SpeedGeeking for the Interactive Classroom

Quick Links for SpeedGeeking Topics


QR Codes



Slides from Today’s Workshop


Learning Design for the Digital Age

SAMR Model 


SAMR App Wheel found on Edudemic

Resources to Support the SAMR Model from Kathy Schrock

SAMR + Google Apps for Education






Image created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/


New Bloom’s


Interactive Model of Learning Objects, New Bloom’s – from Iowa State University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Bloom’s Digital Technoogy Wheel  and Knowledge Dimension– interactive (must have Adobe FLASH)


More Instructional Design Resources

Models and Frameworks:  Connected Learning, Blended Learning and Flipped Learning

Learning Design Check-List:  Technology Integration for Student Engagement








Padlet is a collaborative, virtual wall that allows you brainstorm, share links, videos, images and more.  It’s a great tool for conversations, gathering collective wisdom, feedback, study guide information, exit slips, text studies and more.

donowDo Now:  Let’s Play!

1. Dig In the Dirt – Here is our KSDS Sandbox page.  Go play!  If you already know how to play on Padlet, go to #3-5 to make one of your own.

2. Sign Up – Sign up for a Padlet account if you do not already have one.  You may tie your Google account to Padlet, depending on if this account is dedicated to your professional work. (Note:  Always consider your professional digital footprint when signing up for new tools! Don’t forget to take note of your user name and password for you new Padlet account.)

3. Create a new Padlet – Here is a quick screencast showing you how


4. Organize Your Padlet
















5. Padlet Challenge – Add the following on your Padlet wall:

  • A new post with text
  • A post with a link to a favorite video from YouTube
  • A post with an image
  • If you are a Hebrew speaker, switch to Hebrew on your device and add a post in Ivrit.  Note:  The cursor will appear in the wrong spot, but it is feasible, even in editing!

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QR Codes


“Quick Response” Codes or QR Codes resemble a barcode that when scanned, take the user to a digital destination.  For instance, the QR Code above will take you to today’s activity, Hispaniola and the Caribbean Resources.


QR Readers:

Most QR Reader apps are free.  Just be aware that some of the free apps will redirect you to commercial sites (darn!).


Quick Scan for iPad



QR Code Generator  

goo.gl – Google URL Shortener – From the folks at Google, a URL shortener that also generate a QR Code for any link.  Click on the “details” link after you paste in your link and the shortened URL to access the QR Code.  What is even more interesting is that the “details” page will tell you how many times your link has been accessed and from what country location.


QR Codes in the Classroom — Resources & Ideas

-Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything:  QR Codes in the Classroom

-Edutopia:  Twelve Ideas for Teaching With QR Codes, by Andrew Miller

-Free Technology for Teachers:  Five Ways to Create and Use QR Codes in Your Classroom, by Richard Byrne

-BBC Active:  QR Codes in Education

-Your Smarticles:  QR Code Ideas and Resources, blog post by Mrs. Howard, 6th Grade Teacher in Grand Island, NY

-Edudemic: 2 Simple Ways to Use QR Codes in Education, by Frederic Skrzypek


donowDo Now:  We are going to rely on collective wisdom and create a collaborative document for the upcoming Learning Festival.  We will gather relevant online resources around the theme, Hispaniola and the Caribbean.


1. After you explore the above resources and take your QR Code Scanner on a test drive…

2. From the Internet, find ONE resource (web page, YouTube video) to share on our collaborative document, Hispaniola and the Caribbean Resources. (QR Code to the collaborative documents is posted next to the “DO NOW”.)

3. Copy the URL (web address) from the online resource you discovered.

4. Generate a QR Code:  Go to goo.gl – Google URL Shortener – and paste in your link.  Then, click on the “DETAILS” link on the same page to grab the QR Code.  Copy the QR Code and paste it into our document, Hispaniola and the Caribbean Resources.

**Screencast:  Here is a screencast modeling steps 2-4 above.


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VoiceThread is collaborative slideshow tool that allows you to upload your own images, comment on each slide by voice or video AND invite others to do the same.  You may control who can view and contribute to each slideshow and the media is embeddable on any web media interface.  Your creativity is your only limitation here!

Example:  Multiplying Positives and Negatives by Beth Goldstein, Algebra Teacher, Philadelphia, PA


Example:  “Shavuot Counting Book” From Jana Hopfinger’s 3rd Grade Class at Portland Jewish Academy, Portland, OR


More Examples of VoiceThread in Education

VoiceThread’s Digital Library – Explore this inspirational library of VoiceThreads, organized by content area.


donowDo Now:  Let’s Play!  

Below is our collaborative VoiceThread for today’s speedgeeking session.  Together, we will form an explanation of life without smartphones for the youth of today and into the future.  Put on your Digital Storytelling hats!  What stories do the images on the slides inspire?

Below this VoiceThread, please find a few tutorials and directions to help you. Don’t forget to sign in and SELCT YOUR AVATAR before you begin recording your thoughts on each slide. (Didn’t sign up for your VoiceThread account ahead of time?  Go here to do so!)


Life Before Smartphones:  An Explanation for today’s youth

Note:  This is the “new version” of VoiceThread, which is why the player looks a bit different than the examples above.  To select FULL SCREEN, click on the [ ] icon in the top right corner of the slideshow.


Select VoiceThread Identity:

Once you have an account, follow these steps for selecting your avatar:

1. Sign into VoiceThread:



2. Select Identity












Add Your Identity:























After your identity is selected, make a Comment:












More on Making a Comment:  Here is a screencast showing you how


More Tutorials from VoiceThread:

All About Identities (your avatar)

Creating a VoiceThread

Commenting on a VoiceThread

Doodling on a VoiceThread

Complete “How to” from VoiceThread


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