Email Searching

Where is that email message!!!!!

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If you sometimes have problems finding messages in your inbox, take a look at this quick tip video from Mike on searching your gmail box.
Watch this video https://youtu.be/mAvPvNFk8mE and then follow up with more details in this link, https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7190?hl=en
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MOOC for You

Let’s drop in to the middle of a MOOC!

A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course. There are a lot of different MOOCs out there, some better than others. This is a link to a one hour video from a MOOC centered around a book called “The Innovator’s Mindset”. During this one hour video, they talk to an innovative teacher/author of another book called “Ditch that Homework”. Whether you agree or disagree with her ideas around homework, this video also touches on so many concepts we have been discussing lately. They discuss student choice, quality feedback, the importance or reading, spreadsheets, and the 5 E’s education model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate).
If you find it interesting, it is one video of a group of videos in this MOOC all available on youtube.  https://youtu.be/zyanhqEzbIY

ISTE – Creative Communicator

ISTEposter-I-am-a-digital-age-learnerLast week we introduced you to the ISTE standards that Mike and I are using as a framework for our Tech Tuesday tips and discussions. This week, we want to dig into the Creative Communicator standard:

Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

What might that look like in your classroom? 

  • Flipgrid and Padlet can both be used to have students answering questions or sharing their ideas about a topic. Careful implementation can allow the class to hear from all voices, not just the students usually comfortable with speaking up to share.
  • Animoto, a video software, is currently used in 8th grade short story projects. Using Animoto gives students the ability to choose images, text and sound to discuss a short story. The time limit of the segments require them to make careful decisions about what to include to express themselves fully.

What Tech Tips might apply directly to this standard?

  • Students creating Little Bird Tales to share their knowledge
  • Many ways of using Google Slides that can include images, videos & graphs
  • Creating a website (Google Sites are very accessible to students used to working on the Google platform) to demonstrate knowledge (student portfolio, NHD projects)
  • Writing, recording and editing a podcast for National Poetry Month
  • Using LucidPress to create compelling fliers and posters

What would you add?

Welcome Back!

As we look forward to our year of learning and innovation, Mike and I will be working to share tech tips that will support your efforts. “Innovation” does not automatically entail the introduction or use of technology, but we hope you will consider exploring tools we share to help transform a project or unit in your class.

Many questions came up in our opening meetings about how to evaluate innovation, and we don’t have answers for you on that! However, we have been thinking about and looking for ways to help evaluate technology you might consider using. There are a number of standards-making organizations with a technology focus, but the newly released ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards seemed to mirror many of the 21st century skills discussed in meetings and found in our Core Competencies.

The standards outlined below (I am a Digital Age Learner) provide an interesting framework to decide what value the technology might add. For instance, how might the addition of a class Padlet help students enhance their skills as Global Collaborators or Creative Communicators?

What do you think of this vision of students and technology?

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These standards have evolved over time. Where do you think technology use is right now at Applewild? In your classroom?

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Faculty Spotlight: Karen Flanagan & Mike Grant

Teacher(s) name(s):Karen Flanagan and Mike Grant

Subject: 6th Grade Math

Specific topic being taught:  Decimal Math

Learning Goal: Students should learn the basic concepts of decimal arithmetic before coming to class.

Technology used: edpuzzle.com website

Description: We worked on an action research project investigating the use of the Flipped Classroom model. One aspect of the Flipped Classroom model is the use of videos for homework to introduce topics to students so they are ready to get right to work in the classroom. We used edpuzzle.com for this purpose. Edpuzzle allowed us to use pre-existing videos from YouTube, trim the start and stop times, and add questions throughout the video to make sure the students were paying attention. The software has a class management aspect that allowed us to see if students watched the videos, how many times they watched them, and how they answered the questions.

Pros: Can Check homework status before the students even get to class and see what questions they got wrong.

Frontloading students with basic instruction helped the class time go smoothly with less repeated instruction.

Cons: It does take some time find quality videos or make your own.

It can be tough to manage when students don’t do their homework and aren’t as well prepared. They may have to watch the videos during class and miss out on in-class work.

Would you use this technology tool again? Yes, maybe weekly rather than every night.

Is there anything you would do differently next time?

Make more time to find the videos and formulate the assessment questions.

Flipgrid.com

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Are you looking for a new way to assess your students, allow them to express themselves, and generate discussion? Take a look at flipgrid.com. It allows you to use simple video recordings to ask questions and collect answers. It is very popular among foreign language teachers.
Here is a quick video introducing Flipgrid! Let Mike and Molly know if you want to try it out!