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This week Ms. Barone, Ms. Newburger and I went to Mooresville with CMS to get an idea for how to best use our 1:1 Chromebooks when they arrive soon! Here are photos and takeaways that might be of use to classroom teachers from that trip and some webinars I attended:
Good teaching and planning is even more important in a 1:1 environment. This is a slide from the IB Middle Years Webinar. If you are a Piedmont teacher and would like to get better at writing unit planners and rich broad and deep essential questions, see Lisa Gurthie for the code to join and you can complete the webinars with you PLC for MyTalent licensure renewal credit.
In a PLC rut and need to think better about working together to use each others strengths and minimize weaknesses? An ASCD webinar I attended shared this slide- 12 steps one teaching team follows in their PLC for each unit . For info on the IB steps unit planning see me for the code to the IB webinars .
Hints for Running a 1:1 Classroom: Kahoot and More
In preparation for us becoming 1:1 very soon (!) Here are a few ideas and hints from the teachers in Mooresville, NC:
I can't tell you how much teachers and students of all ages love the free site Kahoot! Click the image to make your own account and try it. It was by far the single most recommended site of the trip. It is a classroom response system like Poll Everywhere or Socrative but it is super fun, requires no login and is gamified!
A teacher showing Jake Standish how students keep their own spreadsheets to track pre and post-test scores so they can be responsible for their own growth. You can assign tests via Google Classroom and students will receive automatic notice of each grade. (Schoolnet will also autograde and will submit the grade straight to Powerschool- you don't have to enter a thing!)
One undervalued use of computers image search is for tracing! No need to be an artist when you've got google images and clip art! And sometimes a nice search is what gives you your own ideas and helps you make a great project!
A Few Social Takeaways:
I used to think having students make their own rules was disingenuous, but this teacher really had students live own and love their rules. She kept them up on an easel and students themselves changed to their rules as they walked in. Constant reminder and all were on board. Notice how beautiful the rules are, too. They ARE a "flamily" : )
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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.