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Using Flubaroo to Grade Google Forms

University of Idaho
This brief video shows you how to add the Flubaroo script to a response sheet to grade a Google Form.

Creating a Website with Wix

Wix is one of many online websites that allow users to create free websites without knowing HTML. Not only is there interface simple to use, even for complete beginners, the templates they offer are streamlined, easy to modify, and aesthetically attractive. Wix uses HTML5 which means the websites show up easily across different devices. Creating a website is simple – just add the content you want and drag and drop it to where you want it to appear. Though Wix has its downfalls, like the inability to collaborate on websites, the advantages far make up for them.

January 2014

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University of Idaho
We've entered the new year with a bang at the Doceo Center and are working with local K12 technology leaders to roll-out Chromebooks in schools throughout northern Idaho. This month marked the first time that Chromebooks were made available to students in partner research schools, and some of the schools we are actively working with include: Moscow Charter School, Troy High School, Boundary County Middle School, Timberlake Junior High, Lakeland Junior High, and Palouse Prairie School. The total number of Chromebooks that we have in K12 schools now numbers around 350, and part of our efforts were recently highlighted in a news article in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. In these endeavors, we are excited to work with our partner schools to gather data for informing large-scale technology integration efforts in the state. At the University of Idaho, we are also conducting a parallel study, in which we provide Chromebooks to a set of teacher education students to study usage patterns as they progress through their coursework. We currently have around fifty participants in this study, and by coupling our research efforts together and comparing findings, we hope to be able to better understand technology integration across multiple contexts and educational levels.

Google Forms in the Classroom

University of Idaho
This screencast shows you how to create a Google Form and gives suggestions for using forms in the classroom.

Google Docs in the Classroom

University of Idaho
This screencast walks through the essential tools to consider when using Google Docs in the classroom.

Utilizing Student-Owned Devices

University of Idaho

Students are accustomed to having nearly constant access to digital devices outside of the classroom, so why not find ways to incorporate the use of student-owned devices inside the classroom? Here are three possibilities to assist teachers with integrating student-owned devices to enhance lessons, increase communication, and engage students:

Chromebooks for Special Education and Assistive Technology

University of Idaho

This presentation was created by Dan Dyer in a collaboration between the Center on Disabilities and Human Development and the Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning.

Click here to watch a captioned version.

December 2013

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University of Idaho

This month we, along with our Doceo Center counterparts at NNU, had the opportunity to participate in New School Venture Fund's Learning to Teach Convening in Washington, DC. At this convening and additional site visits, we were able to see first hand some of the exciting work being done by a variety of innovative organizations including traditional public schools, charter schools, universities, non-profits, and for-profits. We hope to use the knowledge and connections gained through this experience to inform the ongoing work we do in Idaho with using technology to support teacher education and professional development efforts.

On the K12 front, this month marked our first rollout of student Chromebooks to participating schools. Troy High School and Moscow Charter School both have started using Chromebooks to support their teaching and learning efforts, and we expect the rollout to continue into early spring semester with up to five more schools. As we provide devices to schools, we work with local personnel to effectively implement the technology and to collect data to assess meaningful outcomes. Our work with Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks is gaining traction, and we continue to provide a growing number of valuable resources to the educational community and to lead efforts to support K12 teaching and learning with such tools.

iMovie '11 Basics

University of Idaho
iMovie '11 is a video editing software program available free for Macs. iMovie provides a basic movie editing software that is easy to use and easy to learn.

November 2013

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University of Idaho

After traversing all K12 school websites in the state and cataloging nearly 300,000 links, we are happy to share with the educational community Idaho's Top 200 K12 Websites. This list represents those websites that K12 schools in the state of Idaho link to the most through their public websites and reflects some of the tools and resources that they find to be of value. As a first attempt at utilizing publicly available data to inform educational technology decision-making and innovation, this list provides valuable data to decision-makers and ideas for educators, giving a snapshot of what is going on in K12 schools regarding educational technology use.

Following up on my report of presenting at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) in last month’s blog post, this month I have received the great honor of being nominated for the office of President in the Research and Theory Division of AECT. This truly excites me, because I value the great work and perspectives of the educators and researchers in AECT, and I feel that the Research and Theory Division serves an important role in the organization (and within the field of educational technology generally) to emphasize and support rigorous, innovative research practices. As I continue my participation in AECT, I look forward to many collaborative opportunities with my international colleagues to review, critique, and support one another’s work.

AECT’s conference is not the only venue wherein we at the Doceo Center are sharing our work and contributing to the field. We also received notification this month that we have been selected by our peers to share work at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Philadelphia, PA. At the AERA meeting, my colleague Dr. George Veletsianos, who serves as the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, and I will present our research on teacher candidates’ experiences using social networking sites. These conference presentations are very important for us to both receive peer feedback on our efforts in the Doceo Center, thereby improving our practice, and to inform the larger educational community of our efforts.

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