Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The FIZZ Flipped Classroom Training

For the past 9 months, I have really been wanting to FLIP my classroom--or at least try it for a while. The notion of Flipping involves video recording the lecture part of instruction for students to watch so they will have more time to do all the practice of learning in the classroom.  I even took a 10-hour professional development class on it last November with Dr. Chuck Holland at Richland 2. I tried it a couple of times, but didn't stick with it or feel very successful when my students took a quiz on the material I had "flipped". But I got really inspired to try it again when I heard Dr. Lodge McCammon speak at the SC Midlands Summit in June.  He had some great suggestions.
So, now I will apply for his free training & participate in his institute.  I have to make video of myself as a part of my application.  

This is the training I'm interested in doing:
FlippedClassroom Training Program
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Facilitated by Dr. Lodge McCammon and Katie Gimbar
Supported by fizzedu.org, the Friday Institute and SAS

The purpose of the FIZZ Flipped Classroom Training Program is to provide teachers the time to explore and ask questions about flipped classroom practice and resources.
During this free 40-hour training you will be
publishing lecture videos and planning for class time. By
the end, you will be prepared to flip 20+ lessons.
Select one of our online programs below to get started.

Next 5-week training: August 10th - September 15th (application deadline is August 3rd). Click here to learn more!
New self-paced training is available - click here and check it out!

Read the 2013 Fizz FCTP Report here.

Embrace the disequilibrium.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

When Corn Doesn't Pollinate Well

In this video, Mrs. Mixson explains how corn gets pollinated and what it looks like when it doesn't work.  She is joined by her good teacher friends, Casey Ellisor, Deb Childs, Christy Myllykangas, and Anna Reeves at Mrs. Child's annual pool party.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Playing In My Classrom is Required!

And here is another great one from Mia MacMeekin An Ethical Island:

Reflective Teaching

I need a reminder of this about a month after school starts. . . and every week thereafter!  And I'm really loving this author: Mia MacMeekin and her Blog:An Ethical Island.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Organization 101: Books and Websites--Science Style

So many resources, so little time!!! In my professional life, I am notoriously organized.  Every idea, worksheet, test, resource, etc. has a proper place by unit--whether it be in the file literal cabinet or on my computer.  With technology moving at such a fast pace, I've come to need to catalog of all the resources available per unit.
This morning I began a never-ending journey cataloging books and websites pertaining to my units of science (similar to the one I created when teaching Social Studies several years ago--containing hundreds of books related to teaching ancient history; but that's another story). Here it is (or will be!):
Books and Websites--Science Style 


My 6th grade science folders [for Google Drive, Bookmark Folders, Pinterest, etc.] are the following:
6 1 Inquiry
6 2 Plants
6 3 Animals
6 4 Weather
6 5 Simple Machines
6 5 Energy
P.S. I'm just getting started with this spreadsheet, so check back with me in a few months if you want to see some real resources! --Kristin

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

As I'm gently rocking in my grandmother's vintage white metal lawn chair, the mosquitoes are about to carry me away.  We have had a month of daily rains, and these little suckers have multiplied exponentially.  I ran across this article in Smithsonian.com on why mosquitoes bite some and not others, and I thought it might be a fun idea for students to research when we are doing our Animals Unit. why-do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others/


Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/07/why-do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others/#ixzz2ZIjjcjqV 
Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter


and a little follow up article in the Wall Street Journal:
    • By 
    • SHIRLEY WANG

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ted Talk: Hey, Science Teachers: Make It Fun!

This Ted Talk by Tyler DeWitt has some good pointers for teachers!

http://www.ted.com/talks/tyler_dewitt_hey_science_teachers_make_it_fun.html


Remind Me (Google App)

Here is an app worth testing to see if it could help kids remind themselves to complete homework.... if we can't find a simple solution on the Google Calendar.  (I'm thinking the TASKS on Google Calendar should work fine.)

Remind Me

What Do You Want Kids to Do with TECHNOLOGY

From: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BOt-Dt_CIAITZRN.jpg
I REALLY want to make this true in my classroom this year!

Maker Camp--2013

Maker Camp -- a free, virtual camp that teaches campers to make cool projects, go on epic virtual “field trips” and meet awesome "makers" -- is back for its second summer. Follow +MAKE to get started and read all about it on the Official Google Blog: http://goo.gl/ZPj2W.
This looks like fun, too!  I"ll have to try it!

UJAM

Create your own song using http://www.ujam.com/
It is on-line, so no apps have to be downloade.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Amazing Earth! Presentation

Here is a presentation I created to go along with our atmosphere/weather unit.
Amazing Earth!
It is amazing how many variables are in place to support life on earth!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Chromebook Shortcuts (More)

These shortcuts were posted on ChromebookRatings.com. Thanks Susan Neal, for showing me the list!

