Sunday, February 2, 2014

What I Learned @teachSDA

Hey everyone!  

Today I'm flipping the script and sending out the newsletter today instead of Tuesday.  The biggest reason, I have some extra time today:)  But I also hope that it will inspire more of you to consider joining the chat Monday night at 8pm on twitter #teachSDA.  If you can't that's fine too, but take a moment and checkout the chat on after the fact.  We are going to be talking about "What Makes A Good App in the Classroom?"

Alright, here we go with a new set of awesome articles:

1.  How to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home
We’re drinking a cocktail that’s a mix of the Protestant work ethic, the American dream, and the gospel. And we’ve intertwined them so completely that we can’t tell them apart anymore. Our gospel has become a gospel of following your dreams and being good so God will make all your dreams come true. It’s the Oprah god.

2. 3 Things We Need To Remember For Every Professional Development
There is no doubt that teachers need PD. And there is no doubt there is meaningless PD out there. But we can begin to make it better and have a greater impact on our teaching and learning.

3. Bold Leadership from Young Leaders
For students to use technology to its full potential, they must feel a compelling need to research, evaluate, use and share with the world. In other words, they must do work that matters.

4. The power of student-driven learning: Shelley Wright at TEDxWestVancouverED

5. Get Your Kids Using Their Devices To Learn—With An App Purge
We know that today’s kids spend a lot of time on their devices. But how much of that time is spent using apps that are educational in nature?

6. 5 Reasons to Try iBooks Author
There are so many ways that iPads can be used in the classroom, and one of my favorite things about these tablets is the ability to use iBooks with students.

7. Resources for Getting Started with Project-Based Learning
Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.

8. 15 Great Timeline Creation Web Tools and iPad Apps For Teachers And Students
The possibilities for the use of timeline tools in the class are endless. Whether you want to teach salient historical incidents, chronological order of events, or explain a developmental process in biology or simply outline the major learning curves for the year, timeline creation tools are the ideal platforms to implement.

9. A Snowy #TeachCreativity Activity that is Fun, Adorable, and a Keepsake!
I love when my kids get to show off their creativity.  They always enjoy when we do any sort of craft project in class.  After winter break, we shared our New Year's Resolutions.  I always enjoy hearing their goals for the upcoming year.  This year, the conversation evolved into what the children wanted to do when they grew up.  I took advantage of that teachable moment and started jotting down their ideas.

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