The OPSRC Tech Team has created 30-45 minute Tech Talks on different technology tools teachers and students can use in the classroom. You can join these Tech Talks live or view the archived sessions below. We are providing new talks via Zoom regularly on Tuesdays (30-minutes) around lunch time and on Thursdays (45-minutes) after school.
Here are the future Tech Talks we have scheduled:
Upcoming Tech Talks
Communicating and interpreting visual language is an invaluable skill that complements and can be more efficient than text-based learning. Well designed images can be used to make connections, tell a story, or illustrate abstract ideas. There are many technology tools that can make producing, editing, and sharing graphics easy and accessible.
Adobe Creative Cloud Express
Adobe Creative Cloud Express is a suite of tools with a free account formerly known collectively as Adobe Spark. This session focuses on the updates to the graphic, website, and video creation tool. The new features include quick editing actions, image effects, and access to Adobe Stock Photos and Fonts.
Canva is a multi-purpose graphic design platform with a free account. Start designing with useful infographics, logos, and social media image templates. Promote design thinking with photo effects, simple formatting tools, and drag-and-drop editing.
Pixlr X is a browser-based, image editing tool with a free account. Produce high quality photos using layers, graphics, and adjustments. Export jpgs, pngs, or social media products such as Instagram stories, YouTube thumbnails, and Twitter covers.
Visme is a visual content platform with a free account. Start a project to develop printables, graphs, or graphics then assemble them together in a combined graphic or presentation. Each product comes with filters, frames, and editing tools to produce high-quality and shareable content.
Check back later for future Tech Talks.
If you have suggestions for edtech tools you would like us to cover:
Archived Tech Talks
How to make the most of these lessons:
One recommendation on how to make use of these short lessons on different technology tools:
Step 1: Download the slides.
Step 2: Watch the 30-45 minute video and make notes on the slides. Pause the video any time you want to apply what you have learned with the tool.
Step 3: Contact us anytime you have questions or need help. You can reach the OPSRC Tech Team at email@example.com
Step 4: If you would like a follow-up training session, contact us
and we can schedule something either virtual or in-person.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) created their first technology integration standards in 1998. According to ISTE, the ISTE standards "have been used, researched and updated to continuously reflect the latest research-based best practices" and have been adopted in all 50 US states and several other countries. Much like content standards, the ISTE Standards provide informative, clear, and measurable targets for technology skills, knowledge, and attitudes. The standards are grouped by target audience, and each one is accompanied by descriptions and examples.
ISTE Standards for Students
October 7, 2021
ISTE Standards for Educators
November 4, 2021
ISTE Standards for Education Leaders
November 11, 2021
Tech Integration Models
Several models to guide the use of technology in the classroom have been developed over the years:
The SAMR Model was created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura in 2010 and considers four levels of technology integration in the order from least to most sophisticated: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. This model focuses on analyzing and encouraging deeper levels of student led and engaged activities.
The TPACK Framework was created by Punya Mishra and Matthew J. Koehler in 2006 and considers three areas of Knowledge needed for high-impact technology integration: Technological, Pedagogical, And Content. This model focuses on analyzing and blending the three knowledge domains and prioritizes selecting appropriate technology tools to support content and pedagogical needs.
The Technology Integration Matrix (or TIM) was created by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) in 2005. This framework examines the intersection of five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments (i.e. active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal-directed) with five levels of technology integration (i.e. entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation).
September 16, 2021
September 21, 2021
Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)
September 28, 2021
Individual Tech Tools
These individual tools can be used with any of the tech integration models listed above to meet ISTE Standards for Students in the classroom. If you have a suggestion for a tool that you would like us to cover in a future Tech Talk, use the "Suggest" button above to send us a note.
Adobe Spark Post
February 4, 2021
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Adobe Spark Video
March 11, 2021
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Adobe Spark Page
April 15, 2021
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Google Slides 2
July 29, 2021
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December 2, 2021
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December 16, 2021
Adobe Creative Cloud Express
January 18, 2022