Two new contests:
(for students ,classrooms, and Piedmont)
1- Remake a Music Video Deadline Oct 24th: 2 1/2 minute video and win a $70,000 tech makeover for your classroom! (Thanks to Ms. Newburger for the link)
Winners judged on
• Effectiveness of expressing how the use of technology enhances personalized learning in the classroom (40%);
• Overall Creativity and spirit (40%); and
• Production Quality of the video (20%).
2- Cam Newton School Spirit- Please check the Piedmont bulletin and share with your students the classroom code to enter the Cam Newton School Spirit Video Contest. Piedmont can win big $ and your student can win dinner with Cam Newton. Ms. Lyttle will happily trade places with any winner who does not want to attend!
Interested students can see the instructions for entering the contest at my StudentSpace page.
New on this PiedmontPD website this week:
Links of the Week:
8 Steps to Self Control - The steps are at the bottom of the article but the article itself is an honest and irreverent look at all of us who are interested in increasing our own self control, plus it notes some seminal education issues of "grit" and why according to Dweck some of our students don't practice self control (it's because they don't believe it will work for them- many times because they have been unable to trust in the past.)
Wearable Drone Bracelet - Your students might think it's cool. Or scary.
Cleaning up Your Digital Footprint
Transforming Learning Spaces - research-based classroom design
Hello overworked tired teachers! (and also those few of you who are happy energetic and completely caught up):
Kindergarten teacher Kory Graham (@tritonkory) taught me that October is when the groove begins and the craziness of the begining of the year finally slows down to a dull roar. If you are overwhelmed it will get better soon! Some of these links might even help that along:
Last week I threw a lot of links out there at you so this week I have just rounded up a few highlights. Feel free to catch up on last week's links by scrolling through these 3 blog pages below:
This week's Piedmont PD posts include a community PD offering this coming Tuesday to add to the last week's link to the new Discovery Place resource center for teachers! I also just heard Discovery Place is free on Saturdays for teachers so look into this!
This week's lesson ideas page include a video playlist to help students develop growth mindset. One video of Austin's butterfly is a good way to make learning visible and in doing so reinforce growth mindset grit and effort in your students. (I can't believe I just said grit!)
This week's Celebrating Piedmont blog includes Ms. Barone's trip to jail, inspiration to use your best teaching gifts from the encore team's example, and more. I am a big fan of using one's strengths as the way to minimize weaknesses and I believe it is the reason for Piedmont's success- we use people where they work best.
If you aren't sure what your best teaching strengths are, here is a great link via Keely Shannon @keelybshannon on Twitter) that includes a quiz so you can find out. http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/special-reports/teach-to-your-strengths
Have a great weekend and remember you are amazing just as you are right now! You are changing the world every day with the smallest act of kindness you can show to anyone you meet. For example, you can smile at a child who's having a bad day and turn their entire day around, their entire attitude about school, and that will ripple out to everyone else that child encounters. Our jobs are amazingly important like that. (Thanks to Josh Gauthier @mrgfactoftheday for that reminder)
News and Links of the Week
Latest Piedmont PD News includes info on National Board Certification, Discovery Place's professional development offerings for teachers, new quick PD's on handy efficient tech tricks to save you time and storage space: like the quickest way to upload to Google Docs, how to convert and embed a powerpoint, How to make a QR CODE ,chromebook and computer troubleshooting info, etc
Other Ed News from Around the Web:
Big Philosophical idea of the week:
Here are useful resources for the latest news in GAFE- Google Applications for Education
Google Classroom is a new Edmodo-type learning management system and Google Slides is now available on ipad.
Below are details
Intro and instructions for students http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/lesson-ideas/student-introduction-to-google-classroom
Intro and instructions for teachers http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/piedmont-pd/how-to-use-google-classroom-teacher-instructions
Basic tour, including a Rollout Video herehttp://www.google.com/edu/classroom/
Google Classroom Thoughts so far:
It's not perfect yet, but ultimately this should be a great feature for your class, especially as it gets more integrated features.
Please send your feedback and suggestions for features to Google .( The bottom right of the teacher Classroom page has a "feeback" button. Please use it to request features YOU need)
Basic intro of Google Classroom in 7 easy steps-
Using Google Classroom with iPads:
Google Classroom Presentation Slides by Geeky Gafe Girl via Jacob Standish
These two images are the view as a teacher and the view as a student of the same page.
My Online staff and PD area. For convenient in the classroom folder I place an electronic copy of the staff handbook here and copies of all those email attachments that teachers may need later but not have space to keep. Easy access when needed from home or phone, areas to comment and share, and no more full email.
Google Slides is a presentation tool instead of PowerPoint. It lets students work from home without Powerpoint and also lets them collaborate. This link includes templates and instructions
NEW! Slides is now an iPad app
Many teachers have been disappointed that students can't work on their presentations if they are using iPads.
The Google slides app is a step toward equalizing the options of working in GAFE across devices.
this is a good blog review about the new powerpoint-type app's uses and limitations http://jonathanwylie.com/2014/08/25/review-google-slides-for-ipad-is-now-available/U
GAFE Updates Continued
My last post was all about GAFE ---I introduced how to log into google classroom and announced the Google Slides app here http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/news-and-thoughts/google-classroom-omg _
This post is a bit more about Google Apps - I just did a great training. First with Jake Standish and today with Heather Nussbaum of CMS
I took lots of photos of what I found most useful for teachers or students using Google Docs for Research and Translation and Google Classroom for Sharing files and assignments:
This photo shows how easily students who use Google Drive (GAFE) can search for images and articles related to their papers. They can do it all within Google (docs or slides) and the citations are placed in MLA or other format automatically! I wish so badly that this existed when I was in school !!!!! Such a time saver!
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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.