You Have 1 Second to Hook a Potential Reader

If you are blogging with your students, you have been exposed to them. You have been exposed to hundreds of unimaginative, cloned, generic and uninspiring BLOG TITLES. When opening your RSS reader that contains the latest blog posts of your students,  you are confronted with a list, similar to the …

NASA’s Global Selfie Crowdsourced on Earth Day

Today, April 22, 2014, NASA is crowdsourcing Global Selfies. NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day we are trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while …

Kids React To… And Student Led Conferences

I might be (very)  late to the party around the popular YouTube Channel from the Fine Brothers and their series of Kids React, but I just made a connection to student blogfolios and student led conferences. In the beginning of  each episode of Kids React, kids are being presented with …

Evaluating iPad Apps

I wanted to take a closer look at the iPad Evaluation I previously blogged about in Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use in Mind. The section of Content and Components deserved a closer look and explanation. You can  download the PDF file of the iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom with …

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Student Tutorials- MineCraft, How to Ride a Horse, iMovie and more

It is no secret, that I am a big fan of Alan November‘s Digital Learning Farm concept. I especially believe in Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding and the power of motivation and demonstration of evidence of student learning via the Tutorial Designer role.

See a myriad of blog post on the topic over the years:

At the beginning of the  year, I was tasked to redesign the school’s 1:1 Toolkit Class at my new school. With the end in mind, I wanted students to learn basic skills along the way (movie making,  screencasting, blogging, copyright, etc.) and allowed them to create tutorials to teach other either about a specific tech skill or any other topic that they were interested in. We also reached out to the world via a survey to receive authentic feedback what type of tutorials would be of interest to a wider audience and took the results as a guide as students developed a variety of tutorials.

Here are a few results

 

Julie Lindsay: Designing Engaging Curriculum for Global Collaboration in the Classroom

Following the post:  Note- Taking Learnflow of a Conference Workshop, here is the second story of my curated tweets from a session with Julie Lindsay.

My favorite take away from her well run workshop was her quote “Flat learning is a pedagogy”.

Amplifying our classroom, allowing students to reach out beyond the classroom walls, learning from people in different timezones, cultures and languages shouldn’t be a one time project, but a way how we teach, not a tool we use to connect every once in a while

Designing Engaging Curriculum for Global Collaboration in the Classroom

American School of São Paulo is Looking for a STEM Science Teacher

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Recruiting does not happen via newspapers anymore (mostly). In the International teaching circles, the trend is also moving away from recruiting fairs and more and more towards making contact and hiring through networking and social media. There is something inherently hopeful for the match between a potential hire AND a school, when both are network literate and fluent to facilitate the initial connection and go through a hiring process. It is also evident that social media and networking can facilitate connecting the candidate to a school, which otherwise would never have been able to get in contact with each other.

Graded, the American School of São Paulo (Brazil), is looking for a match for its High School position:

Innovative Science and Technology Education

If you are, know of someone or a willing to disseminate via your network the opening, please link, tweet or contact our HS principal directly (blair.peterson@graded.br)

Please see the job description below.

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Graded seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking science educator to join an already outstanding team for the 2014 school year. Over the past three years, the school has revamped the curriculum to make it make it more relevant for our students. The person will be charged to work with the science team to explore ways to offer students STEM-type of learning opportunities. While the person will initially teach Integrated Science II and IB Physics, the possibilities for the future may include electives such as, Design Technology, Robotics, or Engineering. These offerings will complement our current offerings of International Baccalaureate Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In grades nine and ten, Graded has adopted an integrated science program through . The curriculum Educhange is truly integrated and the units spiral over the two years.

The five units include:

? Environmental Dynamics

? Genetic Unity and Diversity

? Food Nutrition and Fitness

? The Quest for Energy

? Health, Drugs and Disease

The person hired will work closely with another member of the science department to collaborate on the Integrated Science II course.

Currently, Graded students are , creating programming prototypes with a 3D printer in our MakerSpace, and the Graded Developers’ Association is learning programming skills. This is just the beginning of a movement towards increasing STEM opportunities and the possibilities for the future are endless.

Graded is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian, nonprofit day school for children ages 3 through 18. The school follows an American curriculum with instruction in English and is accredited in the United States through AdvancED and in Brazil by the Ministry of Education.

The school has three divisions:

? Lower School, from 3 years old to grade 5

? Middle School, grades 6-8

? High School, grades 9-12

The Lower School consists of the Montessori Preprimary (3 years old through Kindergarten) and the Elementary (Grades 1 -5). The High School program is college preparatory and all graduates receive an American High School diploma. Students also have the opportunity to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma and a Brazilian High School diploma.

The initial contract is for two years, with one year renewable afterward. Graded offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes international health and dental insurance, a housing allowance and furnishings, a severance savings plan, annual home leave at the end of each contract, moving and settling in allowances and professional development funds.

Please contact the High School Principal, Blair Peterson ( to learn more about this blair.peterson@graded.br) opportunity. Candidates can apply through Graded’s  website

 

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cross posted with permission from Dr. Silvana Meneghini,’s On The Edge Blog. Silvana, the High School Technology Coordinator at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, shared a How-To post to connect augmented reality to student reflection by adding a layer of learning (not technology for technology sake). I highly …

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Upgrading Our Recipes for Learning: Digital Learning Strategies

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In an attempt to bring  new additions to your Blog reader, I am starting to feature  guest posts on Langwitches. Be assured that these guest posts are from educational bloggers, I highly value and their voices contribute significantly to my own learning. Today I am sharing a blog post and …

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Is Technology shoving Pedagogy to the center stage? TPACK Reviewed

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Guest post by Silvana Meneghini, Academic Technology Coordinator, Graded- American School of São Paulo. Originally posted on her blog On the Edge. Pedagogical ideas like student centered learning, collaboration, and critical thinking have been around for a long time and are slowly making the way into the classroom. When technology …

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How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop?

