WHS 1:1 Midyear Reflections

Student and Teachers at WHS have had an interesting year.  The introduction of 1:1 with the chromebooks has significantly changed the way we teach and learn.

Students have had to make adjustments to their learning and organizational styles.  Most teachers have embraced Google Classroom to help students stay on task with what is going on in their classes.  Offline mode has helped close the digital divide by allowing students to work on projects from home.  cbs

Teachers have had to re-evaluate the way they present materials to students.  In several subjects new textbooks provided online resources and the ability for students to access textbooks on their chromebooks.  Students are using email and checking progress book much more frequently meaning the connection to teachers has increased.

All in all the introduction of 1:1 Chromebooks here at WHS has been quite successful.  While it has come with its share of challenges, the benefits have far outweighed any negatives.  We have many resources available for those who need support in any of these areas.

1:1 Resources:
Cane Tech Squad – The CTS Help Desk students are always willing to help students or teachers with any tech related issues.
Ext: 7236  Email: techsquad@wilmington.k12.oh.us twitter: @CaneTechSquad

Library Books – We have quite a few new books (yes, books) about chromebooks and bookEdTech.  Teachers should check out Classroom Management in the Digital Age for tips on keeping students on task while using the chromebooks.  Stop in the library to browse these titles.

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Technology Cleanse

Another Weekend without Tech post, this time from Carter Nichols.

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Going an entire weekend without technology would be a refreshing experience. I feel like many of the things that I do on a daily basis revolve around technology and it would be nice to get a break from it all for once. School work is probably the main thing that includes the work of technology but social media, games and t.v. also all completely rely on technology. Going without all of these things for an entire weekend would be a struggle at first no doubt but I feel like it would give me a chance to focus on other things for once like catching up on a good read, imagesor maybe even just writing down my own thoughts for a change. I would have to completely shift my way of socializing with many people in my life. Everything would have to either be done in person or not at all…

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No tech for the weekend?

Great post by CTS Member Drew Moyer reflecting on a weekend without technology.

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Going an entire weekend without technology would be a positive experience. I think this would be a good thing for a lot of our youth and adults now a days. In today’s world our everyday lives are dictated by technology. We are woken up by our alarms everyday and then are on social media or texting or calling all day. I think if peopleImage result for woods had to put down their phones for a weekend they would go outside and forgot they ever had one. Go hike in yellow springs, it’s beautiful there. Go to Cincinnati and walk around downtown. Go in your backyard and play with a frisbee. I think that technology is a large benefit of our time. It has helped us advance in so many ways and made our world a better place that way. But I do believe that it has ruined us also. All you see nowadays are…

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Watch CTS Jeopardy LIVE

Watch this replay of our CTS Jeopardy Live Twitter Game Show.  The purpose of this show was to help educate students on the use and care of their chromebooks. We are working on the restricted mode issue so for now students might have to watch from home or another account.

Congrats to Parker on winning our first CTS Jeopardy Game.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter @CaneTechSquad to join us LIVE next time.

Teachers – Would you like CTS members to host a Live Jeopardy event with your class?  Maybe you can challenge another class in your content area?  Let us know!

Kahoot

CTS member Devin’s review of Kahoot.

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App Review: Kahoot: How to hoot up your grades

Kahoot is an upcoming study game that allows teachers to design practice tests for students to compete with online. The game is fairly simple and works like this: Teachers can make tests over any particular topic. The questions are all multiple choice so responses have to be made within a short period of time. There is also a team feature that can be assigned to students for more competition. Once the teacher has finalized the test, a code will be assigned so students in that classroom can all join. The only downside is that for it to work, a classroom will be needed that has computers for every student or every student will have to use their own electronic device.

The questions that the teachers make will appear on their screen so a larger broadcasting system for the classroom is highly…

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CBs + Text Sets = Success!

text_sets_quick-searchThere is no better way than text sets to broaden a student’s perspective while at the same time deepening their understanding of a topic.

Newsela provides a searchable library of current, relevant text sets across the curricula which can be narrowed down and even altered by reading level.  As a result, students at different levels can be reading about and discussing the same topic.  Newsela releases new text sets daily and allows for teachers to create their own that are available to users as well.  There is a feature called binder which allows teachers to create classes, make assignments, and access quizzes.  All of which is part of their free suite of products.

Now that WHS is in a 1:1 learning environment we encourage you to check out Newsela as a resource for you and your students.  Already using Newsela?  Please give us feedback in the comments below and let us know how you use it in your classroom.

Newsela Review from Edsurge

Newsela Review from TeachersFirst

Get More Done with Action Items in Google

download-5Sharing Google files with other students and teachers has made collaboration here at WHS the norm.  Now Google allows us to assign Action Items to collaborators in the comments section of Google files.  Give it a try and let us know if you find this tool useful.

  1. Open a Google file.
  2. Highlight the text, images, cells, or slides you want to comment on.
  3. To add a comment, go to the format toolbar and click Comment .
  4. Type your comment.
  5. Somewhere in your comment, add the email address, with @ or + in front of it, of the person you want to assign it to.
  6. Click the box next to “Assign to [name].”
  7. Click Assign. The person you assigned the action item to will get an email.

Communicating with Parents in Classroom

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Teachers – Now more than ever there is an expectation to communicate with not only our students but their parents in a timely and detailed manner. Communicating with the  parents and guardians of your students just got easier with Google Classroom’s Guardian Email Summaries.  Don Sutton just turned on our access to this important feature so you can now  use it.

Simply go to the ‘students’ tab in Classroom and then turn on Guardian Email Summaries on the left-hand side.  You will then “Invite Guardians” by adding the email addresses or adding from your contacts.  Parents/guardians will have the option to see a daily or weekly summary of posts from your classroom.  This will also allow you to email the guardian directly from Google Classroom.

Try it out tonight as you meet with parents at Report Card Fair.  As always give us feedback so we know if this becomes an effective way of communicating with your parents.

Exploring Genres: Historical Fiction

Today in the Learning Commons we explored Historical Fiction with Ms. Moore’s Honors English 2 students.

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Historical Fiction includes any books set in the past.  Students seem drawn to this genre especially when it comes to stories that they can relate to in their own lives.  Students realize that some of the same issues, struggles, and even solutions they face today were also present in the past.

We also took some time to evaluate how to select a book based on reading and interest level.  Students evaluated books and rated them based on how interested they would be in reading the book.  They then had the opportunity to check out a book to use with an independent reading assignment for 2nd quarter.

To look for Historical Fiction books in our library use the following link (while at school): http://destiny