1. Check out this site they have tagged as Teachers Give Teachers! It is full of hyperdocs. A child's first assertion of independence comes early on around the age of 2 or 3 with a declaration of "I can do it myself!" Sometime after they enter school we inadvertently start teaching them to wait for us to tell them what to do, how to do, when, and why to do. A hyper doc is a carefully crafted lesson play which puts the ownership of learning back into the students' hands by including links to sites that provide information about what they are learning as well as links to means of documenting what they have learned. Browse through this site and if you would like help in creating a hyperdoc, please le tme know.
2. Robots, robots, everywhere! We now have enough Bee-Bots, Spheros, Ozobots, MBots, Colby Jacks, and Dash robots for whole class learning tasks. I use to go to conferences where these tools were showcased and lament the fact that our students didn't have an opportunity to use these tools. Over the years we have been able to collect enough of each of these robots for an entire class to take part in a robotic learning activity. Please! Schedule a time to meet with me so we can plan an engaging learning experience with your students!
3. This is a favorite activity from last year. I used this with a couple of classes and students loved it! To get your own Time Cover file, please click on the image. Then click: Make a Copy.
4. STEAM idea of the week
Why not schedule a breakout session? What is a breakout? Breakout is a challenge where students solve puzzles based on content. The solved puzzles provide clues that will open a lock. The prize is the journey. I use to think I had to put something in the box that the students would find once they solved all the clues and opened the box. Nope! I discovered that just the process of figuring out the clue and being able to get into the box was reward enough for most students. I have created or hosted breakouts for grades 1-5. Let's get together and plan one for your class!
5. Friday at the Movies - Long but good.
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