Curriculum Plog…a little late: My Week in Curriculum 1-29-18

Still working out what exactly I want to do with these weekly deals.  The more I hear from educators that they aren’t aware of things (things we’ve sent out other ways, but for whatever reason it isn’t reaching the audience) the more I want to explore easy ways to share what’s going on.  We’ll see…in the meantime I’m having fun exploring Anchor.fm.
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Students Presenting Their Research…and Seeking Feedback

I was recently invited to be a guest panelist for an Energy Summit in one of our fourth grade classrooms.  I’ve been to this event before and am always appreciative of the invite!  Students in our fourth grades explore energy and specifically, seek information about energy systems in Vermont.  There were several things that struck me about this process:
  • Sometimes it’s hard to give students feedback!?  I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it was clear that they worked hard on these projects and there was a part of me that was just the tiniest bit hesitant to point out some suggested changes…BUT, the teacher had a great feedback sheet that made it clear that feedback was an important and expected part of this process.

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  • Presentations like this are an excellent opportunity to talk about presentation skills.  How to tell a story and tell it well.  Students are sooooo savvy with producing slides now that the shift to this focus is totally relevant.
  • Students are struck by what is immediately applicable to them. Each group talked about the people the educator brought in for presentations and interviews.  These were people from the community and places like the power company for our area.  You could tell that they soaked up every word from these sources.
  • Each group (maybe there was one that didn’t) used a video to showcase their particular energy source and how it is harvested.  There’s definitely a connection to visual presentation of information and how we involve students in that.
  • This is one of those topics that we’re not paying for education but investing…these students are the people that are going to lead us into the next generation of energy sources.

This was a great opportunity to reflect about our systems and learning…one that I’m very appreciative of.

Student #Vlogging with @kblefrancois #edtech #edchat

I had the chance to visit Mrs. LeFrancois’ class to talk about vlogging. Mrs. LeFrancois has been having students vlog for the last two years and the results are incredible.

There’s a power to the work that can’t quite be explained in words, but it has something to do with connecting with people and amazing amounts of empathy and understanding.

Check out her blog at https://lefrancoisvt.blogspot.com/

2016-17 Student Vlogs Playlist

Katie’s YouTube Channel

InnovatED S2 E007: @Scifri, @PhETSims and @GoogleArt #edtech #techreview

In this episode we take a look at:

Science Fridayhttps://www.sciencefriday.com/
Science Friday offers free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for parents and educators.

PhET Simulationshttps://phet.colorado.edu/
Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations.

Google Arts and Culturehttps://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/
EXPLORE COLLECTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE, CREATED BY GOOGLE CULTURAL INSTITUTE.

“Let’s take a walk in the woods” they said, “it’ll be fun” they said… Thanks @acowanPE

“Let’s take a walk in the woods,” they said.  “It’ll be fun,” they said.  And guess what…it was!  Not to say that there weren’t a few moments of stamina challenging hills to climb with kindergartners, but that’s all part of the package.  There really is an amazing world out behind Underhill Central. It’s kind magical…and just amazing.  Not a bad way to spend an hour…not at all.
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