I know there are whole websites out there, full of videos to inspire teachers and students. This video was shared today on Terri Eicholoz' blog and it worked for me. I'd like to think that as teachers we can all break out of our simple cogs in a wheel dynamic and make a difference as well as helping our students to do the same.
I know, I know, let's finish up this year, before we talk about next year, but my reality has always been that if I did not plan, get PD or just get my ideas in order over the summer, that when September rolls around, I am plumb out of time and need to be ready to go. I cannot take the time for reflection and planning once the school year starts. So, here goes...
One of the things I have heard from teachers is that "this year" they are going to start a blog, or begin to use student portfolios, or find better ways to communicate with parents. There are many ways to do this, but you can't change your mind midstream and expect parents to follow along. Most parents have access to the internet, either via phone, laptop, or computer. If you can "train" them to check your website, not the bottom of the backpack for the newsletter, you may find that they begin to look to your blog, or site for information and may even interact online. But, if you give them the paper newsletter, they may or may not read it and they will certainly not look in yet another place online for the same information. No one has the time or energy to check your blog or site if the information comes home in what may be a more familiar format. So, what are some options to explore?
New Google Sites
Interested in Global Projects?
Google Data Gif Maker
Google Classroom Cleanup
I would never recommend #6.
Not under any circumstances.
It's way too easy that type of "cleaning" gets out of hand.
Much easier to just teach students and staff "that's where everything shared with you is listed", period.
"If you wish to organise stuff shared with you, add it to your My Drive. If not, don't do anything."
EPSB District Technology was inspired by Eric's post to make the video below.
Celebrate World Oceans Day 2017
Spongelabs has put together a nice selection of resources for World Oceans Day. You can access the lesson with all the media resources here. Click on the lesson and the media listings will be on the left side.
and even more ...
Looking for more ideas with Google Slides? Check out Matt's post here.
Summer PD- Google Drawings
I'm excited to take a class with Tony Vincent on Google Drawings this summer. Tony is an internationally known educator and speaker. His blog Learning in Hand has been a staple in the edtech world for years.
When I saw the notice about the class and went to sign up, I also learned something new...you can present a clutter-free image of a google doc by changing the url. Tony explained it here.
Last, but not least ReadWorks!
I haven't been able to find the summer packets collection on the new site, but will write and ask them if they are offering this again- or something similar. This is last year's page. www.readworks.org/rw/beat-summer-reading-slump
Windows 10 updates
- One idea is from Amanda Wilp's PrimaryGal blog. She does "Scoot Math". Essentially she has the kids write their own math problem using chalk on the sidewalk and then scoot to the next problem(s) and solve them as they scoot along. You can read more about it here, and grab the free recording sheets from TPT here.
- The other math idea I saw came from Terri Eicholz's blog Engage Their Minds, about doing clothesline math. Terri got the idea from Chris Shore's website- Clothesline Math. He has lots of resources on the site and between the site and the video below you may get a better idea of what this is and how to do it in your class. Looks adaptable and fun for all ages and abilities.
Google Keep (again)
More Google Earth
Google Quick Draw and now AutoDraw
Google Drawings for Graphic Organizers
Pattern Blocks with Google Drawing
Upcoming Free PD
UDL Stories from the Field http://castprofessionallearning.org/free-udl-webinars/ Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST.
EdTechTeam is sponsoring a live webinar on Tuesday May 6, featuring the new Google Earth
LIVE Webinar LINK
Steve Dembo from Discovery Education has teamed up Science4US to put on a 10 session Elementary Science series. This sounds good, aimed at lower elementary, and I hope that it is not "vendor driven".
"The webinar will be on Wednesday at 8pm ET. It’s 100% free and open to anyone. Even if you can’t make it, sign up anyway and you’ll get a link to download the archive!"
Google Earth News
First- Richard Byrne's video overview
You have to try Voyager!
Solar Eclipse Resources
You can get more information here.
One of the district technicians, Christopher Tamulevich, has created an amazing space in Minetest for the students to build upon. Minetest is like minecraft, but it is open source and it is free and very customizable.
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"NEXT.cc is an eco web that develops ethical imagination and environmental stewardship. NEXT.cc introduces what design is, what design does, and why design is important. It offers activities across nine scales – nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world. NEXT.cc’s journeys introduce activities online, in the classroom, in the community and globally. ." It's a great site to pull together a lot of resources and show the connections between the disciplines. For example, I clicked on the "journey "Animals" and it brought me here. Looking for a new way to teach a topic, check it out.
Another New Tool from Brain Pop!
Math in Google Docs?
Google Add Ons
Google Cast For Education
Google Docs Story Builder
Google Lit Trips
Google Tour Builder
Teaching And Learning
Virtual Field Trips