The Inauguration is tomorrow and this means we are about to embark on a new chapter in our nation's history. However you feel about this past election and our new president, the events of this week usher in a new era. This is true of every Inauguration of a newly elected president. We are faced with the immediate realization that things will change. Some will meet the change with excitement for the positive possibilities and others are anxious about the unknown or the perceived negatives.
Tonight's conversation isn't all about the election and the Inauguration, but the setting of a historical event unfolding before our eyes is worth noting as we discuss New Beginnings.
Q1. What about this new administration gives you the most hope for change and what about it makes you take pause or inspires fear about that change that could happen with this new administration?
Q2. Mrs. Obama after her meeting with Mrs. Trump - you don't know what you don't know until you get there. Who has served as a mentor to you to help you when took your first teaching position or transitioned from one to another? What advice did they give you that stuck with you that has really impacted the way you teach, what you do, or how you see your role in education and society?
How have you served as a mentor to others?
Q3. Which Presidential election in history do you think marked the greatest new chapter and why?
Q4. What event in history do you think is the most important turning point event and why? Why is that event a turning point to unlock a new chapter in human history?
Q5. What event in your life, or teaching career was a turning point, a new beginning or marked the start of a new chapter? How did this impact you? What advice would you give to your past self when faced with that situation?
Q6. The new semester is going to begin shortly and with it comes new challenges, new students, new classes, new courses, new units, etc. What about the new term/semester has you excited? What about it has you nervous and why?
Q7. What chapter to come are you most looking forward to? Why? This could be in your life, or something you think will happen in the world?
I have been an on again off again fan of SNL, but will admit I like the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy thus the title. However, I always wonder if my humor is too old for the #sstlap crew. My answer may lie in the fact I took a few sentences to explain the humor of the title...
This week I want to focus on creation tools. How do we allow students to present their ideas and thinking? How do we stretch our thinking to go beyond the typical methodologies that we have have done when we were in school.
I came across a post by Ryan O'Donnell this week that I have shared with my colleagues and wanted to share it with you as well. I will share the post and resources in a bit. Tonight's topic isn't just about his set of tools, but rather looking at a variety of tools and coming up with ways we can use those tools to create products. So I will give you a list of tools and resources, some you may know, others maybe new and you will brainstorm projects that you could see your students using this with. This topic is kind of a combination of my exposure to Ryan's post and having read Quinn Rollin's book Play Like a Pirate and all of the great ideas in there.
1. How can your students use Google Slides to present what they know? What projects would you use the following: a. Time Magazine b. Facebook c. Comic Books d. any of the other templates
2. How can students use voice recording software like Twistedwave.com, Vocaroo, Voki or audacity to create a product of learning? What specific project(s) would you create for them?
3. What project(s) would you have students use a video editor like iMovie or WeVideo to create products of their learning?
4. What content would you connect to a storybook creator like storybird or storyjumper or a comic strip creator like toontastic?
5. What project would best fit the use of animated video like a Telagami or GoAnimate where students can have animated figures act out their ideas?
6. How can you incorporate things like Legos, action figures or dolls, or other toys to create a learning opportunity? Be specific in topic and activity that you could use - steal from Quinn's book if necessary!
7. How can you update the idea of Maps and Timelines? What are some ways you can use upgraded maps like Google My Maps or one of the online Timeline products in your curriculum?
8. What other tools have you used and how have you integrated them into your content to provide students with engaging learning opportunities?