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Showing posts from April, 2020

EdCamp Elmbrook 21

  We had out 5th annual EdCamp this past Saturday and it was a very different PD experience. Due to the pandemic, we help the EdCamp virtually. That meant that anyone across the globe could attend. While we usually only have educators from out region attend, we had educators across the nation and in some in Canada attend. In addition, we had an attendee from Turkey! The conference was conducted using Zoom and Zoom breakout rooms for the sessions. The team did a great job of organization and management. I could go on, but this is my first blog post in a while and I'd like to keep it brief. Below you'll find the session board for the day with notes docs linked. We had some wonderful sessions and the notes documents house some wonderful thoughts and resources. So, I recommend checking them out. Although this EdCamp was only for the morning, there was a lot of learning to be had. We had no technology issues from our end as organizers but I can imagine participants may have had iss

That's a Bingo: Rethinking Assessment in Virtual Learning

In this new landscape of Virtual Learning, I've lost many of my favorite activities and labs. But thanks to ideas from my Professional Learning Network and the support of my administration, I feel like I've been given the freedom to think differently. To not simply retrofit activities and assessments into a virtual model, but to try something different and leverage the change in instruction and environments. In a recent podcast, Kasey Bell presented 12 practical tips for remote learning that forced me to rethink what I was trying to do . It was a fantastic episode that moved me to question my current practice and try something different. So, I took a tip from another one of her episodes on Choice Boards . As we finish our energy unit, I wanted to create a more unique opportunity for learners to demonstrate mastery. So, I created an Energy Bingo Board. I would not consider this a true choice board for a couple of reasons. But, I'd like to discuss the design of the ass

Student Portfolios: You've Got Time for That

As we find ourselves outside of the classroom attempting to find ways to utilize the digital tools and ask learners to demonstrate mastery on new or past content, I continue to see the power of student portfolios for this task. The portfolio could be used for different purposes, but Google Sites can work as a powerful platform to house this product. Many districts have students create a portfolio that covers multiple years and courses. But in these times, the ability to coordinate this type of project might not be feasible. So, I’ll focus on the use of a portfolio in one course. These purposes center around providing artifacts that could be used to highlight Mastery of Unit Outcomes Mastery of State or National Standards Habits of Mind Learner Strengths or Growth Over Time We’ll get to how this decision of purpose will drive organization. But let’s start with how students can create a new google site. Create sites In the video below, you can see how you can create a new

Student Paced Flashcard Factory for Distance Learning

I was thrilled when I learned all about a distance learning hack for Pear Deck's Flashcard Factory from Stacey Roshan. If you're not sure what Flashcard Factory is, it is a free platform for students collaboratively to build digital flashcards that include text and visual representations. These flashcards can then be printed, saved as a pdf, or exported to the online quiz game Gimkit. You can learn all about Flashcard Factory from the Pear Deck Website here. As we are all involved in distanced learning right now, students can't work on Flashcard Factory in real time. This hack from Stacey will allow all learners in the class to work on creating a set of cards that can be used by the whole class. The main difference is that instead of students working in pairs, they are working on their own. Be sure to set a firm deadline. After the deadline you can go in and approve or reject cards. Then, share the PDF with the class, or launch a Gimkit with them. Don&