Innovate & Engage

Empowering Learning and Creating a Culture of Creativity

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What is Your Hope?

Although this video is set for a start of the school year, I think it applies very well anytime of the year. We have made it three months into the school year and sometimes we just need these little pick-me-ups to refocus and remember why we are here. Please take three minutes and watch the video "What is Your Hope?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlcU5uHMdTM

Engaging Students vs. Empowering Students

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SAMR Model. What is it and Why is it Important?

As we continue to focus on the new strategic plan and how to create more engaging opportunities for students, I would like to introduce the SAMR Model to you. SAMR is a four-level conceptual framework developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura to help teachers make effective use of technology in their instruction.

Many of us use technology in our classrooms, but are we using it for higher-level thinking skills (modification and redefinition) or does it fall more into substitution. As we begin to explore the SAMR model in more detail through the year, take a moment and evaluate what you are currently doing with technology. Where do your lessons using technology fall in the SAMR Model? If they are lower level (Substitution or Augmentation) what can you do differently to move them up on the SAMR Model? This is not always easy, but something we must continually evaluate in our lessons.

I will continue to provide articles through this newsletter to help you with the SAMR Model. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email.

A Short Video Explaining SAMR

What Do You Want Kids To Do With Technology?

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Microsoft Teams Announces New Updates and Features for Teachers

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CREATIVITY IS WHERE WE START TO THINK DIFFERENTLY, AND INNOVATION IS WHERE CREATIVITY COMES TO LIFE. #InnovatorsMindset

Innovate & Engage Newsletter - Vol. 3

Volume 3 - October 12, 2017

Innovate & Engage Newsletter - Vol. 2

Volume 2 - September 25, 2017

Innovate & Engage Newsletter - Vol. 1

Volume 1 - September 14, 2017