SITE 2013 Conference Gems
Today is Day 2 of the SITE (Society of Information Technology & Teacher Education) 2013 Conference in New Orleans, LA. I have heard some great gems, two of them I want to post today, more will follow!
If your school is using Google Apps for Education, and you (like me) have been using Google Groups as a discussion forum, I would encourage you to create a Community on Google+ and invite your students to it. You can create topics just like in Groups, but the students can interact with it more like a social media environment. They can post, comment, upload video, take video right on the spot, have a Hangout with other students online, embed YouTube and watch from within the post. The community is secure and private, only those you invite are in there. It is a great way to engage with your students in a more dynamic environment.
Still concerned about school security? The US Naval Academy just announced they are using Google Apps for Government. I think if Google Apps is secure enough for the US Navel Academy then you can feel safe.
Looking for a FREE gradebook option? Here is Engrade. Engrade is easy to use and the bonus is that if you are using Google Apps for Education, and have a Google Site, you can embed the Engrade widget into the site to allow the students to see their grades. Engrade uses the student login to authenticate the user and only displays the information of the user logged in. Schools and teachers are praising Engrade, and I think you will too.
Thanks to Dr. Robert Allen Moody (Doc) of Fort Hays State University for sharing your great work with us!