PLE Zen Den
January 18-22, 2016
A Chance to Start Over
As the fall semester draws to a close the opportunity to start a anew presents itself. Some of us will welcome brand new grade levels while other of us reinforce the idea that our current students start fresh with a 100% grade average. Whatever the case may be, new terms are not only opportunities for students but teachers too. As we move toward a Canvas environment as professionals, now is the time to introduce it to your students in baby steps. As we welcome new students, revitalize your classroom rules (see the video below), especially as it relates to properly utilizing tablets. As a teacher, ensure you are instructionally sound so students not bringing their tablets becomes a non-issue.
With this being a short week we will delay jumping head first into Canvas until the week of January 25. Please check your calendar for upcoming events. However, with GCS transitioning to full integration of Canvas effective July 1 it is vital that we adhere to the district mandate and ensure both Allen and Guilford are ahead of the curve. You'll also find C&I specialists integrating Canvas into upcoming units and asking you to begin using the tool in your classrooms. For me, I will continue to focus on Science 8 and Math I for the remainder of January. Finally, we will work with techies to complete a tablet audit at both schools.
New devices: I know you're interested in this information. I will share new device specs during our PLCs or talk to the following teachers at your schools to find out more: Allen (Hough/McLean) Guilford (Denny/Terzigni).
As always, view the PLEF Instructional Coaching Menu to pick from a variety of resources to help you and your students grow. Have a great week.
Great Teaching and Learning Spotlight
Great teaching and learning is occurring in every classroom in your building. Your peers are your greatest resource. Visit their classroom during planning to keep your ideas fresh. If you have something you'd like to share, email it to me and I'll feature it in my weekly updates.
- Save time by sending quick, one-way announcements to an entire class.
- Reach individuals and small groups directly with instant, safe messages.
- Personal phone numbers are never shared, and message history can be accessed at any time.
Need to Knows
If you're looking for more ways to use Google in your classroom...Then join us on Saturday, January 30th, when we present the online training event, "Google Tools & Projects for Your Classroom"! Plus, register today and you'll also get a FREE copy of our eBook "10 Google Tricks for Your Class." Click Here to Register and Get Your eBook
Remember the Emoji Exit Ticket from a previous newsletter? Great news - the Canvas version is live and online. Search 'Emoji Exit Ticket' in the Commons to begin using this tool.
The Quiz Hub is an online interactive learning center. It features matching quiz games focused on vocabulary, math, spelling, geography, history, and science facts. The following account will give you full access to the Quiz Hub through January 22, 2016. account: hairston / password: 333
The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) user interface will be updated next Friday, January 22, 2016 for all GCS users. The functionality of Canvas will not change but you will see changes to the Dashboard, Global Navigation menu, and Course Navigation menu. Click here to view a video on the new user interface. If you have any questions, or need integration support, please contact your PLEF, Sabrina Jenkins or Pam James.
Check out the links below to discover opportunities for students.