Thursday, February 28, 2013

Learn How to Code



Just saw this in an email that was waiting for me after the conference this week!  How inspiring to hear from the tech world's giants that coding is the language of the future!  There are so many ways to start learning to code.  I found a place online called Codecademy that is a good place to start.  I actually started the entire journey toward my Master's degree when I got curious about how you made text in a chat room look different.  Some people chatted in special colors or fonts and I wanted to know how to do that.  I learned a little about html magic and the rest, as they say, is history!  Find something that excites you and just DO IT!  I vote for coding!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Focus on Formatives

I ran across a really good example of a quick formative assessment teachers can use at any level, elementary through high.  It's a quick little video.  I hope some of you can use this technique or one that this sparks in your own classrooms.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Going for Contributions

Just read a really good article regarding the difference between participation and contribution.  Read it here:  http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/student-comments-moving-from-participation-to-contribution/

It's not important that students are participating.  What we should be striving for is students who are contributing!  What is the quality of the participation?  What does their participation demonstrate about their depth of understanding?

Just food for thought on this rainy Wednesday morning!  Enjoy!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Great Training Going on Around the District

I want to thank the science department at Southwest Edgecombe and selected staff members at Martin Middle for inviting me to come provide training for them this week. Southwest's science teachers have embraced the concept of a blended online and face-to-face class, helping to prepare students for higher education. They are excitedly using the Learning Management System tool called Schoology with their students. From what I'm hearing from other schools in the district, [shout out to my friends at Edgecombe Early College High School] students are loving this new tool. At EECHS, the science teacher just presented this tool to her colleagues, too! Must be something in science teachers! They like to be cutting edge! Also, the staff at Martin Middle is preparing to roll out the new email service we have contracted for students, called Gaggle. I enjoyed working with a large group of their teachers yesterday afternoon as they learned how to use this new tool. It won't be long before all students in the district have access to this safe emailing, blogging, discussion board, online course management system! We're making things happen here in Edgecombe County! I'm proud to be a part of it!