tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1004932911131670562022-01-13T13:36:32.198-08:00Teaching like it's 2999Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.comBlogger180125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-66239708898709984632016-11-27T13:36:00.002-08:002016-11-27T13:36:49.863-08:00Hooray! Thursday 12/8 - Book Signing and Fireside Chat :)<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="http://bit.ly/edventuresbook" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="147" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8mrL2VDU7U4/WDtRTOjD_SI/AAAAAAAESH8/HBsvOLGbgIAdfYCRvfoVKVWR4OABHtMqgCLcB/s200/CtUPEl7UAAA5nVN.jpg" width="200" /></a><br />It's been an exciting year - and super busy! It was my first year in a new role - leading technology and digital innovation as the Chief Technology Officer for a new school district on the north side of Chicago. Aaaannndd... <a href="http://bit.ly/edventuresbook" target="_blank">my book was published</a>! Hooray!&nbsp;<div><div><br /></div><div>It's been great to be able to write a full-length book so I could share ideas that were too big to fit into a single blog post. It has also been humbling to see how fellow educators around the world have been responding to and implementing the ideas I wrote.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I also have been getting used to the idea of book signings. I'm horrible at multi-tasking - I can't read and have the TV on, I can't count and chat at the same time, and I canNOT sign books and talk. It's been a learning curve to remember how to spell my name while getting to know educators I meet at events. A fun learning curve :).</div><div><br /></div><div>Speaking of book signings, <a href="http://www.leapinnovations.org/" target="_blank">LEAP Innovations</a> graciously reached out to me to host a Book Signing and Fireside chat just in time for the holidays! The event itself is free and there will be books on sale at the event (or you could <a href="http://bit.ly/edventuresbook" target="_blank">buy your own</a> and bring it with you). If you're in the Chicago area on <b>Thursday, December 8th, 5:00pm-7:00pm</b>, please consider joining me to chat education, innovation and creating positive change for our students. If you're interested,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courageous-edventures-a-conversation-with-innovator-and-author-jennie-magiera-tickets-29313936774" target="_blank">click here to learn more and register</a>!</div></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courageous-edventures-a-conversation-with-innovator-and-author-jennie-magiera-tickets-29313936774" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k5t13eWzMBI/WDtRLkdbOUI/AAAAAAAESH4/hrQV3VTnRMEYTTeEh-f2C6zRouhe5O-_QCLcB/s640/Cxf4pW-VIAAawBa.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-74903918576054087792016-05-19T15:38:00.000-07:002016-08-20T06:36:43.620-07:00Hooray! My book is now available for Pre-Sale!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I'm so excited! I got home to a note that my book, Courageous Edventures, is now available for Pre-Sale! <a href="http://bit.ly/buyedventures" target="_blank">Click here to get a copy :)</a>!</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://bit.ly/buyedventures" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-94654eRRlYA/Vz4_pfDuE0I/AAAAAAAD5Ns/fqvzXWGvHdsdEwueHWm9izlQKmM6PoMyQCLcB/s400/_CE%2BCover.jpg" width="308" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Here's what it's about:</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><i>"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging.” - J. R. R. Tolkien </i></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f8ab7e4-cb29-9fb1-ca7e-83ae58a02aba"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The early innovators are out innovating, but what about the many who hope to follow on their own adventure? These educators often feel the pull, but hesitate due to the obstacles along the way. This book charts a course to identify and navigate around those obstacles so everyone can find the courage to journey into the limitless possibilities of the unknown -- and discover their own version of classroom innovation.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Whether you have a device in the hands of every student, nothing but a laptop and projector, or you’re simply looking towards the future, this book is your partner in inspiration and “I can do this” ideas. As a classroom teacher, I rarely found time to sit down and read long professional texts. Keeping this in mind, I’ve filled this book with images, diagrams, real lesson plans and resources that you can download for use immediately. Moreover, the format of the book is set up so you can use it as a quick reference to solve certain problems or follow it as a step-by-step pathway to transform your classroom. As you embark on your expedition towards the great unknown of Innovation Isle, I hope this book will be your atlas and your companion.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">This book is organized into four sections: Part 1: “Charting Your Course”, Part 2: “Navigating Your Problems”, Part 3: “Sailing into the Great Beyond” and Part 4: “Reflecting on Your Edventure”. The chapters are organized in a way that chronologically steers each step of your innovation odyssey but it’s also set up so that you can also simply pick it up, find what you need and dig in right away.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Important Features:</b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Acknowledges the hurdles in the pathway of attempting digital transformation and innovation and provides numerous strategies to overcome them</span></span></div></li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Introduces and walks you through establishing a “Teacher IEP” or “Teacher Innovation Exploration Plan” and how to use it to guide you through Problem Based Innovation</span></span></div></li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Breaks down actual classroom problems of practice in the areas of Assessment, Differentiation, Planning and Parent Communication to focus digital transformation in strong classroom instruction and practice.</span></span></div></li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Focuses on strategies over tools, but still provides a companion website for step-by-step tutorials, examples of student work and ready-to-use templates</span></span></div></li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: disc; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Broken into four sections to scaffold your innovation journey</span></span></div></li><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: circle; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Part 1: “Charting Your Course” helps you prepare for a digital transformation</span></span></div></li><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: circle; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Part 2: “Navigating Your Problems” leads you through Problem Based Innovation to help you first identify and overcome problems through new digital strategies</span></span></div></li><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: circle; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Part 3: “Sailing into the Great Beyond” pushes you further to take bigger risks to transform your practice</span></span></div></li><li style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; list-style-type: circle; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Part 4: “Reflecting on Your Edventure” helps you reflect and share your journey</span></span></div></li></ul></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-64703013183114538052016-02-29T17:36:00.003-08:002016-02-29T17:36:46.645-08:00Update: You can now sign up for pre-sale notifications!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Update on <b>Courageous Edventures</b>: Wow Corwin is fast! They already created a flyer and have a link for you to sign up to be notified when pre-sales for my book go live!<br /><br /><a href="http://bit.ly/cepresalesignup" target="_blank">Click here to sign up</a>.<br /><br />Thanks for your support, everyone!! :)<br /><br /><a href="http://bit.ly/cepresalesignup" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="640" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JlVJ5kY0Um8/VtTx_4xaBDI/AAAAAAADsi4/c2QPpoY1-TI/s640/Magiera%2BFlyer.jpg" width="494" /></a></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-45321996301285998562016-02-11T16:49:00.004-08:002016-02-11T16:49:33.908-08:00Courageous Edventures: I Wrote a Book! <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hi everyone! I'm so sorry it's been FOREVER since I've written a blog post. I have a good reason though... I wrote a book! (I think you probably got that from the title.) After years of blogging here, sharing stories via conferences and a TEDx, Corwin Press gave me the amazing opportunity to compile all of those tales and tips into something a bit more substantial.<br /><br />Dreaming up a concept, doing the writing and going through hours of revision has been a definite edventure in and of itself. I didn't want to share the news afraid I'd jinx myself. However, today the cover was approved and my editor gave me the green light to begin sharing!<br /><br />The book is called <b>Courageous Edventures</b>. Below is a brief description of the content. As it goes through peer reviews, revisions and iterations, I hope to begin sharing more here about the process.<br /><br />The tentative release date is <b>late summer / early fall of this year. </b>Please stay tuned for more updates, as I will publish them here! Thanks for all of your support, friends!<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dyLG5RrLFhE/Vr0re-GxJwI/AAAAAAADqsA/CL3nvcf8Dgc/s1600/Magiera_Courageous_Edventures.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dyLG5RrLFhE/Vr0re-GxJwI/AAAAAAADqsA/CL3nvcf8Dgc/s320/Magiera_Courageous_Edventures.jpg" width="247" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;<b>Courageous Edventures</b></span><br /><br /><i>"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging.” - J. R. R. Tolkien&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i>The early innovators are out innovating, but what about the many who hope to follow on their own adventure? These educators often feel the pull, but hesitate due to the obstacles along the way. This book charts a course to identify and navigate around those obstacles so everyone can find the courage to journey into the limitless possibilities of the unknown -- and discover their own version of classroom innovation.