Joe and Kristin Merrill, the InterACTIVE Class, Apple Clips, Buncee, Seesaw, BookCreator and Flipgrid!

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  • Today’s Guest: Joe & Kristin Merrill
    • Kristin and Joe share a passion for infusing EdTech into their Fourth and First Grade classrooms. Even though they teach different grades, they share one common goal: learning needs to be interactive. The Merrills put a new spin on traditional strategies and implementing technology to meet the needs of students.
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  • Educational Duct Tape Question: What are some specific tech tools that educators can use to make their classroom interactive?
    • “Interactive Learning is learning that is responsive and relevant, that engages students.”
    • Responsive, not Reactive
      • Here’s a summary from this article: “Responsiveness implies thoughtful action that considers long and short term outcome in the context of the situation at hand. Reactive behavior is immediate and without conscious thought, like a knee jerk response. Reactive behavior is often driven by the emotions.”
    • Flipgrid -
    • Seesaw -
      • Making sure parents are connected
      • Analog activities can easily be shared via Seesaw
      • Changes the question of “what did you do today?” to “how did you do it?”
    • Buncee -
      • Can share out directly from Buncee or through something like Seesaw
      • Can add a range of content (GIFs, maps, 360 images, drawing tools, record video within, assessment questions, etc.)
      • Share out as pdf or link
      • Microsoft Immersive Reader built-in
      • Can assign Buncees and have kids submit
      • Can ask questions or build assessments within slides, kind of like Nearpod or Pear Deck
      • Combines Google Slides-like creation features along with NearPod/Pear Deck like assessment features
      • Ideas Lab
      • OneNote integration allows teacher to keep all Buncees in one location
    • BookCreator -
      • The ability to share out (to parents, etc.) from the tool is important
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