Happy New Year, Folks!
1. Now that we are back I would love to get together with you and plan a Breakout! Check out the many topics that already have a Breakout created. These were created by the company but we could also tailor something just for your class. Please let me know how you want to integrate this!
2. I know that right before Christmas we made you aware the the Google+ App has just been opened for teachers but I wanted to remind you of what an awesome resource this is. Once you log into your Google Account (email is the Google App you are most likely to log into first), all you need to do is click on the "waffle" in the top right corner and pull down to Google+. Once you are in Google+ explore all the communities that peak your interest. It's a great way to connect with other teachers who are teaching the same content as you do!
3. After reading the above tweet, I was moved to start thinking of ways we can get our younger students' hands on the same technology that we put into the hands of the older students. We are probably never going to turn on the G-Suite apps for each younger student but you can still have them do things in G-Suite. Here is a resource that was designed with Kinders and first graders in mind. These came from a presentation I attended at VSTE. I have been working with kindergartners and first graders using Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Draw and have developed some other ideas that I will share as well in future posts. I would love to come help you set something up for you.
4. For those of you with older students, here is another example of a hyperdoc. Remember, a hyperdoc is a document with links to other documents or activities. This one is for place value. It would be a great way to review. To access the document, click on the image. Once the document opens, go to File->Make A Copy
5. Friday at the Movies - Just wanted to put some pep into your New Year!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler