Sunday, February 26, 2012

iPad Session 2: Set, Nav, App, Explore

Last week, we set up our iPads and learned how to navigate with gestures, pinches, and taps.

We did not finish Mail Settings, Safari, and iBook, so here's the info to learn. Remember to pause the vid as needed to practice on your own.

Vimeo Version

In Session 2, our focus is on setting restrictions for student use, access to our Staff, Tech, and Opportunity pages as iPad icons, and finishing with the basics of camera and photos.

Vimeo Version

Are you ready? You've come so far!  Let's keep learning.....

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Google For Educators

Experts share "Google for Educators." This is a great read for how teachers use Google Apps for Education.

Click here to read,
  Google Apps Google Docs Google Groups
"Google For Educators in the Classroom."
 Google in Education Manage events, resources, meetings with Google Calendar 

Our students understand and apply the power of Google Apps. I wonder now, "How has Google Apps empowered the teachers at your school?"

 As a small school, each teacher wears so many hats and has so little time to for completing all that is required and expected. Google Apps helps with that by allowing us to add input in a shared document:
* this means that everyone can stay in their own area and still contribute.
* this means you can help someone else get their work completed, which needs your input, in a few easy clicks
* this means you spend less time in meetings and more time on your work
* this means we can honor each others' job and time by contributing and collaborating through a link to a document
* this means we can create a powerful network of communication and collaboration through the tools at our fingertips.

A few examples:
I teach classes all day once reading starts at 9:00. That is my number one priority. I also am the Association President, the Technology Director, and a member of the Parent Education Committee.

My room is at the west end of the building. Many times I need to ask a simple question or get input for any one of those "hats." I can simply enter a query into Google Chat so people can respond easily in their free moments. More could be accomplished with that tool alone.

Getting feedback from a Google document or Google form quickly provides the information needed to complete tasks required. I couldn't do everything I need to do without these tools.

The Tech Committee uses a shared document to meet -- our conversation and decisions are documented, all while meeting "in the cloud" as the team member has time during the day/week. It doesn't interfere with all the teaching duties and take time from class preparation.

Tech questions get answered through a Google Form. (log in required -- but here's a sample: )

Planning assemblies, creating an assignment sheet for sick students, organizing a recognition, sharing data: all can be done on a shared document accessible from any internet-connected computer or iPad.

A request by the school board for a newsletter about our students and classrooms could be populated easily with a paragraph from teachers in a Google form. (login required)

Scheduling is easy through the Staff Events calendar (see agenda in Staff Page ). Our math and reading specialists add their meetings and visits so everyone is prepared for the visit, which is vital to their jobs. (Calendar login required, but here's the public calendar: NSD)

The Opportunity Room receives information from teachers through a Google form.

Parents know about our class lessons in our blog.

All of these are a seamless integration of our Google Apps account.

Google Apps will save you time and will help us do more with the time we have. 

So, I thank our staff for opening their Chrome browser (Ms Kimble or Ms Edwards will make sure you have it) and logging in to their account!

We are learning to work smarter and do more for our students with GAFE: Google Apps for Education.

How has GAFE empowered your school?

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

IC iPad Session 1


A class to help us learn and teach with the iPad.

Learn and Implement Relevant Apps for Effective and Productive Teaching/Learning

Introduction to iPads, Google Apps in Education, Digital Citizenship at Nespelem School

iPads Cs-- Create, Contribute, Communicate, Connect, Consider, Collaborate &Curate

Staff need information on setting up, navigating, and using iPads for teaching and learning.

Envision a model for effective productivity and instructional strategies, to build skills in math, science, reading, writing, speaking, and listening in elementary and middle grades.

Evaluate possible administrative and instructional activities/applications including management techniques to ensure successful implementation in their own teaching setting.

Explore in each session settings, navigation, applications, and practicalities to adapt strategies for productivity and instruction in the classroom.

Find pragmatic solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation. 

Follow-up implementation with Tech Questions Form, NSD21 Blog, and FAQ document to troubleshoot and/or plan for further exploration and implementation.

Feb 22
3:00 Settings: set-up, about, wifi, notifications, wallpaper, mail, keeper
3:15 Navigation: on/off/reboot; how to swipe/pinch/text; organize apps
3:30 Application:  Safari Browser  / iBooks
3:45 Implement: Safari Browser / iBooks
4:00 Review and Follow-up

Presentation--- extra data info will be emailed

Original iPad help info

iPad navigation and app organization 

Login Required for these:
NSD Shared iPad Class Folder 
FAQ Document

Feb 29
3:00 Settings: General / Restrictions
3:15 Navigation: Organize Apps; Home Screen; NSD Staff
3:30 Application: Organize, mail, camera, photos
3:45 implementation: mail/photo; NSD Staff (Opportunity)
4:00 Review and Follow-up

Overview Video


SlideRocket Presentation

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Safer Internet Day 2/7/12

How did Nespelem School participate in Safer Internet Day ?

Our sixth grade students reviewed our school internet guidelines and re-wrote them in kid language in their Google Docs presentation to teach the fifth grade first, internet safety, and second, Google Apps.

We began teaching our TECH56 project on February 7th, Safer Internet Day. Grade six students began with Internet Safety.

We review our guidelines frequently, at least once per month. We even have flashcards to review any time. We want Safer Internet Day to be every day! We remind ourselves in class with our daily conversations to be overly positive. We practice in class how we want to be online: helpful, positive, and kind. It's not just an online expectation!

Be sure to look at the Safer Internet Day information, because online safety involves so much more. This year's theme  is "Connecting generations and educating each other, with the slogan: "Discover the digital world together... safely!"  Although we didn't share across generations, we did share across grades, and we will be sharing information with families. Check out our Net Safety Page.

How did you participate in  Safer Internet Day ?

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

Digital Learning Day 2/1/12

How did Nespelem School participate in Digital Learning Day?

All our 6 7 8 classes work in Google Apps. Reading classes read online and took shared notes in a Google Doc, including key words (vocabulary and main idea), following up with questions/answers, conclusions, and generalizations all ready for class discussion and all related to the grade level expectations.

Writing class in grade eight peer reviewed novels, commenting in the shared documents on powerful writing and suggesting areas that need more clarity. 

The sixth graders worked on their Tech Project: preparing to teach our fifth graders to use Google Apps and to be digital citizens. They collaborated on a Google Doc to create a direction sheet (how-tos for Apps use, how to be digital citizen, and how to create a Valentines project). They then created their own model and Welcome Presentation to teach the fifth grade students. As all students worked, the teacher offered comments of success and suggestions for improvement based on the individual's current progress. 

Students learned about MOTT: My Own Topic Time, a project for researching a question/hypothesis in a topic of their choice. 

And from our fourth grade teacher, Ms Armstrong-Montes: "We use the document camera/computer for the Word Structure part of our Imagine It! Reading lesson.  This week were are working on adjectives, comparatives and superlatives.  We are also working on antonyms and words with the Greek root graph (biography, autobiography, photograph, mimeograph).  Later in the reading lesson students put their personal response under the document camera for the question:  What is the longest trip that you have taken?  Describe the best parts of the trip and the worst parts of the trip.  As students were reading their responses on the screen, they were able to self-correct some of the spelling and grammar errors."  

How did your school participate in Digital Learning Day ?

Please remember this is a school-related site. Model digital citizenship. Thank you.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Technology 101

Love this intro to technology by Maria.Anderson:

The Secret Technology Club
View more PowerPoint from Maria Andersen

Every one can learn something from this...

What did you learn?

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