3 Interactive Resources from ICE 2015

I truly enjoyed my time at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference last week. It’s always great to have a chance to engage in real conversations with innovative educators, instead of exchanging ideas through tweets and emails! And of course, it’s fantastic to meet so many educators who are passionate about using technology as a tool for learning. 

I attended some really great sessions and I also facilitated some sessions, but I was truly re-enerergized by the conversations that happened along the way. These deep and extended conversations happen best when educators go outside the walls of their schools and gather together in person to share ideas. 

Of course, if you weren’t able to attend ICE15, there’s still a lot to be learned by exploring the wealth of resources that were created and published by those who presented. Here are 3 interactive resources I shared at #ICE15.

Digital Differentiation – General Conference Session

Explore the interactive slideshow from my general conference session. It is filled with tools and resources to help educators leverage the power of tech to differentiate instruction and it is totally powered by ThingLink_EDU.


ThingLink Interactive Science Image Slam 

View the archived webinar to share the winning images from the Science Creative Challenges and get inspired by the amazing educators that created them. The webinar was broadcast live from ICE on February 24th.

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Drive

During this workshop, participants worked their way through the interactive resource below to learn to get started with ThingLink and create interactive activities for students, powered by Google Drive. It was quite useful to add resources to the interactive resource as we went through each of the lessons, adding tags to provide answers to questions and more information. This session was so much fun, mostly because of the amazing educators who attended. What enthusiasm!

Explore this interactive image to find lesson plans, activities and examples.


Get More ICE Resources

Get presenter resources and shared notes from sessions on the Presenter Resources page of the ICE Conference Website. Follow @ICE_Il and use the hashtag  #ICE15.

Digital Differentiation – QR Codes on the iPad

Managing a classrooms full of students with 1:1 iPads presents the challenge of getting them on the same page, literally. Trying to manage differentiated groups requires a good tool for organizing resources. QR codes are one quick and easy solution.

 Use a QR scanner on your iPad to quickly jump to any website

Here is an example I created with informational text at three different reading levels. To use this with students, simply project the graphic to a screen, point a QR scanner app at the appropriately colored QR code, and watch the device jump right to the designated page.

Just think about how many ways you could use this in a 1:1 iPad classroom.

QR Code created with qrstuff.com

Explore – Wagon Wheel Project Toolkit

And now for a mouthful of EdTech…

I have been weaving together digital tools with the Common Core to design flexible student driven learning experiences that start out Above the Line, as defined by SAMR.

Good news! My digital toolkit is filled with great resources to tackle these design challenges. Do you have a digitalt toolkit of resources? Take a look at mine.

Essential Tools Used to Organize and Share this Project


Wagon Wheel Project Toolkit

Please explore this interactive image to learn more about each tool.


Digital Differentiation Webinar Series in July

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students. At the most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand, and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by essential questions and offer flexible learning paths, use of digital tools can break the learning barriers that exist in our classrooms. 

Please join me and Simple K12 for an afternoon of webinars that will highlight digital tools and resources to help teachers design learning experiences that effectively incorporate Digital Differentiation.

Learn more about each session on my Professional Development Blog or Sign up at Simple K12.

Digital Differentiation

This Digital Differentiation model is my original example of weaving a web of flexible tools together for teaching and learning. The model was designed in February, 2012. To keep the model relevant, it is frequently updated as new tools and trends emerge. 

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it’s most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation.

The goal is to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths.

Essential Questions: Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based  Essential Questions.  These questions should be open-ended to allow for flexible learning paths. Devise question by looking at the standards that determine what we teach.  Click on the tiny circles in the graphic for more information.

Flexible Learning Paths

Use digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths to meet their unique learning styles. Note: The image below is powered by Thinglink. Click on any smaller image to jump to the interactive version and find resources.

Instructional Shifts: Teacher Facilitated Learning Experiences

The role of the teacher shifts to facilitate student-driven learning experiences. This new role allows teachers to maximize instructional time because the classroom structure provides opportunities for frequent interaction with individual students for assessment, modification, reteaching and enrichment.