Thursday, January 3, 2013

January 3 Teacher Institute

On Friday, January 3, our teachers return from the Winter Break for an institute day.  Our staff development focus for this year is "Creating 21st Century Classrooms".  Each of our staff development days has been spent training our teachers on what we call "The Four C's" of a "21st Century Classroom".

1.  Communication
2.  Collaboration
3.  Creativity
4.  Critical Thinking

At the January 3 institute, we are going to take a step back and spend time digging deeper into some of the specific technology tools that have been introduced as a means of facilitating the transformation to "21st Century Classrooms".

Specifically, I will be presenting a session on using Twitter as both a professional development tool and as an instructional aide.  I will also be presenting a training on how to set up a Blogger account and use it as an instructional tool.

The ppt presentations for both sessions can be found on my wiki page.

Comments from my Twitter session will be posted on twitter under the hashtag #CCCUSD1.

Comments from the session on Blogger will be posted with this blog entry.


  1. In the student services department, I could make announcements about scholarships and upcoming due dates, I could open up discussion about new course offerings, and have discussions about future plans (college apps., career fields, and continued education options).

  2. 1.) Blog with another social worker from another school-(Cealy)-example: if we have a similar topic we are discussing in group, have students (during group time) post comments or questions on specific topic.

    2.) Have students comment and reflect about a Second Step lesson.

    3.) Have students comment about a solution for a problem. I would post a weekly problem/issue and then have students post solutions to the problem.

  3. 3 ways to use blogs...
    1. Students can collaboratively create online study guides for tests.
    2. Have a central location for the different links we use in class. It'll save on time instead of students trying to type out different web addresses.
    3. Have students answer weekly questions or prompts that can help me monitor students' understanding of topics.

  4. I would like to have my students post scientific articles on my blog and then each student in the class must comment on the article. Comments must be well thought out and much more in depth than "I really liked it". Hopefully the comments will be thoughtful reviews of the article and how the information in the article might impact their lives or future scientific study.

    I could also possibly use a blog for test reviews - ie. have students post questions they have prior to the test and the students, in the comments, could help answer the questions.

  5. I want to use this for a way for students to get help on homework. They can ask questions and I can respond to their questions immediately even if they are at home.
    I also want to use this for questions while they are studying for a test. I may designate a time frame that they can ask questions while studying. Students will be able to see each others comments, which may answer some of the questions other students had but were afraid to ask.
    I may also use it in the classroom as a way for students to blog questions when they have them while I teach

  6. 1. Post a prompt or question that the students must give a detailed response. For example, a scientific question can be asked and the students would have to give a detailed description of the steps required to solve the question.
    2. Assign students a question from the homework and record their solutions using video, virtual whiteboard, or other means. Their classmates can watch and comment or ask questions to each other.
    3. Set up a post about an upcoming test. Let students post questions and answers for each other. I can answer questions as well.

  7. 1.This is Deb Scudder on Frazers site:
    In Art a blog can be used to discuss Famous Art works in a specfic style such as Impressionism and students could link to a site for an individual critique.
    2. Art Festival award winners and other art show student art works can be posted. Students do peer critiques or personal critiques.
    3. Research an art article on a specific technique/watercolor painting.

  8. Lori Hamilton stated: I would use my blog to give a writing prompt (or picture) to students
    in which they could respond with a short answer. I also like the idea of having a "blog party" in which students and parents are invited to view my blog and discuss proper etiquette in leaving comments. The idea of students have "blog pals" (rather than pen
    pals) is very interesting, as students would get somewhat immediate feedback from students in another grade level and/or city/state. I know 4th graders studying algebra would love to blog with high school students in Mr. McLeary's class working on solving