Friday, March 31, 2017

Teaching and modeling Snow Day Options

Yes, it's March 31st and we are preparing for another snowstorm and a possible early release.  This got me thinking about the best way to use technology and keep students on track.  Some school districts are exploring a different model of making up snow days other than tacking them on to the end of the school year.  (ateMany Sates  time requirements for public schools mandate 180 days of learning per school year, and if too many snow days occur, days are added at the end of the school year to fulfill the 180-day requirement). Many schools have 5 snow days are used, and they are added to the end of the school year.
There are three ways communities outside of Massachusetts are implementing different snow day programs. The first way is by creating "blizzard bags" that are sent home with students. Five blizzard bags would be created. The bags would contain worksheets and writing assignments that would be completed at home on the snow days. On the first snow day, bag one would be used, and on the second snow day, bag two would be used, and so on through the fifth day.
Isn't it time to do something innovative with technology to support this initiative especailly at the high school level? How do we make this pitch?

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?  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 #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