Monday, November 18, 2013
I have been reading about Doctopus and Goobric to automate assessment and grading. This video shows the process of setting up in google. I am planning to use the Digital Learning Rubric and a School Wide .
Rubric SWR over the next few weeks with students for assessment.
Learning to find resources in Pinterest and adding the button to a post blog.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The SAMR Model (Substitutiion, Augmentation, Mofidication, Redefinition), developed by educational consultant Dr. Ruben Puentedura, offers an exploration of the stages of technology adoption in education. It is particularly relevant to the adoption and integration of iPads and can be applied to the use of various educational apps and the associated uses of said apps.
I was looking for a little inspiration for new lesson ideas and plans and visited Richard Bynyrne site at http://ipadapps4school.com this afternoon. So many great apps to use with students.
Looking forward to working with Nancy and showcasing her blog http://www.mrsmarrese110.blogspot.com / http://shakeytech.blogspot.com/
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wood Production class making yard carts with engraved Red Sox/Patriot's logo with Mr. LeBlanc!
Students in Mrs. Offt's Multimedia Class create E-Portfolio while Mr. A's Marketing Students use chromebooks for research.
Graphic II students in Mr. Berube's class work on new Nashoba Mission Statement Posters.
Tomorrow morning Journalism students will be hosting Morning Video Annoucements followed by a Career Day for students.
One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing several of my former graduate students from Littleton, Quabbin, Mashpee and Groton attending the conference and lighting up as they talk about how embracing technology has changed their teaching and connected them to other educators. I also reconnected with other educators and colleagues for a day of inspiration.
Friday, October 4, 2013
As an initial step to participating in Project 24, this self assessment includes a series of questions helping each district frame their vision for student learning, begin to recognize various aspects of the system to be addressed, and specify how technology can help align these efforts to achieve higher college- and career-ready standards. See what surprising things happened in Dysart at 1:1 ! To learn more about Project 24, visit www.all4ed.org/project24
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I have noticed many schools are blogging and using micro-blogging (aka Twitter) to connect with students and family.
Here are a few local schools and educator that I follow:
- Burlington (former Principal, now Assistant Superintendent,
Patrick Larkin https://twitter.com/patrickmlarkin
- Burlington Principal https://twitter.com/bhsprincipal
- Our former principal, Mr. Roche https://twitter.com/Principal_FHS
- Tom Whitby and Tuesday night #edchat https://twitter.com/tomwhitby
- Bedford NH Bulldogs https://twitter.com/BHSBulldogs
- Wayland Student Press http://waylandstudentpress.com/
Twitter http://waylandstudentpress.com and twitter https://twitter.com/WSPN
- How Journalist are using Social Media Google+ /Hangouts and more
Friday, September 27, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
National Scholastic Press Association http://www.studentpress.org/nspa and upcoming conference.
JEA/NSPA High School Journalism Convention November 14-17, 2013. Boston & Hynes Convention Center Boston, MA.
- My Tweets today (see twitter feed on my blog)
- 12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media http://on.mash.to/O8tau0 - Twitter tips for high school journalists http://wp.me/poqp6-Eg
- Ten Ways journalists can use Twitter, before during and after reporting a story http://goo.gl/udMrRL - Twitter tips for high school journalists http://wp.me/poqp6-Eg
- A Twitter Tutorial by http://www.jeadigitalmedia.org/2013/02/20/student-creates-twitter-tutorial/
- Top 7 Twitter Tutorials http://mashable.com/2009/05/31/twitter-tutorials-youtube/
- Presentation on Social Media for high school journalists from Robin J Phillips
- The Basics
- Going Mobile with Twitter and Blogging (using the APP)
- Bedford Bull Dogs https://twitter.com/BHSBulldogs
- Wayland Student Press http://waylandstudentpress.com/
This year I will be working with a member of my department on a Multimedia Course. We plan to create Student Portfolio's in order for students to share their work with the family and relatives.
