Technology-Related Tips and Musings from Susie Simmons, a 6-12 Technology Coach at Bonny Eagle School District in Maine
Tech News for November
Yesterday I presented my news for November at the high school faculty meeting. For those of you who missed it, either via the meeting at the HS or the Monday memo at the MS, here is my Prezi that I used. :)
An example of a student choice menu that has students chose one item from each "course". I've been working with a teacher lately who has struggled with her students completing a summative paper in her class. This trimester, we're working together to find a way to increase buy in and hopefully have a higher percentage of students complete the project. While investigating options for her, the first thing that came to mind was using a choice board or learning menu to enable her students to select the method that would work best for them rather than prescribing a multimedia project. There are a wide range of ways that you can put choice boards in to action. Tic-Tac-Toe, Menus, Choice Board... there are lots of different words to use to search for them. But the premise for all of them is the same. Give your students a selection of options to chose from and let them go with it. Beyond hopefully boosting engagement, the teacher gets the added benefit of not have a ga
Hi, Blog Followers! How is it already February?! Kudos to the teacher that asked me for cartoon strip ideas this week. I included my suggestions in this week's slide! Did you know that the tech coaches have been using #bonnyeagle on social media? We're trying to make our messaging more positive and make it easier to see and follow all of the awesome stuff we are doing. Post with the hashtag and see me for your prize! I have a load of goodies to share. (Offer only applies to BMES/BEHS staff. Sorry!) 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,
Last week I was supposed to meet with a teacher at the middle school to discuss what options were available for presentations. The list is fairly lengthy, so it is hard to really narrow it down. But, of course, we had a snow day and my meeting was cancelled. To help explain some of the options that I found, I created a Sway (from Microsoft), which is shown below. Overall, I like Prezi , Google Slides , Emaze , or Sway . Any of those seem fairly easy to use and cover a wide range of presentation styles. If you are looking to give your students options, feel free to use the presentation I made to help them choose what they'd like to use.