Monday, 26 October 2015

Digital Bytes October 26th, 2015

15 Great Chrome Extensions for Educators

Chrome Extensions can help to make our lives easier and there are some great ones available for educators.

Have a look at 15 great chrome extensions for educators including Pixlr Editor, Padlet, Exit Ticket, and Multi-Highlight.
The Psychology of Selfies

Selfies have become part of our lives and our students' lives. Read about why we love looking at faces, how looking at faces creates empathy, the pros and cons of selfies, and tips on how to take a great selfie. There are also some excellent infographics.
How to Use Text to Speech on the iPad

An incredibly useful feature on the iPad is the text to speech feature.

This article takes you through how to set it up and some tips for using it.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Digital Bytes October 5, 2015

This week's Digital Bytes will change your life!

There are 3 fantastic articles: Converting photos of text into actual text using Google Drive, the importance of school leadership understanding the digital world and 33 digital tools for formative assessment.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Approaches to Learning: Looking for evidence on the OLP

The Online Learning Platform provides our students with opportunities to exercise their approaches to learning: collaboration, communication, and self-management.

If you've got healthy discussion going in the posts on your class feeds, you may wish to check on the contributions of individual students. Here's a few approaches...

Class Stats

You can click on the chart icon on the left of your class and see an overview of each student's participation. You can select different options and see the results such as Units read, posts participated. 

Individual Stats

You can click on any of the member of your OLP classroom and see their profile, selecting the "stats" tab shows you an overview of their activity. 

Filtering the Class feed

The previous statistics provide a pretty blunt measurement of student activity. To get a good grasp on the quality of participation, you can filter the class feed to see participation by individuals. This sorts and highlights the participation by only the selected student allowing you to quickly scan their posts and comments.