Brent Thrasher

Brent Thrasher

Brent Thrasher is an educational technologist and a mathematics instructor located in Tennessee. “I love helping students and other teaching professionals utilize technology in new and engaging ways. I hope that my work will better prepare my students to thrive in a technology-driven world, and that my students learn that technology’s greatest power is facilitating learning. I try to grow by learning about new technologies, and explore how they can be implemented into education.”

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Getting Started with Microsoft Forms

If you haven’t’ looked at Microsoft Forms lately, you really need to check it out.  Microsoft has add a lot of new features and optimization to make forms one of the best free assessment tools a teacher can use.  Forms is super easy to get started using, especially if you have used Google Forms.  In fact, the layout makes you feel right at home if you are a Google forms user.  Now you might ask, “Why would i use Microsoft forms instead of Google forms?”  That’s actually a pretty good question. … Visit the author's original post

How to Start Building Your OER Notebook

Recently, I wrote about getting started in open educational resources (OER).  In that post I talked about how OneNote made the most sense for storing and organizing the OER content.  OneNote allowed myself and a few other teachers in my district to work together on the project.  I thought it would be a good follow-up post to talk about what that process looks like and give some of my reasoning behind the methods I chose.

Find the Content

Let’s start with just getting the OER content. … Visit the author's original post

How to Start Building Your OER Notebook

Recently, I wrote about getting started in open educational resources (OER).  In that post I talked about how OneNote made the most sense for storing and organizing the OER content.  OneNote allowed myself and a few other teachers in my district to work together on the project.  I thought it would be a good follow-up post to talk about what that process looks like and give some of my reasoning behind the methods I chose.

Find the Content

Let’s start with just getting the OER content. … Visit the author's original post

Quickly Share Student Work with OneNote

Most teachers understand the power in showcasing student work to the whole class. Showcasing student work provides learning opportunities that are meaningful to the students, and it can instill pride because it displays the students’ efforts. Many times students can produce better examples that just make sense to the whole class, rather than the teacher artificially creating examples and non-examples.

The challenge to leveraging student work for whole-class discussion has always been visibility.  How can the student work, which is usually done on a small dry-erase board or notebook paper, be shared in a way that is visible to the entire classroom?… Visit the author's original post

Quickly Share Student Work with OneNote

Most teachers understand the power in showcasing student work to the whole class. Showcasing student work provides learning opportunities that are meaningful to the students, and it can instill pride because it displays the students’ efforts. Many times students can produce better examples that just make sense to the whole class, rather than the teacher artificially creating examples and non-examples.

The challenge to leveraging student work for whole-class discussion has always been visibility.  How can the student work, which is usually done on a small dry-erase board or notebook paper, be shared in a way that is visible to the entire classroom?… Visit the author's original post

Imagining Windows 10, Surface Hub, and HoloLense in the Classroom

I couldn’t help but notice all the news surrounding Microsoft and their big announcements today. Today they revealed the latest features for Windows 10 and two new pieces of hardware – Surface Hub, and HoloLens. The more I read the more I was curious, so I ended up watching the keynote online. As I watched, I kept saying to myself, “Wow that would be great in education.” Of course it will be a little while before I can my hands on these cool gadgets, but in the meantime we can imagine all the cool things these tools could allow in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Imagining Windows 10, Surface Hub, and HoloLense in the Classroom

I couldn’t help but notice all the news surrounding Microsoft and their big announcements today. Today they revealed the latest features for Windows 10 and two new pieces of hardware – Surface Hub, and HoloLens. The more I read the more I was curious, so I ended up watching the keynote online. As I watched, I kept saying to myself, “Wow that would be great in education.” Of course it will be a little while before I can my hands on these cool gadgets, but in the meantime we can imagine all the cool things these tools could allow in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Why Sway?

SWAY

Recently a new web app was released called Sway that allows users to share a story, present information, or share an experience. Of course, as a classroom teacher you might think, well there is a lot of apps already out there that already do a great job at these things. I would say you are right, so why Sway? Why should anyone bother learning a new app, figure out a new user interface and above all that spend time teaching it to their students?  … Visit the author's original post