Tuesday, February 27, 2018

World Book's Early World of Learning

World Book's Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning is a resource that has been designed for grades PreK-Grade 2. 
Navigation is easy and clear for students and teachers. Navigation is easy and clear for students and teachers. Through Early World of Learning, students have access to 650 images, 200 videos, 48 learning games. 

Categories include
  • Read
  • Play
  • Watch
  • Print & Do
Access Early World of Learning by using the My School Bookmarks while logged into your Google account, choose World Book Online, then click on the icon for Early World of Learning. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Digital Learning Day with our Technology Teacher of the Year

Beth Moody, our 2018 SVRTC Technology Teacher award recipient, teaches fourth grade at Tussing Elementary School. This award recognizes a classroom teacher who advances learning through the integration of technology into the curriculum.

Beth uses a variety of resources in her classroom so that students have the opportunity to use technology to extend their learning.

Beth recently had her class use Kahoot to review weather concepts. Beth used Kahoot to create fun learning game in minutes, the games are called "Kahoots." Games can be a series of multiple choice questions or the newest Kahoot game, Jumble. Kahoot brings fun into learning, for any subject, for all ages. Create, play and share learning games for free!

Recently, Beth had her students create posters using Google Slides to demonstrate what they learned about Native American tribes in Virginia. Students were able to use Chromebooks to research more information about local tribes to further their learning. Students also use d Google Slides to find and edit pictures while writing about what they have learned.

Beth's students have enjoyed using digital tools while learning in her classroom. Here's what they have to say--

Digital Learning Day was created in 2012 by the Alliance for Excellent Education in order to highlight great teaching while using technology in order to improve student outcomes.

We hope that you will be inspired to try something new in your classroom! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

And the LMS Winner Is....

Our district's Learning Management System Committee recently chose Schoology as CHPS's LMS, and we'd love to tell you more.

Your colleagues chose Schoology (pronounced skoo-luh-gee) for a variety of reasons, but here are some of the highlights:
  • Schoology allows educators to organize a class in any manner they choose.
  • Grading assignments in Schoology can automatically post to the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook.
  • Educators can create assessments that mimic SOL test questions (i.e. drag and drop).
  • Classes are already loaded into Schoology via PowerSchool.
  • With a code, parents can view what their child(ren) is/are doing in Schoology.
  • Educators can embed audio into tests and quizzes.
  • Schoology integrates with widely used web applications such as Khan Academy, Quizlet, and Discovery School.
  • Educators can create "Groups" to help organize clubs and activities.
  • Course materials can be saved so that they can be used year to year or semester to semester.
Currently, LMS committee members are undergoing training in Schoology so that they can be resources for educators who want to start using elements of an LMS in their classroom.

Screenshot of a Schoology Class

If you have been using Google Classroom and are just starting to get the hang of it, you should find that the same concepts apply to Schoology; however, Schoology offers more options. More options can be overwhelming, but the important thing to remember is that you don't have to know everything about how it works. There are several ways that you can start slowly with Schoology. 

Ways to use Schoology without uploading everything you have created can include the following: 
  • organizing review material
  • creating announcements for upcoming events
  • creating a discussion board
  • creating an assessment
Please don't feel that you have to have 180 days of coursework for students to work on for a full 90 minutes each day. The intent of using Schoology is simply to give educators a tool for organizing their class.

If you are comfortable with Google Classroom but want to explore Schoology, you will probably find that it is just as simple to use. If you have never dabbled in having students access schoolwork online, it is not a difficult process, and EdTech Coaches are here to help! If you are afraid that you will never be able to use paper in your classroom again, don't worry! Students may learn a particular topic better if they are able to cut, or color, or glue, or write. Multiple modes delivery help students learn more deeply -- if they need to color the golgi apparatus to recognize it, then by all means, pull out the colored pencils. 

After the LMS committee finishes their Schoology training, we are going to start offer informal training sessions in the Spring for those who are interested. Also, we will be posting "how-to's" within Schoology so that you can experience using the LMS as a student would. 

Next year will be full of new, exciting changes, and the Office of Technology and Learning is ready to help!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Are you making the most of your Mimio Board?

You have been provided a Mimio Board, some of you have SMART Boards, now what? Are you wondering how to use the interactive board effectively?

The board should not be the focus of the room, it is one tool among many others available in our connected classrooms.  If the Mimio isn't the best tool for a task, use something that does work.  The instructional focus should be on the students, not the teacher in the front of the room. If students are using the board to engage in their learning, the board is invaluable. Students enjoy engaging interactive tasks. 

Are your students using the board? One of the best uses is as a station, students rotate between independent work, hands-on activities, a teacher-led small group, and a small-group task done on the Mimio or SMART Board. 

This presentation provides some effective ways to use the Mimio along with links to tools and applications. 

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