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Summer Break!

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Summer break – my time to catch up around the house with gardening, cleaning, visiting, vacationing and maybe even sleep in (just a little). It is also a time for me to recharge and reflect. You won’t see me blogging until the end of August. My twitter and instagram accounts are much more active so feel free to follow those!

 

GSuite in Action: GSheets

Classroom Uses

Google Sheets is a web-based application that allows users to create, update and modify spreadsheets and share the data live online. They can be used at any grade level with any subject area. Check out the various examples below!

 

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  • Flippity add-on – turn GSheets into Quiz Show, tracker, flashcards, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Share Your Learning

Here’s my podcast on two great edtech tools. Listen in!

Get students sharing their learning via Adobe Spark and FlipGrid. I provide an overview of each of these tools and how to get started.

ADOBE SPARK

Read through the 5 Ways to use Adobe Spark Video in your classroom and you will be able to instantly add these ideas throughout the year for any student-centred projects. A great opportunity to work on refining thoughts and ideas while also producing something unique and a showcase of what a students knows! Check out the tutorial at https://youtu.be/rSR_32wAyvQ.

FLIPGRID 

Students can compose a dialogue for a TV/radio commercial, a phone script, a talking poem or even a memoir. Flipgrid is an online video response platform. Teachers can post topics, videos or links and students respond to the prompt through video reflections. Check out Getting Started with FlipGrid if you are new to this tool.

From all the video responses, using created criteria, peers could choose their top 10 responses and teachers can then create MixTapes that highlight some of the creative thinking over a certain period or concept. Showcase Student Videos with Flipgrid MixTapes.

The ottomat3ch podcast is a look into the IT and ET insights, tools, resources, cool gadgets, policies and anything geeky that can be used in an educational environment. You’ll leave with practical pointers and authentic advice.
 
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Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Take 5 to Make Math Meaningful

START with a QUESTION

Mathematicians, researchers and teachers support a constructivist/problem-solving mathematics classroom. This design engages students in critical thinking, individual and collaborative thought and builds upon and improves on their current knowledge while solving the task in front of them. Check out the resources, in alphabetical order, that will help you in asking questions in the math class:

STUDENTS need TIME to STRUGGLE

YOU are NOT the ANSWER KEY

SAY YES to YOUR STUDENTS’ IDEAS

PLAY!

General resources for math teachers:

 

Harnessing Skynet for Good: Using AI in the Classroom

When we think artificial intelligence, it is very likely that we conjure up scenes from franchised science fiction thriller (Terminator) or complete infatuation with a computer (Her) or even autocorrect on our own smartphones.

Check out a basic video overview on Artificial Intelligence. (5:27)

Examples in Everyday Life article and more HERE.

 

How teachers can utilize AI in engaging student learning with next practice strategies?

AUTOMATION: assistance with grading. Here teachers can give quick feedback to students through a survey that is autograded. Opportunities for exit tickets, anticipatory knowledge gathering of a new concept/topic or just general interest will give both teachers and students a baseline of information to work from.

  • Chatbots like those found on Snatchbot (https://snatchbot.me/) can be created by students and teachers. Examples like Mitsuku, WestJet’s Juliet and Snatchbot gallery.
  • Chatbots for students – these at https://goo.gl/wtu7M6 can be used to get organized or to have a conversation.
  • Siri is found on an iOS device in Settings > Siri & Search. Allow “Hey Siri”.
  • Cortana is a digital agent for Windows 10.
  • A caution for teachers in using Voice Assistants like Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home in their classroom. Currently these smart speakers connect with a personal account which would not use a school division’s filtering system. Once these smart speakers are able to utilize or be connected to a hosted O365 or GSuite Apps for Education teacher account, they would be more secure and safe to use.

Such as text-to-speech or speech-to-text online systems that reinforce and provide tools to remove barriers for students so that they may demonstrate their learning.

 

Artificial intelligence resources in education are great in providing secondary sources of information and support for learners. The above examples are a small sampling of what teachers can do to provide students with access to machine learning in a purposeful way. Yet it is important to note that AI does not provide the humanity and emotional-social support that is so important in the classroom. School staff are an integral part of making a learning environment the most engaging, safe, imaginative and creative it can be.

 

Take 30 Days to Challenge Yourself

Goals. Challenges. The New Year. A new semester. A new month. The start of the week. Each of these begs our senses to think about a re-start or a fresh start. One way to get into a habit of doing something, is to establish a 30 day challenge.

Check out what Matt Cutts says about this in his TED Ed talk:

Here are a few 30 day challenges that you or your colleagues may want to take on sometime throughout the year:

And there are even more to improve your health, fitness level, relationships, etc. (My goal was to share educationally/professionally based challenges.) If you are looking for other ideas, check out these books:

What kind of challenges have you taken on? Which were successful? Which would you like a do-over?

 

GSuite in Action: GDrawings

Last school year, I collected and created some bimonthly BioBreak PD posters that were made available for all staff washrooms at all of our school sites. They were well received so for this school year, with a concentration of revising GSuite Apps for Education, these BioBreaks were made monthly and started in December. Here is the first poster with the linked resources below.

Classroom Uses

This web-based diagramming software allows users to collaborate, embed flowcharts, mind maps, and interactive features. Google Drawings can be used in any subject area at any grade level. Check out some of the exemplars on this page to get you and your students using Google Drawings!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

MATH

 

SCIENCE

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

OTHER

 

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