At the current time our district does not allow teacher or students to share document or presentations off the school network. However, we can share a google site.
We plan to give students the option to share the link with their parents and will showcase their work at parent conferences and open house.
We plan to proceed cautiously about sharing student information off the domain, however students can share directly with parents.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Integrating Mobile Technology for English and Language Arts Curriculum
- Dates: August 5th- 12th 2013
- Location: The Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association offices, Lord Rd, Marlboro
- Sponsored by: The Central MA Readiness Center and the Center for Professional Studies at Fitchburg State University
- Instructors: Mary Marotta and Dr. Deborah Brady
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Presentation Day (Survey's take 2)
LINK to Presentation page and names https://sites.google.com/site/teachingmobile/day-5
Here is a link http://goo.gl/kLeu5 to our class blog sites so you can review and give each other feedback.
Friday collaboration document link http://goo.gl/XdFSj - What did you learn this week?
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Integrating Mobile and Social Media for Learning
(BYOD /Bring Your Own Device) 7/15-7/20 2013
Location - Central Office 45 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463
Prof. Dev Conference Room (Course PDMT 6698 / CRN 50245)
This course will focus on Mobile learning research, trends, instructional design strategies for curriculum integration and social media for mobile learning. This course will explore Learning Models for Mobile Learning (mlearning) and help educators develop effective pedagogy and instructional strategies that capitalize on access to mobile technology. Participants will explore a variety of Apps to support curriculum in their content areas and learn how to create apps to support the curriculum. Course Site https://sites.google.com/site/teachingmobile/integrating-mobile-learning-into-the-classroom
What a difference a year makes!
Blog Showcase http://marrese110.blogspot.com and http://shakeytech.blogspot.com
End of Day One
- SURVEY Getting to know you.
- Note: Show Google Shortner goo.gl Link http://goo.gl/Ppddb
- QR Code
- App QR Reader to scan
Monday, June 24, 2013
Many of us have multiple accounts with the same email address. A quick tip is to share your google sites and blogs with you other account and make youself the owner of the blog!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Last year, I took a look at WeVideo but our school filter had it blocked, this year it's open. Our school is using GAFE and WeVideo is now connected with Google Drive (See the video WeVideo and Google Drive).
We introduced the project using WeVideo and the results have been very positive. Student are using mostly images for their projects. One of the students, Sarah A. is using WeVideo in class to create a multimedia slideshow on poet Christina Rossetti. Sarah stated she like the fact she could access the project from home and work on from any location. I plan to post some of the projects on the blog once they are completed.
Students have been blogging in Ms. Carter's english class using the school's chromebooks. This week they are discussing Gatsby. Many of the students have registered mobile devices on the school network and are not using the blogger app to update their blogs using their phones.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Students gathered in the court yard with a message for the dr. Graham on their tee shirts.
Note: Google's Picasa Web Albums makes sharing your photos a snap. Visit http://picasaweb.google.com
Nashoba News Picasa Album - Spring 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
This month I have been working with a teacher to have students register their device on our network in order to use ohine, ipads, etc in the claasrrom.
Today we used Socrative for a quiz. I was was able to record the session on my ipad, edit in iMovie, post to Youtube and add to my blog using blogsy.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
We also experimented with Nearpod a great way to share your screen with students and the ready made lessons looked great. I plan on exploring more this week!
There were so many great sessions today. I feel inspired by being surrounded by so many passionate educators. This district has such a great vision for teaching, learning and sharing.
Need help with some of the ideas discussed at today's session? Checkout twitter #icon2013
While attending this conference I was following @gregkulowiec on twitter and checking out some of his recent blogs post. He is an outstanding presenter and I learn so much following him on twitter. I found his last two post very helpful! He makes it all look so easy!
- Explain Everything and Google drive
- And making screencasts from the ipad
Friday, March 22, 2013
I thought Google Hangouts was a great way to connect up along with Google+ during the week. As always, the first few times you use any new tool there are glitches with microphones and showing people how to access the chat window, but overall, I think it went very well.
