During a Tuesday after school meeting, the following presentation ignited great conversations about saving, sharing and organizing Google Drive. We also discussed how to backup your work and pass work on to teachers who will follow in the position. Find more information on the Mac Backup & Returns.
The inchworm challenge was just one way the PD day encouraged teachers to think of ways to use the Makerspace resources in their classes. At the end of the day, teachers came to the library to learn more about LittleBits, Makey-Makey, Sphero and 3D printing. In addition to the emphasis on the Makerspace resources, we also focused on Information Literacy best practices. English and Spanish speaking teachers separated for discussions of and practice with in-text citations and the research stop resources.
Teachers also had the opportunity to choose two different break out sessions to attend in order to learn about other technology-related topics including Google Classroom, Design Thinking, Google Earth, and Flubaroo. High school students presented information about using Minecraft as a learning tool and provided teachers an opportunity to play using a math lesson world. You can find resources and links on the agenda for the day.
them just make your life easier, but others provide new opportunities for teaching and learning. Draftback, as shown in the post Creative Writing, allows you and your students to watch a video of the revision history for Google Documents. Students can use this tool to reflect on their writing process. Click on the documents in the folder above to learn about more Chrome Extensions and Managing Accounts.
Now that the data is in, ITAC members are planning professional development. The first step is to set a time and date that works for as many people interested in the topic as possible. Using Doodle, we can contact all of the people who expressed interest in a topic with three different possible times during and after school. People choose the time(s) that work for them and we use that information to schedule the workshop and then invite everyone else. Our first workshop about using Chrome extensions and managing multiple log ins will be held on March 4th from 10:15-10:45. Technology PD is also the featured topic at the upcoming Middle School PD day on March 11th.
Our students use Sektchup and Tinkercad programs to design their 3D objects for printing. These are both free design programs anyone can use. Here is the link to tutorials for Tinkercad. Speak with Nelson Taylor for more information about using 3D printing in your class.
There are many different reasons for including Google+ Hangouts in your teaching and learning. Hundreds of teachers and education specialists create Hangouts of presentations and professional development and share them for you to use when convenient. You can connect with classrooms around the world so students can communicate and collaborate with others from different cultures and languages. If students are out of class, you can record lectures or discussions to help them catch up quickly. Students can also collaborate with each other outside of school. There are so many great ways to use Google Hangouts and so many features, it is impossible to describe them all. Use the following resources to help you learn more.
Hangouts use your Google+ account, so you have to be sure to create your account. See the Google+ presentation from earlier this year to learn more. In addition to your Google+ account, you will need a YouTube channel if you want to archive your videos or use Hangouts on Air. Learn about creating a YouTube channel here. Google+ and YouTube accounts are limited to people ages 13 and up. Students under 13 can participate in a Hangout with their class using a teacher's account or they can watch archived YouTube Hangouts.
Starting a Hangout
From your Google+ page, click on the quotation marks to open the Hangouts sidebar. After you have participated in some Hangouts, a Hangout history will be displayed in this sidebar.
Click on New Hangout. Begin typing in the Google Apps address(es) of the individuals you wish to invite to the Hangout. As you type each address, the participant's picture will appear. Click the check box next to their name to add them to the list of invitees.
Joining a Hangout
If you have a Hangout organized with another class or a colleague, keep your Gmail or Google+ page open. A little pop up will notify you when the person is contacting you. Click on the Answer button or Join Video call button to connect.
Best Classroom Practices
When using Google Hangouts with the whole class, do not ask each student to connect with his/her personal device. Streaming video for a large number of students will create lags in the wireless network and will be very frustrating. Instead, set up one computer connected to a projector and speakers at the front of the room. Students may need to squeeze together to be visible to the other participants, but you will have better video and audio quality.
When your class is not speaking, mute the microphone on your computer (see image). It will make the audio quality of everyone's experience better. When a student from your class is finished speaking, make sure it is clear he or she is finished by saying "thank you" or asking a question directly to another participant. Assign leaders for each classroom to keep the discussion on track and help everyone participate.
For students older than 13 who have access to Google+ and Hangouts, discuss how this is a great tool for school. They can collaborate at home, share their screens to help each other solve technical problems, and socialize. Caution them that it can also be abused though. Bullying, hazing, and excluding others are not respectful ways to use Hangouts and will not be tolerated in or out of school. Connecting with strangers outside of the ASFG community can also be dangerous. Discuss strategies for staying safe with students who access Hangouts.
Join the Google+ Community Hangouts in Education to connect with classrooms worldwide, ask questions and receive expert advice from teachers using Hangouts.
The Google+ Community Mystery Hangouts for Schools is where teachers meet to organize Hangouts in which students must guess the others' location.
Hangouts on Air allow you to record a Hangout as a YouTube video and share it with specific people or the world.
Find more resources on the Lee's Summit School District Hangouts Guide for Teachers page.
