Week of 4-7-14

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It’s hard to believe that next week marks the end of the fifth six-weeks.  The year is moving quickly.  First round of testing was successful and we’re back in the classroom doing excellent things.  Many iPad projects happening as well as stop-motion projects.  If you would like to get your students on their feet and outside, the weather is excellent for geocaching.  Looking for help, let me know.  It’s an easy activity that the students and teachers enjoy.  As we continue to move through the semester, let’s keep pushing our students to do their best.  If they see high expectations coming from all directions, they will strive to meet those expectations.

At a Glance:

InCtrlwebsite – Digital citizenship is something all our students need.  Too many students believe they can say and do anything over the Internet because they don’t realize they may be hurting someone on the other end.  Cable Impacts brings you InCtrl, a series of free standards-based lessons, originally developed by Cable in the Classroom, that teach key digital citizenship concepts. These lessons are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative and creative opportunities.

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Informationwebsite –  An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When students were assessed on these areas, it was found that students cared more about content relevance than credibility, rarely check author credibility, and their explanations of source information is often vague.  This article contains some great information for helping students learn about validating online information.

Useful Websites

The Ultimate List of Educational Websites – This is graphic of great educational websites that you can use in the classroom.  Many of the websites are broken down by category type for easy navigation.

Google Map Gallery (Thanks for the share Adalia) – An interactive, digital atlas where anyone can find rich, compelling maps from governments, businesses, non-profits and schools.

Hooda Math – Free online math games for all ages.  We know the students love to play games, why not take advantage of it and let them learn at the same time.  There are many different websites that offer education games.  Do a quick search and you are bound to find a large quantity.

Poetry Idea Engine – Simple, easy to use tool to help students write poetry.  Get your poetry juices flowing with the Poetry Idea Engine. Created with GoCyberCamp, this activity will allow you to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more!

T3 Conference Call for Presenterswebsite – The Teaching Through Technology (T3) Conference will be happening on Tuesday, August 12 at Reading Junior High.  What makes this conference successful are presenters.  We would love to have you come and present some of the great things you are doing in your classroom with technology.  You do not have to be an expert of technology.  Present what you already know and how you do it.  It would be great to have you.  Click the link above to apply as a presenter.

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Technology Staff Development Opportunities – Log into ASCEND to register

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April 24 98005 Introduction to  Microsoft OneNote iCafe

The CITS is deep in to preparing for INTERACT 2014, but the summer staff development schedule will be coming later.

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