Friday, January 27, 2017

Quizalize your next Assessment

Quizalize combines two critical components to a learning experience: Formative Assessment and Collaboration.

Quizalize assessment games can be used to assess learning of any topic, spiral review topics, or create differentiated games that assess learning.

(Thanks to Richard Byrne from for creating the above video!)

Each Quizalize game offers you individual learner feedback as well as collaborative team results. You can even play a collaborative game of basketball! It can be a reward alternative for your next formative assessment!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Nearpod for the New Year!

As you think about planning for the New Year and how to get learners reengaged with your content, don't overlook Nearpod as a way to switch up your learning experience and gain a little motivation!
Also, remember that Google Slides, PPTs, Pictures and PDF import directly in to Nearpod, enabling you to use your existing presentation(s) while inserting interactive slides to gauge knowledge transfer! 

Here’s how to import Google Slides. Below is a screenshot that highlights how you can bring in the other file types: 

You can also pull these lessons directly in to Schoology using either the Link and sharing the Code for learners to join, or alternately using the embed code to have learners to interact with Nearpod directly in Schoology!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Direct Messages on Twitter

There are times where you want information to be private on Twitter or you need more than 140 characters; insert the Direct Message. Direct Messages are a way on Twitter for you to communicate with an individual or group of people in a private message that is not limited by characters. It gives you the opportunity to reach out to your PLN or an expert and explain a more complex topic or question that you have. See how below:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Add Your List to TweetDeck; Level Up the Awesome!

Lists are a great way to create a revisitable set of curated information on Twitter but to make thing even better you can add that list to your TweetDeck as well!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Twitter Lists: Curate the Awesome in One Categorized Place!

Twitter lists are a way for you to bring hashtags and twitter users that you follow together in one place. For example, you could create a list for all of the people that you follow that tweet about the topic of Educational Technology is one list, give it a name and revisit it each and every day, instead of searching out individual users day in and day out! Sounds amazing, right? Here's how:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reply to a Tweet: Start a Dialogue

A great way to connect with experts on Twitter is to directly reply to one of their Tweets. Find a person of interest, find a tweet of interest and clip the single arrow jumping out to the left! This little magical button gives you 140 characters to start a conversation with the expert that you identify with! It's as easy a few keystrokes to a lifetime of learning. Find out how below:

Monday, November 21, 2016

Retweeting with a Quote: Add Your 2 Cents

Retweeting talked about in the last post, just scroll down a bit, is a great way to share resources that have been created by others! If you want to add your 2 cents to the conversation or ask a question surrounding the topic to your PLN, retweeting with a quote is the way to go. Quote retweets allow you 140 characters on top of the already tweeted information to say something yourself on the matter. See how below: