Showing posts from June, 2017

Mystery hangout and its impact on student engagement

Elizabeth Hutchinson, Head of Schools’ Library Service Guernsey recently ran a joint session with Angela Etheredge (St Anne’s School, Alderney) and Stony Evans (Library Media Specialist at Lakeside High School, Arkansas) on Mystery hangouts and its impact on student engagement during the British Isles Google Summit that was held at Les Beaucamps High School.

If you are interested in connecting your class with other students from another country, here’s a very detailed blog post on how they pulled off their first international mystery hangout plus insights from both students and teachers.

Android Apps on Chromebooks and How to Set Up in your Edu Domain

Android coming to Chromebook has been talked about for over a year now. It is now here and ready for you to use in your Edu Domain! It is in BETA mode but it is VERY FUNCTIONAL and if you have a compatible Chromebook (running Chrome 53 or later) you can configure your domain to put a 'PLAY' store of APPS available to your teachers and students.

In this blog post, Allison shows us the steps to setup Android in Admin Domain for Chromebooks. There’s also a bonus video showing you how the student experiences the Play Store, accessing and using apps.

Fostering Literacy Skills: Five Amazing Technology Solutions for Teachers

Literacy skills are the first set of abilities a new learner picks up when they first step into a classroom and having had little to no previous teaching sessions, acquiring them is arguably one of the most challenging experiences of a student's academic life. 
Without the right approach, however, teaching how to read and write can be just as taxing to a teacher, as learning the skills is to a young student. There's often too much to cover in very limited time. Moreover, despite kids at a young age having the natural instinct to learn, an ineffective teaching method can get boring pretty fast.

With the tools below, teachers can encourage their students to be active creators of content, rather than passive consumers of information. We're now well into the Digital Age, where kids are exposed to content through technology at an early stage. In fact, with texting, social media, gaming, surfing the web, and anything else they do with their little gadgets, our students read and…