Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Back to School: Gear Up with Gratitude Mini-Lessons

The busy timetables of the school year can leave little time for extensive new units of study. As teachers, instructional designers, administrators realize the compacted time demands of each day, other options are possible.

Consider mini-lessons of 10-15 minutes to reinforce essentials concepts to enhance the invitational component of your classroom or online course.


 

  1. All Ages: Invite students to give voice to their gratitude. Youngest learners may draw and younger learners through adult learners can write or type for 10- 15 minutes on this prompt: How do you feel when you hear the words “Thank you”? Students can also text their answers to this prompt or use the Penzu online journal.
    Research Reinforcement: James Pennebaker, professor at the University of Texas conducted research that points to benefits of writing/journaling on well-being. Read more at this Link
  2. For Grades PK-2: This video from PBS Learning media describes how important it is for youngest learners to show appreciation to the parents and caregivers in their lives that help them!  Watch Video
  3. For Grades 5-12: Braincraft has the science behind why expressing gratitude feels so good. Watch Video
  4. Have a little more time? Feeling and expressing gratitude can help students better appreciate the kindness of others and the importance of their relationships with everyone in their lives. Dive into this lesson plan from PBS Learning Media that will spark a discussion around the meaning of gratitude. Explore Lesson Plans

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InstructureCarn 2018 in Keystone, Colorado

This is the week for InstructureCarn in Keystone, Colorado. Our team from PBS TeacherLine submitted our proposal back in February.  … And it was accepted!!

We are excited about our session called, “We’ve Moodled on Over to Canvas: PBS TeacherLine Online Facilitators Share What Works.”  Our session is Wednesday, June 25th at 3:25pm.

 

InstructureCarn Session

 

Not going to InstructureCarn? Check back to this blog for the online handouts of the session!

 

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Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!

Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!
Dear Teachers,
We understand the sacrifices you make every day for your classrooms and your students—and we know that the cost of professional development often falls on your shoulders. That’s why we’ve been working hard to lower the prices of our professional development courses while maintaining the same high-quality experience.
We’re excited to announce that as of today, the cost for every PBS TeacherLine facilitated course has been permanently reduced—some courses have been reduced by as much as 36%.
Thank you for all you do! We are proud to support teachers like you with our free educational resources, affordable professional development, and community events done in partnership with PBS member stations around the country.
Sincerely,
Your friends at PBS TeacherLine

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Resources from PBS Learning Media

School’s Out But Learning’s In with these Independence Day Resources from PBS Learning Media

Here are a few of the many favorites available from PBS Learning Media 

Prelude to the Revolution
Grades: 9-12
The American Revolution isn’t a straight path; it’s a complex timeline with twists and turns! Did you know the war didn’t start in 1776, but almost a year earlier?  Explore More

 

Thomas Jefferson
Grades: 3-5
Watch this 60-second video to learn a little more about our third president, Thomas Jefferson. He helped to shape America’s future geographical and political landscape with decisions he made in office and with the Founding Fathers. Explore More

 

What is Liberty? Lesson Plan
Grades: 4-8
In this lesson plan, your students can discover what the concept of liberty means, how it can be personified in an object, and how the concept of liberty has impacted different groups in America. Explore More

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Assigning Peer Reviewers in Canvas LMS Online Courses

Doing Peer Reviews and want to assign learners a partner (or two) to review?

The Canvas LMS has a shortcut! In the Canvas LMS, create the peer review dynamics in an automated fashion in the assignment’s settings to quickly automate peer review partners. See the photo below*

 

 

*This photo and my thanks to our great PBS TeacherLine Canvas guru Reed for showing us the path! Reed is also the Assistant Director, Digital Education Services for PBS Education.

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Summer Learning Resources from PBS Learning Media

Summer is here! And PBS Learning Media is ready with lots of lessons and activities when you need a break from the pool, the beach, the lake, the basketball court, or the mall!

