penguin to tell its story of becoming threatened by climate change in Antarctica? Videos can also be shared in Flipgrid or Padlet for peer review.

Honorable Mention

We had to include this one because our math folks are always forgotten. However, since it’s a limited audience, we didn’t include it in our top 5.

Geogebra AR

AR Viewing and Creation: iOS only
Free
https://www.geogebra.org/m/R8Qd7U8y

We cannot forget about our math teachers! It seems like so many tools today for student creation do not have sound applications for math users. Wait no more. Geogebra, enhanced its toolkit to include an AR app. At this point, it is only available for iOS on iPhones with AR kit.

GeoGebra has a library of preselected images for users to explore, along with questions to engage. For example, users can explore a spiral staircase in AR to see it from various perspectives and also look for circles. The key feature allows the user to explore graphs of custom input functions in AR. The user can explore the graph from every angle to get a real feel of what it truly looks like in all dimensions. You can also graph two equations simultaneously and see how they intersect. For students that are visual learners, this is a true gem.

If your students know how to take a screen recording on their phone, they can record the screen as they explore the graph. They can then app smash it with a tool such as Screencastify on their desktop or Chromebook in order to add audio narration to explain the graph. This is a true blend of creation and making learning visual for students in math.

In the grand scheme of things, AR and VR tools are changing daily. As new apps are released, they become more powerful and accessible to all. Some of the apps are even capable of running on newer Chromebooks that run Android apps. We love to share the topic with other educators because our presentations are never the same twice.

We always have something new and exciting to share. This spring, it was the partnership with Merge cube and CoSpaces. What will be next? We’ll be sure to share as we find them. If you’re interested in learning what tools we shared at ISTE, you can view our presentation and tutorials here: bit.ly/ISTE_ARVR or at bit.ly/TeamCauthers.

Team Cauthers was also mentioned in a previous post: 8 Things I Don’t Want You To Miss From ISTE!

About the Authors of This Post

Brian Cauthers

@mahopacskiteam

bit.ly/TeamCauthers

I have been a middle school science teacher since the year 2000. I am a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Teacher. I recently became highly involved in the applications of student creation tools for virtual reality and augmented reality apps in the classroom as a result of seeing the increased level of enjoyment and engagement of my students. I am a 1:1 Chromebook classroom and I am always searching for innovative ideas to further integrate technology resources with my students.

Jennifer Cauthers

@cauthersj

I have taught science since 1999 and have been a district technology leader since 2002. I am also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an Apple Certified Teacher. My interest in technology started with my MS in Instructional Technology from NYIT where I studied effective technology integration. Recently, I have found a passion for virtual and augmented reality now that mobile devices have become powerful and many students carry them daily. As I delve deeper into a SAMR model, I focus on creation tools instead of only consumption in a 1:1 Chromebook classroom.

Want more? Check out the other VR resources from Shake UpLearning!

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The biggest edtech conference in the world, ISTE, took place in Chicago last week, and y’all, it did NOT disappoint! Here are 8 Things I Don’t Want You to Miss From ISTE 2018.

ISTE is my busiest conference, and I spend most of my time presenting and signing books. In case you missed it, I shared all of my presentations in a previous blog post. I wish I had more time to learn, but the power of connecting and sharing enabled me to cultivate some goodies even though I couldn’t attend a lot of sessions.

Check out this awesome spreadsheet of crowd-sourced notes from ISTE 2018!

I love Twitter and following the #ISTE18 hashtag can help me put my finger on the pulse of what’s happening at the conference. But Twitter can overwhelm, and I really wanted to get some feedback from my connections who were in attendance so I asked the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group to share their favorite takeaways. Below are some of the most interesting and presentations that they shared.

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(in no particular order)

Rethinking Creation on Chromebooks by Holly Clark and Tanya Avrinth

My buddies Holly Clark and Tanya Avrinth did a bazillion presentations (and you can access them all here.) But I thought this creation session for Chromebooks would interest you the most!

Based on the philosophy and ideas from their best-selling book, The Google Infused Classroom, this session will help you rethink what’s possible on Chromebooks!

