10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Digital Tools & Resources for the Elementary Classroom 


Looking forward to returning to Santa Fe, NM Public Schools for PDExperts’ Educational Professional Development!

We learn together! My Day 1 Topic: Digital Tools & Resources for the Elementary Classroom

Session Description: Technology Enhanced Learning involves acquisition and use of digital literacy, differentiated instruction, and authentic assessment strategies. In this session, you will work individually and with others to review a wide variety of websites curated for elementary instruction. You will exit the workshop with greater insight on which digital resources are a best fit for you and your students’ learning needs.

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Participatory Partnerships 9: Seek the Targeted Source

Participatory Partnerships Tip #9: Seek and Find the Targeted Source. After meeting, listening, working with what is familiar, publishing, and celebrating success, begin to drill down to the needed targeted resources for mobile access, differentiation, reteaching, and extensions.

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 19

Differentiation Quote

 

Differentiation Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/physxclassroom/differentiated-instruction/

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Thank you to Santa Fe Public Schools

Special thanks to the dedicated and talented teachers at the Santa Fe Public Schools! Thank you for a warm welcome and great participation during my professional staff development session, “Differentiation Instruction with Technology

Have a great and productive fall semester!

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“Differentiation Instruction with Technology”

Here is our Agenda for “Differentiation Instruction with Technology” in the Santa Fe Public Schools

Our Essential Questions are:

            1. What is the role of technology as a tool for differentiation?

            2. How can we use educational technology to enhance and
differentiate student learning?

 

Our GOAL Statement  is to : Create or plan something you can implement in the first ten days of school.

Let’s begin to engage with content, investigate, play, and discuss with each other~!

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Differentiated Education Quotes from Carol Ann Tomlinson

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Participating in an Online Community~Week 3, Post 1

Disclaimer: This post is part of course requirements following this assignment: Extend your identity in the direction of your career path and participate in a new online community. Interact online using your projected identity for at least six weeks. Think deeply about identity and learning and blog twice a week about your experience. Take time to analyze the meaning, power, and constraints of the community on your learning.

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Week 3, Post 1

Something I read today fits perfectly with the Community of Practice I’ve joined.

Change is the one constant that we will always have in our world and if we do not grow and learn to embrace it, then we will become irrelevant.  This mindset towards learning is only one part of the solution; making the connections with our learners is also equally (if not more) significant. ~George Couros, The Principal of Change Blog

This ability to accept change, envision change, and promote change is one of the many things I appreciate about members of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Group on Goodreads. Most of the time, those I encounter avoid change and go to all sorts of extremes to avoid it. But, reading through the posts accumulated in my group, I can tell this is not the case. The creativity among the group is extensive, with some members being readers and writers of science fiction. One person even translates science fiction books into Lithuanian. During the previous week, from September 8 – September 14, there were 232 new posts from 44 discussions.

A couple of the group members have become my Goodreads’ “friends.” They have encouraged me to ease up on the anonymity I’ve attached to my identity. They have especially encouraged me to make my book list public instead of private. But I am afraid to pull back the curtain on my historical fiction, Janet Evanovich and cookbook-heavy bookshelf.

I am behind on the monthly book club reading selection. “Brave New World” is the choice for September. I find that the assignments for my classes have thrown me into an undertow under the tsunami of assignments and textbook reading. I decide to download the audio version of the book and hope to catch up during my 10-minute commutes, Tuesday’s oil change, and various lunch breaks. The version I download features narration by Michael York. “Now, we’re cooking with Peanut Oil,” as Phil, The Duck Dynasty Patriarch would say.

After listening to a few minutes of York’s narration I can already tell that his differentiation of character traits and the voices he uses, adds texture and interest for me. Also the comments of others in this sub-group add depth too. I like how everyone’s comments are respected. Out of 33 comments, (mine is 34th), there are no reactionary backlash comments or over-posters.

Book clubs such as these, within the already established Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book group community, mesh well with Wenger’s description of landscapes of practice. “As communities of practice differentiate themselves and also interlock with each other, they constitute a complex social landscape of shared practices, boundaries, peripheries, overlaps, connections, and encounters. … The texture of continuities and discontinuities of this landscape is defined by practice, not by institutional affiliations; second, the landscape so defined is weaving of both boundaries and peripheries.” (p.118)

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Book Source: Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice, learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge University Press.

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Additional Webinar Offerings from EdWeb

  • Additional Webinar Offerings from EdWebI really like the format and pacing of these Webinars!
  • Wednesday, August 8th – 1PM Eastern Time “Summer Live Chat: Learning Characteristics of Autism”

    Presented by Nina Finkler, Eden Autism Services Join the community Teaching Students with Autism

  • Thursday, August 9th – 4PM Eastern Time “How Schools Use iPads to Increase Learning”

    Presented by David Vinca, Founder of eSpark and Colleen Loftus, Teacher and School Partnership Leader for eSpark Join the community Mobile Learning Explorations

  • Wednesday, August 15th – 1PM Eastern Time “Summer Live Chat: Social Characteristics of Autism”

    Presented by Nina Finkler, Eden Autism Services Join the community Teaching Students with Autism

  • Wednesday, August 15th – 5PM Eastern Time “How to Build a Rockin’ Volunteer Program”

    Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School Join the community Emerging Tech

  • Thursday, August 16th – 11AM Eastern Time “Skype in the Classroom”

    Presented by Gail Palumbo, former Director of Technology and Curriculum, Montgomery Township Schools, NJ Join the community Technology in Schools

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Revisiting Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction (DI) is a hot term these days, but it’s actually been around for a while.

In its simplest form, Differentiated Instruction is a way to reach every child at his or her own level.

The best teachers do this by conversing with their students and listening to their students and observingby being among their students

There are also technology tools that can help, but nothing replaces the empathetic educator.

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