Below are a few Tutorial video topics I've made this week. Watch the ones that appeal to you - they are only 2 mins long and you can try it out when you are ready. See me if you want a live tutorial anytime!
Google Drive 2 minute PD
CMS Google Drive News- No longer do all email addresses automatically populate in Google Docs when you share a doc or other drive item.
Spring Cleaning 4 minute PD
Email full? Try these tutorials:
Surf's Up 1 minute PD !
Block Messages got you down when using CMS internet?
This was in Sunday's NYT:
When I hear teachers making pedagogical choices for how students should show mastery of material based on "but they'll be asked to do it this way in college (or high school ) -I am getting them ready now" it is articles like this that make me question the value of that kind of decision making. It used to be that there was some ethics in that - they needed to learn to jump through the hoops bc a degree was some kind of guaranteed ticket to a good job- but that is just not the case now in more and more fields ! It is putting a lot of precious eggs into a very old basket riddled with holes - wouldn't it be best to protect each egg according to its unique size and shape ?
The quote from Google that GPA and test scores mean absolutely nothing to them- they don't predict anything and are ignored in hiring- means we may be not looking far enough into their futures when we are saying that education is to make a child college -ready.
Student need a core base of knowledge but there is just not a single universal canon anymore. We as teachers are kidding ourselves if we think there is and there probably never was- just a few class markers if anything. Students need to be skilled and flexible for their futures. We need to give them the opportunity for lasting learning -not the kind that goes away after the test.. That kind of game is just not worth playing anymore.
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!
Congrats to Ms. Czerwinski and Ms. Suckstorff for their links worth showing off this week. Stop by their door to scan the QR code for their students' Flickr Art sets and Math blogs, respectively.
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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.