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!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MassCUE is hosting Googlepalooza on Feb 22nd

MassCUE is hosting Googlepalooza  Wednesday February 22nd.  

Presentation topics - New Google Site 
Older Site merging and linking options
Session 1: Exploring the NEW Google Sites Site https://sites.google.com/view/learnnewsites and Presentation goo.gl/1yrtdY Today’s media-rich world presents opportunities to showcase our interests and talents. Google’s new version of Sites makes this easier than ever! Come and see how Google Sites can be used for digital portfolios at both the classroom and individual levels. (Level: Intermediate/Advanced) Featured Google Tools: Sites, Docs and Slides
Session 2: Getting organized with Google Keep 10:30-11:30 Link https://goo.gl/oPS9PK Trade in your Post-it notes for Google Keep, a web and mobile note-keeping tool that allows you to add labels to notes, set reminders and create notes from photos or voice recordings. With Keep, you can move seamlessly between your teacher desktop, calendar and mobile device to have your notes and appointments at your fingertips!
UPDATE on NEW Google Keep
(Check out Eric Curts Blog/Video with new features for commenting on Docs with Keep)

Lunch and Demo Slam 11:30-1:00 Session 3: What's all the Hype about Hyperdocs? 1:00-2:00 Link goo.gl/GYRbJB
Hyperdocs are so much more than a document with links. They are visually engaging, carefully crafted lesson plans that challenge students to higher levels of thinking! You can turn simple Google Docs into vibrant, self-paced lessons that allow students to tap into all that the web has to offer learners. Explore free templates created by other teachers that you can easily adapt for your own classes. (All Levels) Featured Google Tools: Google Drive, Docs, Slides & other web tools
Session 4: Google Sites and Apps Smash (Adobe Spark) for Portfolios and Projects 2:15-3:15 Link https://spark.adobe.com/page/MEzloMLWoGZId and Site https://sites.google.com/view/learnnewsites Google Apps makes it easy for students to quickly sign into the Adobe Spark or use on a mobile device. Learn how students and staff can create dynamic, engaging presentations or portfolios that demonstrate and connect to an audience. In this session we will talk about how these digital storytelling tools can be used across the content areas. Featured Google Tools: Google Sites for Portfolios & Adobe Spark Page

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tools to Explore in 2017

Time to explore new options for note taking.  Lots of people on Twitter are into Sketchnoting #SylSketch A-Sketch-A-Day #5/100 "Life" http://bit.ly/SylBook #edtechteam #edtech #edchat #sketchnoting

I have noticed many of the sketches appear to be done on an ipad or even by hand.  So I was intrigues when I came across a could-based tool on sketching that seems to work with Google Drive and allows for free-hand drawing as well.  I plan to explore, Sketchboard sketchboard.io it actually looks like a sketch, as if someone drew it by hand. This makes it feel like you’re working on paper, but better, because it’s all saved in the cloud. Sketchboard has a lot of the same features and functionality as other mind mapping tools: Users can collaborate on the same sketch, you can add unlimited items to a map, and individual parts can be moved around at will. But the items can take all kinds of shapes: squares, circles, computer screens, people; you have over 50 icons to choose from.

If your idea can’t be represented with one of the icons from the Sketchboard library, you can just switch to the freehand tool and draw it yourself. This makes your map a whole lot more visual, so your ideas become even clearer.

There also appears to be integration between Sketchboarding and Slack, a team messaging platform for team communication. Messaging takes place on Slack through channels, which are like separate chat rooms for different conversations. A channel can be public or private, making it flexible for all kinds of communication needs. And it’s more than just messaging: Users can also attach files and hold side discussions about these files within the larger conversation.

I plan on testing out with a few teachers over the next few weeks.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Google Certified Trainers - Time to recertify

I am a Google Certified Trainer, this involved taking a series of tests in each area in order to become a Google Educator. I then submitted a portfolio and a recording of teaching a lesson to become a certified trainer.  As a trainer, I needed to submit evidence of sessions at conference, hangouts, PD sessions and classes. After 12-18 months we had to re-take all the test for a second time.

I was notified by a colleague this week the NEW re-certification process was due this week, Friday January 20th. I do wish they did a better job notifying us of the changes.  I was pleased to see the test was only on the new features of G-Suite and a study guide was provided. I was able to complete the Training Sessions and log with the Activity App, share a resource and take the Product Update Exam this weekend and pass!

To learn more about becoming a Certified Educator visit here.  To learn more about becoming a Certified Trainer visit here.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wrapping up 2016 and thinking ahead to 2017

This school year Sept-Dec 2016 has been an exciting one with Freshman/9th-grade students arriving with Chromebooks. Our district piloted with 8th graders last year and students arrived ready to use! Teachers were onboard and ready to use this year.  We now have two grade levels that are 1:1 and I hope to see the high school expand next year.

For PD I introduced the EdCamp model to the high school staff, last spring and again this fall which included teachers and students sharing best practice and learning web-based tools to support the Chromebook initiative.  Many teachers used twitter to showcase their work and connect with their colleagues during our EdCamp and the momentum has continued.

I expanded my own professional development by teaching a class on G-Suite and Project-Based-Learning (PBL) and proposed our PLC during our late starts to focus on #PBL using the guidelines from the Buck Institute of Technology (BIE/PBL).  We even participated in a twitter slow chat with ASCD on #PBL.  While exploring PBL began connecting #designthinking and gaming techniques to offer teachers and student more voice and choice in assignments. I am currently reading Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and plan to implement with lessons over the next few months and I plan to incorporate into a spring graduate class to promote design thinking.

I also had the chance to test out "THE BREAKOUT EDU EXPERIENCE" with a few teachers this month. The Breakout EDU creates learning games and experiences for all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve.  We even reflected on the process recording students using Recap. December was the perfect month to test out some of these creative lessons with students.

For the upcoming 2017 year, I will continue to encourage teachers to use twitter, blog and thoughtfully integrate technology into their curriculum by modeling techniques, like the one below using Thinklink with links to resources to try for the upcoming year.  By clicking on the image and circles in the images,  it may inspire you to grow professionally this year!
What will you make happen this year? Click on the image and circles on the image for some inspiration (or here is the link )

I am looking forward to the new year and plan to continually work on my own learning in order to help my teachers and students grow during 2017!