Monday eLearning Missive

March 16, 2015

Lots of exciting things happening and coming up. Make sure you read below on how students can brush up on their Digital Citizenship skills, about some fun March Madness ideas, and get snappin' to get your pics in for the photo challenge!

March Poetry Madness

Imagine a daily competition where students analyze two poems, discuss why one poem should move on, and continue this process until you have narrowed the field of poems from 32 to an eventual winner! This resource could work in an elementary classroom on a basic level, but it also could appeal to secondary students as well (there is an advanced analysis option). Check out these two resources!


The author and primary contributor: Pat Keefe - Shoals HS


Note: To get your own editable copy of the Google Docs and the Google Sheet, you will need to click File--> Make a copy.

Photo Challenge - Week 28

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This Week’s Theme- Critical Thinking

One of the 4C’s In Education is Critical Thinking (along with Creativity, Communication, and Collaboration). All together they represent life-long learning skills that help all of us succeed. We know that every day our students are asked to think deeply and with a critical eye. We also know that our great educators in the EVSC ask no less of themselves as they master their content and their craft. We were reminded of all of the critical thinking opportunities our students enjoy when we attended last week’s PEF Technology Showcase. Students had the opportunity to not only explore great interactive learning experiences, but to help design them as well. The Sphero track pictured below was designed and created by Cedar Hall students in Brian Bobbitt’s Project Lead The Way class. No wonder Cedar Hall was named this year’s PEF Tech School of the Year!

So, this week, we hope you will help us explore the role that critical thinking plays in your school, your day, and your classroom. Show us pictures of the problem-solving that goes on during an assignment or the collaborative learning that goes on in your PLCs. These moments when we are using our brains to accomplish a task are compelling pieces of our #EVSCStory.

NOTE: You absolutely DO NOT have to match the theme to share a picture with us. Feel free to share

How to Share Your Photos

There are four ways that you can share the photos that you take with us:

  1. You can share via Instagram- Simply post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Feel free to add other hashtags as well to indicate the theme (e.g. #CriticalThinking), or add more information to the caption to help tell the story.
  2. You can share via Twitter- Post your photos to Twitter using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Again, we invite you to add other hashtags, including some of our EVSC hashtags like #evscchat. You can also include our Twitter handle (@evscicats) to ensure we see your pictures as soon as you post.
  3. You can share via Facebook- Visit our ICATS Facebook page, click the Message button in the upper-right corner, and in the text of the message give us your name, school, and the theme for the week. Be sure to attach the photo by clicking the Add Files button. While you are there, we’d love it if you liked our page OR, simply share your image on your own Facebook feed, and include the #EVSCstory hashtag.
  4. You can share via Google Drive- If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through Google Drive. Use this link to access our shared folder. You will need to then click the blue Open in Drive button. Then drag your photo into the window, or click the red upload arrow in the upper-left to search for your photo and click Open. It would help us if you would name your photo with the week’s theme and your name and school.

How to Check Out the Photos

After each week’s challenge, we will post a link to the archive of the week’s photos here. Follow the link, and enjoy the story that unfolds!any photo that helps us tell the #EVSCstory at ANY time.