This week began with a tour of Andover High School for a group of Dutch Superintendents who visited to see how we currently integrate technology within our school. We were able we were able to make a video of their tour with a variety of different classrooms using technology. We stopped in to the special education rooms, language lab as well as the programming courses labs. Dan Brennan the Media/Video also gave a first hand tour of the Andover Tv Studio. I was able to provide a detailed description of the work students do at the innovation lab and help desk for our visitors as well.
Their tour concluded with a question and answer session with the entire faculty at the end of the day. They also gave out of the gift of the book The UnDutchables to Dr Lord and others who were on the tour. This was a great opportunity to share our perspectives on technology in education.
I had the opportunity to work with Isa Perez in the World Language department to have an overview of Google Classroom and how she could use it with her students. We also went over the process of adding new page, re-sizing images and content for those pages. As you can see from the photo of her Google site her page looks great and she is excited to add a calendar for her students as well.
Also in the World Language Department Diana Zawil has been using a variety of great tools to integrate technology into her courses. She is using the cartoon creator http://www.bitstrips.com/
to make cartoons of herself and others to explain language learning opportunities.
She is also using QR codes with her students to quickly get them engaged with content driven language games that she can use to track their vocabulary growth in Spanish. The use of QR codes is growing as creating these codes is easy and can take students to web links,text,images and a variety of other web based content.
I am very impressed with how Diana has integrated these tools and it expands on her ever growing knowledge of the use of technology in the foreign language classroom.
We also received our t shirts and banner for the library. The banner will hang on the back wall of the library and also be a backdrop for videos and also go along with us to a field trips and other presentations of the students plan on making of the next several months.
It’s great to finally have something to help us identify ourselves in the library we also have the opportunity to interview process Alicia a student who was part of last year’s help desk to be in our promotional video.
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On Friday I have the opportunity to work with Assistant Principal John Norton to assist a student with a broken his hand to take notes for his classes with Evernote.
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I appreciate John Norton pulling me aside and having the opportunity to work with the student.
It was great to be able to review the benefits of Evernote and how the company has added many new sharing features including the sharing and multiple notebooks.
A great tool I would like to share out this week is the the Cloudconvert Google Chrome App.
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This app works within the Chrome Browser and enables you to take video files of a variety of formats convert them to your choice of format(avi,mp4,mkv) and reuploads them automatically back to your Google Drive. The process really is seamless and saves many conversion steps. This is great for sharing online video in a variety of formats.
In this video I create an audio file using Garageband. This can be a great tool for use with language labs because teachers can create their questions and leave a gap of time for students to respond. The program also enables MP3 files which are flexible for use with other programs.
I try to keep this tutorial simple with just a few simple steps to get started. Garageband also enables a range of great audio editing tools which can improve audio quality and volume. The clips can also be easily deleted, copied or pasted as needed.
Podcasts can be a great tool for bringing groups together collaboratively to make an audio project or to work with world languages. This tutorial was inspired by a question from Adriana Gonzalez at Andover High School who requested a way of creating audio files for the language lab which could have the space in time for students to respond. This provides a great way of taking ownership of the language lessons by creating their own content.