In this post I will combine two weeks as we are limited to testing this week.
Hollis and Vann:
We missed Ms. Hollis and Vann's classes on Monday the 14th but were thrilled to see them again on Monday the 21st. It was my turn to read to the kids and I picked out the book, A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan. This story is about a boy who wakes up with a bunny on his head. The bunny stays on his head and tells about all the things you can do with a bunny on your head. At the end of the book (spoiler alert) his sister wakes up and has an alligator on her head.
To prepare for the class I scanned the pages of the book into a Google Presentation and then used my iPad, the big screen TV and Apple TV to mirror the presentation on the big screen, thus making it easier for the whole class to see the pictures.
To follow up this story with a fun tech activity I downloaded the free PicturePerfect App to my school issued iPad. Students were then given the opportunity to choose an animal to have on their head. The cool thing was that since my iPad was mirrored to the big screen TV, the kids could see the app in action as we picked the animals and took the pictures. We were all laughing so hard!
Enjoy our slideshow below:
On Monday the 14th Ms. Isabeth Gannon dove head first into using Doctopus with her English classes as they prepared to write a major essay. In advance, Ms. Gannon and I sent an MLA Template out to students via the Doctopus script. By using Doctopus and the MLA template, Ms. Gannon can see her students progress on their assignments anytime she wants from any Internet enabled device. She can view by thumbnail for a quick overall view of her class or click to open individual papers. She can see and respond to students in real time. There is also no worry with needing to upload or download assignments. Additionally, Ms. Gannon can run a "revision history" and see how much time students invested in the project.
My PD sessions on this (as well as others from this year) can be found HERE.
Small Group & One on One PD:
Due to testing taking up all of our lab space, our final Google 101 PD of the year is being taught as a Flipped PD with follow up in small group and one on one settings. These two weeks have been filled with fun, spirited PD sessions about using Doctopus. I have also assisted teachers with a flurry of other quick tech questions ranging from uploading videos from their iPad to the making of Google Forms.
Flipped PD (April & May 2014)Doctopus and GoobricHave you ever had a student lose a paper, forget an assignment was due, leave their homework at home or any other rash of excuses for not turning in assignments? Tired of running after students trying to get them to turn in assignments? Hate the hassle of leafing through papers to find the worksheet/assignment for the student who was absent? Worried about how to hand out modified assignments to students with an IEP without the other students knowing? Wish you could grade, comment and hand back papers with just the click of a button?Doctopus & Goobric through Google Drive are the answers to all your woes!
Creating a Google Form with Doctopus:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJXP92Jbya4&noredirect=1
Creating a form and adding questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IxFeVXBwaQ
Uploading or Creating Assignments in Google Drive:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-p5_pMIaKE
Converting files to Google Doc format: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DggOQByjNXI
Running the Doctopus Script:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsHFeS9wpvE&noredirect=1
The New Doctopus & Add-ons Gallery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPeIeAJBlmA
Using Goobric to grade assignments with a rubric:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWVJuDXDnAU
Goobric: Assessing Student Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evFN1m82JiY
Final Tips for using Doctopus & Goobric:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWQfvPF9NUw
Other videos that may be helpful:Doctopus: Creating Class Folders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGxcbMQCVYA
Mrs.Crystal Camp, my mentor and co librarian, presented a webinar for BookList entitled, How to Connect e-Books and Students: A Starter Kit for Educators. Crystal did an awesome job talking about our journey to incorporating ebooks into our library using OverDrive and our 1:1 iPad program.