Wednesday, November 30, 2016

About Blogger - Student Portfolios

Blogger Getting Started Video (click on the photo below to view the video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHiYusG5usM


What it is
Read THIS ARTICLE

Mission
To use Blogger for student portfolios
Student portfolios are useful for:
*parent teacher conferences
*showing student work samples at to teacher and students
*teacher resumes

Home Page
https://www.blogger.com

Tutorials 
Text https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1623800?hl=en
Video https://www.youtube.com/user/BloggerHelp

In my classroom
I use Blogger for student portfolios. There is one entry per month for 10 entries per year. The blog entries are projects at the end of units or journal entries.  I am also using Blogger for this blog, Here I Teach!

When it is better than paper
1.  Embed Google slides, videos, Prezi's and Voice Threads into Blogger. Blogger works with MANY other apps.
2. Students parents and teachers can have access to the work forever online.
3. Student work is easily organized using labels. Organize by date, or student, or project name. Each entry can have multiple labels.
4. Give feedback on large projects using the comment section.
5. Archive the phases of a project with photos and videos for assignment progress checkpoints.
6. Have the instructions and the student work all in in place.
7. Scroll quickly through a students entire portfolio or one project from every student.

EXAMPLES
Blogger Student Portfolio examples from my classroom
https://sites.google.com/site/abernethymath/archives

Questions?
Ask in the comment section below!






Tuesday, November 29, 2016

About Formative - Get live results!

Formative for Teachers - click on the photo below to view the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K9iQjmaaZQ


What it is
*A tool to view ALL student responses in real time
*A tool to grade and give feedback instantly

Mission
Students can type, show their work with drawings or submit images.
Frequent formal and informal checks for understanding guarantee student growth.
Know exactly what each student needs as they learn and take immediate actions.


Home Page
https://goformative.com/

Tutorials 
http://community.goformative.com/resources#/videos/

In my classroom
I use Formative for Do Nows in every class. I create one Do Now assignment each week and have a question for each day. I also use Formative for problems of the Day, problems of the week and quizzes. I write the do now on regular paper, take a photo and upload it. The students write directly on the uploaded photo. I add number lines, graph paper, photos, videos and other media as needed.

When it is better than paper
1. See immediately who has started the do now and what each student is writing on their do now.
2. After the do now, share student work anonymously or by using their name.
3. Determine a point value for each question, quickly score each do now and give feedback. It saves time when I can cut and paste the same feedback for common error!
4. End the Do Now when time is up without collecting papers. Turn "off" the do now and student can no longer submit answers!
5. Insert videos and other media
6. Students can and write in different colors in Formative and easily erase.
7. Some question types are automatically scored (true false, short answer, multiple choice)

EXAMPLES
Formative Library of Assignments
http://community.goformative.com/library/


Questions?
Ask in the comment section below!






Monday, November 28, 2016

About Desmos | Beautiful, Free Math


Video Overview of Desmos Classroom Activities (click on the photo below to view the video) 
https://www.desmos.com/


What it is
*Digital activities for your math class
*Four function and scientific online calculator

Mission
Desmos wants to help every student learn math and love learning math. But “every student” is a lot of students so we create digital math tools and let the internet take them to anyone who wants them.

Home Page
https://www.desmos.com/

Tutorials 
http://learn.desmos.com/

In my classroom
I use the Desmos activities for ALL of our daily class work. Teachers can use existing Desmos activities or create their own.
I use the website and have the kids sign in with Google. We did not download the app.
Students can use tablets, phones or computers.

When it is better than paper
1. Seeing each student's work quickly and their progress during class while they are working on it.
2. Click on an individual question and see all of the student answers to the questions.
3. Overlaying all of the student graphs at once.
4. Use teacher pacing to move students to one slide or pause the activity to get their attention.
5. Adding in videos, sliding graphs, photos and other media to an activity you create.
6. Adding in a multiple choice questions for a quick check for understanding during the activity.
7. Student can write or draw just like on paper (with tablets and fingers) and everything is instantly saved in their account.
8. For group work you can quickly see online when students are working ahead or behind their team members.

EXAMPLES
SFUSD Desmos Activities
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Questions?
Ask in the comment section below!






Sunday, November 27, 2016

Getting There


I have discovered that is life there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.

Langston Hughes


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Still Here

Post election 2016 ...

We are still here. We are still teaching.


Still Here

Been scared and battered.
My hopes the wind done scattered.
Snow has friz me,
Sun has baked me,

Looks like between 'em they done
Tried to make me

Stop laughin', stop lovin', stop livin'--
But I don't care!
I'm still here!