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As the title suggests we are in the process of testing out a few software options that we can use to house our next digital textbook. If you want to view the student book created in wikispaces you can still access it by going through the "Way Back Machine" or click on the link here. With both Garth and I (Travis) working in districts that use google services we thought we should try a few google products to see if they would be a good fit. The first google product we decided to try was Google Sites and though it wasn't perfect it did work.
Below are a list of pros and cons on using Google Sites.
If we think of other pros or cons we will add them to this list. If you have comments or questions please let us know.
You can view our rough draft of the Digital Textbook using google sites by clicking here
Welcome to NEOTIE2018! Many of Northeast Ohio's finest educators will be gathering at Beachwood High School for a Saturday full of technological professional development. J. C. Lenk will be presenting: FlipGrid: Video Responses and Formative Assessment for All. FlipGrid is a very fast growing, FREE tool that allows students to record their thoughts and/or answers about any topic that you choose. Once you view this presentation, you will be able to set up your own "Grids" in under two minutes. In this session, attendees will get to be the student to see how FlipGrid works, and then brainstorm with each other on how to use this great tool in their classes before building their own FlipGrid that they can use next week in class. For those not able to attend the session, the presentation below will be enough to get you and your students started using FlipGrid.
This is a random, quick post as I think about how I got to this point. A stream of conscious and no real editing---just memories and thoughts.
I was very excited to be asked to be a panelist at the University of Akron town hall meeting on Human Rights. I am no expert on the topic, but have always had strong feeling on social justice and inequality in society.
It started when I was young. I will pick up the story in 8th grade. My parents were divorced, my dad moved to Mississippi and I was a living with my Mom and brother in Elbridge, NY. (On a side note, Elbridge, NY was a white area. Period.) I went to spend my summer at Dad's. I was not looking forward to this trip. However, something that changed my life happened that summer. A few days after being in Vicksburg Mississippi, I made my way down to the basketball courts at his apartment. I stood along the side of the court in the hot mid-day sun, just hoping to be picked. This young black kids said, "I will take the fat white kid." That was me. That is not what was life changing, but I guess I remember it. After the game, I was not good, that young guy and I started to talk. His name was Heath Walls. He was a year younger, but strong and more athletic then me.
Over the course of the summer, he and I became best of friends--over the long term, we became brother. After I headed back to NY, we did not lose touch. Every week, he went to my dad's apartment on Sunday night at 7 to call me in NY--Every Sunday.
Moving forward, every summer I would spend weeks in Mississippi. Every minute I was awake was spent with Heath. We were not separated. As I graduated, in 1989, Heath made the trip to NY to see the event (returned the trip to Murray, KY-He had moved without his father and brothers to get a better education in mid 80's living with his grandmother--in 1990 to see him graduate from HS). He followed me (or I begged him--depends on which one you ask) to the University of Dayton, but his dream of that degree ended on a park bench outside of St. Mary's Hall, we both began to cry as he was unable to afford any more time at UD. He had to drop out. A part of me left UD two weeks later, as I drove Heath the six hours back to Murray.
Heath and I experienced outright racism, as HS kkk (I won't mention the names, but I remember them) members chased us several times around the street of Vicksburg and across Mississippi River bridge to Louisiana on I-20. To subtle experiences, like people walking into stores at the mall, so they would not pass us, only to walk out as soon as we past. To more personal forms, of my grandparents encouraging us to spend the night with the others grandparents when in Newark, Ohio (that never happened when I was alone.)
I spent 3/4 of my life thinking about the ways Heath and I had different opportunities in life. I thought about justice, fairness, inequality and racism. In fact, I took classes on history, social inequality, and politics As I got my first job, I read the book "You can't remain neutral on a moving train." By Howard Zinn that explained how inaction sides with the oppressor. Looking back, have I lived that? Have I spoke out? Have I acted to protect others? Or Have I stayed Neutral?
The answers are unclear at this point...time will tell.
Welcome to #Sparcc18! It is a pleasure to here again and share ideas with awesome teachers from around Ohio. Today JC Lenk, the 6th Grade SS teacher at Beachwood Middle School, is here for the first time.
We will be presenting a constructivist approach to learning, using free software called My Maps. It allows students to build a personal visual of the material being learned. We are social studies teachers, but we believe most teachers can find a way to use this software. We will be brainstorming ideas as a large group to help us see how others can use this in a variety of classes.
Creating Electronic Portfolios Using My Maps
Session will be divided into three parts:
2. Short presentations
3. Build your own my maps.
Add your voice for student's to hear at the start of school!
On another note, JC and I are also using the theme of Human Rights this year in our classrooms. We are looking for adults to share their ideas on what Human Rights mean to them on #flipgrid to have students listen to others outside their community share ideas. Please, Click here and share your ideas! And Thank you.
Check out other projects are students are doing! Built on Thinglink!
What I did the last 20 minutes of my 27 year of teaching was record the following video of me reviewing and looking over the book. I wanted a visual of what it was, so that we can move forward and rebuild under some new formate.
I am open to ideas? Leave your thoughts below. Have a good day, but more importantly keep building.
Student Example of Electronic Portfolio (Covers 2 years)
Student teacher built this as a test Sutori. I changed the embed code like the directions above.
In General my thoughts on the chat!
First the only problem I noticed was Twitter would not allow people to access the podcast if they missed the first tweet with the link. Jon attempted to solve this by having people who could not access the link on twitter DM him and he sent a direct link on email to them.
However, that is minor compare to the idea of how this played out. First, the chat became something much more, then a traditional chat. People had something to directly think about: science knowledge, rational for learning, and meaning, not in 160 characters, but in a thoughtful presentation. The music allowed time for thought, reflections, not rapid fire like a traditional chat. It gave you time to be in the moment some mindfulness. I did not tweet as much as I was thinking. I was listening, processing, wondering, reading tweets and dreaming. I have not done that in a twitter chat before, I just answered questions. This opened up new possibilities and more questions about teaching and learning.
-How do we provide more movement in secondary school?
-How do we use podcasts (I call them computer side chats) in class?
-How does music impact the thinking about concepts?
-What can be done to encourage more thought in classrooms?
-How can we deliver material in non traditional ways?
-Who can we collaborate with to make provide a deeper understanding of material?
And on and on.
I really enjoyed this chat formate. I think this formate is much more open to asynchronous learning. Post the podcast and allow the "chat" to take place over time: hours, days, weeks. Then grab the Storify of the hashtag.
This post is a first general reaction to the idea. I plan to try this again on twitter and figure out how this concept will impact my classroom in the future. Then I will get back to you:)
The twitter podcast can be found here (original google doc) or embed below.
The Walking Twitter Chat via Storify