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Page Shortcuts

Page Shortcuts
Page UpAlt + up arrow
HomeCtrl + Alt + up arrow
EndCtrl + Alt + down arrow
Scroll down the current web pageSpacebar
Print the current pageCtrl + P
Save the current pageCtrl + S
Reload the current pageCtrl + R
Reload from scratchCtrl + Shift + R
Zoom in on the pageCtrl and +
Zoom out on the pageCtrl and -
Reset to normal zoom levelCtrl + 0
Stop loading the current pageEsc
Bookmark the current pageCtrl + D
Find (Search the current page)Ctrl + F
View page sourceCtrl + U
Alt + Click on a linkOpens the link in a new background tab
Toggle the display of the Developer Tools panelCtrl + Shift + I
Toggle the display of the DOM InspectorCtrl +
Take a Screenshot of the Current PageCtrl + Switch window

Tab and Window Navigation

Open a New WindowCtrl + N
Open a New Incognito Window (Private mode: doesn’t keep track of history or cookies)Ctrl + Shift + N
Open a New TabCtrl + T
Open a FileCtrl + O
Close the current tabCtrl + W
Close the current windowCtrl + Shift + W
Reopen the last tab that was closedCtrl + Shift + T
Go to a specific tabCtrl + (1 – 9)
Go to the last tab in the windowCtrl + 9
Go to a specific windowAlt + (1 – 9)
Go to the last open windowAlt + 9
Go to the next tabCtrl + Tab
Go to the previous tabCtrl + Shift + Tab
Go to the next open windowAlt + Tab
Go to the previous open windowAlt + Shift + Tab
Go back (previous page in history)Backspace, or Alt + Left arrow
Forward (next page in history)Shift + Backspace, or Alt + Right arrow
Open the link in a background tabCtrl + Click on a link
Open the link in a new tab and switches to the new tabCtrl + Shift + Click on a link
Open the link in a new windowShift + Click on a link

Editing Shortcuts

Select allCtrl + A
Select the text in the address barCtrl + L or Alt + D
Select next word or letterCtrl + Shift + right arrow
Select previous word or letterCtrl + Shift + left arrow
Move to the start of the next wordCtrl + right arrow
Move to the start of the previous wordCtrl + left arrow
Page upAlt + up arrow
Page downAlt + down arrow
Undo the last actionCtrl + Z
Copy to the clipboardCtrl + C
Cut to the clipboardCtrl + X
Paste from the clipboardCtrl + V
Paste as plain text without formattingCtrl + Shift + V
BackspaceBackspace
Delete (forward delete)Alt + Backspace

Browser Settings and Navigation

Show or hide the bookmarks barCtrl + Shift + B
Open file managerCtrl + M
Open history pageCtrl + H
Open downloads pageCtrl + J
Open task managerShift + Esc
See list of available keyboard shortcutsCtrl + Alt + /
Visit the help centerCtrl + ?
Configure monitor displayCtrl + Full screen
Move focus to the top-right status area without using the mouseShift + Alt + S
Open the wrench menuAlt + E
Toggle accessibility features (when not signed in with a Google account)Ctrl + Alt + Z
Note: This article applies to both the Acer Chromebook and Samsung Chromebook.
We hope this Chromebook hotkey list has been helpful. While this list includes mainly the shortcuts most people are most likely to use, we have eliminated a few of the more esoteric shortcuts for simplicity’s sake. Remember, to see the complete list of all available keyboard shortcuts on your Chromebook, press Ctrl + Alt + ? at any time.

Google Doc Newspaper Templates

Here are two GOOGLE DOC newspaper templates to use in the classroom:
Google Doc Newspaper Template 1

Type Newspaper Title Here
*
Type Text
Type Date Here
*
Title
by: Your Name Here


Type or copy and paste the text you want above the image here.       


Click on the image placeholder below and then choose Insert image. Browse to find the image you want. After uploading the image, re-size it to fit in this column.

*

Type Caption Here

Type or copy and paste the text
you want below the image here.


Fill in spaces below articles with advertising or famous quotes. Type or paste it here.



*

Type Caption Here

Title
by: Your Name
Click on the image placeholder above and then choose Insert image. Browse to find the image you want. After uploading the image, re-size it to fit in this column.


Type or copy and paste the text you want below the image here.


Fill in spaces below articles with advertising or famous quotes. Type or paste it here.





Title
by: Your Name Here


Type or copy and paste the text you want above the image here.       


Click on the image placeholder below and then choose Insert image. Browse to find the image you want. After uploading the image, re-size it to fit in this column.

Remember to click the undo arrow if you mess up.

Remember to save often.

Hint: Long articles may need to be continued on another page.


*

Type Caption Here


Ad


and
Google Doc Newspaper Template 2

Type Newspaper Title Here
*
Type Text
Type Date Here



Type Title Here
by: Your Name
Type or copy and paste the text you want above the image here.   

Click on the image placeholder below and then choose Insert image. Browse to find the image you want. After uploading the image, re-size it to fit in this column.


*

Type Caption Here


*

Type Caption Here

Type Title Here
by: Your Name
Type or copy and paste the text you want below the image here.   






Title
by: Your Name
Type your text here. Save this place for text with no picture or the rest of the text from the first page.








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[I found this idea on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning by Med Kharbach.--Kristin]