<br /><br /><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-47779161581866806272015-09-28T10:43:00.000-07:002015-09-30T15:27:16.573-07:00Google Expeditions Pioneer Roadshow Launches at Des Plaines District 62!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Perhaps you have seen <a href="https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/" target="_blank">Google Expeditions</a> on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYJdZeA9w4" target="_blank">YouTube</a> or experienced it yourself at ISTE. If you haven't you should definitely check it out. Essentially, the program allows students to utilize the power of <a href="https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/" target="_blank">Google Cardboard</a> to go on virtual field trips to places all over the globe - and beyond!<br /><br />Expeditions can magically transport your kids to amazing locations like Mars, the Moon, Coral Reefs, the Great Wall of China and more. I'm proud to say that I even helped write one of the field trips, one in which you can take kids to Slovakian caves. My inspiration for selecting this location was my 4th graders' fave read aloud,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gregor-Overlander-Underland-Chronicles-Book/dp/0439678137" target="_blank">Gregor the Overlander</a>. They had always asked questions about the setting and had difficulty visualizing it. Photos and videos of caves were helpful but nothing like touring the environment in real life. Now thanks to Expeditions, my kids can have the experience of walking through a cave without ever leaving their seats.<br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-epAam670Q74/Vgm_TH19c2I/AAAAAAADY_Q/9SCHHO8hu_I/s1600/IMG_8561.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-epAam670Q74/Vgm_TH19c2I/AAAAAAADY_Q/9SCHHO8hu_I/s320/IMG_8561.JPG" width="320" /></a><br /><br />Google Expeditions was announced this summer, but until now, only those piloting the program for the Google engineers were able to try it out. Today Google announced the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/" target="_blank">Expeditions Pioneer Program.</a>&nbsp;During this school year, they will be bringing kits filled with everything you need to go on an Expedition - the smartphones, tablet for the teacher to direct the tour, a router to allow the whole thing to run sans-Internet, and Google Cardboard or Mattel View-Masters.<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sua_zHi_qUs/Vgl93TVTQJI/AAAAAAADYro/LfvsW00WOgA/s1600/IMG_0058.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sua_zHi_qUs/Vgl93TVTQJI/AAAAAAADYro/LfvsW00WOgA/s320/IMG_0058.jpeg" width="320" /></a>I'm proud to share that this roadshow kicked off right here in Illinois today - in our school district (<a href="http://twitter.com/62schools" target="_blank">Des Plaines District 62</a>) with three of our schools: Terrace, North and Forest Elementaries and at a neighboring high school, East Leyden High (Go <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&amp;vertical=default&amp;q=%23leydenpride&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#LeydenPride</a>!).<br /><br />The Expeditions team drove up in a decked out custom Subaru and took our kids to Borneo, on an ocean safari, exploring Gettysburg and even to the Moon! Not surprisingly, our students absolutely loved it. The ooohs and ahhs, laughter and amazement was palpable. We can't wait to see three more of our schools dig in tomorrow!<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_pXfWtbXRIU/Vgm_TA7xFwI/AAAAAAADY_U/j4-oWowVa_w/s1600/IMG_8570.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_pXfWtbXRIU/Vgm_TA7xFwI/AAAAAAADY_U/j4-oWowVa_w/s320/IMG_8570.JPG" width="320" /></a>After spending a few weeks here in Chicagoland, the Expeditions Pioneer tour will continue on throughout the US, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, the U.K. and then followed by more locations as the school year progresses.<br /><br />If you would like to see your school's name on the list, head over to the <a href="https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/" target="_blank">Expeditions site</a> and sign on up! For more information, check out the <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/bring-virtual-reality-field-trips-to.html" target="_blank">Google blog post</a>.</div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-45803633320695949602015-08-24T09:05:00.000-07:002015-08-24T18:32:31.414-07:00Finally! Calendar comes to Classroom... and More!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">Our teachers have been loving Google Classroom but one of the things we keep asking for is integrating Google Calendar into the platform. Wouldn't it be great if assignments automatically were added to our students' calendars? Well, the team once again has heard our prayers - Calendar integration is coming to Classroom! Hoooray!!!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-f1c63d49-55e3-d1d7-0167-fec5fc570895"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img alt="Screenshot 2015-08-20 at 2.37.46 PM.png" height="300px;" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/zKolFu2yqiuz0WZLHw5Hul6zHINyVBNWBDjaMC0UdYxR9jL7wQPPOKcYBGoAz_PAJCvJVX63aquiKtNEGvGLBzsrNH5-DT5y4GoyA6h23fT1GY9IBra4H7ebFKcOIxgybQGCDJg" style="-webkit-transform: rotate(0.00rad); border: none; transform: rotate(0.00rad);" width="624px;" /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14.6666666666667px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;">In this update, other fun features will be released, such as:</div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><b>Reusing posts - </b>Created a great assignment? Now you can reuse it later instead of making it again!</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><b>Question-based assignments - </b>Assign questions and track who responds to the discussion!</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><b>Bumping posts </b>- I'm actually most excited about this one. One concern I had with using Google Classroom is that when I post something, it gets pushed down to the bottom of the stream by other content. Now we can move a post to the top of the stream so that our students can easily find it! YESSSSS!</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><b>Due Dates Optional </b>- Rolling assignments with open turn in times are no longer beholden to required due dates in Classroom.</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><b>Attach a Google Form</b> - We've all been adding Google Forms via links but soon you can actually insert the form into a stream as an assignment!</li></ul><div>For more info, GIFs and images of the new features, check out the <a href="http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2015/08/head-back-to-school-with-new-features-in-Google-Classroom.html" target="_blank">Classroom release blog here</a>!</div></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-73216657686190972162015-06-24T18:19:00.001-07:002015-06-24T18:19:11.096-07:005 Tips to Make the Most of #ISTE2015 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">One of the largest EdTech events of the year, </span><a href="http://isteconference.org/" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ISTE</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> - the International Society for Technology in Education, is coming up in just a week! From great workshops to playgrounds to the casual conversation and collaboration that happens between sessions, this is a great event to recharge your innovation batteries. After attending for several years, I feel more confident going into the event and thought I’d share some tips to make the most of it with you:</span></div><b id="docs-internal-guid-0abfd4a6-284b-e65a-21e8-ef47e543d5ff" style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Wear comfortable shoes.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> You’re on your feet all day, hiking around the labyrinthian convention center and standing around gabbing with new edufriends. Be sure to bring comfy shoes - or if you must wear something snazzy, bring a pair of flip flops to swap out once the day starts to wind down.</span></div></li></ol><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><ol start="2" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Pack healthy snacks. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The food in the convention centers are often overpriced and under-good. Both for you and tasting. The restaurants around the event are usually sporting long lines during the lunch hours and when you have a short window of time before your next session, you probably don’t have time to wait. So pack some fruit, granola bars, trail mix, anything that will travel well in your bag throughout the day.</span></div></li></ol><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><ol start="3" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Download a business card app. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I get so many business cards during these events that I never look at again. However, in the mix I lose great the contact info of fabulous educators I wish I had remembered to save. The next time someone hands you a card, ask to just snap a photo. I love the app </span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cardful-business-card-management/id623785908?mt=8" style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Cardful</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> because of its Evernote integration but there are a ton of good ones out there. Once you’ve got the picture of the card, you can categorize it as someone you’d like to follow up with… or not.</span></div></li></ol><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><ol start="4" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Don’t forget the poster sessions.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Oftentimes folks forget that the poster sessions are some of the best opportunities for learning and connection. Here are brave educators sharing their work in a casual environment. Many of the best things I’ve learned at ISTE has been from chatting up a poster session presenter. Moreover, most of the student presenters I’ve seen at ISTE have been at the poster session exhibits. It’s so important for their voices to be represented at ed conferences - and when they are there we should stop and listen.