Don’t Be Afraid to Dive In – SAMR

The SAMR model for educational technology integration has been around for a long time, but this visual from @EdApAdvice represents the same ideas in a visually different way.

I like the idea that those who don’t integrate technology at all are left on the shore wondering what wonders lie in the deep, and that those who use technology to enhance their lessons are close enough to the surface to easily come up for air.

When technology is used to transform a lesson, to do something previously impossible, students and teachers are exploring deep in the ocean of possibilities that were previously inconceivable.

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Using Google Classroom for Building-Wide Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences (SLCs) can be a powerful tool for increasing student ownership of their learning and communicating with families, but some students struggle to put together a showcase of their learning, even with teacher guidance.

To provide guidance and consistency for the students at my middle school, I decided that this year I would try setting up team-wide Google Classrooms to house a Google Slides template that all students could use to guide their collection of evidence.

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Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 6.10.04 AMMy middle school has 4 teams. I set up 4 Google Classrooms, and added each core teacher as a teacher in their team’s Google Classroom. I also added our administrators, counselor, and elective teachers as teachers in all four Google Classrooms. That way, each teacher has access to all of their students, should they want to discuss the students’ SLC Slideshow.

We had the students join their team’s Google Classroom during our Advisement (similar to homeroom) using the class code. The students then had 30 minutes on 3 consecutive days to add to and customize their SLC slideshow. These Google Slideshows will now guide the discussions during our upcoming SLC nights.


One Great Thing a Day #GreatThing

Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 8.46.07 PMGreat things happen at school every day. Join this March Twitter challenge, inspired by this idea from George Couros ->

It’s simple to do. Tweet at least ONE great thing going on at school each day in March with #GreatThing. It can be something great going on in your classroom, a colleague’s room, catching a random act of kindness, an after school activity… anything that reminds you that schools are a great place to be.

When you have 5 minutes to yourself (rare, I know) search #GreatThing and see what ideas and inspiration you find there!


Tech Tools from METC 2016

One of the coolest, yet most overwhelming things about a technology conference is the sheer volume of online tools that are out there for the using. This post contains a clickable list of four classroom-ready tools I found this year. There’s something for everyone!

PhET Interactive Science and Math Simulations
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iCivics – Games for learning CivicsScreen Shot 2016-02-15 at 5.39.02 PM.png

emaze – a Presentation Tool for those tired of GoogleSlidesScreen Shot 2016-02-15 at 5.41.36 PM.png

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Join Us For #BodeShare

This October there is an easy way for you to join with your colleagues in #BodeShare – a Twitter challenge designed to help us share and learn together, inspired by Dr. Justin Tarte.

HERE’S HOW: Each school day in October has a sharing prompt that you can tweet about with the hashtag #BodeShare. Add your own thoughts each day, or simply check out what your colleagues are saying.

If you already use Twitter, please jump right in. If you are curious but unsure how to start, click this link for some Twitter basics. You can also leave a question here and I will answer to the best of my ability.

Here is the calendar for the #BodeShare Twitter Challenge: #BodeShareCal

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The Most Basic Twitter Basics Ever

5 Things to Know to Start on Twitter for Educators

1. Twitter is a micro-blogging platform, which just means that it’s a place for people to post short messages.  Twitter allows for 140 character messages which can be text, links, photos, or a combination of all three.

2. You don’t have to post anything. Once you join Twitter you can just “lurk” which means read what others are posting without sharing.

3. You only see information from people you follow. You can start by just searching for the names of your friends and colleagues and following them. If you are using Twitter for education, you can also check out the people at this link: Top Educators on Twitter

4. Use hashtags (#) to find people with similar interests. When you put the # symbol in front of a group of letters on Twitter it creates a link. If you click that link (ex: #SJSDproud) you will see all tweets on Twitter with that same link.

5. Twitter can seem overwhelming. But you can stop looking at it whenever you want! And if you give it a chance, I think you will find some interesting ideas out there.

Google Classroom for the 2015-16 School Year

I have great news for those SJSD teachers who used Google Classroom last year… You no longer need to use your email account to use Google Classroom. Hooray! That was a 1-year work around that has been fixed. You can set up a Google Classroom with your regular account, and students can join it with their account seamlessly.

Also, those who used Google Classroom last year might be wondering how to delete old accounts. It is a 2-step process. First your have to archive the account, then you can delete it:

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Let me know if you have any other Google Classroom questions! I would love to work with you one-on-one, in teams, or in content.