May 12-16th Recap
May 19th-23rd Agenda
Topic of the Week: Twitter is Not the Devil
Upcoming Google Connected Classroom Events of Note
Additional Notes & Information
During this week, my focus was how to access, annotate, and use electronic books through iBooks. If you have not updated to Maverick yet (which you will be required to soon), you are missing out on the iBooks apps. I showed teachers how to find free textbooks and novels for use in their classroom and showed off some of the awesome features that you just don’t have with traditional books. I also discussed how to annotate and have the book read to you, which will be a big help for some of our students (who have updated to Maverick). I will be posting my resources over on my “Guides & Tutorials” website here. If you’d like more help with it, just make an appointment with me and I’ll be more than happy to do whatever I can do.
My latest schedule for non-interrupted weeks is putting me at the MS on Mondays and Fridays so that I can maximize their schedules the most. Tuesdays and Thursdays I’ll be at the HS. I will be alternative where I am based on Wednesday depending on where I am needed.
Middle School: I have moved upstairs! Please pay attention to my calendar events as my office is now in room 97 (not 40A). I have tons for space for everyone to come and I even have a window! Come up and visit!
Wednesday, May 21st: Jim Moulton from Apple will be visiting with us on May 21st. He is going to meet with both principals and we will be visiting classrooms to see what folks are doing and how we can utilize MLTI and Apple better next year. I have had a few teachers let me know that we can visit them. If you are open to us stopping by, please let me know! Otherwise we will have to just stop by different rooms based on where I think we’ll find cool stuff. I am hoping his visit will help to guide our 1:1 implementation to bigger and better things for our classrooms and students as well as help me to serve you better.
I have had several teachers come to me and express their displeasure with Twitter being open on our network (although I dare say we have more students using “Messages” on their laptop than Twitter). But Twitter is not just used for pointless chatting limited to 140 characters! We’ll look at how other teachers are using Twitter in their own classrooms and how you can leverage it to form your own Professional Learning Network filled with teachers with similar interests. I’ll be posting my resources right on my “Guide & Tutorials” site for you to reference even if you aren’t able to attend. And they’ll be out on Twitter, too, @SusieTechIntegr.
Inspired from the workshops I hosted about Google Connected Classrooms, I am going to start include a list of what sessions I see coming up that may be of interest to you guys. There are probably others that I’m missing, but it gives you a good idea of what upcoming sessions you should check out!