</span></div></li></ol><b style="font-weight: normal;"><br /></b><ol start="5" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Talk to strangers. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So often we head to these events with our herd of edufriends and circulate through the halls in our own prearranged clique. However a potential edusoulmate could be sitting right next to you. Engage fellow participants in conversations, offer a seat to someone who looks lost and who knows? Maybe you’ll be co-presenting together next year!</span></div></li></ol><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-37425248243761863752015-05-22T09:30:00.000-07:002015-05-22T09:30:01.028-07:00Coding Creativity: Winning #makewonder Student Coding Videos<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">On April 12th,&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2015/04/robots_yetis_and_monkeys_3_cla.html" href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2015/04/robots_yetis_and_monkeys_3_cla.html">my students threw down a challenge to the world</a>: Create a video about coding and/or creativity and send it to us. They would then pick the top video and the winner would receive two new robotic friends that inspire us to code:&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.makewonder.com/" href="https://www.makewonder.com/">Dash and Dot, courtesy of Wonder Workshop</a>.</div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><a data-mce-href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/05/IMG_2760-13052.html" href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/05/IMG_2760-13052.html"><img alt="IMG_2760.JPG" class="mt-image-right" data-mce-src="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/05/IMG_2760-thumb-200xauto-13052.jpg" data-mce-style="float: right; margin: 0 0 20px 20px;" height="199" src="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/05/IMG_2760-thumb-200xauto-13052.jpg" style="border: 0px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 20px 20px;" width="249" /></a>Yesterday my students began the judging process. They watched each video three times, took notes, and analyzed them in groups. The loved all the submissions so much and had a hard time narrowing it down. First, they selected a finalist group of “super seven”,&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWPlPoxnvBs1C-dhsMQa4Q9PcaNHtJxzB" href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWPlPoxnvBs1C-dhsMQa4Q9PcaNHtJxzB">which you can find here</a>. Then they deliberated, discussed and debated until they made an ultimate decision for the final winner… and deemed it a three-way tie!</div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">Congratulations to these students for producing creative messages about coding that made my students laugh, shout and applaud!</div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><a data-mce-href="https://youtu.be/U2HuZDrF4-E" href="https://youtu.be/U2HuZDrF4-E">Help Us Get To The Future!</a></strong>&nbsp;Perris High of Murrieta, CA - teacher, Princess Choi</div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><a data-mce-href="https://youtu.be/SvUeZl_C3dc" href="https://youtu.be/SvUeZl_C3dc">Kids Just Wanna Code</a></strong>&nbsp;Young Achievers Christian Academy of Oklahoma City, OK - teacher, Charitta Smith</div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><a data-mce-href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpowWp9OoD8" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpowWp9OoD8">Blank Code</a></strong>&nbsp;Whittell High School of Zephyr Cove, NV - teacher, Madison Malone</div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.62;" style="line-height: 1.62;">Here’s what my students had to say about your videos:</span></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.62;" style="line-height: 1.62;"><br /></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><a data-mce-href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpowWp9OoD8" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpowWp9OoD8">Blank Code</a></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">"I love how they used OUR video as the background for the song!"</div></li><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">"I liked that they used a hit song and turned it into a coding song."</div></li><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">"What i loved about blank code was how they switch to different settings of the school."</div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><a data-mce-href="https://youtu.be/SvUeZl_C3dc" href="https://youtu.be/SvUeZl_C3dc">Kids Just Wanna Code</a></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">"I love how our S.I.T [Student Innovation Team] group made a whole school dance and make up a song about them coding"</div></li><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">"I love how they were in a big group and they all sang together and showed each section of the groups."</div></li><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">“They just looked like they all had fun and tried their best !”</div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><a data-mce-href="https://youtu.be/U2HuZDrF4-E" href="https://youtu.be/U2HuZDrF4-E">Help Us Get To The Future!</a></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">"Love how they only used Coding to control dash and dot,I also like how they showed backstage and i also like how you show behind the scenes"</div></li><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">"Because I like how they sung why they wanted to have coding and why they liked it."</div></li><li dir="ltr"><div dir="ltr">“Love how they only used Coding to control dash and dot. &nbsp;I also like how they showed backstage and i also like how you show behind the scenes.”</div></li></ul><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">Not to be left out of the video-making fun, my students insisted on creating a&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIw4DkHd38A" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIw4DkHd38A">congratulations video</a>&nbsp;to share with the winners. Take a look and see how Amiriunna spontaneously threw down a follow up challenge to the winners: create a video showing how you used Dash &amp; Dot and send it back! So the cycle of creativity and communication continues….</div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><img class="mceItemMedia mceItemIframe" data-mce-json="{'video':{},'params':{'src':'https://www.youtube.com/embed/WIw4DkHd38A','frameborder':'0','allowfullscreen':''},'hspace':null,'vspace':null,'align':null,'bgcolor':null}" height="235" src="http://blogs.edweek.org/mt-static//plugins/TinyMCE/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/img/trans.gif" style="background-color: #f8f4e6; background-image: url(http://blogs.edweek.org/mt-static//plugins/TinyMCE/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/skins/mt/img/icon-frame.png); background-position: 50% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat; border: 1px dotted rgb(173, 173, 173); display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="401" /></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">Congratulations to the students, thank you to Wonder Workshop for the generous donation of the prizes and thank you to Madison,&nbsp;Charitta and Princess for sharing this opportunity with your classrooms...&nbsp;and most importantly THANK YOU to everyone who participated for infusing code into your students' lives!<span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.62;" style="line-height: 1.62;">&nbsp;</span></div></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-84203847485362934732015-05-13T12:45:00.002-07:002015-05-13T12:45:21.202-07:00A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words... Images in Mobile Google Docs and Slides!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Let's be honest... until now Google Docs and Google Slides for mobile devices was a bit... meh. With limited editing functions there wasn't much for our students to do with these tools. Teachers around the globe cried out, "If we could just insert IMAGES!" Well friends, our cries have been heard in Mountain View. <a href="http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2015/05/docs-and-slides-add-images-on-go.html" target="_blank">Today Google released this functionality into their iOS and Android apps for Docs and Slides.</a><br /><br />HOO-RAY.<br /><br />I cannot wait until I see my students next period to see how this affects their work. Collaborative <b>and </b>Visual? Can't wait to see what happens next....<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SDh83uOiVzU/VVOpqkfuzlI/AAAAAAAC4bA/kYBV1xwNRMg/s1600/dawgsF.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="468" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SDh83uOiVzU/VVOpqkfuzlI/AAAAAAAC4bA/kYBV1xwNRMg/s640/dawgsF.gif" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">GIF from <a href="http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2015/05/docs-and-slides-add-images-on-go.html" target="_blank">Google Docs Blog</a></td></tr></tbody></table><span id="goog_134241982"></span><span id="goog_134241983"></span><br /><br /><br /><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-33256398272035073012015-04-22T06:52:00.005-07:002015-04-22T06:52:57.412-07:00Join Me for the #createwithcode Twitter Chat!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I'm so excited to be moderating the first <b>#createwithcode </b>Twitter chat this Monday! Join us to chat about creativity, kids and coding.<br /><br /><b>#createwithcode Twitter Chat</b><br /><b>Monday, April 27&nbsp;</b><br />6:45pm-7:45pm ET<br />(3:45pm PT / 4:45pm MT / 5:45pm CT).<br /><br />Also don't forget - you could <b>win some coding robots</b> of your very own! &nbsp;Get your students together to submit a short and fun video about coding and computer science. It can be about a story from your classroom, a music video, a dramatic interpretation of how loops work, or anything! Just post to YouTube, and tag your video with #makewonder then <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11m7Z9JSWHuwi9cho43QdjznJpN_N_hbeLrPnRHQ0r_E/viewform" target="_blank"><b>submit the video to this Google Form</b></a>. My students will judge and select a winner! The deadline for submission is May 19th.