Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twitter Challenge - Pre-service Teachers

#PSTPLN - Pre-Service Teacher Twitter Challenge

Challenge 1: 

  1. Introduce yourself to the #pstpln community. Send a tweet describing who you are and what you want to gain from this challenge.
  2. Send out a tweet that celebrates something that you learned or observed as a result of teaching today. Add the tags: #EDMG4403F17 and #pstpln
  3. Post your handle on the padlet wall -
  4. Reply to 1 other person posting using #pstpln #EDMG4403F17

Challenge 2:  #pstpln community Q & A

Write a tweet asking the #pstpln community a question. Remember to include #pstpln and #EDMG4403F17 in your tweet. Keep it professional! Think before you post!

Challenge 3: Tweet something of interest

  1. Find an interesting article/tool/website/resource online.
  2. Copy the URL address and tweet it out to your followers.
  3. Using relative hashtags (Ex: #edtech #science) and of course #pstpln and course #EDMG4403F17
  4. Respond to 2 peers' posts.

Challenge 4:

Twitter chats are conversations that are labeled with a hashtag. They usually have a different theme or topic of discussion. We encourage you to participate in Twitter chats that are of interest to you and your content area/academic level. These chats occur at all times of the day and every day of the week so browse through the list included below in the Google Sites Education Chats calendar and select a chat that works with your schedule.           Chat Calendar           Official Chat List

Challenge 5: 

Identify at least 5 people that you would recommend to others to follow. This can be new people from this challenge or individuals from your own PLN. Don't forget to label your tweet with #pstpln and #EDMG4403F17. Check out what others are posting and add to your PLN.

This Twitter Challenge is an extension of the work of @SFecich and @conniehamilton to help show their students, preservice teachers (PST), the power of a PLN. They have participated in this for several semesters now and the collaboration and communication of this activity has changed both attitudes and skills of these future teachers by connecting them with educators on a professional level. "Please spread the word and thank you for joining us!"

Monday, October 30, 2017

Twitter - Become a Connected Educator - PLN!


140 Characters - can change the world!

Twitter is a great tool for educators to use in developing their professional learning network (PLN).  Follow experts in the field, organizations, a 24 hour a day stream of ideas, collaborations, experiences, and sharing of resources.  Twitter promotes global thinking!

Consider setting up separate Twitter handles - Professional, Classroom, Personal accounts

To get Started:  
  • Go to
  • Select Sign-up or Sign-in
  • Follow onscreen directions to setup your Twitter ID (Handle)
    ex:  My twitter handle is @ittechcafe
  • Setup your profile, add a professional picture, and explore

#1:  Follow Others:
Select people to follow - look at who they follow - read their bios and follow other educators.

Find teachers you know - and see who they follow
Follow famous people in your field:

#2 Use Hashtags

#3:  Get Engaged and Tweet - include twitter handles and/or hashtags for others to find you.
Example Tweet:

      I am looking for other educators to share ideas on integrating technology into the classroom. #edchat #edtech @KSUITEC
  • Abbreviations to note:
    Ts - Teachers
    Ss - Students
    Ps - Parents - link shortener (save those charachters!)
  • Twitter Chats - search for chats - join in on the conversation!  Chat Meetings: check list for day and time!
    Ex:  #EdTechChat - Mondays at 8PM EST - Host leads by asking questions.  You look for Questions (Ex: Q1.) and can tweet an answer starting with:  A1.
    Q/A - Questions and Answers
    Q1. - Question 1 in a chat
    A1. - Answer 1 in a chat
Padlet - share your Twitter Handle

Dr. Booker
Monday 2PM - ITEC 3100
Wed 9 AM - ITEC 3100

Dr. Wright

Ms. Brogdon

Image created by Sylvia Duckworth -

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Adobe Spark

Eclipse 2017
By: Helen Maddox

Adobe Spark is a very robust, free, video creation tool that is easy to use. Search through copyright free images, icons, and music to add to your Spark video project. Running on multiple platforms, and having an app, makes this tool a great option for any classroom.  Spark provides students the option to represent what they know in a different way,  supports the UDL framework, making Adobe SPARK ideal to add to personalized learning plans for students.  

Immigration Story - Student Project 


Copyright and Fair Use Animation - Video from

Copyright Free Photos & Videos:
Pexels -
Pexels (videos) -
Pixabay -
Photos for Class -  Photos for Class
*New - Creative Commons CCSearch for Pictures - -

Adobe Spark


Training Videos: (previously called Adobe Voice)

Adobe Voice in 30 Seconds

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Customizing Theme Colors

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Optimizing and Adjusting Sound

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Sharing and Embedding

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Drop-in Animation

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Pan and Zoom

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Extend Page Duration 

Additional Resources by Educators:
Blog Posts
How to create videos with Adobe Voice - by Cherylnn Low/Tom's Guide

Digital Storytelling Rubrics

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Art Meets Technology!

Art reaches across the curriculum and can be used to support Universal Design for Learning by providing all students multiple ways to represent what they know.  Fantastic art resources  and apps are available on all devices, on the web, as addons for Chrome and Windows, and for showcasing artwork.  Here are some great resources for you to add to your tech toolkit!

