Week 7, Beginning July 2


Website Checklist through Week 7:


Well, this is the last week, we have a few things still to do this week, but first I would like to extend and invitation to a couple of events that will take place in the Campus section of this class. I realize it may not be possible to attend these two events, but I would like to encourage you to do so oif you can find a way to work it out. The campus class in held in Room 225 from 1:00-4:00.

Event 1:July 61:00-4:00, rm 225Classroom Teacher, Kim Herron, Inman Schools will do a complete lesson with you in class just like she does it in her classroom with her won students. You see how she integrates the technology and gets her students actively involved in a project.

Event 2:

July 10
1:00-4:00, rm 225
Guest Speakers Glen Wiebe, Social Studies teacher and Professional Development from ESSDACK and
Jaclyn Pfizenmaker, principal, Clay Center Schools will be here to discuss to discuss Technology use in the classroom.

Since these events both take place before final grades and the semester officially ends, there will be extra credit or replacement points available if you attend.

Replacement points: Attendance at each replaces on reflection from Week 8. 20 points each
Extra Credit, still do the Week 8 reflections and attend one or both presentations, each is worth, 20 points, 40 points total.

Weekly Reflection: Week 7

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1. Scoop-it:

Easily Publish Gorgeous Magazines. Leverage Curation to increase your visibility. Give persistence to your social media presence. Here is mine, I follow 77+ topics. I even have a Scoop-ip I made, 1:1 Laptops & iPads (100) “iPad & Laptops in schools”. http://www.scoop.it/t/1-1-laptops-ipads. But where I find it most valuable is following topics.


I have the scoop-it web clipper on my toolbar, but admittedly, don;t use it like it is intended. I am already pretty embedded using Pinterest, and Diigo for keeping track of websites. But, I find things and learn things from the topics I follow. So take a look, do a little searching and "curating" of topics yourself. Then write your reflection about what you discovers and discuss the usefulness of this type of tool. Byt the way, this in not the only tool like this, just seems to be the one most educators use.

Title: Week 7 Reflection: Scoop-it

25 points

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2. A series of Tools to check out.
  • This one is a wiki, in fact Wikispaces, same as this course site. Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools. There is a ton here, so dive deep. http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/. This wiki had been nominated for the Best Wiki award and son several years in a row.
  • Before you dig in to deep, click on the last link in the list, Tools Index for this site A-Z.
  • I think you will be surprised at the length of this list. For your reflection, find 3 tools, you did not know about already and that your think will be useful to you in your teaching and classroom.
  • Your post should contain, a screen capture form the original tools website, the complete URL, a description of what the tool is and of course your reflection about why you love it and think it will be useful and how you see yourself using it.
  • And.......create an small example/sample using the tool.
  • The sample should also be included in your reflection. Each tool should be a new reflection with its own title.
  • Week 7 Reflection: Name of the tool = 25 points

  • Week 7 Reflection: Name of the tool = 25 points

  • Week 7 Reflection: Name of the tool = 25 points

Assessment & Technology in the Classroom
As many of you have already discovered in Block 1 and Block A (Core Teaching), you will be planning and writing many lessons. A key piece to any lesson plan is Assessment of the students. No arguments, there are many, many way to do this. We have already explored making a Google form/Test. Clearly that might work for some assignments, but probably not all. may times you need a rubric. Especially with multimedia projects, group work and the list could go on and on. There are many ways to make a rubric, Excel., Numbers, Word, and a host of online websites for making rubrics.
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Rubistar began as a grant and continues to be kept FREE through soft money funding. It is important that you create an account when using. This helps them track usage and keep the tool FREE.

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Rubric Machine

Rubric Machine: http://landmark-project.com/rubric_builder/

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A list of tools for Making Rubrics: http://www.assessmentfocus.com/rubrics-rubric-makers.php

Lesson Plans
There are literally thousands of sites on the web to find lesson plans. Make a board on your Pinterest, or a tag in your diigo for Lesson Plans. Find 20 sites to pin or tag where you can find lesson plans for your future teaching world. 1 point for each site after 20 up to 50. In other words you can ear up to 30 extra credit point.
Here is one to get you started: http://www.lessonplans4teachers.com/templates.php

Common Core Standards
You will learn about the Common Core Standards in details in numerous methods classes. At the moment they are just for English Language Arts and Math, but other content areas are on the way. http://www.corestandards.org/

Finding your Grade Level and Content Standards
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The Kansas Education Resource Center contains tools for teachers to use in aligning classroom instruction and assessment to Kansas’ academic standards. http://www.kerc-ks.orgHere is where you can find the standards to align to your lesson plans. Now don;t panic, I realize you have not learned much about aligning standards to your lessons yet. But you will and you have to start with baby steps, so this is your first baby step.

National Education Technology Standards (NETS)

NETS For Students: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students.aspx

These are the standards your students must meet

NETS for Teachers: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers.aspx

These are the standards YOU as the teachers must meet. Some districts even test teach candidates.

NETS for Administrators: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-administrators.aspx

These are the standards school administrators must meet. Although I have to tell you it is slow going on this front.

NETS for Coaches: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-coaches.aspx

This is NOT sports coaches, it is technology coaches, technology integration specialist, etc.

NETS for Computer Science Teachers: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-computer-science-teachers.aspx


Creating your own Lesson Plan

You had to know it was coming...........Below is a template to use.It can be downloaded and opened in both MS Word and also iWord Pages. The sections will expand as you type. This is the lesson Plan Template that teachers in Deer Park, Texas use. The only change I made is.... Texas is the only state that has not adopted the Common Core Standards (http://www.corestandards.org/). They use TEKS (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6148). TEKS are their own standards. Regardless, pretty much the same thing.

What to do................

  • Where to begin..........dig back though all the tools you have learned about this semester and even ones you already knew about. Decide on a unit you will teach at your "dream" grade level and school.

  • Plan that lesson

  • Align it to the standards (Content and Technology).

  • When deciding the technology to use, make sure it enhances the lesson, and that you are not just tacking it on. Create a Rubric for grading.

  • The lesson could be many things or even several things.

  • Make a movie, do a voice thread, Google docs, Animoto, a wiki, one of the new tools you found in your exploration above, using a social tool, this list could go on and on. What you use in your lesson and how you use it is you choice.

  • The idea is to integrate technology into a traditional lesson. Something that must be taught every year.

  • The plan would be for the technology to make the lesson more engaging and exciting for your students.

  • Teachers teach the same thing year after year and now we are throwing technology into the mix. It cannot just be an add on, it has to be infused and integrated with purpose.

  • When your lesson plan is completed, add it to your website. There is a tutorial on the WordPress Help and Tutorial page about how to attach a document to a post.

  • There is a Category for Lesson Plans. This may possibility be the first Lesson Plan you have added to your site. But.......if you have written other lesson plans in your classes, you should take a moment and add them to your website.

  • Remember this website is your portfolio and it is up to you to add items from all you classes, not just this one.

  • Think deeply, assume you will have to present/teach this lesson.

  • You should also assume you have to turn your lesson plan into your building administrator. Many, many schools require teachers to turn in their lesson plans for each week in advance. Especially new teachers. Sometimes after you have taught in a school for quite some time, you might not have to continue turning them in, but most schools require it the first few years.

  • The standards (Common Core/Content/Nets/etc), I know this is new to you, so please do not stress about it, just do the best you can figuring out what aligns and fits with the limited the background you have about standards now. Trust that you be learning more and more about standards as you progress through your class and I will not take points off for this section unless you have made no attempt.

  • Title: Technology Infused Lesson Plan = 100 points

LessonPlan Template