Some of our tech team members attended the MACUL conference in Grand Rapids March 7th-9th. Our two co-directors, Abby Visser and Sara Erxleben, gave a very professional, engaging, and insightful presentation on ISTE. Other members of the team were able to attend a variety of sessions where they learned about the latest technologies that are currently being used in classrooms. Alexa Bushong and Allison Buckley became Nearpod experts and presented what they learned at our tech team workshop the following week! This was a fantastic learning and growing experience for our tech team. We were able to take this information back to Hope College and to our field placements to enhance our teaching skills and learning experiences for many students!
This Monday, October 3rd will be our first tech walk-through of the semester! Come one come all! We will have members presenting on web design, ISTE, assistive technology, Google Classroom, Chromebooks, free tech resources, electronic assessment, and Smart Boards. This is a great way to learn about a variety of ways teachers can use technology in the classroom!
Later on in the semester we will have presentations on sensory integration technology, Google Classroom, and formative assessment.
Please click here to lean more about all of our workshops for the fall of 2016!
Here we are at another beginning of a what will be a great year! A special welcome to the class of 2020––we know you will love being apart of the Hope family.
This year, we have a number of opportunities to engage with technology in the field of education. There are always new products, new ideas, and wonderful apps to improve our instruction. We believe it is crucial that the technology is only the vehicle to benefit the learning of our students; therefore, we explore various technologies together through exploratory sessions, guest presentations, and collaborative research projects.
Check out the google calendar on the home page to learn what is happening with the Tech Team. We are excited to embark on another year of learning and professional development in order to be the best professional educators out there!
Thanks to ISTE, we receive a lot of updates, reflections, and ideas that are helpful for all teachers in every discipline. Check out this link that discuss Technology Integration tips for the classroom! Furthermore, this link looks at Google tools!
Also, check out this poster describing the essential characteristic of being a good digital citizen!
If you have any questions or would to connect with us on technology integration, please fill out the contact form!
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Hope Seniors Holly Brinker and Aaron Goodyke, along with our Faculty Advisor Susan Cherup, took a trip to the ISTE 2015 Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Holly was invited present “A Story of Digital Accommodations for the Student with Learning Disabilities”. Her proposal discussed a series of applications that focus on helping students with reading, such as: Voice Dream, Grammarly, & Dragon Dictation.
Read more about the Literacy Lifeboat on Holly's website!
Upon arriving in Philadelphia, PN on Sunday morning, we made our way to our hotel, settled in, and then headed back to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. What a place!
Our first day consisted of a plethora of exploring the place and getting our bearings. The Convention Center was spread out across 3 of the biggest streets in Philly: Broad, Market, & Arch. The street level had several tunnels for bus drop-off/taxi areas. Right on the corner of Market & Arch was the Reading Terminal Market––a shout out to Spartano's Philly Cheese Steaks!
The next day, we arrived early in the day to attend the unveiling of SMART Technologies' latest gadget: Smart kapp IQ. It builds on their previous software, Smart kapp, which allows teachers to share information from one device via white board. Kapp IQ allows for a two-way street: students can now share information with teachers from their device. Everyone can draw on the same board from anywhere in the room! This new product brings interactive white boards to a new level of collaboration, enhancing teaching & learning the classroom.
Learn about SMART kapp iQ!
After that, we spent several hours in the Exhibit Hall, which seemed to be miles long. Large companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, & Steelcase, in addition to several smaller firms. The three of us met several representatives from companies like SMART Technologies, Best Buy, & ELMO.
Once we had enough of the exhibit hall(for one day), we moved onto an interactive lecture given by two teachers titled "10 Tips for Creating a Classroom in the Cloud". The presenters, Jared Covili & Nicholas Provenzano, were fantastic! We managed to connect with Nicholas because Holly had him for english class in high school––a small world! They introduced several software platforms that could help with formative assessment & student engagement using several different devices.
Our final day included a session on using Socrative, an assessment software that is incredibly useful for quizzes and polls. More on our sessions will be discussed in a full report. Please contact us if you would like to read the report!
Overall, the trip was a GREAT success! We learned about several new devices and software that we will be able to use in our efforts to strengthen teaching and learning in the classroom. More resources will be posted on the website in the coming weeks!
Thanks for following us on our adventure to ISTE 2015!
Sarah Krzak, Zoe Edwards, & Rachel Lundstrom
Top Row: Rachel Lundstrom, Sydney Bryer, Sarah Krzak, Prof. Tony Donk, Brady Van Malsen;
Bottom Row: Prof. Susan Cherup, Holly Brinker, Zoe Edwards, Abby LaBarge
Congratulations to those on our team who presented at MACUL 2015! Each of them did an outstanding job representing Hope College & the Educational Technology Team.
Rachel Lundstrom & Sarah Krzak: "Thinking Outside the App"
Holly Brinker: "Literacy Lifeboat"
Brady Van Malsen: "What's in a Game?"
We are excited to announce that the Educational Technology Team and Holland Christian High School have begun a partnership that will allow us to collaborate with teachers and staff on various classroom technologies. This will be a great opportunity for all students in the Education Department, as we are going to be working in many different subject areas. Stay tuned for more updates in this partnership!
Tech for Teachers, a site created by researchers affiliated with the non-profit organization My Teaching Degree, provides a number of technology resources for teachers at any grade level. Check out their website! It contains information on anything from clickers to tablets to apps.