iPad Challenge: Year in Review

For those of you who missed the presentation yesterday, here are the slides!

Have a great summer and don’t forget to reflect on your personal tech goals for next year!

My Tech Goals for 2015-2016

While I was following up on our Staff personal tech goals last week, I realized that I completely forgot to make my own for this last year. Well, I think it might be time to put my money where my mouth is and actually make my own goals for this coming year.

Please take the time during the summer to think about what you would like to accomplish in terms of integrating technology in your classroom next year! They don’t need to be huge goals – in fact the smaller, more specific, the better! Don’t bite off more than you can chew!

So here I go, trying to take my own advice.

  1. RETHINKING IPADYOUPAD: I am feeling uninspired with this blog. I would like to post more original content, but that takes time. I think next year I will limit my posts to once a week but take the time to explore either an app or a concept in more depth.
  2. MORE FOLLOW-UP WITH PD: I am great at implementing ideas and strategies but I feel like I stumble with my follow through. I would like to have a simple PD plan that involves individual tech goals and where I will check-in after a certain period to see how it is going. These check-in times will be integrated into our Tech PD curriculum.
  3. DEVELOP OUR DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP DIALOGUES WITH THE STUDENTS: This year saw some very rich discussion with the students in terms of privacy and cyber-violence, as well as the more basic aspects of mindful use of technology. I want to continue this work, but more importantly the conversation around all the issues society must think about in terms of living much of their life online:
    1. Privacy (from personal settings to corporate appropriation of one’s data)
    2. Misogyny online
    3. Mindful use and ergonomic aspects
    4. Explore the use of educational game creation to explore these topics
    5. Social Justice online

These topics will be either integrated into relevant topics already in the curriculum, or be stand alone sessions or be led by guest speakers/facilitators. They should happen at least once a term.

That’s all I can think of right now. I am sure as the summer wears on I will think of more!

Some of The Best Gradebook Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Has any of our staff tried any of these? The only that I can see that is an app is Gradebook which is $19.99. The others seemed to be online platform…

I would be curious to know if an online grade book would be useful for you and if you have tested a few out!

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Undo Send- An Excellent Gmail Feature for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

We’ve all at some point been a little trigger happy with our emails. For me, it is less about sending angry emails (though the temptation is great sometimes) but more about accidentally hitting the send button halfway through my email.

Knowing that I can now have maximum 30 seconds instead of the previous five will help me look less technologically clumsy!

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3 Great Resources for Free Historical Art Works to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here are a few art repositories to keep in mind when in need of some great historical images in the public domain. These would be great for history, English, French,and Art projects.

Bookmark them for next year!

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Textbook Inventory on the Library Catalogue!

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Textbook Inventory

Here is the textbook inventory video I made last year for the Staff. Please keep in mind the following:

  1. Not all textbooks have been returned yet, the the number available might increase or decrease depending on the state of the books returned.
  2. I try as much as possible to ensure that the number on the catalogue corresponds with the actual number of books in the book room. However, some people still go into the book room and take copies without telling me. if I don’t know that a book is gone, it will show up as available in the catalogue.
  3. However, on the whole it is a pretty accurate portrayal of what we have available!

NOTE: I used educreations to make the video- it was super easy to add writing, then screeshots and record my script over it!

How Meditation Can Help Students Master Life | Edudemic

Worth a try? I think that as the pace of our world tends to increase exponentially and time is our one major scarcity, it is scary to set aside some mental space for what seems to be the indulgent practice of simply calming ourselves down. But the article below cites studies that prove that in effect, taking this time to get more in touch with ourselves actually saves us time in the form of reduced stress, clarity of mind, more energy and better immune system.

It also gives three simple tricks on how you can implement this in the classroom. What would happen if we asked the students to arrive a few minutes before an exam (or started five minutes later) and took a minute to practice some mindfulness? I wonder if the results would not reflect the calmer state of mind…

Students benefit from meditation & the methods that they can use to excel in school, perform well in sports and activities, and have more emotional control.

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New Poster- 15 Useful Tips to Help Students Overcome Procrastination ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

“…Procrastination doesn’t necessarily equal lazy. Inaction is often caused by anxiety, fear of failure, or negative perfectionism.”

During this, the last week of exams, it might be useful to show this infographic to certain students. I have never given procrastination much thought , but the above quote struck me, as did the  concluding thought:

“Procrastination is more than putting off tasks; it’s a fear of action.”

The infographic gives simple , yet clear advice on how to avoid getting in our own way.

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