Ed Tech Update
Crawford Central School District
- for creative avenues to engage students or
- to engage in partnerships with other educators/students.
The goal is to "enhance learning for students." If you have ideas/resources to share, feel free to send them my way and I'll include them in this eNewsletter.
Winter Poetry Magnets: Google Slides Activity
Digital Learning Day - February 27
Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.
Check out this Web site for ideas to use on Thursday, February 27th for Digital Learning Day.
Virtual Experiences - US Symbols/Government Sites/Icons
Liberty Bell VR explore
Constitutional Walking Tour Virtual Field Trip
Philadelphia PA virtual tours
National Park Service liberty bell (link to images and resources at bottom of page)
Another interesting idea (not the virtual tour) is on the Captiol website. Along the lines of this Design a Statue idea, you could have students design/recreate symbols of their choosing.
Virtual Capitol and other Multimedia resources they have might be good for this.
Not sure if your library would have this book or if this is even still active, but Scholastic was working with the Smithsonian Museum of American History on this Virtual Field Trip that targets grades 3-5.
The Library of Congress has some resources for US Symbols. This teacher guide mentions creating posters of varied symbols. You could place them around the room and have student use Flipgrid to record themselves talking about what they learned about a particular symbol.
The bottom of the LOC tour page also has virtual tours.
Education World article on Virtual Field Trips for Presidents Day
Do you have a terrific idea for a collaborative project between Crawford Central School District and Allegheny College faculty, staff, or students? If so, the College-Schools Collaborative (CSC) can help you by providing funding to support your collaborative project. Guidelines and the application form can be found at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y8nury62 .
For more information, contact...
- Lisa Whitenack (email@example.com)
- Ann Noonen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jennifer Galdon (email@example.com)
Dynamic Learning with Google Podcast & Blog Series
Kasey Bell has done it again! She is offering a four-part podcast and blog series on doing new things with Google Tools. She states that it isn’t about Google; it’s about learning. The focus of the series is how you can use G Suite tools to support dynamic learning experiences for your students!
Click here to access the resources.
Doodle For Google
Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what kindness means to you.
From the Doodle For Google Web site... We're excited to see some kind doodles this year! Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The contest is open for entries until March 13, 2020 8:00pm Pacific Time (PT).
Click here to get info to get you started.
Fighting Fake News
PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) scores were recently released, and results of the international test revealed that only 14 percent of U.S. students were able to reliably distinguish between fact and opinion. Educators and parents can teach students how to tell fact from opinion.
2019 Google Resource Roundup From TCEA
From the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) site... "Nearly everyone uses Google. Here's our 2019 roundup of the latest tips, tricks, and updates for Google Docs, Earth, Chrome, and more! Make sure to take advantage of all our Google resources from 2019."
Click here to access the Roundup.
Math Game Day - December 11 Grades 1-8
Thanks to Zee Poerio for sharing information about Math Game Day. According to their Web site.... "This is a unique event and exciting experience for your students!
Math games are hosted online and all participants play in real-time! Students can join from all over the world by using a smart device and WiFi connection."
Click here to access the site.
Great Family Conversations Calendar
December STEAM Activity Calendar
Click here to access the calendar.
Did You Hear That....?
In addition to being able to listen to sound effects like sleigh bells, Discovery Education Experience also provides access to over 550 podcasts. Learn ideas and strategies for using these resources.
Join the conversation. If you need help with your Discovery log in, let me know.
Eat 'n Park Christmas Star Commercial
First airing more than 35 years ago, Eat 'n Park's Christmas Star commercial has since become a beloved tradition shared by generations. With a timeless message of goodwill for all, it’s a classic that has stood the test of time.
Click here to watch it. Here's hoping you get a special lift this Holiday season that lasts all year long!
Purposeful Play with #LEGO Course - FREE Online Course
Aaron Maurer, STEM Lead from the Mississippi Bend AEA, is offering a FREE online course beginning in December 1, 2019 and ending in May 2020. Each month the class will focus on a new goal with lots of exciting challenges infused into the learning.
Schedule is going to follow this flow:
- December: Creativity
- January: Critical Thinking
- February: Communication
- March: Collaboration
- April: Assessment
- May: Subject Specific
Along the way there will be fun build challenges that will be woven in just for fun and global sharing. Are you getting excited yet? Check out all the details here.
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2019 Computer Science Education Week will be December 9-15. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities.
Left Brain Craft Brain shared a site that includes 20+ Easy Ways To Get Kids to Code. Here is the link.
