Technology Integration for Motivation and Engagement (TIME) posits that the consideration of student motives, needs, and values should be front and center in the decision-making process for the incorporation of digital tools into the learning process.

Coggle It!

Coggle is a really neat tool for graphic organizing, mind-mapping, or creating diagrams.

A user begins with a blank screen. By double-clicking anywhere on the screen, boxes come up that can be filled with text and/or an image. These boxes are then connected in a variety of ways to create a flowchart, mind-map, or virtually any diagram.

Coggle can address many Design Qualities including Novelty and Variety, Organization of Knowledge, and Clear & Compelling Product Standards. Here is a sample Coggle.

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Coggle gives users three free diagrams before requiring a move to paid status. We tested this by making and deleting over five diagrams. As long as the user keeps three or fewer diagrams in the dashboard, it can be used for free.

The platform is easy and intuitive to use. Everything needed to get going is in the video below.

To use Coggle, students or teachers will need to create an account with either their Google or Microsoft password. There is no independent user name - password function. Coggle states they do this to avoid security issues for them and their users. When you log in with Google, you are getting all the Google security measures you would get when you use your Google account.

A Coggle Introduction.

Flipgrid Away!

Flipgrid Away!

Allowing students the opportunity to express their knowledge verbally has always been a powerful motivator for some students. Creating opportunities for students to express themselves is important. Practically, the technique can be time consuming. Just imagine yourself watching thirty students stand and deliver. Consider a music teacher, who needs to listen to 60-70 students play a passage for assessment. Consider a trades or science teacher who wants a classroom of students to demonstrate safety techniques before working in the lab on a project. Consider an ELA teacher who would like to have students read a poem or prose passage dramatically.

Teachers can expand opportunities for verbal expression with a digital tool called Flipgrid. At its core, Flipgrid allows students to record video content responses on virtually any device. Chromebook and laptop users can rely on a built in video recorder. Tablet and phone users can record and post with iPads and phones.

Flipgrid is so much more than its core capability of gathering video responses. Entire lessons can be built into the grid with links and video resources. Student responses can be shared or kept private. Feedback from teachers or peers is easily created.

Microsoft bought Flipgrid recently, unlocked the previous paid professional features, and has given the entire platform to teachers and students - for free.

Multiple Design Qualities can be addressed through Flipgrid including Organization of Knowledge, Affirmation, Novelty & Variety, and Clear & Compelling Product Standards.

The following video is a great tutorial on using Flipgrid. We enjoyed viewing the video on a separate device (iPhone) as we built our first Flipgrid on a laptop.

Taylor-Made Learning

Taylor-Made Learning

Our blog today is contributed by guest blogger, Dr. Jim Arnold. Enjoy this great account of one districts determination to create community based accountability.

Book Creator for Chrome

Book Creator for Chrome

iPad users have long been familiar with the Book Creator app. With the proliferation of Chromebooks in schools, the app has now come to Chrome.

Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab is a wonderful introduction to digital music for young people.



Transformational Change: A how-to guide for educators

"Transformational change." It has a great ring to it, doesn’t it? While multiple definitions exist, they seem to share similar phrases, such as holisticprofound, and over time. Many feel that the process of transformational change needs to mirror what it seeks to create, which might lead us to this oft quoted remark, “We must be the change we want to see happen in the world.”

Unsplash Your Photos!

Unsplash is a photo repository where anyone can go and use any of the gorgeous photos you see for free.  Really! There are no gimmicks we can see.

Welcome to The Charge Blog

The Schlechty Center is proud to announce that the Engagement Connection, our blog site for the past two years, has moved to our new website and is now called The Charge Blog. You can access The Charge Blog from our home page by clicking the link in the upper right-hand corner.

Many of you access our blogs repeatedly because they provide a great place to study the correlation of digital tools with engagement. To accommodate this, we have moved ALL the blogs from the Engagement Connection into our new site.  You can still scroll through the old blogs for help with digital tools.

Thank you for following our blogs and you can look forward to many more in the years ahead.

The Engagement People