Donna Corcoran and I recently attended the Midwest Educational Technology Committee conference in St. Charles, Missouri, and wanted to share some takeaways. Feel free to follow-up with us if you have questions or ideas. Also, visit this Google folder, where we copied some of the presentations from the sessions we attended. You can view most of the presentations for all of the sessions on the METC website.
2. Make Your Class More Introvert Friendly — a plethora of tips from Julie Smith, an extrovert professor, wife, and mother of introverts.
3. Require students to use blank slides for their Google Slides — no templates allowed. This encourages them to be thoughtful about each and every word and/or image they insert onto a slide, and gives them more creative freedom to make decisions about color scheme, typefaces, fonts, etc. Learn more about teaching students to be thoughtful designers.
5. Tip for improving your research assignments: When you are writing research questions for your assignments, Google the question. Is finding the answer a simple matter of copy and paste for students? If yes, then maybe we need to stretch their thinking with a more complex question, one that requires them to synthesize sources to generate a response.
6. Voxer - allows students to reach teacher by voice or text, without having the teacher’s cell phone number. It also can be used by students in a team setting. The tool is great for collaborating while keeping personal contact information just that — private!
8. Digital Storytelling — Voice, sound, music, photographs and text. Everyone has a powerful story to share. Providing students with a variety of options increases engagement and creativity. Example applications include WeVideo, Animoto, MS Photostory, SchoolTube, and more.
9. From “Teach Like a Pirate” presentation by Dave Burgess (@burgessdave): Offer your students experiences, not lessons. Use props, get students out of their seats, make them curious... Does it take time and energy to develop these creative hooks? Yes. But, as Burgess demonstrated, the results are worth it.
10. Networking — So very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet (and follow) a number of innovative, creative, enthusiastic educators. Getting to know these individuals — to connect and collaborate, as educators and with our students — will continue to pay ongoing dividends.
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