Biodigital Human gives teachers and students a digital human body that can be studied in a variety of ways. Users can view specific layers or systems, isolate organs within those systems, observe bodily processes on a microscopic scale, etc. It includes many useful tools, such as a pronunciation demonstration and automated quiz feature.
LeafSnap and the National Geographic Bird Field Guide are apps available from the app store that aid in identifying different species of plants and birds. In LeafSnap, users photograph a leaf against a white background, and the app narrows down the possibilities to a short list of possible species. In the bird field guide, users add characteristics of the bird (color, size, environment, climate, location, etc.) and the app provides a list of the most likely bird species for the user. In both apps, users can create lists of which species they have encountered, and where they have found them.
Blogger provides teachers with a simple, easy to use blogging tool to facilitate better communication with parents and students. Blogger makes it easy for users to add posts, pictures, video, and other content to enhance the overall look, feel, and usefulness of the website. Using the pre-designed templates can help teachers get started on their blog right away. Teachers can increase the usefulness and interest of their blog by adding RSS feeds, calendars, content from other websites, and other gadgets to their blog.
Computational Thinking and Coding are increasingly important subjects to consider teaching to young learners. Many consider it to be a literacy of the 21st Century that needs to be learned just like reading and writing in a native language. This badge certifies teachers' understanding of three basic coding principles: functions, loops, and conditions. It also certifies their introductory familiarity with a few methods for teaching computational thinking and coding principles in their classrooms, as well as a few online platforms to facilitate student learning of these principles. Suggested tools for completing this badge include Code.org (including Hour of Code), Kodable, Scratch, Scratch, Jr., Dash, and Lego.
Copyright is an important principle for each teacher to understand in order to stay within the bounds of the law and to protect the creative expression of others. Teachers will also learn about Creative Commons, an alternative license to Copyright, and how to find these materials for their teaching.
Stories are a powerful learning tool for any subject area or grade level. Some online tools allow students and teachers both to read (or listen to) stories and to tell their own stories using visual, textual, and sometimes even audial media. Suggested tools for completing this badge include Storybird, StoryJumper, MyStorybook, and Pixton.
Edpuzzle is a tool that allows its users to embed questions, comments, audio, and other content into videos to make them more interactive and useful for the classroom. Teachers can create classes, assign videos to classes, and assess performance and progress of the video assignments. This is a great tool to use for online and blended course settings that rely heavily on video for instruction.
The IDT Certificate in Educational Technology is designed for educators who want to integrate technology with learning in PK-12 schools and institutions of higher learning. This completely online program is comprised of four courses designed to help educators meaningfully integrate technology with learning.
MyFitnessPal helps users lose weight by tracking caloric intake and exercise. This simple tool allows you to add and log recipes (including meals from several dozen restaurants) to help monitor daily caloric intake. An exercise calculator enables users to track how calories are burned through various physical activities. MapMyRun focuses on helping users improve their lifestyle by tracking physical activity and nutritional information. Users can search suggested running routes, or map their own routes, and develop a workout history by tracking run distance, duration, calories burned, and other data. Additional features enables users to log food and nutritional decisions for a more complete picture of physical lifestyle.
Google Earth is a powerful tool that provides users with satellite imagery of the world. Teachers can create paths, placemarkers, and tours of places to use in the classroom, or make them available for students to explore independently. The use of informational layers in Google Earth helps users see the distribution of various features and consider their connection with the geographical landscape. KMZ and KML files available from the Google Gallery and around the web provide data on numerous topics that can enhance geography, science, history and other class curricula.
iBooks Author allows anyone to create interactive, engaging books for students to access on an iPad or Mac. Users can start creating their own iBook by using Apple-designed templates, or start fresh with a blank canvas to fully customize the look and feel of the iBook. Adding dimensions to the book by simply dropping and dragging charts, documents, graphs, and videos into the text allows the iBook to be much more interactive than a printed edition text. iBooks Author makes it easy for authors to publish their text, easily downloaded for free or for a price in the iBooks Store or iTunes U.
There are several a powerful video editing programs that allow users to easily upload still photos, videos, and audio files for use in their movie project. By simply adding transitions, narration, and other special effects, teachers and students can give their video a professional look and feel. Teachers will find a multitude of uses for instructional video in the classroom, including creating engaging presentations, video essays, research projects, and much more.
Knowing how to safely use the internet, and how to instruct students to do the same, is an increasingly important responsibility for educators. This badge helps teachers learn about internet safety barriers and how they can deal with specific threats to personal information, identity, and software. Teachers will watch and read information from a variety of sources, as well as participate in class discussions. To qualify for this badge, teachers must achieve a perfect score on a quiz about internet safety barriers.
