January 2017

Supporting Best Practices

Formative Assessment

Misconception ChecksMisconception Checks

Present students with common or predictable misconceptions about a designated concept, principle, or process. Ask them whether they agree or disagree and explain why. The misconception check can also be presented in the form of a multiple-choice or true-false quiz. Consider using the following ways to easily collect information: Google Classroom’s Question option, Google Forms, Padlet, Notebook entries, exit tickets…

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Instructional Strategies

Bubble When You StruggleBubble When You Struggle

  1. The teacher develops 3-4 key questions students may ask themselves when students are stumped on an assessment item to help them move from “frozen” to “starting” the problem.
  2. When students answer these 3-4 questions, they draw a bubble out beside the item and list the answers to those 3-4 key questions the teacher provided.
  3. NOTE: Teachers may also create an acronym to help students remember their “bubble when you struggle” questions; for example, in social studies, the Bubble When You Struggle might be EPIC (E = what Era? P = what People? I = what’s Interesting? C = what’s Comparable to other things you know?)

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Digital DooDads

If This Then ThatIf This Then That (IFFT)

 Would you like to make life a little easier? Of course you would. This tool will help you automate common tasks such as silencing your phone when you arrive at work. Have a look at all of the applets (they used to be called recipes) that can do work for you!

https://ifttt.com/discover


ClassLinkClassLink

ClassLink OneClick is your personal cloud desktop giving you access to all your apps, files and classes from anywhere. Accessible from any device, OneClick is ideal for BYOD and 1to1 initiatives.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/classlink-oneclick-plug-i/fdnnkenilcdalikbiegdpmdnppdgpep


NearpodizeNearpodize Chrome Extension

The Nearpodize extension allows you to ​turn your ​existing Google presentations into Nearpod ​lessons in just a few steps. After installing the extension, you will be able to edit your lesson: Add videos, draw it activities, polls, virtual reality experiences and more engaging features before sharing it.:  Click here to download the Nearpodize extension for Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nearpodize/obaclhgeioenpfkcekijanhfbfhhbkig?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

 


Hyperdocs

HyperDoc is a term used to describe a Google Doc that contains an innovative lesson for students- a 21st Century worksheet, but much better. With one shortened link, students can access a lesson that contains instructions, links, tasks, and many clever ways to get kids thinking.  Want to know more about Hypderdocs?  Check out these resources:

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Professional Resources

Teachthought.com

A winner of the National Digital Principal Award (NASSP), Eric is a passionate and committed educator whose tweets provide consistently new and exciting education technology ideas and resources. Often first to introduce a new idea, his tweets are frequently trail-blazers in the online community. Follow him to get the best ideas first.

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ericEric Sheninger – @NMHS_Principal

A winner of the National Digital Principal Award (NASSP), Eric is a passionate and committed educator whose tweets provide consistently new and exciting education technology ideas and resources. Often first to introduce a new idea, his tweets are frequently trail-blazers in the online community. Follow him to get the best ideas first.

Kyle PaceKyle Pace – @kylepace

District instructional technology specialist Kyle is a great source of information on all things e-learning. From innovative new resources for getting students involved in technology to thought-provoking observations on teaching ideology, he’s guaranteed to bring valuable contributions to your education technology feed.

NEISD Twitter Chat

*Interested in getting started on Twitter?  Contact your ITS!

NEISD PD

  • Doing More with Vocabulary (Part 1) (online)- http://tinyurl.com/h84fx3k
  • Social Studies Event: Conversation with Chair of the Federal Reserve A Teacher Town Hall Meeting – (January 12 – 5:00 PM): NEISD Social Studies teachers are invited to join the conversation via webcast from the Federal Reserve Bank in San Antonio for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s first town hall for teachers. After opening remarks, Chair Yellen will take questions from audiences across the country.
  • Taking the Pulse with Formative Assessment (online, self-paced) (January 12): How important is it to you to know that your students understand all the concepts associated with your curriculum? That’s a rhetorical question, because ensuring that students comprehend the curriculum is why we’re here! This course will walk you through the purpose for formative assessment and some traditional and digital methods for assessing student understanding. To begin this course, simply go to nearpod.com and enter the following code (GPEQH) in the spot where it says “Enter CODE to Join a Lesson”
  •  SE Google Read and Write Application Session (January 18 – 4:30 PM) CLC 116.1: Come with classroom digital documents you want students with accommodation to access through the Google Read and Write extension. We will be there to suport with questions, road blocks, or ideas on how to implement.
  • Classroom Management Strategies (online, self-paced course) (January 23rd): One of the constant struggles in education is behavior management. Teachers work hard to provide the best instructional environment and strategies for their students, but it often only takes one or two distracting students to have a major impact on the effectiveness of that instruction. Not only do these distractions take away from the instructional process for that student, but it can have an impact on the entire class. You’ll learn a variety of behavior management philosophies and the best strategies for effectively improving behavior in the classroom with a positive approach. Online courses do not require participants to be online and complete course during date and time listed – the scheduled date/time is a placeholder in Eduphoria so that teacher choice credit may be granted for successful completion of requirements. Coursework MUST be done outside of contract hours. Final due date is February 13. Course links and instructions will be emailed by 4:00 pm January 23.
  • YouTube for Educators (online, self-paced course) (January 23rd): This online, self-paced course uses Atomic Learning video series to discuss how to use YouTube, and how it can be an effective tool for educators wishing to incorporate the use of video in the classroom. Participants will create their own YouTube Channel, as well as create and upload an original video. Online courses do not require participants to be online and complete course during date and time listed – the scheduled date/time is a placeholder in Eduphoria so that teacher choice credit may be granted for successful completion of requirements. Coursework MUST be done outside of contract hours. Final due date is February 21. Course links and instructions will be emailed by 4:00 pm January 23.

TIP:  you can always search for professional development opportunities offered by Instructional Technology by browsing the “Online/Web,” “Technology Services,” or “Webinar” categories in Eduphoria.