NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, Feb 27

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am CST. Join link & recordings at http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb #issedu #acamistech

This day’s topics were:

  • STEM Canvas course demo
  • Protocols for online meetings
  • Using Lucidchart for Chalktalks
  •  Alternatives to Padlet
  • Teams file syncing

[Repost] Alternatives to Padlet

Padlet is an effective tool for online interactive learning. However, we are not able to use it because of you-know-what-that-is. Trish (@TrishMerewether) discovered this blog post on 6 possible alternatives to Padlet by Richard Brayne.

In short, the 6 alternatives tools are:

  1. Dotstorming
  2. Lino
  3. Wakelet
  4. Scrumblr
  5. Pinside
  6. Fligrid

Each tool has its features and focus. Experiment and see which fits your class better!

Virtual School Daily Tech Briefing: Wednesday, Feb. 5

NCPA’s Tech Ambassadors prep you for #virtualschool in daily #edtech briefs at 9:30am CST. Get the latest tips and FAQs, mildly witty banter & bad jokes. The join link is always http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb

Our outline notes which include the full details from our broadcast are after the break.

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Tech Tools Inventory

As you go into planning a lesson, do you always go back to the same strategies? Are you getting tired of using the same programs every week?  Or do you ever get stuck just wishing you had a new way to engage students? Whether you are stuck in a rut or just needing a refresher, check out our new Tech Tools Inventory to get some new ideas!

Various Tech Tools are organized into categories by how they might be used in class. Looking for a new way to do an Exit Ticket? Try Poll Everywhere, Mentimeter, or Go Formative! Looking for a new way for students to process information? Try Mindmeister or Padlet! Wondering how you can have students present information in a new way? Try using CoSpaces or FlipaClip. Your NCPA Tech Ambassadors are always adding new ideas to the Tech Tools Inventory, so check back later for some new ideas.

We want to hear from you! Do you have a Tech Tool you want to share? You can also add to the Padlet with your ideas! Also, contact a Tech Ambassador if it is something you would like to share on the EdTech Blog or in a Breakfast Slam.

 

About Padlet Permissions

(Who is using Padlet? Chris R and Liza F, for starters.)

If you’re using Padlet in class, make sure you’re using NCPA’s subscription so you aren’t limited in the number of boards you can make. You’ll want to change the permissions of your padlet, though. By default, boards are private and no one else can see them. To change that, click the “Share” button in the top right:

Then, click on “Change Privacy”

The best option is to choose “Secret.” This will let you share a link with students and they won’t need to log in.

If you choose “Org wide,” students WILL have to log in to see the board, AND everyone at NCPA will see the padlet show up in their feed. You don’t want that.

If there is a situation where you want the students to have to log in, then contact the Tech Ambassadors (learninginnovation at ncpachina dot org) to learn about how students access their accounts.

 

NCPA has a Schoolwide Padlet Subscription

NCPA now has a subscription to Padlet. Padlet is an “interactive multimedia bulletin board.” Teachers can use it for icebreaker activities, to collect student ideas or responses to a prompt, and collate student questions. Under the free version, teachers could only create a limited number of boards, but with our paid subscription you can now create as many as you want!

To get started, visit https://ncpa.padlet.org. Then, you’ll need to use the “Forgot Password?” link to set a new password for your account – Padlet will send an activation email to your school e-mail address.

Finally Friday: Department Office Design Sprint

Our first Finally Friday on 11/23 was great launch to what will be an ongoing series of short (45 minutes or less) design PDs at the Inno-Hub.

Participants learned about a variety of protocols you can use in your classes to spark design ideas and find problems to solve, and then chose one to help them think about ways to redesign departmental offices, which is a real thing that’s going to happen this year or early next.

The architect/interior designer and facilities manager in charge of the project participated as well! After brainstorming through one of the protocols, they posted their ideas to a shared padlet to be considered as design elements for the formal office redesign proposal.