I started my new role in education this week as a Technology Integrator here in Titletown USA! I will be working with teachers to assist them with implementing technology in the classroom to help engage their students. So I get to be a Pirate beyond my own classroom. I am excited and with 2 days in, I am enjoying the job and especially the team I get to work with. Unfortunately tonight I will not be able to host because I get a belated Birthday present from my wife and get to see the best football team ever play at Lambeau Field! So our host tonight is Dwight Stevenson @dwsteven. I am excited to see all the ideas you have, and will do my best to jump in during the game. I have created the questions in a different format tonight, so I hope it turns out okay. I tried to provide some examples of technology to go along with the questions to show some of my own responses. Have fun, and Go Pack Go! (sorry to non-Packer fans, but not really)
Q1 What is the purpose of technology in the classroom? #sstlap
GoAnimate Example http://goo.gl/1LCFmB
Q2 How can you reduce the time necessary to grade assessments with tech? #sstlap
WeVideo Example http://youtu.be/u8S_AJX0FQE
Q3 How can you use tech to provide more in depth and meaningful feedback to Ss? #sstlap Tellagami example https://tellagami.com/gami/7RIBFM/
Q4 How can you use tech to help with differentiation of lesson/activity/resources? #sstlap Powtoons
Q5 How do you use technology to communicate with parents and community about your classroom? #sstlap Google Drawing http://goo.gl/wtoUkB
Q6 What tech tools do you use to provide resources for Ss at different levels or in general to all? #sstlap
Q7 How can you use tech to differentiate Ss products? #sstlap Audioboo http://goo.gl/wJqCjN
Q8 How can you use tech to connect and collaborate? Examples of tools? #sstlap Screencast and Listhings http://youtu.be/SnE2-zjbNAY
Sorry no cool tools for the last two questions- it's your turn to be creative with your delivery!
Q9 What is your favorite tech tool and why? #sstlap
Q10 Because Q8 is tough to only say 1 so what are your other favorites. Why? #sstlap
Thank you so much for joining in the conversation tonight. I hope you learned a few things- I will have the archives up tomorrow. ARCHIVES
Are you ready to go BACK TO SCHOOL? While I realize some of you are there already, many of us are in those final days of
Not that it is a bad thing to begin the school year. In fact this year marks a significant change in my role in education. I am in the process of doing all the wonderful hiring paperwork for a new position. So it is with great excitement that I host tonight's #sstlap and try to wrap my brain around the transition that will be taking place in the next few days and over the course of this school year.
So here are the questions for tonight- They are a little all over the place but I think they connect to the beginning of the school year and how we can make the experience we deliver our students better!
Q1 What is the most important change you are looking forward to making in your classroom/activities this year? why? #sstlap
Q2 How have/will you make your room look to create the PIRATE experience? #sstlap love to see pics!
You have either been through Pre-service PD or will be shortly. With that in mind, let's talk PD!
Q3 What is/should be the purpose of teacher PD? #sstlap
Q4 What should teacher PD look like, especially beginning of the year? #sstlap
Teachable moments- here we come! Social Studies is full of teachable moments, so with so many current events happening around the world, how do you address those issues?
I have been discussing issues this week on race, Ferguson, and other highly charged topics with other educators and found myself reflecting on how I have addressed similar issues in the past. One thing I have learned is no one person can ever represent all the ideas, perspectives or actions of an entire group, we are all individuals. Thus we can't put our students on the spot to represent a group they may belong to.
My own example was being the only male in a women in literature feminist writers course in college. Why was I there- well I thought about a minor in English for a bit, and thought being the only guy in a room full of women couldn't be bad. I was so wrong! There were the male bashing days. They had experiences with men that didn't go well and when they wanted answers as to why men acted certain ways, I found myself surrounded and trying to defend my gender. I could not. I had not done the things these other men had done, I had no answer to justify behaviors. I realized I was in the minority for really the first time in my life. I have only had a few experiences like this, and try to keep this in mind in my classroom.
As we go back to school and significant current events continue to unfold, how will we address them. It is a difficult task, so I look forward to learning with you. Also #sschat discussed Ferguson last night and I believe the archives are sschat.org and archives here.
Q5 How do you incorporate current events into your classroom? #sstlap
Q6 How do you address events like civil war in Syria, or Ferguson in your classes? #sstlap
Q7 How do you discuss issues of inequality, racism, in your classroom to provide a variety of POV #sstlap
This is a question I have been asking the past week- I am looking to help others find amazing people to follow as they begin their efforts to connect via Twitter.
Q8 If you could only follow 1 person who would it be and why? #sstlap
The idea is who does the most to help you as a person or educator.
Q9 What topics should we cover in the next few weeks? #sstlap
Tonight you will be entertained, educated, and enlightened by our guest host Matt Barry aka @MrBarry628. Please join this passionate educator as he guides the ship tonight. Questions are here and below-
Q1: What is your first “hook” of the year with the students?
Q2: List 3 goals you have for your #sstlap classroom!
Q3: What artifacts/props do you plan on using this year with your Ss to immerse yourself and create enthusiasm!
Q4: Is there a TV/Game/Idea from a show that you plan on incorporating this year in your class to transform the lesson?
Q5: How do you plan on collaborating with other Ts inside/outside your school on a lesson for social studies this yr?
Q6: What questions in social studies are you most excited to ask & explore with your Ss this year?
Q7: What unit/lesson do you think you need help turning into an “enthusiastic” one. Help each other out!
Q8: EXTRA CREDIT! Tweet a pic of your classroom or something you are planning on using this year in class!