Friday, May 3, 2019

Google Tips and Tricks

Today's PD was great! Teachers learned so many new tips and tricks. Access my presentation below to learn some for yourself!

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Let's Learn About...

Teaching Assistants- click this link to access the doc you will be using for today's PD

Let's Make Some Global Connections!

Why take our learning global?

Recently, I became aware of three great ways to make our learning global! Why? You may ask- There are many reasons why creating global connections helps to enhance students learning experiences.

Students build empathy through interaction

First, creating global connections helps to build empathy within students, they learn to understand that while we are all different, we have much in common! 

Real World Audience

Students will benefit from a real-world audience. Whether you're using this platform to share writing pieces, ask questions, or something completely different,  students will benefit from understanding their purpose. After, students can reflect on the experience and how to improve the discussion moving forward. 

Let's Learn about some Resources!

Explore by the seat of your pants: Many of you have had the chance to utilize this great resource. Each month EBTSOYP comes out with a list of hangouts for the month, usually around a common theme. Teachers can sign up for a "camera spot". If you receive the camera spot students will be invited to chat during the live google hangout. There are a wide range of topics and presenters to choose from and the best part is that it's completely free!

Empatico: I recently learned about this resource during a technology PD day. Students are paired with other classrooms through video chat. The platform is geared towards elementary students and topics can range from getting to know you, map skills, even weather! I'm already paired with a teacher in Mexico-let me know if you'd like to give this resource a try!

PenPal Schools: PenPal Schools is focused on project-based learning. This paid resource (we can get a trial) allows you to make authentic connections with schools across the globe! Let me know if you'd like to work together to try out this amazing resource

Why not get started with a Global Read Aloud! Learn more here

As always I'm here to support you with the use of these resources, let me know if you'd like to give one a try!