Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
- The Question: How do you copy a website or worksheet into SmartNotebook?
- The Answer: Use the Capture Tool (looks like a digital camera) from your floating toolbar. If you do not have the little camera, see my earlier video on how to customize that toolbar to include this very handy tool by clicking the cog at the bottom of the toolbar.
Thank you so much for the question, and I hope this helps! Have a fabulous day!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
The sheer volume of how-to videos selection can be overwhelming, but they are very helpful. I will post a narrowed down selection in the next few days based on the participant interests.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My post in a nutshell:
Monday, October 18, 2010
There are how-to videos showing you screen by screen how to use CPS. We will watch a few of these in class, bookmark this page because I have found this resource very helpful.
Following the link to the video index, I have step by step instructions on how to download the Oklahoma Pass Objectives and import them into your CPS to be able to gradually build a very concise tool. However, please consider the Core Curriculum changes that are in the works before you spend alot of time building this.
|Thu Oct 28, 2010||3:20pm – 4:50pm|
Session 1: CPS - N-01
|Thu Nov 4, 2010||3:20pm – 4:50pm|
|Thu Nov 11, 2010||All day|
|Thu Nov 18, 2010||3:20pm – 4:50pm|
Session 3 - N-01
|Wed Nov 24-26, 2010||All day|
|Thu Nov 25, 2010||All day|
|Fri Nov 26, 2010||All day|
|Thu Dec 2, 2010||3:20pm – 4:50pm|
Session 4 - N-01
|Thu Dec 9, 2010||All day|
|Fri Dec 10, 2010||All day|
The Make-Up Session will be EITHER Thursday or Friday, not BOTH!
The books will be placed in your in-boxes or given to you personally after the faculty meeting on Wednesday Morning before the P/T conference as we finalize the schedule. Curriculum 21 is a collection of essays by several different authors, so we will have focus essays for each session that we will determine during our planning sessions that relate to the participants area of interest.
This schedule is subject to revision. Post comments to this if you have any comments or input. See you soon!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
If you have updated your home PC and are working in Windows 7 instead of Windows XP/2000 like most of our workstations in the public education sector, it can be extremely frustrating when you realize that awesome worksheet or powerpoint you have created will not open on your school workstation. Another time I encounter this is when students work at home, then bring it in to share with the class and it wont open.
There is a simple patch from Microsoft to download, located here. Click the DOWNLOAD button near the top of the page.
If you find this does not work for you, please let me know so I can revise my link.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Last Day! Morning was spent with our content area, which means I was with the Science group. Loved it! We talked about inquiry and observation, and clarity in directions when conducting a lab. We practiced observations with small machines and exotic fruits, a great way to enhance skills and of course address differentiation.
After lunch, we finally got together with our regional group to begin planning for next years summer conference. The Southwest Region's PASSages conference focus looks to be instructional differentiation, something I am a big fan of.
I have begun previewing the books selected by SDE over the week, but I find myself going back to one of the books Jana Rowland from SDE-Curriculum Standards in Science, it's Science: Formative Assessment by Page D. Keeley. It discusses 75 specific strategies and their implementation with accomodations noted. Got to love that! I am reading it and seeing where I can work them in. I love this book, the more I read the more I like it!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The day started with an exercise to drive home the point on how learning styles effect task completion and team work. It was an eye opener, and I won't share too much since I know you could learn more from participating in the workshop. If you'd like to know more be sure to apply to be a Master Teacher in February when the application process begins again!
TO DO: I will post links for assessing student's learning styles tomorrow after I get my papers together.
The second half of the day was spent in content areas such as Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, et al. In Science, the Oklahoma Science Museum (think Omniplex) shared the many different programs available and sampled a couple of demonstrations with us.
It was really pretty cool, and so fun to dust off that skill set and get nerdy with ma' peeps. However, my neice was not at all happy when I rushed back to her after the class and was rubbing a large green balloon against her head and shoving a cup wrapped in Reynolds Wrap in her hands. She translated "complete the circuit" to "getting shocked" and was not as enthusiastic as I was to experience it all. Her spirit of inquiry is really lost when it's time for a Big Mac Attack.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Differentiated instruction (sometimes referred to as differentiated learning) involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.I would have to say, 70 percent of the time was spent establishing a need for the training, explaining basic brain functioning or the differences between the sexes. Many observations focussed on how boys learn differently. Thirty percent of the time was spent reviewing tips that boil down to three simple words: Know Your Students. Suggestions where provided, four pages of bulleted lists or tables covered concrete, take-it-to-class information although they were somewhat vague. It is always good to start the school year with a reminder of what I need to do, just wish I had more concrete things, actionable items, from today.
Two Words for Implementation of Differentiated Learning:
OK, well that is more than three words but you get the idea.
Perhaps this is oversimplification, but that's my day in a nutshell. I just saved you eight hours of your life, now log off and go outside! Read a book, email me a cool link to share with other teachers.