Professional Learning Collaboratives

Where Lifelong Learners Meet

September 22, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.

Harnessing the Power of Google Apps and WONecks Blogs

Since this session was built around meeting the needs of those attending, there wasn’t a slideshow prepared for it. I am listing a few resources below that might be of interest. Some of the topics we covered were:

embedding videos into blog posts – this will engage students and parents in the learning process while offering parents the chance to better understand the concept being presented

embedding Google Earth/Maps content into blog posts – this gives the teacher easy access to a virtual tour created prior to class while making it easy to replicate for following classes and for students and parents at home; this can be used in all subjects where location can be tied in (includes math when history/background is discussed)

embedding Clustr maps and similar tracking items into widgets – gets students excited about global attention to their work

creating categories in blog – this allows the user to track down previous work in an easy to organize manner; works for staff and student blogs

embedding Google Docs/Spreadsheets/Presentations into blogs – this is great for publishing work to a global audience into class blogs and personal eportfolios for staff and students

Tutorials can be found at:

WOISD tutorial blog

Google Tutorials

Edublogs blog

As always, feel free to contact me if you ever want to learn more one on one about any of the tools used in White Oak ISD.

September 21, 2012
by Mrs. Cranford

Symbaloo: Your APPy Place

Twenty-three teachers and administrators came together on our first day of Professional Development to learn more about Symbaloo. Presenters, Nina Peery and Pam Cranford, shared examples of how they have used this curating site and showed staff members how to search, create, and customize tiles.  Webmixes were shared through gallery searches by subject and tags. Teachers were given time to sign up for their own accounts and then allotted time to work together to create a tiled reference.  HERE you will find the links to sites and webmixes shared during our training.

September 7, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Professional Learning Collaboratives Registration Day 1 – Wednesday, September 19, 2012

PLC Intro 2012 from White Oak ISD on Vimeo.

Professional Learning Collaboratives

Day 1 ~Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome to the first PLC Day for the 2012-2013 school year. We are very excited about the opportunities that are before us as we build a collaborative culture and work with colleagues as connected learners.

The registration for Day 1 will be online and you have five session choices to choose from. Select the session you are most interested in and each session will be limited to 25 participants. Remember, that several of the sessions offered on Day 1 will be repeated again at one of the other PLC days.

Session choices for Wednesday, September 19:

  • Interactive Notebooking – Do you need to know how to use a writer’s notebook or a reader’s notebook (regardless of the subject and/or grade level you teach) in the classroom with your lessons? Would you like great activities for teaching vocabulary? Interactive notebooks are research-based tools, allowing differentiation based on student needs, interests, and traits. Students use them to analyze and synthesize information, creating notes, responses, and graphics. You will leave with several notebook activities that will engage your students in the learning process. (HS PLATO Lab)
  • Harnessing the power of Google and WONECKS blogs – How can we use the Google Apps system and blogs with our students? What about with PBL? Collaboration? Publishing? Creating artifacts for eportfolios? Let’s share ideas with each other and learn new ways to use the tools we have at our disposal regardless of grade level. (Rm 122, Middle School)
  • The Four Big Questions – How do we move forward in this rigorous world and meet all the needs of our students? How do you plan for students that are struggling, while planning for those that excel academically? How can we build on what students learned last year, while preparing them for the next year? How do we know that we are assessing our students to the level they need to be assessed? Come join us as we walk through the 4 BIG questions that can drive your team planning while answering all of the questions that are running through your head. If attending please make sure to bring a copy of your TEKS. (Rm223, Science Lab, Intermediate)
  • Symbaloo – Your APPy Place –These Symbaloo EDU PD Certified presenters will give you a hands-on experience and show you how to make Symbaloo: Your APPy Place. Participants will learn how Symbaloo EDU can fuse together webmixes to be used for student differentiation, building e-portfolios, creating digital library collections, embedding multimedia including Google docs, Glogster, Animoto, and much, much more. Have all of your most visited sites one click away right on your homescreen. You will leave AMAZED!
  • Laptop (not iPad) needed to create your own Symbaloo. (Rm. 214, Computer Lab, Intermediate)
  • Bard’s Take on the PBL Tale…Burn Bright, NOT Out! – Details, details coupled with intuitive, experienced based lesson methodology to get edge of seat enthusiasm, target lifelong learning and nail the essential elements of learning, and life all while having fun. The product is the student, not the stat. (MS Library)

Registration Information:

Registration opens on Monday morning, September 10th and closes the next Monday, September 17th at noon. Sessions are limited to 25 participants each. If you fail to register during this window, you will be assigned a spot in an available session.

Register at this link (must be logged into your school mail account to access this):

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