Tag Archives: higher order thinking skills

creating book trailers using video editing apps

It was my pleasure to visit two outstanding classrooms recently in the Normandy School District as part of our ITEF Grant involving iPad use in the classroom.  One was a fifth grade classroom and one was a combined 2nd-3rd grade gifted classroom.  In both rooms, students were engaged and on task with their goal of creating book trailers using video editing apps on their iPads.  Teachers had already taken them through the script writing process, and they had created storyboards of the movies they wanted to make.  In each classroom, students were busy finding pictures on the Internet or on other iPad apps that illuminated their stories.  They were using higher order thinking skills to decide what kinds of pictures they needed, how to download them and how to edit them, so that they would fit into the book trailers.  Some students were using the camera feature on the iPad to actually take pictures.  This was a highly engaging task, and students rose to it well.  I had the opportunity to read some of the scripts, which were actually persuasive pieces, and they were excellent.  It was very gratifying to see that the teachers that I had worked with in professional development sessions were implementing their knowledge so well in their classrooms.  Congrats to these teachers and their terrific students!

METC 2012 Bring Your Own Laptop Google Precons

Midwest Education Technology ConferenceMidwest Education Technology Conference
Preconference Workshops February 13, 2012
Half-day workshops 9 to 12 or 1 to 4.
Registration starts Monday!

BYOL Requirements: Laptop with internet connection.

HALF DAY (P.M.) P23 TECH LEVEL:
BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Get Going With Google Earth (BYOL*)
Ken Shelton, Featured Speaker

This workshop will cover everything from the basics of using Google Earth to more advanced pedagogical applications involving teaching, learning, and content creation. The workshop will include creating, manipulating and controlling your own content as well as managing your content on your mobile device. Special BYOL Requirements: Laptop with latest version of Google Earth installed.

HALF DAY (A.M.) P24 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Building a Classroom Website with Google Sites (BYOL*)
Bill Bass, Google Certified Teacher
Would you like to create a free classroom website or online collaborative environment? Without knowing any HTML or other fancy coding language, Google Sites can quickly help you create a website for use with your students and to communicate with parents. All you need is a web browser and Internet connection, and you can design and update your website from anywhere. Bring a few ideas and resources to build yours today!

HALF DAY (A.M.) P25 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
HOTS for Google (BYOL*)

Diana Dell, Google Certified Teacher
Attend this fast-paced session to analyze Google tools through the lens of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy; explore Featured Speaker Kathy Schrock’s Bloomin’ Google interactive portal for each level of thinking; experience Google tools; and brainstorm uses with like-minded educators. Participants will work together to choose the HOT-est Google tool for each level of thinking. You will leave this session declaring that you have the HOTS for Google!

HALF DAY (A.M.) P26 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Go from Good to GREAT: Google for Leaders (BYOL*)

Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teacher
During this three-hour professional development workshop, administrators and district leaders will learn how to design teams to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Participants will get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and discover innovative instructional strategies to improve student learning. Leaders will explore resources to share with colleagues and building teams, and then discuss how to apply this new learning to go from Good to Great in every school.

HALF DAY (A.M.) P27 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Use Google Tools & KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid (BYOL*)
Stephanie Madlinger, Google Certified Teacher
Do you need to simplify your life? Are you feeling stupid in the midst of organizational chaos? Come learn about Google’s hidden treasures for organizing and managing your busy life. Learn to color-code, label and manage your Gmail for more effective communication. Experience the power of keeping an online calendar to access 24/7 by merging your schedule for work, home and play into ONE place. Then explore other hidden Google Tools and widgets that help bring simplicity to your life.

HALF DAY (P.M.) P28 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Google Docs for the Elementary Classroom (BYOL*)

Diana Dell & Stephanie Madlinger, Google Certified Teachers
Come learn how the five free Google Documents can support learning 24/7 in the elementary classroom, by creating, sharing and editing online. Use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment. Create an online form to collect information, chart and graph in a snap. Draw on online chart paper to brainstorm with other classrooms across the country. Open up your classroom to new learning today!

HALF DAY (P.M.) P29 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Google Docs for the Secondary Classroom (BYOL*)

Bill Bass & Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teachers
Come learn how the five free Google Documents can support learning 24/7 in the secondary classroom, by creating, sharing and editing online. Use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment. Create an online form to collect information, chart and graph in a snap. Draw on online chart paper to brainstorm with other classrooms across the country. Open up your classroom to new learning today!

Visit METCconference.org for more information.

Fall into Boundless Learning this September

summer vc class
During the summer vc class, we connected with the Center for Puppetry Arts for a lesson on Spiders

This fall, Boundless Learning with Videoconferencing will take place September 16 & 17, 4 to 7 p.m. each evening.

Research has shown that video-conferencing can increase student motivation and learning by figuratively tearing down the walls of the classroom, providing students with experiences and relationships that they would otherwise never be able to have. In this tele workshop, you will have the chance to create a lesson using videoconferencing that fits into your curriculum. Come learn how to find, design, and participate in virtual field trips and collaborative projects. These lessons promote higher order thinking skills & increase motivation.

Participants will:
•    Be introduced to the equipment and how it works, and to CSD’s award-winning videoconferencing program, New Links to New Learning
•    Learn how to find videoconference content
•    Connect to content providers for videoconference demonstrations
•    Create an inquiry-based lesson
•    Design virtual field trips or collaborative projects
•    Understand the difference between H323 videoconferencing protocol and Skype

And don’t forget, New Links to New Learning members, you can attend this class for free!

Teaching Higher Order Thinking Skills in the Elementary Classroom with Spreadsheets

Excel is not just for math teachers! Learn great ways to incorporate Excel into your lessons! Come to the tele class on March 4 and 5th from 4-7 pm and Stacey Franks will show you how to use this tool in exciting, new ways in your classroom.  Did you know that you can use Excel to make interactive maps?  How about while working on WebQuests?  Go beyond the normal spreadsheets with Excel and learn how to make them interesting for both you and your students. To sign, up to go http://www.csd.org/tele.

tell me about tele

In CSD’s technology enhanced learning environment (tele), learn how to use new technology tools & how to integrate them into your classroom and lesson plans at the same time! The tele is located in the Virtual Learning Center at CSD’s offices on Craig Road.

Technology is a tool that prepares students with the higher order thinking and questioning skills needed for the workforce. When students work with technology and the Internet, they are required to use these skills. Each project they work on is, in essence, a performance task. All of the tele classes are designed from a constructivist learning theory foundation that the Show-Me Standards are based on. The instruction is inquiry-based and project oriented.

Our philosophy is that technology integration takes many hours of training and is an on-going process. Our tele classes are designed to move you along this process. By introducing skills in the first half of the class and then immediately integrating those skills into project examples, you will develop a usable product for your classroom.

For a full list of the courses being offered in the tele this school year, including PD on SMART Boards and Promethean Activboards, visit www2.csd.org/tele. We hope to see you here!