Making the most out of Hangouts in education Edutopia article.
presentations are simple, clear and easy on the eyes. Since the 1980s, when presentation software became available, people have been making bad presentation. A presentation is not a word processing document! You do not need a lot of text. This method of presentation should clarify, simplify, and make it easier to identify the important information.
There are six elements of creating a great presentation. Design is the first element. Design is not decoration. Design is thinking about the audience, what you want to express, how much time there is to present, and how to organize your information to present a story. Story is the second element. We are programmed to listen to stories. Translate your information into a story that people can understand and engage with. Include personal experience.
Symphony is the third element. How do your images and text work together to tell your story? People will listen to your message without having a lot of text to read. You should have no more than six words per slide. Focus only on the BIG PICTURE on every page. One picture can convey more information than a large block of text, and people will be more engaged. The fourth elements is empathy; put yourself in your audience’s shoes. They are not experts on your subject so think about how to design your presentation for everyone to understand. The fifth element is games or fun. Include fun and interaction in the presentation. Ask audience members to interact and discuss. Design moments for feedback and interaction into the presentation.
Significance is the sixth element. Stay focused on your message. Use note cards to help you avoid digressions and emphasize important points. If you are not sure about what you are saying or why, you will lose your audience. As teachers we can model these practices and encourage students to move toward presentation zen. Discuss these strategies and elements with students in order to help them develop better, more coherent presentations.
Pseudocode is an informal but detailed description of the aspects of a program or algorithm. It often uses flowcharts as a visual aid, but is intended for humans to read rather than computers. Throughout the session we learned some of the C++ language and discussed the benefits of learning to code at any age. "Life is about solving problems," our host Fernando Guzman said. Learning to code helps us learn to solve those problems.
The Hour of Code is here. On December 2nd we had an after school training session preparing to celebrate Computer Science Education Week with millions of other schools. From unplugged lessons about binary to advanced coding languages, there are a lot of Hour of Code activities. I created the following flowchart to help teachers determine which activities are best for their class.
Wondering how to introduce computer science to children or why this is an important subject? Check out this document for answers to these questions and more. In addition to better understanding the world around them, coding also helps students improve problem-solving skills, persistence and logical thinking. Consider including an Hour of Code in your classroom.
Simple tips for enhancing your Twitter experience and to grow you PLC
Tip 1 - Follow everyone that works with you. Find them by:
Tip 2 - Review the ‘LISTS’ that people created to find more like minded people
Tip 3 - Who to follow to build your PLC?
Tip 4 - Use and follow #hashtags and/or join a chat
Tip 5 - Privacy
Tip 6 - Use an app like Twitterific or Tweetdeck to view #hashtag tweets and or a CHAT in one timeline
SOME # TO FOLLOW:
General education: #teaching, #teachers, #learning, #k12, #PLN, #edreform, #commoncore, #ccss, #teacherproblems, #edcamp, #globaled
#mexedchat - Monday nights @ 8pm
Educational technology: #edtech, #elearning, #edapp (or #edapps), #byod, #blendinglearning, #ipaded, #1to1
Content or grade-level specific:
Literacy: #kidlit, #literacy, #readaloud
Math: #math, #mathed
Science: #scied, #STEM, #NGSS, #scienceteacher
Social studies: #socialstudies, #historyteacher
Arts: #artsed, #musiced
Early childhood: #earlyed, #preschool, #ece
ESL: #esl, #ell (or #ells)
Special education: #sped, #specialneeds, #autism, #dyslexia
Physical education: #PEgeeks
Other hashtags to note:
#comments4kids: Denotes when teachers want others to comment on students’ blog posts.
#flipclass: The latest and greatest ideas about flipped learning
WHO TO FOLLOW:
Companies and Organizations:
@ScholasticTeach: Scholastic’s official account for teachers
@IRAToday: Literacy ideas for all educators
@NCTE: Teaching tips for English teachers
@NCTM: All things math education
@NSTA: Ideas and opportunities in science education
@ASCD: Professional development and educational leadership resources
@NAEYC: News and tweets about early childhood education
@educationweek and @EdWeekTeacher: The latest education news
@edutopia: Inspiration for K–12 educators
@TeachingChannel: Online community of K–12 teachers
@Edudemic: Education and technology
@MindShiftKQED: Trends in education
@cybraryman1: Jerry Blumengarten, co-moderator of #edchat
@MrSchuReads: John Schumacher, teacher-librarian and cohost of #SharpSchu monthly book club with Colby Sharp (@colbysharp)
@donalynbooks: Donalyn Miller, a.k.a. The Book Whisperer, and a facilitator of #nerdybookclub
@pernilleripp: Pernille Ripp, middle school teacher and creator of Global Read Aloud
@coolcatteacher: Vicki Davis, blogger, teacher, and IT director
@web20classroom: Steven W. Anderson, instructional technology expert and #edchat cocreator
@pamallyn: Pam Allyn, literacy expert and founding director of LitWorld and LitLife
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