And if you don’t have a copy of their book, you can get it here. (You can thank me later!)

An Emoji Education from Tony Vincent

Leave it to Tony Vincent to show us the power of emojis! I have learned so many tips from Tony Vincent over the years, and I promise there are some super cool and student-centered strategies embedded in his digital handout. Learn about the history of emojis, what they mean, and how they affect communication. Below is just a screenshot from his page, and it is just the tip of the iceberg of the awesome ideas he shared!

Student-Created AR and VR from Jen and Brian Cauthers

As I shared in the 18 Challenges for Teachers in 2018 ebook and online course, the next stage of AR and VR is student creation and that was definitely abuzz at ISTE this year.

Melanie Arrington shared this awesome presentation link in the Facebook group. Check out all of the great ways students can now create augmented reality and virtual reality!

Trainers & Coaches: Unleash Your “Incredibles” Superpowers from Brooke Higgins and Debbie Perkins

How stinkin’ cute is this? Check out this awesome website of ideas and resources from the Unleash Your “Incredibles” Superpowers session by Brooke Higgins and Debbie Perkins. (Thanks to Matt Sly for sharing it in the group.)

In this site, you will find ideas geared toward tech trainers and instructional coaches on everything from collaboration and facilitation to mentoring and blended learning.

EduProtocols from Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo

Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo presented ideas from their fabulous book, The EduProtocol Field Guide: 16 Student-Centered Lesson Frames for Infinite Learning Possibilities. I didn’t get the chance to attend any of their sessions, but Kim Voge raved in our Facebook group and shared a link to all the resources. Be sure to explore not only this book but the practical templates and lesson frames to maximize student potential in your classroom.

Create Your Own App Using Google Slides from Micah Shippee

Micah Shippee presented this fabulous idea on using Google Slides to create an app-like experience. Brilliant! (Again, I must mention my love for Google Slides as the Swiss Army Knife of G Suite!) Check out Micah’s super cool presentation below, and thank you to Shannon Morgan for sharing with the Facebook group.

Updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms

One of the biggest things buzzing around ISTE this year was about some of the updates that Google announced to Google Classroom and Google Forms. Google does a great job at responding to the needs of teachers and students, and I think we are on the precipice of some interesting changes.

The focus of these updates is about giving teachers more control. Whether you agree with the philosophy or not, these updates were made because teachers have been requesting it through the feedback portal. Google reads every single piece of feedback and prioritizes their updates based on teacher need.

The details of the updates were shared in this blog post from Google.

If you’ve logged into Google Classroom recently, you may see this new pop-up:

I am playing with the new features now and working on a blog post that I will share with you soon.

Click here to sign-up for beta access and to try the new features.

Notable Poster Sessions (Shared by Nate Simmons)

Poster sessions can spark new ideas, conversation, and can showcase student innovation. Nate Simmons shared his favorites in this list. (Thanks, Nate!)

What were your favorite takeaways from ISTE? Please share in the comments below!

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SNEAK PEEK: Shake Up Learning’s ISTE Presentations 2018!

Hey, y’all!

I promised that I would be sharing EVERYTHING from the ISTE conference this year, and guess what? You get to see my presentations before I even share them at ISTE! Yep! You heard me!

To show you how much I appreciate your loyalty to this blog, I’m giving you early access to all of my ISTE 2018 presentations.

ISTE 2018 – shakeup.link/iste18
Presentations and Resources by Kasey Bell

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Go Global: Online Publishing for All Students

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Technology is not a magic solution for education. It is an opportunity! An opportunity to shake things up, to connect and grow, and to create dynamic learning experiences for our students!

Is the learning in your classroom static or dynamic? Does your classroom offer one and done types of learning activities, or does the learning grow, inspire, and evolve throughout the year and beyond? With digital tools that are available 24/7, the learning doesn’t have to stop when the bell rings, or when the worksheet is turned in. The learning takes on a life of its own; it becomes dynamic.