A learning management system (LMS) can be a great way to organize content, create assignments, assess learning, facilitate discussions, communicate with students and parents, collaborate with colleagues, and track class data. Earners will demonstrate the basic ability to use an LMS using a tool of their choice. Recommended options include Edmodo, CourseSites, Schoology, Versal, and Canvas.
With mobile technology becoming more accessible in schools, teachers have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous apps to help improve student engagement and overall classroom effectiveness. Through this badge, teachers will be exposed to a variety of instructional material that will help them learn and be more comfortable with mobile technologies. Teachers will learn about iOS and Android operating systems and their associated technologies, and compare the advantages and disadvantages of both. To earn the badge, teachers will explore and evaluate at least 10 subject-specific apps they could use in their classrooms.
Nearpod is an online tool that allows you to make highly interactive presentations for your students. Engage your students by integrating activities, videos, and websites into traditional presentations. Teachers can clone Nearpods by other teachers, or simply upload traditional PowerPoint presentations to unlock the features of Nearpod in their classroom.
When we think of creating a digital presentation, we often think of PowerPoint, but there are also many cloud-based tools that allow users create, store, share, collaborate on, and/or even borrow presentations from other users. These tools don’t always have the same breadth and depth of image manipulation and animation tools as PowerPoint, but they can be a great way to facilitate collaborative effort among students and teachers in any setting, and to find existing material that can reduce teacher workload. Suggested tools for this badge include Prezi, Slideshare, and Speaker Deck. Depending on your tool of choice, you may also need to use another presentation creator (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides) to complete the badge.
With Piktochart, teachers can create interactive infographics for their classrooms, allowing more information to be presented in a visual and manageable way. Teachers will find this a useful tool to examine and explore connections between various concepts. Piktocharts are easily embedded into other material as well.
Polling and assessment technologies make it quick and easy to collect assessment data on the spot in the classroom. Some technologies require students to respond using an electronic device while others allow for data collection using only the teacher’s device and paper. Badge earners should choose a technology that will best fit their learners’ needs and resources. Suggested technologies for completing this badge include PollEverywhere, Kahoot, Plickers, or Socrative.
Chances are you have probably used productivity tools to write papers, make presentations, or to represent data at some point in your educational career. These productivity tools are some of the most basic technology that is used in a classroom by both teachers and students. During this course and the EdTech certificate, we will be focusing on using Google Docs because they are web based tools, which allow them to be used on multiple operating systems, and its features that allow multiple users to easily be able to collaborate with each other within a document.
This badge is awarded to those who show a basic understanding and application related to Relying on Course Outcomes—Teachers understand the course outcomes for the skill and proficiency level in which they teach and effectively communicate them to students. They can describe student behaviors that demonstrate these outcomes, and they successfully design classroom-learning activities that help students progress toward achieving them. Teachers engage in ongoing informal and formal assessment activities and provide personalized feedback based on the course outcomes.
Screencasting technologies allow the user to record whatever is displayed on their computer’s screen. Screencasting can be useful in demonstrating technically-complex computer functions that are difficult to describe. Screencasting can also be used to capture brief instructional videos for the classroom.
SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations, infographics, PDFs, documents, and videos. Users can easily upload and share personal content, as well as download and edit other ideas from the SlideShare community. With nearly 60 million users worldwide, users can view and be inspired by useful media covering countless topics and ideas.
Social Bookmarking tools helps individuals gather and organize files and resources from across the web. These easy-to-use tools allow you to quickly manage your resources so they can be retrieved efficiently when they are needed. These tools often have collaborative capabilities for individuals to co-construct collections of materials that can be shared within a group.
This badge will demonstrate your understanding of social media. You will understand the difference between social media and social networks, and you will understand how to use these to engage your PLN (Professional Learning Network). You will then put together a collection of social media resources that will benefit you in this course and in your professional life.
Twitter allows users to share brief messages, links, pictures, and videos to a broad audience, making it a useful tool for teachers who want to send reminders or updates to hundreds of students at once. Through Twitter, teachers can also connect with leaders in industry, technology, science, the arts, etc., and keep their class current on important events.
Video conferencing tools are becoming more and more important, especially for teachers who increasingly find themselves teaching in online and blended settings. These tools allow users to stream live video conversations with others through the internet, and collaboratively work on common projects by sharing documents, using applications together, and even by screensharing.
Online text conversation and collaboration often lacks meaningful human expression. To overcome the impersonal nature of online communication, Voicethread allows users to communicate through voice, video, drawing or text. To begin the experience, users simply upload any form of media (video, audio, picture, etc.) and allow students to comment on the content using their preferred method of communication. Allowing users to express their thoughts and ideas in various ways can result in comments that are more personal, focused, and engaging.
Individuals interested in earning the Website Development badge will create a website using a platform such as Google Sites, Wix, Blogger, Wikispaces, Wordpress, etc. Earners will be asked to include several types of well-organized pages and include relevant images, videos, documents, and additional content.