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New Features From Nepris for the New School Year

I’ve written about Nepris before–a transformative cloud-based platform that connects STEAM subject experts with teachers and classes. This month, they’re offering a great group of back-to-school tools that will help you organize your expert presentations and share out the details:

Share an update in your activity feed right from your teacher dashboard by typing it into the box at the top of your screen.

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Filter videos and sessions by career cluster and grade level, so you don’t waste any time finding what you’re looking for!

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Get immediate guidance navigating the new website by logging in and clicking on “Take a Tour” on the bottom right of your dashboard. For more support, access Help Videos on every page.

 

Here are a few of the expert chats Nepris has available for the new school year:

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35 Take-aways from Summer 2016 Professional Development

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Ask a Tech Teacher’s Summer PD 2016 just ended. A couple dozen of us–teachers, library media specialists, tech integrationists, and lab teachers–gathered virtually for three-five-week-classes that included:

The Tech-infused Teacher

The Tech-infused Classroom

The Differentiated Teacher

Teach Writing with Tech

20 Webtools in 20 Days

We talked about curriculum maps, warm-up and exit tickets, backchannel devices, building a PLN, screenshots, and screencasts. We experimented with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom such as Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, digital citizenship, and formative assessment options. And–maybe the highlight of the classes–we shared ideas and helped each other solve problems. It was run like a flipped classroom where class members read, tested and experimented from resources available in the weekly syllabus. They failed and tried again. Asked questions. They shared with colleagues on discussion boards, blogs, and Tweets.  Once a week we got together virtually (via Google Hangout or a Twitter Chat) to share ideas, answer questions,  and discuss nuances.

Classes awarded either college credit or a Certificate, based on effort not end product. Here are my takeaways as moderator of this amazing group:

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Differentiate with Tech–Starts July 18th!

How to Make Differentiation Fast and Easy with Tech

Starts Monday! Last chance to sign up. This Ask a Tech Teacher online class is only offered for college credit.

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Bring Experts to Your Class Easily with Nepris

nepris logoStatistically, almost half of school dropouts do so because they don’t see the relevance. Teachers have long-known the positive effect industry experts have on students, but the complications of finding the speaker, arranging the event, and preparing the class have made this a daunting task. Nepris, a cloud-based platform that connects STEAM subject experts (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) with teachers and classes, wants to turn that around. Its intuitive options, step-by-step guidance, and commitment to making the experience positive for both teachers and students helps to not only bridge the gap between classroom and career as students meet those who have applied school knowledge authentically to their jobs, it levels the education playing field across rural and urban landscapes, between schools with vast resource budgets and those who struggle to stay out of the red year-to-year.

Here’s how it works:

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21st Century Digitally-infused Teacher-Starts June 6th

How to Make Tech Integration Easy, Authentic, and  Normative

Starts Monday, June 6th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 562 and click for more information and to sign up.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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Subscriber Special: May

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Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching.

April 1st through May 15th:

10% Discount (use code SUMMERPD) on any of our Summer Learning online classes:

The Tech-infused Teacher

The Tech-infused Class (must take Tech-infused Teacher first or get approval of instructor)

Teach Writing with Tech

20 Webtools in 20 Days (space limited–sign up early)

Group discounts available

Want more information? Here you go:

The Tech-infused Teacher (formerly known as Summer PD)

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Free Virtual Conference from Turnitin

turnitinTurnitin, a global leader in evaluating student work, is having a free Virtual Conference, April 18-22nd.

WritingXTech 2016: The Writing Mindset
Do your students think writing is just conventions and words on a page? Join us to explore how thinking differently about writing can engage your students and set them up for success. 

 

It’ll include nine sessions with questions like:

  • How can we encourage students to understand that writing is more that merely following conventions?
  • How can instruction open students’ minds and help them write better?
  • How do we use technology to support development of writing skills?

