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TVS Tech Kids – Final Day

Today was our last day of class. It was an intense experience, but very rewarding. Some of the tools went over better than others.

Today, we proceeded with the lesson plan for Google that I devised. The previous day, the students asked me if they could spend more time playing with the various Google Applications, and I gave them the last 30 minutes of class to do so. With Google Docs, I had them create and share a file with their classmates. One of them commented on how cool it was that they could see the name and time of the person who edited.

They played with a number of additional tools – Google Earth was the most popular and they really loved the Google Goggles feature of the mobile app search. Those who had capable phones started running around the classroom and taking photos (only a few searched successfully). As all of our other lesson plans, we had a Mind Meister map created

I also took about five minutes to introduce the students to DropBox. DropBox is one of my favorite free applications of all time. Heck, it will likely go into best software paid or free. If you’re unfamiliar with DropBox, they have a great video that introduces you to the tools:

If you decide to sign up, do it from one of my links above (you and I will both get a free additional 250mb of storage).

Here is another great instruction/how-to video on using DropBox

The last 30 minutes of class, I let them play around with any tools they liked – most of them played with Google Earth others with Evernote… the most popular were the applications that also felt like games with Google Flight Simulator being the most popular.

Afterwards, I asked the students if they honestly saw themselves using any of these tools in their school work. Some of them said no, but when I started to ask more directed questions like “What about using Google Docs to make a Presentation?” or “How about using Evernote to organize your research?” They started to make some more direct connections. One of them even asked me if I would be teaching another class on this material this summer.

It was a good summer – it was my first tech class. Most of the kids were eager and open to learning new material. They were all bright an innovative and I had a great time with them. There are definitely things I would do differently if I taught this class again.

If you want to see my lesson plans, you can see them here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 (and this would be day four’s).

The software we specifically used was:

Mind Meister

Diigo

Evernote

DropBox

Google Docs and various other Apps you can find at Google

 

 

 

Diigo Education Pioneer – Diigo Educator’s Accounts

My account was just approved and I am now a Diigo Educator Pioneer!

diigo education pioneer

If you’re interested in a Diigo Education account (which is free) check out the link here. With a Diigo Educator account, you can:

  • You can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation)
  • Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums.
  • Privacy settings of student accounts are pre-set so that only teachers and classmates can communicate with them.
  • Ads presented to student account users are limited to education-related sponsors.

It’s a great free tool to help students organize their research and collaborate with their classmates. You can see how I used Diigo in one of my lesson plans for a summer enrichment course on Ed Tech.

 

TVS Tech Kids Day 1 & Prep for Day 2

So Day one of the Tech Course had its ups and downs. We had some problems connecting to the internet but were ultimately able to get them all online. I then focused on introducing them to MindMeister, where we created our “Class Rules” and then shared ideas on how to use technology in education. Some of the kids took to the material faster than others – those with their own laptops were the fastest adopters (probably because they were comfortable with the platform). Most of the time the kids used to set up their accounts (most hadn’t done so the night before).

Tomorrow, I think I’m going to introduce them to Diigo and Evernote. I think that Diigo will be easier for an immediate introduction. They have a short instructional video on their website.

I’ve also created a Mind Map that I want them to play with:

I’m hoping that they will add to it as they explore the material.

I found a great Prezi, “Save, Share, & Teach with Diigo” by @locotech. It’s a great introduction to educators about what Diigo can do, but leaves out the new “Read it Later” feature that allows you to download and read your links off line.

For Diigo tomorrow, I am going to give them a step-by-step process along with a small project. After I introduce them to the software and we watch the Diigo video, I’ll give them the following instruction set:

  1. Log on to your Diigo Account
  2. Click on “My Groups” to confirm you’re a member of the Group “TVS Tech Kids” (if not, ask Mrs. Lockett to send you an invite).
  3. Click on the “Tools” link at the top of the page and then click on the “Diigolet” link – follow the instructions for installation.
  4. If you have a portable iOS or Android device, download and install the Diigo app (free).
  5. Launch your Diigolet and sign in to activate it.

We are, as a class, going to do a brief research project on the life of Davy Crockett – I was inspired today upon seeing his quote: “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”

  1. On the topic of Davy Crockett, using web resources, research the history of this man.
  2. Make sure that the diigolet is active – bookmark at least three pages (make sure to include a description, appropriate tags, and share to our TVS Tech Kids Group).
  3. On your (minimum three) bookmarked pages make sure that you use the highlighting tool and attach at least one sticky-note (you can add more if you like).
  4. If you you have a mobile device, play with the ‘read it later’ feature (read about how to use this feature on Diigo’s web page).

I will then have them, using this particular content, practice highlighting, annotating, tagging, and then sharing the information that they find. This activity will be limited to fifteen minutes (as it is only an exercise and not a hand-in project). I then want them to have five minutes of reflection (using Mind Meister).

Our next topic will be Evernote. Evernote and Diigo are similar, so they lend well to combining. However, Evernote is a bit more expansive. If you’re interested in what Evernote is all about, here’s a great short YouTube video:

A great step-by-step guide is also provided by Evernote here.

I’ve also created a Mind Map here to help guide discussion and thought:

Similar to my plan for Diigo, this will be a project-based learning element. The initial steps will be:

  1. Go to Evernote.com
  2. Click on the link “downloads” and install the appropriate program for your platform. If you have not yet, install Evernote on your iOS and/or Android Device.
  3. Launch Evernote on your computer (if you are unable to download the program onto your computer, then simply sign-in from the web page).
  4. Create a “New Notebook” and entitle it “Davy Crockett”
  5. As before, do a little research on Davy Crockett – make at least one web bookmark, one voice note, one video note (if your computer has video capability). Be sure to add the appropriate tags to your information and include a note to yourself!
  6. Try to get a little more advanced (if you have time) – do a selective screen shot instead of a full screen shot, explore the new ‘stacks’ feature, etc.
  7. If you have another device (e.g. iPhone) Open the evernote app and check out the synced data – make an on-the-go note (voice note, video, picture, etc).
  8. If you have time, go to the Evernote “trunk” and see what other features are available.

Again here, I will limit the actual activity time to 15 minutes with a 5 minute reflection (or at least, this is the plan – we’ll see what actually happens in class).

So, this is the plan and my thoughts on tomorrow. Thoughts? Ideas? Pleas share. I’m happy to take them and make them my own – and by ‘make them my own’ I mean put my name on them and claim that they’re my ideas.