Don’t see what you like here? Search the vast resources at PBS Learning Media

 

Go Outside and Kick a Curveball
Grades: 6-12
Ever seen a ball curve or bend in the air during a soccer game and wondered what exactly makes it curve? Have your students watch this video and test it out themselves! Explore More
Go Outside and Garden!
Grades: 3-6
Creating a sustainable garden is great way for students to get outside! In this video, they will explore plant choice, companion planting, composting, water conservation, and more. Explore More

 

Go Outside on a Summer Adventure!
Grades: PreK-2
These five-day, thematic, multimedia activity plans can be implemented in just about 20 minutes each day. Practice and build math skills with PBS KIDS daily or weekly. Explore More

 

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Updated Sharing Resources found by Learners in PBS TeacherLine’s Library of Congress course

PBS Teacherline’s course, Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress begins today (April 18), and I am grateful to facilitate this course!

This is a resource-rich course for educators, administrators, parents…anyone who wants to learn more about the Library of Congress and their resources. We also delve a bit into the topic of copyright, a timely topic at any time.

This post will be updated frequently as an archival record of the resources that we, as a class collective, discover as we explore the resources at the Library of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/. Please feel free to join our participatory partnership- leave a comment, share a resource you find, and/or the way(s) you will include Library of Congress resources in your instructional practice.


LOC portico

Library of Congress Blog: Selecting primary source documents for your classroom:
Part I
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-i-knowing-your-students/
Part II
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-ii-considering-historical-context/

Library of Congress Blog: Finding and use primary sources:
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2012/05/library-of-congress-search-making-it-easier-to-find-and-use-primary-sources/

April 26 Update:
Jackdaws resource (David): https://www.jackdaw.com/p-292-japanese-american-internment-camps.aspx
BreakoutEDU:  https://www.breakoutedu.com/gamesold1/  (David)

April 27 Update: (Teague)
Interactive Primary Source Analysis Tool: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/  
May 5 Update: 
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education: (Maureen)  http://cmsimpact.org/code/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Copyright and Primary Sources: (Maureen) http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/copyright.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

“Fair Use Is a Right” featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk: (Brent)
http://archive.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/video/fair-use-right-featuring-dramatic-chipmunk 
The Constitution of the United States: The Teacher’s Guide: (Brent)
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/constitution/

The Bill of Rights, ca. 1920. [Between and Ca. 1930] [Photograph] (Brent) Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012645734/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

“Miranda v. Arizona” (Brent) http://www.loc.gov/law/help/digitized-books/miranda-v-arizona/miranda-learn-more.php (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Block, H. (1987) “Let me jog your memory”. , 1987. 2/20. [Photograph] (Brent) Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012641944/  

CMSI: http://cmsimpact.org/code/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education/ 

ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/intellectual-property (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

DMCA: Retrieved from: https://www.congress.gov/bill/105th-congress/house-bill/2281 (Links to an external site.)

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 4

“With all of technology and software programs available, as an educator, it is important to emphasize the importance of proper ways to cite resources.” ~Maureen, teacher enrolled in PBS TeacherLine’s course, Connecting with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ April 26

 “I think that when we choose our sources, and formulate our questions, we need to pay real attention. For we are beginning the process of making our history.” ~Brent, teacher enrolled in PBS TeacherLine’s course, Connecting with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

 

 

 

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Sharing Resources from the Library of Congress

PBS Teacherline’s course, Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress begins today (April 18), and I am grateful to facilitate this course!

This is a resource-rich course for educators, administrators, parents…anyone who wants to learn more about the Library of Congress and their resources. We also delve a bit into the topic of copyright, a timely topic at any time.

This post will be updated frequently as an archival record of the resources that we, as a class collective, discover as we explore the resources at the Library of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/. Please feel free to join our participatory partnership- leave a comment, share a resource you find, and/or the way(s) you will include Library of Congress resources in your instructional practice. 


LOC portico

Library of Congress Blog: Selecting primary source documents for your classroom:
Part I
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-i-knowing-your-students/
Part II
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-ii-considering-historical-context/

Library of Congress Blog: Finding and use primary sources:
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2012/05/library-of-congress-search-making-it-easier-to-find-and-use-primary-sources/

April 26 Update:
Jackdaws resource (David): https://www.jackdaw.com/p-292-japanese-american-internment-camps.aspx
BreakoutEDU:  https://www.breakoutedu.com/gamesold1/  (David)

April 27 Update: (Teague)
Interactive Primary Source Analysis Tool: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/  
May 5 Update: 

“Fair Use Is A Right” featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk

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