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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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The Power of Effective Questioning Strategies ~ Nicole Biscotti

From the Twitter Archives, August 31, 2019… this tweet became the basis for one of my educational resolutions at the start of 2020, before the pandemic changed my halcyon little resolution activity.


When Students ask Questions they:

1. Take responsibility
2. Are engaged
3. Have confidence
4. Trust their Teachers
5. Are empowered
How do we support & empower our Students by encouraging inquiry in our classrooms?
by Nicole Biscotti, M.Ed.

 

 

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Increase Classroom Fun, Communication and Dialogue via Shutterfly ShareSites

Shutterfly is a leader in photo adorned gifts. Everything from photobooks, cards, calendars, personalized post-its, and so much more are designable on the Shutterfly website.

Another social media tool with appealing edTech potential for classrooms is the free, Shutterfly Share Sites portal, a feature on the main Shutterfly site and through the Shutterfly app.

To create a new Share Site, you create a Shutterfly account. For classroom use, create a dedicated Shutterfly account named for your classroom theme, school mascot, etc… You can invite only family members to view your Share Site and restrict other viewing options so that the general public is restricted. It is a good idea to inform families ahead of time and get approval for the uploads of their child’s photos or artwork.

Adding photos and content to your Share Site is easy. can either click the orange button on the Share Sites page or from the “My Share Sites” section on your My Shutterfly page. Choose which type of Share Site you want to make – options include Family, Sports Team, Classroom, and more. See this link for more information: https://support.shutterfly.com/s/article/Share-Sites-Overview–Creation-1 

Your Shutterfly ShareSite is the online Refrigerator display!! Here are some items to consider adding to your Shutterfly Share Site:

  1. Your Classroom Design
  2. Student Artwork
  3. Student Projects from Robotics to Models, Dioramas, Posters… anything too large to post on the fridge!
  4. Your online bio with photos from your favorite places, trips, and activities
  5. Field Trips
  6. School Friends (Principal, School secretary, attendance clerks, etc….)
  7. Faculty!
  8. Your Choice!

 

With Shutterfly’s great photo projects, it is an easy click away to share classroom moments with endearing photo projects. You can create as a whole class collaboration or fly your inner artist flag and create your own!

I use Shutterfly ShareSites to chronicle my conference experiences and travels. I am working on a current ShareSite for STEM applications and adaptations. Share your ShareSite with only student families via email (it is not recommended to publish outside of your classroom and school family). It is recommended to share the fun of your classroom with your principal and instructional team.

Here is a sample of one of my Shutterfly Share Sites from a Back-to-School PD visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico:

https://teagueinsantafe.shutterfly.com/ 

 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip # 5


 

Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Build Your Sanctuary Fort


 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #4

Amazon/Thriftbooks/AbeBooks your reading list

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #3


Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Stock up on Supplies


 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #2

Many Texas schools begin tomorrow… here is a back-to-school survival tip:


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Back-to-School Survival Tip #1


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

 


 

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Summer Day Camp Combines Literacy and STEM on a University Campus

Hardin Simmons University’s Dream-Catchers Summer Camp Engages Students – Enhances Literacy for Young Scholars

Hardin-Simmons University’s Irvin School of Education hosted the sixth year of Dream-Catchers Summer Camp, a program designed to enhance literacy among elementary and middle school scholars from the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) and other nearby districts, held June 18 – 21 and June 25-28, 2018.

Dream-Catchers Summer Camp, funded by numerous donors through the Community Foundation of Abilene, HSU alumni, friends of the program, and local businesses, promotes problem-solving, critical thinking, and hands-on activities while building motivation and achievement in science and social studies. Dr. Renee Collins, Associate Dean of the Irvin School of Education, developed the camp as a result of research in the Engagement Model of Learning for diverse learners. The camp provides real-world connections with opportunities of collaboration, autonomy, and abundance of texts pertaining to Texas Parks and Wildlife Growing Up Wild and Project Wild activities for the young scholars as well as the American Revolution for the adolescent scholars.

According to Dr. Collins, the many motivating and engaging activities provides opportunities for success while applying reading and writing strategies. The scholars make connections through art, music, theater, and technology activities within the day. HSU is designated as a summer feeding site for children under the age of 18, so all scholars attending the camp eat a nutritious meal furnished from Abilene ISD. The 70+ camp staff members include current HSU education majors, AISD teachers, HSU alumni, Abilene community members, and other education major from nearby universities. The 165+ scholars, who range from kindergarten to 8th grade, make friends, develop literacy skills, expand knowledge about science and social studies, as well as
enjoy university aged mentors during the two weeks. It is a win-win experience for everyone.

For the first time, live-tweeting will occur during the camp. The live tweet hashtag is #HSUDreamCatchers

~Post content adapted from original press release by Dr. Renee Collins.

Post by Helen Teague, cross-posted at https://hsutxonlineed.edublogs.org/2018/06/19/hsu-dream-catchers/

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Free professional development events for PreK-1 teachers!

Free professional development events for PreK-1 teachers!

Learning with PBS Kids

 

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual PD series specially designed with PreK- 1st grade teachers in mind. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual PD event. Explore Webinar Series.

Learning More at this link: http://www.pbs.org/education/blog/learning-with-pbs-kids-professional-development-for-early-childhood-educators?

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Be Internet Awesome: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

Be Internet Awesome: Helping kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world.

This resource from Google is packed with curriculum, games that allow for hands-on practice, and even a pledge to teach students how to safely navigate the internet.

Here is the link: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/
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