Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Common Core Training January 2012

Today's Common Core training was in a conference style format at Morgan Elementary. Kudos to the Instructional Technology department for utilizing this format that made for a much more interactive and informative day!   Here was the schedule an the group session descriptions  
The focus was technology as a Tool with sessions centered around:
  • Access and Gathering Information
  • Organizing Information and
  • Communicating Information
We should not design lessons around a tool, but how do we train teachers to incorporate these tools around an already created lesson or curriculum?
  • Technology  
  • Pedagogy 
  • Content knowledge
  • First question is what content am I going to teach?  Then what activity?
  • Marlo showed us a "knowledge building types document" that describes the technology tools that might be used with various curriculum-- will have a draft by Feb 20 meeting
    • Other common core areas will be getting this document too.
I attended the following sessions:

I created the following Symbaloo to organize all the links and that were part of the sessions today:

Symbaloo/Doreen Anderson
  • How can you use it? 
    • Personally for your favorite "go to bookmarks" place 
    • For classes: as a web mix for students 
    • It's free 
    • You can use another person's web mix as a starting point and also edit existing web mix 
    • You can search for existing tiles 
    • Doreen showed us this website http://www.arkive.org/
    • it's an awesome site about animals --  lots of free pictures to use 
    • You could also use a picture editing site like jing or picnik to grab an image from a website and use for a tile 
    • Tiles can be dragged and dropped wherever you want them
    • We tried adding a file like you can do on livebinder, but think the only way to do that on Symbaloo is to upload a file somewhere else (like School Wires) and get the link for a tile. 
    • You could color code by type of tile
  • If you are sharing your Symballo, Stop sharing while u are editing, and then you will  have to re share
  • Tabs across the top can be grabbed and moved 
  • You can easily rearrange your Symbaloo view by deleting a tab or rearranging the order 
  • You can search for existing webmixes in the Gallery search by category or by name of author?
Marlo Gaddis/Clickers

  • She is using Promethean today because that's what is in place at Morgan, but is talking from all perspectives of clickers (Smart, CPS and Promethean) 
    • Only one thing she is showing today that can't be done on smart devices--is a Self paced assessment 
  • Easiest way to engage kids is to start them on something like a self paced assessment at the begininng of class.  Have several questions for them to answer and clickers on the desks.
  • Marzano did research on interactive white boards (iwb)
    • Found anyone who had a iwb with clickers scores 17% higher than those classrooms without (used same teachers in the study to avoid the comparing apples and oranges issue) 
    • Learn response/feedback issue: 
      • When the do nothing with the response.then iwb did not help learning 
      • Sometimes too many visuals hurts the improvement too 
      • Do things in small meaningful segments 
      • In order to be effective, you must talk about the right and wrong responses and item analysis 
      • You have to highlight the built in distractor answers and explain why they are wrong 
      • Marlo showed us Amy Mallory, a math teacher and featured teacher on Planet
      • The lesson to solve two step equations, and the clickers provided immediately feedback that allows teacher to alter the lesson as it proceeds
      • Clickers are not just assessment tool...For example, you could use them to:
        • Teach writing,  talk about word choice--students text in suggestions for a better word to use in a sentence 
        • Everyone gets a voice and encourages competition and interest 
      • Clickers can be used to get interaction going 
        • Ron Clark videos...Marlo showed use one of Ron Clark live at a tech conference using clickers to engage students 
        • Ron had the students do three steps in an algebra on active expressions clickers--
          • He tells the students that If they get the first step right says "You are hot", so he builds in re enforcers 
      • Ron Clark has several suggestions for incorporating clickers in class
        • Use them to starts class with a sense of urgency 
          • For example, you might enter three basic questions and get them to work on that as they come in  
        • Bring science experiments to life, by entering steps into active expressions 
        • Use them "to score a touchdown" where they do certain steps to earn points toward a goal 
        • Create a scavenger hunt by  entering clues in active votes so students might have to go measure a door for example, and then go somewhere else
        • Bring silent sustained reading to life by having students answer a series of questions on their active votes about what they are reading 
        • Use them to review large amounts of information  for example the periodic table, break information into chunks by asking questions on active votes along the way 
        • As part of instruction not "the lesson" 
        • Bring traditional lesson to life-- for example have students crossword puzzle with clues in active expressions 
        • Also check out ei communityhttps://www.eicommunity.com/
    • Tpack tie in: 
    • multiple ways to engage students with clickers
Livebinder/Evan Herreid
What can you do with your Live binder?
  • Can embed in your blog
  • School wires will embed it 
  • PTA might use it for a promotion 
  • Project for a class  all the resources they need to focus on--there is less downtime 
  • Computer lab teachers could use this instead of an actual folder
  • Can set up to be collaborative so it's like a Wiki
  • You can search through already created/featured binders 
  • You Can make it private and password protect it 
  • Its an open platform --but it does require an email account
Example of Live binders