Everyone Can Code Puzzles
New Hour of Code: Dance Party (Features new artists, a new dancer, and more!)
Incredibly Fun Thanksgiving Science Activities & Experiments for Young Kids
A collection of STEM-related Thanksgiving activities that are simple, yet fun. Pick up all the materials you need when you do your Thanksgiving dinner shopping!
Zoom Live Streaming Events - FREE!!
Vooks - Streaming Service for Children's Books - FREE Subscription for a year
Bring Read Alouds To Life
The Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books app contains music and sounds for over 200+ children's books and poems and they add to it weekly. It now works with over 30 titles in Spanish! This invisible technology follows along as the user reads a story aloud. It plays music and sounds throughout the story turning the reader into a master storyteller. Smart voice recognition stays in sync with your reading style even if you skip ahead or reread a certain part. Read more about the app here.
10 Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share
In other words, kids need to talk!!
Problem is, sometimes it’s hard to stay on subject without a little guidance. That’s why structured discussions really work best with children, regardless of their maturity level.
These ten discussion techniques (and a little purposeful planning) go beyond the traditional Turn and Talk/Think-Pair-Share to give students an opportunity to deepen their understanding while practicing their verbal skills."
Beginning of the School Year Activities
The Calm Schools Initiative
Teachers will have unlimited access to the growing library of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, including Calm Kids, the program tailored for age groups from Pre-K through high school.
Click here for more information and to access the registration form.
Back To School Read-alouds ~ TeachersFirst
PDE Book Nook
Here is the first video.
Free Coding & ELA Activities - for Grades 5-6
End-of-Year Google Classroom Clean-up Tips
You can get all the details here.
eBook POWERLibrary Resources
POWERLibrary resources are available through the Symbaloo page on the District Web site. Here's the path to get to these resources while on the District network:
- Head over to http://www.craw.org
- Hover over the Parent/Student Resources Tab and click on the Symbaloo link in the menu
- Click the PowerKids link for your building
- Let's check out support materials for BookFlix and TrueFlix
- PreK- Grade 3
- An interactive, online literacy resource that pairs nonfiction eBooks with classic video storybooks.
- Full listing of BookFlix titles
- BookFlix Implementation Guide
- BookFlix Tutorial Overview
- Title Library, (includes Lesson Plans are available for each paired texts). You may search by Lexile, too.
- Grades 3-6
- Nonfiction eBooks on a variety of topics.
- TrueFlix Implementation Guide
- TrueFlix Demo
- TrueFlix Tutorial Video
If you have questions, please let me know.
60+ Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom
One of the things that Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning loves about Google is that they play well with others!
Google Classroom is no exception.
Every year she updates her list of applications that integrate with the Google Classroom platform. This list now has more than 60 Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom, making it even easier to create lessons and announcements with your favorite apps and resources.
Pi & St. Patrick's Day Resources
17 Fabulous Fluency Anchor Charts
The Best Dr. Seuss Activities to Go With Each of Your Favorite Books
21 Ways to Build Background Knowledge — and Make Reading Skills Soar
Pittsburgh's Hays Bald Eagle Cam
Teaching Tools for Presidents Day
Presidents Day in 2019 is February 18. On this day, students celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all 45 US Presidents. The National Education Association provides resources (lessons, games, videos, and more), organized by grade range (K–5, 6–8, 9–12), which teachers can use in the classroom.
Use Google Calendar Appointment Slots
Here are the directions. If you need help, let me know.
The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Math
A conversation on the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook focused on the best math websites for teaching and learning math. What a treasure trove! They gathered all the links and included a short description of each math website, along with a grade level recommendation and the cost, if any. The list covers grades K–12 and is full of resources, games, freebies, and innovative programs.
Check out the list here.
Googley Activities and Tools for Primary Students
96 edtech predictions for K12 in 2019
Happy New Year! I found this to be an interesting read and thought some of you might enjoy it, too. eSchool News asked 49 ed tech executives to look into their crystal balls and share their thoughts about what will happen in 2019. In addition to the usual suspects — more augmented reality and virtual reality apps — a lot of people believe this will be the year that social emotional learning and interoperability become part of the mainstream. There are also a lot of predictions about improving safety and security. Read more.
2019 International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Hana Koral
Join Hana Koral as she shares stories of persecution and survival living through the Holocaust as a young adult. Don't miss this opportunity for your students to connect with a survivor and learn from her experiences. Appropriate for grades 7–12 or ages 12 and older.
