The Art of Creating Personalized Learning Environments
JSGS Edition - March 9 - 13, 2015
PLEF Schedule for March 9 - 13, 2015
Tuesday, March 10th - JSGS
Wednesday, March 11th - Ferndale
Thursday, March 12th - JSGS
Friday, March 13th - WSA
News You Can Use
New Internet Filtering System - ZScaler
Hopefully, we've solved the issues with ZScaler and the tablets. Please let Ms. Morgan or I know if you continue to have issues with the class feed or checking in/out of class.
We'd also like to hear how you feel it's working, and let us know if there are sites that need to be blocked or unblocked.
Words of Wisdom
For many of our students, their phones, ipads, tablets, etc. are like another limb to them. They use them everyday, and can't imagine life without them. And yet, we ask them to put them away when they come to school. Kevin Honeycutt says that's like a digital amputation.
We know that we can't just let students go wild with technology, though. We all saw what happens when restrictions aren't tight, but eventually (and for many this is true outside school already) they will have an all-access pass. We have to prepare them for the time when social media is readily available, they can download anything from the internet, and all of the information of the world, good and bad, is at their fingertips.
How do we do that when we don't allow students access to these things? Go analog. You don't have to log in to Twitter or Facebook to talk about appropriate posting. Students listen to music everyday - are you making sure they are getting that music from legal sites? And teach students how to determine what's true and what isn't.
The pictures below are from the classroom of a teacher at Ferndale Middle, who went with the theme of Social Media for the school year. She uses her bulletin boards to connect with students on their level, while teaching them about proper netiquette.
- Create (or request help making) a MakerSpace or in your classroom.
- Use Augmented Reality in a lesson. I'd love to see it live or in pictures!
- Tell me how you're incorporating digital citizenship in your classroom.
- Request help, modeling, motivation, resources, etc. in implementing PLE in your classroom.
To receive your prize, send me an email with the subject line "Challenge Accepted" and details of your challenge.