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December 7-11, 2015

The Gifting Season is Here

'Tis the season to gift! That's what this week's newsletter is all about, gifting. Many of us have gifts and talents to share, so I encourage you to continue to tap into what your colleagues have to offer whether its a great strategy to motivate students or a how they integrate tools into their classroom. As always, I am willing to share gifts with you and this newsletter is no different! Whether it is the gift of time or tools, I am happy to help. Continue reading to find out what other gifts lay ahead!
  • Click your school link to access my SIGN-UP Genius to reserve 1:1 PLEF time. I will add a time to work with students that need to take the Canvas Tablet Retraining Course. Please help us get tablets back into the hands of our students. Read below and review the Instructional Coaching Menu for options.

CDS: Coaching Delivery Service

How would you like to receive your gift? Click the SIGN-UP Genius link for your school.

Don't see the gift you want? No worries! I am willing to collaboratively work you and/or the other PLEF-elves to create new items as needed!

PLEF Schedule (Dec 7-11)

It's Computer Science Education Week. Don't forget to check the Hour of Code Smore for fun ways to incorporate Computer Science into your content.

  • Monday: Allen - select your gift from the Smore
  • Tuesday: Guilford - Co Teaching w/ Shanks
  • Wednesday: Allen - select your gift from the Smore
  • Thursday: Guilford - Co Teaching w/ Shanks
  • Friday: WSA

Tablet Care

Please help us to remind students of their responsibility for tablet use and care. We've seen an influx of tablet breakages recently and there are several factors as work. Tablets are getting used more frequently which is GREAT! Keep that up! This of course means, the better likelihood of breakage if not properly cared for. These are also older devices and unfortunately, tablet life is much shorter than computer life--even more reason to handle with care. PLEASE help us to be proactive by reminding students to handle with care. Point out the care tips on the posters in your classroom. If needed, visit this link to share the tablet care tips with students again via the PLE website: TABLET CARE. Thanks for your help with this!

Web 2.0 Spotlight

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Those of you who have attended The Learning Conferences sponsored by the county, have been introduced to a great new tool called Prism for text interpretation. From their website: "Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Users are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different categories, or "facets." Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users."

Simply put, you are able to copy and paste a text and have students highlight based on what you've been focusing on in class. For example, you could paste a poem and have students highlight literary devices or paste informational text and have students highlight the main ideas in one color and supporting details in another. You may choose up to 3 highlighted colors and you determine what the colors represent If your created link is public, students do not have to make an account. The best part? You get the feedback regarding the most highlighted words/phrases, etc. See the graphic below for an example!

Let me know if you'd like a brief tutorial :)

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Tamika M. Davis, MLS MS

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