Here are some links that I curate on Mobile Devices for learning using scoop.it
I am looking forward to attending icon2103 checkout the schedule!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
- English Class -I worked with one of my English teachers to get her class up and running with blogs. I am so pleased to see how far the teacher and students have progressed with blogging. Checkout her class blog. She is now working on a teacher e-portfolio reflecting on the various ways she has integrated technology into her classroom.
- Journalism Class - students are publishing their work for Nashoba News online this year.
- Business/Technology teacher is now having students create e-portfolios to showcase their work and publish morning video announcements to her blog.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The downside, I am not sure the school year will ever end. The upside, I get the chance to test out some of the new apps we have been reviewing for class along with some that I have been reading about online.
I started the day taking a picture of my backyard and using Pic Stitch ( free download that allows you to put photos into a frame/collage on your phone or ipad) along with a summer photo I had on my phone and made a post comparing summer/winter!
Some of the things I will be working on today, include blogging, twitter and Google+ for connecting along with revisiting a few apps/features that we covered in class.
Features / Apps on many of the ipads in the classroom
Other recording ... Educreation and Explain Everything
- Google Drive
- Evernote (you can link accounts with Skitch - http://evernote.com/skitch )
- DocScanHD -
- Vimeo (free)
- Book Creator
- Google Hangouts (teacher - tutorials)
As a reminder, when using twitter search on #ipaded and #ettipad for ipad/apps updates.
Here is a link to a great blog by Richard Byrne with lots of App Reviews http://ipadapps4school.com
Also, the Burlington High School is on the Apple site http://www.apple.com/education/profiles/burlington/#video-burlington checkout their video prior to our visit!
Watch an App Smackdown here ! Let's create our own!
Learn more from Digital First - Ohio State view in iTunes
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I am working with a group of teachers from various districts, and many have not used Google Apps. So, we decided to jump in and by using Google+, Google Circles, Google Hangouts along with Google Drive for the iPad. It's interesting to see how nicely the Google features allow us to connect.
When starting out with a new group of teachers and introducing them to building a Personal Learning Network (PLN using Twitter) along with new ways to integrate technology into the classroom it can feel a little overwhelming. However, I was reminded of the possibilities this week when a former student Nancy Marrese @nmarese returned to assist me with a class. I met Nancy last summer, an energetic first grade teacher that wanted to learn how to integrate her iPad into the classroom. Nancy encouraged all of the teachers in the class to allow themselves to learn and explore the numerous ways the ipad and technology can help them teach in a new way. Nancy showed the teachers how using technology with her students completely changed her teaching this year. During class, she helped by tweeting useful links and encouraging teachers to join the conversation. She then shared her class blog http://marrese110.blogspot.com so the class could see first-hand the impact technology has played in her classroom. I was energized by her enthusiasm and how much she has accomplished this year!
Another guest presenter that joined the session was Ann DeCristofaro, a math teacher from my high school. Ann has always been an avid user of technology and a talented photographer. Ann started using an iPad in her math class this year. There were a few math teachers in the class that really appreciated Ann's expertise and her demonstration of the graphing calculators apps and Math ibooks. Ann showed teachers how she was using the iPad (along with Reflector App on her PC) to take pictures of student work and project it in her class. Ann then took a few minutes to show many of the beautiful pictures she took during the weeks snow storm from her iPad.
I feel so fortunate to have individuals like Nancy and Ann in my Personal Learning Network, who are willing to share their teaching experiences and inspire a group of teachers about to start implementing some of these new technologies in their classrooms.
I wrapped up the session by connecting everyone in a Google hangout so we could stay connected during the week. I encouraged everyone to use Twitter and join Tuesday's #edchat conversation this week.
