Friday Photo: Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2014 by

As we prepare to give thanks this year, let’s not forget to be creative!

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Blendspace

Nov 20, 2014 by

Blendspace Blendspace is a handy tool for teachers to create and curate content for students by uploading teacher-created materials or pulling content off the Internet from many popular tools.  Some of the tools that Blendspace search connects to are YouTube, Google, Flickr, Educreations, Gooru, Dropbox and Google Drive.  Teachers can also use the Blendspaces from other teachers and modify them to suit the needs of their students.  Blendspace allows teachers to add in assessments so that they can track how students are progressing through the content. Blendspace is an engaging and flexible tool that teachers can use for blended learning, flipping their classroom and to differentiate instruction.

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Show Me Video Tutorial

Nov 19, 2014 by

I first wrote about ShowMe in June of this year.  The ShowMe iPad app is a great tool for teachers to create lessons for students and for students to show evidence of learning.  One of my students created this really helpful video showing how to use ShowMe to create a short math lesson for students.  Take a look at how easy it is to get started using ShowMe.

 

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December Seminars- Where I Will Be

Nov 18, 2014 by

Registration is now open for my next series of BRAND NEW seminars from December 8-18.  Best, New Strategies for Using Mobile Devices to Enhance Learning (Grades 6-12) is packed full of new strategies, tips and tools for engaging all learners in any content area. I retool the seminar every year so the content is fresh and current.  This seminar is great for those brand new to technology as well as experienced technology users who are looking for new strategies, resources, and ideas.  You are guaranteed have a good time and will leave with dozens of tools and strategies that you can apply immediately,  as well as a hardcopy handbook.

Please let me know if you are going to attend- I hope to see many familiar faces!

You can register using the form on the flyer or by visiting the BER seminars and conferences web page and looking for the locations listed below.

See what previous conference attendees have said on the Testimonials page.

Monday December 8, 2014 Sacramento, California
Tuesday December 9, 2014 San Jose, California
Wednesday December 10, 2014 Pasadena, California
Thursday December 11, 2014 Anaheim, California
Friday December 12, 2014 Seattle, Washington

 

Monday December 15, 2014 Baltimore, Maryland
Tuesday  December 16, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wednesday    December 17, 2014 Buffalo, New York
Thursday December 18, 2014 Detroit, Michigan
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Monday Musing: Serving with Pride

Nov 17, 2014 by

Sometimes we forget that what people see and hear leaves a long-lasting impression, especially when it isn’t positive.  Remember that your actions and your words speak volumes about who you are as an educator.  We get to make a difference every single day.  Remember, every morning when you walk into your classroom, you are changing a child’s life. 

 

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Friday Photo: Persistence

Nov 14, 2014 by

Persistence is one of the most valuable skills that we can teach our students. We should always appreciate it… even if it is a bit… misdirected at times. Have a great weekend!

Photo Credit: www.andertoons.com
Photo Credit: www.andertoons.com
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Thanksgiving Teachable Moment

Nov 13, 2014 by

Photo credit: History.com

Photo credit: History.com

These days Thanksgiving Day brings to mind turkey, stuffing, football, and movies followed by Black Friday shopping bargains.  Thanksgiving has a rich history that is full of teachable moments for all subjects.  The story of the first Thanksgiving feast has so many possibilities for learning.  After learning the story of the first Thanksgiving and reviewing Thanksgiving by the numbers students could work in groups to plan and organize “The Thanksgiving Feast.” This activity might include research into what foods are available in their local area to create a menu, planning the tasks of each group member to prepare the feast, and calculating just how much food they will need and how long it will take to prepare.  Students could conclude the activity with a reflection of the way they will experience Thanksgiving compared to the first Thanksgiving meal.

Make it Mobile: Students can use the Bon Appetit’ Manual app to plan their menu and The Food Planner app to determine what they need to hunt and gather for their three-day feast.

Don’t forget to have some fun with these entertaining facts about Thanksgiving throughout the years.

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Storehouse

Nov 12, 2014 by

Storehouse iTunes iconStorehouse is a visual storytelling app with so many possibilities for the classroom.  Users can add photos and videos from their camera roll or from the app as an event unfolds.  The app allows for text to be added for a title and subtitle and to explain the media.  The Storehouse’s can be saved to edit later, published to social media, or embedded in a class blog or website.  This app is very simple to use and would be great tool for teachers to produce entry events, lesson hooks, lab experiment samples, presentations of student work and much, much more.  Students could use this app to produce lab reports, book reports, examples of math concepts, or lesson summaries. Check out Storehouse if you get a chance.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

Nov 11, 2014 by

Veteran's Day Thank you

Image credit HappyVeteransDay.org

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Monday TED Talk: New Power vs. Old Power

Nov 10, 2014 by

In this very powerful 15 minute TED talk, Jeremy Heimans describes the “shift in power” from old to new.  Old power is secretive, held by a few, and built largely on commands.   “New power is the deployment of mass participation and peer coordination to create change and shift outcomes.”  What does this mean for education?   Students and their peers can start a movement.  We have the power to make change happen!  More now than ever before, our students must be prepared for a mobile, rapidly changing world.  A world in which they can make a real difference by joining together with their peers and standing for what they believe in.  Are we preparing our students to think critically about what is current?  Are we teaching students to collaborate with their peers beyond the confines of their school walls or city boundaries?  Are students driving their education or being led?  Our students have the new power to change the world!  

Please watch this video- I’d love to hear your thoughts via Twitter- @lastbackpack.

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