Saturday, October 25, 2014

@FlatConnections Presentation - Building an Online Community for Global Interaction and Collaboration

Join Julie and I in a few days!


I will be sharing how to build an online community to support global interaction and collaboration. Using the tool 'Edmodo' for elementary, middle, and high school students, I will share with real examples from current global projects, including Flat Connections, that support intercultural understanding, digital literacy and online learning.


Flat Connections founder, Julie Lindsay @julielindsay will also share insights into using Ning technology for building and sustaining community learning for global competency at the high school and teacher levels.


This promises to be an informative and interactive session - lots of time to ask questions and learn more about how to connect, communicate and collaborate locally as well as globally while online.


Date and Time:
Monday October 27, 5pm EST9pm GMT
Tuesday October 28, 8am AEDT.
Refer to YOUR time zone HERE

Join us in Fuze virtual meeting room.


Please RSVP here:
http://flatconnections.net/events/from-connections-to-community-learn-how.


See you soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The 3 C's - #ISTE2014 Reflection

Now that #ISTE2014 has come and gone, it is certainly not forgotten!  Learning so much from the week has given me a jump-start to the new school year.  There are 3 areas I want to improve or expand upon with myself, my colleagues, and my staff:  Connections, Collaborations, and Consistency.  It's my 3 C's!

Connections

It was wonderful meeting many of my online colleagues face-to-face, especially for the first time!  It's an amazing feeling to meet someone you've been working with for years, and to meet them and give them a hug is indescribable. 

My goal is to not only keep the connections I have, but also to deepen what we do with our students to make our connections stronger.  

Collaborations

Attending many sessions and also presenting at a few confirmed my belief of the importance of collaborations with students and teachers.  I will continue collaborating with colleagues on HLWSkypers, Twitter, Google+, etc.  We've added a few more skyper friends and hope they will be another great connection and collaborator!  I want to concentrate on projects through Flat Connections and The Global Classroom Project as well as a few made up along the way!

Consistency

I want to concentrate on these areas with myself and staff:
  • Edmodo
  • Google Drive
  • Chromebook Resources
Now that we have been a GAFE school for several years and our students are using Chromebooks in the classroom, the teachers need to learn not only the basics, but more advanced features in Google Drive, like, the apps add ons.  Tammy Worcester showed us some great tips and tools we can use with students.  We will be using Synergyse to keep up with the latest features of Google Apps.  We'll also be using Hapara to share docs and stay on top of student work real-time. The teachers will use Edmodo to create classes and groups to share information and stay on track with assignments.  

During ISTE I attended a great BYOD session on Chromebooks and got some wonderful resources for my students and staff.  Thanks to Dr. Draper and PJ Giles!

More Ideas...

Wiki Writing
Cool Apps!
Teachers to Follow
Global Education Day - awesome ways to connect with the world!


More to come!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I'm Going to #ISTE2014!

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I'm so excited to be going to the International Society for Technology in Education (for those who haven't heard of it)! I've created a Google Doc so that you can follow along with the sessions I attend and co-present over the weekend. I'll also be taking a trip to the Martin Luther King Park.

You can follow me:




On Photos:  ISTE 2014  

Google Doc for notes

Can't wait to learn, network, and meet colleagues face to face for the first time!


Spring Fun in the Lab and Beyond!

This past spring was quite busy!  We had some great adventures and learning experiences.  Here's a summary of what we did:

4th and 8th Grades - Blogs and Commenting


The students continued to write posts in Kidblog.  They also participated in the Student Blogging Challenge and Quadblogging.  Some of the 4th graders wanted to continue to blog over the summer.  Looking forward to their posts!  The 8th grade blogs will be available to view for the next group of 8th graders in the fall.
4th grade blogs:  http://kidblog.org/Rm306Classof2018/ and http://kidblog.org/Rm305Classof2018CSRN/
8th grade blogs:  http://kidblog.org/Rm105Classof2014/ and http://kidblog.org/Rm103Classof2014/

Do I Have a Right?

save imageStudents in 7th and 8th grades ran their own law firm on constitutional rights and determined if clients had a case.  They assigned lawyers to the clients based on their constitutional knowledge and got points and more lawyers when they won cases.  This was a great follow up and extension to their Social Studies lessons.  Check out Do I Have a Right and play today!

6th Grade -

The 6th graders participated in a few projects through Kidlink.

Stats for Math Cats:  Students surveyed the class on different topics and created a graph.  They shared the graph with another school who then calculated the mean, median, and mode.