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12/6 Techie Thursday!

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Hi, Blog Followers! The first week of second (or third trimester) always seems to be especially insane. Grades to post, new classes to start up, revisions to make before teaching the content this trimester... yikes! Please know that I am here for you if I can help make the insanity a bit more tolerable. I've had a few teachers ask me to take a peek at their gradebooks, ask for help setting up their LMS pages, assist them in transferring their existing assessments on to Synergy, improve their workflow with their email... the list goes on! Just name it and I'm here for you.
This week's Techie Thursday features another giveaway! Check out the image below for details and to access all of the links on the slide. If you have a tool you would like me to research for different options, just drop me a line. If your students are creating green screen videos, podcasts, collaborating on Google Docs, working on a hour of code, or anything else having to do with using technology in your c…

11/29 Techie Thursday!

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Hi, Blog Followers! Can you believe that the end of the first trimester is upon us AND it's almost December? Crazy!
This week's Techie Thursday features something new. I'm doing a giveaway! Check out the image below for details and to access all of the links on the slide. If you have a tool you would like me to research for different options, just drop me a line. And, if you'd like to get together to learn about any of these things, plan a lesson together integrating more technology, get some guidance with setting up your GP/HOW check in on Synergy, or get non-evaluative feedback just set up an appointment with me on my website at http://appointment.simmonsclassroom.com
And, as always, you can see the tips from the past weeks by clicking on the slide below and then using the arrows to scroll through the other slides in the deck.


Sincerely, 
Susie Simmons
Technology Coach for Bonny Eagle Middle School & High School Google Certified Educator Level 2 & Apple Teacher Simmo…

11/15 Techie Thursday!

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Hi, Blog Followers! Phew! What a crazy fall this has been. Since I've been booked pretty solid lately, I really want to encourage folks to plan ahead as much as possible and book appointments with me to ensure that we can connect. Lately most of my time has been spent at the high school simply because they are booking me. The middle school just received four new 3D printers thanks, in part, to the Perloff Family Foundation and I've been feverishly working to get them set up and deployed. We are so fortunate to have SIX 3D printers in the school now!
Now, onto the TechieThursday. Click on the image below to access all of the links on the slide. If you have a tool you would love me to research for different options, just drop me a line. And, if you'd like to get together to learn about any of these things, plan a lesson together integrating more technology, get some guidance with setting up your GP/HOW check in on Synergy, or get non-evaluative feedback just set up an appointm…

11/8 Techie Thursday!

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Hi, Blog Followers! I've been binging on podcasts lately as I look for ways to improve my coaching skills and learn about other ways that folks are using technology in education. It was hard to limit it to four recommendations for this week! There are lots of awesome ones out there. I also took some time this week to create a HOWs/GPs self assessment on Synergy that everyone at the MS and HS can use RIGHT NOW on Synergy to do a check in with their students. I hope that you find it helpful!
Now, onto the TechieThursday. Click on the image below to access all of the links on the slide. If you have a tool you would love me to research for different options, just drop me a line. And, if you'd like to get together to learn about any of these things, plan a lesson together integrating more technology, get some guidance with setting up your GP/HOW check in on Synergy, or get non-evaluative feedback just set up an appointment with me on my website at http://appointment.simmonsclassroom.…

Habits of Work & Guiding Principles Self Assessment on Synergy

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As part of this week's Techie Thursday post, I mentioned that I created a "Habits of Work & Guiding Principles Self Assessment". I used a school wide rubric from the high school to create a four question self assessment that will automatically grade the students on each of the HOWs/GPs and then enter it into your grade book. I would recommend using it as a formative assignment with your students and then entering your own grades in as a summative. It's a great way to get your kids used to taking assessments on Synergy AND, since it goes right into your grade book, it's also a good way to keep your grade book active and inform your parents/guardians how their student is doing.

This is what the questions look like for teachers:


And then this is what the question actually looks like for a student:

Let me know how it works out for you!


Techie Thursday for October 11, 2018

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Needless to say, last week's techie Thursday note was delayed a few days. But I have a good reason! I was off at the annual ACTEM conference in Augusta where I presented four sessions covering topics like creating VR tours, my favorite AR/VR apps, automating your work to make life easier, and about 3D printing in grade K-12. I also got to see Joe Sanfelippo, who is a superintendent from Wisconsin, and the author of Hacking Leadership. I laughed. And, yes, I cried. He was a phenomenal speaker and definitely one of my all time favorites. I would highly recommend checking him out and also follow #GoCrickets on Twitter. He's down an amazing job in his school and it's easy to see why they have applicants from around the country for jobs at their school. If you have never been to ACTEM, it happens every October in Augusta. They'll be looking for presentation proposals this spring. If you'd like to collaborate on a session, let me know! I love co-presenting with folks an…

Professional Development Time Options

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I wanted to send out a message to those folks who are looking to work on technology for your 20 hours of PD time. First off, I have modified my "available" hours on my appointment calendar so that you can now book me until 3:15 on (most) Mondays and Wednesdays.  I could even meet longer than that as long as you make arrangements with me in advance. I am happy to meet 1:1 or with groups of teachers to provide any support or training that you need.