Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Internet Safety Panel for Freshman Class 2020 (9/23 - 10:00 am)

Each year I visit classrooms, when invited, to discuss Internet Safety and student Digital Footprints. The last few years the entire grade level has participated as a class. I have formed a panel that include teachers, guidance, school resource officer and a member of the Worcester District Attorney's Office, Ellen Miller. The focus of the presentation on Friday, Sepember 23rd will be to share with students the good, the bad and the ugly of using the internet and social media. I will be presenting this month for the class of 2020.  The incoming freshman class not only have access to technology but now bring chromebooks, as we migrate to a 1:1 school. There are so many great ways students are using technology, but as we all know, students need to be guided and made aware of their choices and consequences when using technology.

Instead of lecturing students I have been using current events to discuss and start a dialog about what is being posted online is permanent.   Once of the articles I have used with classes was featured in the Boston Globe (Six Ways Social Media Can Ruin your Life) a few years ago and I found this to be an excellent teachable moment for students.

Presentation Link - in Prezi

September 2016
- Local HS - Snapchat
- Social Media and Addiction
- Google Online Safety Roadshow (videos) and Google Safety Center

Closing thoughts, this session should not be a one time discussion.  It should be ongoing with your family, teachers and school.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

PBL - at Nashoba (PLT and EDcamp)

I will be part of a Personal Learning Team (PLT) this school year focused on Project-Based-Learning with several of my colleagues. After delivering a class on Project-Based-Learning last summer,  I decided I would have the option of delivering a workshop in a presentation format or in hyperdoc format on PBL in a hyperdoc that will provide background information on Project Project Based Learning.  We may decide to use this as the agenda as we explore PBL.

In addition at the end of September, I will work colleagues to present PBL and GAFE at an EdCamp session in my school.

I am looking foward to attending a Google Hangout/Live YouTube on Hyperdocs later this month.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Planning EDcamp session this month

Starting to plan a back to school EdCamp this month.

Here are a few of the things I will review.
  • Tweet out to staff the planning is starting
  • Survey Staff with a list and session optionsand who wants to help
  • Review last springs offerings and develop a matrix
What worked well last year and what will improve the sessions
  • Two Sessions
  • 9th Grade Student Panel for Chromebooks
  • Students join sessions
  • NEW Google Classroom Features
  • New Tools (Quizlet Live)
  • New Themes PBL

Each teacher will tweet out their own slide using #nashobalearns and tag the next presenter.
Let's make this collaborative and fun!

Other ways to market will invole using a few new tools to showcase.
  • Test out Adobe SPARK - link
  • New TV Signage
  • Create Signage / Bulletin Board and Poster

Friday, August 26, 2016

Back to school and Meme's

When I return to school next week a teacher has already contacted me about using Meme's in her classroom.

I thought I would practice making one by creating an account and saving.

I tweeted this Meme using https://imgflip.com/i/19kbui

What do you mean summers over? via

Or you can just make one on the site without signing up.

How can it already be time to go back to school!
I am looking forward to seeing all my colleagues!

Back to school and new GAFE updates to share

I have always been an advocate for Tablet/PC's and the ability to provide annotated feedback from teacher/student along with student submitting annotated work.  We are a GAFE school and I have been waiting for a similar feature to become available in docs.

Google has just announced "Write notes on your work" in classroom.  Here is a link for more information or on twitter by following: @GoogleForEdu

Draw, write, highlight & show work directly on PDFs & Docs in

There are several new updates available on the Google for Education blog this month.  Check out all the new features here  http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com

Google Quiz Feature

Quiz (change from Flubaroo to Google Quiz and test) and link and http://goo.gl/4D8Iiz

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

Project Based Learning and GAFE

Last year I began explore Project Based Learning (PBL) and integrating with Google Apps and hyperdocs.

I found so many great resources using twitter one was the BIE website - Buck Institute for Education, they are nonprofit organization. BIE shows teachers how to use Project Based Learning in all grade levels and subject areas.  BIE creates, gathers, and shares high-quality PBL instructional practices and products and provides highly effective services to teachers.  I also started following the on twitter at @BIEpbl and have been getting great templates and ideas for mapping project based lessons.

Also there are a collection of great resources below on Project Based Learinig #PBL
Article: Google Apps for Education Enhances Project Based Learning.
Article: Combine Design Thinking with PBL
Here is sample of a hyper doc using in our #GAFEFSU class this summer.

By combining resources from Genius hour, PBL, Hyperdocs, GAFE and the SAMR model, teachers now have a great way to map a project and share it.