&nbsp;</div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-50192122314009528752015-04-21T08:28:00.001-07:002015-04-21T08:28:25.253-07:00Hooray: Shared courses comes to Google Classroom! <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Many of us have been enjoying <a href="http://classroom.google.com/" target="_blank">Google Classroom</a>&nbsp;this school year. A simple interface to manage our Google Apps assignments with kids? Yes, please! New features are being released each season and as the flowers of spring begin to bloom, so do two more Classroom goodies.<br /><br /><b>Shared Courses</b><br />Finally we can have multiple teachers in one Google Classroom course! Many times we team teach or co-teach a class - or we have student teachers or residents we'd love to give course access. Now it's possible with the "invite teacher" button.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NDwqBVc2mNs/VTVS7JfeeYI/AAAAAAAC2IY/2bAhufaUNWU/s1600/invite%2Bteacher.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NDwqBVc2mNs/VTVS7JfeeYI/AAAAAAAC2IY/2bAhufaUNWU/s1600/invite%2Bteacher.jpg" height="186" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>Plan Ahead</b><br />Now you can create assignments without actually posting them. The new "save draft" button is awesome for teachers who want to prep materials over the weekend but send them to kids later in the week.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NTL3YLe1e2o/VTVS_YdBCRI/AAAAAAAC2Ig/8nPwpU_D2S8/s1600/saved%2Bdraft.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NTL3YLe1e2o/VTVS_YdBCRI/AAAAAAAC2Ig/8nPwpU_D2S8/s1600/saved%2Bdraft.jpg" height="151" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For more info, check out the <a href="http://googleforeducation.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/teaching-teams-new-ways-to-work.html" target="_blank">Google for Education blog post</a> on this!</div><br /><br /><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-27620037190654420102015-04-13T05:27:00.000-07:002015-04-13T05:27:15.939-07:00Robots, Yetis and Monkeys: 3 Classroom Coding Resources You May Have Missed<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">As we dive deeper into the digital age, coding is becoming more and more prevalent in our schools. In fact, some districts have begun to make coding and computer science part of their&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="http://www.cps.edu/News/Press_releases/Pages/PR1_03_19_2014.aspx" href="http://www.cps.edu/News/Press_releases/Pages/PR1_03_19_2014.aspx">core curriculum for graduation</a>. So how can we better prepare our students at a young age for this digital landscape? How can we bridge the divide between male and female computer engineers and&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/02/11/how-to-interest-girls-in-computer-science-and-engineering-shift-the-stereotypes/" href="http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/02/11/how-to-interest-girls-in-computer-science-and-engineering-shift-the-stereotypes/">help young girls</a>&nbsp;see computer science as a viable and interesting path? One strategy is to teach coding earlier, to everyone.</div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.62;" style="line-height: 1.62;">There are many websites and apps to help kids learn to code</span><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.62;" style="line-height: 1.62;">. Some offer activities that get kids actually coding while others are more basic - simply training them to think in programming syntax. I've included a list below of great coding resources to explore, but in this post I want to highlight three that I don't often see mentioned in lists like these... and pose a&nbsp;</span><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.62;" style="line-height: 1.62;">challenge to you and your students to&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11m7Z9JSWHuwi9cho43QdjznJpN_N_hbeLrPnRHQ0r_E/viewform" href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11m7Z9JSWHuwi9cho43QdjznJpN_N_hbeLrPnRHQ0r_E/viewform" target="_blank"><strong>win some robots</strong>.</a></span></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><a data-mce-href="https://www.makewonder.com/?af=XJfS" href="https://www.makewonder.com/?af=XJfS">Wonder Workshop</a></strong></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MLKyBXUfTHQ/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MLKyBXUfTHQ?feature=player_embedded" style="clear: right; float: right;" width="320"></iframe></div>Sometimes coding is hard for students to grasp because they can't see the immediate feedback of changes in their code. An adorable robotic duo named&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.makewonder.com/robots/dashanddot" href="https://www.makewonder.com/robots/dashanddot">Dash and Dot</a>&nbsp;make coding tangible for students of all ages. Using any tablet, students can code movements, sounds and lights for these robots to interact with each other, the environment around them or even build Legos and play music! The apps are free, all you need to purchase are the robots. Our students are obsessed with Dash and Dot - they love to see their coding acted out before their eyes. Check out Wonder Workshop's&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="http://blog.makewonder.com/" href="http://blog.makewonder.com/">blog</a>&nbsp;to read more stories about Dash and Dot in the wild and scroll down for a chance to win a free Dash and Dot for your classroom :)!</div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><a data-mce-href="https://www.madewithcode.com/" href="https://www.madewithcode.com/">Made with Code</a></strong></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">Made with Code is a project from Google to inspire more young girls to embrace and enjoy coding. From their website:</div><blockquote style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><em>We started Made with Code because even though increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, women aren't represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen. If girls are inspired to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more usable, more safe, more kind, more innovative, more healthy, and more funny, then hopefully they will begin to contribute their essential voices. As parents, teachers, organizations, and companies we're making it our mission to creatively engage girls with code. Today, less than 1% of girls are majoring in CS. Tomorrow, we can make that number go up.</em></blockquote><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">The website is not only full of amazing code-based&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.madewithcode.com/projects" href="https://www.madewithcode.com/projects">games</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.madewithcode.com/resources" href="https://www.madewithcode.com/resources">activities</a>&nbsp;(my favorite is the Yeti!), but also&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.madewithcode.com/makers" href="https://www.madewithcode.com/makers">inspiring stories</a>&nbsp;from real girls and women who made an impact using code. There is even a&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.madewithcode.com/events" href="https://www.madewithcode.com/events">search tool</a>&nbsp;to find coding events in your area. Check out their&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="http://www.madewithcode.com" href="http://www.madewithcode.com/">website</a>&nbsp;and follow&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.youtube.com/madewithcode" href="https://www.youtube.com/madewithcode">@madewithcode</a>&nbsp;on Twitter.</div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><a data-mce-href="http://www.playcodemonkey.com/" href="http://www.playcodemonkey.com/">Code Monkey</a></strong></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">Code Monkey is a full-fledged curriculum for grades 4 and up to teach kids actual code. Not just block code as many other websites use, but actual typed code. The developers chose CoffeeScript as the coding langage to teach because, according to their site, it has "a friendly syntax, which resembles the way we write in English, compared to other programming languages". I love how my students are learning to type code, and are understanding the logic behind the code so much better than before. Teachers with whom I've shared this tool rave about how much simpler the program is for their kids to utilize and how much more logical the lessons are as compared to other resources.</div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><h1 data-mce-style="text-align: center;" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; margin: 0.67em 0px; text-align: center;"><strong>VIDEO CHALLENGE - win a robot for your class!</strong></h1><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><a data-mce-href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/04/dashdot_ipad-c05a32301aa2000c54b3ddc213b19ec5-12343.html" href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/04/dashdot_ipad-c05a32301aa2000c54b3ddc213b19ec5-12343.html"><img alt="dashdot_ipad-c05a32301aa2000c54b3ddc213b19ec5.png" class="mt-image-right" data-mce-src="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/04/dashdot_ipad-c05a32301aa2000c54b3ddc213b19ec5-thumb-200xauto-12343.png" data-mce-style="float: right; margin: 0 0 20px 20px;" src="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/assets_c/2015/04/dashdot_ipad-c05a32301aa2000c54b3ddc213b19ec5-thumb-200xauto-12343.png" height="147" style="border: 0px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 20px 20px;" width="200" /></a>I challenge all of YOU to get your kids together and create a&nbsp;creative&nbsp;and&nbsp;fun&nbsp;video about coding and computer science. It can be a story from your classroom, a music video, a personal inspiration, a public service announcement... anything!&nbsp;For some fun examples of student-made videos,&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWPlPoxnvBs2W8cQHl2nePHYzzgXvsGYx" href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWPlPoxnvBs2W8cQHl2nePHYzzgXvsGYx">check out the first three in this playlist</a>.