Thursday, September 18, 2014

Learning On The Loo - Cool Sites - Vol. 2 Issue 2

We continue to help staff learn more about technology tips, tricks, and resources.

Volume 2 has now two issues.  See them all!  They are not linkable because these are actual papers that get placed in our staff bathrooms.  Thinking about doing a "student version"  Maybe soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Converting Traditional Teacher Schedule To Flex Mod Schedule

We recently taught our teachers how to conceptualize their current schedule.  Here is the presentation that helped them to look at their schedule differently.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Google Classroom

Google Classroom Ticket was used for promoting the Lunch N' Learn topic.  You can create your own at Works perfectly on the iPad as well in the Chrome or Safari web browser.  Save it to the camera roll and insert it into any app.

Setting up your Google Classroom

Teacher & Student Views

Setting Up Your Google Classroom(written directions)

Five Google Classroom Mistakes

Resetting Teacher Permissions

Google Classroom Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Google Drive Activity Feed
All Google Classroom's have their own folder.  Within that folder are sub folders for each assignment.  Within that folder, each student's assignment will be labeled for easy reference.

If you are planning to attend, please accept the invitation to join the Lunch N' Learn classroom.  Click on click that you ARE A TEACHER, please email me for the code. Please bring your laptop or iPad and we will practice using Google Classroom.

Monday, September 8, 2014

High School Learning Spaces - Lunch N' Learn

Please join us in the High School Social Studies Learning Lab for the first Lunch N' Learn on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while learning!  We'll explore at how to utilize the two different learning spaces in the high school and how to check them out!

A Lunch: 11:35 AM
B Lunch: 12:05 PM
C Lunch: 12:35 PM

Calendars To Check Out The Space: 
PHS Library Laptops (actually Chromebooks)
PHS Library Workspace (no computers needed)
Check out BOTH if you would like to use both areas at the same time.
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PHS Social Studies Learning Lab 
PHS Learning Lab
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Options For Lesson Design While In These Learning Spaces
Direct Instruction, Group Instruction, Individual Learning

Environmental Science Videos: Workflow For Success

We will be using multiple devices and Google Drive to organize group videos that share environmental issues and solutions.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Keynote Export Images For Telling Favorite Integration of 2014

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I created my first Keynote presentation to export as images.  I forget that Keynote can export images, and since the graphics in Keynote are stunning, I should be using it more.  

Here are my favorite integration examples from our school this past school year.  Remember, we are not a 1:1 learning environment yet, but I feel our teachers work extremely hard at integrating technology rich, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities.

If you click on the first picture, the rest of the images will become a slide show.  Each slide has a "View It" link that would take you to the actual blog post.  However, it doesn't work through the images.  I'm learning and haven't determined the best way to export this so that the links work.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Gains From Not Attending ISTE 2014

I've always wanted to attend ISTE Conferences!  I never have due to a variety of reasons.  In the past, I've followed the conference via social network on a hit or miss basis.  However, this year, I focused on growing my Personal Learning Network (PLN) by viewing the #ISTE2014 Twitter stream.  I wanted to add new people that represented a variety of educational backgrounds.  From national speakers to elementary teachers and from Australia to my home state, Wisconsin I truly found amazing educational leaders that I didn't even know existed prior to this week!

And so I took this to heart!

Please view these ISTE Conference contributors through my Haiku Deck.  I took screen shots using my iPad, edited them through the camera roll, and then added them to my Haiku Deck.  Haiku Deck is an amazing simplistic, elegant presentation tool.  The most impressive part of Haiku Deck is that the user experience is the same whether it is on the iPad or on a Chromebook/computer!  Perfect for students who start content creation at school on a school technology device and complete it at home on a personal device!

While this is not an all inclusive list, these are great educators added to my PLN creating important gains for me without attending ISTE 2014!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Flex Modular Scheduling - Here We Go!

On Wednesday, our school board approved the implementation of the Flexible Modular Schedule for the 2015-2016 school.  With that, let the planning begin!  We will be meeting in a few short weeks to develop a plan for the upcoming school year.  This plan will focus on ALL the items that need to be completed prior to the schedule impacting our staff and students in August of 2015.

I had the fortunate opportunity of presenting in Westside School District in Omaha.  While it was great for me to give information to teachers and administrators in Westside, it was EQUALLY advantageous for me to receive a tour of their high school and to have a twenty minute conversation with staff and administration on how they conduct their modular schedule in a high school of 1800 students.  They have implemented the Modular Schedule since 1967.

