HERE is the link to my post on Google Maps and Google Earth. I was not too familiar with these, apart from getting directions.
HERE is the link to my post on Google Maps and Google Earth. I was not too familiar with these, apart from getting directions.
Here is the link to my post on a recent Google workshop on Google Classroom and Sites.
Some cool tips and tricks I learned from it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with my first CUE workshop with the CUE Digital Innovator’s Program. It was scheduled for 2 and 1/2 hours! But, man, did that time really fly. The presenter was Marlena Hebern. One of the folks in the cohort said she was coauthor with Jon Corippo of The Eduprotocol Field Guide. It is now in my Wish List. DISCLAIMER: Marlena never mentioned the book, and I don’t get any kickbacks from mentioning it.
This was a quick activity to share about Add-ons and Extensions. the difference between them is that Extensions are a part of your Chrome browser and Add-ons are a part of the G-Suite (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, etc). Marlena (I wonder if I can call her that- she seems nice enough) had us add an extension and then the Add-on called Orange Slice. Orange Slice was a cool Add-on that helped us quickly create a rubric that we can paste (and score) right within a Doc. the Orange highlights in the image are the teacher scores on the document. Plus, having the students download the add-on and grade their own writing using the rubric is something that I see having a value in the classroom.
Image: Orange Slice
Most of us knew about Forms, but Marlena showed us how to use them create a self grading quiz. Like many tech things, it does take some input up front, but the other side of that is that once they are created, you will not need to recreate it next school year. Forms is becoming a valuable tool in the G Suite collection. I will definitely start adding these, more, to my toolbox.
I was even thinking that I could probably teach my 3rd graders to create them too. Next year I will be teaching 3rd grade, but I thought it was a great idea to be able to use picture as questions and possible answers for the littles.
OK I had heard many folks on podcasts and blogs talk about the amazingness of Hyperdocs. I glanced over, thinking it sounds nice, but moving on because I only have so much time in my day.
Once the instructor showed us a couple and how simple it was to do, I was hooked! And then she seriously blew my mind because I realized she was doing our presentation from a Hyperdoc!
|This is a section of the instructor’s Hyperdoc lesson.|
Then, like much of the Workshop, she had us try out the tools and tricks. I was really impressed about the feature for making a label like “Page 3” could be made into a bookmark and hyperlinked to that page or section. This section was certainly a highlight for me. There are so many uses for this. I plan on using this to help my students be limited a little with some of their research (and sites). We have a solid filter, but my students have often ran across some things they shouldn’t. Any way I can limit that and protect their innocence a little longer, I am all for.
Eduprotocols are templates that we can use to guide our students in their learning and we can use the template for many different topics and content areas. The idea behind it seems to be that if we can have the structure repeated, there becomes a familiarity with the structure and it becomes one less thing for the students to have to learn and navigate during the lesson.
One of the ones we tried was called the Booka Kucha. It is based on a Japanese-styled presentation called Pecha Kucha, similar to the Ted Talk. Fun fact: Pecha Kucha is an onamotopoeic term that means “chit-chat”.
The Booka Kucha is like a mini book report. Depending on the level of your students, there are several variations. The example we were given was a literary example. It was 4 or 5 slides. Students say what book they are reading and the page number. The prompt was: Three Problems, One character. On the next slides, the students would add a couple sentences and an image that corresponded.
When they are done, they have basically 20 seconds per slide to present for a total of about a minute. This is a great way to get students up and presenting as well as just a quick reflection activity. I am all about having activities (multi-use tools) that I can use the same structure and just change the content.
What did you think was valuable? Why?
Most of the 2+ hours was pretty valuable. I am not just saying this for a grade. Frankly, it could have gone on for several more hours and not been long enough. So many good tidbits of info. Part of the value was not just someone talking for hours. It was very interactive. She would talk, she would demonstrate and she would make us do or reflect on something. I think a big part of being an effective teacher is modeling and reflection. I, especially, plan on using the Hyperdocs and Eduprotocols on a regular basis.
What did you NOT think was valuable? Why?
For me, while Orange Slice is a very useful tool, I almost feel the steps involved with it may be much for just a teacher assessment. Though, by stepping it up and having a peer review and student self-review, it may be more valuable.
Plus, I was sad we didn’t get to Sheets. That is the application I am least comfortable/proficient at, and I wish we had time to get to it. Maybe next time.
Will the discussion change any of your teaching practices? How?
If it doesn’t, then I may need to get out of teaching. Seriously, even if I was new to tech, the instructor was very helpful and was willing to back up as needed. One of the important things I have learned is that the tech is there to support or enhance my teaching, not simply to try out a new fun toy. One of the ways this will help me is that these tools are useful no matter my level, the level of my students and there is not much extra prep on most.
What do you think is worth sharing with colleagues?
Considering I have already shared the Booka Kucha, and CyberSandwich, and using pictures on Forms and Hyperdocs, there is much to share. I am certainly going to be sharing these as much as I can, until my colleagues begin to take a different route when they see me coming. Hopefully, not that bad.
What are you inspired to do, think, etc?
