The windows upgrade is a perfect excuse to move your documents over to Google Drive. Follow these instructions to upload and you will have access to all your files from any computer smartphone or tablet nomatter where you are. It will also allow you to share instantly with coworkers, students, or anyone you wish. See me if you don't remember your password.
The first vid shows how to do it from Firefox. The second shows from Chrome (to upload
Summer is coming and you probably have been meaning to learn a few things you've heard about or seen this school year.
Tonya McGhee, talented PD Facilitator at Ridge Road made this Symbaloo of PD quickie tutorials. Check it out by clicking the ironically chosen image of the curious snail. Get it? cause snails aren't quick, but this PD is! Huh-larious.
Also remember you can use:
for other Personalized quick PD options.
I can make you a video tutorial, write you directions or do 1:1 or team training for anything you are looking for so send me requests if you don't see exactly what you are looking for or if you just want a real live person to walk you through!
If you've wanted to make movies but don't have an iPad, Click the Hollywood photo for directions on how to use the program Windows Movie Maker on your revolve. You can take photos and video on the revolve itself or import them with a cord. Note that moviemaker is not in the store- but you can download it from the web directly to your revolve.
Sometimes I get bogged down with what's going wrong in the larger ed reform world.
During those times it's helpful to focus on what we have the power to change immediately as we continue to advocate for those changes others need to help us create.
Math teacher Justin Aion started this hashtag on Twitter and I ran with it enthusiastically (there's no other way I run)
Many of the ideas I shared in the #ThingsTeachersCanChange list are directly inspired by YOU-things you've told me, things I've seen you do, things we've discussed together that matter in ed.
If you or your students are feeling demoralized and need a bit of a pick me up, click the image to read the hashtag ideas, and also please add your own ideas! (If you need to make a Twitter account, contact me and I will walk you through it.) These are things you can change right now and you may like them. I'll be out of town on Saturday, but this is my way of helping the cause, using somethign I know how to do
Introducing Badging for Teachers and Students
If you've visited the Celebrating Piedmont blog lately (or seen my Twitter feed) you know that I've been trying to showcase what greatness happens here at Piedmont every day. I think the best way to learn is from each other.
I want to know what you'd like me to cover and share- I want to film and photograph your work, and I also want to help you if you want to try something new or "deep".
Finally, I want to give you a "badge" for your Personalized learning via Credly so you can recognize and advertise your strongest skills and tech tool proficiencies. ( I can't give you a pay raise so I do what I can!)
A badge is a virtual sticker but I can also make you a hard copy for display in the "real" world. You can place it on your wiki, weebly or other, or just post it with pride) for the areas you excel in. Now is not a time to be modest. What tools of our craft are you good at? Tell me and I will badge you and we can all learn from and celbrate your hard work.
Students as well as you teachers can take part in this so if you have a student who's done something amazing, send them to me or to this page: Toot horn here
If you are interested in using badging within your own class for student skills (a big movement in standards based education and authentic mastery based learning) I can also set you up with your own classroom based system.
PS regarding showcasing your greatness- I want to say I know I am only capturing the tip of the iceberg and I wish I could keep up! No wonder I'm behind on posting the photos to Celbrating Piedmont- I can't walk into your rooms without seeing something worth showing off. I'm filling up my storage!
Still not sure about this badging thing? It's the latest trend! Here is one principal's take on it at his school.
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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.