Vote for your favorite novels on The Great American Read from PBS (now through Oct 18). You can vote daily. Learn more at this link: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/ and these hashtags:
There are four ways to vote: online, on Twitter or Facebook, by SMS, and, beginning September 11th, by phone. To vote online, click the vote link for your book of choice. To vote on Twitter or Facebook, tweet or post the hashtag. Explore the list below and vote for your favorites or find the voting hashtags here to vote on social media and SMS. The full voting details are available here. To learn more about voting, visit here.
Decorate your classroom with America’s favorite books! Check out printable posters & quote cards from .
Here is a link to the full ballot: https://bento.cdn.pbs.org/hostedbento-prod/filer_public/gar-phase-2/assets/TGAR_BookChecklist_2018.pdf
PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses.
One of the best features of Canvas is SpeedGrader. Canvas wizard Dave Pelino offers these insights regarding Canvas in general and the SpeedGrader feature in particular:
“Canvas is very user friendly, especially with SpeedGrader. When you are in a discussion forum, if you click on the “Settings cog” in the upper right hand corner of the forum directions (to the right of the “edit” button) the drop down menu will give you a SpeedGrader option there as well. Once you open that you can see all the posts for each of your individual learners. You can also grade from there and enter your feedback.
Another way to get there is to click on a grade for any student under a discussion forum column in the grade book, when the box opens there is a SpeedGrader option in it.
A third option will allow you to see everything a learner has submitted fairly quickly – open the grade book and click on the learner’s name. A list of all assignments will appear and as you click on any of them you will see either the submission (if it was an assignment) or all their posts at once (if it was a forum). You can also grade and leave comments from here.
Using the back button quickly brings you right back to that list. If you click “Show All Details” on the grade page it will even show all feedback you provided and any comments the learner left for you.
Thanks, Dave, for sharing these efficient tips for SpeedGrader!
For more information, view this Speedgrader post from the Canvas forums.
“too slow, too big, pretty, and touchy-feely” ~the 2007 description of the iPhone, Time Magazine’s Invention of the Year for 2007
Not all impressions are accurate (kinda applies to the engaged classroom through the eyes of outsiders).
Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Build Your Sanctuary Fort
Amazon/Thriftbooks/AbeBooks your reading list
Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Stock up on Supplies
Many Texas schools begin tomorrow… here is a back-to-school survival tip:
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Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Laugh During Meetings
Video by Gerry Brooks, the Funniest Principal on the Planet
“Order emerges at the edge of chaos.” Roger Lewin and Birute Regine, The Soul at Work
… a busy, innovative, thriving classroom (or online discussion board, or boardroom) sometimes is chaotic.