Technology / Guidelines for Wikis, Blogs and Glogster. Nice little Guide for Wikis and Blogs. Found in an article Blog post by Donna Criswell on Discovery. Read more here
May 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Article, Discovery
May 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Discovery
Excellent Blog post appeared by Donna Criswell from the Massachusetts blog. Blog talks about the 4 C’s and the common core. She also introduces a website about “commenting”.
Read more of the blog entry here .
April 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Discovery, STEM, Teacher Ideas, Teacher Workshop, Web 2.0 Tool
Well Saturday (April 20th) was the VirtCon with Discovery. We hosted a F2F event our Cardinal Gibbons HS, we had a small crowd. But, great collaboration and sharing of resources occurred.
We started the day with a great talk by Suzie Boss “Connecting Classroom and Community with PBL”. Her talk included ideas from other teachers and herself on how to implement project based learning projects. The key to her discussion was the collaboration with the community. Real life challenges that students have to solve. She shared resources to help teachers get started . If you missed her discussion, check it out at PBL and communities on Livestream. She also hosts a blog and already posted the resources; Reinventing Project-Based Learning. Her books are available at Amazon:
I would recommend this presentation to anyone interested in implementing a different type of PBL and community service at the same time.
The next session we watched at our F2F(Cardinal Gibbons High School)event was presented by Kathy Beck “Globalizing Gen Z through Social Media and…”. In this presentation Kathy presented resources for web 2.0 by Bloom’s web 2.o. While sharing the on line tool, she also shared the app that would complete the same task. The only problem I see, but for most it probably is not a problem, she only shared the ipad app. Otherwise the on line tools were well received by all our attendees. Actually we couldn’t keep up with all the great resources she gave us, some of us had to go back on the presentation. Some of them included video, comic strips and flip book tools. Her website is a great resource for ipad apps. Kathy Beck had some really great teaching tools and I definitely got some awesome ideas for my classroom. I will have to revisit this presentation at some time.
The keynote session at noon was given by Michael Furdyk about “Imagining Future Friendly Schools”. He talks about engaging students across the globe with technology. He mentions Don Tapscott and his book “ Growing up digital”. Michael Furdyk began his presentation giving the background to the rise of his ideas for TakingITGlobal. He has a passion for helping young people get involved in solving some of the challenges they face around world. The growth to his idea is amazing. Problems faced by young people vary today. His examples included different stories that are inspiring and helpful to create a sustainable and action project. Awesome foundation for young people to get help and information on how to address the different challenges. If you are interested in getting your students involved, this is the way to go. His stories and talk are inspirational. Check out the website for TIGed to see more information.
Afternoon sessions included a couple of really good presentations. We had some people go off on their own to watch the ones they wanted to watch. There was a whole strand for the techbooks, some included how to integrate the resource, others were just about the resource and what is available. For anyone who is interested in going to e-books this might be of interest. History Techbook with Brad Fountain and Science Techbook with Michael Bryant.
Another session addressed ipads and apps used in the classroom. One of the other sessions addressed how a district is implementing a technology into their schools. Something our school is currently looking into. I think the afternoon were full of some awesome presentations and it was very hard to choose a specific one. But, that is what makes this so great you can revisit the presentations anytime. To find all the presentations you can go to Discovery’s livestream channel at http://new.livestream.com/DEN.
Last session was given by Jennifer Wagner; “Selling the 7 "C’s" of Connections”. Main topic “connecting with other teachers”. Her discussion included collabarting and how important it is to work with other teachers to help you enhance your classroom. She had a really good discussion on sharing with others, curating and even addressed how sometimes we don’t share enough with other teachers. Creativity was her next topic, she presented resources for this “C”, one of them was Global Read Aloud. Ms. Wagner did a good job in presenting examples for each of her ideas (“C’s”). I think the the DEN Favorite Places is a great idea. Everyone who attended was very interested in this idea. Again I will have to revisit this presentation. Her collaborating, curating , creativity and other C’s were great issues to talk about with teachers. This was a great PD talk.
Wow what a day tons of information to process. Didn’t even get to go to all the presentations. Recommendation; go to the Virtcon Live website and find the presentations and watch them. Great information available to all teachers.
April 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Labs, NASA, NSTA, STEM, Teacher Ideas, Teacher Workshop
To begin with, my blog entries are definitely running a bit behind I have a ton of information to post from various activities and lessons I completed in the past month. However, I am going to focus on my attendance at the National NSTA conference in San Antonio. This was my first science teacher’s conference. It was one of the best PD experiences I have experienced. I’ll summarize my experience, to go into detail would actually take more than one blog entry.
The conference actually started on Wednesday the 10th with pre-conference workshops and NSTA PD Institutes. There were a ton to choose from. I however, decided not to attend any pre-conference workshops. I didn’t arrive in San Antonio until late that night. Workshops were offered throughout the conference. I did not attend any because I didn’t want to take a half day to attend one session. I don’t regret this, it ended up being a good idea for a first timer. There were tons of sessions going on at the same time and this can get a bit overwhelming for anyone.
To ease the confusion of scheduling different sessions, I downloaded the app for the conference. It was great. Using the app I scheduled sessions that were grade level appropriate. There was also the strands being highlighted at the conference: Next Generation Assessments, Next Generation Elementary Science, Next Generation Special Populations and Next Generation Technology (I summarized here). I stuck with grade, it seemed easy to me. There were times I did look at my hard copy of the program. When you registered you received 4 large books with all the information you needed for the conference.
