Sunday, February 21, 2016
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Symbaloo--My Symbaloo says a lot about the websites I use, and it's updated constantly. Of course, these are web-based, but some also come as apps in the iTunes, Google Play, and Chrome Web store. I use all of these with my students.
Chromebook apps in addition to the ones listed above:
Google Keep (available in iTunes & Android stores)
The QR Code Generator
Pixton for Google Chromebooks
YouTube Capture App
Prezi (available on web)
Thinglink (available in iTunes & Android stores & web)
GradeCam (available in iTunes & Android stores & web)<--ASSESSMENT HEAVEN!!
iPromptPro--a teleprompter for speeches
Kindle (available in iTunes & Android stores & web)
Booksource Classroom--my entire classroom library is digital & sends reminders when books are due!
Gaffclass' MUST HAVE Chrome Extensions: (I use them daily!)
Send to Google Classroom
Save to Google Drive
The QR Code Extension
Goo.gl URL Shortener
Brought to us by our friend and and dear colleague, Chrissy Young, our behavior card has now spread to other grade levels! It's THAT amazing. The rules are simple, follow the rules=get a ticket. Tickets are called every three weeks to receive a prize.
IF a student doesn't follow a rule, they get a signature. Signatures=consequences. Start small: lose your ticket. Each additional signature in a week adds another consequence. We range from student conference to silent lunch to parent contact to office referral.
ALL of this can be controlled by the student. If he or she manages his or her behavior, they'll get rewarded. Middle schoolers pretend like they don't like prizes and to be caught doing good, but they really thrive on it. Our behavior card is a way to reward students who are doing the right thing consistently, and even though some students may have bumps in the road, they also still have the opportunity to make the right choice and be rewarded.
We check the card at the each week and keep track of those who have earned consequences. Every Monday, the student starts all over again. The one card lasts the entire quarter.
We also use the back of the behavior card as their hall pass. Students only get a certain amount of "get out of class free" passes. They use these to go to the bathroom during class, get water, go to their lockers, etc. However, once they're gone, they're gone. Students have to make it to the bathroom during class change, or give up a ticket because they couldn't manage their passes effectively. It also keeps students accountable for their cards! They may want to lose their behavior card, but they sure don't want to lose their hall pass!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Unfortunately, getting another computer won't help. We use Samsung Chromebooks in 7th grade. Chromebooks act 95%+ in the "cloud". The reason we can't connect is because our server can't support the amount of devices we have connecting to it.
Our awesome tech crew is working diligently to improve our accessibility in each school in our district, thanks in part to our former superintendent, who placed a priority on improving technology during his tenure. HOWEVER, we need to be prepared.
How to get OFFLINE in Google Docs (Slides, Sheets, Drawings, too!)
Sunday, August 9, 2015
I go to tech workshops often. #hpselead
For daily/weekly in class activities:
GAFE, including Google Classroom
Gradecam & Socrative
For professional branding & classroom branding:
Monday, July 27, 2015
I'm a techy teacher (#hpselead), but I also know the value of holding paper in my hand or jotting notes down in my own squirrely cursive and doodles. So, yet again, this year my "interactive" student notebooks will be changing.
<Tech>First, I have begged my principal to let me go to online writing portfolios. I hate all that filing of chicken-scratch, stapled-5-times, paperclips-falling-out, no-real-scope-&-sequence--YUCK! It takes additional time to file and RE-file (4 times per year) those manila folders in the workroom. Why can't I just send you a link and you can look at any sample you want at your convenience? NO MORE pre-writing, drafting, editing, final drafting, peer editing, really-this-is-the-final-copy in my ISN's. I can app-smash all that together online anyway. (that's a whole other post.).
<Low-tech meets Tech>Here is where it gets a bit sticky. I'm going to try to #flip my vocabulary lessons this year. I'll send them a link to a video or slideshow (yay for tech!), and when students come into class, they will have to complete an activity in their ISN (yay for differentiated low-tech!). For those who don't have access to the viewing at home, they can catch up quickly in class and then complete the activity. I'll have "high flyer" work for students who complete the activity quickly, of course. I'll also have all resources, cut-outs, and activities posted to our Google Classroom site. If any student is absent, they can see what they missed, and go over it as many times as they need to.
Last, but not least, is how I'm going old-school ISN. I have never done the "Right-side=teacher input, Left side=student output". We've taken the notes and made each page our own. This year, I AM going old school. Yes, we will have sides. Yes, students will be "graded" on their OUTPUT, not my input. I am wary of the typical middle schooler reactions, "But I can't draw!" "I'm not an artist!" "Do I have to?" Yes, you have to, and all you have to do is TRY to put it into a format YOU understand.
I will be happy to find an ISN middle-ground between "I'm all tech" and "Students need something in their hands". I hope this year is it!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Willingness to put yourself out there to others in all your (not so) glory?
Keeping your head down and eyes on the job?
Relationships-with parents, students, colleagues?