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Digital Teaching and Learning @PCHS │ November 13, 2017

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#30DaysofThankfulness at PCHS

What are you thankful for? Let's share and celebrate those moment, people, and things that bring joy and thankfulness into our lives!

Click on our Padlet link below and add a picture, share a thought, share a video or send your photo or text to me to post. Let's celebrate together!

Feel free to follow my own personal journey of thankfulness on my #GratitudeSnaps Padlet. Are you on Twitter? Follow #GratitudeSnaps to see what others are sharing. There's a lot for us to be thankful for!

Flipgrid Fever!

Flipgrid fever is sweeping education by storm! What is it? Why has it become so popular with teachers and students?

Flipgrid is video discussion platform. It's ease of use and cross-platform compatibility makes it a popular go-to resource for teachers. That it focuses on video responses makes it engaging for students, because it meets students in one of their favorite means of communication. Create a "grid," add a "topic," and let the discussion begin! You decide the topics, you can moderate the posts, you can add time limits, students can respond to each other, students can add stickers, you can "like" posts, and so much more!

Create a Flipgrid and give your students voice in every subject area! Come to a Tool TIme Workshop this week to give it a try!

Tool Time - Flipgrid Fever

This week's workshop is on the video discussion tool Flipgrid. Stop by the Collaboration Room Tuesday during either lunch or Wednesday during B lunch.

Tool Time Workshops

Tool Time Workshops are 15 minutes of testing out a new tool that meets a pedagogical need. They start 5 minutes after lunch starts and end before lunch is over allowing you time to get your lunch, stop by the collaboration room, have some hands-on time with a new tool, eat your lunch, and get back to your next class. No need to bring a device, I'll have some ready for you to use. If you want more time with the tool, we'll figure that out together.

Try Something Different: Tools for Incorporating Student Voice

The week before a break can be a tough time in the classroom. Depending on student focus and attendance is a risk. Why not try something different to keep students engaged and provide opportunities for those taking their vacation early?

Here are some tools that give students voice including some digital resources that can also provide opportunity for absent students to be involved:

  • Padlet: pose questions with real-time answers, vote on responses, brainstorm together, KWL
  • Today’s Meet: create a question and see the live responses, a backchannel during presentations, videos, discussions, lectures
  • Flipgrid: video responses to questions or scenarios, formal or informal feedback, respond to each other
  • Sketchnotes: visual note-taking and journaling
  • Blogs: journaling, reflection, evaluation; Weebly and EduBlogs do provide private classroom options
  • Surveys: Google Forms, Microsoft Forms
  • Socratic Seminars, Spiderweb Discussions, Fishbowl

Interested in more information on incorporating student voice? Check out the November 6 newsletter for more information and ideas.

Which Digital Tools are You Using?

We've had a lot of freedom at Pine Creek regarding the tools we choose to use. We'd like to continue having you, the experts, continue to be the ones choosing the tools your students use. That's why we are asking you to partner with us.

Partner with us and help us ensure your tools are approved and ready for to use when you need them. PLAN AHEAD. Visit Pine Creek's Resource List; it includes the resources submitted by you. Don't see the one you'd like to use? Visit the District database. Still don't see your resource? Fill out the Digital Tool Application and we'll get it submitted to District IT for approval. Once the tool is approved, we'll update our list and inform you. This process takes time, especially if a purchase needs to be made.

Please be patient with us and the District as we embark on this new process. The District database is continually being updated as is our own resource list. Our goal is to ensure you have the resources you need while protecting our students' privacy.

Have questions? Contact anyone of your Digital Resource Team members, Susan, Sasha or Steve.

What can your Digital Learning Coach do for you?

  • Share with you what tools we have available to you and your students
  • Show you how to use the tools we have
  • Push out course-specific apps to you and your students
  • Co-teach with you so that you can focus on the content and I can focus on the tool and any digital issues
  • Trouble-shoot issues, iPad and Desktop
  • Share our Vision and what it means as we travel down the road towards making that it real
  • Help you plan and reflect on lessons using digital tools
  • Provide Digital Citizenship tips and resources

I'm here to serve you!