In this issue: the current flu season, resource compilations for projects to get away from direct instruction, creating a culture of inquiry, and using a classroom climate survey to gauge social-emotional learning in any classroom.
It’s been a while, but I made a thing! This is a menu of technology tools that students can use to create digital products. All of these items have free options, if not being entirely free to use. If you click on the image or link, you’ll be taken to an interactive ThingLink version of the Mindmup that I created below. Add some student voice and choice to your projects by sharing this with them! If you need further ideas on how to curate these items for your own portfolio, refer to this post!
Sometimes things on the Internet change society…
Take the Rick Roll for example (or just Rick Astley, in general):
The following Internet-based things (in no particular order) have changed my life as a teacher. Maybe they’ll do the same for you.
- Hotkeys that open the most recently closed tab in Chrome
- Google Docs Explore Tool, formerly known as the Research Tool
- Canvas SpeedGrader
- YouTube videos at 1.5x speed
(so keep reading!)
My district takes mentoring new teachers seriously. Mentors must go through a multi-day workshop and continuing education to stay updated on strategies and initiatives that are valued by the district. We also meet in larger groups to learn more practical knowledge for managing the day-to-day struggles of a new teacher. This is my contribution for teachers that are a bit stressed about our evaluation process.
This infographic shares strategies for teachers seeking to maintain artifacts
In Year 3, Day 3 of Teacher Leader Corps, my colleagues and I created this flipped version of our most recently delivered professional development session on growth mindset.
I love Adobe Voice. I even use it for my holiday video and sent a video poem to my father for his birthday. It’s extremely user friendly and students can create good products quickly.
Today at PD, I created a student-driven technology lesson for introducing new vocabulary in my academic chemistry class. As a preface: PechaKucha is a presentation format the includes 20 slides, presented for 20 seconds each (for a total of just under 7 minutes).
Make ONE slide related to your term with the following info.
- Provide TWO definitions that you found
- Rewrite them into ONE definition in your own words
- include any variables, units, or formulas that apply
- include one image to illustrate your word
- it should take up most of the slide
- Be able to explain your word for/in 20 seconds
Technology Integration Matrix Review: This lesson falls under adaptation in all categories. I’m okay with that considering I am working towards more technology integration for that group of students.
Twitter, like all social media platforms, is what you make of it. It can be used for good, evil, or become the proverbial black hole for your time. Through its use, I’ve connected with educators outside of my school building that have become invaluable members of my professional learning network/community/team/whatever. I like to call them my virtual friends (and I get teased about that on a regular basis). I also use it to interact with my students and parents by sending out reminders, updates, etc. from another account dedicated to my classes.
In a recent professional development, participants were encouraged to use an honor-system badging spreadsheet to create a fun, interactive, gamified aspect to the PD. They completed “quests” to earn experience points (XPs) and “level up” as participants. I thought it was fun since I started toying with gamification in my classroom last year. One of the ways that participants could earn XPs was to tweet about their experiences throughout the week and use a hashtag for the particular event. However, there were a few teachers who were unfamiliar with Twitter and were not able to level up as much in the gamified part of the PD as compared to those who are Twitter pros.
So I wrote this post as a quick how-to guide for them. I assume that anyone working through these tweets has already created an account, so make sure you do that first!
Go ahead and Follow someone too…
- Twitter will automatically suggest some people to you from your contacts
- You can also search for someone by real name or user name at the top of the screen
- If you’re stuck, type in @AWTeachesSci in the search field and follow me!
Secondly, look at the graphic below to understand the surprising amount of info contained in a Twitter post (called a tweet).
Now you’re ready to dive into ten quick tweets!