January 25, 2019 at 12pm CST
Learn about Global Holiday Traditions with Google Earth
6 Googley Winter Activities
Some of the activities include:
- Build a Snowman with Google Slides
- Drag-and-Drop Winter Poetry with Google Drawings
- Holiday Greeting Cards with Google Drawings
- Pixel Art Ornaments with Google Sheets
- Wintertime Emoji Rebus Stories in Google Docs
If you want to try any of these and have questions, please let me know.
Gobble up these creative Thanksgiving Kahoots
Celebrate and learn this holiday season with these curriculum-aligned history, math, ELA and science games, as well as fun trivia. Click here to access the Thanksgiving-themed Kahoots.
20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom
According to Rick Stiggings, “Teachers who use, “Assessment FOR learning,” involve their students in ongoing self-assessment in ways that reveal to those learners (a) where they are headed in their learning, (b) where they are now in relation to those expectations, and (c) how each student can close the gap between the two.”
There are many digital tools to help with formative assessment. Kasey Bell include some of them in a post that is available here.
Tech or Treat: Spook-tacular Halloween Resources for the Classroom
Wanted to share a couple of resources for integrating Halloween, tech, writing, and/or creativity!
Eric Curts shared the following....
- Build a Jack-O-Lantern with Google Slides www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/09/... Use this Google Slides template for students to create a Jack-O-Lantern, practice tech skills, and improve their writing.
- Halloween Rebus Stories with Emojis and Google Docs www.controlaltachieve.com/2018/10/halloween-rebus.html Use this Google Doc template to have your students do creative writing with Halloween-themed emojis.
Jamie Forshey from Bellwood-Antis School District, shared this via email....
- If you’re in search of some really neat Halloween activities for your students, check out this link: Tech or Treat: Spook-tacular Halloween Resources for the Classroom II Whether it’s writing prompts, science experiments, STEM projects, Halloween candy math, Edgar Allan Poe videos or haunted vocabulary, there’s something ghostly awaiting you right here, right now…
Dare to Play These Tricky Halloween Kahoots?
- To add to the special mood, they spookified Kahoot! with a new logo, haunting music and chilling decorations!
What Gives You Goosebumps? Scary STEM-based Activities ~ Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
College/Schools Collaborative - Seed money available for a project involving Allegheny College
Do you have a terrific idea for a collaborative project between your school/class and Allegheny College staff or students? If so, the College/Schools Collaborative can help you by providing seed money and facilitating contacts between you and the college.
A project request can include, but is not limited to, covering transportation costs, purchase of supplies, expenses associated with guest presenters, or recruiting college students for service.
The request process is quite simple. First, develop the idea by speaking with as many individuals as possible who can assist in the project. Second, complete this project proposal form. Third, submit the form. (A PDF of the form is posted below so that you know the info that is required n the proposal.)
The criteria used by the C/SC Committee to determine project approval will include:
- The project will enhance learning of the participants and supports its principle goals.
- The number of individuals that will participate to equate to the funds solicited.
- Collaboration will be utilized between Crawford Central School District and Allegheny College.
The C/SC is charged with the responsibility of facilitating projects benefiting Allegheny College and Crawford Central School District. The Collaborative Group will review all project proposals and assist in the development (but not the operation) of the project.
Manufacture Your Future ~ Virtual Field Trip
Discovery Education is offering a virtual field trip on October 5th at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Celebrate Manufacturing Day October 5th with a virtual tour of the Arctic Plant in Austin, Texas! Explore how 3D printing is revolutionizing aerospace manufacturing and bringing exciting STEM careers into the classroom with this Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip.
Details are here.
Why We Fail At Teaching Math & 8 Types of Tech Tools To Improve
9 Updates for Google Classroom (and 3 more to come)
Google has been very busy over the summer for the start of the new 2018 school year. Classroom has received nine updates, and has three more to come in the near future. In this blog post we will take a look at each of these updates, how they work, and what impact they will have on teaching and learning.
Click here to access his blog post.
Global Read Aloud
(From the site...) The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are commonly used such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Flipgrid, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.
When is it? For more information, visit https://theglobalreadaloud.com.
Once a year, starting in early October and running through mid-November.
For more information, visit https://theglobalreadaloud.com. If you want support to get this set up, please let me know.
- ReadWorks.org is providing a way for you to provide curated summer reading packets to your students on a variety of levels. You may choose packets with and without question sets. There is a letter to send to parents, too ~ Word version or Google docs version.
