Friday, November 21, 2014

Large Group Instruction in Biology with Explain Everything

A little over one week ago, I coached our Biology teachers on the power of the Explain Everything App.

Today, was our large group instructional time.
  • The App
  • The Project
  • The Rubric
As students entered the room, I had OK Go's Here It Goes Again video playing.  As students were settling down in their seats, I turned down the volume, but left the video playing.  I emphasized with students the background of the group and their creative videos.  So much collaboration, critical thinking and creativity is present in the video.  It was a perfect example for this project.

I liked this idea of music videos so much, I started a YouTube Playlist for videos that are filled with creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.  There are not too many videos in this list as of yet!  More to join the list in the future!

You can see how students experienced this as they entered the room.

On Monday and Tuesday, students will be creating!

I truly believe this was an awesome experience for our classroom teachers who were able learn the details about the app an additional time.  Students also were able to get a field trip to our Large Group Instruction Area.  I was able to teach students which was the first reason I became a teacher.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Digital Workflow in High School Photography

It took some time, but we were able to determine a "turn in" folder for our photography students that meets all the criteria for efficient digital workflow.  We are using iMacs and Google Drive.  Some items that needed to be considered
  • Teacher able to view all pictures from students
  • Students not able to view other student pictures online
  • Method for students KNOWING the teacher received their picture
  • Assignment organization
  • Student organization
  • Class organization
Learn More About It

Lunch N' Learn PowToons Promotion

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 Midwest Google Summit Day 2 Resources and Reflection

The second day of my Midwest Google Summit has a variety of speakers and content that allowed for me to learn about a number of great topics.

Ryan Bretag - SAMR, ESM, IPI for Measuring Success

Important Statements:

  • Anything Is Measurable
  • "In Flow" Is Time in Which Students (People) Start Learning Something and After A Lengthy Period of Time Don't Even Realize Time Has Passed (Usually Hours)
  • Three Types of Measurement
    • ESM - Experiential Sampling Method
    • IPI - Instructional Practices Inventory
    • SAMR - Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition
  • After Forms/Surveys Have Focus Group
  • Engagement Needs Roots That Are Data & Facts
  • Think Success Is A Straight Line, But Success Is a Curvy Line
Jennifer Zurawski - Google Hangouts and On Air

Important Statements:

  • Start in Gmail or Google Plus or Google Calendar
  • Tons of Different Uses
  • Hangouts Not Recorded; Hangouts On Air Recorded
  • GAFE accounts = 15 people; Personal accounts = 10 people

Important Statements:
  • All Mobile Google Apps Can Be Found Here
  • Any App Can Be Pushed To Google Drive For Sharing

Important Statements:
  • Loved the Statement: Pencil & Pixel
  • Three Tiered Fish Bowl For Discussion
  • In 2014 We Must Be (Digitally) Agile
  • Alive, Active, Blended
  • Flex Mod: Entire Group of Students Use Communities & Grading Teacher Use Classroom
All of MY SKETCH NOTES can be found on Pinterest.
  • I truly enjoyed creating Sketch Notes during the conference.
  • Sketch Notes allow for total focus on visualizing the concepts that the speaker is presenting.
  • I chose Pinterest because @Braddo recommended it
  • I will continue to learn and enhance my Sketch Notes.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2014 Midwest Google Summit Day 1 Resources and Reflection

The 2014 Midwest Google Summit began today as a two day learning opportunity for educators.  Teachers were focused on integrating Google Apps for Education by certified Google Teachers.  My notes were taken with the Paper 53 app which allows for tremendous creation opportunities.  I used the #Sketchnote option to produce ideas.  I chose this method because all of the resources that presenters create are online.  I wanted to create the notes so that they make sense in a visual way.  Below are the highlights of my learning day complete with visual Sketchnotes and written information.

