Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HyperDocs Hype: Testimonials

Me: "Want your own Chromebook Cart?" 
Teacher A: "I would love one, but I don't want to do all that extra work."  
Teacher B: "I don't have time to take that class." 
Teacher C: "I teach math."   
Me: 😭
What if I told you that learning how to create a HyperDoc could transform your entire career?

Don't just take it from me...check out some testimonials from teachers across the country who have re-invigorated their careers by designing learning through HyperDocs.

    Secondary Teachers:

    Want your own Chromebook Cart? 

    Complete this brief form and reserve one for your classroom! 

    The next Teach Above The Line online class is scheduled to begin on 9/23. 

    It's not too late to enroll. Register Here!

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    HyperDocs Hype

    Get Hyped!

    Over the summer, I immersed myself in learning more about HyperDocs, a pedagogical strategy for fostering 21st-century skills by designing learning that puts all aspects of the learning cycle in the hands of students and getting out of their way as they consume content, demonstrate learning, and interact with you and their peers at their own pace. From the HyperDocs website:
    HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. They are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH. Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about designing HyperDocs lesson plan. In the meantime, check out the resources below to learn more about HyperDocs.

    HyperDocs Overview

    Monday, August 12, 2019

    And We're Off!

    Welcome Back! 

    We had a very productive summer in terms of professional learning opportunities as well as new equipment available for teachers to use. Some numbers at a glance:
    • 18 face-to-face workshops
    • 5 online classes
    • 200+ workshop attendees
    • 200+ digital badges issued
    • 48 ActivPanels installed
    • 50+ Chromebook Carts wired and ready to roll
    Barb Ritch and I are excited to build upon this momentum. You are ALWAYS welcome to contact either one of us to support your efforts.

    My goals for this year include two new initiatives: promoting HyperDocs and WG Toilet Tech.


    Think of HyperDocs as a pedagogical strategy for "packaging" all components of the learning cycle into a single Google Doc, Slide, or Site to put your lesson directly in the hands of students. I'll be blogging more about this during the school year as well as offering professional development to help you learn how you can leverage HyperDocs to foster 21st-century skill development among your students. Check out this link for more information about HyperDocs. For secondary teachers, learning how to create your own HyperDoc lesson plan is your gateway to having a classroom set of Chromebooks in your room. I'll be offering an online embedded professional learning class in late September. More information will be coming soon via email.

    WG Toilet Tech

    Let's face it...everyone needs to use the restroom at some point during the day. What better way to reach a captive audience than posting short instructional documents in the places where you'll be likely to see them?! I actually can't take credit for this idea--I learned about it on Twitter when I came across the hashtags #learningontheloo and #pottypd. You'll see updated ToiletTech documents each week in a restroom near you! If you want your own copy, you are welcome to take a picture of each week's ToiletTech tip. See below for t-issues 1 & 2--feel free to right-click and "save image as" to save a copy to your computer.

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    June 26, 2019: Superintendent's Conference Day

    Another school year will soon be in the books. Please take a moment to review the agenda for the June 26th Superintendent's Conference Day and register for any professional development sessions appropriate to your role to ensure that you accrue CTLE credit. Click here to view the agenda.

    Have a great summer!

    Sunday, June 2, 2019

    Humblebrag Challenge

    What are you most proud of this school year? Feel free to toot your own horn with the Humblebrag Challenge! By definition, a humblebrag is a modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

    So what are you proud of? Have you pushed yourself to incorporate new instructional technology tools into your teaching repertoire? Have you tried new pedagogical strategies that are having a positive impact on your students' learning? To participate, simply log-in to the Instructional Technology Flipgrid embedded below using your WG Google account to share your Humblebrags. Once you are logged in, click the big green plus sign and allow Flipgrid to access your computer's microphone and camera. You will have up to 2 minutes to create a video in which you discuss your proudest teaching moments to date for the 2018-19 school year. Once you have posted your video, feel free to view your colleagues' posts and reply back with a video response.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Summer Professional Learning Catalog

    Summer vacation offers teachers an opportunity to reflect and re-charge before the hectic pace of the next school year becomes a reality. If you are thinking about incorporating something new into your teaching repertoire for next year, look no further than our catalog of online and face-to-face Summer Instructional Technology workshops. With over 20 professional learning offerings, there is something for every teacher at every grade level to help you transform your instruction through meaningful instructional technology integration.

    Digital Badges

    This year, we are incorporating the concept of "digital badges" into our professional learning courses. Digital badges are an emerging tool to help identify and validate our teachers' skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies...think of it as a Boy or Girl Scout earning a merit badge to demonstrate mastery of a specific skill. It is our hope that each building will have pockets of experts who can share their knowledge with their colleagues and help build capacity throughout the district. You can check out our Badge List here. Don't stop till you collect 'em all!

    Summer Professional Learning At a Glance

    Face-to-Face Workshops
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
    • 9:00 - 11:30
    • WGHS, C213 or Library Classroom (check MLP for details)
    • Bring your fully-charged laptop
    • Paid at the contractual rate
    • CTLE credit
    • See Summer Professional Learning Catalog for descriptions and registration links
    Online Classes
    • 3 x three-week courses
      • Edpuzzle: 7/15 - 8/2
      • PowToon: 7/22 - 8/9
      • WeVideo: 7/29 - 8/16
    • No face-to-face meetings
    • 3 CTLE hours each
    • Paid at the contractual rate (3 hours per class)
    • See Summer Professional Learning Catalog for descriptions and registration links

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Nearpod Interactive Presentations

    Of all the digital formative assessment tools on the Web, Nearpod does something unique: It provides teachers with real-time feedback on student understanding to help monitor and adjust instruction. At its core, Nearpod is an interactive presentation tool that allows teachers to share their presentations with students as well as assess their understanding through a variety of formative assessment question-types. Teachers can upload PowerPoint, PDF, and PNG files and add questions in between their slides to check for understanding. When the teacher advances her slides, the students' screens will automatically jump to the slide that the teacher is sharing. When students reply to questions, the teacher will be able to see who answered correctly and who answered incorrectly. Getting started is easy. You can log in with your Google account and upload a PowerPoint presentation you have already created. If you are accustomed to using Google Slides to share presentations with students, you can download your Slides as a PowerPoint file or you can add the Nearpodize Chrome Extension to upload your Slides directly to Nearpod. Nearpod also has a vast library of teacher-created and commercial content that can be copied and modified. Check out the video tutorials below or sign up for a summer workshop to learn how you can use Nearpod in your classroom.

    Nearpod 01: Create and Explore

    Nearpod 02: Import Slides and Add Activities

    Nearpod 03: Live Session and Student View

    Nearpod 04: Live Session and Student Reports

    Nearpod 05: Nearpodize Chrome Extension