Thursday, September 1, 2016

Selfies + Padlet= Student Icebreaker

Students in Jennifer Moreau's Math class are learning about their classmates, and their teacher, in a unique way. Students took selfies, added something about themselves and posted them to Padlet. Check out the padlet link below.

#selfies #richlandmiddle #padlet #Math #community 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sharing and Caring in the Special Education Classroom

Students in Angela Thomas' Special Ed English classes are reving up for a digital classroom. Students are using chromebooks to set up Google Drive folders and then sharing their folder with their teacher. The first file in their shared folder is a letter to themselves that focuses on their goals for the school year.  Mrs. Thomas will then use the letter as the foundation to mentor her students.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

Connecting via VoiceThread

VoiceThread is "an online tool that promotes a supportive instructor-student relationship by presenting reflective response tools to encourage collaboration. Voicethread serves as a vehicle to encourage students to respond to topics through the use of a computer, tablet, cell phone, or webcam. Connecting the learner to the instructor provides motivation, feedback, and dialogue. With the content, the learner obtains intellectual information; and through peer interaction students exchange ideas" (Kilgore, Mangrum, & Miller, 2014).

VoiceThread in ACTION: Students use VoiceThread to reflect on learning experiences from a recent visit to the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas. Images from exhibits were posted by the STEAM camp instructor. After the field trip, students build a collaborative thread to share reflections with a wider audience. The learning activity employed the ARCS instructional design model to provide Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction.

Digital Learning Platform: VoiceThread provides a student centered  and interactive platform in which learners share authentic tasks and products using advanced publishing features.

Exploring Voicethread Using ARCS Instructional Design Approaches. W Kilgore, L Mangrum, J Miller. Journal of Media Education 5 (1), 16-22, 2014. 

Connecting via Kidblog

Kidblog provides educators with a safe and simple tool in which students share meaningful reflections, reviews, and learning artifacts via a class blog. Teachers can create a simple publishing  and organized experience. Kidblog embeds media content to include YouTube and Google Drive.

Kidblog in Action: Students utilize Kidblog to collaborate with global pen pals, share digital portfolios, collaborative science notebooks, participate in a virtual book club, and publish creative writings using an electronic format.

Digital Learning Platform: Kidblog is a web based structure in which students share authentic tasks and products using advanced publishing features.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Connecting via Zoom

Zoom is a free cloud based videoconferencing system in which educators can connect with other classrooms, experts, and attend professional development with up to 50 attendees for a duration of 45 minutes. BISD has access to 10 premium accounts to assist for longer video conference needs or to facilitate a larger audience.

Zoom in Action: Students utilize Zoom to connect with top scientists and engineers at NASA and with other classroom around the world about a real world space mission event.

Digital Learning Platform: Zoom is an interactive videoconferencing structure in which students share authentic tasks and and products using advanced communication features.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Connecting via Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free blended learning platform in which educators can extend learning content and communication beyond the physical classroom. Classroom is a feature of Google Apps for Education and allows educators to facilitate discussions, providing multiple feedback mechanisms.

CLASSROOM in ACTION: Students in Teresa Nickell's class at Snow Heights Elementary use Classroom to ask questions about assignments after school, view social studies and science video content, and respond via online discussion about learning content.

Digital Learning Platform: Classroom is an interactive digital learning structure that provides opportunities for authentic student tasks and products through creation, publishing, and communication features. Classroom is student-centered with lesson expectations visible, providing an interactive approach to multiple feedback channels, and producing a strong approach to 21st century learning.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Connecting via Remind

Remind is a free and popular app allowing educators to safely send messages and communications to students and parents. The app organizes text messages by subject to allow teachers to send reminders regarding deadlines about upcoming projects, events, and even daily affirmations.

REMIND in ACTION: Deborah Coulson, principal at North Ridge Elementary, uses Remind to inform parents of upcoming PTA meetings, field trips, school reminders regarding fundraisers, and special student events such as ART Day.

Digital Learning Platform: Learning expectations for students are communicated to parents, creating a student-centered communication chain in which all stakeholders can assist towards improving communication to improve academic performance.