Spring break is finally upon us…I know everyone is depressed because they have a week off. Okay, may not!!! The year is moving along really well and there have been so many great things happening. There are a lot of great research projects happening across the campuses. We’ve got teachers developing lessons on their SMART/Promethean boards. Students and teachers using a variety of methods to engage their students in the lesson.
As students work on all these awesome things, please remind students they have their own e-mail, access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and OneDrive storage that can be used at school and at home. They can work on and complete their work anywhere; as well as communicate with their teachers and classmates regardless of where they are at the time. So many of our students don’t know they can download and install Microsoft Office for FREE at home as well as on some mobile devices.
Last thing before you take off for the break…please shut down your computers, projectors, and other devices. They need the break as well. Enjoy spring break. Everyone is very deserving of the time away. Whatever your plans, make the best of the time in a way that works best for you.
At a Glance:
Student Roles in Group Projects – website
Having students work on group projects is critical in the learning process. Not only does it help with their learning and understanding of a concept; group projectors also allow the students to complete a task faster while being real world activity. Almost all students will work in an environment in which they will work in groups throughout life. Assigning roles to students is one way to encourage positive interdependence, interaction, and group processing. There are among the five key elements of working in groups. Choosing roles for you students on group projects will ease communication issues that will lead to better work. Check on the article at the above link regarding the importance of rolls and different types of roles students can play. It’s amazing how well students perform when they know the responsibilities associated with their role.
Discovery Education – website
Did you know our district has a subscription to Discovery Education? Many teachers know Discovery Education as a great resource for videos for the classroom, but it has much more than just videos. We can assign videos to students watch outside of the classroom. We can build assignments, writing prompts, quizzes and more within the program. Discovery Education continues to grow and become more useful for all teachers. Log in and take a look. Don’t have an account, not to worry, with the district subscription, we can get you setup. Contact either your CITS or librarian for account creation information.
Tech Tip – Free ebooks for Computer Concepts
From time to time Microsoft provides free ebooks with tips and help for using their products. They have just released another big batch. Topics covered include Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Lync 2013, and more. Click the link above to access the full, massive list of available ebooks.