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Mrs.Wideen's Blog

Mrs.Wideen's Blog
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Guided Reading Choice Board - 1:1 Classroom With second quarter in full swing, and a new reading/language arts curriculum, I am excited to update my post from March on Guided Reading in a 1:1 classroom. My enthusiasm and passion continues to grow knowing the students I teach have limitless possibilities. I am able to individualize and differentiate instruction for each child in my classroom. My fourth graders and I have recently updated our 1:1 iPad Menu in Guided Reading. We have discovered some amazing apps to use with our district curriculum and Daily Five, which we have actually changed to Daily Six. 1:1 iPad Menu for Guided Reading Click below for a copy of the 1:1 Menu that will allow you to copy and edit as you wish. 1:1 iPad Menu Student accountability is also very important. Word Work Since I have different groups in Words Their Way, I am able to create specific groups and assign their weekly words. Stick Around Stick Around is one of our favorite apps. Reading Vocabulary for our story What Jo Did Haiku Deck Listening Epic!

inquiryandlearning - Home Control Alt Achieve Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom While for some teachers, iPads in the classroom are already a familiar part of everyday life, as of Pearson’s 2014 Student Mobile Device Survey, only 16% of students attended schools that provide tablets 1:1. For all the news stories and chatter in the educational industry about using iPads in education, many teachers haven’t gotten a good look at just what the technology can do for their students. But there’s reason to believe that could well change in coming years. 51% of students think their school should be providing them with tablets.89% say tablets make learning more fun.81% say using a tablet in the classroom allows them to learn in the way that’s best for them.71% believe tablets help students perform better in class. Image via flickr and Sean MacEntee As much as the opinions of students should be given heavy weight in these conversations, many of you will reasonably also want to see evidence of results. From Apple: Common Concerns About iPads in School 1. What You Can Do About It:

Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: English I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? To begin with, I don’t lecture. My students don’t take notes, at least not in the traditional sense, and we don’t read a novel and simply answer the questions. It means my classroom is a place where my students spend time piecing together what they have learned, critically evaluating its larger purpose, and reflecting on their own learning. Finally, technology is embedded into the structure of all we do. In my English classroom, this looks a lot different than in my biology & chemistry classrooms (which you can read about here). Meeting curriculum and teaching goals My curriculum states that I need to develop skills in 5 areas: reading, writing, viewing & representing, listening and speaking. Whenever we begin a new inquiry unit, research is always involved. After researching, we come back together to discuss what needs to happen next. Learning to use social media wisely Wow.

Video Creation This page is designed to introduce and show you how to use various free video creation resources. The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below. The playlist embedded below demonstrates many of the tools featured in the PDF above. The playlist embedded below demonstrates how to create flipped video lessons. Click here to learn how to create choose your own adventure videos in YouTube. Shadow Puppet Edu makes it easy to create a video on an iPad. Sharing Videos

A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers | EdSurge News Everyone tells stories: journalists, politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs. Conveying information in a coherent and compelling way is vital to success in the real world, and it’s our job as educators to prepare our students to share their ideas in effective ways. We used to do this with papers, posters and dioramas, but digital tools at our disposal now allow students to create authentic stories that allow for audience interaction and a wider impact on the world. Here are some tips for transforming storytelling assignments in your classroom, no matter what subject or grade level you teach. What is Digital Storytelling? Digital storytelling uses video, audio, social media, blogging and other tools to convey ideas and information effectively. Requires critical thinking: Creating an interdisciplinary product from scratch requires high level thinking skills like evaluating evidence, editing and curation, and production timelines. How to Educate Digital Storytellers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3.

186 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha Follow @paulbogush An updated version of this post is here 286 Videos Four years ago I wrote a post simply called 99 Videos that will make you go Huh, Whoa, Wow, Ahhh, and Ha-Ha. I decided to reincarnate that post because many of the videos are no longer on the internet, some of the sites have gone under, and I have always wanted to get to an even 100. Videos play an important role in my class (well not so much this year, because of something I can’t write about here, but they will continue again next year They serve as much more than a time filler (ok maybe sometimes), they are played for more than just cheap laughs (although I am a big fan of cheap laughs), and they all usually have some point to them (maybe the snoring dog video has no point). Yes conversations can bond people, yes sharing personal stories can create a common bond between people…but so can video if used carefully and purposely. While many might say staring off class with a random video is a waste of time (no way!)

Teaching, Tech and Twitter How Teachers Will Start the Learning Revolution | EdSurge News A couple of days ago, Miami-Dade County’s Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, wrote an impassioned call to action for our schools to embrace the needs of today’s learners and today’s world. He explains, "Children are not widgets, and schools cannot be assembly lines of knowledge." I commend him for this stand and also for the great work so many other districts are doing to build next generation learning opportunities. Developing 21st century learning is a challenge every school and every district must now confront. We have reached the convergence of three critical factors: 1) the world and workforce demands new skills, 2) many of our students have already embraced a digital world already there, and 3) the technology and tools required are now widely available. This is truly an exciting time in education. When we speak of a reinvention of learning, an amazing vision is painted for students complete with new devices, “personalized” learning, and increased student engagement.

Project Based Learning I’ve been teaching using a project-based learning pedagogy since mid-2010 when I was introduced to PBL by my friend, Dean Groom. Since then I have had some wonderful learning experiences with PBL and I enjoy sharing both my successes and failures and experiments in learning on my blog. I thought it’d be helpful for other people if I put all of my PBL-related posts on one page, just in case you’re starting out and you want to see how another teacher is doing it too. If you have any questions, just post a comment below or send me a tweet on twitter My VERY first experience with PBL – and it was hard work and had serious issues! This is a reflection on my very first PBL experience with Year 10 – it looks at why it may not have been 100% successful. A brief post outlining a mini-project I ran with my Year 11 English class.

Technology Projects | Ms Durant-Harthorne We spent the first month of school developing and practicing our classroom goals and contract. Students defined these contract categories and then explained them using the app Educreations. Listen to hear what our school Code of Conduct means to them. Responability While studying fact families we used the app Educreations and a jpg of a fact family house to demonstrate our thinking. Using PicCollage and Educreations students explained similarities in variations of The Gingerbread Boy. We have been studying synonyms this month. We used Pic Collage to demonstrate our understanding of verbs. Back to School Selfie Adventure for Your Students! Part of the Effective Technology Integration tips category! In a few weeks, school starts again. This is the best time to begin connecting with students and getting them to connect with their peers. Try something new this year! Get students to talk about themselves by presenting selfies they have taken as part of a mission you have sent them on. First, get students to watch the video, Around the World in 360° Degrees, and reflect on it. The second slideshow is an adaptable PowerPoint template that you may download and have your students use to upload their selfies. Enjoyed these ideas? Back to School Selfie Adventure Teacher Presentation Student template to download & edit with 20 second timings If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.