At the faculty meeting on Monday, Mike mentioned the option of using Google Classroom as a collaboration tool for each Core Competency group to use. Although designed for more of a teacher/student model, it can be adapted easily for the type of resource gathering, discussion and sharing we will be doing. Why try it?
- Provides a central location for people to have ongoing discussions (without big, long email chains)
- Fully integrates with our Google Drive documents
- Can be easily shared with faculty in other groups as it makes sense
We wanted to give you a quick introduction to Classroom and invite you to explore this tool. Here are two options for learning more:
- The first 3:30 minutes of this video can give you a very quick introduction to Classroom. The rest of the video is helpful only if you are interested in launching Classroom for your students.
- If you want to see a Google Classroom in action, please feel free to explore the Google Classroom Tutorial we created. To access it:
1. Make sure you are logged into your Applewild Google account
2. Go to classroom.google.com
3. To join a Classroom, find and click the “+” sign toward the top right of your screen
4. Enter the Class code: vxvmcj
As always, Mike and Molly are both here to help you explore this resource.
Things look a little different for teachers setting up their grade books on RenWeb this year.
For those who don’t want to spend quality time with Mike learning how to use the new Gradebook in RenWeb, here is a link to a 10 minute video (https://youtu.be/LmTcmxkccLI) explaining how to get setup.
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.
Wish there was an easy way to search for short NPR segments to use in class? It turns out, there is a program for that – Listenwise! The founder of Listenwise is Monica Brady-Myeroff (25-year public radio journalist at WBUR) and she started this company to help make it easy for teachers to use NPR materials in middle and high school classrooms.
I will be talking to a sales representative regarding the cost of the premium version. It would be very helpful for me to hear your impressions of the resource and whether or not you might use it in the future.
Here is just a teaser of some of the segments available:
“Listenwise is an award-winning listening skills platform. We harness the power of listening to advance literacy and learning in all students. Our collection of podcasts and public radio keeps teaching connected to the real world and builds student listening skills at the same time.”
Why try this?
- Good listeners become good readers. Improve listening comprehension skills.
- The power of current events to start discussions about topics being studied
- Real voices for real issues
- In addition to larger collection, daily current events and questions
How does it work?
- Visit the site using any common browser (Chrome, Safari or Firefox)
- Search for topics & choose a segment.
- Subject streams for browsing include social studies, science & ELA
- Stream the audio in class or use the link to assign it for homework
- Each segment includes listening comprehension questions and listening organizers that can be printed and turned in.
The premium version is where some nice bells and whistles come in, especially for differentiating instruction and ELL support. Some features include interactive transcripts, auto-corrected comprehension quizzes and ELL supports.
Watch the tour via the link below to learn more.
- Interactive transcripts
- Auto-corrected comprehension quizzes
- ELL supports (speed, vocabulary, transcripts, etc.)
Google Docs is a wonderful, collaborative tool for creating text documents. There are ways to add images and other graphic design elements, but it remains limited for creating really attractive visual images. If you have a project you want to take to the next level of design, you may want to try Lucidpress.
This user-friendly desktop publishing software is great for making posters, fliers, newsletters, and social media posts. It has a wealth of templates, even a whole section dedicated to educators (reading logs, exit tickets, KWL chart templates).
Using your Applewild Google ID, you have free access to a full-featured version of this program. Check it out at Lucidpress.com.
The Teddy Bear Picnic postcard was quick and easy to create. Lucidpress was also used to create the 6th Grade Art Exhibit brochure. If you want to see that or other examples, just reach out to Mike or Molly.