&nbsp;The videos will be viewed by my students and the top selection will win a&nbsp;<a data-mce-href="https://www.makewonder.com/robots/dashanddot" href="https://www.makewonder.com/robots/dashanddot">Dash and Dot kit</a>&nbsp;courtesy of Wonder Workshop!</div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong>How to enter (the rules)</strong></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr">Have your kids create a video about coding and/or computer science&nbsp;</li><li dir="ltr">Make sure it is 2 minutes or less (longer videos will not be accepted)</li><li dir="ltr"><span style="line-height: 25.9200000762939px;">Get permission from parents for all students under the age of 18 to post video to YouTube</span></li><li dir="ltr">Post video to YouTube and&nbsp;include #makewonder in your title</li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11m7Z9JSWHuwi9cho43QdjznJpN_N_hbeLrPnRHQ0r_E/viewform" href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11m7Z9JSWHuwi9cho43QdjznJpN_N_hbeLrPnRHQ0r_E/viewform">Fill out this form to submit the video</a></li><ul><li dir="ltr">Optional:&nbsp;Paste a link to your video in the comments below</li></ul><li dir="ltr"><strong>Deadline for submission: Tuesday, May 19th</strong></li></ul><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><br /></div><hr style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;" /><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong data-mce-style="font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.62;" style="font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.62;"><br /></strong></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong data-mce-style="font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.62;" style="font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.62;">CODING RESOURCES</strong></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><br /></strong></div><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong>Tangible Tools:</strong></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://www.makewonder.com/?af=XJfS" href="https://www.makewonder.com/?af=XJfS">Wonder Workshop's Dash and Dot</a></li></ul><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong>Web-Based Tools:</strong></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://scratch.mit.edu/" href="https://scratch.mit.edu/">Scratch</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://www.scratchjr.org/" href="http://www.scratchjr.org/">Scratch Jr.</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://www.tynker.com/" href="https://www.tynker.com/">Tynker</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://www.playcodemonkey.com/" href="http://www.playcodemonkey.com/">Code Monkey</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://pencilcode.net/" href="https://pencilcode.net/">Pencil Code</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://blockly-games.appspot.com/" href="https://blockly-games.appspot.com/">Blockly</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://www.madewithcode.com/project/animation" href="https://www.madewithcode.com/project/animation">Made with Code</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://www.codecademy.com" href="http://www.codecademy.com/">Code Academy</a></li></ul><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong><span data-mce-style="line-height: 1.62;" style="line-height: 1.62;">Mobile Apps:</span></strong></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://movetheturtle.com/" href="http://movetheturtle.com/">Move the Turtle</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="https://www.gethopscotch.com/" href="https://www.gethopscotch.com/">Hopscotch</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://www.daisythedinosaur.com/" href="http://www.daisythedinosaur.com/">Daisy the Dinosaur</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://lightbot.com/" href="http://lightbot.com/">Lightbot</a></li></ul><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><strong>Communities, Curriculum and Training Support:</strong></div><ul style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 25.9200000762939px;"><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://code.org/" href="http://code.org/">Code.org</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/" href="http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/">ScratchEd</a></li><li dir="ltr"><a data-mce-href="http://hourofcode.com/us" href="http://hourofcode.com/us">Hour of Code</a></li></ul></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-2966269854061697742015-02-19T16:11:00.000-08:002015-02-19T16:11:28.209-08:00Creating an Interactive Table of Contents for YouTube Videos <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">In the previous post I show you how to <a href="http://www.teachinglikeits2999.com/2015/02/creating-choose-your-own-adventure.html" target="_blank">create differentiated Choose Your Own Adventure Videos using YouTube</a>. That video is kind of long... 10:44. Perhaps you didn't need to know how to create a YouTube Channel... or maybe you wanted to skip ahead to the part on adding free music.<br /><br />This post will walk you through how to use YouTube Annotations to create an interactive table of contents at the beginning of a video. This way viewers can see all the topics you'll cover and then skip to the content they're most interested in seeing without having to scrub through the timeline and potentially skipping other important parts.<br /><br />Hope to see more videos come out like this - it would definitely save me a ton of time :)!<br /><br /></div><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G-gFSVqlBvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-87669795915962420102015-02-19T12:08:00.000-08:002015-02-19T12:09:09.513-08:00Creating Choose Your Own Adventure Instructional Videos<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">In other posts I've talked about <a href="http://www.teachinglikeits2999.com/p/screencasting-101.html" target="_blank">Cloning the Teacher</a>&nbsp;through differentiated screencasts. But what if the assessment and differentiation were automated as part of the video? Using YouTube annotations, you can embed quiz questions into the video itself and by clicking on the answer, the student is led to either a re-teach or challenge video.<br /><br />This has been super helpful for my students and colleagues. While not everyone works in a district where YouTube is open to kids, families are incredibly appreciative of quality instructional content for their child to access at home. These videos are easy to create and quickly build up to a collection for you to use for years to come!<br /><br />Check out this tutorial I created to help you get started :)!<br /><br /></div><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ziBP80SeKxw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-28017291655728602902015-02-11T07:17:00.001-08:002015-02-11T07:17:05.614-08:00Still here... and there!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hello readers,<br /><br />I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the past few months... it's been a busy winter! Some reasons I've been so bad at posting here:<br /><br /><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>As many of you know, I also blog for Education Week. My blog there is called <a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/" target="_blank">Teaching Toward Tomorrow</a>. I've put up some posts there in the past few months that you might be interested in:&nbsp;</li><ul><li><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2014/12/undiluted_student_agency_going.html" target="_blank">Undiluted Student Agency: Going Beyond Genius Hour</a></li><li><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2014/12/2015_edtech_conference_preview.html" target="_blank">2015 EdTech Conference Preview</a></li><li><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2015/01/now_that_were_back_to.html" target="_blank">10 Classroom Ideas to Try in 2015</a></li><li><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2015/01/from_egg_to_twitterati_turning.html" target="_blank">From Egg to Twitterati: Turning Around the Tweet-less Conference</a></li><li><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2015/02/creating_upstanders_for_the_pr.html" target="_blank">Creating Upstanders for the Present While Exploring Our History</a></li><li><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2015/02/the_white_house_film_fest_insp.html" target="_blank">The White House Film Fest: Inspiring Student Voice Through Video</a></li></ul></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Some of my time has gone to supporting other projects - i.e., supporting schools and districts through speaking and workshops or being on a team to help review and update the <a href="http://tech.ed.gov/netp/" target="_blank">National Educational Technology Plan </a>(NETP). (<i>Note:&nbsp;</i>If you haven't had a chance to take a look at the last update of the <a href="http://tech.ed.gov/netp/" target="_blank">NETP, from 2010,</a> you definitely should. There are a ton of great ideas and stories in this document to help you lead your digital initiatives in your school or district.)</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>The rest of my time has been in our schools, working with teachers and students to leverage devices!</li></ul><div>However, don't worry - I haven't abandoned this blog! I will be sharing more stories about my students, our classrooms and digital learning tips. I just wanted to check in to let you know I'm still here and to thank you for reading!</div><div><br /></div><div>Smiles :),</div><div>Jennie</div><div><br /></div></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-8735369765258823192014-11-08T11:15:00.000-08:002014-11-08T11:28:50.394-08:00Let it (OK)Go - Inspire your students <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jTh6_i85Mj4/VF5s1TmlATI/AAAAAAACi4Y/0KQA3r26qHQ/s1600/2014-11-05.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jTh6_i85Mj4/VF5s1TmlATI/AAAAAAACi4Y/0KQA3r26qHQ/s1600/2014-11-05.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a></div>You may already be a fan of <a href="http://okgo.net/" target="_blank">OKGo</a> - if not, perhaps you may recall them from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA" target="_blank">their iconic treadmill video from 2009</a>. I have been a long term diehard fan of this band for many reasons .. hometown love as they're #ChiTown locals, their heartwarming start as 5th graders in camp, and most powerfully, the impact they've had on my students. In past years OKGo has become one of the most inspiring catalysts for my kids' learning. Let me tell you why.