Monday, May 31, 2010
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Friday, May 28, 2010
This blog post is my final reflection for the Google Teacher Academy requirements.
When I was initially accepted to the Google Teacher Academy in the fall of 2009, I believed that the training I received relative to the Google Suite would be the most powerful part of my experience. Boy, was I wrong! While the information was undoubtedly helpful, it was the personal connections that I made that were truly invaluable.
The Google team that I met that day has been a constant source of support and ideas. As tools change and services update, they are ever-present on the Google Teacher Google Group to enhance my learning. Further, the collection of teachers that attended the academy with me has made a significant impact on my abilities as an educator. Building relationships with folks like Richard Byrne and Joyce Valenza has expanded my personal learning network and introduced me to new ideas.
Also, the follow-up activities required as a part of the Google Teacher Academy helped me reflect and explore upon my learning long after the sessions had ended. I am proud to have contributed a lesson to the Google Lesson Plan database, and I feel excited by the new skills that I have helped teachers and administrators to acquire. For me, attending the Google Teacher Academy was a transformative educational experience. It went beyond facts and “training.” It helped me to build powerful relationships that have nurtured my development as an educator. Thank you!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
- SHARING-- We learn best when we make social connections around ideas that are meaningful to us. EdCamp Philly gave folks the opportunity to listen and be heard around a variety of self selected topics. We need to give our students these same opportunities.
- RELEVANCE-- Students should drive the learning experiences. At EdCamp, the participants selected the topics, and they were encouraged to use the rule of "two feet" if a session was not meeting their needs. In traditional schools, students can't use the rule of "two feet" if teachers do not meet their needs. Consider how that would make you feel!
- FUN- No one attended EdCamp for a grade. Or hours. Or credit. With the external motivators removed, it made the learning much more enjoyable! Think about the pressures that students face in our traditional system. It's no wonder that many students do not like school!
- REFLECTION- Blog posts are already bubbling up in the blogosphere! Check out Heather Hershey's post here. Based on the tweets I've ready, more are coming! There should always be follow up learning opportunities in our classrooms. Students and adults need time to process. This helps deepen the learning process.
Monday, May 24, 2010
- The Organizers-- We could not have planned this better. You are all amazing people. When do we start planning next year?
- The Sponsors- Thanks for your faith in us.
- The Attendees- You folks ROCKED! I loved all of the sessions that I attended and I loved your enthusiasm.
- The Tweeters From Afar- Thanks for participating in the backchannel. You certainly livened things up and expanded my perspectives!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
- reading this blog
- living in the greater Philadelphia area
- a passionate teacher
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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Friday, May 7, 2010
Here are some educational uses for this tool:
- Have students "sum up" a unit of study by creating a search story.
- Have students create search stories for their favorite literary characters.
- Have students create a "personal narrative" using the search story creator.
You need access to YouTube to use this tool. :)
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
- You can generate word clouds in different shapes.
- You can save your word clouds as a .jpg directly from the site. (No more print screens!)