Friday Photo: Never Judge a Child

Sep 4, 2015 by

This is really important to remember as the school year starts and we start to form an opinion of our students.  Some good questions to ask our students and ourselves.  Have a great Friday, everyone!
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Movenote

Sep 3, 2015 by

MovenoteMovenote is an Android app that allows users to record presentations including voice and video.  Movenote works seamlessly with Google Drive and other cloud storage services so that you can quickly and easily upload slides and add narration to create a lesson for your students from your mobile device.  Movenote will also allow users to add images and video directly from their mobile device.  Movenote is a great tool for creating lessons on the go or for students to create evidence of learning with their mobile device.

Make it Mobile: Students can use the Movenote app to show evidence of a concept out in the world during their daily life.  Some possibilities are geometric principles, stages of insect growth, and identifying plant types.  What could you do with Movenote?

 

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StudyMode

Sep 2, 2015 by

StudyModeStudyMode is a Google Chrome app that is designed to help students with the writing process.  StudyMode has a network of books, flashcards, study guides, AP notes and more to help students research and learn numerous concepts.  StudyMode will also help students cite their sources.  StudyMode is easily accessible when added to the Chrome Browser and makes a great study tool for many topics.

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Toca Lab

Sep 1, 2015 by

TocaLabThe Toca Lab app is a fun way for students to learn about the elements.  The app lets users perform “experiments” on the elements such as putting them in the centrifuge, heating them up with a bunsen burner, adding other compounds and more.  The Toca Lab is a hands-on way for students to learn about all of the elements without actually having the elements.  Students can try as many different things as they would like on each of the elements.  The more they try, the more they learn.  Toca Lab is a fun way for students to learn!

 

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Walker’s Ramblings To Start the Year

Aug 31, 2015 by

About four years ago, my father embraced Facebook much to my simultaneous applause and chagrin.  He now has a very active Facebook presence and only rarely embarrasses my Mom or me.  One of the things he does weekly on FB is a ‘Walker’s Ramblings’ about all kinds of things- faith, society, media, etc.

My father served in the military, worked in business for most of his adult life, and twelve years ago became a special education aide at the school where I was teaching at that time.  One of my greatest experiences was a year of coaching freshman basketball with my Dad as my assistant coach.  He has been a wonderful example of how to be an effective aide and leader in the school.  He enjoys working with the kids- gets disappointed in them, cheers with them, gets frustrated at them, and becomes proud of them all over again.  He posted this short but sweet “rambling” at the end of last school year on his Facebook account.  It is a great reminder of why he was and is a great teacher in his own right.  I hope we can all keep this in mind this coming year and help our students understand it as well.

“I wish that instead of answers I could supply desire. I wish that instead of smarts I could offer wisdom. I wish that instead of “showing cool” I could help to “showing care.” I wish that instead of wanting a great car, I could long for a huge heart. I wish that instead of finding all this out now, I would have practiced it earlier in life. I have found out that “I” is not nearly as wonderful as “We.”

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Friday Photo: Protect Learning

Aug 28, 2015 by

What are we doing to protect learning?  How can we foster it?  Have a great weekend everybody!

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Talkboard

Aug 27, 2015 by

TalkboardTalkboard is a collaborative whiteboard app that allows teachers to sketch concepts, annotate images, and create lessons for students.  Students and teachers can collaborate on a single canvas so this app is great for tutoring and group projects.  The app also allows the creator to add an audio explanation for those more difficult concepts.  Talkboard has many customizable options to make lessons both clear and engaging.

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SeeSaw: The Learning Journal

Aug 26, 2015 by

SeeSawSeeSaw is a student driven digital learning portfolio.  Students can use text notes, images, drawings, links and imports from other tools to provide evidence of learning.  Evidence is automatically uploaded and shared with the teacher who can then approve the work.  Students are in control of their learning and have on-going evidence that is not only shared with teachers but parents too.  SeeSaw is a great tool for students to reflect on learning and receive feedback from their teachers.

 

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Word Brain

Aug 25, 2015 by

WordBrainWord Brain is a word game that can be used as a brain break and will also help build vocabulary and exercise critical thinking skills.  The app has multiple languages and hundreds of levels.  It starts off simple but gets more complicated as you progress.  The player not only has to find the words but selecting them in the right order will clear the level.  Word Brain is an engaging way for students to exercise their brains and learn while having fun.

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Let’s Learn Together!

Aug 24, 2015 by

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had an amazing and restful summer and perhaps did a little learning as well.  I spent the summer traveling, visiting family, and learning.  As a teacher of the Last Backpack Generation, I have to take advantage of every opportunity that I have to learn new things so I spent the summer working on my Professional Learning Network.  If you don’t have a PLN, I highly recommend that you develop one.  Social Media is a great way to develop a PLN or you can connect with like minded educators in your school or district.  Whether you choose social media or the teachers’ lounge, be sure to share what you are doing in your classroom that is new and innovative. . .even if it doesn’t work the way you thought.

My PLN consists of some of the fabulous educators that I have been fortunate enough to meet over the years and some who I haven’t met but they share such great information and I connect primarily on Twitter.  Take a look at the list below for some of the educators that I follow.

I also hope that this blog can be a part of your PLN and that you will subscribe so that you get a daily email of the day’s post.  In addition, I would love for you to share what you are doing in YOUR classroom!  Every Monday, I like to feature the success stories of educators just like you so PLEASE SHARE your ideas and innovations.

My favorite Twitter Educators:

@tomwhitby
@burgessdave
@edutechtips
@LarryFerlazzo
@mccoyderek

These are some educators who provide amazing insights and ideas for education in the 21st century and are a great place to start your Twitter PLN.

Let’s share and make it a great year!

 

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