M-Powerment Strategy #9
Students Skilled for Success (4Cs)
M-Powerment Strategy #9 Highlight:
Students routinely choose, critically analyze and evaluate resources, collaborate with peers, and communicate their ideas in creative ways.
Instructional Strategy: Collaborative Groups
Instructional Tool Highlight: NCWiseOwl
From the NCWiseOwl Wiki:
NCWiseOwl (NC Windows for Online Learning) has been providing online subscription resources for our schools since 1999. Our mission is to ensure that all public and charter school students have access to a collection of online resources for use in educational pursuits, without regard to the economic status of their local school system. NCWiseOwl has three major strengths as an educational resource:
- Quality - Information on the Internet at-large is often unreliable and inappropriate for use in the K-12 education field. NCWiseOwl’s subscription databases provide access to articles from thousands of magazines, from online encyclopedias and reference sources, and from a variety of other sources that are only available to paying customers.
- Economy - By purchasing databases at the state level we are able to achieve an economy-of-scale that saves taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars over the cost of individual school systems purchasing the same resources.
- Safety - Using NCWiseOwl for online research places students in a safer, advertising-free environment with age-appropriate information and tools that assist students with the research process.
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From the CAVE:
Keys To Literacy:
I know that most everyone has been trained in the Top Down Topic Web and the Two Column Notes. We are all teaching our students and modeling these strategies. As we begin to research in all classes using these two strategies can be helpful for our students. I have created two templates for research feel free to copy and edit to meet your classroom needs.
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! feel free to as the CAVE to assist, teach, etc in the research process.
MMS Instructional Tips
Here are some sample lessons from MGSD educators that were featured during 2017 Summer Connection. These lessons were identified with M9. These lessons can give you great ideas even if you teach a different subject.
Stop Motion Videos: Protein Synthesis
Breakout EDU Sites
Geometry: Flight 1549 Activity
Jazz Talk Show
From the Help Desk:
Hey everyone! This is your brand new Friendly Neighborhood Help Desk here with just a couple bits of advice for going into the new school year:
First and foremost, please, please, please be using the Google suite and not the Apple suite for your document, presentation, and spreadsheet needs. They’re considerably more reliable, easier to use, they save automatically every time you change anything at all, and it’s much easier to share universally, both within the school and without, if you’re using Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
If you really just cannot stand to part with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, there are some things to be aware of: 1) they can break, freeze, or just plain not open if there is an update or any other hiccup in the systems (both ours and Apples). 2) Before sharing anything with other staff or students, you should export the file to a MS Office compatible document and then import it to the appropriate Google service, so that, once again, it is more universally compatible. Please remember that MGSD as a whole is dedicated to using Google’s suite.
Secondly (and I have many of you to thank for doing this), tickets, tickets, tickets! I cannot have enough tickets! You’ve all been great about submitting tickets if you need me to do anything, which is perfect. Just remember to include as many details as possible after the first little brief description! Also, if you just have a question, no ticket is required, you can simply email me and I’ll answer as quickly as possible. Tickets are necessary for anything that requires me to do work or provide tech. There absolutely needs to be accountability for everything, from delivering a dongle all the way up to rebuilding a laptop.
Thanks, and always remember, with great technology comes great responsibility!
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