Published on December 9, 2013 by admin
Today’s Monday Success is about the Holocaust. This was a really interesting lesson plan from our workshops this summer. The teachers came up with this as a way to use technology within a very common lesson. I like these ideas because the lesson doesn’t use technology just to use it. The conversations and discussions that need to take place in class still do- the teacher just uses tools to facilitate the knowledge around the Holocaust and the discussion. In fact, the assessment doesn’t use technology at all. Instead, the assessment is focused on students thinking- not just reciting. This is just one example of a great way to teach the Holocaust.
1) Show the Google Cultural Institute of Holocaust
pictures and have students review them on their devices. Students would also need to use different a map tool (Google Maps, etc.) to find where the different Concentration Campus were located.
Content: The students would then use Thinglink to create different maps of the different camps during the Holocaust. They would also keep a journal for a week deciding if they think they are a victim, perpetrator or liberator in their current life. Using Create Debate the students will debate: Were the German soldiers guilty if they were guards at the camps and eliminated Jews or were they just following orders?
Assessment: Have designated partners review and respond to the journal entries of their partner. They also have to analyze and discuss whether the entry is factual and honest.
Published on December 6, 2013 by admin
I challenge you to thank one of your colleagues today. Thank them for their hard work, friendship, inspiration, etc. It is important that we acknowledge each other especially as we head into tests, exams, and the stress of the holiday season.
Who Can You THANK Today?
Published on December 5, 2013 by admin
Dramatic Black and White App is an app that allows you to make your own black and white photographs, ones where “light and contrast, grit and form come together to tell a story; ones where stone and sky, water and light light transcend the material world.” I think this app could be very applicable for art teachers or for language arts teachers who use photos as story starters or to represent a book.
Published on December 4, 2013 by admin
SmartSeat has seating charts, attendance, photo reminders, and a random student selector. The app does cost about $4 but receives good reviews from teachers I have worked with around the country. If looking for an additional tool to help manage your class, this may be it.
Published on December 3, 2013 by admin
Music Teachers- here is an app for your students who want to learn to play guitar. The free Lick of the Day app includes videos of experienced guitar teachers giving lessons, pointers, and demonstrating how to play the guitar. Check it out.
Published on December 2, 2013 by admin
Sci Fri is an app including the work of Ira Flatow, host and creator of Science Friday on NPR. You can find the interviews, videos, podcasts, conversations and fun stuff from Science Friday in an easy-to-understand, conversational tone.
Published on November 25, 2013 by admin
This will be my only post of the week. The picture below is not me but I love it and wish it was- such a good idea!
I want to thank all of you for the good work you do and for sharing that work with me. (Please continue to share.)
I want to thank our students for making our work fun. (I’ve worked with adults- not nearly as much fun!)
And I want to thank my own teachers- past and present.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Published on November 22, 2013 by admin
Just in time for Black Friday next week…
Published on November 21, 2013 by admin
So, in today’s post on the the Color Capture app, I made a grammatical mistake. I accidentally wrote “their” instead of “there” (it is fixed now). I know this happens from time to time as I catch my own mistakes but I MISSED THIS ONE. And I apologize. I would like to thank Noralie Parsons for pointing it out to me via e-mail. I do try to limit my mistakes but it does happen- thank you for forgiving me in these instances and please continue to point them out as I want my spelling and grammar to be correct. I really, really do.
Have a wonderful day,
Published on November 21, 2013 by admin
Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture App is pretty cool. By simply snapping a photo of a particular color, the app will match it to the Benjamin Moore paint that it matches. I am unsure exactly how to use this but I think there has got be a use for Art and Design classes, right? And, if not, it could at least be good if you want to paint something in your school… is that too much of a stretch?