Welcome to The Ed Tech Report

This blog is a compilation of my own educational technology experiences in my high school English and journalism classes, as well as my musings on how ed tech can best be integrated into learning.  I’m constantly running new technology pilots where I work in Kansas and am especially interested in 1-1 device initiatives, the flipped classroom model, and using sites like Edmodo, My Big Campus, Moodle, or Blackboard to go “paperless”.  I would love constructive feedback or suggestions!  Thanks for reading!


“Flipping” Instructions

The “flipped” video was so much fun to make yesterday, and a great classroom success, that I decided to try another one!  For this video, I had to figure out a way to explain the assignment sheet within a PowerPoint.  I took a screen shot of the assignment sheet with the Windows 7 Snipping Tool and then proceeded with the PowerPoint, trying to keep the slides looking as close to the original assignment sheet as possible.  About a third of my kids were out of class today for the FBLA state competition, so this should serve a large group of students.  It’s easy to make these videos after I’ve given the lecture three times, but I think I would have to write a script if I was going to create the video before giving the lecture to a group of people.

Here is the second one, How to Complete the Social Commentary Chart:


Social Commentary “Flipped” video — April 3, 2013

I made my first effort at a “flipped” classroom yesterday.  There were a lot of students out of my classroom taking the ACT WorkKeys test, and I was giving a lecture that I really wanted all of my students to hear instead of just copying the notes from someone else when they got back.  It was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.  PowerPoint has a voice narration recording function, so I put the notes into PowerPoint, went through the show while saying the same lecture I had given in class, saved it as a Windows Media file, and then uploaded it to my YouTube account.  So far, the student response has been really positive.  Once I figured out how I wanted to make the video, it only took me about 25 minutes from start to finish, since I had given the lecture three times already.

I recognize that this isn’t truly “flipped” since the students aren’t watching the video before class, but it’s a good first step.  I’m going to keep practicing the rest of the year because we’ll have a lot of students out of class for various activities, so this is a perfect opportunity.

Check it out and let me know what you think!