In this book, you will learn practical strategies to help move your classroom from static teaching to dynamic learning. This book will guide you through the entire process, from purposeful planning to fearless implementation, with helpful tips and tricks along the way. Be dynamic and shake up learning in your classroom this year.

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Kasey Bell is part sparkling smile, part witty personality and a whole heap of passion as big as a Texas–go big or go home, y’all! She is a disruptor of the boring.  An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration. Whether it is learning from home through online courses, professional development, conference workshops or as a keynote speaker Kasey is a relentless innovator of ideas and a devoted transformer of classrooms and teaching. Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at ShakeUpLearning.com, learner-driven workshops and presentations and co-hosting Google Teacher Tribe weekly podcast, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning!

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160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students

I have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers (also at the bottom of this post) that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. In this post, you will find 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students! This database is searchable and filterable by category, subject area, and grade level!

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you probably know that I love the Google Chrome web browser! Google Chrome is the learning environment for all things Google and allows you to customize your browser to fit your needs. Better yet, Google Chrome can be customized to fit the needs of our student learners.

The magic of that customization comes from the Chrome Apps and Chrome Extensions available in the Chrome Web Store.

I encourage you to explore the Chrome Web Store periodically for new apps and extensions to bring to your classroom. On the left-hand side, you will find categories, including a category for education.

Check out some of my previous Chrome posts:

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What are Chrome Apps?

Apps are often enhanced shortcuts that optimize the website or app within the browser. Some require additional installation and set-up. Chrome must be running to access these applications. Below are a few of my favorite Google Chrome Apps.

What are Chrome Extensions?

Extensions are installed in the browser and give you added features and abilities to customize your browser.

Warning! Running too many extensions at once can slow your computer down. This list is a great place to start, but pick and choose what ones you need or want to try. And be sure to grab the Extensity extension so you can turn extensions off when you do not need them.

The Chrome Apps & Extensions Database

For a while, I have kept a list of my favorite apps and favorite extensions on this site, but my list just keeps growing! It has grown so much that a list just doesn’t cut it anymore. I needed to find a way to help teachers find the best Chrome apps and extensions to fit the needs of their students, classrooms, and their own productivity. Thus, the Chrome Apps and Extensions Database was born.

The database includes 160 Apps and Extensions and is searchable and filterable. I do not recommend every app and extension for every teacher. Rather, use this as a guide to find what works for you, your classroom and your students. There is something in here for everyone.

BTW, Did you know that Shake Up Learning has it’s very own Chrome extension? Get it here and stay up-to-date with all of the Shake Up Learning posts.

Submit Your Favorite Apps & Extensions

Right now, you will find this database is heavy in productivity tools. This is where I need your help. Help me make this database even better by sharing your favorite apps and extensions for your grade levels and subject areas. Please share with me and I will continue to add to this database so that it is loaded with resources for all educators. CLICK HERE to submit your favorite Chrome Apps & Extensions.


Please note that the database below was created with Awesome Tables. If it isn’t loading, it could be your school filter causing the issue.


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I’m Shaking Things Up at ISTE 2018!

I’m gearing up for the largest edtech conference in the world, ISTE! And, of course, I’m shaking things up at ISTE 2018!

I’ll be running around networking, learning, and sharing, and totally out of my introverted comfort zone! I hope to see you there!

No worries if you won’t be there. I will be sharing all of my presentations, resources, and new discoveries on Twitter, Facebook, and here on the blog.

You can also follow along on social media the #ISTE18 and #notatISTE hashtags.

Scroll on down for my full schedule and to find out about a special surprise I have for readers of the Shake Up Learning book.

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A Surprise for Shake Up Learning Readers!

I’ve got a special surprise for readers of the Shake Up Learning book at ISTE! Show me your Shake Up Learning book at ISTE and not only will I sign it, but I will also give you a limited edition ISTE sticker. (I love stickers!)

So, come find me at ISTE…in a session, in the hallway, in the expo, pretty much anywhere you see me, I will have stickers, books, and maybe some other goodies!

Don’t have a copy of the book yet? There’s still time to grab one on Amazon.

