Week of 4/25-4/29

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This was a quick moving, busy week.  Lots of great things happening in the classrooms.  We’ve got students creating some great projects on iPads, students using Legos for writing assignments, research presentations, video projects, and more.  This is a great time to get the students actively engaged.  They are antsy as it with the end of the year so close, this is a great time to get them hands on with learning activities.

Just a reminder, the next two weeks I will not be on campus.  If you are in need of something, e-mail is the best way to reach me.  I will do my best to get back to you quickly.  Next week the CITS team will be continuing INTERACT planning.  The week of May 16 will be the last week the CITS will be on campus on our regular campus visits.  During the final weeks of the school year we are busy preparing for INTERACT and prepping trainings for the start of next school year.  During this time, if you are in need of something, please e-mail me.  I will do my best to get back to you in a timely fashion.

At a Glance:

10 Cool Ways Teachers Use Social Media to Enhance Learning – website

Social media is nothing new to us.  As teachers, it very likely we use one or more social media sites in our personal life.  Our students, there is a higher probability they are using some form of social media in their personal life.  What about for education?  How many are using it professionally or as an instructional tool?  I know there are many teachers who do use it professionally to find classroom resources.  It is an excellent resource.  As an instructional tool, the numbers quickly begin to drop.  There are so many great things that can be done using social media in the classroom as an instructional tool.  Take a look at this website for some ideas.  Let’s use the tools the students are familiar with to stimulate their learning.

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Infographics/Poster Making website

Infographics/Poster making is a great way for a student visually represent their knowledge of a concept.  Not every student can easily recall information verbally, but they might excel at a visual representation.  Looking for an easy way for you students to do this or just organize information and research?  Try an infographic.  Infographics are graphic visual representations of information and data presented in an easy to read format.  These are a great way for students to summarize data and facts they have learned.  There are several resources available for creating these.  The site above has a couple easy to use sites with tutorial videos.

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Tech Tip

Windows’ built-in calculator hasn’t really changed much over the years, but starting with Windows 7, the calculator has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, which you’ll find under the View menu.  It can do all kinds of unit conversions (temperature, weight, area, and eight others), interesting date calculations, and even has worksheets to calculate a mortgage payment or a car’s fuel mileage.  It maintains a history of your previous calculations as long as the program is open.

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