Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Learning More About GAFE - Summer Technology Academy 2016

Today I had the opportunity to lead 10 teachers through a self-guided learning and creating adventure with various GAFE tools.  I curated multiple learning resources to give our teachers a variety of learning options.  I was so impressed with their work ethic and excitement, it truly was contagious!  I really am looking forward to our year of teaching and learning with technology! 

This Google Doc of resources is organized as a table; I provide this to guide their learning and exploration time.  For this training opportunity, we used the first hour to learn (20 minutes) and explore (another 20 minutes) three tools of choice. The 20-minute intervals proved to be enough time to get interested in a tool without feeling too overwhelmed to move onto another tool. The final hour of professional development was set aside to create a goal and implementation/lesson plan utilizing one of the tools they learned about and reviewed.

I plan to use this curated list of resources as the year progresses to revisit and deepen our team's use of effective technology while teaching and learning.

Learning About New GAFE Tools
Here is some feedback from today's professional development session:
  • "This was fantastic and a great use of time...[I] found many tools I didn't know existed!" 
  • "It was nice to find apps we are interested in and have time to practice and CREATE activities for class!" 
  • "So happy to choose what I wanted to learn. So happy to have work time!! Best learning day in a long time. Thank you!!" 
  • "Being new to the District, it was valuable to have a class that introduces me to the technology that the District uses. I enjoyed the tutorials and time allotted to explore the tools. Thank you!"
Feel free to use and share these resources and PD structure with others, but please respect the time I've invested in organizing this table by giving me credit and linking back to my blog. Thank you! -Kiley

Saturday, February 20, 2016

New @yourlibrary - Week of 2/22/16

What’s New @ the ES
What’s New @ the IS
What’s New @ the MS-HS
616.97 NEL
This book would be great to help your students understand the importance of food safety surrounding your students with food allergies.
302.34 REE
This book might help launch important conversations in your classrooms. Might be helpful for a morning meeting conversation.
This new novel has won several awards, and would be great for students in grades 7-9.
"Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice."
New Resource:

This resource is similar to Newsela.com.  It will help you locate leveled articles on current events.  The great difference is they provide differentiated open-ended discussion questions.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Swivl Robot: Check one out today!

We are excited to announce that we now have two Swivl Robots for checkout through our libraries.  These robots can be used with an Apple or Android device to record your presentations, lessons, guided reading groups, etc.
Image result for swivl robot
Here is the "one-sheet-wonder" I created to help you with setup and successful use! A copy of this sheet will be sent with you when you checkout this amazing device!  Also, if needed, you can request an iPad and tripod. As always, a member of the tech/library team will be willing to help you as well!

Step 1: Get started by setting up your free account at: https://cloud.swivl.com/register/ 
Step 2: Pre-plan to use one via MRBS

Stop by the library to ask Mrs. Ogodogu if you have any other questions or suggestions!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Whooos Reading - Motivating and Documenting Reading

So, my latest excitement is about Learn2Earn's "Whooos Reading" website!  This looks like a great place for students to keep track of the books they read, minutes they read, and even a place for written reflections.  Students will be motivated by the customization provided while racking up their reading minutes, teachers will love the book lists and class dashboard, and parents will love to see their child read, read, reading!  Sign up today to check out the demo class or read the guide to get a feel for what the website has to offer.  Let me know what you and your students think!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tech & Learning Magazine

I have been reading and enjoying the monthly publications from Tech & Learning magazine.  You can (try to) stay up-to-date with changes in the industry by reading this magazine.  Consider clicking here to claim your own free digital and/or print magazine today! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tech Tool of the Week: Symbaloo

Although I've known about this tool for quite some time, today I am really enjoying the ease of this bookmarking tool: Symbaloo.  I plan to use this resource for creating more student and teacher digital resource lists for the 2015-2016 school year.  You can easily grab their embed code to add your ¨webmix" to any website, too! Might this work for you to share links and documents with your students? Maybe a Symbaloo for each unit or project? What do you think about this tool? Please comment with your ideas.

Monday, July 20, 2015

App of the Week: Google Hangouts

March 27, 2015
A few teachers recently had the opportunity to attended the Spring Google Summit.  We were excited to learn about Google Hangouts and the many possibilities for integration into our schools/classrooms.  
Would you like to learn more about Google Hangouts? If you'd like to sit down and learn, explore, and brainstorm together with Theresa at 12:30 or Kiley at 2pm today, please let us know!  We will gather in the building with the most staff interest.  
If you cannot attend today, but would like to setup a one-on-one exploration/brainstorm session with Theresa or I, please contact us by email at anytime.  Additionally, if you want to explore this resource on your own, here is a help page and a fellow educator's presentation.
Hope to 'hangout' with you today!