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.
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.
This is an area that I need to improve on.
Today’s piece, then, is mostly a way to encourage myself (give myself feedback?) I have heard some good ideas about using Google Classroom in a way that allows teachers to have a conversation instead of the one time feedback at the end of the assignment.
I think it is important that we are using our time to assess and not just a time to grade, but to offer guiding feedback so students can fix the mistakes before they practice it wrong for a long time, especially in math.
So, for me, I need to be sure to be offering feedback that is more timely manner instead of waiting until I get around to correcting the work. This is one good use of technology, when it allows for grading some of the easier stuff. If we can play a Quizziz or Kahoot “game”, it is not so bad for the students to receive the wrong answer. They can just fix it and try again.
Helping students understand that feedback, even as an assessment piece is not a ding on their self worth, but just something to fix and move on. Sometimes that is easy. Sometimes it is not.
How do you use feedback? Are their any tools you use that make it easier for you?
The challenge for this post was to write a post about using popular culture in the classroom. At first, I didn’t think it would be a problem. But one thing that caught my eye on the challenge was the post about not using popular culture in the classroom.
I was not able to read the post but I thought it was a good one because, while my room has some superhero items, I don’t incorporate them much. Plus, my superheroes are back from the 90s when I was more likely reading them.
Here are a couple of the reasons I don’t use Pop culture much in class
I’m a Dork– Generally speaking I am a dork and don’t keep up with much of the pop culture. I enjoy movies, but, even when I was younger, I often thought that the fads and fashion that come out of music and culture were often ridiculous. I still kind of do.
Entertainment Value– I am a dork (see above). I am old, in the eyes of my students. If I try to connect with certain aspects of Pop Culture, I will easily come off as old and out of touch. I already know I am so I don’t need help with this. Plus, it is hard to compete with the entertainment value these huge corporations have. So, I don’t try on that aspect.
Garbage– Even though I appreciate some of the art and artistry involved with some aspects of Pop Culture, I do not want to expose my students to some of the garbage that is out there. Years ago, I had a 3rd grader tell me he watched Saw 2 over the weekend! What the what!? Culture doesn’t seem to give a rip about allowing our kids to be kids, but I am going to do what I can to protect the innocence of my own daughters AND my students, as much as I can.
Plus, much of the music is absolutely ridiculous: sexual, violent, hedonistic, etc…I think it is already in our natures to be selfish and self-absorbed me-monkeys. I’m not going to feed into that with my students.
Now, there may be some good reasons (ie..relevance, for one) but I just don’t see the need for general Pop Culture. Maybe some of the kid friendly things, but even then, I can only take so much of that. 😉
Derrick- “The old curmudgeon”
Enjoy the links…or don’t. 🙂
Does Spellcheck Make “Learners” More Intelligent?– George Couros shares his thoughts on feedback.
Flip The Traditional Teacher Read Aloud– Maybe looking at how kids ask questions could offer us some insight into their thinking.
How Read-Aloud Can Improve Behavior And Instill A Lifelong Love Of Reading– On the other hand, maybe we just read to kids. When we do too much teaching during read alouds, we often “butcher the heart and soul of great stories.” So true.
Using Picture Books in the Middle School Classroom– While I don’t teach Middle School (and likely would never 🙂 ). I love the idea that even Pernille’s middle schoolers know they are never too old for picture books. She discusses how she has used them, even in her middle school classroom.
Using Kahoot! and others the way your brain craves– Matt Miller shares why we should use Kahoot and similar things for our students.
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.
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.
This week, I am dealing with the topic of challenging situations. If you are a teacher, they happen every day, to some degree. If you are not a teacher, they happen every day, to some degree.
I am, frankly, feeling inadequate to offer advice in this area. I have had a rough year. Many times I have challenges I usually see them as problems to solve, opportunities to grow. But there are other times I feel like crawling into a cave until it is all over.
The problem is, hiding doesn’t work for long. When you come out, it is still there. So, maybe the focus of this is to encourage myself to do some of those things that have helped in the past. In the midst of struggle, it is sometimes hard to remember what works. It’s too easy to feel like the world is crashing down. At least for me.
2) Connect: Each year I pick a driving word for my school year. There is no rhyme or reason I pick words, other than it seems like a good way to focus. My word this year was connect or connection. My thought was originally to connect with my students and parents. But I am finding differen
t opportunities to connect in other ways with people…or in some cases, failing miserably at connecting. So, my advice would be to not take for granted the relationships in your life. Connect with those important in your life.
3) Reflect: This one is good, but, in the middle of difficulty, must be done carefully. It could be easy for our minds to take us to weird places. Especially in struggle, I often start having feelings of inadequacy. “I’m not good enough.” “What are you thinking?” I second guess myself. So, if I had to encou
rage myself, I would change it to Reflect on the good. I can usually find many things to fix in my life. Sometimes, it is harder for me to consider the things I may be doing well.
I hope this helps.
So, hey, this is the second topic from the EDUblog prompt. 2 weeks in a row! Haha. Sadly, the topic is about the classroom environment.
I say sadly because I have a
very passably functional room. I have a few posters in my room that are mostly to fill up the white space. Many of them have content, but also one of the reasons I don’t spend a lot of time decorating…they have become what I call visual white noise…No one really looks at them other than to notice the occasional new poster.
Kids are kids and unless I use the posters often, they just fade into the scenery.
We are also school that focuses, and has been trained with the Kagan Cooperative groups, so my desks are in groups of four, with a few outliers (islands, I have heard them called). This is good and bad. There are times where I would like to move things around…but I don’t feel like taking 30-45 minutes for set up and take down of something new. LOL
As far as organization…well I have work to do. My style is “buy/find (copy paper) a box to put stuff in to hide it from looking cluttery but then losing what it was forever”.
Though I am proud of my library organization. One summer I reordered all my books by “genre”. (I use the term loosely because some were “I looked at the cover and saw animals…therefore “animal genre”). Then I numbered the plastic tubs with a number and labeled all books with corresponding number. This is helpful when I want students to put books back in a semi-organized way. They are kids, after all. 🙂
That is all for now.
I often have a hard time coming up with new ideas for blog posts, but I found a thing by Edublogger that had 50 prompts. This is the first one. My hope is not that these will be long-who has time for that? Rather, I hope to be more consistent with original content from my own strange mind. 🙂
I used to have a blog that had a different focus. A big part of it was just a way for me to put into words what was on my mind…not the best. There was not always a clear focus, but it got me to enjoy the writing process. One of the scary things about writing is how someone will take what you are writing.
I like what George Couros says about his blog. He says he writes it not just to help others but for himself to see how his learning is changing and growing. (that is paraphrased). If it helps someone else, great.
I read many different blogs and over time I hope to have some posts that share some of those. Though to be fair, I often have a link post that shares many of the ones I am reading.
If you are new to the blog world and are interested in trying it (or having your students try it), just do it. There are several free sites that can help you get started, like Blogger or WordPress. Then, just try it out. Start writing, even if it is just one thought or one paragraph.
Who knows, you might even like it.