Creating Business Connections

I am so lucky to live and teach in Raleigh, NC.  We have so many large corporations and small businesses that work in STEM-related fields. RTP is a proverbial plethora of industry experiences. I have had the fortune to conduct a two-week externship as well as four day-long immersion experiences in our community. An important aspect of maintaining business relationships is making sure that they are aware of the impact that they have had. This was a video I made to try to explain and thank BASF for the two-week experience.

BASF Thank You Video

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An Anticlimactic End

My tenure in the Wagiphyke County Teacher Leader Corps comes to an end today. Three years and 15 workshops later, we are ending with reflecting on our experience. I’ve actually really enjoyed my time in TLC. It has not always been quite what was presented, but I always leave the workshops feeling energized and with new ideas for my classroom just because I get to interact with other enthusiastic educators. I have learned many new things and lots of new tech tools, most of those are documented here on this blog. I don’t know that we were ever able to really implement Dr. Wirt’s original vision, but being a part of this 680-teacher cohort has provided me with more leadership opportunities in my school and in the county. I am glad that I volunteered for this opportunity, if only because I got to work closely with two colleagues at my school that made our training days more enjoyable. It’s going to be weird not having these workshops anymore, but I will be replacing them with the same number of STEM coordinator meetings instead!

Flipped PD on Growth Mindset

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.

Growth Mindset Adobe Voice video

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.

Vocabulary PechaKucha!

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).

Blank Student Template:

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.

Ten Tweets to Learn Twitter

TwitterTwitter, 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).

TweetAnatomy

Anatomy of a Tweet

Now you’re ready to dive into ten quick tweets!

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