SMS Professional Development News-

October 21, 2015- Ideas for Using World Class Tools

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Asynchronous Learning VS Synchronous Learning- Word Class Tools and Technology (CITE 3.9)

Asynchronous learning is a general term used to describe forms of education, instruction, and learning that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of digital and online learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own—that is not being delivered in person or in real time. Yet asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations.

Digital and online learning experiences can also be synchronous. For example, educational video conferences, interactive webinars, chat-based online discussions, and lectures that are broadcast at the same time they given would all be considered forms of synchronous learning.

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Socrative and CoveritLive- World Class Tools and Technology (CITE 3.9)


Socrative empowers you to engage and assess your students as learning happens. Through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners.


* It is similar to using clickers, but students use their phones- less set-up for you

***Ideas for the classroom- Students can complete warm-ups, brainstorm, and formative assessments using their phones.


CoveritLive makes it easy to create an automated or moderated stream of social media content, incorporating content from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and more.


  • Social streams are excellent complements to dashboard experiences, as standalone streams or as persistent Web page Tickers
  • Trusted Twitter feeds can be filtered and automatically published to social streams to add live commentary directly from journalists in the field or to add relevant third party analysis and opinion

***Ideas for the classroom- Create a socratic seminar where students spend part of the discussion in the virtual world and part of the discussion face to face; use a blog-like format to revisit a topic you recently discussed in class or to discuss a current event.

The Flipped Classroom- Insights from a teacher who just filmed his 100th flipped lesson. World Class Tools and Technology ( CITE 3.9)

What happens in the classroom to deepen students' learning is the most important aspect of a flipped classroom, middle-grades educator and doctoral student Joe Hirsch writes in this blog post. He offers practical tips for managing flipped classrooms, including platforms that allow teachers to track students' progress and embed quizzes.Edutopia.org (10/19)

Learning Progression Classes- Professionalism (CITE 5.3)

As a staff we took the first class in the DCSD's new PD Learning Progression Classes called "A Case for Change." At the end of that course you walked away with a filter for making decisions about what is important for you to teach in your 21st century classroom. Below, is a list of the additional learning progression classes. Currently, the DCSD PD office has "Case for Change," "Yellow Card Class," and "WCO Camp" up and running. Let me know if you would like more information on any of the classes or if you would like to request a specific training for SMS or your department.
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