Mark Garrison - Keynote

Important Statements:

  • Experiences In Technology Involve Innovation
  • It's Not What The Teacher Knows About Tech, It's What The Students Create
  • Ask Students To Change, Need Teachers To Lead
  • 4 Cs are Above SAMR
  • Start Stop Share

Important Statements:

Important Statements:
  • Four Stages of YouTube Use: Funny Videos, Tutorials, Publishing, Google Hangouts On Air 
  • Funny Videos For Hooks and Discussion Starters
  • Tutorials For Sub Plans and Video Tutorials of Lessons
  • YouTube for Uploading of Content, Web Cams, Hangouts, and Editor

Important Statements:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Creator Exporting Options Using Google Drive

Our sixth grade teacher, Mr. Pratt, a model classroom teacher in our district will be utilizing the Book Creator app for an upcoming creative learning opportunity for his students.  As always, it is important to develop/create/understand the work flow of completed project to a sharable format.

To understand the workflow I created a Stick Around App book using the Book Creator app.

On Monday, November 25, 2013, I blogged about illustrating a Book On an iPad or Online and the Book Creator App for the iPad was a choice.  Since then, I haven't revisited the app.

Today, I created a book about the Stick Around App in high school Anatomy and pushed the three different types of final products to Google Drive.  These final products are placed in a shared folder.  Students and teachers can "open in" the file from Google Drive to iBooks or any other application.  Of course, this is an app smash.

This tremendous App Smashing presentation from Miami Vice helped in the process.

View The Process


My Final Creation

Thursday, November 13, 2014

PicCollage and PicPlayPost iPad App For Present Progressive Tense In Spanish

Ms. Slusarek and Mr. Vanseth created an amazing app smash with the PicCollage app and the PicPlayPost app.  These teachers are doing some amazing things with iPad apps and thinking outside the traditional educational box.  Students are empowering their creative minds with the integration of a technology tool!

As Ms. Slusarek states,
"Our learning objective is for the students to distinguish between the regular present tense and the present progressive verb tense. 

To do this we are "app smashing" PicPlayPost and Pic Collage! We wanted to add text to our picture and video, but PPP doesn't include this feature. So we are using Pic Collage to add text to a picture and then combining the pic with text to the video and framing at PPP offers!" 

The directions are below.

Utilizing SQWORL For Individual Planning Conferences

Today, Mrs. Gerth and Mrs. Wagner, school counselors contacted me about a way to have all the web resources (six) available with one click while conducting eighth grade planning conferences.

We initially tried "pinning" tabs in Chrome, but was unsuccessful in keeping them pinned after logging off/logging on.  Not sure why, but it could be that we were on a virtual machine.

Because of that failure, I remembered creating multi urls a year or two ago and decided SQWORL would be the best.  SQWORL touts itself as "Simple Visual Bookmarking for Educators".  One of our counselors created an account.  It took about 15 minutes to create the link.

The LINK works perfectly and is now able to be shared with other counselors.
(This would not have happened if we pinned each teacher's Chrome browser)

Introducing the Flex Mod Schedule To Students and the Community

As we progress to the flexible schedule for our high school in 2015-2016, our communication intensifies.  To do this, our art teacher, Mr. Sperduto created a tremendous infographic that will be displayed throughout our building, given to students, and distributed throughout our community.

In addition, I created a video with raw video footage provided by Mr. Manning and Mr. Mentink. The video was created with Final Cut Pro X, which is a Mac program I learned about at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Austin in 2013.

Our principal, Mr. Matczak, completed a voice over of a Google presentation that Mrs. Mathys and Ms. Koch created.  The voice over was completed in Camtasia because the Google presentation was able to be screencasted.  Also, the editing features were perfect for cleaning up the voice over.

The Final Cut Pro X and voice over were combined using the Camtasia Program.  Worked perfectly.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Promotion of Causes Using the iPad

Mrs. Titler and Ms. Slusarek, Spanish teachers at Pulaski High School provided a Problem Based Learning opportunity with their Spanish students.

Students used different mediums to create their product that helps to create awareness for their cause.

Below are some of those options (some links may only work if you have the correct rights.

Charla animal - Blog

As Ms. Slusarek stated, "There are some grammar mistakes, but I think this group captured the effective use of technology and how to motivate people to join a cause!"  

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