ISTE Mobile Learning Network
Digital Learning Day 2015
Join the ISTE Mobile Learning Network in Sharing Ideas and Strategies
for Mobile Learning Engagement!
March 1: Collaborative Activities and Contacts
March 2: Discover the fun of digital collaboration with Mystery Skype in the classroom. Mystery Skype is meant for those who are not sure where to start or want ideas for global collaboration. The concept is simple, you connect with a class from somewhere in the the world and give each other clues on your location, talk about relevant issues. You can search by location, interest and age group.
March 3: Use Google My Maps to create collaborative, customizable maps. Add layers of data, customize pins by color and symbol, add pictures and text to pins, and share your maps with others to collaborate.
March 4: Want to discover hidden treasures AND teach your students how to find clues and solve problems? Build your own treasure hunt or find one at geocaching.com. Search for caches in your area or create your own (allow up to 3 days for it to be visible). Follow these 8 steps:
- Register for a free geocaching.com Basic Membership.
- Visit the "Hide & Seek a Cache" page.
- Enter your postal code and click "search."
- Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
- Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
- Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
- Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
- Share your geocaching stories and photos on the MLN padlet.
emaze is a free online presentation tool for designing and building presentation slide decks. The tool is positioned as being a cross between PowerPoint and Prezi, built on HTML5. emaze is free to trial. It allows you to build presentations online using an HTML5-based system. emaze does not require any software to be downloaded and can be used anywhere with an internet connection and an up-to-date browser. The comparisons with Prezi come from the in-built 3D effects and zooming transitions available in certain emaze templates. Users don’t need to be designers or understand the workings of the software to take advantage of these features; they can just select the relevant template. Slide decks can easily be shared online with others, and you can even allow collaboration between team members.
What is augmented reality? Movies have given us a sense of “alternative reality” for years. Augmented reality makes something come to life in 3D! It seems like magic.
Let's take a look at a few favorites:
Aurasma - Aurasma in the Classroom
Elements 3D Cubes - daqri.com/elements4D-mobile
The Cell from ColAR Mix - colarapp.com
NASA Spacecraft 3D - NASA
Cyberchase Shape Quest - AR Geometry Game App
OneNote Class Notebook Creator lets a teacher quickly set up a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities, all within one notebook.
Tweetchat Sharing Apps and Resources - March 12th at 7:30 PM EDT
Join us on Twitter for an App Smackdown Tweetchat. PLN leaders and other participants will each share their favorite apps for students and teachers. The App Smackdown Tweetchat will begin at 7:30 PM EDT. Join us and share your favorite apps and resources for digital learning! Hashtags: #DLDay and #istemln
Get your kids excited and engaged with a fun cross-platform tool! Kahoot is an exciting, game-like student response system that teachers can use to easily create and deliver quizzes and surveys to students. Students can use any internet-enabled device (computer, smart phones, tablets, iPods Touches, etc.) Students do NOT need accounts to participate. When you start the quiz, a PIN number will appear on the screen that allows the students to access the Kahoot questions.
Check out this overview for the easy and free setup steps:
Are games in the classroom “chocolate-covered broccoli” or can they be integrated into the learning process?
Check out Matt Farber’s article Mobile Games That Are Not "Chocolate-Covered Broccoli" http://bit.ly/1wNrrLN
Tips on Using Games in Education from Matt Farber -
Games in Education Teacher Takaways - http://bit.ly/1C1aRy0
Learning Geometry in the Land of Venn Game Review by Matt Farber http://bit.ly/1F6dnUz
Collaborate with your Writing Today! Use a tool such as Google Docs to have students write a story together. Years ago, students loved to pass the paper, each one adding to the story. You can do that digitally now. For example, create five story documents shared with the class and have the students go and add to the story when they have finished their other class work. This can be done on the computers in the back of the room or on mobile devices. Read and Write for Google is now free for teachers. Try this today!
Thank you to Stephanie Hatten @TechMadHatter for this tip!
Remember Illuminations.nctm.org? Sometimes simple is best! There are so many online math manipulatives to use and now there are free apps of these manipulatives. Check these out! The students can do their math work at the computer or on the mobile device. Also tomorrow is Pi Day so celebrate today! (Date= 3.14)
Thank you to Stephanie Hatten @TechMadHatter for this tip!
Join us tonight for a Special Webinar - March 12, 2015 at 7 PM EDT
"Deeper Learning through Coding" with Tynker's Kevin Elgan, Director of School Programs
Using Tynker with district's primary students… “It’s not just about the coding, it’s about using coding to foster deeper learning that allows students to learn, apply what they learned and demonstrate mastery of the core content.” says Kathy Bottaro-Digital Learning Program Coordinator, Sioux City Community School District. Learn how as Kevin Elgan talks coding and common core support built into every Tynker lesson plan, Concept Maps to track progress, project hooks to support teaching in core curriculum areas and additional tools for teachers.
Webinar Room: http://bit.ly/istemln_webinars Just add your name, no password needed.