Because I already regularly follow several librarians online, I decided I would actively seek out an ed tech blogger who could provide reviews of tech tools and/or websites for classroom use. For the purpose of this blog post, I explored Alice Keeler’s “Teacher Tech” blog (http://alicekeeler.com/2016/11/11/are-the-students-thinking/). I read the article entitled “Are the Students Thinking” where Keeler outlines her steps for engaging students in problem solving through a framework using Google Slides. Keeler is a Google certified teacher, and her blog invites teachers to explore the many sites, apps, and content-related tech tools available to educators looking to enhance their instruction.
This blog post cites research from Robert Kaplinsky and Jo Boaler who both explore the importance of deepening student understanding through engaging students in metacognition. Keeler’s Google Slides presentation is simply a modification of Kaplinsky’s research. This simple 5-slide presentation can be used in multiple subject areas and requires students to think about their thinking process.
While Keeler’s site is ranked #43 of the Teach 100 blogs, and it includes a variety of resources, it may better serve teachers who are working 1:1 with Chromebooks. Working in a 1:1 environment with MacBook Airs, there are unique software programs that can challenge students to create content that shows mastery of skills and knowledge that differ from what is available on Chromebooks or other Google programs.
The content on Keeler’s blog is vast, and would be highly useful for school librarians who are seeking to use Google products in the library: Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Pixlr. Teacher librarians can help students research, organize their sources, create presentations, and edit pictures with ease using advice and how-to information found on Keeler’s blog.
Until we meet again, remember the happiness there is to find in this world, especially on the pages of a book.
from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine
“Should a Happiness Machine, he wondered, be something you can carry in your pocket? Or, he went on, should it be something that carries you in its pocket? ’One thing I absolutely know,’ he said aloud. ‘It should be bright’” (Bradbury 63).