It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I have always wanted to use this blog for reflection and celebration. A good deal of my work in recent months has been focused on details for the SBAC assessment. I’ve been given the job of coordinating the entire effort- creating materials, gathering and curating resources, training teachers, determining logistics, being on call for any issues, and more. The tests are underway (finally) and all is going smoothly. It has been a struggle for me because I’ve been pulled away from the work I’m most passionate about – my role as a technology integration specialist. I felt that I didn’t have much to offer for this blog that would be positive.
But that changed in the last few weeks. I had the opportunity two weeks in a row to facilitate the faculty meetings in each of our buildings. We start each meeting with a time for people to share. It’s great for us to hear about things happening in our own building! That’s what turned my outlook around.
Here’s a sampling of what people shared (with examples where possible):
- A kindergarten class using Skype in the Classroom to find an expert on animals in the forest. They Skyped with a forest ranger from Yellowstone.
- A kindergarten class creating “How To” books using BookCreator on the iPad
- A first/second grade class creating their own version of “All About the Books“
- Third/fourth grade classrooms collaborating using Twitter to share their thoughts on Red Clover books. They even pulled the authors of many books into the discussions. Check out Ms. Ward’s class and Mr. Willis’s class on Twitter.
- Third grade classrooms used Google Slides to share and present about Passion Projects
- Third/fourth grade students creating videos featuring reasons not to drink or smoke for Health classes.
- Middle school students use their own blogs as a tool to reflect upon a long-term project and keep themselves organized.
- Middle school students using LucidPress (via GAFE accounts) to create literary magazines.
And finally, here’s an additional snapshot of what’s happened recently in our schools. Teachers contributed to this Thinglink on or around Digital Learning Day and shared happenings with digital tools.
So, even though I’ve been pulled in a different direction, our wonderful and amazing faculty continue to move forward in innovative ways.