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This screencast below will show you how to use Google Docs as a backchannel or exit ticket during a presentation, lesson or workshop. Creating a BackChannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs from langwitches on Vimeo.

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Redefining My Learning

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Silvana Meneghini and I  work as Academic Technology Coordinators at Graded, the American School of São Paulo. ” A flashlight in the fog of technology integration“, initially the title of a conference workshop proposal, quickly developed into the desire of creating a framework to guide and coach teachers based on …

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SAMR Exercise Google Hangout: Mark Your Calendars

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Silvana Meneghini and I  have created a template for technology, learning and literacy coaches. In an effort to create a depository of examples and scenarios for lessons and activities and how an upgrade movement through the stages of the SAMR model actually looks like in the classroom, we are shared …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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Redefining My Learning

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Silvana Meneghini and I  work as Academic Technology Coordinators at Graded, the American School of São Paulo. ” A flashlight in the fog of technology integration“, initially the title of a conference workshop proposal, quickly developed into the desire of creating a framework to guide and coach teachers based on …

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

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Is it personality? Are some people born with it? Can it be learned? I am talking about REFLECTION. At the beginning of the week, I had the opportunity to be part of a workshop during our pre-service ( we just returned from our summer break here in the Southern Hemisphere) …

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The Digital Learning Farm in Action

Student Tutorials- MineCraft, How to Ride a Horse, iMovie and more

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It is no secret, that I am a big fan of Alan November‘s Digital Learning Farm concept. I especially believe in Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding and the power of motivation and demonstration of evidence of student learning via the Tutorial Designer role. See a myriad of blog …

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3 Need-Scenarios to Engage Students with Authentic Tasks

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Alan November’s concept of the Digital Learning Farm, asks schools and teachers to empower students by giving them relevant responsibilities that allow them to contribute in  meaningful ways to their learning community (class/school/etc.). How can we give students the opportunity to CONTRIBUTE versus completing projects that end up in the …

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Blogging as the Official Scribe of the Classroom

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Alan November elevated the “Official Scribe” as one of the roles that empower student learners. I see the role of the scribe as follows: The official scribe plays an important role in the classroom community. Their work is essential for students who were absent from class or need a review …

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NASA’s Global Selfie Crowdsourced on Earth Day

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Today, April 22, 2014, NASA is crowdsourcing Global Selfies. NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day we are trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while …

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Selfies Around the World

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  On the heels of The Cultural Phenomena of Selfies and  iPhoneography: Photo Challenges, Ideas & Literacy, students from the American School of São Paulo, Brazil want to know more about Selfies around the world. If you and your students would like to CONTRIBUTE with actual images for an in- school and online exhibition …

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Julie Lindsay: Designing Engaging Curriculum for Global Collaboration in the Classroom

Following the post:  Note- Taking Learnflow of a Conference Workshop, here is the second story of my curated tweets from a session with Julie Lindsay. My favorite take away from her well run workshop was her quote “Flat learning is a pedagogy”. Amplifying our classroom, allowing students to reach out …

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Blogging With your Classroom

You Have 1 Second to Hook a Potential Reader

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If you are blogging with your students, you have been exposed to them. You have been exposed to hundreds of unimaginative, cloned, generic and uninspiring BLOG TITLES. When opening your RSS reader that contains the latest blog posts of your students,  you are confronted with a list, similar to the …

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Student Led Conferences: Sick and Tired of Blogs & Reflection?

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Our students just finished a second round of Student Led Conferences (SLC) this school year (one in Semester 1 and another in Semester 2). SLCs are a formal opportunity for students to present to their parents about the state of their learning. The students’ advisor (a teacher responsible for a …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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Evaluating iPad Apps

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I wanted to take a closer look at the iPad Evaluation I previously blogged about in Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use in Mind. The section of Content and Components deserved a closer look and explanation. You can  download the PDF file of the iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom with …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

(2 Comments)

Self- Directed Course: iPads in the Classroom

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Professional Learning Board just released a Self-study  iPads in the Classroom course I wrote. It is a  self-directed course to take in your own time and at your own speed. “You have an iPad in your classroom, now what?” The iPad helps us prepare today’s student for today’s world in …

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Digital Storytelling

Poetry on Record

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Inspired by Poetry, Performance & Taylor Mali and Beyond…, 8th grade Humanities teacher Shannon Hancock coached her students to create their own original “Mali Poem”and record a visual and vocal performance. I joined the class to give a brief overview of presentation design. I used selected slides from my slidedeck below to …

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Workflow & Learnflow of an Animation Story

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After teaching a 1:1 Toolkit class for incoming Middle Schoolers tothe 1:1 laptop environment this past quarter, I am currently teaching a Media Basics course for sixth graders. I am using a school blog to document the class (among others), showcase student work, share resources and give written step-by-step directions …

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My StoryTelling App Folder(s)

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Matt Gomez shared a post today with a screenshot of his storytelling iPad app folder. I wanted to reciprocate and share mine. Storytelling I Folder StoryBuddy StoryBuilder StoryPagesHD Toontastic Tappy Memories StoryBoards Premium StoryMaker HD StoryPatch In a World … Drama Build a Story PhotoPuppets HD Epic Citadel Sock Puppets …

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