Go Global with Empatico
I signed up to stay in the loop for this back in the summer and it looks like it is ready to go. It is a new venture, aimed at facilitating global connections and is currently focused on 8-10 year olds. If this interests you, check out the video below and head over to the site to get more info.
# FlipGrid Fever
I wrote a bit about FlipGrid back in June and it just keeps getting better. I watched a webinar this evening with two of the Flipgrid ambassadors- Karly Moura and Sean Fahey. Every time I watch a webinar, or read more about this tool, I learn something, get new ideas and come away thinking that it should be/could be used in so many ways. Is it the best tool for every job, every student? Of course not. Should the pedagogy come before the tool? Of course... but... wait til you see all the cool stuff you and your students can do! I keep hearing about student voice, student choice, making thinking/learning visible. FlipGrid can help you with all of that. I'm not going to try to recreate their webinar. They have shared their Google site with all the resources used and 3 previous webinars. Check it out right here. The tabs at the top of the site will bring you thru the topics covered this evening. Don't miss the tab labeled Rapid FIre... here's a screen shot- 4 slideshows with ideas separated by discipline. Love that Flipgrid is even a choice in a hyperdoc on the Global Read Aloud Wild Robot.
One other thing that I really like about this tool is that it can be integrated across many platforms- including Google Classroom and Edmodo. Here's a link to a pdf to read in your spare time, for those of you who prefer paper. You can also follow the #flipgridfever hashtag on Twitter to get lots of ideas of how other teachers are using it to enhance student voice.
Seriously, it is a 2 minute job to set up; there's a free version and kids do not need an account. If you're worried about the "video" aspect- your students will probably be far less worried than you, but you can always give the option of pointing the camera to a book, an artifact, etc. and just using their voices and there are good monitoring and privacy controls. Check it out!
FIrst, apologies for missing last week's post- simply overwhelmed with setup work for student accounts and the new makerspace we are creating at HES.
International Peace Day 2017
We are celebrating the International Day of Peace at HES once again on Thursday, September 21st. The 4th graders have created a video, parts of which will be incorporated into a video with students from around the globe. This year's song was People Got to Be Free by The Rascals. The composite video is not ready yet, but the HES 4th graders created the video below, along with a 2 minute video of a cooperative game, portions of which will also be incorporated in the global celebration.
More about Peace Day...
This year's theme for International Peace Day is respect, safety and dignity for all. There is a wealth of information on the web site. Looking for ideas for both young and old... check out the video created by Peace Day Philly. How can you get involved? Check out thispage of links.
Part and parcel with a day devoted to Global Peace, are the UN SDGs- the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out the video below to learn about the 17 sustainable development goals in 2 minutes. Need lesson plans to help your students learn more about SDGs? Check out the World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo- an amazing resource for all ages.
Not Just for Middle and High School students...
Students across all grade levels can learn about the SDGs and expand their horizons, learn about the globe, empathize with others and even help make the world a more peaceful and safer place. Sharon Davison, a Kindergarten teacher in Vermont is an ambassador for SDGs. You can connect with other educators on twitter via #teachsdgs or join the movement on the Teach SDGs website.
If you have time, check out Goalkeepers, a Bill & Melinda Gates project that kicked off today.
Global Collaboration Day... Also Thursday the 21st
This is an event hosted by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon to celebrate global collaboration and to help you on your journey to connect your classroom to the world. Stop by and make some new connections.
This is one of a series of events to foster global literacy. Be sure to check out the upcoming online conference, The Global Education Conference, coming up in November.
For those of you who are new to Hadley- this is a weekly tech update. I try to post info that both the elementary and middle/high school teachers could find useful, although some pieces apply more to one age group or discipline than others. As usual, the world of edtech did not stand still over the summer. I have a whole list of things that changed to talk about, but for tonight I will try to focus on just a couple things. Just a reminder to HES teachers- please give feedback on what you would like to see in the new HES STEAM space.
Flipgrid is here. https://flipgrid.com/hesteachsteam
Practical Ed Tech Handbook
One of my all time favorite edtech bloggers is Richard Byrne- www.freetech4teachers.com/Free Technology for Teachers. I still remember when he came to ISTE as the newbie of the year and now he is a leader in the field, bringing his love of history, dogs and the woods of Maine. Recently Richard posted an update of his useful The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. You can visit his blog and read the embedded copy there or use his download link to obtain your own copy. www.freetech4teachers.com/2017/09/the-practical-ed-tech-handbook-for-2017.html
I am a big fan of Google Classroom as a great way to help streamline student workflow. Today I came across this hyperdoc about Google Classroom, clicked thru a few links and thought that many of you would like to give it a try. Great way to explore more about Google Classroom. Thanks to Ben Cogswell for sharing this Google slide hyperdoc. Click the image to see Ben's work. Remember we now have GSuite from grade 2 on up- even younger students can use these tools.
Shawn Beard does a nice job of summarizing the latest features that were rolled out this summer.
Looking for more ways to use Google Classroom? Alice Keeler shares 35 More Ways...
Watch the Playlist
Google has also launched a Welcome to Your First Day of Google Classroom site with tons of resources. Check it out here. www.blog.google/topics/education/welcome-your-first-day-classroom/