Monday, July 2, 2018

The Summer of #EdTech Bingo

This summer I was excited to have as my next door neighbor our district History and Edtech TOSA, Luis Carillo. I had worked with Luis on history curriculum council, putting together a history-social science framework training, and had attended a number of his training sessions on EdTech.

Our district has been going through a lot of upgrades and installing more infrastructure to give access to technology in all classrooms (not just those CTE or computer courses.) I have been extremely lucky to have had the chance to pilot devices before most which have led to fundamental shifts in the way I teach so I was extra excited to share those ideas with my neighbor. Maybe too excited...

So I left him a bingo card and everything on it I had done at some point during the traditional school year and I wanted to challenge him to try as well. He get's a few more days to post his results (you can follow him on Twitter to see) but I am ready to share mine with you!

This link will take you to the live doc where each box is linked to the lesson or resource I used in my summer school class or a student example of what they created.

Here are some of my favorite things I did this summer with my students:
I also had my students try out Digitally Notebooking using Google Slides and the results have been amazing! 

Technology doesn't replace good teaching. Technology is not a secret solution to classroom management or high test scores or greater engagement. Great teaching makes all those things happen, not technology. But technology lets you move beyond the classroom, it allows for whole new forms of communication, collaboration, and creativity. The blend of great teaching and technology is where the magic happens. I know I still need to grow in both areas (and I always will need to) but knowing that I can make powerful engaging lessons that give student more choice, allows them to meaningfully use their voice, and increases my ability to give them consistent and meaningful feedback has been a huge game changer. And don't even get me started about all the job skills they get from work like this.


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