- We Are Teachers - Color-As-You-Go Summer Reading Challenge - Includes printable Summer Reading Challenge bookmarks.
- TeachersFirst weekly message contains tools for practicing math and reading skills. They also tools to create books, images, and more! Click here to access the page.
- The Association for Library Service to Children created Summer Reading Lists available in a brochure format The lists are available for Birth=PreSchool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8.
- This year's Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is called "A Magical Summer of Reading." Click here for details.
- WeAreTeachers posted a link to information about 17 picture books to celebrate summer!
- WeAreTeachers shared "from irresistible family read alouds to can't-put-them-down titles for road trips and rainy afternoons, these are our top choices for K-8 students. Click here to access the summer reading list for families.
What about Teacher Reading/PD?
- Do you have an Educator Summer Book Club? If so, you might be interested in the summer reading recommendations from Jennifer Gonzalez on her blog, Cult of Pedagogy.
- Matt Miller from Ditch That Textbook offers 12 Ways To Grow and Learn in this post. Don't miss the list of podcasts.
Three Ways to Collect Video Reflections from Students
Richard Byrne outlines three ways that you could have your students record and share video reflections.
Click here to access his blog post.
Literacy Under the Lights
Educators in the Workplace
An Educator In The Workplace event is scheduled for April 26th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Starn Tool. The flyer below provides the details. Click here for the link to register to attend. This will work, too: http://bit.ly/EWPStarn
This event provides an excellent opportunity to connect your subject area with the challenges, new technologies, and use of academic skills and knowledge in a manufacturing setting.
If you have questions, please let me (ann.noonen at craw.org) know or reach out to Eileen Mullen (emullen at crawfordctc.org), the event coordinator.
ASM Materials Camp
ASM Materials Camp and Allegheny College are looking for students in high school who are highly motivated, inquisitive learners with math and science aptitude.
ASM Materials Camp is a three-day day camp (non-residential) utilizing hands-on learning principles of applied math, physics, and chemistry. A very unique team-based, intensive problem solving science experience under the direction of distinguished industry leaders and college faculty. The Camp includes a combination of mini-demonstrations and field trips with extensive involvement in laboratory facilities to actively explore materials science & engineering principles in practice with local industry.
Details are available here.
Springtime "Magnetic" Poetry with Google Drawings
Here is the latest from Eric Curts....
In the past I have shared Google Drawing templates for students to create drag-and-drop "magnetic" poetry with a winter-theme as well as for Valentine's Day. This time I have updated the template for Springtime. You can get a copy of the Springtime Magnetic Poetry template to use with your students (or yourself) however you want, as well as directions on how to use it here:
CCSD Hosts Google Level 1 Certification Training
Join like-minded colleagues as we explore Google tools and best practices for the classroom. This certification training will help better prepare you to take the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam which is offered on day 3 of the training.
June 13, 14, and 15, 2018
Details are here.
They Are Back - Hanover Eagle Nest
Julie Clements shared this with the staff in her school.... "Here is a site that has the Pittsburgh eagle nest if you want to show the kiddos one closer to home. This nest has 3 eggs in it due to hatch March 20.
Streams and audio from two cameras at the nest site went live on January 3. One camera a side angle and the other a view from above, which also has infrared capabilities for night viewing. View the site here.
January 2018/Updated February 2018
"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" Sorting with Google Slides
You can get a copy of the template and all the directions at:
NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition
What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the collaborative research and discussions of a body of 61 experts to produce the NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition, in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and made possible by mindSpark Learning.
Important Developments in Educational Technology for K–12 Education
- Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
- Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
- Analytics Technologies
- Virtual Reality
- Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
- Artificial Intelligence
- The Internet of Things
- Merge Cubes
- How Augmented Reality Is Shaping the Future of Play
- 10 Best VR Apps for Classrooms Using Merge VR's New Merge Cube
- An Educator's Guide to Augment Learning with Merge Cube
Computational Thinking/Coding World Added to First In Math
Have you noticed a new “world” when you logged in to First In Math? The new Computational Thinking World was recently added.
Please share the following news about an update to First In Math with your colleagues who teach grades 2 - 6:
New Computational Thinking + Intro to Coding Module: I was totally enthused to see they've taken one of their existing game structures, Rock Paper Scissors Chess, and developed an amazing world to build computational thinking + introduce rudimentary coding skills. This new CT world should be live on student screens this winter and will be freely included with the full FIM bundle for next year.
