As educators we understand the importance of modeling in the classroom. In addition to modeling, we want to celebrate the creativity and problem solving of our students. At times, we run into challenges with sharing while using devices in the classroom. Google Cast can be the solution if your students are working on a Chromebook.
Google Cast allows you to share content from any Chromebook in the classroom to the teacher’s device and be projected on the screen. Students can quickly share their work on the screen and be able to ask their peers for guidance, share a strategy, or showcase a final product. This is done by setting up Google Cast on the classroom teacher’s device and the student selecting cast on their device. Also, a teacher can grab an extra Chromebook, log in and be mobile while teaching and projecting.
EPS EdTech has created a handout showing how to set up and use Google Cast. At the bottom of the handout, there is a link to a video that explains Google Cast and the steps necessary to set up the cast.
EdTech is very excited to try something new this spring with the hopes of growing a small idea into something grand and exciting. We are designing self-paced professional development courses that allow you to select what you want to learn, learn it, and then apply it to your practice. Once you have learned about a digital tool, had the opportunity to implement your new learning, and reflected on the process, you will receive clock hours and a digital badge.
We realize that not everyone is motivated by digital badges, but we are seeing them more and more in various places. I feel a pang of disappointment when I don’t get my level-up badge in Soda Crush and I work at keeping my Gold Card status at Starbucks. That is not for everyone, but professional learning is. Even if the digital badge is not an incentive, this different structure may be enough to sway you.
According to Jennifer Gibson of PD Learning Network:
The field of education puts a strong emphasis on credentials earned from the traditional seat time, direct-instruction model. Currently, there is not an industry-wide system for recognizing ongoing professional development and/or acquisition of applicable skills. It has been more about taking classes than demonstrating mastery. Teachers want the opportunity to drive their own learning and have meaningful ways to express their competency. Districts want to support teachers who take initiative with their professional development, but they also want to be sure that seat time has resulted in learning.
Asynchronous professional learning that offers teachers the opportunity to select what they learn about and how they apply their new learning is what EdTech is trying to provide through our Self-Paced Professional Learning. We hope to engage you in this exciting adventure that could change the way we offer professional learning.
You can find additional information and links to our spring course offerings at the EPS EdTech Professional Learning site. Check back often to find new additions to our course offerings and additional EdTech resources.
New courses are being offered by EdTech. This spring there are courses on the Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, Hapara, itslearning and Seesaw. You can read more about the specific courses and enroll at www.eps.gosignmeup.com .
If you don’t find a class that meets your needs, contact your building trainer and we will work to design a class just for your building, PLC, or small group.
The Educational Technology Department is opening their winter class schedule today. The EdTech Trainers are offering 20 different courses on various district supported programs. You can find classes in a variety of formats: online, in person or via Skype. Learn more and enroll through Go Sign Me Up at www.eps.gosignmeup.com If you don’t find a class that meets your needs, contact your building trainer and they will find the training support that fits!