The Captive Curator

River View Technology Newsletter, December 2015

"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry"

Have you ever heard this saying before?

This is how I feel when it comes to my plans for this monthly newsletter! The saying dates back to 1786, when an author by the name of Robert Burns wrote a poem To a Mouse telling how he, while plowing a field, upturned a mouse's nest. The resulting poem is an apology to the mouse:


But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren't alone]

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men

Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]

An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,

For promised joy.

No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it! I am going to start this project again with full intention of sending out a newsletter once a month~wish me luck!

Assessments... How to make them more "Next Gen" friendly for our students.

Online assessment generators seem to be a hot topic currently at River View! I have had many teachers ask me what I would suggest using that is not too time consuming and has an ease with their students. I decided that I would push it out to everyone who is interested and can explore on their own time.

Below are what I consider to be the top three online assessment creators and are worth looking into.

The Google Corner

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs

Great things other teachers are accomplishing with their students. Have you tried any of these? I think the hidden idea is the Resource Tools, especially if you are a teacher requiring reports from students.

Fun Stuff...Just Because

Emoji for Exit Tickets? Why not?

Recently a guy I follow on Twitter posted a picture of exit tickets with emojis! What a cool idea! I am always trying to find new ways to take the technology students are using and make it fit my classroom content.

Check out the example below.

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