<br /><br />First off, the adorable story behind how this band started... As 11 year olds, lead singer Damien Kulash and bassist Tim Norwind met at&nbsp;Interlochen Arts Camp. They met, fell in bro-love and kept in touch after camp, sharing mixtapes and ideas. The name of the band came from their camp art teacher, who would say to them "OK... Go!" How lovely and telling that these two children found each other in an environment where they could truly be themselves and have the space to play. As inspiring is that they chose the name of their band based on those simple two words... OK Go. Go Play. Go Explore. Go Get Messy.<br /><br /><i>Quick Meta-tangent: How often to do we as teachers simply say to our students... "OK... go!" And when we do finally release them to an activity, how free are they really to truly "Go"? What parameters have we set that may limit their "Go"? Have we set up an environment where they feel it's really "OK"?&nbsp;</i><br /><br />Ah, now we're back from that metabreak, let's get into how OKGo is inspiring my students in the here and now. Back in 2009 I remember seeing that treadmill video and thinking "wow... that's pretty cool". Then, in 2012, I saw <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uDDEEHDf1Y&amp;list=PLWPlPoxnvBs0LzJm0WeiKrUjFm-bQfpZD&amp;index=3" target="_blank">this video</a> from a seven year old named Audri, inspired by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w" target="_blank">OKGo's This Too Shall Pass video</a>. The incredible lesson of resilience, learning from failure and engineering inspired me to have my own students create Rube Goldberg machines.<br /><br />I started by showing my students the same OKGo video that whet Audri's interest in this concept, then showed them Audri's own creation. By the end of both videos, they were positively chomping at the bit to begin constructing their own masterpieces. It was a delicious mess, with students bringing in more and more "junk" to school daily to build, refine and rebuild bigger and bigger machines. Students who were normally stymied by failure were cheering one another on each time their contraptions failed, saying to one another "remember Audri did it!" or "do it like they did in OKGo!".<br /><br />From there we watched OKGo's video, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MejbOFk7H6c" target="_blank">Needing/Getting</a>&nbsp;a glorious celebration of "found sounds" to create music. Driving a car through a musical obstacle course in the middle of the desert, the band members create the percussion to back their vocals. My students immediately set to work finding rhythms in their own school day, taking notes about sounds --- coming to me after school to share ideas for moving carts down the hall to provide bass or girls playing double dutch to add the beat.<br /><br />Most recently, we explored the newest release <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ZB_rGFyeU" target="_blank">I Won't Let You Down</a>. This video's explosion of patterns, rates and shapes inspired my students to dig into the math of music, explore marching band patterns and wonder how to build teamwork in their classmates to accomplish something similar. As we studied the video to decide on a project, one of my students commented, "I really wonder how they all got along so well. Sometimes we can't even line up for lunch - how can we get everyone in our class to team up to do this?" We spent a good 15-20 minutes seeing if we could cooperate enough to time a jumping photo - first in the hall then moving to the classroom as we realized we needed to sit down and literally think before we jumped. So while I set out hoping they'd explore the rates, timing and math of the patterns in the video, it looks like my students are digging more deeply in to the social teamwork it would take to coordinate such a collaborative effort.<br /><br />After we're done seeing where "I Won't Let You Down" takes our learning, I plan to show them <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86ae_e_ptU" target="_blank">The Writing's on the Wall</a>, a wonderland of optical illusions. Awesome to teach about light, reflection, refraction.<br /><br />OKGo's innovative music, and music videos have not only engaged my students in my own learning goals but also pushed them to wonder and explore ideas neither they nor I had considered before. OKGo - you may entertain millions of people with your snappy beats but you're making a real difference in the lives of your students by daring to be different and thinking outside of the box. Thank you innovating... and to your Interlochen Art Teacher -- thank you for saying "OK... Go".&nbsp;</div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-54355815483954531332014-11-05T07:19:00.001-08:002014-11-05T07:21:31.537-08:00My TEDxTalk: Sorry Sir Robinson... I think I killed creativity<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">On September 20, 2014, I was fortunate to give a <a href="http://tedxburnsvilleed.com/" target="_blank">TEDxTalk</a>. The title was "Power to the Pupil" but in retrospect, I wish I'd named it "Sorry Sir Robinson... I think I killed creativity."&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This talk is about what to do once you become inspired to embrace student agency, creativity and exploration in the classroom... but you realize that your students have already become rubric zombies. It's about wondering - what do I do now? Am I too late?&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It's about how to help your students rediscover wonder, rediscover playtime. It's not just about the need for classrooms to become more student centered or joyful... but about <i>how</i> to take that first step to implement these ideas. It's eighteen minutes, and I hope you enjoy it.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olOVzE0ujJ8&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3Vc41L6Fsuk/VFo9wyzz8DI/AAAAAAACiks/QgLEY4EwbHY/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-11-05%2Bat%2B9.09.29%2BAM.png" height="384" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-91776025898007442332014-11-04T07:45:00.000-08:002014-11-04T10:51:24.092-08:00Creating Google Form Session Sign Up Limits with FormRanger<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Lately I've had many instances where we've created sign ups for PD sessions, observation visits or student programming and wanted facilitate this process via a Google Form. However, in all of these examples, we also have wanted to limit the number of people able to register for each option.<br /><br />Although&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/+AndrewStillman">Andrew Stillman</a>'s&nbsp;Google Form AddOn <a href="http://cloudlab.newvisions.org/add-ons/formlimiter">FormLimiter</a> seems like a natural choice, it limits the entire form based on the total number of submissions, regardless of the options selected. We wanted the actual sessions to be limited or closed once they hit their individual maximum, while still allowing registrants to select options that had yet to meet their max.<br /><br />There may be a more elegant solution out there, but I thought I'd share our workaround. Using another one of&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/+AndrewStillman">Andrew Stillman</a>'s Google Form AddOns, <a href="http://cloudlab.newvisions.org/add-ons/formranger">FormRanger</a>, and some <a href="https://support.google.com/docs/table/25273?hl=en">CountIf and If formulae</a>, I was able to change sessions options to "FULL" in the Google Form once they hit a certain cap.<br /><br />Note that this doesn't prevent the registrant from still registering for that session, but it does prevent the registrant from knowing what the session was before. When they access the form to fill out, they just see "This session is full, please choose another." If they still select it, that will be session they have chosen in the spreadsheet responses. Should you choose to be kind, you could set up a FormMule email to shoot out an error message prompting them to re-register for another session. In the many instances we've done this, I've never had someone do this.<br /><br />Below is a screencast walkthrough of how to do this, complete with an explanation of the formulae you need to accomplish it!</div><br /></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tomhSPXPqoE" width="420"></iframe></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-86114377402686065802014-11-02T11:51:00.000-08:002014-11-03T10:20:20.719-08:00Pennies to Riches: A little change in the classroom goes a long way<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dpfLOFhMS6s/VFaJjr93YOI/AAAAAAACiTM/6KggaSz4az4/s1600/B1JakowIgAEBTxD.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dpfLOFhMS6s/VFaJjr93YOI/AAAAAAACiTM/6KggaSz4az4/s1600/B1JakowIgAEBTxD.png" height="273" width="320" /></a></div>I'm fortunate that as part of my job I am able to travel to various countries, learning and sharing about educational innovations. Over time I've amassed a piggy bank of change and small bills in various currencies. While I used to do my best to end each trip on a perfect zero balance of foreign money, recently I had another idea.<br /><br />On my last trip to New Zealand, I took my younger sister along for the ride. She marveled at the <a href="http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/notes_and_coins/coins/0094086.html">images on the coins</a>, inspired by Maori carvings. She loved how the bills had clear windows in the paper and were much more colorful than our less flashy green and gray American cash. I realized that I had forgotten to stop and wonder at the history, significance and culture that came into currency making and choices for the size, shape and symbols on money.<br /><br />So, I decided to take a cue from my sister and bring the change into school for my students to explore. I gave each kid one piece and asked them to tell me everything they could about it. I laid out a few American bills and coins for reference and let them have at it. I didn't give any guidance, tell them where the money was from, nor did I answer any questions. I just repeating, "Tell me everything you can about this money."