Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Revisiting Search and Research

You asked for it, so here it is. For our last session of technology integration PD for the Foundations of American History group, we'll be looking again at using online search and research in the classroom as well as a couple of other ideas mentioned in the survey.

Want to help your students find and evaluate good resources

    Want to know how to get your students going on the SMUSD Cloud Google Apps?
    • Go to cloud.smusd.org
    • Student username = first.last####@smusd.org (#### = last 4 digits of student ID)
    • Student password = birthday as yyyymmdd
    • See the SMUSD.org - Technology Department - Video Tutorials and How-to Articles for more on accessing the SMUSD Cloud and Google Apps

    Want to start blogging with students?

    Looking for history-related virtual field-trips?

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    ED Camp Foundations

    Lots of great discussions occurred during our EdCamp Foundations....history content, using historical thinking skills, utilizing technology, to name a few. For those of you unable to access your personal blog, please feel free to share your reflections in the comment portion below.

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    AHF: Let Freedom Ring

    Here are all the links mentioned in the Web.2.0 technology integration portion of the October 2012 PD session

    I'd recommend using one of the following services if you're interested in blogging with your students.  They are both aimed at education blogging and don't require student emails in order to set up your class.  KidBlog in particular also let's you determine how open or closed your student blogs are to the outside world.


    Video Part 1

    Video Part 2

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Sharing Student Work for 2011-2012

    As mentioned early on in the year, you will be presenting student work samples year instead of putting together a PowerPoint, Prezi, etc. Since the original plan for attaching documents to your blog posts isn't going to work quite as hoped, we've worked out an alternate plan.  You have a couple of choices as to how you'd like to share your student samples.

    1. Ahfoundations.wikispaces.com
    2. Livebinders - If you choose to use a Livebinder, please place a link to your Livebinder on your page of the Ahfoundations.wikispaces.com wiki.
    You can embed or link documents, images, videos, or whatever else makes sense to show what your students have done to demonstrate their learning and growth related the Foundations project. You'll be sharing your student work via the wiki or Live binder at the May18th session.

    More information about wikis and sample wikis- Wiki Wiki What?

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Student Writing Reflection Part 2 - Analyzing Creatively

    Wordle: Untitled
    Sometimes, it is nice to change-up the way we reflect on our writing or thinking. A word cloud is one visual way to do a more creative analysis. Wordle is just one of those word cloud tools.

    1. Select and Copy your writing
    2. Go to Wordle.net or another word cloud program
    3. Click on "Create"
    4. In the first box, paste in the text you copied from your writing
    5. Click on "Go"
    6. Adjust the color, language preferences, layout, etc. 
    7. You can now either print it, take a screen shot of it to use elsewhere, or post on a blog or website.
         7a. To post on a blog or website, you'll need to save to the public gallery (bottom of the page)
         7b. Once it finishes, scroll to the bottom, select and copy the HTML code
         7c. In your blog post or site, make sure you have enabled HTML editing.
         7d. Paste in the HTML code
         7e. Add any additional thoughts

    Student Writing Reflection Part 1

    Now that you have taken a close look at and discussed your student writing, take a few minutes to do a quick write about what you've observed. The following are some guiding ideas :
    • What does it show about their understanding?
    • What does it show about their writing skills?
    • What is the connection to the rest of their academic/intellectual growth?
    • What does it show about your growth in teaching writing and/or social studies?
    • What does it show about their challenges?
    • What does it show in a positive way?
    • What would you do differently?
    • What would you make sure to do exactly the same way?
    • Other observations
    After the quick write, we'll be using a tool to analyze what you see.