Welcome to OTF Connects

BYOD to Support High-Yield Instructional Strategies


Ideally, participants will have a computer connected to WebEx for the OTF Connects and then have a mobile device that they can "play" with during the session. This is not necessary. There will be time to test or play with the tools discussed as we work through the session. You could use any mobile device, or another browser window on your computer to do this. Part of the discussion will include how the tools worked on different devices.

I can be reached at jcalder@scdsb.on.ca or on twitter as @jaccalder . Online I can be found at http://teachercalder.ca and at http://personalizinglearning.ca/

  1. Why?
  2. Devices, logistics
  3. Classroom Mechanics
  4. Descriptive Feedback
  5. Formative Assessment
  6. Accountable Talk
  7. Consolidation
  8. Learner Profiles
  9. Literacy
  10. Peer Feedback and Self-Assessment
  11. Student Conferencing
    • audio recording apps on variety of devices
    • Evernote
    • Google Forms (create a form to record notes from conferences)
  12. Differentiation/Personalization/Assistive:
    • iOS: Dragon Dictate or Siri
    • Voice Recorder apps (on Android, Sound Cloud on pretty much any device, Audioboo on any device)
    • Evernote speech-to-text for Android, Mac and works on iOS)
    • iPad Apps like Educreations (free) for explaining understanding using audio and writing on screen
    • Capturing screen of a laptop to explain something (perhaps while drawing using simple paint program): JING
    • Using voicethread to explain their thinking
    • Creating video as a product for demonstrating understanding (example: iMovie, Photo Story, etc. Ask the student)
    • Accessing video (like youtube) about concepts for visual learners
    • Accessing text-audio apps and tools to help auditory learners (in iOS devices set up under settings, general, accessibility).
  13. Differentiation of Instruction and Assessment
    • creating media with a wide variety of tools
    • accessing information (written, audio, video) using a wide variety of tools and assistive functions of each tool
    • organizing learning materials using a wide variety of tools
    • division of large collaborative projects into different student-chosen roles (division of content, creating different parts based on strengths)
  14. Tools for classroom organization
    • Dropbox.com for file sharing on all devices
    • an Evernote shared notebook for whole class with shared resources

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