Today I am join by Travis Armstrong from Davis Middle School in Dublin, Ohio. We have been team teaching between Beachwood and Dublin for a few years. However, Travis was moved to the High School for three years and now he is back. Let the fun begin. Travis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @tarmstrong614
Today we will be talking about Autonomous Mastery Learning and Ramping up your fun formative assessment. The Autonomous Mastery learning slideshow is below and the Ramping up your formative assessments will be done in a Peardeck, but the normal google slide show is also below.
Last summer I (Travis) read a book titled "Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning: Learning in the Age of Empowerment" the book revolves around the entire education system and how it can be changed to fit the needs of our "new" society. Though I had many takeaways from the book I am going to focus on one for this post. One part that has stuck with me from the book is how schools could increase the focus on the skills that students need in order to be successful in life. This isn't a new concept, after all we have all heard the term 21st century skills, soft skills, life skills etc... However, how many of us have a class at our school titled "Collaboration, or Communication skills" I assume not many if any at all. So where are all of these skills being taught? The immediate answer to that question is on a daily basis in everyone's classroom, they are skills that just come with good teaching. But, to paraphrase from Inevitable, if something is important for students to learn ie good communication skills, it should be an intentional part of our curriculum. This led me to try and come up with an intentional way to focus on these skills in my classroom, since this is going to be a little different for my students I know it is really important to get student by in. So below are the next steps I am taking in order to try and get student by in.
The first thing I needed to do was identify the skills that I believe are important for success in all aspects of life. Luckily for me our district did some research by surveying local businesses, universities, and people in the work place and had already identified a number of the skills needed. Secondly, I need to ask the students where they see themselves in 10-15 years. Hopefully they say things like being a doctor, or owning my own business, being an engineer, and so on. After I get their responses, I will send a survey out to those professions asking them to rank the importance of each skill identified in step one. After the survey's are completed I will share the results with students and talk with them about though my class may be titled Ancient World History it is really an opportunity for them to practice the skills that they will need for the rest of their life. For example, if you are handed a primary source about the Julius Caesar the real long term benefit of interacting with that primary source is to practice reading something that is difficult to understand as you will likely encounter that problem later in life while you may never be asked to remember the specific content about Julius Caesar.
Click here for the link to the survey mentioned in the post, please feel free to share it with anyone who might be interested in completing the survey.
Click image above (or here) to see a 360 of our classroom in Thinglink 360 and student example
Welcome to the Ohio Google Summit. We are sure you are learning a great deal. Matt Miller from #ditchbook got the show rolling and many sessions look great and you can not get to all all--JC and I made a Flipgrid to share your ideas from session you attend and key takeaways.
JC (@jclenk) and I (@garthholman) are doing three presentations at Itip2019. All presentations are below.
1. Ramping up your formative assessment! Make it FUN! Monday 3:00-3:50 in Leopardwood
-Starting class using PearDeck! Sign-in will be projected.
-Google doc of Formative assessment tools (not all presented)
Your takeaways Click here
2. Hyperquest Creating Engaging Experiences for Students. Tuesday 9:00-9:50 in Indigo Bay
-Google Slide show below
3. Student Created Electronic Portfolios of Content Using Google My Maps Tuesday 2:00-2:50 in Rosewood
-Google Slide Show below
Welcome to NeoTech19. JC and I are glad to be here again presenting. Today we will be talking about our version of HyperQuests and student engagement. Please feel free to contact anytime. Have a great conference.
I have to give a shout out to my #holmanclass. We talked about this over the weekend during class and then my student teacher mentioned it Monday, who is going to be looking for a job:). So, we gave it a try...Very glad we did.
The image to the left is the webpage. The image to the right is what kids see when they enter the page with a link I provide. I was able to insert highlights, define words, and ask self correcting questions directly in the text. Below you see an added short answer box for students to explain the central idea in the reading.
Below you see my personal favorite, the ability to add a video of me directly explaining an idea the is complex and allowing students to tell me what they learned from the short video and reading.
Tomorrow student will "receive" the feedback from me and student will use this knowledge to build projects on the Magna Carta. I will post more about what the Insertlearning in the next few weeks. Right now I am impressed, but I am always interested in what the Student's think, they will fill out a google form tomorrow and I will post their reactions. Below is a photo gallery of other images from and feature of Insertlearning.
Just going to leave this here for a while:) Really is made for VR, not a computer.
Click to set custom HTML
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!