Link to sessions and to register: http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/writingxtech/#sessions2016

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Subscriber Special: April

SUMMER learning online banner--robotask a tech teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching.

April 1st through May 15th:

10% Discount (use code SUMMERPD) on any of our Summer Learning online classes:

The Tech-infused Teacher

The Tech-infused Class (must take Tech-infused Teacher first or get approval of instructor)

Teach Writing with Tech

20 Webtools in 20 Days (space limited–sign up early)

Group discounts available

Want more information? Here you go:

The Tech-infused Teacher (formerly known as Summer PD)

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Summer PD–What are you looking for?

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Every summer, Ask a Tech Teacher offers summer training on a variety of topics from specific skills (how to use Google Forms, how to use Tellagami–that sort) to overarching concepts (how to differentiate, how to scaffold learning, how to build a curriculum map). This is where we need your…

Help!

In the form below, please vote for all choices that fit your interests. If your favorite isn’t listed, please add it under Comments. Once we’ve determined what you-all need, we’ll organize the classes and notify you.

We’d love to hear from you about what you’re looking for this summer as you plan your professional development.  Please take a minute to vote in this poll:

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Learn to Blend Tech into Your Class; Get College Credit

hour of codeStarting January 18th, I’ll be teaching a class on blending technology into your classroom:

Click the link and scroll down to MTI 562 to sign up.

Here are the basics:

Course Description

The 21st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, teachers will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, critical thinking, and immersive keyboarding. Teachers will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, and publish digitally. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network. Assessment is project-based so participants should be prepared to be fully-involved and eager risk-takers.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, the teacher will be able to:

  1. Use blogs, wikis, Twitter, and Google Hangouts to collaborate and share.
  2. Guide students to safely and effectively search and research on the internet.
  3. Use technology to support teaching and achieve Common Core Standards.
  4. Blend keyboarding skills into classroom activities and prepare for yearly assessments.
  5. Assess student technology use organically.
  6. Use digital portfolios to store, share, and curate classwork.
  7. Rely on a Personal Learning Network.
  8. Solve common tech problems that arise in the classroom.993311 a studying female student with approved

What do students say?

At the beginning of the class, I had to contact Jacqui several times because I was so confused. I had no idea what a digital portfolio was, or how I was expected to create one. Throughout the course of the five weeks, I was able to take the knowledge that she instilled in me, and begin importing different assignment on my own into my digital portfolio using widgets (I did not even know what these were before this class!) and links.   I was able to participate in the “tweet-up” with my classmates and several Google Hang Outs with Jacqui. I completed daily and weekly goals by reading the assigned articles and lesson plans, as well as watching the videos that accompanied each topic. Reading all of the valuable information, creating a blog and a wiki, exploring different websites, creating projects, and creating a digital portfolio, will greatly benefit my students this year and in the years that follow.

LOVING all I’m learning!!

 To say I have learned a lot in the past five weeks of my online class is an understatement. I have attended Google Hangouts, learned about wikis, back channels, created a blog, and even tweeted!

I would like to close by saying how much I enjoyed this class. I truly learned so much. As a technology teacher I was not sure what to expect from this course. I found that much of what I currently do in the classroom has been validated. However and more importantly, I learned many new instruction and assessment strategies (along with some new tech tools) that I can now use and apply to improve the learning in my classroom. Thanks everyone!

As a technology teacher I wasn’t sure what to expect from this course. While this course validated much of what I already do in the classroom the The 21st Century Digitally-infused Teacher course also showed me ways in which I can improve and modify my instruction. I enjoyed the course format and feel the instructor was not only very knowledgeable but provided great resources as well. Thank you!

I loved this class! Jacqui was very knowledgeable and helpful whenever I was stuck.

“MTI 562 really opened my eyes and made me think about how to put technology into my lessons. Jacqui Murray encouraged me to be a tech-infused teacher! I can not wait to try these newly learned skills in August”

Click here for 15 take-aways from the last class.

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