Transformative Teaching & Learning
Issue 4, Sept 2015
eCLASS Update: Want to suggest a change to D2L? Post it to the Ideation Blog
While there are many great elements to our learning management system, D2L/Brightspace, there are some parts that could be improved as well. Many people have already made suggestions that the company has listened to and has put into place (have you tried the new drag and drop feature that keeps the file path, for example?). If you'd like to make a suggestion, visit the Ideation Blog for D2L in Communities. How to get there? In the portal, at the top of the home page, look for "Collaboration." Click on it, then click "Blogs." You can do a search for the D2L Ideation Blog (or it might just come up on the page for you). Be sure to read what others have posted before you post something, and vote for the ideas you'd like to see in place. This is your chance to improve the functionality of your course page!
Even More About Collaboration....
Have you explored the Communities feature of the portal? If not, take a look at it to find groups of like-minded individuals from across the county who are sharing ideas and have answers you might find helpful. Sample communities: Main Fine Arts Community; 2015-2016 Gateway Science Instructional Support Course; AP World History; Special Ed-Mild ID; Classworks; and Project Based Learning, just to name a few. You can even create a community with your peers to share ideas, post files, and ask questions that could go out to a group in your building, across grade levels, or even across the county. Some groups are public while others are restricted (invitation only). You can also get notifications anytime someone posts something new in a community you're a member of or when someone responds to your posts. As well, use the search feature to look for communities or to find a topic mentioned.
Make the time to see what's available in Communities!
"How to Use Infographics as Multimodal Learning Tools" by Sara McGuire via te@chthought
Website of the Week
Who doesn't love a good Kahoot game? If you haven't tried Kahoot (www.getkahoot.com) in your classroom, you're missing out on a great formative assessment tool. Cybraryman (Jerry Blumengarten, @cybraryman1 on Twitter) has created a page chock full of ideas for how you can make the most out of Kahoot.
Spotlight on Technology in the Classroom
Want some ideas for how you can transform your teaching? Investigate these links to discover more!
Health and PE
The Flipped Coach (using the flipped classroom model with PE)