EdTech Weekly News Roundup - April 17, 2015

news image

Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.

"Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out" – Edutopia

To really prepare and transform your school for 21st century learning, this article suggests you start with teachers and first identify the type of teacher they are: teacher-researchers, design-thinkers, teacher changemakers, or teacherpreneurs. Once you identify that, you can help encourage the growth they need to reimagine learning.

"Innovation Leadership in Schools" – Getting Smart

If you could describe an ideal innovative school leader, what would that description look like? Lindsey Own, a science teacher in Washington, culled, reviewed, and analyzed all of the ideas from conversations and presentations she'd been a part of, and came up with a description for an "Innovation Learning Strategist". Lots of thought and research went into this one – check it out and see what you think.

"8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD" – Edutopia

Here are eight practical tips from a very trusted source, Vicki "Cool Cat Teacher” Davis, educator and blogger. She starts off by noting how important it is to model what you’re teaching...like don’t teach collaborative learning by giving a lecture about it!

"How Do You Score on This Blended Learning Checklist" – edSurge

Many schools are thinking about going blended, but when is it the right time? This handy checklist can be a great way to make sure you’re covering all the bases, and some of the questions can be used as great conversation starters with your colleagues. It was put together by Mary Jo Madda from edSurge and some current and former educators.

"Kindergarteners Who Share iPads May Perform Better: Study" – TIME

Most schools that invest in devices for early elementary students tend to purchase tablets. However, a recent study says maybe you shouldn’t go 1:1 with tablets, but rather have students ”share them” and you may see better results.

Subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with other news and stories like this from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now

App of the Week: Padlet

app of the week image

In this weekly blog, our own Emily Jeanes gives readers the lowdown on web apps that educators can use inside Haiku Learning. Emily is the very first Haiku Learning Sales Engineer. Edtech ninja, sci-fi writer, and proud transfer from our award-winning Client Services team, she brings with her a passion for researching, playing with and integrating awesome educational tools into Haiku Learning. Like Haiku Learning, she likes to think she plays well with others.

What is Padlet?

From their site: "Welcome to the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world." Padlet is a posting wall, almost like a digital corkboard. Post text, links, multimedia, and more. Drag and drop, collaborate, share, build your theme, and embed your wall. Check out their gallery for great example Padlets.

In Haiku: Padlet enables students to collaborate and add content in real time, right in the embedded wall, which can be resized to fit in almost any block. SSL by default, Padlet walls are quick to create and look great in Haiku Learning. They would be great as an additional level of awesome in a WikiProject, too.

Quick Facts

A Padlet embedded into Haiku Learning
Here's an embedded Padlet in Haiku Learning. Credit: Padlet

How do I get the embed code?

From within any Padlet, select the Share/Export button in the right-hand side panel, then copy the embed code from under the EMBED option. And that's it!

The embed screen in Padlet

Why should I try it?

Padlet has been a popular item in our Embed the Web library since it was called Wall Wisher a few years ago! Pretty much a blank slate, we love the diversity of things that Padlet could be used for:

  • formal presentations,
  • bell-ringers (like a Word of the Day activity),
  • timelines,
  • design-based multimedia projects,
  • collaborative brain-storming sessions,
  • timelines, and more!

With custom design, privacy, and layout options, Padlet has just enough options to say simple and uncluttered. They are even targeting educators with their new Padlet Backback. This embeddable tool inspires and inhibits syncronous creativity, without getting in the way. And for that, we think Padlet is pretty awesome.

For Haiku Learning customers: Are you already using Padlet in your class? Share how you're using it in our Community Forum!

Don't miss Emily's next app review! Subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with all the latest from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now

Question of the Week: Do You Have a Tips or Best Practices Guide for Using Haiku Learning?

news image

Yes! Whether you’re new to Haiku Learning or an expert looking to learn more, we have a new resource available for you.

Our lead trainer Jane Filbert, our Community Advisor Jbid Kissel, and our Sales Engineer Emily Jeanes recently collaborated to create a class in our platform called "How to Use Haiku Learning for Teachers”.

"We originally created it as a guide for new schools, to give them another go-to resource for teachers on how to get started in Haiku Learning,” said Jbid. “School Edition customers can use it as an internal training resource and those using our Teacher Edition can use it to train themselves."

However, experienced Haiku Learning users can also use the guide for when they’re ready to take a deeper dive into the platform because it covers more advanced features as well as the basics.

“Our community was really asking for something like this,” said Jane. “And using our platform to deliver the information just seemed perfect.”

Are you new to Haiku Learning?

Get “how-to” help on everyday basics like using the Portal, creating a Class, and adding Pages and Content Blocks.

How to Use Haiku Learning for Teachers class screenshot of orientation

Are you savvy to Haiku Learning?

Enhance your class with WikiProjects, Discussions, and Polls. Increase student engagement by adding one of our 150 Embed the Web tools and LTI Activities. This class will surely inspire you to do even more, and you'll find tips and tricks, too!

How to Use Haiku Learning for Teachers class screenshot of activities

Examples, examples, examples!

Whether you're a novice or an expert (or something in between), we know teachers love examples, so you'll see screenshots and slideshows, and a link to a public Haiku Learning English Class.

