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

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

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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer PD Inclusive Practices

Kicking off the week and day with a Summer PD workshop on a Special Education and Inclusive Practices with my Nashoba colleagues.

I have curated some resources and a presentation for day 3 of the workshop that I will present on Special Education and Technology here along with a Link  to the presentation.

Some additional new announcements from Google this week at ISTE.
4 new tools link here (see link and below for details from Google)

1. Accelerate the feedback loop: Quizzes in Google Forms 
Getting feedback early helps students learn and teachers teach. Starting today, Quizzes in Google Forms will allow teachers to auto-grade multiple choice and checkbox questions — so teachers can spend less time grading and more time teaching. 
2. Google Cast for Education, a free Chrome app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from everywhere in the classroom. Cast for Education carries video and audio across complex school networks, has built-in controls for teachers and works with Google Classroom so it’s easy to invite your students. And because the app runs on the teacher’s existing computer, it doesn’t require new hardware. Teachers run the Cast for Education app, and students can share their screens with the existing Cast feature in Chrome. Check out the Cast for Education video.

3. A collection of creative apps on Chromebooks that schools can purchase as a bundle.
Explain EverythingSoundtrap and WeVideo are creative apps that help students demonstrate their understanding of curriculum through their own unique voice.

4. Bring curriculum to life: introducing the Expeditions app 
Since we launched the beta Expeditions Pioneer Program in September of 2015, more than one million students across 11 countries have taken one of our virtual reality trips. Today, we’re making Expeditions available to everyone. To get started, all teachers need to do is download the Expeditions app onto a set of devices. With more than 200 Expeditions to choose from, students can journey far and wide, learning from immersive new experiences. Our content offering has also grown and now includes Expeditions made by established educational content providers including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Pearson is beginning work on Expeditions content as well. The app is available today for Android and will be available for iPhones and iPads soon.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wrapping up another school year!

Looking forward taking time off this summer.  I plan to teach a few GAFE Classes this summer, present at a SPED in school workshop that will count towards recertification. I plan to showcase GAFE and Web 2.0 tools to help all students achieve.

I will continue to use twitter this summer to stay up to date new features in classroom for the fall and Google's announcement with changes coming to Google Sites.  According to to Google the new Google Sites, "you can build beautiful, functional pages to aggregate and distribute content across your enterprise, optimized for every screen. A new intuitive drag-and-drop design experience supports real-time collaboration by multiple editors, just like in Docs, and offers easy access to all your content from Calendar, Docs, Drive, Maps and more. The new Sites also includes themes and layouts designed to scale and flex to any screen size, so they’re as useful when you access them on the 30-inch monitor at your desk or your smartphone on your commute."

And thanks to many educators that have the beta version, I am able to follow their progress on twitter and and their blogs.

I am hoping to incorporate many of the new features if released into my summer classes, especially with Project Based Learning resources.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Topic - Mentor Meeting Overview of Positive Climate/Bullying Prevention & Intervention Guidelines

Discussion for today Mentor Meeting
Overview of Positive Climate/Bullying Prevention & Intervention Guidelines
Presentation Link  Slides 27-31 Social Media Outline

Presentation to all freshman students 12/11/15 in conjunction with the School Resources Officers and District Attorney's Office. Key message (Good - Bad - Ugly) and Consequences