Monday, February 3, 2014

First Day inClass - Start Simple!

Organization is one of those necessary tasks we try to teach our learners. I'll be the first to admit that I have my moments where my desk is piled full of papers and other craziness in the midst of concert season, major meetings, or the end of a trimester. I've found the Reminder application on both my Macbook and iPad very helpful, but what about students?

That's where the inClass App comes in...

Unless you have a completely folder organized Google Drive (I just spend 1/2 hour organizing mine), inClass could be a great app for you and your scholars! When taking notes and doing in-class reflections, this app facilitates text, video, and audio notes all in a centralized notebook. What an easy way to keep track of science observations, a new listening unit for music reflections, even getting help from classmates who are also using the app!

Personalizing learning, technology, SAMR...these are all the key phrases that we hear about when going 1:1 or utilizing technology integration practices. Moving on up from augmentation of instruction to modifying and redefining instruction. You're on your way. You can do it. Start simple. One thing at a time. Write down a goal - maybe it's helping your students get organized, maybe it's focusing on science instruction, or maybe it's trying a flipped lesson.

It's not about the apps, or the cool new Google extension. Those help, yes, but that's not the main premise. What it is about, is you, the teacher and educator. How you're taking instruction to the next level and working for what's best for your students.

Grab a cup of coffee, and start simple - one thing at a time. Let us know how we can help!

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