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Monday, October 09, 2017

Quick Popplet Walkthrough

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I made a fairly quick youtube video for you to use if you would like a walkthrough regarding how to use Popplet. It does not cover classroom applicatinos yet, but it is in there as a way to show you how to use the tool in general.   I hope this helps!   There will be more videos coming in the near future for Glogster, Padlet, and WolframAlpha.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Curated Historical Events

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Mrs. Williams shared this really neat website full of curated resources (videos, pictures, articles, artifacts, and links). Feel free to use it for more than just social studies though! It could be used to examine the effects of weathering, the impact of humanity on the planet/each other, writing in ELA, or other areas as you can discover new ways to integrate literacy and a questioning/insightful mind. Let's keep our students exploring new ways that they can be life-long learners.   https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/category/event   There...

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Writing Resources from CSRA RESA

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I wanted to inform you that CSRA RESA is creating a writing resource website. They have populated narratives and will continue to add to that genre as they develop more content. Later this month they will be adding arguments and then informational at another time. They will be adding new content all year long and continue to update the list of resources. They will eventually add lessons for CTAE, science, social studies, and math.   Visit the website here: http://www.writingcenter-csraresa.net/...

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

M. Drane's Choice for Choice

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  Mrs. Drane built choice into her Biology class by allowing students to choose their medium and organizational structure for their upcoming project.

G. Smith and her love for Padlet

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Mrs. G Smith's padlet used for the class reading of Farenheit 451 is linked below.    G. Smith's Padlet


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

M. Farris Reflection on Choice

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Mr. Farris has provided a reflection based on his experiences with building choice into one of his lessons.   "With the Ancient Civilizations virtual museum projects, I allowed students to choose the digital presentation format with which they were most comfortable.  I also provided students the option to create a traditional poster presentation if they found that format more exciting (Only 2 of 13 students choose that option)  Challenges:  A few students were limited...

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Watch the Eclipse with NASA

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Watch coverage of this monumental event on NASA's TV website! Find it here!   NASA TV


Friday, August 18, 2017

D. Lester Reflection on Choice

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I asked Ms. Lester to give a few words about her experience with building choice into a lesson and she provided me with this incredible reflection! "In 7th grade Social Studies, I designed a project that encompassed choice, citing textual evidence, technology and team building. I've always been into projects because they can combine multiple standards and if designed correctly can provide a true assessment of students' knowledge. Most of all projects illustrates student's practice with various...

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Making Comics

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Mrs. Williams shared this resource today in one of the PLC sessions. This resource is a fairly simple to use comic-strip maker. It uses Flash Player to run, so it will take a minute to load and does require you to allow Flash to run in your browser by clicking "allow" when the pop-up comes up. Play around and create to your heart's content! You can print the comics or save them to your computer. Enjoy!   Comics

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Anticipation Guides

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Students bring with them a myriad of ideas, opinions, and misconceptions about a variety of topics. One way to gauge their thinking is with the use of anticipation guides. Employing this metacognitive strategy allows you to informally assess prior knowledge while setting a purpose for learning; students will want to see if they were right. Anticipation guides can be used in any discipline at the beginning of a unit or a single lesson. Follow up by asking  students to write or explain...

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Hook, Line, and Sinker

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As content experts we often approach the beginning of a unit or lesson with a single focus in mind…the content. Although our content is incredibly important, students often arrive to class with a less than clear focus. Other classes, responsibilities, and oh yes, friends are probably competing for your students’ attention. It becomes easy, almost routine to zone out as the instructor launches into a new lesson. As such, it is important that we HOOK them in at the very beginning of...

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Office 365

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Office 365 is a vast online learning management system. At a very basic level, it is a place to access Word, Power Point, and Excel in an online platform. It also allows you to download the actual software, rather than just using the simplified web-client. Beyond that, you have access to OneNote, Sway, Forms, Delve, and other apps that allow you to create, collaborate, and expand your capabilities to learn and engage. More on that later... To activate your Office 365 account, login to Microsoft...

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Making Thinking Maps/Webs

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Popplet is an excellent and easy way to collaborate and brainstorm. It can be used for note-taking, brainstorming, planning, and more through the more advanced features (like linking to youtube, pictures, and other websites within the popplet). I've included a link to a picture of one as an example.

SAMR Learning Model

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If you are struggling to add technology to your teaching or don't know where to start, the SAMR model is for you. This is a way to look at how we bring technology into the classroom and how to make it more effective. For a brief overview, lok no further.  S- Substitution: Technology is changed out for something analog. Instead of paper and pencil, you use a computer to take notes. A- Augmentation: Take it a step further than substitution, by adding a functional improvement. Think using...

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Using Live-Streaming to Engage Students

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When students miss class, they miss content. A way to work around that is to use podcasts and live-streaming to engage students that miss class--as an added benefit, those that do come to class can use the materials as review. Podcasts can be made using a simple recording system and then uploaded to iTunes. Another method is to use YouTube to record your voice over a slide-show, video, or other media and have that video uploaded for your students to view. If you're feeling brave, you can record...

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Looking for online coordinate plane graphing tools?

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This resource is an excellent use of the coordinate plane and all the amazing things you can do with graphing in mathematics. Setting up an account is as easy as linking your Google account by signing in. Most of these applications are for high school, but they could be used in other grades as well. Explore Desmos!

High School Engagement Survey

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As part of our work with Schlechty, we are constantly assessing our levels of engagement in the classroom. Ginger Smith developed the following survey to assess the students in her classes. The form was developed on paper and then uploaded digitally for ease of access and to help with data collection and study. 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Engagement Inventory by Scott Arenal-Mullen on Scribd

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Elementary Engagement Survey

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As part of our work with Schlechty, we are constantly assessing our levels of engagement in the classroom. Ginger Smith developed the following survey to assess the students in her classes and it has been simplified for use by the elementary grades. The form was developed on paper and then uploaded digitally for ease of access and to help with data collection and study.   Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade

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Adobe Spark

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If you are looking for a way to present that is not that same old PowerPoint, Adobe Spark is for you! Adobe Spark is a web-based utility for creating all kinds of media. It comes with three ways to create: 1) Post: Post lets you upgrade photos by adding text, filters, effects, and more. There is a built-in Creative Commons Search! 2) Page: Page lets you create presentations, time-lines, and then some. Check it out. 3) Video: This is kind of self-explanatory,...

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Schlechty Unit Design Preparation

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Schlechty Unit Design Preparation During pre-planning we will continue our work with the Schlechty Design Qualities. This is really the heart our work with the program, as we will begin the exciting process of designing engaging work for students. As you reflect on the units that you taught last year or the units that you will teach this year, think about the units that were especially difficult for students or that you think will present difficulty for students. Is that unit critical for...

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