I have compiled a video of the tour of the school.  I used an iPad Air and iMovie on the iPad to edit the movie.  I also used my iPhone and the included Voice Memos app to record the principal and assistant principal providing valuable, candid statements and advice.  I used Garage Band to clean up the audio (we were in a noisy area).  Exporting the "podcast" to my iMac and uploading to Google Drive worked great to get the information to others.

Creating a public Google Drive Folder compiles the recordings into a very presentable format.

WATCH & LISTEN to the conversation!

I am planning to document the continued progress of this journey.  The Green Bay Press-Gazette has already written a story about it! Please join in the conversation on Twitter #FlexMod as I know that the Sheboygan School District and maybe others are implementing this schedule as well.

I am proud of our high school and our district!  This isn't going to be easy, however, nothing great every is!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Westside School District DevelopU Reflection

June 11 and 12 were two days of an incredible experience.  I was blessed to be invited to Westside School District in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Westside School District is doing it right!  At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, all Kindergarten through fifth grade students will have a school issued iPad.  All sixth through twelfth grade students will be issued MacBooks.

Issuing devices is one thing, providing impactful professional development for the teachers and administrators is another!  Westside provided their already incredible teachers with the opportunity to learn so many different effective technology integration strategies from Apple Distinguished Educators.  All of the ADEs are classroom teachers who have effectively demonstrated technology integration which provides valuable learning lessons that involve critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and citizenship.

All of the ADEs are experts in their own fields.  I feel blessed to be able to present with...
Kelly Croy, Bill Ziegler, Matt Baier, Cristin Rold, Matt Lee, Julia Garcia, Gabby Meyers, Katie Morrow, Kevin Morrow, and Josh Mika

All of their presentations can be found on the Westside DevelopU Wiki.

I was asked to present four different topics.

App Smashing: Advanced Workflow on the iPad
About 100 people attended this.  Their energy and enthusiasm was outstanding!
I truly wanted to show how using a simple iPad app is an effective method, but utilizing two, three, and even four apps provides critical thinking and creativity opportunities for students that moves them to a higher level of thinking.

Creating Content with the iPad: What Can I Use For...
About 50 teachers attended this session held in the beautiful Courtyard in the Westside High School.  In my teaching support role, I am asked numerous times in a day, "If I want to edit an image on the iPad, what would be the best app?"  Not only this task gets asked about, but close to twenty different requests are asked.  With that, I created an infographic to help teachers, BUT more importantly students decide what what's the best tool to accomplish a task.

The second day brought me to teaching two different sessions.
Visualizing Learning: Show What You Know Using An iPad
About 30 people attended this.  Mostly elementary teachers who wanted to complete screencasting on the iPad.  Screenchomp, Educreations, and Explain Everything were featured.  I believe that the best part of the presentation was showing MANY real videos of students creating assessments using these tools.  Positive feedback was also provided on the portion of the presentation that included a tutorial for Explain Everything!

My last session of the day was AWESOME!  140 staff and administrators joined in learning about...
Innovative, Personalized Learning Environments
I really tried to show teachers who have removed their traditional rows and desks and created students centered, learning environments.  This doesn't mean that direct instruction areas are eliminated!  We just think about them differently!

An enormous thank you to Paul Lindgren, Matt Lee, Cristin Rold, all of the administration, and the entire teaching staff of the district for making my first trip to Westside one of the most enjoyable learning and presenting experiences I have had!  The DevelopU learning experience and the Wiki are all very well done!  I would also like to thank all of the wonderful people associated with Apple (I will not list them all as I, unfortunately, will probably forget one) as they always make ADEs feel like rock stars!  It is NOT taken for granted and does NOT go unnoticed!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

iPad and iMovie Brings Smiles On Fishing Trip

Two years ago, Mr. Goodness, Pulaski High School physical education teacher, was given an iPad.  He admittedly had no idea how or why he would use it.  However, after numerous conversations with me he started using Coach My Video to help students obtain physical education goals.  The entire process has moved him to use video to demonstrate learning via goals set for each student.  These videos are displayed during parent-student-teacher conferences and parents love them!  The entire learning process for him has developed into a great working relationship between the two of us!

He now takes his iPad everywhere!

On a recent trip, he captured so many precious moments that tears developed while I watched this video.  These students are truly blessed to have Mr. Goodness working with them.  Fortunately, we are able to experience his great work through the lens of an iPad.

View the 2014 Fishing Video

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