Shake Up Learning 2018 ISTE Schedule

Below is a list of my presentations and book signing events at ISTE 2018. Here’s a direct link to the schedule.

Book Giveaways and Signing Events!

There are three special book signing events where you can find me and get a chance to win a copy of the Shake Up Learning book.

Monday: 11:30 AM at the Texthelp Booth (1076) Tuesday: 10:00 AM at the Max Cases Booth (1828)

Don’t miss this chance to get a FREE copy of Shake Up Learning or The Google Infused Classroom! I’ll be hanging out with my buddy, the AH-MAZING, Holly Clark!

Wednesday: 12:00 PM at the PearDeck Booth (#2602)

I can’t wait to learn and share with the edtech community next week! Stay tuned for more! I’ll be sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and of course, I’ll be sharing all of my presentations and resources right here!

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Win a Copy of the Shake Up Learning Book!

To kick-off our summer book study, I’m giving away 5 copies of my book!

The Shake Up Learning book study starts on July 5th. Get all the details here.

Fill out the form below to be entered in the contest to win a copy of Shake Up Learning!

Winners will be announced on June 15th.

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Join the Shake Up Learning Summer Book Study!

YOU are invited to join the Shake Up Learning Summer Book Study! I am #superexcited to launch a super fun summer book study of my new book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static to Dynamic.

The Shake Up Learning book was designed for book studies! I couldn’t just write a paper book. I had to make it an interactive experience and give you extra resources to go deeper and make reading the book a dynamic learning experience.

About the Book Study

When: This six-week book study will start on July 5, 2018, and end on August 9, 2018.

Where: This book study will take place in the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group. Feel free to participate in the discussion each Thursday at 7 PM CST, or asynchronously as is convenient for you and your time zone.

How: Each week you will read 4 chapters (the chapters are short, like mini-chapters) and complete optional challenges.

What: I will post discussion questions from the book, and issue a challenge or choice of challenges related to that section of the book. We will share #booksnaps, ideas, lessons, failures and success, links, and a whole lotta ways to Shake Up Learning!

We will even have a BIG BONUS CHALLENGE at the end of the study and I’ll be giving away some prizes!

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READING SCHEDULE
Reading Assignment Questions & Challenges Posted Discussion/Response
Week 1 Chapters 1-4 July 5, 7:00 PM CST July 5-8
Week 2 Chapters 5-8 July 12, 7:00 PM CST July 12-18
Week 3 Chapters 9-12 July 19, 7:00 PM CST July 19-25
Week 4 Chapters 13-16 July 26, 7:00 PM CST July 26 – August 1
Week 5 Chapters 17-20 August 2, 7:00 PM CST

BONUS Challenge posted

 August 2-8
Week 6  BONUS Challenge deadline to enter the contest. Wrap up, final reflections, post a review on Amazon. August 2-9
Google Calendar

I’ve created a public Google Calendar with all of the deadlines so you can easily stay on top of your reading assignments. Just click on the “+Google Calendar button” in the bottom right to add it to your own Google Calendar.

Easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy, y’all!

Your Book Study To Do List

But Wait…There’s More!

Win a Copy of the Shake Up Learning Book!

To kick-off our summer book study, I’m giving away 5 copies of my book!

Fill out the form below to be entered in the contest to win a copy of Shake Up Learning! Winners will be announced on June 15th.

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How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience with Read&Write for Google Chrome!

Dynamic Learning is all about going BEYOND the traditional bounds of the classroom and the class day. In this post, we will look at How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience that goes BEYOND what was previously possible. Going “Beyond the Tools” is one of the five characteristics of the Dynamic Learning Framework.

Think beyond using digital tools to complete only traditional assignments such as papers and reports, or simply reading a digital version of an article. Use digital tools to do NEW THINGS, things that are not possible without technology.

A digital tool is not inherently dynamic. It is the student’s use of tools and the ways it’s used to create and demonstrate learning that is dynamic.

You can learn more about Dynamic Learning here, or dig deeper and explore the entire framework in my book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static to Dynamic.

