See below the top websites that DSD Professional Development implements into the classroom to enhance the curriculum, improve student achievement, and meet the needs of the 21st century learner.
Preparing for any Professional Development session is hard. However, preparing for a 90 minute workshop in front of teachers, administrators, and educational tech experts is down right stressful. To create a well rounded conference session, I start out with three main objectives:
1. Over planning is what I am most known for when presenting any type of training. I want to meet the needs of every learner. Those who are new to the concept, those who might have a little bit of experience, and those who are experts on the topic. I feel like if they have made time to attend my session, then I want to make sure the training meet their individual needs.
2. Learn Something New: When I plan for a training or workshop, my main goal is for everyone to walk out of the room knowing at least one new thing. One thing that they can take back to the classroom. One thing that energizes them. One thing that is going to make them try something new. It does not always have to be a technology tool to implement but maybe it is the teaching style that I showcased, maybe it is the excitement that I have for learning.
3. Making Everyone feel at home: Leaning a new tool, new technology, or new classroom management style can make people uneasy. I play music in the background to help those who need a little distraction. I circulate around the room and talk with everyone. And my number one thing to make everyone feel at home is I allow everyone to have a voice. Either through back channeling, one on one conversations, or small group break out sessions. The tension drops in the room and then everyone feels free to learn.
I am excited to say, that my 90 minute workshop on Mix it, Stir it, Blend it went really well yesterday. I had the honor to be mentioned in a recap in twitter feeds and in blogs. It's moments like this that drives my passion for teaching others. Thank you to everyone who attended my session and shared out my links. The teachers need to know how to apply the blended learning model and I hope that is what those 70+ teachers walked away with yesterday.
DSD Professional Development Coordinator
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While looking for Cause and Effect activities for 5th and 6th grade students, I realized that a lot of the Cause and Effect activities were not applicable to the Digital Age Student. So, I created an activity that the students could relate to on a daily basis. (Feel free to download and use the attached document.)
Here is how the activity works!
Students read the Cause
They draw a picture that goes along with the Cause
Next they write a complete sentence for the Effect.
The students then get to draw a picture that goes along with the Effect.
Turn the Cause and Effect pictures into a book.
Extension: Allow the students to write their own Digital Age Cause and Effect using Technology:
Project Name: Chain Effects
Grade Level: 4th Grade
Overview: The students will create a paper chain out of one piece of paper. The goal is to create the longest chain in the class.
Objectives: Students will be able to complete the following:
Time: This is at least a two day activity. Extensions can be made to extend the lesson into a three day activity. (Create charts that show mean, median, and mode of the different lengths of the paper chains. Use the individual, group, and whole class data to create three different charts)
When a school states that they are going to move to BYOD, the very first thing I show them is how to use QR Codes in the classroom. It is a great way to implement the devices into the curriculum. Below are a few ways to QR Codes in the different content areas.
1. Art- My sister is a high school art teacher. I showed her how to have the students create QR Codes for their art projects. When a student is done with their art project, they will create a QR Code that explains their picture, the artist, and what type of medium they used to complete the project. Then when she hangs the art work in the hallway, the QR Code is attached to the bottom right hand corner. (See the example QR Code Below)
2. Math- There are countless ways to use QR Codes in the math classroom. My favorite example of how I used them was with a Geometry Class. We created a scavenger hunt outside where the students had to find the QR Codes and then complete the activity that would pop up on their devices before moving onto the next Code. (See the example QR Code for Math Below)
3. Language Arts- BookReports, Character Characteristics, Setting, Plot, Themes, Book Scavenger Hunts, and so much more. Ways to use QR Codes in the language arts is just endless. Before students start to read a novel, short story, or even a news article. I will post character traits from the story around the room. A student will scan the code and then have to act out the character for the whole class. This activity gets the students up and moving, making predictions, and visually seeing the characters before they even open up the book. (Scan the LA QR Code below for an example of this activity.)
4. Science- During lab time, have the students scan the QR codes to get the next step, watch a video explanation or directions for how to write up the lab report. Another way we used QR Codes was during chemistry, we had the students create a QR Code for every element. Then place them around the room. And when the student had a free moment they would scan the QR Code review the element properties, and store the information into their phone. (See the QR Code Periodic Table below)
Click the Play button below. Make sure to click the blue speech bubble on the right to read how to use this website in the 6-12 classroom.
Over the years, I have taught teachers how to use Google Forms for Exit Tickets, Reviewing information, and for Assessments. One thing that has always been lacking was the ability to add video into the Google Form. Well, the wait is finally over. Google has now added a YouTube video button into their form choices. To add a video:
Using timelines in the classroom is just not for history class but rather for all subject areas. While teaching I would have the students create timelines for:
The list is endless on ways to use the timelines in class. Yet, sometimes teachers over look the idea of using the timeline other than for historical reasons. With that being said, I would like to share out some of my favorite timeline sites for using in a classroom situation.
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DSD Professional Development Coordinator