Session 5: #Twitter4Educators, by Evylyn Quiñones Going around the room introducing ourselves and saying how comfortable we are with Twitter. I joined Twitter in March of 2007. I think I’m the old fogey here. Norms Take risks Share ideas Ask questions Have fun learning Addressing two things simultaneously: Teacher tweets and student tweets. Remember, there is a BIG audience out there. Students Family Strangers More Link sharing – URL shorteners make them manageable. Differentiating between @ and # … this is basic information, but perfect for…Continue Reading “#PUWT15 Thoughts: Session 5: #Twitter4Educators”

Session 2: Fusing Media Technology and Content in the Classroom, by Margaret Olson Starts off asking who uses social media already. One teacher is using Snapchat? Wow. David Warlick quote about technology on the 2nd slide. Oh, that takes me back. Recommends having a social media account for the class. Ratio of student/teacher content creation can vary based on the class and trust level. A great way to teach writing and language use. Students are already familiar with the technology. Video creation I love how we’re still…Continue Reading “#PUWT15 Thoughts: Session 2, Fusing Media Technology and Content in the Classroom”

Keynote: A.J. Juliani Technology “With a purpose.” “I was at a very good school district that was focused a lot on test scores” is a contradiction. “My students aren’t motivated about anything except grades!” They were motivated by a lot of things, but learning his lessons wasn’t one of those things. Started following the Google model: Students had to spend 20% of their time working on something that interested them. “How much is this worth?” “Nothing.” Everything was still standards based. Students were researching, documenting, and…Continue Reading “#PUWT15 Thoughts: Keynote, A.J. Juliani”

Session 1: Make Discussions Matter! by Jason Flanagan Presentation is online. Better yet, so is his assessment template. Started out weak. I come to sessions to be wowed. This started with “Here, read this.” Underlying concept is great. He uses a custom Google Sheet to objectively assess student led conversation and show the results in chart and pressure gauge form. I could do something similar with Class Dojo, but the data would not be presented in the same way. Which you pick would depend on…Continue Reading “#PUWT15 Thoughts: Make Discussions Matter!”

So apparently, Chromebook manufacturers will soon have the option of making Androidbooks (not a word they used, but I guess it makes sense?). The news & commentary site re/code goes over the details, which you can read in full here. Personally, I like the idea of notebook computers running Android. Android works very well with Google Drive (like Chromebooks), which should be a surprise to no one at this point. Android already supports having multiple accounts on one device (like Chromebooks), tying app installs to accounts…Continue Reading “Android vs. Chrome in Schools? Android.”

(This post is inspired by Why You Shouldn’t Send Students Out Of Class For Time-Out | Smart Classroom Management. You should really click that link and read it.) When I first started teaching full time, I could not walk down the hallway of my school without seeing a student standing in the hallway outside of their classroom. Usually they would be leaning against the wall, bored out of their skulls. This was before smartphones were a thing, mind you, so they tended to not have anything…Continue Reading “Time Out!”

We love cardboard. It’s versatile and you can find it just about everywhere. Here are some awesome cardboard projects from Maker Faire. Source: Makers Love Cardboard: 8 Awesome Projects from Maker Faire Prove it | Make: It’s articles like this that make me wish I hadn’t gone digital, but no matter. There’s a lot of fun things that can be done with cardboard and I’m thrilled that while it’s no longer my own media there are still plenty of awesome people building things out of…Continue Reading “Cardboard Creations”

I’ll admit, I had no idea what a grip was. Lucky for me, this video was made in 1995 and it kinda sorta explains what that job entails. My favorite part is not the useful content that I might use with my students, but rather the Klingon wearing a colorful shirt. Source: Watch This 1995 Film That Shows That A Grip Does – DIY Photography