Again, thinking BEYOND just reading digital versions of books, articles, novels, etc. Why not kick things up a notch and create a Dynamic Reading Experience.

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Read&Write for Google Chrome

One of my favorite digital tools for reading (and writing) is theRead&Write for Google Chrome toolbar (Chrome extension).

It is a Chrome extension that is fully loaded with tools that allow us to do new things in the classroom, and help make reading and interacting with text a dynamic learning experience.

Teachers can get a FREE premium subscription to Read&Write. Click here for directions on how to get all of the features for free.

Click HERE to install Read&Write for Google Chrome from the Chrome Web Store.

Want to see some of my other favorite Chrome extensions?

Check out the Chrome App and Extension database.

Simplify Text on the Screen

Sometimes, technology creates new problems. So before we can make it dynamic, we need to prep the learning environment. The web is full of junk, junk that can distract any reader. Even the most educational articles can have advertising and other distractions on the page.

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Simplify Page Tool

Help simplify things for your readers by using the “simplify page” option in the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar. This will clean up the junk so readers can just focus on the text. This will prep the environment for more dynamic learning without unnecessary distractions.

Screen Masking Tool

Some readers have trouble keeping their eyes on the correct line and paragraph as they read. With paper, some students use a ruler or bookmark to stay on the line. That’s what the screen masking tool was designed to do. You can grey-out the background and choose a custom color, usually a lighter color like white or yellow that will follow the mouse and help students stay focused on the right paragraph as they read.

Text-to-Speech (Reading With Your Ears)

One thing you cannot do with paper is just click a button to have it read aloud. Using the text-to-speech tool is not just for struggling readers. It is a fantastic way to help readers of all ages. Of course, this is a tremendous way to support Dyslexic students, struggling readers, emerging readers, and English language learners, but it’s also a great way to support all reading levels.

Benefits of Text-to-Speech

  • Relieves the burden of decoding
  • Focus on comprehension
  • Improve endurance and completion
  • Identify and correct more errors

Text-to-Speech Tool

The Read&Write for Google Chrome Toolbar makes it super easy to click the play button and hear the text on the screen read aloud. What’s great is that this toolbar works on any webpage as well as functioning inside G Suite files like Google Docs so students can use it to listen to text read aloud anywhere on the web.

Oh! Did I mention that you can customize the voice, the speed, and even have it translate the text? Yep! Pretty cool, huh?

Audiomaker Tool

The audiomaker tool takes text-to-speech a step further. Highlight the text you want read aloud, click the audiomaker icon, and it will download an mp3 file of the text being read aloud. This is like creating a little podcast version of the text for students.

Interact and Explore Vocabulary

Dictionary Tool

Students don’t need to lug around giant dictionaries anymore, and they don’t even have to open a new tab to Google a word. Simply highlight a word and click on the dictionary icon in the toolbar to get the part of speech and a definition. Students can even have the word and definition read aloud. Old school dictionaries can’t do that!

Picture Dictionary Tool

The picture dictionary is particularly great for young readers, struggling readers, and ELL students. Highlight a word and click on the picture dictionary icon to see an image representation of the word.

Vocabulary List Tool

Click on the vocabulary list tool and it will magically create a new Google Doc with a table for students to create a vocabulary list with the word, the meaning, a symbol, and notes.

Highlight and Take Notes

Highlighter Tool

The highlighter tool allows you to highlight text in four different colors, which is great if you want to give students little color-coding assignment like highlighting vocabulary words in pink, important dates in yellow, etc.

Collect Highlights Tool

Now, hold on to your seats, because this is super cool! The collect highlights tools will then take all of the highlights and their various colors and magically add them to a new Google Doc! BAM!

Increase Fluency By Reading Aloud

Practice Reading Aloud Tool

By clicking on the last icon on the toolbar, students are taken to a new page where they can record themselves reading aloud and send that file to their teacher! How great is that?

What do you think? Can these tools change the reading experience for students?

ISTE 2018 Book Signing at the Texthelp Booth!

Since I am such a fan of the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar, my friends over at Texthelp invited me to do a book signing at their ISTE booth! So if you are coming to ISTE, be sure to bring your book and come to say hello.

