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Wednesday
Jul082015

Thinglink Summer Challenge 2015

Here is ThingLink Summer Challenge #3 to create a collaborative project:

 [My Collaborative Notes page and Blog Rubric are not loading through ThingLink even though I published them as webpages so I am linking them here too].

 

Here is my Digital Self for week #1 of the ThinkLink Summer Challenge 2015!

[I used Thinklink, Canva, & Manga Avatar Maker in combination to create it]. 

Monday
Jun292015

iPadpalooza 2015

IPadpalooza was one of THE most fun & rich learning experiences I have had at an Ed-Tech conference. Though it was the first time I attended, it will definitely not be my last!

Here are visual reflections on my first iPadpalooza experience [created with Canva, Thinglink & WordFoto


Monday
Jun292015

Connected Writing

Rocket Fueled Writing Slides - HISD HUB Camp 

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Voices of student writers are fueled and amplified by the power of digital communication and collaboration. Students can use stages of writing process and a range of digital platforms to build a connected writing community--moving beyond passive consumption to creating and sharing digital content themselves. I shared projects with 3 of my favorite flexible safe writing platforms for young writers at the Houston ISD Summer Hub Camp -- Kidblog, Storybird, and Biteslide.

Monday
May042015

High Impact Implementation of TTM & Digital Learning Habits

Think Through Math has been used in classrooms for almost 3 years now in TX schools since the Texas Success Initiative began in 2012. A recent TEA study reported a correlation between TTM & STAAR Math performance. Results are impressive, but in my experience, not typical of most classrooms I've seen using TTM. How do we achieve these kinds of learning outcomes shown by this study with our students? What practices ensure this adaptive learning platform actually contributes to development and deepening of students’ understanding of critical grade level math concepts and problem-solving skills? How do we implement TTM so kids have forward learning momentum and are not spinning their wheels in gaining no traction at all?

The level of rigor in TTM is high and requires students to effectively apply online learning habits of mind. Investing students' time in TTM is a colossal waste if not done with some scaffolding and a strategic eye on several key things [development of students' online learning habits & help strategies, consistency of lesson routine & usage toward Think30!, sustaining motivation & progress monitoring]. The impact is made by level and degree of effectiveness in the implementation of TTM in a blended learning mathematics classroom context.

These are some resources for some upcoming trainings to support teachers in reaching for a high impact level of implementation with Think Through Math.

Wednesday
Mar042015

#EdCampAwesome Lives Up to It’s Name!

Never have I left an EdCamp without feeling inspired. Since very 1st @EdCampHouston gave me an initial introduction to this form of PD a few years ago, I’ve gone to so many I no longer keep count of where & when. @EdCampAwesome in Royse City was no exception - more than living up to its name. No doubt there will be more awesomeness at upcoming @EdCampNavasota in April! Here is a scrapbook of personal highlights from #EdCampAwesome!

  • Connecting with @mkwaldie!: Overhearing her mention Google SketchUP in passing as I was heading out of a session on Makerspaces, I stopped to ask her more about it since recently my free license information through TCEA came through. She shared her classes’ 3-D Digital Modeling site & projects with me which she was very passionate about.  Now we are planning to connect our classes & students to share their work in the near future as a result!
  • Discovering Global Cardboard Challenge: Event with opportunity for children to build whatever they can imagine out of simple materials and in the process, develop problem solving, collaboration, and other 21st century skills. Since 2012, 105,000 children in 62 countries have participated & next challenge kicks off in 2015!
  • Experiencing Augmented Reality: Level of engagement & learning potential in all kinds of AR Apps was phenomenal, as was Symbaloo & hands-on presentation by @JaimeDonally

  • Finding wisdom and helpful advice about PBL in K-2: @AllisonHoganEDU Great Pikochart summary by @ChelseaSerio of key takeaways from discussion of her Kindergarten projects HERE

  • Winning a Little Bits Base Kit!  are great for tinkerers age 8 to infinity. Put the screen away, play with friends and family, and snap your ideas to life.