Daily Diigo Bookmarks 03/30/2010

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    • not going down the road of high school students
    • My focus here is taking notes in class first, and doing coursework second.
    • Better battery life/Light weight
    • not unreasonable to think I’ll get about six to seven hours on the iPad
    • The iPad can shave nearly three pounds off a college student’s shoulders compared to using a MacBook, not to mention the weight savings if you were able to replace most or all of your books with the iPad
    • It will also be great for reviewing class material in the hall before an exam.
    • I’ve never liked having the laptop screen be a wall between the teacher and I.
    • Single-tasking may let me focus better
    • I’m hoping the iPad not being capable of multitasking might help me focus a little better
    • Lack of e-textbooks
    • I found it a lot easier to take an iPhone pic of a diagram the teacher drew on the board than attempt to recreate it in my notebook
    • No citation/equation support
    • I can see not being able to complete and submit a paper solely on the iPad.
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    • it’s not unreasonable to think I’ll get about six to seven hours on the iPad
    • not unreasonable to think I’ll get about six to seven hours on the iPad
    • not unreasonable to think I’ll get about six to seven hours on the iPad

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2010 Pringles Challenge

This year, my students and I are taking up the challenge of organizing the Pringles Challenge. A STEM event that asks students to design a package which will allow the safe transport of a single Pringles potato chip to another school somewhere in the US. The packages will be scored, and receive higher scores for having the smallest mass and volume to safely transport the chip. So far, 15 schools have signed on for this year’s Challenge. If you know a math, science or engineering teacher that might be interested in joining the Challenge, point them toward this site:


Sign-ups run through April 3rd, so there’s still time to get involved!

NCMSA10: IMPACT and Tech in 20

Below you will find some notes from our session on IMPACT and Tech in 20 at BCMS.  My apologies for not having the video archive that I expected to have from the Live Stream of our session.  Something was wonky with the audio, so unless you want to listen to robotic sounding voices for an hour, I think it’s best kept deep in the archives.

Two Pronged Approach

  • Monthly 90 minute grade level media and technology meetings…
  • Weekly Tech in 20 Sessions on Tuesday afternoons

Monthly Meetings

  • Allow grade level conversations about tools and strategies to be used in the classroom
  • Focus on the use of media and technology within our building
  • Occasionally include guest speakers for additional professional development

Sample Topics

  • Verifying Information on the Web
  • Google Desktop
  • Creating a Voicethread
  • Big 6 Research Method
  • Blogs as a Classroom Webpage

Tech in 20

  • 20 minute sessions held weekly on Tuesday afternoons
  • Sessions are livestreamed and recorded for staff to view at a later date and time
  • Focus on introducing topics that can be discussed deeper during monthly meetings
  • Sessions are archived at http://sites.google.com/site/bcmstechin20

Tools Needed

  • Google Site
  • Livestreaming service like: Justin.tv, uStream.tv, or Livestream.com
  • Webcam (We use a Logitech Quickcam which can be purchased for ~$50)
  • Staff Interest Survey – used to determine the direction of the first sessions of Tech in 20

Below you will find a slidecast of the Tech in 20 portion of our session.  This is the best I could do as a replacement for our botched livestream. Hopefully you will find the information useful in setting up your 20 minute staff development program.

Thanks to all those who attended our session. If you have further questions, please feel free to share them in the comments or email me!

Daily Diigo Bookmarks 03/17/2010

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NCMSA10: Efficient Communication within the Educational Environment

Thanks to @techtipsPRMS for these notes!!
Here’s my notes on Communication with Chip Buckwell

Efficient Communication within the Educational Environment
KMS Communicates, collaborates, and Learns
Dr. Chip Buckwell- Principal
Kannapolis Middle School- 7-8 Middle School

Efficient Communication within the Educational Environment
KMS Communicates, collaborates, and Learns
Dr. Chip Buckwell- Principal
Kannapolis Middle School- 7-8 Middle School
Let’s go paperless! 100% Paperless for the first staff meeting.  WOW!
Google Tools- Main tool to be paperless
Diigo- bookmarking management tool- saving websites for staff
Schools’ internal website  is housed on Google- school schedule- confidential information, so you must log in to see information.
Morning Announcements, Interesting Articles and Websites, Meeting Notes, ASD assignments, Curr. Resources, planning resources (collaborative). Department Wikis, Examview Resources, Writing Prompts.   (Much like a staff handbook)—ASD rotations, bus schedule, assembly seating assignments, phone lists,
Google forms to schedule academic coaches (Literacy Coach Model)
Schedule is on Google docs.  Created by form that staff completes question are and doc is generated.
Google docs allow for teachers to see real time forms.  No more emailing revisions and several copies saved.
Agendas, Goal Sheets, and Notes from Collaborative Planning Meetings on the site.  – These collaborative meetings are much like a business meeting.  Staff talks about academics, pedagogy, and strategies.  Fueled by the Agenda, and notes are recorded and shared to staff.
Academic coaches use Google tools to ‘keep things run smooth’.
WKMS- news program
-Used to be live:  Now it is a loop.  Totally kid produced show.
Google Calendar- meshes several calendars together, KMS calendar, Coaches calendars, Elm. School calendars, etc.  You must be invited to join a calendar.   USE OF NOT THIS SYSTEM AVOIDS TOO MUCH USE OF INTERCOM SYSTEMS!!! Huraay!
Skyping with “Kelly”- she just finished lunch with David Warick.  Chatting via skype.
Invite several people into the conversation.
“Do you use this more than email?” Yes- it is live and real time.  If I leave her a message, it stays up until she responds.  This tool is very useful and time saving.  The message stays with them until they have time to add to the conversation.  It archives the conversations for later review.
You can video, call or text with Skype.  Just had a conversation with another admin in his district via Skype ‘phone’.
Substitute teacher mounted webcam backwards- and teacher could monitor students while substitute was in the room.
Investigating using it for homebound students.  Set student up with district computer to access internet, and participate in class while sick.
Teacher websites/Team websites:
Home to class wikis- and are able to save projects to the wiki so students are not using up server space! UCPS take note!!
Teachers share plans and resources on wikis.
Gaggle.net accounts for students
Ourspace accounts- email, chat, blog, other software to communicate and collaborate.
Very effective in keeping students where they need to be, but not fool proof.  Any middle-schooler if given enough time- will find a way to get where they shouldn’t be.
“Its not about the “Stuff” … it’’s about the people.” If you don’t have good people behind the stuff, it’s still a mess.
Take it slow.

