App Smash – GAFE & Mystery Skype

Google’s Research Tool is built into both Docs and Slides and can save you lots of valuable classroom time, as well as assist you in teaching students about copyright, plagiarism, citing sources and finding quality sources.  Check out this great overview video by Bradly Lands to learn more about Google’s Research Tool.

So what are you going to do with all the time you used to spend on researching and report writing?  Let’s teach above the line, bringing collaboration, critical thinking and application into the project!  Watch this video for my spin on taking advantage of this tool, the collaboration that Google offers, and Mystery Skype to bring a classic project into the 21st century!

2014-2015 First Day Video

I’m finally getting around to posting the first day video I made for this school year (yes… I know we’ve already been in session for 7 weeks!)  My hope was that this video would encourage teachers as they head into the new year – showing all the things we’ve accomplished over the last couple of years and giving them a glimpse at how professional development will evolve this year.  Most importantly, the video features our teachers and the students that make it all worthwhile, but you’ll also see glimpses of many of the digital tools we use including:  My Big Campus, ALEKS, IXL, Achieve 3000, BrainPop, BYOC, Symbaloo, VoiceThread, Class DoJo, Skype, and JoinMe.