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Today's Chat with Deb is about an ios app called Quick Key. This app allows teachers to assess students with a bubble sheet and the app will quickly scan the bubbles and produce class reports of the results.

Watch the Chat with Deb to see more:

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb.


Janurary Pre-Badging Mission

Posted by smersand Jan 24, 2015

Teachers Engage is really excited to be adding Badging to our community! As we gear up to release the new platform, practice participating in a badging opportunity by completing the following in any order:


Participate in January’s Classroom Challenge on Do Ink and Vee Scope


Watch January’s Chat with Deb to learn how to use Do Ink, and share an idea of how you can use it in the classroom


Read January’s Cut to the Core, and design and post your own video project to address Common Core Standards with Video Production.


Finally, return to this thread and summarize your mission!


In the coming months, look for opportunities similar to this in which you can earn a badge for your profile!

Active Prompt is a clever visual polling - survey site.

It's really pretty simple to use and no account is required.


First find an image.

Next ask others to drag a red dot to a certain location on the image.

(You only have 24 characters, so keep it short)

Share the link for others to participate.

Check out the results with the link to the responses


I used Active Prompt to see which social network people like best.

Try it out! Click here to participate.

Click here to see the responses.


Here are some possible ways to use Active Prompt in the classroom:



  • Active Prompt would be a great way to see if your students understand a concept.
  • Your students could collect data using Active Prompt and graph the results.
  • Active Prompt would be a neat way for you to conduct a quick poll on an issue or debate.
  • Use images that illustrate a story and then periodically have students show understanding of the story by marking a part of the illustration.


I highly recommend trying Active Prompt with your students as a unique way to "prompt" your students for their input.


Last week a teacher asked me to recommend a site that would work well for students to journal with the possibility to also share the journal with the the teacher.

There are plenty of apps for keeping a journal on the Internet and each has it own special feature, but after exploring about a half dozen apps, my recommendation would be a Chrome app called Penzu.



Here are the features that I like about Penzu:


  • Signing up for an account is simple and free

  • There is an option to lock the journal entry for privacy.

  • There is a full text editor with the option to insert images and hyperlinks.

  • To make the journal look appealing, you can choose a background

  • Sharing a journal entry can be done through email or through a public link.

  • Journaling is good therapy after a disappointing event (notice my journal topic) and Penzu is a great tool for making this lady feel a tiny bit better.



I highly recommend giving Penzu a try and if you do, let me know your thoughts.


January is all about innovative technology, and some of the technology that has been featured on Teachers Engage centers around video production. One might question have is how video production addresses the Common Core Standards, which is why you are reading this!


There are multiple tools out there to help with video production. Gail challenges us to look at the Do Ink and Vee Scope, apps used for green screening. Deb gives us a more in-depth look at Do Ink, and also shares with us the LadiBug Stop Motion App.


When you do video production with your students, the hope is that you will not just “set them free,” but will have a structured project. In the structure, they will create a storyboard, and most likely write a script. (For more information about story maps, check out October’s Classroom Challenge). This process will allow them to not only have a solid plan, but also address many of the writing standards. How the assignment is structured will greatly impact which of the standards are addressed, but it is possible to address nearly all of the writing standards when you ask students to plan their video and write a script. Once they start to create their videos, students will also be addressing speaking and listening standards as well as language standards.


Let’s look at an example outline of a video production project you might have students do, and the standards it will address.


The Project: Students will be using Do Ink, a green screening app, to record a news segment about what they believe is the most important event in history. Once all news segments are recorded, students will watch them, and vote on which event they now feel is the most important one.


Students will work in pairs or teams to plan and create their news segment

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Students will conduct research about an event in their chosen time period

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Students will select an image that is appropriate for the time period

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

Students will create a storyboard for their video

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.Students will write a script for their video

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Students will produce their video news segment using Do Ink

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

Students will watch and evaluate each other’s videos to determine which event was most important in history

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.