Art History

Lesson Ideas
Edutopia - Lesson Ideas

Arts & Tech Integration: How to Collaborate and Have Fun Doing It

  DoInk App - greenscreen

Augmented Reality

Virtual Tours

Google Art Project - Arts and Culture - 7 billion and 14 billion pixels

Google Apps for the Classroom - portfolios stored on Google Drive****

Social Media
Twitter - #ECED3500
Twitter - prof account - use #ECED3500 - hashtag course number - free - pull up by hashtag
  Get tons of info “dumb their bucket” - essential pieces that you want to remember - summaries
Pinterest - Pinterest - Fall 2016- ECED3500 - creates for course - get students Pinterest account name.  Add email addresses - and add to board.  Assignment - Find 10 formative assessments - by rubric - ex how you use in classroom part of rubric - goes beyond pinning
Spring 2016 - ECED3500
Fall 2016 - ECED 3500

How do you find quality apps?

Interactive Ladder to assign apps to Bloom's Taxonomy:
Kathy Schrock Bloomin Apps (Where do I begin?) -

Search for App by Content Area, Grade Level
Apps evaluated by Educators –
Common Sense Media -
Children's Technology Review -
Education Apps Store -

Art Apps:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


The first all-you-can-read eBook app for kids 12 and under.

Free educator account

To register:
Go to
Click on Educators - if you want the free account
Click Get Started - next screen click Get Started
Complete information and click Let's Read

Once you login you are under a guest profile - if you want to create profile - switch profile
Choose Teacher - you see Teacher profile
Students login thru my epic! Account.  Teacher logs in - and then click on student profile - unlimited student profiles.
Setup name - optional PIN number - Enable Home Access - gives free month/no credit card required access w email address


Webinar - Basics Webinar

Our social media pages

Supported Devices

Epic! Reading Club
1. Your classroom earns Epic! Points for every family subscription connected to your class.

2. Your Epic! Points can be redeemed to purchase books and other supplies for your classroom from leading retailers such as Amazon and Target.

Epic! will now donate 20% of every parent's subscription back into your classroom. Once a parent account connects to your class, you will automatically earn points from their subscription.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Thanks to Tim Smith for posting- Twitter: @TechnologyTym

"Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn - any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!" -

Kahoot! is taking classrooms by storm all over the world.  It is a great choice for educators as it supports different learning styles.  Teachers can transform a dull assessment to an engaging and at times competitive experience that leaves students asking for more!  Kahoot! has two websites: is the teacher portal to create a Kahoot! and can be pulled up via any browser on any device for students to play a game of Kahoot!

Teachers can create or pull from a vast library of educator created Kahoots!, duplicate, and modify to make it their own.  Students can play individually with a device or teams can be grouped with one device.  Students can finish the game and choose to play in GhostMode to play against their previous score, can be played at a later time, or at home.

Kahoot! is a game changer in education.  Imagine students enjoying the process of preparing for standardized tests through a gaming platform.  Teams can work together to read questions and review answers, and learn great test taking strategies as teachers review polled answers.  Most of all - Kahoot! is FREE, and educators love great FREE resources.  Great for young and old alike, everyone loves Kahoot!

Kahoot! Resources:
To Create a Kahoot! - register and setup Kahoot! at
   Students play by going to
Professional Development and Teacher Resources
Kahoot Journal (Blog)
Inspiring Ways to Play Kahoot!
Kahoot! Youtube Channel - videos
Blind Kahoot Blog Post by Renate R
Lesson Plans for Kahoot! by Common Sense Education
How to make a "Blind" Kahoot! - Duplicate to make your own!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

KSU Children's Literature Conference - 2016

Have you ever read a book and learned about far away places?  How great it would be to go on a virtual field trip!  Check the resources below and search for locations that tie into literature.


Google Maps - Independence Rock State Park:

Google Street View:  Venice - Rialto Bridge

NearPod Virtual Trips:

NearPod - Oregon Trail

******Google Doc - Virtual Field Trips******

Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Immigration Story - Adobe Spark

"Everyone has a story that matters."

Instructor:  Dr. Anete Vasquez
Instructional Technology Coach:  Helen Maddox

You will take on the role of a genealogist by creating the story of your family’s immigration to the U.S. whether you are here permanently or temporarily. What brought you to the US? If you do not know much about your family’s journey, tell the parts you do know.  You will use Adobe Voice to create this project. You will also address what you can do as a teacher to disrupt commonplace thinking about immigration.

   Handout:  Informational Flyer
   Handout:  Agenda
   Handout:  Immigration Story Rubric
   Handout:  What is Creative Commons? from


Copyright and Fair Use Animation - Video from

Photos for Class

Adobe Spark


Training Videos: (previously called Adobe Voice)

Adobe Voice in 30 Seconds

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Customizing Theme Colors

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Optimizing and Adjusting Sound

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Sharing and Embedding

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Drop-in Animation

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Pan and Zoom

Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Extend Page Duration 

Additional Resources by Educators:
Blog Posts
How to create videos with Adobe Voice - by Cherylnn Low/Tom's Guide

Digital Storytelling Rubrics