Celebrating our passion for teaching and learning through digital learning……..
Digital learning today is opening up classrooms to the world by providing teachers with the tools, access, and opportunities, which is enabling personalized learning programs for all students. As we celebrate Digital Learning Month during February and March, I’d like to recognize the digital instructional practices that are being effectively integrated by teachers across our country, strengthening and positively impacting student’s learning experiences.
Sharing Passions- Part 12 in the Series this month
Throughout the months of February and March, educators from around the country will be sharing their passions for digital learning as guest bloggers on Literacy ShopTalk.
Janice Curtis @CurtisJcurtis & @Reid Gault @ReidGault
Janice Curtis, Secondary Instructional Coach assisting teachers with integrating technology into their curriculum. Previously a Plymouth High School Business Teacher, eLearning and Curriculum Coach. Proud to be an Indiana University Graduate – Masters in Secondary Education.
TODAY’S MEET…. Creating a backchannel of understanding…….
Today’s Meet is one of my favorite Web 2.0 tools to use for formative assessment and creating classroom discussions. Teachers can quickly create a backchannel in approximately 15 seconds. The URL is simply an extension of what you name your backchannel. Say, I want to create a session on understanding how we use Today’s Meet. When I go to https://todaysmeet.com/ and create a backchannel room called “understand”, Today’s Meet will make a simple URL adding my room name, i.e. https://todaysmeet.com/understand . Anyone can post a question, a thought, or answer and comment on someone’s thought. Teachers can have students…
* answer an open-ended question
* supply Web addresses on a topic to compile a list of resources
* create a list of people, places, or things, useful to a lesson
* brainstorm ideas for a project
* write an answer to a test that was incorrect and reflect on either why they got the question wrong, or answer how to make the answer correct.
* ask questions anonymously
* post a concept they didn’t understand that day
* post a concept they didn’t know before
* post a concept they want to know more about
Teachers can use this Web 2.0 tool to reteach concepts not understood, or create excellent discussions based on student interests or misunderstandings. Teachers can also save a transcript to have and to hold for documentation, grades, or resources, after the backchannel has expired. Try it out. Open the Today’s Meet URL below and post a thought on other ways teachers can use Today’s Meet in a classroom session. https://todaysmeet.com/understand .
How have you incorporated Today’s Meet into your classroom? Click on the link above and post your ideas.
Reid Gault- I am in my second year as Principal of Lincoln Junior High in Plymouth, IN and my 18th year in education. I taught in Indianapolis for 11 years prior to my administration career. You can find me on twitter @reidgault.
EVERNOTE…..facing the challenge of organization digitally
As a Principal of a school I rely on web tools daily to do my job or to make my job more efficient. In this world of abundance I continually face the challenge of staying organized digitally. Each day I constantly am getting digital items shared with me via email, chats, documents, tweets, blog articles, state memos and more. In order to keep on top of this abundance and curate the items that I need I rely heavily on the my use of Evernote. Evernote allows me to keep items in folders that I can name and organize. I often use Evernote as a student might use Cornell notes or a notebook for staying organized. Evernote synchronizes my notes via the cloud and I can access them from multiple devices which is great when I am on the go. I use Evernote in a variety of ways.
* Send important Emails to Evernote
* Send tweets to Evernote
* Clip articles and blog posts
* Take pictures of information
* Make voice notes
Evernote is a tool that continues to help me stay organized and ahead of the game. One of the ongoing challenges that I have now is to keep up with its ever changing growth as a tool. See Evernote is constantly updating itself to get better and because of this constant change it forces me to constantly learn and after all CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT.
What is your favorite web tool and how does it help you continue to grow?