Saturday, December 13, 2014

This Week @Elkmont & Beyond: December 7-13, 2014

Hour Of Code: Look What We Made! 

This week students from Pre-K to 12th graders at Elkmont High School joined a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries: Hour of Code
Hour of Code is designed to highlight the importance of computer literacy in today’s students. Computer science and computer programming is an essential 21st century literacy and should be a part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

Students of all ages participated in a variety of coding activities. Some of our coding creations can be viewed on our Virtual Hallway

If you would like to explore the world of coding be sure to visit our Hour of Code Symbaloo page for links to lots of exciting coding opportunities:

Read this article from Time for more about why learning to code is an important skill:

EdChat Interactive ShinDig! 

This week I participated in my second EdChat Interactive PD Session via ShinDig and invited my fellow Instructional Technology Facilitators to the fun.

What is a ShinDig? 
Shindig is a NYC start-up committed to unleashing the unrealized potential of video chat. Shindig's proprietary technology enables you to give an online reading, talk, or interview in front of an online group of 50 to 1000. In Shindig, you can share the stage with fans and take questions from audience members. Additionally Shindig adds a unique social dimension to events by allowing fans themselves to also interact with one another in private video chats.

What is EdChat Interactive? 
Edchat Interactive started with Steven Anderson, Tom Whitby, and Mitch Weisburgh. 
The three of us saw an opportunity to conduct PD more in tune with the way we learn, and to use technology to bring the skills and knowledge of education thought leaders to hundreds of thousand of educators. 
People don't learn just by watching. We need to interact, reflect, and participate. That's our model, in 45 minute segments that fit into the busy lives of educators.

This week the topic of the EdChat Interactive PD Session via ShinDig was Student Voice, Aspirations, and Santa Claus, moderated by Dr. Russell Quaglia and Dr. Michael J. Corso.

I concur with Dr. Quaglia's three factors that make up the Achievement Gap:
  • Relationship Gap
  • Participation Gap
  • Expectation Gap
Although the video below is directed to Ohio educators I feel the message applies to all educators.

Thought For The Week

Weekly #iCONNECT Tech Tips Newsletter for Elkmont High School

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