Business Teacher, Ferndale High School
and University High School
Blog with students! It doesn’t matter where you begin, www.blogger.com, www.kidblog.org, or www.edublogs.org …. what matters is that you begin. This can be done with all ages. www.commonsensemedia.org is very helpful place to start in teaching digital citizenship and since our students are the digital natives and many of us the “digital immigrants”, kids need to learn this stuff. Allowing students to publish their work for others to enjoy and comment on is such a wonderful experience we should allow our students to be a part of. More on blogging with students can be found at http://goo.gl/f6vDxN
We should have Maker Stations in all of our buildings. We should also create flexible learning spaces carved out in all of our buildings.
And last but not least we should have a “You Matter” Wall in all of our buildings. My personal thought on all three of these is that we should never allow compliance to drive our programs. We have to continue to find ways to allow students to learn in all the different ways that our kids learn and create as many opportunities as we can to make sure they know we care. We should all just asked this one question as we begin our day: “Is what I’m doing today what is best for kids?” Let’s let that drive our decision making, our collaborative efforts, or journey to empower our students.
Tech Integration Specialist, Oakland Schools
Students are coming to school not expecting just to learn but even more powerfully to teach! Students expect to be active and engaged learners. Embrace technology as a tool to help them do just that.
Teacher empowerment and engagement results in student empowerment and engagement. Embrace the qualities and skills that you want to see in your students. Model risk taking and failure for your students.
Make student passion a priority: Innovation Days, Passion Projects, Genius Hour, Maker Movement, Project Based Learning, Digital Learning Days, BYOD.
ELA Curriculum Coordinator, Ferndale Schools
Remind (what used to be Remind 101) now has “office hours,” that allows you to safely chat with your students at a prescribed time out of school hours. So, for example, you could set up office hours every Wednesday from 7:00-8:00 PM, and your students would know that they can get extra help during that time every week.
Screenleap allows you to share your screen for free with up to 10 users by sending them a URL. So, if you’re using Chromebooks and want to show kids how to do something, you can share your screen by having them enter a short URL. You can turn the sharing off when you’re done. You can pay to share with more students, if you want.
Scratch is a program that you can use to teach programming to kids. It is a great way to teach students logical thinking and coding language in an “if-then” format. There’s a lot you can do with Scratch by pairing it with something called Makey-Makey to teach basic circuitry. Click here and here for some really cool explanations and examples of the Makey Makey. Here’s another video that’s kinda silly.