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.
Time is short. Here is a small sampling. 🙂
What About Those Computerized “Reading Incentive” Programs?– This is from a book called the Read-Aloud Handbook. Great thoughts. “Take the carrot or incentive off the stick and you’re left with a stick—or weapon.”
This has been an issue that comes up often when you start talking about ways to connect students ‘globally’. As a father, it is certainly a concern as my daughters start to navigate the online world.
We cannot be naive about the online world and its capabilities. Some educators only talk about the good and some parents and watchgroups talk mostly of the bad. However, I think, like many issues, there are both sides to consider.
There are many things we can do using technology that we couldn’t before. There are also many creepers out there and teaching our children about proper ways to keep them safe is not about censorship but about protecting the innocence and privacy of our young ones. (I speak, primarily from an Elementary age perspectives-I think some of the things can apply to older kids, but the application is different as they grow older.)
Common Sense Media has a Digital Citizenship curriculum that can be used as a way to walk through some of these issues or as a resource to help us equip our kids to be responsible citizens, digital or not. This is a topic that could go on, but my time is short.
Be sure to check it out.
Last week, I mostly wanted to sleep in, so I skipped my EDU Blog post. This week’s post is about free web tools, just in case you didn’t read the title. 🙂
There are so many good (and free) web tools these days. In the past, if we wanted something new, we were limited but the resources of the teacher near us, in our school or that one relative. If we were really lucky, we got to be friends with the retiring teacher who wanted to give away all their books.
Now, we have access to some quality books with Epic. Epic, for those that don’t know is a fantastic resource of free books. Can you tell I like free…books…that are free?
I know we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but, man, there are some boring looking books out there. If you are like me, some of them may even be in our library. May it not be so.
Epic has, at last look, 25,000 books, learning videos (you may have to set boundaries 😉 )and more. And they are titles the kids might be interested in. What I like is that my developing readers can have some of the books read to them. If you want to emphasize listening skills, there is a selection of audiobooks.
Another cool feature is the Collection. I can make a collection of books that I want students to read and check out based on whatever unit I may be working on. Students are also asked to pick their interests and there is always a new book recommendation given to kids.
I don’t get paid for this review; I don’t need to be. Well, if you offered, I would probably not say no. There is a paid option for home use. I think it is about $7 a month, which is not a bad price for access to so many good books, plus it is a major way Epic is able to keep Epic free for teachers.
Be sure to check it out, if you haven’t, at www.getepic.com
This week’s posts question the efficacy of the Accelerated Reader program and, in some cases, offers some alternatives.
The Argument Against Accelerated Reader– Just what is sounds like from 2001- Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
How to Accelerate a Reader– Donalyn Miller, the Book Whisperer shares her concerns with AR
Schoolwide Independent Reading Program– Read about how one school moved away from AR
Why Labeling Books Disempowers Young Readers– The author also shares how Fountas and Pinnell, remind us that A-Z Guided Reading labels are a tool and not how we should label (and limit) students.
Some Thoughts + Recent Articles about Life without Accelerated Reader (AR)– This blogger, and mom adds some stories about how AR has the potential for harming students by not encouraging reading for the sake of reading, growing or even rereading a favorite book.
Someone Get Me a Donut!– This is more than a delicious sounding title. Mr. G. deals with some myths and facts about AR and growth and love of reading.
With the research and article and blog reading I have done, I am certainly moving away from some of the bad practices I have done wrt AR. However, our school site pays for and uses, in some capacity, the STAR/AR testing. So, there is a balance, of sorts, that it seems one needs to have.
A goal for my students is that they become lifelong learners and readers. I would hope they leave my class with a love of reading that transcends my classroom walls. For some AR will help with this. However, I don’t think it always helps all my students. Therefore I use it sparingly.
The more I read, the less I want to use AR, but I also know that to hold my kids accountable for reading and ensure that they are all reading and growing…well, that takes time. AR can be a simple solution for some of the low level comprehension questions (DOK1). However, just because it is easy to use for me as a teacher, does not mean it is best for my students, especially my developing readers.
So, how do we combine the 2 (love of reading and AR) in a way that is beneficial for students and uses a resource our site is paying for? That is one side of a common question we often have in our profession. I have no easy answer.
But I do know I do not want anymore of my students leaving my class loving reading less, because of a program, or even worse…because of me. Let me know your thoughts on this.
Here is the last post before the new year. I always like to be refreshed for the coming year. It seems like after the Christmas break, it is a downhill race toward the end of the school year. Hopefully these posts will give you some things to think about coming into the next section of the year.
Finding the Time for Independent Reading – Every Day, Every Kid– Pernille Ripp advocates for more independent reading time in the classroom.
Maybe Next Year… Pernille Ripp suggests that, while these students are with us, we try to teach/influence/lead these kiddos instead of ‘just’ hoping that next year’s teacher will fix it. We won’t always succeed, but it is a good thing to strive for.
Kagan on the Carpet- Strategies for Little Ones– Great tips for doing Kagan groups on the carpet.
A Project-Based Learning Activity That Can Work in Any Classroom– A.J. Juliani is one of the go to educators when it comes to PBL and Design Thinking. He always has inspiring posts.
Top 5 Rekenrek Activities- Christina Tondevold is my new favorite for helping build true Number Sense. In this video, she shares some ways to use the Rekenrek.
How to Keep Your Students Cam and Focused This Holiday Season– I need all the help I can get. 🙂
Creating Moveable Digital Activities with Google Drawings + Slides- Could be good for classification and sorting
Only Schools Can End Schools ” But we can just never become complacent with “what was” or we could lose our opportunity at “what could have been.”” George Couros
Reader’s Workshop Series- Balancing Accountability and Choice– I like the idea of having students blog their book recommendations
Here are the links for today. A good video describing how to teach number sense, and it may not be what you think.
How to Implement Number Sense and Still Teach Your Curriculum– Great for PreK-2, but has more application, especially if students don’t have number flexibility.
New Features for Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot- Matt Miller looks at some updates
10 Digital Bell-Ringer Activities to Kickstart Class-Part 1– Some ideas to start class
Two Things That All Parents Want for Their Children– Another good post by George Couros
How to Assign Challenges Instead of Math Homework John Stevens discusses a good idea for homework
25 Classroom Management Myths to Ponder This Summer– Just what it sounds like. 🙂 Michael Linsin just offers a list of myths.
7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning– John Spencer at Creative Classroom is a new favorite of mine.
Wrong: Google Doc–Instead: Google Forms–5 Tips Alice Keeler offers some tips for using Forms
Why Effective Practice is Just as Important as the Hours of Practice– Be more effective.