<br /><br />They had a ball. While it started off with some pretty funny Google searches ("coin with funny monster face on it"), soon the kids were on a roll, finding fact after fact. From finding out the composition of the paper or the type of metal the coins were forged from... to the name of the currency or the lives of the people whose faces appeared --- the students hungrily analyzed and researched these foreign objects.<br /><br />The more they discovered, the more questions they had. Some students simply couldn't stop touching the paper, feeling the coins and saying "This came from so far away...." Some wanted to know what they could buy at the local store if they were to exchange it for US currency. Still others wanted to know what <i>they</i>&nbsp;could do to get <i>their </i>faces emblazoned on a coin.<br /><br />This resulted in the students wondering about our own US currency. They asked "Why we don't have dollar coins?" When they learned we do, they launched into a debate as to why we don't use those instead of paper bills. They had more broad questions such as "Why is paper money always rectangular?"<br /><br />From pennies I actively tried to avoid, had come this wealth of curiosity and wonder. The questions were limitless as was the learning and ideas for how to improve our current system... all thanks to a little <b>change</b>.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PNnNf05wQ-w/VFfHXNPb-SI/AAAAAAACib4/DgkQ3pN0cCs/s1600/2011.20.1.rev.width350.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PNnNf05wQ-w/VFfHXNPb-SI/AAAAAAACib4/DgkQ3pN0cCs/s1600/2011.20.1.rev.width350.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Unk6cdD5bHU/VFfG-Hgp57I/AAAAAAACibo/plmnMeNNS-I/s1600/korea1000.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Unk6cdD5bHU/VFfG-Hgp57I/AAAAAAACibo/plmnMeNNS-I/s1600/korea1000.jpg" height="161" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H2Kp_jz0_OU/VFfHB3vrBkI/AAAAAAACibw/lTrKn1Z5dc8/s1600/20-new-zealand-dollar-note.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-H2Kp_jz0_OU/VFfHB3vrBkI/AAAAAAACibw/lTrKn1Z5dc8/s1600/20-new-zealand-dollar-note.jpg" height="151" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-25681205098097272982014-09-12T21:28:00.003-07:002014-09-12T21:28:28.464-07:00Hoo-ray: Goobric comes to Google Classroom!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Thanks <a href="https://plus.google.com/+AndrewStillman">Andrew Stillman</a> and team for combining <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/doctopus/ffhegaddkjpkfiemhhnphmnadfbkdhbf?hl=en">Doctopus</a>, <a href="https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/goobric/cepmakjlanepojocakadfpohnhhalfol?hl=en">Goobric</a> and <a href="http://classroom.google.com/">Classroom</a> into an easy-to-use solution for classroom teachers around the world! Here is a tutorial for how to get set up with this new integration.<br /><br />For more information:&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/+AndrewStillman/posts/VtzTvLzMWbW">https://plus.google.com/+AndrewStillman/posts/VtzTvLzMWbW</a><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' webkitallowfullscreen='webkitallowfullscreen' mozallowfullscreen='mozallowfullscreen' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/r0NXeDKPyls?feature=player_embedded' frameborder='0' /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-57382615413054847452014-09-02T18:04:00.004-07:002014-09-02T18:09:22.835-07:00OMG Personalize Your Google Forms!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://googledrive.blogspot.sg/2014/09/custom-forms-themes.html" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nC43ud9mbAE/VAZoskVxJGI/AAAAAAACWKE/DWrVdPUlFUk/s1600/scroll3.gif" height="225" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;">If you haven't seen this Google Drive blog post, you must...&nbsp;</div><br />Now Google Forms is allowing you to&nbsp;<a href="http://googledrive.blogspot.sg/2014/09/custom-forms-themes.html">PERSONALIZE YO FORMS!</a>&nbsp;That's right, you can pick the font, background image, banner image, colors... everything!<br /><br />BOOM!<br /><br />Click on the GIF for a link to the Google Drive blog post!<br /><br /></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-9699269002591606832014-08-25T17:08:00.000-07:002014-08-25T17:17:59.755-07:001M Views: THANK YOU!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Hello friends,<br /><br />On March 30, 2011 I embarked on this journey to start chronicling my trials, challenges and successes leveraging technology in the classroom. I remember sitting on my bed, laptop glowing, wondering what to name this blog. The Prince song <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_(song)" target="_blank">1999</a> was stuck in my head so I figured, yeah... why not? As I wrote <a href="http://www.teachinglikeits2999.com/2011/03/well-here-i-am.html" target="_blank">that first post</a>, I had no idea if I had anything to say or contribute to the conversation, if anyone would read this blog or if I would have time to post.<br /><br />Now... 158 posts, 600 comments and 3 1/2 years later, I am so glad I took the advice of my good friend <a href="https://twitter.com/Carrie_Kamm" target="_blank">Carrie Kamm</a>&nbsp;and started Teaching Like It's 2999. It has been one of the most powerful reflective practices of my career and has led to much constructive feedback, new collaborators and friends and mostly has allowed me to share my students' work and voices. I encourage everyone to start your own blog... even if you think you have nothing to say, or you'll never post... you just never know....<br /><br />Today this blog hit 1,000,000 views. As a thank you to you -- my readers and friends, I am giving away ten <b>Google Play App Cards </b>with a free copy of the Android versions of <a href="https://play.google.com/edu/#W1tbImNvbS5tb3JyaXNjb29rZS5leHBsYWluZXZlcnl0aGluZyIsMSwzXV1d" target="_blank">Explain Everything</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/edu/#W1tbIm5ldC5yZWRqdW1wZXIuYm9va2NyZWF0b3IiLDEsM11dXQ==" target="_blank">Book Creator</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.escapistgames.starchartgoogleeducation&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Star Chart Infinite</a>&nbsp;-- three amazing apps that I love using with students.<br /><br />The <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13nH-47l35YqqJzezIIZhwPubsVq3LEjYbye_t0XJdMY/viewform" target="_blank">first ten readers to fill out this form</a>&nbsp;will get an app card in the mail! Please note, you must have an <i>ANDROID</i>&nbsp;tablet... these apps won't work on an iPad or a phone.<br /><br />Thanks again for your readership and support. I look forward to more exploring and sharing in the future!<br /><br />With big smiles and much gratitude,<br />Jennie :)</div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-61927554073235747852014-08-23T09:54:00.001-07:002014-08-23T11:55:19.066-07:00Making a Homemade Stylus: A Great Electricity Activity!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;">As more of our students are using touchscreen devices, teachers are realizing there is an added cost in peripherals... i.e., apps, headphones and styluses. These costs can quickly add up, so finding simple low-cost solutions is quite helpful. Below is a quick way to create your own stylus with 3 household items in just a few seconds! Plus - BONUS - it makes an awesome science activity... scroll down for more.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XdBkBHApLkg/U_jDJeEHAFI/AAAAAAACVFk/qzlxNVnhQJ0/s1600/IMG_20140823_113008.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XdBkBHApLkg/U_jDJeEHAFI/AAAAAAACVFk/qzlxNVnhQJ0/s1600/IMG_20140823_113008.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a><b>Tools:</b><br />- Q-Tip<br />- Small cup of water<br />- Tin Foil<br /><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Steps:</b></div><ol style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W63JGacNp4w/U_jFKIVv96I/AAAAAAACVFw/pyaDbqCQJd4/s1600/IMG_20140823_113127.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W63JGacNp4w/U_jFKIVv96I/AAAAAAACVFw/pyaDbqCQJd4/s1600/IMG_20140823_113127.jpg" height="320" width="235" /></a><li>Cut a strip of tin foil so it will wrap around all of your Q-Tip except the tip of the cotton.&nbsp;</li><li>Get your Q-Tip and wrap a large strip of tin foil around it so only the very tip of the cotton pokes out. The tin foil should be touching the cotton tip.</li><li>Wet the cotton tip (damp, not completely soaked) and use!</li></ol><div style="text-align: left;"><i><b>Optional:&nbsp;</b></i>If you want a longer stylus handle, you can push it through the empty shell of a ballpoint pen! Just wrap the tinfoil around the outside of the pen, and again - make sure the foil touches the tip of the cotton.<br /><br /><i style="font-weight: bold;">Note: </i>You do have to hold the stylus by the tinfoil. You also will want to keep a wet sponge in the middle of your student tables so they can re-dampen their cotton -- think like an old-school inkwell! (Ironic, no?)<br /><br /><b>Why does this work?&nbsp;</b><br />Most modern smartphones and tablets have something called capacitive touch screens. This means that they work because of a distortion in the screen's electrostatic field... basically it has to do with electrical current! While pure water is an insulator<i>&nbsp;</i>water with even the small amounts of salt can be conductors. Since humans are a bit salty ;), we make decent conductors.<br /><br />This is also why we have to take off our gloves when using our phones. Since the glove material is non-conductive, it won't "complete the circuit" and activate the screen sensors to operate the touch screen. The wet Q-Tip connected to the tinfoil (a conductor) makes this stylus work. This is why the tinfoil has to touch the cotton part and why you have to hold the tinfoil and not just the bare plastic or paper handle.<br /><br /><b>Science Activity!</b><br />I plan to use this activity when exploring electricity and insulators/conductors with my innovation team students this year! I will give them several different materials and let them experiment with building their own conductor-friendly styluses... perhaps they'll iterate on this idea and come up with something better. I hope to share the results here. If you do the same, please also post your results!</div></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-35456349690408035662014-07-19T13:18:00.002-07:002014-07-19T13:18:42.287-07:00Apply for the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards!