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I got busy with my trip to ISTE 2018 in Chicago and then catching up from being gone, so I missed posting the last three videos in my summer series. So here they are all in one post: (Episodes 6 – 8)
Hope you find something valuable from this week’s video highlighting five of my favorite educational resources!!
This summer I offered an option to our district staff to receive a weekly video I’ve been making called y Friday Favs. In each video I share an educational resource that is one of my favorites that I think other people may like, but maybe they aren’t a broad enough topic to offer an entire training on. Sometimes they are web resources, apps, books, activities, tech skills, or ways to save time so you can learn more about technology!
I have about 35 people signed up to get the videos delivered via email, and a couple have said I need to be sharing them on my blog and elsewhere. So I’m going to share the first 4 episodes here and for the rest of the summer, I’ll post each as its own blog post.
As a reflection to this process after the first four videos, I’m glad I committed to doing them because it has made me continue to work on my own video tutorial/screencast skills. I’m not a naturally personable and witty on-screen personality, so I trying to let some of “who I am” in to the process has been challenging. But I know that as we move forward, video is only going to be more important for students and teachers and I’m glad I’m pushing myself in this way. I’ve been using You Tube’s Creator Studio to record the videos as live events which is nice because then it automatically is saved to YouTube in one step when the even is ended. Maybe more details on the technical side on another day. For now, here are Episodes 1 – 4. (Followed by the sign up form if you want me to add you to the mailing list to get the videos delivered directly to your email)
I recently heard about and then checked out a new handy little web-based tool I thought I’d do a quick blog post about. ClassroomScreen is a website you visit in your browser that has several handy built-in tool options I think many teachers would find valuable. So for the rest of this post imagine having ClassroomScreen open with your computer hooked up to a projector and the image being displayed for your entire class!
Of first note is that the background images that are available: they are beautiful and soothing. Of course you can upload your own photographs and share those beautiful vacation pictures if you’d prefer! So much more focused than a busy computer desktop with hundreds of icons.
The entire screen is controlled by a simple toolbar that shows across the bottom of the screen. Tools that are in use, have a simple red circle an “x” that will let you turn it right back off. Some tools have options. Here is a screen snip of just the toolbar:
From left to right the tools are:
Multiple tools can be open and in use on the screen at the same time. Just drag them around for an arrangement that makes the best sense to you! A few more screenshots follow this post, but the best way to learn about ClassroomScreen.com is to follow the link and try out the tools for yourself! Let me know if you find it valuable!
Isn’t this a cool picture of workers in the Census Bureau from 1909? I found it on the Library of Congress website at www.loc.gov? I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be a statistician 100 years ago! Technology makes statistical analysis so much easier and quicker!
Today’s blog post is for teachers whose standards include the teaching of statistics. These resources were gleaned from a MOOC I planned to participate in called Teaching Statistics Through Investigations. Unfortunately I didn’t get to fully participate in this MOOC, but I was able to glean some useful information that I wanted curate here in this post.
First, Tech Tools:
Next, YouTube Playlists:
TSDI-Unit Introduction Videos:
TSDI-Expert Panel Discussions in Statistics Education:
TSDI-Animated Illustrations of Students’ Statistical Reasoning:
TSDI-Instructional Support Videos in Statistics Education
TSDI-Other videos we used from YouTube:
And finally, an opportunity to subscribe to a newsletter for K-12 teachers of statistics:
The Statistics Teacher Network (STN) is a free newsletter published by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K-12. Issue 86 of STN is now online atwww.amstat.org/education/stn.
Graphite.org is a great place to find tech resources vetted by teachers and organized in an easily searchable way. Graphite Educators can create lesson flows that show how tech resources can be put together in a logical flow for a tech-rich experience for your students. I recently completed a lesson flow on how we use several technology resources together to introduce coding to students at the elementary level. You can read my lesson flow here: Hour of Code Lesson Flow. I’m also excited to get to take three teachers with me to do a college and career visit to a local business that employs programmers this year. We hope to be able to help our students make even more meaningful connections as we have them work on coding in the future since we will be increasing our own understanding of careers in computer science as a part of the visit.
This morning’s #SatChat Twitter chat topic was “Going from Effective to Highly Effective.” The questions posed by the chat moderators and my own response tweets are here:
Q1: Pedagogically speaking, what does a highly effective teacher’s classroom look like? #satchat
A1: Ts make clear WHY they teach WHAT they teach by helping Ss see connections to own lives & do so enthusiastically. #SatChat
Q2: How can school leaders support teachers as they move from effective to highly effective?#satchat
A2: Model differentiation! Get to know Ts as individuals. Their strengths? needs? what type of praise does each respond to? #SatChat
Q3: Do teachers need to be connected on social media to be highly effective? Why or why not? #satchat
A3: no but they are missing out on lots of personal growth and opportunities to help their students connect globally if not! #SatChat
Q4: How can teachers be highly effective when using technology? #satchat
A4: Allow S choice of what tech to use & when to use it based on task at hand. Use it to make “expert” connections for Ss. #satchat
Q5: What characteristics are symbolic of a highly effective school leader? #satchat
A5: Same as HE Ts: keeps Ss at center of decisions, focus on relationships, willing to differentiate, praise & critique #satchat
Q6: Please share resources that can help educators move from effective to highly effective.#satchat
A6: VIDEOS https://www.teachingchannel.org/ MOOCS https://www.class-central.com/subject/education WEBINARS http://simplek12.com & BLOGS http://feedly.com/ #satchat
A couple of links I gleaned from the talk this morning:
And finally, I’m exploring a tool I’ve seen for a while that is useful for curating information found on line, Storify. Here is my first Storify “story”: