• Current Research,  Evaluating EduTech,  FETC 2016,  Integrating EduTech

    Looking Back – FETC 2016

    Before heading to FETC 2016, I wrote a post on what I hoped to explore throughout the week and what I predicted would be popular at the conference this year! (Click here to read it.) I narrowed my focus down to two topics that I wanted to explore throughout the week. I then wrote blog posts based on what I had learned. Click the links below to check them out! 7 Steps to Evaluate an App 5 Ways to Integrate Technology into Your Classroom I also made 5 predictions about what would be popular at the conference. Here are my reflections. Flipped Classrooms: A lot of exhibitors used this term…

  • FETC 2016,  Integrating EduTech

    5 Ways to Integrate Technology into Your Classroom

    So you have gathered some ideas for technology you would like to use in the classroom and you have evaluated it for its appropriateness in your school (click here for more information on evaluating apps), great! Now you need to integrate it properly into your classroom! During FETC 2016 in Orlando, Florida, I had the privilege of listening to a session on Blended Learning by Joelle Chemali from Learning Bird. Using the information from her session as well as my own experience, I have come up with 5 ways technology can be integrated into the classroom. The Flipped Classroom Method There are many ways of creating a flipped classroom. One…

  • Evaluating EduTech,  FETC 2016

    7 Steps to Evaluate an App

    Before downloading an application for your students to use in the classroom, it is important to evaluate that application for its appropriateness within the school setting. During FETC 2016, I had the opportunity to listen to a session on how to evaluate applications by Dr. Kristy Sailors. Through this session and my own experience evaluating the products on the exhibit floor, I have designed 7 steps in evaluating whether an application is appropriate for schools. Compare the price of the application and the size of the application to other products approved by your school and/or district. Does it fit into your school’s budget? Will it take up a lot of space on…

  • Evaluating EduTech,  FETC 2016,  Integrating EduTech

    Looking Forwards – FETC 2016

    This year I have the privilege of attending the FETC 2016 Conference in Orlando, Florida. I am beyond excited, and a little bit nervous, to be rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest and most inspirational educators and educational leaders of today. To avoid whiplash and a sore neck, I have been advised to think about what I want to focus on at this conference so that I don’t wander around aimlessly trying to see absolutely everything. I have to say it’s a bit overwhelming but I have narrowed it down to these two topics that I hope to explore throughout the week. How are educators (or how should educators)…