<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vjXl1ZQswHY/U8rSLO9dejI/AAAAAAACOg0/R2mJ4oXe-nQ/s1600/DILAs+Logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vjXl1ZQswHY/U8rSLO9dejI/AAAAAAACOg0/R2mJ4oXe-nQ/s1600/DILAs+Logo.jpg" height="128" width="320" /></a></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;">EdSurge and Digital Promise have partnered to create the "<b><a href="http://awards.edsurge.com/" target="_blank">Digital Innovation in Learning Awards</a></b>" (DILAs if you prefer a fun acronym). This program will honor powerful examples of innovative teachers, administrators, and ed-tech organizations.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;">There will be five awards each in three categories: teachers, administrators, and organizations (both for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations). The "Creative Director" award for teachers, for instance, spotlights teachers who are inspiring their students to create high-quality multimedia projects. The Administrator "Open Door Policy" Award will elevate administrators leading the way in collaboration, communication, and sharing their schools' practices with others. And for organizations, the "Mindful Data" Award will celebrate a company or nonprofit that has exemplary data management policies.</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;">All finalists will be invited to the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards Gala in November, co-hosted by EdSurge and Digital Promise and held in Silicon Valley. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for winners. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;">You can either nominate yourself or nominate a person or group who inspires you. I'm honored to say that I'll be a board member and judge for these awards. I look forward to seeing many amazing videos and applications soon :)!</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Below is a list of the different awards you can nominate someone or apply for yourself (no nomination needed). Applications and nominations are now open and available at <a href="http://awards.edsurge.com/">awards.edsurge.com</a>. The deadline for completed applications is 11:59 PM on October 1. Find out more details about the DILAs <a href="http://awards.edsurge.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;">____________________________________________________</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="line-height: 19.166667938232422px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span id="docs-internal-guid-5a7d84d3-5046-0095-9a19-8b24c2df9bbe"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The First Annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards</span></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 0pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="174"></col><col width="526"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 19px;"><td style="background-color: #c9daf8; border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">TEACHER AWARDS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #c9daf8; border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 5.25pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This award recognizes a teacher who...</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Busting Boundaries” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 5.25pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Inspires students to work in-person or virtually with peers in different geographic or cultural communities</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Community Counts” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 5.25pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Engages the whole community, including students, parents and local stakeholders, to make learning relevant</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Creative Director” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Leads students in producing creative, high-quality, relevant, substantive multimedia projects</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Sharing is Caring” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 5.25pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Shares resources freely with peers and professional communities, actively contributes to a community of practice and continuously evolves their personal learning network</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Teacher Trailblazer” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-right: 5.25pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Implements a unique, innovative idea involving action and student agency that leverages the power of education technology</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 0pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="174"></col><col width="526"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="background-color: #c9daf8; border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">SCHOOL/DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR AWARDS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #c9daf8; border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This award recognizes a school/district administrator who...</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Administrator Trailblazer” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Implements an innovative, unique school model that develops student grit, creativity and agency, or otherwise fosters authentic learning in an unconventional way</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Open Door Policy” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Shares what’s working and what’s not with other schools, visits schools and welcomes visitors, facilitates open collaboration between charters and district schools and publishes resources for free public use</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Power to the People” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Empowers teachers, students and other administrators to take on leadership roles and participate actively in change management</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Walk the Walk” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Leads by example” by demonstrating their own meaningful use of technology</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 61px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“We Are Family” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Engages parents and caregivers by offering them educational opportunities at school or by providing resources that enable learning outside of school</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 0pt;"><table style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none;"><colgroup><col width="174"></col><col width="526"></col></colgroup><tbody><tr style="height: 60px;"><td style="background-color: #c9daf8; border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ED TECH ORGANIZATION AWARDS</span></div></td><td style="background-color: #c9daf8; border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">This award recognizes an edtech organization that...</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 21px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Better Together” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Includes various stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, and community members, in product/initiative mission and implementation</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Crystal Clear” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Discloses privacy policies with clear, detailed descriptions of how user data is used and who owns it</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Listen &amp; Learn” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Responds quickly to reported problems, employs a successful feedback mechanism for users and incorporates pilots and user feedback in product or initiative development</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Mindful Data” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Manages, translates and delivers data to users in a manner that is understandable and actionable</span></div></td></tr><tr style="height: 0px;"><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“Research @ Work” Award</span></div></td><td style="border-bottom: solid #000000 1px; border-left: solid #000000 1px; border-right: solid #000000 1px; border-top: solid #000000 1px; padding: 0px 3px 0px 3px; vertical-align: bottom;"><div dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Thoughtfully uses academic research to shape development of a product or initiative &nbsp;</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></span></div></div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-100493291113167056.post-80004395510313357082014-07-15T17:02:00.004-07:002014-07-15T17:04:35.404-07:00PD is Not a 4-Letter Word and Teacher IEPs<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2014/07/pd_is_not_a_4_letter_word_my_i.html" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img height="179" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_SgkqGJV2LZbbqWmjnWNhn2vkUbohnBWm5V_JSlcVk_3kjyn1RtaGyE-2tfDNwJ8Bk5KQUEw7zVGlAZiVWYH7Bbp0Mdj5fjMNlkW_xEt1iq8hMb4d9q3nOWIkcgr4Uj0Yw" width="320" /></a></div>A few weeks ago I gave an <b>Ignite talk </b>at<b> ISTE</b>. Afterward, folks wanted to know where they could review some of the ideas I had mentioned. So... I went through my slides and tried to type out basically what I said for you below! <a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2014/07/pd_is_not_a_4_letter_word_my_i.html" target="_blank">Here it is (approximately), with the slides</a>. (Side Note: I hope to turn this into a longer presentation someday! Because... I love PD!)<br /><br />Additionally, one of the ideas I mention in the talk above is <b>Teacher IEPs</b>, aka<b> Individual EXPLORATION Plans</b>. This has been getting quite a few follow up questions so I've written <a href="http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_toward_tomorrow/2014/07/how_to_create_teacher_ieps_ind.html" target="_blank">this quick post</a> about the concept, and how to make it your own!<br /><br />Thanks for reading!</div>Jennie Magierahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10467628532951539043noreply@blogger.com0