Do you know what's at the end of this week? That's right! The Teach Better Conference 2022 is finally here. When I first heard about it, it seemed so far away. I knew that I needed to go to it and connect with my PLF (Professional Learning Family). Over the past three years, my Teach Better family has become more than just online friends, but a community that I love engaging with. Far too often, we operate in silos and do not take advantage of other educators. The Teach Better Family broke down those silos for me and I have met some of the most amazing people as a result.
But educators aren't the only ones who find themselves operating in silos? Many times, our students do too. The balance between individual accountability and the need to develop collaboration can be a delicate balancing act. This week's blog post takes this idea into account and shares 2 easy ways that you can get your students to collaborate while creating no matter their age.
Reviewing what are the ABCs of Transforming Learning are-
Two weeks ago, I shared the second blog post called B = Building Connections Between Icons and Content. This post continued my commitment to sharing ways that we can transform learning using technology in a strategic and focused ways. A month ago, I posted a blog post highlighting ways and applications that you can use to better amplify your students' voices which focused on two of my favorite applications: Wixie and Book Creator and how they promote Universal Design for Learning.
This week, we will focus on C= Collaborating While Creating. Creation is a topic near and dear to my heart as an educator. It is essential that we promote creation using digital tools with our students over consumption. But that's easier said than done. This week's blog shares 2 tech tools that meet both needs. They are not only creative, but collaborative as well.
C= Collaborating while Creating
The two tools to the left are great examples of how you can collaborate while creating. They are both truly TRANSFORM tech tools. They offer our students opportunities that they could not have without the technology, are versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes and truly enhance the learning experience. They are also easy for educators to add to their educational toolbox. Flashcard Factory takes only a few minutes to set up using Pear Deck's website and Canva for Education makes it super easy for educators to make classes and have students turn in work to them. Both of these programs value the importance of collaborating. Flashcard Factory has our students work in pairs to learn; while Canva allows our students to collaborate in real-time with the click of a button and create professional looking products that our students can be proud of. Best of all, they are both 100% free for us and our students to use. That's a win-win!