We wanted to share some great resources from coolcatteacher.blogspot.com. Take a look at these select lesson plans, compiled and commented on by Georgia teacher Vicki Davis:
• Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | Edutopia Edutopia’s guide to websites, organizations articles relating to the common core. I do think they are missing “Share My Lesson” from the AFT and TES, but this may have been written before that site launched. A great overview.
• Film as a Great Motivator | Edutopia The right film and the right moment can create mood and meaning. Today in the Olympics, the swim coach was talking about how he had shown a clip from Saving Private Ryan and team members took on a different air of brotherhood and working together as a team. Film can be a great motivator and teacher in the classroom when well done. It can also be a boring “beuller” moment if not picked well. I like how this blog post deconstructs the use of video and how it can be used effectively in the classroom. I think it is a great read for all teachers.
• Pinterest- Search results for classroom door- Cute ideas for classroom doors.
• Wikis in the Classroom- A lovely website about wikis and the use in the classroom.
Using Digital Portfolios to Collect & Evaluate Student Work is a new workshop being offered by Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis this summer. Are you ready for an easier way to collect resources in one location? Do you want a better organization system for collecting artifacts? “In K-12 schools, the primary purpose of portfolios is to support both the assessment of learning and the assessment for learning” (Stiggins, 2002).
We’ll explore various digital tools to assist both teachers and students in collecting information and displaying work. Learn how to use online resources such as Google Apps, LiveBinders, Wikis, and Evernote to evaluate and share resources, projects, and artifacts. We will discuss the three most common types of portfolios: the working portfolio, the display portfolio, and the assessment portfolio. We’ll also look at how they act as a management system to support both formative (facilitating student feedback) and summative assessment (collecting and aggregating evaluation data). This workshop is for teachers & leaders wanting to develop an online collection of resources and artifacts for continuous learning and reflection.
The Tyranny of the Lecture: Varying Instructional Strategies with Tech Tools takes place on Monday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost for this professional development is $149 for a CSD member; $189 for a non-member (One Graduate Credit is available). About the workshop: lecture & direct instruction are essential components of effective teaching, but their overuse can lead to unengaged students and predictable lesson formats. You can change this up!
In this newly developed, one-day workshop, examine high engagement strategies that use student interaction to promote learning, and investigate technology resources, such as wikis, blogs, WebQuests, online forums, chat rooms, simulations and educational games, that help students be directors of their own learning. You’ll also have an opportunity to examine several types of student response systems and evaluate them for use in the classroom. Walk away with ready to use classroom strategies and technology tools to help you break the lecture habit in your teaching. This workshop is co-facilitated by Teacher’s Academy Director Peggy Dersch and the Virtual Learning Center’s Martha Bogart. Registration is required, click here to do that now!
Here’s a list of the first few workshops we are offering this summer at Cooperating School Districts’ tele. A complete list of May & June sessions is currently up at www.csd.org/tele, as are more complete descriptions of the workshops listed below.
Using Prezi to Create Zooming Presentations June 1 12:30-3:30pm $75 CSD member; $89 non-member
(No Credit) Did you know that Prezi is a web-based presentation application & storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides? Text, videos and other objects are placed on the infinite canvas & grouped together. Learn how the canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. You’ll see how your Prezi can be developed in a browser window, and then downloaded so that no Internet connection is needed when sharing your presentation.
New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype June 4 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1 Grad Credit Available) Find out how to take your students anywhere in the world to connect with experts and collaborate with other students- all without leaving your classroom! You can make these connections using distance learning technology tools like Skype and videoconferencing. Compare & contrast different methods of delivery during this workshop.
NEW! Digital Age Leadership: A New Paradigm for Learning
June 5 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(1 Grad Credit Available) How can we meet the needs of today’s learner, use technology effectively and efficiently, and still maintain the personal connection that’s so important to any learning experience? You’ll learn about managing change, using authentic student engagement strategies, and communicating effectively with education stakeholders. Technology tools used will include, but are not limited to, Google Forms for data gathering and analyzing, learning management systems (like Moodle), social bookmarking, and wikis, blogs, podcasts, videoconferencing, plus social media.
Transforming Learning with a Promethean ActivBoard (Level 1) June 5 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(No Credit) Learn how to use the Promethean ActivBoard and the ActivInspire software in your classroom- you’ll discover how to locate hundreds of lessons that have already been created for use on the ActivBoard and become familiar with features such as Focus tools, Power tools and the Resource Browser that make your lessons more interactive.
Would you like to find other people to connect to besides those you see daily? Having a PLN (Personal Learning Network) allows you to learn and share with others around the world, 24/7. A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create based on your interests and needs. By developing your own PLN, you generate multiple opportunities to learn from, connect with, gather information and resources, then create and share with people like you. In this full day workshop for beginners, we will explain how to use an online community to develop your PLN and then share various tools that can help you do so. We will explore online learning communities such as Nings, Wikis, Moodle & LinkedIn; and social networks such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Become a digital learner through podcasts, YouTube, TeacherTube & SchoolTube. Set up an RSS feed to read your favorite blogs, news and other information in one place online. The tools shared can also be used in your classroom or professional development activities. Fasten your seat belts for this full day of learning about these free, timesaving, professional development resources.
–> Participants should bring a laptop with wireless Internet access and power cords. Lunch will be provided.
Reference #: 24031-29. Register here. (To register online you must have one of the following payment methods: Purchase Order, Credit Card, CSD Network Credits). Registration Deadline: April 11. This PD takes place at the RCEW, Partnership Conference Center at 8225 Florissant Rd. inSt. Louis, MO 63121.Questions? Email Tiffiny Creech: firstname.lastname@example.org