I will also have a very special surprise for everyone I see at ISTE with the Shake Up Learning book (details posted soon)! So if you don’t have a copy of the book yet, be sure to order yours today!

Book Signing at Texthelp Booth

  • Booth #1076
  • Monday, June 25, 2018
  • 11:30 AM (CST)

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25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do

I talk about the wonders of Google Slides CONSTANTLY and frequently refer to it as the Swiss Army Knife of G Suite. It can do all kinds of things! In this post, I will show you 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do.

The more I learn about Google Slides, the more versatile it becomes.

Your eyes will be opened when you see what’s possible, and you will see that this list can go far, far beyond just 25.

This post comes from one of my presentations. I’m also embedding and linking to the slides for you!

In this blog post, you will learn some fun little tricks that help you create interactive learning experiences, create images and eBooks, insert audio, charts, and diagrams, as well as, easy stop motion animation.

Please refer to the slides for details and additional resources. This would end up being a 20-page blog post if I typed it out.

What are your favorite ways to use Google Slides in the classroom?

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26 Things You Didn’t Know Slides Can Do!

1. Create an Interactive Table of Contents 2. Internal Linking (Linking to Other Slides) 3. Create Interactive Learning 4. Customize the Size of Your Slides 5. Download As… 6. Create an eBook with Google Slides 7. Create Images with a Transparent Background 8. Add a Drop Shadow and Format Image Options 9. Integrate with Google Keep 10. Add-Ons! 11. Pear Deck 12. Icons by Noun Project 13. Unsplash Photos 14. Publish to the Web 15. Link or Embed a Slide Deck 16. Embed a Google Drive Video 17. Customize Video Start & End time 18. Autoplay a Video/Mute Audio 19. Insert Audio 20. Voice Type Speaker Notes 21. Insert Charts 22. Link Data and Other Files 23. Insert Diagrams 24. Import Slides from Drive or Upload PPT 25. Stop Motion Animation

I could keep going, but I’m out of breath! 25 for now, and more later, y’all!

I hope this gives you some new ideas for using Google Slides in your classroom.

What are your favorite ways to use Google Slides in the classroom? (Leave a comment below.)

Google Certification Courses Are Open Until June 10!
Online Google Boot Camps–BUT BETTER! All 3 Courses Will Open on May 28th!

Mark your calendars! These courses (Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer) will open for limited enrollment on May 28, 2018, and will close on June 10, 2018. (It will not open again until November!)

Just in time for some summer learning!!!

What’s Included in the Google Certification Courses? Google Certified Educator Level 1

Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 1!

  • 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell)
  • 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material
  • Lesson Checks
  • Private Community & Study Group
  • Testing Tips
  • Level 1 Challenges (testing scenarios)
  • and much more!
  • Learn more and see the course curriculum
Google Certified Educator Level 2

Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 2!

  • 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell)
  • 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material
  • Lesson Checks
  • Private Community & Study Group
  • Testing Tips
  • Level 2 Challenges (testing scenarios)
  • and much more!
  • Learn more and see the course curriculum
Google Certified Trainer

All You Need to Know to Prepare for the Trainer Skills Assessment and Application!

Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including:

  • 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive)
  • Private Google+ Community
  • The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List
  • Pro Trainer Tips
  • How to Market Yourself as a Trainer
  • Application Tips
  • and much more!
  • Learn more and see the course curriculum
Pricing & Bundles

Below are the prices for individual licenses for each course.

  • Google Certified Educator Academy Level 1: $299
  • Google Certified Educator Academy Level 2: $299
  • Google Certified Trainer Course: $299

But Wait…There’s More!

Opening all of these courses at once also gives you another advantage–bundling! If you want to purchase multiple courses at once, you can save BIG TIME!

I’m also introducing some new bulk licensing options, so you can find more affordable ways to meet the needs of your campus or district.

Note: To purchase a bundle, you MUST purchase from the bundle page.

Here’s how it works (click on the links to purchase a bundle):

 

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