QR CODES/Steven Anderson

  • You have probably seen in stores for products to get more information
    • Sale sign for piece of property 
    • Shop by scanning a code--might take you to Facebook site 
    • Or it might say something
What are the advantages of QR Codes over bar codes?
  • Ease of access to information 
  • Bar codes keep track of inventory, but are very limiting 
  • QR  is in two dimensions and increases characters from 12 to over 200 
  • YOUTUBE video--QR codes in the classroom:  http://youtu.be/hSA3YsBy_pU
What do you need to read QR codes?
  • Need an app on a smart phone or tablet 
  • Google goggles is what DOT recommends for Galaxy tablets and smartphones:
  • http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#text 
  • Document camera can be used as QR reader or you can use web camera or old video camera 
  • WS/FCS School Board Policy was changed in 2011:  kids can use cell phones in classes
 How do you create QR codes?
  • What can you link to?
    • Can link to plain text
    • A telephone number 
    • But, 9 times out 10 people use them to link to a url/website address 
    • There is also Qr code voice:  http://qrvoice.net/
What do you need in your class or Media Center?
  •  Gotta have device to scan them
How are QR codes being used in education?
  • Daily agenda 
  • Book reviews
  • To get information back to kids
  • kid created videos 
    • Reenact scenes from books  many learning opportunities for kids to show off what they do
How does it fit with TPACK?
  • Centers learning in the class 
  • A vehicle to get to what u are doing

Google Voice mail/ Marty Creech

  • Marty is new with the WS/FCS, came from Davie County, taught Science in MS 
  • We practiced calling into google voicemail.  Marty gave us a number to call or text from our cell phones, and up on his screen popped our responses.
  • It has a Voice recognition feature where it converts to text--it is a little "rough" but you can get the idea 
  • You can call the number back and text the number back 
  • creates an mp3 of the message--You can right click and download easily
How could you use in the classroom?
  • Marty used in classroom  in October 
  • Went to Renaissance Festival and students had to Interview someone at the Fair and have them describe the significance of their role in the Renaissance? 
  • Students were groups with at least one cell phone 
    • Interviewing person was a success
    • Discussed ways to make better 
  • Other Ideas?
    • Pod casting 
    • Quick warm up 
    • It's like Blabberize? 
    • Kids at home could use with their home phones/Could use as a homework tool 
    • This an option for communicating instead of your personal cell 
    • Kids can text as well 
    • Students could Go home and interview someone 
    • Call in and give your thoughts on a debate or some other television event
Google  video on youtube on how its used:  http://youtu.be/m4Q9MJdT5Ds

In class:
  • Can provide immediately feedback 
  • Field trip pod casting 
  • Call to explain a math problem 
  • Summarize today's class 
  • Question survey with parental feedback 
  • Wrote civil war love letters and kids translated them to text 
  • Transcription goes to cell phone as a text
Getting started:
  • Must have a Google account/Gmail
    • Choose to create a new number 
    • Put in zip code to generate a number 
    • Just leave number blank 
    • Enter a pin
    • Will have to verify via text message
Power point on.his wiki space:  http://mcwow.pbworks.com/w/page/50093863/Google%20Voice%20in%20the%20Classroom

  • There is the ability to set up Group contacts and could send message to group
  • Send a picture to text message box?

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