Monday, June 29, 2015

ISTE and Google

I am following #ISTE2015, #ISTE15 and #NOTATISTE this week on Twitter and learning lots from my colleagues!

Learning about new ways to integrate with Google Classroom this week!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Wrapping up the school year!

Well it's been an interesting year, to be honest an exhausting year. Our school district took on many initiatives this year, NEASC, Atlas Rubicon, UbD, DDM's and BaselineEdge/Teacher evaluation just to name a few.  I found myself just trying to stay focused on all expectations and deadlines and I have to admit it was difficult to keep a positive perspective. I am hoping the opportunity to step away for a few months will help rejuvenate me and many of the teachers that I work with each day that give so much to their students and classes.  I do consider myself a life-long learner and wanted to attend the ISTE conference this month, but have decided to follow it online this week.  Additionally, I will be teaching a few graduate classes this summer and taking one.

So for now, my biggest decision for the next few weeks will be which book should I read next while sitting poolside or at the beach!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SAMR Model

You can use SAMR to reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom. Is it an act of Substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or Redefinition?

SAMR is a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use in your classroom. Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model as a way for teachers to evaluate how they are incorporating technology into their instructional practice.

See the video below for an overview of the SAMR Model 

To learn more about the connections between SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy, see Dr. Puentedura's blog post, "SAMR and Bloom's Taxonomy: Assembling the Puzzle."

SMAR - Enhancement to Transformation (teaching above the line)
Substitution In a substitution level, teachers or students are only using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different.

Augmentation Though it is a different level, but we are still in the substitution mentality but this time with added functionalities. Again using the example of Google docs, instead of only writing a document and having to manually save it and share it with others, Google Docs provides extra services like auto saving, auto syncing, and auto sharing in the cloud.

Modification This is the level where technology is being used more effectively not to do the same task using different tools but to redesign new parts of the task and transform students learning. An example of this is using the commenting service in Google Docs, for instance, to collaborate and share feedback on a given task task.

Redefinition If you are to place this level in Blooms revised taxonomy pyramid, it would probably correspond to synthesis and evaluation as being the highest order thinking skills. "Redefinition means that students use technology to create imperceptibly new tasks. As is shown in the video below an example of redefinition is "when students connect to a classroom across the world where they would each write a narrative of the same historical event using the chat and comment section to discuss the differences, and they use the voice comments to discuss the differences they noticed and then embed this in the class website".

You can use technology to enhance and improve your teaching or more importantly to teach above the line (as illustrated below) where technology allows for transformation of teaching!

Another view of SMAR
Below is another video explaining the SAMR model in 120 seconds.

How are you transforming your teaching with technology using the SAMR model?
Feel free to comment and link to examples of your work!

Rubrics and Hyperdocs that support SAMR.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Spanish Cooking Videos this week!

This week we worked on Spanish Cooking Videos.  Students were able to practice speaking spanish and prepare a dish.

I worked with students to publish in YouTube and WeVideo and turn in using Google classroom for grading and a survey form to share with colleagues.

This was a great example of collaboration and creativity.  Both of Mrs. Armstrong's classes did a great job.

Spanish cooking videos

Checkout Maegan's baking video and she provided samples!
Krista Tacos de cerdo especiado y mango video

Will Andronico - Magdalenas (Spanish Cupcakes)

We tweeted some of the videos in class and collected using a google form!
There are a few more good examples below!
 KristaClass period
Exercise 3
EX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
MaeganCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
TaraCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
Michael,Haley , Ashlyn & RileighCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish

GeorgiaCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
IsabelCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
AnnaCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish

LaurenCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish

EmmaCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
LaurenCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
CourtneyCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
 EvanCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish
 DaisyCEX 3 - YouTube link Hispanic dish