We all know it…it’s very difficult sometimes to get high school students excited about writing (and almost anything else these days). We proved this week however, that once you give them a voice, add a dash of guidance, and a splash of technology… viola! We’ve got kids writing like crazy at one high school.
This week, three classes at Bertie Early College were exposed to training on blogging. Mr. Michael Everett allowed me to come into his Creative Writing class and conduct a workshop for his students on Evernote Web, Evernote Web Clipper, Clearly, and of course, WordPress. The kids were enthusiastic and engaged!
Let me tell you just a bit about what started the blogging revolution. Earlier in the week, I visited with Ms. Rhonda Taylor’s Earth/Environmental Science Classes. Their task was to research an event relative to human’s impact on the environment, and summarize their findings (on paper). This assignment needs some pizzazz, I thought. TechChic to the rescue! Continue reading
Home and still reeling from an awesome ten-day conference tour which featured a presentation at NC New Schools, and my first experience at ISTE in Atlanta, it finally is easy being green, Kermit! I had a chance to have lunch with one of my favorite colleagues, an elementary curriculum guru, in my opinion. Our conversation was astonishing!
Thanks to Hurricane Author, our workday was abbreviated, so we were able to go on and on about education theory, best practices, and of course, TECHNOLOGY. She’s not a techie. She didn’t go to ISTE. She doesn’t (GASP) like technology. In fact, it makes her want to cry. I tried desperately to identify with her. What she said reminded me of my experience in Calculus IB At Elizabeth City State University.
It was the spring semester of 1996. Dr. Sachdev appeared in the doorway of his office and welcomed me in for tutoring, and to retake a test that I completely bombed earlier in the week. Aside from the fact that I could barely discern what he was saying with his middle eastern accent, I just didn’t get complex mathematics. After about thirty minutes of review, he gave me the test.
I took it, and handed it in. Dr. Sachdev went back into his office to grade it. I waited patiently, hoping that I had redeemed myself. Soon he reappeared and handed the test back to me, and another blank test. He said, “Take again.” After about two more times, he looked at me with weary eyes, put his hand upon my shoulder and said, “No more for today. Go on and get some rest. We try again another day.” I cried. Continue reading
The 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta GA, was indeed an eye-opening experience. If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen the #ISTE2014 on your feed for the last seven days. I got off the plane ready to take in all of the information, and I boarded the flight home afraid that my brain was going to ooze out of my ears! Therefore, it’s taken me a few days to wrap my mind around the many things I learned while in attendance. So, here are 10 takeaways from this amazing national conference!
1. Technological Savvy requires a personal commitment.
Let’s face it. After attending ISTE 2014, it became very clear to me that there are far too many tools and strategies for one to ingest and regurgitate all at once. If I were to rely solely on the presenters and materials I encountered during the conference, and tried to remember every word spoken, I’d fail miserably at retaining valuable knowledge. Thus, it is my personal responsibility to go back into my notes, research the many links I’d written down and QR codes I’d scanned, and embed those concepts mentally, according to the needs of my school district. Continue reading
Use a Dashboard and Expand Your Twitterverse!
Are you still trying to follow along with various Twitter chats, stay abreast of all the breaking news, and keep a watchful eye on your kids’ tweets all on the official Twitter website? It can be mind numbing trying to flip back and forth to all of those pages. This is when a dashboard comes in very handy! Today’s post features TweetDeck, prefered by many to use specifically with Twitter. Unlike Hootsuite, you can only manage your Twitter accounts and no other social media like Facebook or Instagram. However, if you are only looking to supercharge your Twitter experience, this may be the dashboard for you! Click here to see a Thinglink graphic with tags and explanations!
Just a little tidbit as we move into summer conference season. Be armed with a dashboard and Tweet Like A Boss!
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Are you tired of constantly being on the prowl, looking to reprimand students whom you catch using social media during your class time? Unless your school has strict digital device policies, or the ability to block all connectivity to the outside world, it’s an everyday task. However, today I’ve got a couple of tools for you from Classtools.net that your little social media enthusiasts will love! So, let’s take a traditional research paper/PowerPoint (substitution) assignment, and move it into the Modification/Redefinition levels of technology integration.
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Tagged Classroom, education, facebook, Fakebook, faketweet, SAMR Model, social media, technology, technology integration, twister, twitter
So you’ve planned your lesson, and tailored your lecture so that you tell your students all they need to know about a given subject. You’ve pulled up a PowerPoint presentation you saved on your flash drive two years ago, and made some minor updates. Student’s will need to copy these slides into their notes. Then you picked the perfect YouTube video and prepared a list of questions for students to answer afterwards. Right? Are you bored yet? Your students will likely be. This is a classic example of a teacher-centered lesson.
There are a couple of ways you can take this plan and move from the substitution level to the higher order thinking levels of technology integration, according to the SAMR model. The best blog that describes this model that I’ve seen is Kathy Schrock’s Kaffeeklatsch!
The SAMR Model: Image the creation of Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D.
For this lesson, we’re going to take it up one level from the Substitution Level to the Augmentation Level of the SAMR model by using the Backchannel discussion strategy. Continue reading
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Tagged Augmentation, Backchannel, Backchanneling, Classroom, discussion, education, SAMR, Substitution, technology, Today's Meet, twitter, VideoNot.es
A few years back, some of my colleagues regarded Twitter as something quirky that I was just really into on a personal level. The truth is that using social media for education is one of the top trends today. There isn’t a conference around which does not host tweet chats during an event. There are loads of Twitter chats for education every night of the week. Alternatively, you can find lists of chats on everything from A to Z on Twubs.
What I’ve discovered however, is that here in Northeastern North Carolina, the issue is tougher than what one tech facilitator can handle alone. While we’re all learning to implement the Common Core and Essential Standards (still), there are cultural and generational divides between technology and traditional education. The reason for this is summed up best in the following quote:
“People fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t conquer.”
― Andrew Smith
Well fear no more! Below is a screencast to simply help teachers, principals, and district personnel learn what Twitter is, how it can be best used in education, and mostly…how to get started, and get the most out of tweeting to grow your PLN!
I hope this helps. The next screencast will focus on hashtags, tweet chats, and dashboards (Tweetdeck). Stay tuned! Meanwhile, share this and subscribe to the Social Juggernaut.
The thought recently occurred to me that in order to prepare our students for the future, school districts have to implement social media technology into the curriculum. Recently, one of my eleventh grade anatomy students (we’ll call him Andy) raised his hand to be acknowledged and said frankly,
“Mrs. McCullough, you do know that today’s student’s are smarter than you all are, don’t you?”
In an attempt to fight back the adrenaline rush and avoid the onset of steam spewing from my ears, I replied,
“How on earth did you come to THAT conclusion, Andy?”
His answer was simple, but painfully obvious. “Teachers are not ‘up’ on technology like we are. If you all hook up a new device, you have to read the directions. Y’all don’t even really know how to use Twitter or Instagram. The stuff we’re learning in school is really not preparing us for real life.” Continue reading
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Tagged biology, devices, education, facebook, instructional technology, learning, schools, science, social media, students, tech, technology, twitter