BETTER LAB REPORTS THROUGH PEER ASSESSMENT USING PEERGRADE.IO – submitted by LAURA WODLINGER

Peergrade.io is a free website that allows teachers to provide a rubric for students to use assess peer assignments. The website allows teachers to see student assignments and the feedback they provide to their peers, while keeping everything anonymous for the students. Continue reading

USING GOOGLE FORMS TO CREATE LARGE DATASETS – submitted by Christopher Austin

Title:

Investigating the effects of humans on the local school ecosystem using the Google Suite for Education with SNC1P students

Technology Focus:

Using the power of Google Forms and Sheets to create large datasets that allow for a rich analysis of student-collected inquiry data.

Description:

Students will fill out a Google Form on the ecosystem data that they collect, which will then be exported into a Google Sheet and analyzed so that students can see trends in their class’s dataset without much effort on either the student or teacher’s part. The students are empowered to analyze their own data while teacher is a guide on the side.

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This resource is part of STAO’s Technology Enabled Learning Collection.  

Slowmation – A Narrated Stop Motion Teaching Tool

A “Slowmation” (abbreviated from “Slow Animation”) is a simplified way for teachers or students to design and make a narrated stop-motion animation that is played slowly at 2 frames/second to explain a concept or tell a story. The explanation can be enhanced with text or music and is an engaging way to learn because students conduct research and use their own technology to design a sequence of representations culminating in the slowmation, which is a multimodal digital representation. Continue reading

Recording a Screen Cast – by Leila Knetsch, TDSB

We have a lot of interruptions during the school day, including having an assembly that makes you lose one class but not that other.  Recently I had that situation and was annoyed about that.  So I screencast (recorded a voice over while going through my powerpoint) two recordings.

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COLLABORATIVE LEARNING & FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

By Brandon Zoras.

Using the AirPlay feature on the iPad/iPod/iPhone you are able to display the screen of the device onto a computer (mirroring).  If it’s a class set or one single device, you can make lessons more interactive by displaying students work on the projector, pass around the device and have the lesson more interactive. Continue reading

Homemade Projector

spangler projectorUse magnification to turn a smartphone and cardboard box into a DIY projector.

Smartphones are used more frequently than for watching videos than ever before, but sometimes you just want a bigger viewing area. For those strapped for cash or in the mood to do something creative, you can construct your own Homemade Projector. All the project takes is a cardboard box, a smart phone, and a few basic tools. The result is a real, working projector that you’ve made with your own hands!

Click here for a Steve Spangler video that shows how to build the projector. 

See more at: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/homemade-projector#sthash.BGRofDY9.dpuf

Let us know how this worked in your classroom.

iPad Therefore I am (Engaging activities for Science on an iPad)

Written by Sue DiLaudo – DH Science, Cardinal Carter CSS, Leamington

David Petro -Math, Science Consultant, WECDSB

Grade 9&10 Science – Multiple Strands.

We had applied and received a TLLP grant (Teacher Learning and Leadership Program ) to get 30 iPads (and more) for a 1-1 iPad classroom in Math and Science. Below you will see our slideshow from the recent STAO conference that covers the TLLP grant. The slideshow covers what we got in tech, some of our favourite apps, what our kids did, and some of the issues that we had. As you look at the slideshow, note that there are embedded videos and many of the images are hotlinked. If you cannot see the slideshow, you can link to it directly here