Question: How much have you saved?  “We have saved about 40% of our copies—not enough- push past 50%.  40 is a good chunk, and want to do better.  Next year’s copy budget may be less.”
GroupWise: Original email system used before Google revolution!
 In order to have googlewebpage.—requires Gmail account.  All staff needs Gmail account.
Still using GroupWise, just meshing it with google-webpages.
Their best resource was allowing Google be the agent to “house” our stuff.  It no longer slows down their VPN.
Google focused on teachers/staff at first.  Now staff is sending students to it.
Resistant at first.
“Has transformed how I do PD for myself.  Transformed how I read, and what I read.”
People quote edleadership before it gets to your desk.
Retweet- send out to everyone who follows you
and then add address to your diggo account.
DIIGO:  Saves bookmarks online- so if you aren’t on your computer- you can still pull up your pages on any computer.  Email Chip for access to his Diigo account
Twitter Blogs  Google Reader
-allows you to (in one place) capture all the blogs you want to read in ONE PLACE.  MikeFisher- digigogy (digital+pedagogy)
When someone posts to their blog, it is forwarded right to your Google reader.  You can catch up at a separate time.
“Get a good idea about communication in your school, and I promise you- I am not the fastest learner on the planet- when I find something that is this good, and it can transform what we do, and save time- we try it” Dr.Chip Buckwell

NCMSA10: Math Literacy Strategies

10:00am – 11:00 am
Math Literacy Strategies
presented by Meghan Sharp and Melaine Rickard

for entire presentation go to         http://camelmath.tum.abss.k12.nc.us
Notes by @jjbsyman

As you walked into the session the presenters had a cartoon on the screen captioned “Math Majors Exchanging High Pi’s”(THEY HAD THE SYMBOL).
Around the room where 6 poster papers with questions derived from Bloom’s Taxonomy and we would answer them.

The math EOG is just another reading EOG!

1) Anticipation Guide
– helps students predict and understand text
– activates prior knowledge
– personal connection to text
How to create?
– write questions that relate to “big ideas”
– explain task
– before and after reading answers
– give kids time to talk about answers, explaining reasoning

ex. Dilation have “real world” applications
a Dilation is only an enlargement
If the scale factor of a dilation is between 0 and 1 it is a reduction
A negative scale factor would reflect or rotate a figure as well as a change
Similarities to LA
– activate prior knowledge
– practice thinking and writing
– big ideas
Difference to LA
– may have right or wrong answer
– typically not used with a reading, just terminology
2)SWBS – somebody – who
wanted – what did who want
but – what happen
so – what did who do

– math is WBS
what – list all facts from word problem
but – write what the question is asking in your own words
so – solve the problem and show your work
summary – write how you solved the problem and its answer using WBS

3)World wall activities
Fortune Tellers – folding paper into handheld vocab and answers
– purpose – intro, review, practice
– show, play, make
Word puzzles- squares- using terms, definitions and examples to match up all four sides to complete puzzle
word scramble – have students cut up a predetermined list of letters, then ask questions distributing the letters in and out to make vocabulary words. Helps to post a vocab list with spelling

4)Comprehension pyramid        – summarizing, comprehension, example
In LA – start with one fact – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – etc so there words look like pyramid

In MATH – each math concept has different format
– define what levels should be addressed

+ /
2x = 16
inverse operations to solve
2x        –        4        =        12

other examples – describing a number
– graphs (histogram)

some good math reading resources
Numberland         by George Weinberg
Mathcurse         by John Scieszka & Lane Smith
The King’s Chessboard         by David Birch
Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar         by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno
Twizzlers Percentages Book         by Jerry Pallotta
Count to a Million         by Jerry Pallotta
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate         by Jerry Pallotta
The Best of Times         by Greg Tang
Math for all Seasons         by Greg Tang
G is for Google         by David Schwartz
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside school         by Louis Sachar
A Gebra Named Al         by Wendy Isdell
Kiss my Math         by Danica McKellar
Math Doesnt Suck         by Danica McKellar
Secrets, Lies, and Algebra         by Wendy Lichtman

Daily Diigo Bookmarks 03/16/2010

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