Ranger Ready

Tech Thursday | 27 April 2017

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With virtual field trips, you can take your students on an educational adventure without leaving your classroom, no money, bus, or permission slips required! Make learning real and relevant be bringing experts into the classroom from across the state or from across the world.

1. Schedule

Find a virtual field trip that is appropriate for your subject, grade, and/or theme. Schedule it and incorporate your standards and learning outcomes. If you never schedule one, you will never have one.

2. Pre-Teach

What do students need to know before the virtual field trip begins? Pre-teach any vocabulary and student objectives students need to master before the day of the event.

3. Engage

Is the classroom set-up conducive for having a virtual field trip? Have you tested the technology? Speakers? Projector? PC? Tablet? Have the students take Cornell Notes and ask relevant questions at the conclusion of the virtual field trip.

4. Reflect

Have students reflect on the experience. What did they learn? What do they want to know more about? What wowed them? Give students time to summarize their learning and digest the experience.
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Take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world's most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences — no permission slips required. Tour the National Archives, see how an egg farm works, explore NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, or hear from the President of the United States. Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips are fun, educational, and free!

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Each course listed in these offerings was designed with elements for continued support of the Ready 1:1 digital classroom. Please explore the plethora of options that you can attend to deepen your 1:1 digital journey throughout the summer.

Each week in the Ranger Ready Tech Thursday Newsletter, a new teacher will be featured as the Ready 1:1 Teacher of the Week. These are teachers at Naaman Forest High School who are transforming teaching and learning in the classroom through technology integration using the iPad.

Dr. Michael Ross

Dr. Ross is the LOTE department head and teaches Spanish II. He has been a member of the Ranger family for 6 years and in education for 22 years. He studied at the University of San Francisco earning a degree in Education (Second-Language Acquisition).

What is your favorite iPad app to use with students and why?

Google Classroom - it's an easy way to offer interesting assignments to students and offer them unique ways of demonstrating their use of the target language.

What do you like to do in your leisure time?

I like to spend time with my kids (i.e. I have no leisure time)!

NFHS has a limited number of site licenses for Nearpod. Become one of the first 20 teachers to earn Nearpod Certified Educator status and you will be granted a site license. Please email your certificate to the Ready 1:1 Instructional Coach.
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Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an Educator you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.
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