One of my ideas for my final product was the use of Hyperdocs for helping guide some of our PBL units. Even if I don’t use it for that, I know I will be trying many of these things in the new year. I am hoping to be able to add to the conversation happening during our cohort.
Your Best “Classroom Management” Strategy– George Couros offers a few changes for us.
8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement– Another good one from Matt Miller
How Do You Teach to the Standards When Doing Project-Based Learning?– John Spencer gives us thoughts on how to do this.
Please Do Enjoy!
On Authentic Reading Goals and Conversations– Pernille Ripp is an advocate for having reading conversations with her students and making the effort to have reading goals beyond “x-number of points each week.”
On Creating Reading Experiences– Pernille discusses having students do more than just tasks with their reading.
A Call for Common Sense Reading Instruction– Must be a Pernille Ripp link day. 🙂 She discusses the importance of time, access, choice and more in reading instruction.
Just Pause– Matt Miller shares his thoughts on giving students time to work out some of the thoughts they have.
How to Start Over in 3 Steps– Michael Linsin shares some thoughts on what we can do when we, teachers, need to start over with class management.
Have a good week.
A couple weeks ago, I got to go the CUE 2018 conference. CUE originally stood for Computer Using Educators, but it has expanded to much more.
This is my second year going to the conference. For me, it is like Teacher Comic Con…without the costumes. These are generally tech savvy (or tech interested) teachers…which makes for an interesting time. While tech is a big focus, it was rarely THE focus. It always came back to the children. THEY are why we do it, but if we can use tech to help us engage, be more effective, save some time…well, we are all for that.
Here are a couple, okay 3, of my takeaways from CUE in no particular order of importance.
Student Voice and Choice– This came up often. In sessions. In the hallways; I was even interviewed by a couple teachers who were participating in a PBL workshop. From the simple idea of having students choose from a menu of choices, to apps like like FlipGrid, or Google Forms, there was much talk about student voice and choice.
The idea can be intimidating at first, but when we can help kids choose what to learn within some boundaries, the engagement automatically goes up. [I will be honest. I am not entirely comfortable with 7 and 8 year olds walking out or protesting against adults (or Gov’t) about a political issue like gun control (it is more complex that a sign or slogan).
That said, within the classroom, there can be much value in offering these things.
Creation- There was talk of how we can get kids creating. Art, tech, art-infused tech, and all kids of combinations of that. They was one company (Bird Brain, I think) that introduces Elementary kids to Arduino and Raspberry Pi like products (Not my area of strength) while having them use cardboard and pipe cleaners, etc…to create their robots and code their robots to do stuff. This was just one example. I love the idea and I know my kids get more excited when I can get them making stuff, either physically or digitally.
Relationships- This idea came up often. Maybe it is where I am right now or where I need to work better, but I feel like many of the presenters and teachers I talked with stressed the importance of relationships. Whether it was with students or other educators in their building or on Twitter; it came up often.
“No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.” James Comer
One of the cool things about CUE is also the educators I came in contact with. This was where I re-learned the value of connecting with other educators, who want to talk about their passions (children and tech-and more).
I could probably write a long series of posts about the things I learned from CUE (and I may, but my attention span needs help), but I leave you with these few reflections. I hope you got some value out of them. If you ever get a chance to go to CUE, it is worth trying out at least once. I can nearly guarantee you will learn something and meet someone new.
NOTE: Go check out CUE’s Website for more info. Or their Youtube channel with some of the sessions.
Getting ready to head over to the CUE conference, so I thought I would add some links. 🙂
Oprah-fy Your PD– One elementary school shares how they are doing PD different for their teachers.
Daily 5 Literacy Framework: A Guide to Best Practices– When done well, I think Daily 5 has some good things. This year, I have been struggling in maintaining my students’ stamina so I’ve mixed it up. But some good ideas anyway.
Aspects of Effective Project Based Learning #PBLChat #EdChat– Nicholas Provenzano shares some ways PBL hits the 4C of 21st Century learning.
When Reading is Trash or Magic– Pernille Ripp explains why, even though we may cringe when a student shares that reading is stupid, we can consider the positive that they are being honest…and we can deal with that.
Sticky Learning: Digital Brain Dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative– I just tried Flipgrid-I am interested to see how it works for my students-they create a video of what they know of learn. (Works great a s a digital version for Kagan processing.
How Nature Inspires Better Design and (What This Means for Students)– Great look at biomimicry and how we could use it in the classroom.
How Furniture and Flexible Seating is Turning Classroom Design into a Fad– If we don’t change our thinking about teaching, changing our furniture won’t matter.
I Stopped Holding my Students Accountable and Here is What Happened– Michael Linsin tried an experiment in his class.
First off, Happy 16th Anniversary to my wonderful wife, Tracy. Thanks for saying yes. And putting up with me.
Also, Happy Groundhog’s Day. 🙂
Here’s your links:
6 Easy Tips for the Disorganized Student Maybe they’ll work for you.
How to Build a True Culture of Innovation at Your School AJ Juliani shares his thoughts.
Why Content and Knowledge are Important for Innovation– George Couros explains why kids need to create, yes. But without knowledge to back it up, there will be limitations.
24 Great Education Tools for Teacher Toolboxes– Check out the list of tools by Global Digital Citizen