Website Wednesday: Pexels

by Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Blended and Cyber Learning

people-woman-coffee-meeting.jpgAs educators, we should be teaching our students that we need to follow copyright rules when taking images from the Internet. If your students want to find beautiful pictures, my current favorite site is Pexels. Please click here if you want to review copyright and fair use guidelines for teachers.

Pexels uses images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

  • The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.
  • You can modify, copy and distribute the photos.
  • All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So, attribution is not required.
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Tech Tip Tuesday: Schedule Your Email in Outlook

by Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

I often want to write an email now while I’m thinking about something, but I don’t necessarily want to send it until later.  For those occasions, I can schedule my email to send later.

In Outlook, you can compose your message as you normally would.  Before you click “send,” do the following steps:

  1. Go to the message’s Options tab.
  2. Click Delay Delivery.
  3. Make sure “Do Not Deliver Before” is checked.
  4. Select the desired delivery date and time using the drop-down lists.
  5. Click Close.
  6. Finish writing your email and then click Send.

You’ll notice that your email will sit in the Outbox.  It will not be delivered until the set date and time are reached. When it is sent, there will be no indication that the email was written ant an earlier time.  

Caveat: Outlook must be opening and running before a message is sent.  For example, if I set an email to deliver after 3am tomorrow morning but I’m sleeping, it won’t send until I login to Outlook at 7am.

I use this option frequently to schedule messages to parents and students in the cyber program, especially to let them know about days when we have no school. I can set the emails at the beginning of the year and then forget about them.  Try it!

Monday Mentions: Counseling Department and Schoology at MC

by Christine Digiovanni, Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center Instructional Coach

Schoology Groups are a GREAT way to communicate with students and this year the Counseling Department at Marsh Creek created a Schoology group to share information with students and parents.  They included resources that can be used to help students with study skills and stress management.  There’s information about how to access tutoring and homework clubs.  They also included club information so students would easily find ways to make more friends in such a large school.  As the year goes on, they plan to use the group to communicate scheduling details, community programs, and career education information. Students are already using Schoology on a daily basis, so the counseling department’s use of the platform is a great fit.

If you would like to discuss effective ways to utilize Schoology groups in your classes or need assistance setting one up, contact the Instructional Coach in your building!

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The New ISTE Standards for Students

by Jen Hervada, Lionville Middle School Instructional Coach

ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) first released its student standards in 1998 under the name National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). Since then, the non-profit organization has updated the standards two more times to reflect the changing needs and expectations of our world.  The most recent change to the student standards was in June 2016 after input from people all over the world.

The new ISTE Standards for Students highlight skills that students need to be successful in the 21st Century.  The 7 standards include :

  1. Knowledge Constructor – Students as Knowledge Constructors allow students to explore, discover and use their own sources as part of their research on a particular subject.
  2. Innovative Designer – As Innovator Designers, students identify and solve problems using their own creative solutions.
  3. Computational Thinker – Computational Thinkers breakdown problems into components and analyze data sets.
  4. Creative Communicator – Creative Communicators share their message using various types of multimedia.  
  5. Global Collaborator – Global Communicators reach out to others outside the classroom for resources, work together on projects or solve problems because working with a group produces better outcomes than working alone.   
  6. Empowered Learner – Students as Empowered Learners take responsibility for their learning and ask for feedback from others, build networks to personalize their learning.  
  7. Digital Citizen – Digital Citizens manage their digital footprint, respect themselves and others and accurately use online resources.   

The video below is a great way to explain the standards to students using Flocabulary, which helps students use rap as a way to remember key concepts, terms or vocabulary.  The benefits of Flocabulary is students’ break down large chunks of information and create a rap to share and show their knowledge of any subject.

Monday Mentions: App-Smashing a Third Grade Research Project

by Nicole Stulak, DASD K-5 Instructional Coach

Today’s Monday Mentions” features East Ward Elementary third grade teacher, Jodi Turkelson. Ms. Turkelson used her content class to utilize educational technology tools to create an App-Smashed, interactive project that was developed in conjunction with EW Library Media Specialist, Claudia Carosella.

Ms. Turkelson taught her third-grade students research skills as they learned about the Northeast Region of the United States as part of their social studies content class.  Through a combination of digital and print resources, pairs of students began to put together the meaningful pieces of what would become their Landmark Research Project. Once their research, careful reading, note taking of main ideas and summarizing was complete… the edtech magic was ready to begin!

Students summarized the main points of their Landmark research into a script that would be used with the Tellagami App. Their Tellagami avatar would  “speak”  what the students record and each student pair searched for an image of their landmark FREE for use in the classroom. Together, the image would become the backdrop to a 30 second “Gami” speech about their Landmark.  The students utilized their Google Drive to save their final Tellagami videos, which they turned into QR Codes with the Google url. The creative Landmark content created by the third-grade students could now be accessed by anyone who scanned their QR codes on the US map on display in their hallway.

Purposeful technology integration combined with content area standards, curricular objectives, collaboration, and engagement IS possible with our young learners!

If you want to learn more about integrating technology with curriculum and standards, or have a project you would like to transform, reach out to your Instructional Coach to set up a collaborative meeting.

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QR Codes link to Tellagami videos about Northeast landmarks

Tech Tip Tuesday: Googlfy Your Classroom

by Khristina Hunt, Downingtown West Instructional Coach

Bethany Petty is a full-time high school social studies teacher who writes a blog called Teaching with Technology.  Today’s tech tip comes from her blog post called “10 Ways to Googlfy Your Classroom ” that includes real examples of how she uses Google in her own classroom.

Check out her post and the resources that she has included!