Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Common Core~ my take aways

The parts I like about common core include:

  • the use of technology throughout all standards
  • the mention of universal design for learning
  • the mention of differentiation for all students
  • that educators will work across content boundaries to reach common outcomes especially in writing and speaking
  • many online FREE services are making it so easy for teachers to incorporate their services already aligned to the common core

What's not to like?

Keep on learning!

Newsela- uses links to Common Core at different Lexiles
Dogo News - see the CCSS, Grade level and BONUS a word search, below the Title
Primary Source Documents Teacher    Search lessons by CCSS, Content

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wisdom of the Crowd~it's Everywhere!

What an awesome group of dedicated 21st Century Educators I met in E. Bridgewater, MA on July 10, 2014! The day was hot and  humid, the school was incredible, brand new, state of the art and even had air conditioning! No mistake it was a summah day!
Four things I love about being involved with Summer Professional Development:
  1. Educators choose to be there
  2. Educators are relaxed
  3. I learn something new each time because educators SHARE!
  4. Everyone is so appreciative
Find a summer professional development that you can join. There are many online and archived, you can participate on your own terms. Share what you learn on Twitter or Facebook, learning continues!
Here is one of my favorite online spaces K12OnlineConference !

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Who are you following in the world of educational technology?

Find someone on this list to follow over the summah and your personal learning will increase substantially. Why, because it will be your choice, your motivation! You will find this information at EdTech K-12.  I am going to choose someone new to follow to expand my horizons and to get some different ideas. While I already follow some great bloggers I am going to push myself to learn about new ideas from new people.  Who will you follow?

coakes photo Flagstaff, Maine

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summah Learning Time

Just learning about Booktrack Classroom from my friend Vicki Davis, who went to ISTE14. Thanks Vicki! Booktrack Classroom features:

  • Free for teachers
  • Increased reading comprehension for students
  • Increased motivation to engage in the writing process
  • Publish for your classroom
  • Set up for a small classroom takes less than 10 min.
  • FUN! I wrote and published a nonfiction story , 2 chapters, in 10 minutes complete with sound tracks!
  • Great for grades k-12.
  • Good selection of classics already available!