There’s something for everyone here. Check out the class now.

For Haiku Learning customers: Any tips you’d like to share with your colleagues who are getting started with Haiku Learning or interested in doing a deeper dive into the platform? Share them with us in our Community Forum!

Be sure to subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with other news and stories like this from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now

App of the Week: Cattura

app of the week image

In this weekly blog, our own Emily Jeanes gives readers the lowdown on web apps that educators can use inside Haiku Learning. Emily is the very first Haiku Learning Sales Engineer. Edtech ninja, sci-fi writer, and proud transfer from our award-winning Client Services team, she brings with her a passion for researching, playing with and integrating awesome educational tools into Haiku Learning. Like Haiku Learning, she likes to think she plays well with others.

What is the Cattura Learning Engine?

From their site: "The Learning Engine is a powerful video platform for educators to easily capture, manage, publish, share, and engage students with rich interactive educational videos."

Quick Facts!

  • Integration Type: LTI
  • Website: https://www.catturavideo.com/
  • Price: Trial available
  • Account required: Yes
  • How to contact: info@catturavideo.com

What does it look like in Haiku Learning?

The Cattura Learning Engine creates a new dashboard the very first time you add an Activity to a given class. Rather than creating multiple Activities throughout your class, this may be one instance where you may want to add a separate Page or spot on an Introductory Page, where students will always go to access Cattura in your class. I'd recommend the embed option, and a big ol' column, if you can!

Adding a note to Cattura
Here's an embedded Cattura dashboard in Haiku Learning using a wide left column. Credit: Cattura

Once the Activity is created, you can start creating collections, adding videos from Youtube and Vimeo, and adding notes.

Students will only see the videos you have marked as "Published," giving you granular control over what they have access to, and a way to release videos to them at specific dates and times, as needed.

Overall, Cattura embraces LTI to the fullest: It has a beautiful, responsive design, as well as the ability to launch screen capture, add notes, and edit videos without ever leaving LTI in Haiku Learning.

Why should I try it?

The more I dig into the Cattura Learning Engine, the more I find that elevates it above just another video repository. They've got all of the great things about LTI down: SSO (and not just with Haiku Learning, but with Google, Youtube and Vimeo), responsive design, and the ability for content to be embedded and displayed alongside all of the other great stuff in your class.

It's easy to import and organize videos from anywhere you've got them, or create new screen captures on the spot. Chunk your videos up into chapters, or add your own custom notes throughout to reference upcoming items like quizzes or talking points.

Cattura embedded in Haiku Learning
Here's me adding a note to a video in my Cattura dashboard. Credit: Cattura

I can see teachers who use Haiku Learning adding a note with a link to a Discussion, a Poll, or even an Assessment at a specific point. All of those, along with the transcript of the video, are searchable by students.

Searching transcript of a Cattura video
Searching the transcript of a Cattura video. Credit: Cattura

We've said it before, and I'll say it again. We love tools that play well with others. We love collaboration and the dynamic tools that take content from consumable to actionable. And for that, I think Cattura is pretty awesome!

For Haiku Learning customers: Are you already using Cattura in your class? Share how you're using it in our Community Forum!

Don't miss Emily's next app review! Subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with all the latest from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now

Question of the Week: Can I Use Badges in Haiku Learning?

news image

Yes! Awarding a student a badge is a fantastic way to recognize educational and social achievements for students.

And, if you're using Haiku Learning for PD with teachers, it's a great way to recognize teachers who have mastered new skills.

What kinds of badges can I award?

With Haiku Learning, you have three choices when it comes to using badges:

  1. Use a Haiku Learning badge (see list of badges below).
  2. Create your own badge by adding your own images and text.
  3. Create your own badge using your Credly account.

Where – and how – do I award a badge?

You can award a badge anywhere in Haiku Learning where you see a student avatar, such as Discussions, Assignments, Dropbox, Gradebook, Roster, and more.

How to award a badge in Haiku Learning

Just click a student's avatar (the image next to their name), then click Award Badge. A drop down will appear with all the badges you have added or created for your class.

How can I personalize the badge?

You can add a testimonial to the badge so the student clearly understands what he or she accomplished to get the badge. And, if you’d like, you can attach evidence of why they received the badge, such as a great piece of work they did.

The Haiku Learning badges
These are the Haiku Learning badges, but you can also create your own or create one using Credly.

As you can see, it's a simple, easy way to reward achievement or mastery in a more tangible way, serve as a motivational tool, or inject some gameifying aspects into your class.

More information on badges in Haiku Learning

If you'd like more information on doing any or all of above, read these Knowledgebase articles:

For Haiku Learning customers: We’d love to learn more about how you’re using badges in your classrooms. Please share with us via our Community Forum and maybe we’ll use it in a follow up blog post on how Haiku Learning teachers are using badges!

NOTE: If you’re using the School Edition and do not see the Badges option for your classes, ask your Domain Administrator if they can turn badging on for your school.

Be sure to subscribe to the Haiku Learning blog to keep up with other news and stories like this from Haiku Learning.

Subscribe Now