With the installation of 15 additional document cameras today, teachers in grades 2-5 have access to another top-of-the-line instructional tool! Teachers are excited and anxious to use these cameras beyond the simple display capability and have already requested professional development in the use of the software which accompanies the camera so that they may record video demonstrations of their instruction for students to use as a resource when completing work at home. Can’t wait to get started!
As we head back to school tomorrow, we remember the gift all teachers bring to the classroom, the gift they give their students as they help them find their dreams and bloom into creative, problem-solving, and responsible young people. It is a colorful spectrum of personalities we will greet later this week, so listed below are some links to resources that will assist educators in reaching this diverse population and reminding us that, ALL STUDENTS CAN!
Learning Today’s Blooming Butterfly
Learning more about the people who have shaped history can be integrated into all content areas. Many content areas have biographical stories specific to important people in that area, such as the series, Mathematicians Are People, Too. As your students work to learn more about important people, the following resources may be of help.
BBC’s Historic Figures
Bellingham Schools: Biography Maker
AOL and PBS Present: Makers (commercially sponsored site)
Academy of Achievement: The Achiever Gallery
S9.com Biographical Dictionary (Wikipedia type system where everyone can edit biographies or even create their own!)
April 10th marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Titanic’s maiden, and only, voyage. Our students have spent time reading about the different aspects of this trip, from the passengers, to the crew, ship design and weather conditions that may have been responsible for this tragedy. The links below will provide additional activities and resources. Take a look!
As we head back to school this week, we will finish setting up our classrooms and workspaces and will make final preparations to welcome our students back on their first day of the 2011 – 2012 school year. Administrators, faculty and staff are well aware that support from home is key to student achievement, and we have all been considering the most effective communication tools to use to as we make the connection between school and home.
Some teachers may choose to use the student information system, Genesis, others may prefer a weekly newsletter sent home via email, or as a hard copy. However, many teachers choose to make this connection using a teacher web page. With the district adoption of Google Apps, teachers now have a quick and easy tool to carry out this task, Google Sites! Where can you turn to find out more about how to create your site? Check out the short list of “just in time” resources compiled for you using the social bookmarking tool, Diigo. If you still have questions, the district has a tutorial posted on the Staff Share, or you can use your subscription to Atomic Learning to view their video tutorials on Google Sites. Any of these resources will provide you with the information you need to set up a new site, or edit your existing one.
Whether it be the newsletter, SIS portal, or teacher web site, once you have decided on your communication tool, be sure to be consistent in its use and keep classroom information current. Parents and members of the learning community will appreciate being “in the know!”
This year many of the schools in our district will be using mobile devices to enhance learning, allowing us to place more digital tools in the hands of students. I’ve posted about this before, but wanted to add another great resource, Kathy Schrock’s Bloomin’ iPad at http://kathyschrock.net/ipadblooms/.
Kathy has done for educators what I imagine might be on many of our “to do” lists, she’s organized apps according to Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.
Another site that is helpful for organizing your apps into categories and also for taking a look at how other educators have done so, is Appolicious at http://www.appolicious.com/ Here you can “follow” other app users, such as Tony Vincent and Alline, who offer their recommendations on educational apps.