When students log in to First In Math, they should see a new world. I’ve attached a screen shot of what they will see. Clicking on the pink CT World will take the user to the Computational Thinking World where the problems require coding skills in order to solve. Check it out with your students.
TIPSbyTEXT is a free text-messaging program for parents of preschoolers designed to help them prepare their children for kindergarten. Each week during the school year, parents receive three texts about important kindergarten readiness skills. TIPSbyTEXT’s text messages were developed at Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis. They are based on child development research and linked to state educational standards.
Click here for the details.
15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own
Below is a link to a set of graphic organizer templates all created with Google Drawings. Click on the one you want to see, click make a copy (it will save directly to your Google Drive) and it is then yours to use. Check out Google Drawings (drawings.google.com) to make your own...lots of options to create timelines, annotate images, drag and drop activities, etc.
I'm often asked about what are some current resources that people are reading or accessing. So, I thought I would start a listing of some of the books, blogs, video and podcasts that I use or that have been recommended.
- Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
- Innovator's Mindset by George Courous
- The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
- The End of Average by Todd Rose
- Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools, Today by Eric Sheninger and Thomas Murray
- Hacking Leadership by Dr. Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis
12 Amazingly Creative Book Reports
In some classrooms, the mere mention of the phrase “book report” brings groans of dread. Visions of endless writing and tedious presentations feel overwhelming to students. But reading an awesome book and telling others all about it can be one of the great pleasures in life! Here are 12 creative book report ideas that will be sure to get your students excited about their assignment.
65 Digital Tools and Apps to Support Formative Assessment Practices
Classroom Screen Web Resource
Check it out. Best to use Chrome. Click on the icon on the bottom of the screen to turn the features on and off.
- choose a background
- type your instructions in the textbox
- choose a work symbol
- set a timer or show the clock
- use the traffic light
- pick a random name
- display the noise level in your classroom
- draw in-screen or full-screen
- generate a qr-code
- drag and drop the icons in the right place
- use the duo widget option if your class works in two groups on a different assignment
The 12 Days of Techmas
Wanted to be sure you were aware of this resource from Eric Curts, The 12 Days of Tech-Mas 2017
Here is the text he posted to one of the listservs…
With the holiday season here, I am excited to share some of my favorite things in educational technology! I will be doing this in a series of blog posts throughout the month of December that I am calling "The 12 Days of Tech-Mas". Each blog post will provide a list of useful resources corresponding to the number of that entry, from 1 through 12. (Not all of them will be Google related, but quite a lot of them will be.)
Engaging Students Through Levels of Questioning
Google's Version of 20-Questions
Google's artificial intelligence picks a random animal, and then you and your students ask it "Yes" and "No" question to try to guess the animal. It is a fun way to build critical thinking, questioning, communication, and science skills.
See all the details and the different ways to access the activity here:
As always, feel free to share with others. Take care!
What New With Google in October 2017?
6 Halloween Makerspace Paper Circuit Projects
2nd Annual PETE&C Student Inventors’ Competition
I received information about the Student Inventors’ Competition and wondered if you would approve sharing it with the secondary principals. Basically, middle and high school students are invited to come up with an invention. They have to create a 60 second video to “sell” their invention - think shark tank presentation. We (the PETE&C Board) will score the submissions. If selected, the team will bring a prototype of the invention to PETE&C. Attendees vote on their favorite invention.
I’m running this by you for approval…. Thinking what if…. Would the District send the invention team to Hershey if they are selected to present?
Here is the link to the flyer.
Expeditions AR Pioneer Program
An application was submitted for elementary schools to participate in the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program. Google has partnered with content providers like the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian, The Planetary Society, the National Museum of Korea, Frontiers of Flight Museum, Alchemy VR, PBS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and others to create virtual reality experiences for students. Google is also partnering with Subaru to bring these virtual field trips to schools.
The company says that it plans to bring Expeditions to “thousands” of schools. That’s definitely an ambitious program, especially since it plans to have a team visit every school to show teachers how the system works.
Let's hope that Second District and the other elementary buildings are selected to participate!
Monster Project - West End - Grade 5
Students draw a monster according to the teachers's specs (i.e. use all geometric shapes) and then they write a descriptive paragraph describing the creation. Classes exchange descriptive essays. Each student receives an essay from a student in another class and uses this paper to draw the monster described. The event culminates in a Skype call in which students hold up their drawings for the original artist/writer to see how closely they were able to recreate the monster.
First In Math