Get Your Tech On: Tech Resources

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Get Your Tech On!

PBS LearningMedia wants to give you the tools you need to navigate and succeed in the digital age of learning. To get you started, we’ve compiled our favorite technology-themed resources designed to enhance your lesson plans and spark discussion in the classroom. Topics include: 21st century learning, careers in technology, adaptive technologies, and using video games to enhance learning.

  • 21st Century Learning

    Hear about different models of 21st century learning skills from experts in the education field. Chris Rush from New Classrooms, Teresa Napoli from School of One and Rebecca Rufo-Tepper from the Institute of Play discuss the emergence of new approaches to learning, such as personalized and game-based learning. 

    Grades: All
  • 21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age

    More and more educators are tapping into the power of digital media and technology for teaching and learning. The variety of information resources available online is simply staggering. Watch How Google Saved a School from FRONTLINE’s Digital Nation and discuss the hype and the hopes for improving education through technology.

    Explore more about Learning in the Digital Age on FRONTLINE Digital Nation workshop Web site.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Flipped Classrooms For Real Learning: Definitions, Resources and Tools

    Educators keep hearing about the benefits of flipping their classrooms, but what does that really mean? PBS LearningMedia invites you to join Jon Bergmann, a pioneer in the Flipped Class Movement and co-author of Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day – along with Mike Gorman, a 21st century educational technology and learning expert, as they introduce you to the flipped learning model. Pick up practical guidelines, resources, and tools to build your flipped vocabulary and give you the confidence you need to flip your own classroom.

    Grades: 13+
  • Let’s Get Social! How To Effectively Incorporate Social Media Into Your Classroom

    Join PBS LearningMedia and Edmodo to learn how to integrate social media into your classroom while exploring best practices, real-life examples of success, and helpful tools to get you connected!

    Grades: 13+
  • Plug In! How to Integrate Tablets, Smart Phones, Devices, and More

    Join K-12 tech expert Leslie Fisher as she explores how to successfully integrate mobile technology into the classroom. Leslie will explore top applications, practical tips, and solutions for overcoming barriers along the way.

    Grades: 13+
  • How to Make an Animated GIF

    Learn how to make an animated GIF with this video from KQED. Animated gifs (also pronounced jiffs) are a type of file that have been around for a long time but have seen a recent resurgence in popularity.  GIFs can be treated like still images in the way that they are uploaded and shared, but they are animated, so they can behave like tiny looping videos or slideshows. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make an Infographic with Easel.ly

    Learn how to create an infographic using easel.ly with this video from KQED. Infographics can be useful tools whenever you are trying to convey information that lends itself to visual representation. Infographics are especially good at making numerical data easy to see and understand. By creating an infographic, your information can come to life, tell a story, and make a more persuasive argument.  It is because of this that you encounter infographics in all kinds of situations from advertising and marketing to educational presentations and publications.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make Dynamic Video Experiences with Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker

    Popcorn Maker is a free online tool for creating enhanced web-based video experiences. It allows for simple edits, remixes, and mashups of online videos and enhancement with images, text, popups, links, and information from Wikipedia and Google Maps.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Save Streaming Videos for Offline Use with Dirpy Studio

    This video demonstrates how to use Dirpy Studio, a free web-based tool that allows you to save online streaming videos as offline files.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Collaborative Website Building with Tumblr

    Tumblr is a hugely popular, highly social blogging platform with an emphasis on images.  It is a great tool because it’s free, easy to use and a lot of fun.  Many Tumblr sites are dedicated to gathering and sharing images on a particular theme.  Lots of individual users use them for social networking, and it is also common for groups and businesses to use them as part of their online identity and for social marketing outreach.  With a little bit of extra know-how, Tumblr can be a powerful tool for collaborative website building.

    To get started, head over to www.tumblr.com, click the ‘sign up’ button and then follow along with this video tutorial.

     

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Get Your Tech On: PBS LearningMedia 101

    Find out how real-world teachers are using PBS LearningMedia to inspire their teaching, enhance learning, and empower students – and take home a “how-to” guide for easy reference whenever you need it.

    Grades: 13+
  • How to Make a Popplet, a Collaborative Mind Mapping Tool

    In this KQED video learn how to use Popplet, an online tool for visually organizing your ideas and projects. This process is also referred to as ‘mind mapping.’ Popplet is available as a browser-based web tool or as an app for mobile devices and tablets. create connections and clusters between ideas or tasks on a virtual whiteboard. Popplet could be used to present your research on a particular subject.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make an Interactive Timeline with Timetoast

    Use this short video from KQED to create an interactive timeline using Timetoast. 

    Interactive timelines are a great way to create dynamic projects exploring topics that lend themselves to a chronological presentation – topics could include a wide variety of content areas including history, of course, but also cultural and creative trends, personal timelines and more. The basic idea of an interactive timeline is that you organize information along a timeline based on dates, and that the elements you include are clickable, so that you can create entries on the timeline that expand and can be explored in more depth, and that can include dynamic media in addition to text.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make a Prezi™

    Prezi is an online tool for creating presentations that break free of the standard linear slideshow style of presentation that we often encounter. Instead of slides, Prezi presents you with a wide open canvas where you can organize and arrange your visual elements and then create a pathway for playback that zooms from one element to the next, creating a unique dynamic experience. Prezi offers a very robust authoring environment representing limitless possibilities for your creativity. In this video, we’re going to cover the basic tools to get you started.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Build a Wall Using Padlet

    Build a wall using the visual authoring tool, Padlet with this video from KQED.  The basic idea of Padlet is simple, yet powerful – it gives you a blank ‘wall’ where you can assemble all kinds of visual media. It’s a great way to create visual arguments, presentations, timelines or more. It’s also a great tool for collaborating because you can share a wall amongst various users. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make a Quick Video with MixBit

    In this KQED video learn how to make and share short videos with MixBit, an app and platform. MixBit, along with Vine and Instagram video, it is one of a number of new platforms that aims to make video sharing faster and easier within a social media context. What’s interesting about Mixbit is it’s emphasis on video editing and the fact that it lets users create remixes and edits from each others content.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets

    In this KQED video tutorial learn about Google forms and spreadsheets, Google Drive tools for collecting, organizing and visualizing data.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • iFarm

    Support your STEM and Social Studies curriculum with this video that profiles a California pistachio farmer who developed an iPad app to improve irrigation. Then, use the accompanying lesson plan, "Old MacDonald Had an iPad: Tracing Technological Innovations in Agriculture," to have students research historical and contemporary agricultural innovations.

     

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Make Short Social Video Loops With Vine

    Vine is a smartphone app for iOS, Android and Windows that allows you to make and share short looping videos. Vine’s approach is to keep video short and simple, limiting video clips to 7 second loops that fit nicely into social media contexts. To get started with Vine, you’ll need to download the app for your device and setup an account. Once you've done that, follow along with the video demonstration.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Remix Websites With Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles

    X-Ray Goggles is a tool that lets you remix live web pages right in your browser. This means you can start out with any website on the Internet and go right into its code to creating your own distinct version.

    Grades: 6-13+

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