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Devices to Support Mindfulness/Meditation

I explored three of the most popular devices for supporting mindfulness practice.  Please note that these devices really can't be compared and contrasted because each has a very different goal in mind.


Using Flubaroo Add-on with New Forms

This screencast will walk you through how to grade student quizzes in the new Google Forms using the Add-on Flubaroo

New Google Forms

This video walk-through will show you how to use the new Google Forms & show you some ideas for classroom applications.


Northwest Inland Writing Project Spring Conference 2016

University of Idaho

The Northwest Inland Writing Project Spring Conference 2016: igniting a passion for writing will be held March 3-4, from 9 AM - 4 PM at North Idaho College in the Edminster Student Union Building.

Breakout sessions include:

Collaborative Student Display Station

Collaborative Student Display Stations (CSDS) serve as a flexible teaching tool. With a collaborative station, a teacher has more resources available to them through the internet; interactive, web 2.0 sites; their own personally created files; and more--all of which broadens understanding of concepts taught in class. Also, the stations provide students with a way to show what they know through an array of digital projects from simple survey responses to teacher questions to videos or podcasts demonstrating a lesson on a given topic. CSDSs include but are not limited to:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL Framework, What is UDL? Multiple Means to Engage, Support, & Challenge Students; and Technology Tools for UDL

Google Transform '15 Report

Screenshot for Google Transform '15 Report
University of Idaho

On April 25, 2015, we were excited to bring 82 educators together in Boise for Google Transform '15! At this event, we had eleven educators (eight from K-12 and three from higher education) lead sixteen sessions on Google Tools for transformational classroom change.

Most of the presenters were practicing, full-time classroom teachers, and this was their first time presenting in a large session format to groups of teachers. Nonetheless, sessions were rated very highly by participants overall (3.5/4.0), and some of the highest rated sessions included Becoming a Search Ninja by Royce Kimmons (3.9/4.0), Google Doodles and a Google a Day in the Classroom by Cassidy Hall (3.9/4.0), and Collaborative Learning and Critical Thinking with Sites by Katie Graupman (3.9/4.0).


This tutorial shows how you can use this tool to embed questions throughout a video.

October 2014

Screenshot for October 2014
University of Idaho

October marked the beginning of our Introduction to Open Education in K-12 MOOC, and we were excited to see around 40 educators sign up for the course. These educators represented all regions of the state of Idaho, and we also attracted attention from those outside the state. Guest interviews for this course have also been very exciting, as we've been able to record my conversations with leaders in the field on topics including open education, digital citizenship, and copyright. This course will remain open even as the synchronous learning experience winds down in mid-November so that those with interest in the topic can always access the recorded sessions and course content.

As has been the case in previous months, we also welcomed a number of people to tour and utilize our lab in October. We were happy to meet with Regent and State Board Member Dave Hill and UI President Chuck Staben this month and to share the work that we are doing in K-12 outreach and distance and extended education. We were also excited this month to host a partner workshop with EdElements. In this workshop, Idaho technology and education leaders got to experience hybrid approaches to education hands-on from a group that conducts training throughout the U.S.


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