It has been over a week since I went to the Virginia GAFE Summit in Charlottesville, Virginia. I truly enjoyed it. It was a very affirming experience. What we are doing in my district is the right thing for students. Isn’t that the whole reason we do what we do as teachers? To make a learner’s life better and influence them in the right direction to be productive members of society? Here are some of the major tools I took away:
- I won a premium membership to PearDeck! There is also a free version I have used before. It is a presentation and embedded formative assessment tool that teachers and students can use. Love it.
- If This Then That: a way to connect the different apps that you love to use. You create recipes that connect apps that normally don’t “play well” together. For example, I set up my Instagram and Google Drive accounts to automatically save a digital copy of every Instagram post I create in a folder so that I never lose them! It is a great way to connect your apps you use.
- How to use Google My Maps to create interactive maps your students can use and create using their GAFE account! I would have loved having the ability to plot Tom Saywer’s journey in English class and showing that map to my teacher. The things I wish I could have used in school, if they had been created then is amazing.
- Choice Eliminator 2 takes away choices when people are using a Google Form when another user selects it. Maybe you are choosing project topics and someone takes your choice, that choice disappears on the Google Form! How cool!
- Google Books will now find a copy of the book you are looking for in a LIBRARY near you! I will be using this right now to search for the book David Jakes suggested called Make Space by the Stanford’s D School (School of Design)