As you can see, how the project is structured allows me to address many of the Common Core Standards while engaging students with innovative technology, and a meaningful activity.


Utilizing Do Ink, VeeCast or LadiBug Stop Motion - Can you create a project that addresses most of the standards?

Is there another app that you use for video production that you wish to share?


Click here for a full list of the Common Core State Standards for ELA


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Today's Chat with Deb is all about using the popular green screen app from Doink.

In this episode you will see how to set up a green screen and use this simple app. Be warned that there is a major photo bomb during the video and a special historical visitor.



There are many great technologies to incorporate into today's digital lessons, but there is something magical and innovative about green screening.  For more information on green screening, make sure to check out the Classroom Challenge post from my friend Gail Holmes in the Teachers Engage Community.  Also, there will soon be a post from Shannon Mersand about how to connect Green Screen technology to the common core. 

I hope you have a chance to give the app from Doink a try and if you have an idea of how green screening could be used in a classroom, please share with the rest of us in the comments below.

Thank you to Intel's Teachers Engage for sponsoring this Chat with Deb.

When we think of innovative technologies, one that comes to mind is time lapse videos. Whether creating a stop animation video or just capturing something that is happening over a period of time, this is a wonderful technology for students to explore.

There's a new app in town for creating time lapse videos and it is called Ladibug.

Ladibug can be used to take pictures with a webcam and then mark up and annotate those pictures.

Here is a picture of the reflection board in my office with some markups on it.

The orange and pink lines are my markups that I added.


When you first open Ladibug, don't let all of the tools scare you. Just hover over an icon and you will see what they are used for.

Ladibug can also be set up to take a time lapse video - which is what I feel makes it different from most screen capture tools.

Here is a video I created from the captured photos of my husband shoveling off our deck.  Ladibug itself does not create the video, but it was simple enough for me to download the captured images from Ladibug and import them into Wevideo to create a quick time lapse video.

When setting up the time lapse there are a few settings to choose from such as delaying when it will start, how many intervals between each photo that is to be captured and also how many frames will be captured per hour.


I highly recommend giving the Ladibug Chrome app a try.

Here are some possible ideas of how this app could be used:


  • Capture an event over time such as my shoveling video.
  • Survey an area in your classroom or school over a period of time.
  • Create a video of food as it is being cooked or dehydrated.
  • Show the progress of an art project as it is being created.
  • Show the change in weather.


Need more inspiration?  Click here.

jan15_themebanner.pngHappy New Year! Engage is thrilled to kick off year two of our Community Roadmap, the calendar of themes, topics, content areas, and major education events we'll learn about and explore throughout the year.


Our themes (attached below) remain relatively unchanged in 2015. We will, however, approach the themes differently, offer new perspectives and innovative learning activities to support each topic, and provide you with more ways to engage and win great tech prizes!


To start January, we'll look at the freshest, most innovative technology developments hitting the education market in 2015. What does that mean? Well, for the last several years we've seen a huge focus on "things" - devices, apps, and web tools for both students and teachers. This year, we want to push this topic farther: how do we get beyond the overwhelming mass of stuff available to teachers to optimize use to make real impact for students? This means going deeper with personalized learning, hitting the sweet spot in the middle of the TPACK framework, and making smart choices about the devices and learning tools/apps you employ.


2015 is shaping up to be a big year in Engage! We'll continue to offer the community engagement you've come to enjoy, the webinars you anticipate, and the activities that allow you to flex your creative muscles and earn great prizes. We're also rolling out a brand new badging interface via which you can earn digital credentials and complete professional learning missions. You can also expect new formats for content - more video, blended live and asynchronous events using tools such as Hangouts on Air, and a more cohesive, connected approach to content. The community leadership team is excited and you should be too.


As we kick off the year, we'll follow two of the biggest events in tech:


What has you excited for 2015? What are your plans? What are your professional learning goals? Comment and share with us, and stay tuned for big things!

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