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  • Final Reflection:What did you learn?I was really glad that I chose to participate in this PD. It was a great chance to see what has been developed since my graduate days at the University of Houston.  It is also interesting to see what has stayed the same – keeping tabs ... read more
    Source: MorrowPublished on 2019-03-24
  • Thing #7: Presentation Tools – Google Slides
    Hi,I have been investigating Thing #7:Presentation Tools. Our 7th and graders will be doing a PBL assignment in the spring. The plan is to have them do research on the occupation they are interested in following high school or for some college.So, I decided to investigate Google Slides since it ... read more
    Source: MorrowPublished on 2019-03-23
  • Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners
    Chosen Learning Task: View some related EdWeb webinarsBefore watching EdWeb webinars, I read the article, TeachingBooks.net/Instructional Uses - English Language Learners.  From this, I found a superb way to be culturally relevant with materials and provide a language rich lesson using paired texts, Home of the Brave by K. Applegate ... read more
    Source: BoulayPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    I wanted to further explore how my students can create and present stories they imagine.  First I read several articles about using digital storytelling as I believe this format will be highly motivating for my students who have weak skills in this area and, therefore, are reticent to write/create stories.  ... read more
    Source: BoulayPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Thing 27: Note-Taking Tools & Skills
    My current note taking system is some combination of old-fashioned pen/paper (underlining with pen or jotting phrases on paper) note taking as well as highlighting phrases online and pasting them into a Google Doc.   I read 7 Reasons You Need to Try Voice Typing in Google Docs and ... read more
    Source: BrennanPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Thing 24: Google Drawing
    This module was eye-opening in that I hadn’t realized that there were so many potential applications to using Google Drawings with students.  I read “Create An Interactive Image,” which describes the steps to create interactive images by adding links within a Google Drawing. I decided to create a poster that ... read more
    Source: BrennanPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Final Reflections, Session 2
    For my final reflections this time, I decided to use what I think is the Coolest new Tool in my Toolbox, a green screen video:Okay, it's not perfect.  But definitely buying the green St. Patrick's Day tablecloth from Party City made my background/foreground issues easier to deal with.  I think ... read more
    Source: AmesPublished on 2019-03-19
  • Thing 4: Facebook, Twitter, and PLNs
    Social media is tricky to manage as an educator. My relationship with Facebook and Twitter are equally as complicated as my relationships with Instagram and Snapchat; I feel professionally guilty for not participating to a greater extent, and I over-think what I share and when to the point that I ... read more
    Source: ArmbrusterPublished on 2019-03-12
  • Thing 19: Screencasting and Screen Sharing
    One of the biggest problems I face in the classroom is absences.  Students are absent because they are not at school, or they are in school, but are not in the classroom for one or more reasons.And then they want to get the work that they have missed. (Well, in a ... read more
    Source: AmesPublished on 2019-03-10
  • Thing 04: Twitter, Facebook & Personal Learning Networks
    I chose Thing 4 for my next exploration:  Twitter, Facebook and PLN’s as I am trying to set up a Twitter for my library and it is very slow.  I currently take an average of ten minutes per tweet (I think) and I’m still not sure I am doing it ... read more
    Source: O’ConnorPublished on 2019-03-08
  • Thing 12: News Literacy
    I really enjoyed the News Literacy Project!  I went through their collection of free lessons, taking them as a student, and thought they were very well done.  Even the vocabulary and context they presented will be valuable tools to use with students.  I always question how prepared I am to ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-03-06
  • Thing 30: DIY
    I decided for this Thing, I would do a hodgepodge of things. First I wanted to delve into Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything. I have used several of her resources in the past just by stumbling across them as I was searching for something for a project but I’ve never ... read more
    Source: CollinsPublished on 2019-03-06
  • Thing 29: DIY
    I decided for this Thing, I would do a hodgepodge of things. First I wanted to delve into Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything. I have used several of her resources in the past just by stumbling across them as I was searching for something for a project but I’ve never ... read more
    Source: CollinsPublished on 2019-03-06
  • Thing 24: Google Drawings
    I am an English teacher, or, in other words, I am a thief.  Any good idea that I see, I want to steal. Just last week, I was lamenting about trying to recreate a Frayer Model worksheet in Google Docs, which I had previously created in Microsoft Word. To me, Word ... read more
    Source: AmesPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Thing 26: Media Skills
    One of the best ideas I got from this tool was from the article 9 Ways Classroom Photos Can Create Student Connection, by Jenn Horton.  I loved the way she had students write their personal mission statement, and then print it on a picture of the child.  We have students ... read more
    Source: AmesPublished on 2019-03-03