Sunday, June 30, 2013
I've been involved in quite a few trainings lately and am trying to make sense of all of the great apps that are out there...not just iPad/iPod apps but truly legit apps available online...those great spaces that rock my world and make my head spin!
Not doing that...not today...no head spinnin' will be caused by me today.
I'd like to, instead, plug a great way to share out technology with your friends and colleagues.
Enter..."The Appy Hour!"
Really...this is just about the best way to share out a great app with the fine folks that you share a passion for educating our kiddos using technology.
The format is simple really: Just send out an invite that encourages your friends/colleagues to show up at a great place (your classroom, the school library, teachers lounge, favorite coffee shop/offsite hangout) for just a few minutes to learn a little bit about a fabulous app. You can choose to offer refreshments and tunes. And don't let the "hour" part fool you. My friends and I got these down to about 20 minutes.
It's informal...it's fun...and it's an energizing format at the end of a long day of teaching/learning.
Nothing fancy...just another reason to get "Appy!"
The best part is that this is a training format that is simple to pick up and a great way to encourage staff members who don't fancy themselves "techie" to share out and take over some training responsibilities.
I started this last year at my campus and invited "guests" to host an Appy Hour themselves. This became contagious and over the course of the year, quite a few teachers, counselors, and other staff members became Appy Hour hosts themselves.
As you are relaxing this summer, consider getting Appy Hours rolling at your school!
Enjoy the last few moments of June!
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
In February of last year, I was able to spend two days with top notch Microsoft Trainers in the Microsoft Office in Detroit. During these two days I learned about many programs and Microsoft Infinitives in the classroom. For me, the most impressive aspects was the free resources offered through the Partners in Learning Network. Click on the picture above or this link to learn how you can access these programs and an amazing One Note File!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hi, it's Amanda here from Learning to the Core! I wanted to pop over to one of my favorite blogs to share something I tried yesterday that was easy!
Did you hear the news?!!? On Wednesday, July 1st Google Reader will cease to exist. As far as I heard it was part of "Google's Spring Cleaning." Well, seeing as I log in almost each and every day... (let's be honest it is more like several times each and every day!) to see my Google news feed and catch up on the blogs I follow...I didn't know exactly what I was going to do!
1. Go to Bloglovin’
Click here to go to Bloglovin'.
|You can log in with Facebook or with an email address.|
|You can always "skip this" step and come back to it.|
|When you change your settings you can decide if you want email daily or not.|
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Here is a little information about Wall Wisher:
Wallwisher/Padlet, allows you to create a “wall” where you can place virtual sticky-notes. You can allow others to also place notes on the board, or keep it so that only you can do so (which is what I would recommend for students). The sticky-notes can include images you grab off the web, videos, or websites, and you can add text to them (you can also just include text without adding anything else). Each sticky has a 160 character limit for text.
- Collaboration amongst campuses (share ideas, what works/what doesn't..no need to reinvent the wheel)
- Collaboration after a training (share thoughts, feelings, how did the implementation go)
My students final project was to create an online portfolio of the work they have done this year using the website www.livebinders.com. We added links to all of the projects we have done during the school year, storybirds, glogs, prezis, blog posts, even stories they typed in google docs, as well as photos and videos. These links provide the “evidence” for learning in each subject.
I can’t share a whole portfolio with you because they contain private pictures and videos, but here are some screen shots of different portfolios. Feel free to stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources to find out how we have done it, or download my Student Created Online Portfolios Packet from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.