Crafting PLE

The Art of Creating Personalized Learning Environments

JSGS Edition - April, 2016

Important Info

PLEF Schedule

My schedule this year is:


Monday and Tuesday - Ferndale

Wednesday and Thursday - JSGS

Friday - WSA


I will be taking a much-needed vacation April 10 - 17. During this time, I will have limited access to email.


I may also get pulled away from schools from time to time as we prepare for tablet collection, and get the new devices ready to go to you before school gets out.

News

Bye, Bye, Amplify!

Our almost-official date for tablet collection is May 11th. That gives us a little more than a month left for students to have tablets. We'll be putting together our plan for collection soon, and will share it as soon as we can.


In the meantime, if you have items in Amplify Playlist Builder, you can now export them. There is a link in the top right-hand corner of the toolbar to "Export Lessons".


It will take a bit of time, especially if you have a lot to export and download.

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Canvasing Your Class

The Canvas training on March 19th was a huge success! I was so excited to see all of the awesome ways you are going to be using Canvas. As the year draws to a close, you may also want to think about how you might use it next year. Canvas is perfect for personalizing learning. If you'd like help getting your classes set up for Canvas for next year, let me know. There are already several middle school units in various subjects that have been created and uploaded to the GCS Canvas Commons.

EOY Review Resources

Discovery Ed Board Builder (all subjects)

A great tool at your fingertips through your free, established Discovery Education account, Board Builder is a great alternative to traditional review activities. This digital tool allows students to create boards to show what they know through text, videos, audio recordings, and more! Need more convincing? Here are 50 ways to use the Board Builder tool in DE for ALL stubjectt areas! Check out the link below. You must be logged in to view.

Playposit (formerly EduCannon)

PlayPosit allows you to share online videos, including YouTube videos, for students without having to convert or download the video - all you need is the link! You can sign up for the free account, but the student account is optional. Using this tool, you can embed questions for formative assessment throughout the video for students to answer.


Another great feature are pre-made bulbs (interactive video lessons) and video channels that house videos from their partnerships, such as:


Multiple subject areas

Flocabulary

Walt Disney


Math

Kahn Academy

Math Antics

Math Meeting


Science

The Amoeba Sisters

National Geographic


Social Studies

Crash Course

History Channel


Foreign Language

Learn Spanish

French Online

EngVid


See me for a mini lesson on PlayPosit if you'd like to learn more about it!

SAS Curriculum Pathways

This underused gem, has quite a few resources for all core content areas (and Spanish).


Below is a link to the resources for grades 6-8 but they are available for grades K-12. There are literally hundreds of items there for free! To better understand their offerings, their website says, "...each SAS Curriculum Pathways resource has an accompanying lesson guide. Lesson guides provide a set of learning objectives, necessary materials, estimated time for completion, ideas for assessment, answer keys/scoring rubrics (if applicable), and alignment to state and Common Core State Standards."


Flash cards, an entire Algebra I course, writing tools, primary resources lesson, data sets for math lessons, map skils, la casa game (for Spanish)....these are just a few of the first listed course. As stated above, all have lesson guides for best use.


*Best used with desktop/laptop PCs.

Words of Wisdom

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Teena Martin, PLEF

What the heck is a PLEF? PLEF stands for Personalized Learning Environment Facilitator. Teena brings over 10 years of education experience having taught in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in some very diverse institutions before becoming a PLEF. She has taught nearly every grade level and subject at some point. She has a Bachelor's degree in Special Education, and a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology.