Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sharing our PBL Story

Sharing our PBL story here with out staff today.
So many great projects, cooking videos, children's books, coral reef project, DECA Best Buddies and more!

Project Based Learning Our Story
Link here https://spark.adobe.com/page/BNS9cp5BF3RqG/
We hope to blend PBL with Design Thinking next year and launch new products!
We will also look to submit and RFP to MassCUE next fall.

Next year's Design Thinking topic here
Design Thinking

Contact me before June 1st in you would like to provide input and/or help facilitate.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth and Other....

In the past I have used Google Lit trips and Google Earth on a windows platform by downloading a KMZ file and running in a lab evnironment.  With students using more chromebooks I have not been using as much over the last few years.  So, I was very please to see there is now a new version of Google Earth that runs in the chrome browser on the chromebook. I plan to revisit lit trips this week and how it works with Google Drive and test out with a class.

Here is a video explaining the new process along with a tutorial post.


Steps below for lit trips:
1. Google Lit Trip Library here

Other topics:
On twitter this week there was apost on EquatIO, by Texthelp, that is now available in the Chrome Webstore. EquatIO is a Chrome extension that will allow you and your students to create math equations in Google Apps…. and other places. Today’s release only works in Google Docs and Google Forms but Google Slides and other web content sites will soon be able to utilize EquatIO.
This in combination with the new Chromebook Acer Spin 11 (with a stylus) coming out this spring may allow for many of the interactive features we using out Tablet PC's and touchscreen devices. Here is an video review of the Acer Spin 11 along with some ways to use the new Acer Spin 11 one of my favorite apps Google Keep.  I have been a big advocate of Tablet PC's, inking and Google Keep it's great to see these items availalbe on new touchscreen chromebooks.  I hope to convince my school to take a look and I am hoping the price in only slightly more than a standard chromebook!

More info here by two bloggers that I follow ...  here  and here 


Friday, April 28, 2017

School PD and Demo Slams

I have done lots of  Pd over the years but one of my favorite sessions has to be a Demo Slam.  This is where you get to share out quick tips and trick with colleagues.  I will be part of a panel this afternoon and some of the items I will focus on will be:

CastEDU
Expeditions
Flippity

Thinking back to our first slam when teachers saw Kahoot for the first time. It kicked off a year of engagement and students loved it.  Now that our 9th graders are 1:1 the level of consistent usage of technology continures to grow!  I am excited our district is now using Sched to list our PD sessions!


Checkout our learning on #nashobalearns

Friday, March 31, 2017

Teaching and modeling Snow Day Options

Yes, it's March 31st and we are preparing for another snowstorm and a possible early release.  This got me thinking about the best way to use technology and keep students on track.  Some school districts are exploring a different model of making up snow days other than tacking them on to the end of the school year.  (ateMany Sates  time requirements for public schools mandate 180 days of learning per school year, and if too many snow days occur, days are added at the end of the school year to fulfill the 180-day requirement). Many schools have 5 snow days are used, and they are added to the end of the school year.
There are three ways communities outside of Massachusetts are implementing different snow day programs. The first way is by creating "blizzard bags" that are sent home with students. Five blizzard bags would be created. The bags would contain worksheets and writing assignments that would be completed at home on the snow days. On the first snow day, bag one would be used, and on the second snow day, bag two would be used, and so on through the fifth day.
Isn't it time to do something innovative with technology to support this initiative especailly at the high school level? How do we make this pitch?



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mentor Meeting at Nashoba

Tomorrow I will be presenting at the District new teacher mentor meeting.
We have created a Google Classroon, and I posted a presentation of a few articles on the "Charecteristics of a 21st Centruy Teacher).  I plan to run in a Google Slide Presentation modeling the Q&A feature for collaboration.

In addition, I have been asked to present on Adobe Spark and plan to stress the importance of an one PLN with Twitter. I plan to have teachers post to a padlet to reflect on their teaching using Adobe post.  I will also take the opportuity to showacase my blog as a way to reflect on teaching practices and my professional learning both here and using twitter.

 I am excited to when working with teachers to plan technology lessons and implement new teaching strategies and techniques with them! View here or below!

Made with Padlet

It's great to collect what teachers can create in a short period of time!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Adobe Spark Digital Day of Learning and School PD #TellYourStory

Friday 3/10 - NRSD Full Day PD - Get Inspired with Adobe Spark
Time: 8:00am - 9:55am Luther Burbank RM D-123 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, MA
I'm excited to attend "Get Inspired with Adobe Spark" at March 10, 2017: A Day of Exploration at NRSD. Come with me? http://sched.co/9PNY  We implemented SCHED for the PD Day!
Presentation  and   link 
Getting Creative with Adobe Spark
I also presented a similar session earlier in the week at Medfield's Digital Day of Learning.
Adobe Spark Overview Medfield Digital Day of Learning
Wednesday, March 8 • 10:30am - 11:20am  - Rm 110  
 Tweet -Presenting w/ @cshei "#TellYourStory with Adobe Spark" Medfield Digital Learning Day 2017  http://sched.co/9VPt #dldmedfield @nelman17
Come get inspired with Adobe Spark, a free online and mobile graphic design app that allows you to easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that help tell your own story. Explore how you can Adobe Spark to teach concepts, assess learning, and prepare your students for success as digital communicators. This session will focus on the power of Digital Storytelling and is aimed at teachers wishing to start their journey in understanding and using digital tools to create captivating digital stories, presentations, and communication. On mobile, the Spark collection is a trio of apps Adobe – called Spark Post; Spark Page; and Spark Video. Come get inspired to tell your story! Adobe’s suite of creative apps make it easier than ever to communicate digitally and can be used across all content areas.   Adobe Spark Page 
#TellYourStory with Adobe Spark

Resources from Adobe

Friday, February 24, 2017

Google Palooza, Keep updates, Book club, instagram and more

During my Feburary vacation I continued to work on my professional learnig by doing the following:
  1. Presented fours sesssions a the MassCUE Google Palooza on Feb 23rd in Lunenburg for 110+ educators on the following topics:
    - The NEW Google Sites, Google Keep, Hyperdocs and Adobe Spark and Google Sites
    * Some tips I learned during the Google Demo Slam (kickyoutubevideo to download, quiet and gif to a video) I plan on trying out all three!
  2. Launch Book Clubs
    #launchbookchat Thursday evening discussing Chapters 3-5 of the book!
  3. Other items this week, I am learnig online from twitter about design thinking and how it applies to curriculum  connected with the Launch book!  Updating spring course offerings for grad classes and planning summer courses!
  4. Instagram - New features see video  and instagram blog
    Seeing we just opened instagram in our school I am anxious to use with the photography students.  I just saw on twitter that Instagram just announced this week that one post can have up to 1- photos or videos for a slideshow.  I need to explore how this could work and link to student portfolios! See vacation posts album... now to figure out how to get the embed code
    https://instagram.com/p/BQ5lsnCB-XiApAAxIacUVl3tLDWtfnf_iA65Cg0/ 
I plan to introduce photography students to this!
More options!