For your planning convenience, Piedmont master calendar events are posted on this calendar ( For the direct link, click the image of the calendar in this post to go to it) as well as the pencil calendar in the admin hallway. This means you can check the calendar from your room or planning meetings or even from home.
If you would like permission to add events to this calendar, email me. Otherwise, cc me when you email Lou about the master calendar, and I will add the event for you.
If you'd like to embed this calendar into your classroom wiki for your checking convenience or website so parents and students can view it, here is the embed code. Copy it and paste it. It is a publically visible calendar so you do not need to be signed in to Google drive to view.
Next step is to get our curriculum map from the admin hallway online as well so you can update and view it from any device or home so you always have the best planning!
Hovercraft, anyone? This 1 minute video only scratches the surface of how we use Digital Learning everyday in our rooms.
I've basically been filling up my storage every time I head out of the office because I run across something film-worthy each step I take down the halls of Piedmont!
For more photos, videos, and information, check out the Digital Learning Day Post , the 21st Century Piedmont Wiki Page or my Twitter media feed.
(The video was made for a Digital Learning Day contest on Edmodo. Thanks to Ms. Newburger for finding and spearheading and directing this video contest effort.)
Fiction, Nonfiction, Topic- and Skills-based Reading
Here is a link to the CMS landing Page of the new resources you have available to try (must sign in to the intranet). Ms. Grossman and I went to the training. For Reading A-Z or Raz Kids, Check out what is available by signing in with your first inital and whole last name(s) then click Forgot password.
Here are my training notes (includes a pro-con list.) Quick takeaway: it's worth a look when you are trying to give kids reading practice or a specific skill. Not page-turning exciting but Plenty of books, pretty good discussion questions, Tons of ready made activities and very skills based!
Open Ed says they are the "Largest K-12 Educational Resource Catalog...More Than A Million Videos, Games and Assessments "
This site allows you to search for lesson resources and ready made materials, but more, it can "make courses, playlists etc all using common core objectives and personalizing the students learning based on their needs" according to CMS personalized learning expert Jill Thompson. She would love to know what you think about it so if you try it out let me know your thoghts and I will pass it along.
This PD site also has lesson ideas. They are found here http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/lesson-ideas.html
Featured this week is a PBL lesson idea for any subject area courtesy of Ms. Barone.
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.