The first year, I decided to have the students use a standard lab notebook to record their observations. As the year unfolded, it was clear that many of the materials that the students were generating were digital, so in the second year, I decided to use an eFolio to evaluate student's work.
At 8AM this morning, I stumbled into Molleen's Christian Morality class with a laptop in one hand and a foggy brain in the other. She began the class, sitting cross-legged on the table, leading the class in a meditative prayer. To my disbelief, chatty students became engaged, relaxed, and focused -- and I, myself, followed her lead … Continue reading Live Formative Assessment and Interaction
For years, students were provided with thick application and information packets, which were frequently lost or misplaced.
On a dreary Wednesday afternoon, I was lazing in the teachers' lounge when a fleeting thought about rubrics bubbled up from the depths of my soul. (Note: this was after I read this article...
As an O'Dowd staff member, your "email@example.com" email account is a Google account, which gives you plenty of space and storage in our cloud-based backup server, Google Drive.
Don't worry about where to you have to put everything. Just delete. And make it a regular habit, too. Brian and I discuss the accumulation, mass, and clutter of digital files.
As a teacher, you will primarily use 3 features of PowerSchool (also called PowerTeacher sometimes) the most:
For teachers who don't quite have a Schoology workflow down yet, here are some suggestions to keep in mind.
Teachers from various departments commonly ask, "How do I put 2 PDF documents into 1 file?" You may have noticed that a simple copy-and-paste isn't always the solution to merge these files. Check out how you can combine PDFs with Preview (for Macs). If you have a PC, you can use Adobe Acrobat (which the Tech … Continue reading Merge PDFs
From questions like "How do I delete submissions in Schoology?" to "Is this mole cancerous?", I learned how to use keywords to find the answer I needed for that moment. Here are some things I learned...
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As of 2017-2018, every student will be enrolled in a "Flex Period", a designated time and space for students to get help, finish work, reflect and better one's own practices, attend workshops, or relax. Learn what you can do to make the most of this period.
For the last year, I had been working my butt off trying to get students to participate in tech training sessions that I'd spend hours preparing and advertising for - only to have about 7 people sign up and only 2-4 people attend each time (one of which was Gavin, my boss).
Preparing your midterms or finals and don't have a digital copy? Instead of scanning the test as a PDF, try scanning as a Word file. Keep in mind that if this file is old, the scanned file may produce some strange formatting that may be difficult to work with.
Instead of feeding information to a learner, the learners in a reverse book study are the ones curating, compiling, and making meaning of information.