Professional Learning Collaboratives

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April 16, 2013
by hugghinss
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PLC Day #4 iDevice: Moving Students to Engagement and Content Creation

This session focuses on Web 2.o Tools and social networks as a way of helping students engage with your content, share content they have created, and to add to the classroom dialogue.

Presentation Materials:

PLC Day 4 Presentation on iDevices: Moving Students to Engagement and Content Creation

Applications:

PearlTrees:  Dynamic site that allows teachers and students to gather and house valuable information in an organized and social setting.  Students and teachers can gather websites into one strand, and then have others comment on each “pearl” before, during or after a presentation.  PearlTrees is also a very effective tool for flipping the classroom since it is a multi-platform tool including apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Evernote:  Note-taking, sharing and organizational tool.  Evernote is used widely in colleges and universities to share handouts, receive feedback, and organize notes and websites.  Evernote offers the ability to include text, photos and audio within the same note.  Notes can be shared in a variety of ways including Twitter and on blogs.

ShowMe: ShowMe can be used as a social network or simply as a creative app.  Students and teachers use the app as a virtual whiteboard that allows one to record a “video” while drawing or writing on the screen.  The finished product can be shared via various social networks, or can be embedded on a blog.

Hootsuite:  This app is a powerhouse for Twitter users.  It allows the user to aggregate data, conduct and store searches, follow/unfollow other users.  The overwhelmingly positive feature of the app is the convenience of looking at important streams in one place.

 

 

 

October 17, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Why School?

This session, based on the book Why School? by Will Richardson,  touches on some changes in schooling that are true paradigm shifts for many. If you wish to continue this conversation beyond this session, please contact Scott or Mitzi. We’d be happy to help you in any way we can.

Enjoy the slides below. The last slide will take you to the resources used for accumulating this learning opportunity.

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

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