Friday, September 28, 2018

Going to the Moon, BreakoutEDU, Professional Learning and More! ~ September 28, 2018

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LID TEAM UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS


After reading Let's Go to the Moon! by Stephen R. Swinburne, first grade teachers Andi Bo and Hillaray Carroll hosted an Astronaut Training Day for their students. Astronaut Training Day included a Virtual Reality trip to the Moon, constructing a shelter, agility and strength training, drinking water like astronauts drink in outer space, and coloring American flags. 






Additionally, Mark Gelineau spent worked this summer with Diane Main to create an immersive learning experience for his students using a BreakoutEDU Kit and a literature game from the Breakout EDU game library, Cold Case: Poe’s Tell Tale Heart. What better way to try out a new lesson than test on it out with your colleagues? The Middle School English Department used part of their department meeting time to unravel the mysterious case of the Poe’s Tell Tale Heart. The case was eventually unlocked and teachers learned a new tool to possibly explore in their classes and Mark walked away with feedback on how to best structure the activity when he does it with his students. 


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INNOVATIVE TOOL, TIP OR STRATEGY

Are you looking for some excellent professional development that's local and brings the best directly to you?

This Saturday, September 29, the Krause Center for Innovation is putting on a fantastic summit with Jo Boaler, author of Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching, as the keynote, and sessions from innovative thought-leaders across the state.  (And Liz plans to be there, too!) You can get more information and tickets here. Take a look at the specific schedule of sessions here.


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TRIVIA

Read to the bottom of each blogpost and send an email to Liz Brumbaugh at liz.brumbaugh@harker.org with the correct answers sooner than anyone else, and Liz will deliver your choice of beverage to your office or classroom



2018-2019 Trivia Winners (So Far)

Michael Ear, Preschool Art
Marissa Lucketti, HR
Melanie Ramsey, Middle School History




And now, for the questions...

1) What was the first console video game that allowed the game to be saved?
2) In what year did Nintendo release its first game console in North America?
3) What does SSID stand for, AND name ONE SSID we have here at Harker.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Datasets Search, The Power of Crowdsourcing and More! ~September 15, 2018

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LID TEAM UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS


At Lower School, Ann Smitherman's English classes created Book Bento Boxes. They found images that related to their summer reading and then created a Book Bento in Google Slides. Click through the slidedeck below by clicking on the title of each book on each slide!




The Middle School is up and running: 6th Grade Ancient History teachers, led by Sara Pawlowski,  explored new Schoology Assessments, Label Image, Highlight Image, and Matching to assess learning for World Geography. In addition, Melanie Ramsey's students were understanding mapping by moving from globe maps to flat maps through oranges. The joy of the students was infectious. Learning is messy and sometimes literally messy, but in the end the learning that emerges is amazing.

From the Upper School, Diane created a super handy one-pager that can be used to reference all the necessities when entering a test in PCR. This is especially important to ensure that the Test Calendar is accurately reflective. You can access the resource here.

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INNOVATIVE TOOL, TIP OR STRATEGY

Did you catch the big news over the last couple weeks that Google recently rolled out a wonderful search engine for datasets?



Check out  https://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch and search for any type of dataset of interest - I did a quick search of California Education Data, and instantly was taken to the direct links to hundreds of datasets.



In other news, Tom Murray and Eric Sheninger are friends of ours...



And not only are they stellar educators, Tom specifically crowdsourced an incredibly handy quick guide when you're looking to raise your awareness of tools that might help you or your students.*

Check out http://bit.ly/ToolsForEngagement for the live, hyperlinked doc.

* As with any and all websites and applications, you should always make sure that you've checked with your LID Director first, since 1) we may have subscriptions available for your use and 2) you have a critical friend to ensure the tool you'd like to use is really the most appropriate for your instructional and pedagogical goals.

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TRIVIA

Read to the bottom of each blogpost and send an email to Liz Brumbaugh at liz.brumbaugh@harker.org with the correct answers sooner than anyone else, and Liz will deliver your choice of beverage to your office or classroom



2018-2019 Trivia Winners (So Far)

Michael Ear, Preschool Art




And now, for the questions...

1) What is the second largest country by land mass?
2) How many letters are in the Greek alphabet?
3) In what year was the first modern Olympic Games held?