I tried to attend a session every hour, except when I went to the exhibitors. Which is a discussion by itself. There you could spend hours going to all the exhibits and talking to everyone. Overall I enjoyed the flipping the classroom sessions. They were very helpful, the Do’s and Don’ts of flipping. I really gathered a ton of information to use to improve my flipping. Another session I enjoyed was the NOAA sessions that discussed climate change and gave teachers resources for this topic. The presentations addressed different topics about climate change and how to present this topic in class. Presenters also addressed Climate Literacy ideas.
I finally got the opportunity to meet everyone in the NESTA (National Earth Science Teachers Association). The share-a-thons were great and I left them with tons of new lessons to use. I did attend a first timers sessions with NSTA council members. Fun and informative, the session introduced the conference and where to find information in the program books. The other sessions I attended talked about the Next Generation Science Standards, all were very informative and helpful in understanding standards. Overall all the sessions I attended were informative and I left each session with tons of materials to take back to the classroom.
San Antonio was awesome. Beautiful city. The riverwalk was something to experience. During my time at the conference, I meet up with some NASA educators. This was the highlight of the week, we had a good time catching up with each other and collaborating about different topics. Bottom line is this, if you can attend the National Conference. Do it! Well worth the money and time, you learn a great deal and bring back tons of information to your classroom to enhance your lessons.
April 8th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized
Well it has begun LipDub voting. We finally completed our LipDub entry before Easter Break. Here it is:
Students did a great job setting everything up, the route, song etc. According to the rules Teachers can be in it, however they can’t be the one’s taping it. With a little help, the whole school was involved. The best part about taking part in this event is that it is a community event. Everyone students, faculty or staff were a part of an awesome event. What impressed me the most was the number of people who really got involved.
Voting is April 8th-12th, at FOX50.com. Vote as many times as you can. Help us win this year!!
April 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized
Wind Map. This is definitely a great site for meteorology. The map shows the direction of the winds and how they flow. It would be a great assignment for students to use the map and draw wind speed for the area of your choice. Students could use a local map and weather stations to help them out with speed. Yep an idea, just needs to be ironed out. Idea came NSTA Forum: http://goo.gl/knCxh
April 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized
NASA – Earth Month 2013. Way to start April “Earth Month”. Each picture has a brief description. Might be a nice assignment for students to do in class. Have groups choose one image and research that topic. Then present on Whiteboards and have a “board meeting” with the whole class. Yep sounds like an idea!
March 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Discovery, STEM, Teacher Workshop, Web 2.0 Tool
Well the word is a go for the Spring VirtCon. Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC, will be hosting a F2F event. We have already started getting our plans together. You can sign up for the event at Gibbons by completing the online registration and checking the box for Gibbons.
We have a form for all attendees to fill out, this is just to help us out with numbers and food. Breakfast and Lunch will be served. We will have prizes throughout the day, who can resist that? Wireless access will be available for everyone. We are suggesting you bring your own device.
One of the presentations I’m looking forward to is the opening keynote Connecting Classroom and Community with PBL. . What are you doing that day? Are you attending an F2F event? This is my second VirtCon and I enjoy the collaboration that occurs during the event. If you are close to Cardinal Gibbons HS, sign up and join us for the event.
March 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Labs, NASA, NASA explorers school, Project
Well we just got the results back. The kids did not get picked for the winning entry. But it was well worth the effort for them and me. Actually it has encouraged the students to investigate their topic a bit more. I enjoyed watching them get excited (even high school students can get excited once in a while).
I gave my students a choice of doing a project later in the semester or doing the student challenge. Three groups picked the challenge. Below are the instructions for the challenge:
“ NASA Explorer Schools invites you and your students to think “off the sphere” as you investigate the principles of physical science in microgravity! In this challenge, you will use astronaut Don Pettit’s “Science off the Sphere” videos from the International Space Station to inspire your own student investigations in 1g.
Students, as individuals or in small groups, create a 3- to 5-minute video to enter the challenge. See Video Production Tips for more details. Each video should:
•Introduce the students, school,and grade level.
•Give the title of the investigation.
•Explain how one of Pettit’s videos inspired
•Demonstrate the investigation.
•Explain the results of the investigation.
•Explain the students’ understanding of the
•Optional: Suggest an idea for a simple microgravity
Demonstration video on the International Space
Station related to the investigation.
One of the projects worked with ketchup and sound.
After submitting the experiment, I had other students wanting to do the challenge. A bit late but encouraging. We are in the process of setting up the experiment on a larger scale. The students felt the small speakers didn’t have enough energy. We actually had teachers donate old speakers to us.
Definitely a future project if NASA still has the opportunity. If I do this next year I would make sure the students would check in more often and have them finish the presentation a bit earlier. I think they were a bit rushed. Nothing like last minute.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone interested in getting your students hooked on STEM. Now I have them asking when we are going to use the big speakers!! Newtonian Liquids, great topic.
March 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Project, Project 365
This is an up date to our online photograph project on www.flickr.com. It’s been a awesome three months, tons of ideas and great pictures are being shared. A total 1.578 photos have been shared so far. I’ll share a couple here and if you would like to see more feel free to see my photostream. I’m just now catching up with March. Time slips away and to keep posting gets a bit hard when you get busy. However, one of my goals is to keep up with this project.
Part of our forensic class is identifying hairs. Here is a picture one of my students took.
This is a cube tech theater helped us make so we could students parts per million. It comes from a Globe activity. Got the activity last summer on NASA experience.
I love photography and this little one was letting me take a picture.
I took this on October 7th, 2008.
This is a student experiment with sound and ketchup. Its their entry into the NASA student challenge event. It was fun working with the group and this is what I love about teaching. You get to do some fun things with the students.
This is the Lounge during a vacation. We are on winter break right now. It’s pretty empty! Never seen it so quiet.
These are the footprints from one of our crime scenes.
Taken in our fingerprint lab
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