We all plan on attending icon2013, nearby conference in Burlington on Saturday, March 23rd. I am hoping this experience will give participants and opportunity to see how educators across the state are transforming their classrooms by introducing mobile computing with students in a variety of ways.
I am looking forward to connecting with everyone online over the next few weeks and, learning with everyone at the icon2013 conference this month.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Some of the things I have done to move us along.
- Emailed a survey getting to know them
- Request they they create a google and twitter account and supply the username in the survey. In order to create google circles/hangouts.
- Provided a link to the course site with
Getting Started Videos and articles.
Provided a list of apps we may be using in the class and suggested some basic apps to download to get started.
It's amazing how productive we can be by having materials available online. I am left wondering why schools can't come up with alternative assignments for students instead of extending the school year!
Testing posting blogs posts to Google Circles for class, Google Events and Hangouts!
I have made a MEC Circle!!
Friday, February 1, 2013
I may be teaching another mobile class next month, so I will continue to learn along with my students and colleagues.
A few good tips tutorials for using the ipad to explore with my classes next month!
Apple Guided Tours
- Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT2bD0-OqBM&feature=player_embedded
- iPad Tips and Tricks (Ten Tips and Tricks!)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pArkIv46TEo
month so I can incorporate into my class for the online portion of teaching!
- Google Plus and Google Circles
- Google Hangouts Tutorial for Educatorshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu4pZirx5S0
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I have been waiting for an opportunity to use with teachers and students to show the professional power of connecting. Our district has a new communication policy that allows staff to access twitter.
I was asked by a teacher last week to help out the Student Council and Sunshine Society to get staff and students to participate in 26 Days of Sunshine. Inspired by the national campaign entitled "26 Random Acts of Kindness" honoring the memory of the 26 students and teachers who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary school. We set a goal of 2600 random acts of kindness to be carried out during the 26 days from 1/18-2/13. Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) performed by students and staff will be written on paper suns and hung in the cafeteria. Today I was asked how get more community members involved and a better way to collect information. I created a form using googl, link here to view and posted on our school website to follow on twitter (#nashoba_rak). I am curious to see if this will take off!
What better way to use technology for collaboration for a great cause!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Here are some of the items we have been working on.
- Chromebooks - We have implemented a Samsung Chromebook Cart and we are planning on two additional carts this month. Part of our decision for the expansion was due to the price, for only $249 you can access your Google Drive and the web through your Chrome browser. Given that we are a Google Apps for Education school and big users of Google Docs, Presentations, Forms and Spreadsheets, this unit fits our needs. Students can log on in a matter of minutes and the battery life is great.
- iPad for Special Education Pilot is going very well and we plan on expanding into our Life Skills classes.
- BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Pilot. I have been working with administration and a group of teachers over the last few months to visit schools that have implemented BYOD along with 1:1 initiatives. We plan on allowing certain classes to pilot using their own device later this month. Several teachers have registered their own device, mostly iPads on our network and have been using a variety of Apps with students. A few teachers are using the iPads with Reflections along with their SMARTBoard.
Apps and Websites
- Apps - Several teachers are trying out Socrative, which allows the teacher to create interactive quizzes which students answer can answer using their iPhone or any device with access to the web. Students can see immediately if they are right or wrong. You can also show a graph of the answers after students have responded and use that to spur discussion about the topic.
- I attended a presentation last month by Luis Rodriguez from DESE, (Office of Digital Learning). He presented using Joinme which allowed us to connect to his presentation and follow on our devices. I plan on testing out Joinme and Nearpod this month. Nearpod allows the teacher to control what students see on their device. Teachers can upload any PDF file and Nearpod separates each page into a slide. Students sign into a "room" and the teacher takes control of the slides that each student sees. Nearpod also allows you to intersperse different types of interactive questions throughout the presentation to check for understanding.
- New Website - our district has updated all our website templates and I am working to refresh the content. - Our district updated our "Communications Policy" and we now have access to more social websites in school. I am thrilled to be able to access twitter to use professionally with teachers and students.