PD Session: Take Your Students Outside Your Classroom Walls- Digitally!

Would you like to diversify your classroom by extending your classroom outside of the classroom walls? Attend this session and learn how wikis, blogs, and presentation software can be your gateway to the outside world!

Presented by Laurie McCrary

Presenting last on October 19, 2015 as part of the Sylvania Fall Inservice Day. Next presentation to be announced!


“Would you like to diversify your classroom by extending your classroom outside of the classroom walls? Attend this session and learn how wikis, blogs, and presentation software can be your gateway to the outside world!”

In this session, teachers will discover how they can creatively push their students to collaborate with populations outside of their classroom. This means that teachers will begin to forget the boundaries of those walls and use digital technology to connect students to other students, other young people, and other adults for authentic interactions. Specifically introduced will be Prezi, Wiki Spaces, and Edublogs.


Couldn’t make the session?  Check out this video from Prezi on getting started!


Session Materials

Laurie’s Presentation Document

Agenda

Google Classroom:

Classroom Code: 3bc7q3

Prezi Website:

Edublogs

Resource Introduction: MoveNote

Check out MoveNote to help students make more, easier digital presentations for wider sharing!


What is it?

MoveNote is an app for slidecasting. That means it enables the user to share a slide-based presentation with others. You might say we can already do that with regular sharing, but MoveNote shares a fully recorded slide-based presentation with split-screen functionality. The slide presentation appears in a main screen while the speaker image appears in a secondary screen. The recording captures the full animation of the slideshow and full delivery of the speaker with audio. It’s a remarkable tool for recording and sharing presentations, and it works effortlessly on Chromebooks.

How can I use it?

MoveNote presents a number of cool opportunities. You could use it to flip the classroom by recording instructional presentations. You could use it to gather student presentations for assessment, to increase the number of possible presentations in a single year. You could even use it for students to record presentations in the development stage to share with reviewers, even reviewers in different buildings and at different levels.

Who’s using it?

At Southview, Lisa Sobb

At Arbor Hills, Julie Young

At Hill View, Kayla Nowacki

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.


Check out this short video by Anna Searcy to help you get started.  


Resource Links

MoveNote Home Page

MoveNote Download on Playstore

MoveNote YouTube Channel

“3 Minute Teaching with Technology Tutorial: Using Movenote for Lesson Content” (Video; 3:10)

Teacher Testimonials with Application Ideas

Resource Introduction: Kahoot!

Check out the best interactive game you can run on Chromebooks! It’s Kahoot, a customizable platform for creating and managing classroom games in your room and beyond.


What is it?

Think of Kahoot as a souped-up, collaborative version of the old Senteo clickers. But it’s so much better! With Kahoot, you make a quiz from three different basic types, include text, images, or videos, and then launch it. Students access the quiz as a collaborative game perhaps as individuals, perhaps as groups. The game screen runs on your board while the students answer from their devices, whether Chromebooks, desktops, tablets, or smartphones. It’s simple, dynamic, and fun!

How can I use it?

Of course, review games come to mind with a fun application like this, and Kahoot is designed to manage the best review games you can design. But, you can use it for surveys of individuals and groups, or even manage discussions through it. The responsive design allows for collaborative discussion that bypasses traditional “hands-up” talks. Now, you can create a back channel to discussion, bringing in voices that aren’t often heard. Or, you could even collaborate in real time with a group of learners in another class or building. Think of that!

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Kahoot in your school. Ask them for help!

At McCord, Holly Nartker, Britt Bensman and Kay Holt

At Timberstone, Lauren Clark

At Arbor Hills, Tony Cutway

At Northview, Claudia Fischer, Keevan Hazel, and Karolynn Nowak

At Southview, Holly Yenrick and Michelle Krueger

At Central Trail, Christina Renz and Julie Bennett

At Highland, Kyle Newnham and Kayla Wiemers

At Stranahan, Amanda Sanderson

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.


Check out this short video by Jeremy Johnston to help you get started.  Then, check out the many resources below for more information.


Resource Links

Kahoot! Home Page

Kahoot! YouTube Channel

Keevan Hazel’s Print-Based Instructions

Kahoot! Solitary Use Instructions

Kahoot! in Math 7 with Chromebooks (video; 0:54)

Tips on Creating a Global Classroom through Kahoot! (And click here for an example)

EdTechInnovations’ Kahoot! to Quizizz Comparison

Sylvania Digital Learning’s eGames Guide

Resource Introduction: Kidblog

Check out Kidblog, a safe and simple blog and discussion platform that will bring your kids into the conversations of the digital age. It’s the best way to manage discussions outside of your room as well!


What is it?

First of all, Kidblog is exactly what it sounds like, a blog site. That means users log in to post their own content that other members can read and discuss. But, this blog comes with simple tools to safely manage a classroom environment. Users are invited through passwords or registration codes that you select, they make posts that you approve, and the system even attaches parent access to each student so the parent can observe. The more you explore this blogging platform, the more you will see that it was designed with teacher concerns in mind. And, the interactivity is simple and engaging enough for users from intermediate to secondary levels.

How can I use it?

Think about using this to connect your students in collaborative work groups. But, more than that, think about using it to connect to learners and teachers outside of your classroom. How about connecting your students to experts outside your classroom? How about connecting your students to students in other buildings to collaborate and share? Kidblog also offers excellent tools for students to display content in a portfolio approach or groups to display project work without the messy process of open website design. The resource is flexible for a number of tasks, but it shines best when you use it to connect your students to resources outside of your class.

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.


Check out this instructional tutorial by Aaron Maurer to walk you through the process of logging in students.  Then, check out the links below the video for more information.


Resource Links

Kidblog Site

Kidblog Support

TeacherCast’s Page of Video Tutorials on Kidblog

Educator Review of Kidblog