Home - The Together Teacher The Together Teacher Student’s project catches NASA’s attention NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Jessie Elliott is not your average high school junior. You can see that in her Twitter feed. She has followers in other countries. And at NASA. They’re interested in something else that makes Jessie distinctive: a class project at Noblesville High School. She wants to reduce light pollution, or too much light at night. “Right now,” Jessie says, “especially in other cities, there’s kind of an exponential growth in light pollution.” She’s working with the city of Noblesville to reduce the amount of unnecessary light. As part of a class project for teacher Don Wettrick’s Innovations class, she is developing an ordinance for the city. The world tends to want “as much light as possible and the cheapest light possible,” Jessie told 24-Hour News 8. As a result, “we overdo it a bit.” Jessie would like to make a few revisions in the lighting guidelines of Noblesville. Why? It is time consuming work. Like this: Like Loading... Advertisement
33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity 2013 Update… Here are the main apps I suggest for storytelling. Some of them are actual bookmaking apps, some are apps for creating stories in various ways and others are apps I would use to help kids plan out a story. I have listed them in the order of importance for my classroom. I think the first 10 on the list are a must have for all elementary classrooms. Educreations FREE- (example HERE and HERE) There is also a web version of this tool StoryBuddy 2 $4.99- (example HERE and HERE) Explain Everything $2.99- (example HERE and HERE and HERE) Toontastic FREE*- (example HERE and HERE) Feltboard $2.99- (examples HERE and HERE and HERE) Skitch FREE- for labeling (example HERE and HERE) There is also a web version of this tool Popplet $4.99- (example HERE and HERE) There is a “lite” version of the app and is also web based Tellagami- FREE- Much like Voki but in app form. Write About This $3.99- creates prompts for kids and reads the prompt to them Sock Puppets FREE* (post with examples HERE) My Story
lepidascuola 20% Project Introduction If you read the mission statement of Shanghai American School, we want students to develop a lifelong passion for learning and have the courage to live their dreams. Over the last year or so, the teachers at SAS have been reading and talking about how we can provide these opportunities for our students and help them become learners in the 21st century. This means being creative, curious, collaborative, connective, and critical thinkers. In my own reading and research, I have become intrigued by the research of Daniel Pink, who wrote Drive – The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. So – what does this have to do with a project in Humanities class? I was lucky enough to experience this two summers ago during a technology workshop. So, with this project, students will have the chance to learn about something of their own choosing. How will the 20% Project Work? Brainstorming: Students will spend time brainstorming what they might want to research.
Kleinspiration Classroom 2.0 The SchoenBLOG Apps - Top Ten Tech Tips Wunderlist: Create lists for home, school, and special events. Pinterest: Find management, content, and assessment ideas. Dragon: Allows you to speak and instantly see your text or email messages. Study Blue: A terrific app for flashcards and other study options Vine: Short videos for just about anything: plot elements, promote a book, explain figurative language. Twitter: Concise writing at its best. My Story: Write picture books for all grade levels. Socrative: Quick assessments by multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer ExitTicket: A quick assessment before they walk out the door
MOOCs are Changing the Way the World is Educated - Webologist In the last few years I have seen, and participated in, some excellent online courses that are run by some of the world’s top universities. My introduction to free online education was when FutureLearn sent me an email to introduce some of their first courses. Today I heard about Coursera, another provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), in a BBC article. MOOCs are becoming the hot new thing. Anant Agarwal, a computer architecture researcher at MIT, started his discussion about Moocs with: “I would like the re-imagine education”. Futurelearn My experience so far has only been with FutureLearn, which is owned by the Open University (I studied Health Sciences with the OU a few years ago, which is why I got an email about Futurelearn). I actually received an email just when I was researching courses to help improve my writing (did it work???) FutureLearn’s Simon Nelson addressed delegates at the EMOOCs 2014 Conference – watch the video here. Global education Coursera No qualifications
The Complete Guide to 20% Time (and Genius Hour) in the Classroom It’s been almost a full three years since I told my students they would have 20% of their class time to work on whatever project they were inspired to create. Since then I’ve learned so much from my students and our amazing community of 20% time and Genius Hour teachers. I have tried to share this journey, the ups and downs, through blog posts, video interviews, a 20% time MOOC, and most recently my book, Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom. Now, as I begin moving forward into other projects and seasons of new work, I want to make sure that any teacher looking to start 20% time or Genius Hour with their students have a complete FREE resource they can dig into and get the nuts and bolts of how to make it happen. The Course: The Complete Guide to 20% Time (and Genius Hour) in the Classroom When you sign up for this free email course you’ll receive the following: Sign-Up For the Free Course Here You’ll receive the entire course over the period of 7 days. Module 1: Why 20% Time? Enjoy!