Sunday, December 10, 2017

Developing Digital Literacies at Drew University 2/03/18


Developing Digital Literacies on 2/03/18 @ Drew University 


Excellent upcoming PD opportunity for teachers on Saturday, February 03, 2018 at Drew University.

Discount to teachers working in under-served populations. Bring 4 of your school colleagues and get 50% discount. That means that each teacher would pay $50 to attend conference. From personal experience, it's worth investing to attend this conference. Please contact Dr. Turner if you are interested kturner3@drew.edu






Sunday, August 20, 2017

WNYC Report: How MS-13 Is Affecting Immigrant Communities



I was listening to this report, How MS-13 Is Affecting Immigrant Communities, and I thought that as teachers we should be informed about what happens in the lives of our students to better understand and support them. 


"In a 3-part series in partnership with NPRSarah Gonzalez, WNYC's youth and families reporter, reports on MS-13 on Long Island — how the gang targets people for violence, why the Trump administration blames the wave of unaccompanied minors who have settled in the area, even though police say they’re more likely to be victims than perpetrators of MS-13 gang violence"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Teaching Beauties

July 2017 Accomplishments 

Teaching in high-needs public schools can be challenging. However, when we work hard and collaborate with teacher and administrator colleagues around the city, beauties and nice surprises come our way. Let's keep moving forward and challenge the obstacles to get our job done the right way. 

Memories to remember and look back to


Links:
GSE Alumna Wins New York City Department of Education Excellence in School Technology Award



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: #NYCSchoolsTechChat: Discuss #Infographics with @E...


Hope you can join us this evening!



Questions:



Q1 What are types of #infographics you might use in your school? #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Q2 Why are #infographics an effective tool to support student learning? #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Q3 What are positive results from having students create infographics? #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Q4 What are your fears & challenges around creating #infographics? #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Q5 Share do’s and don’ts of using infographics for teaching & learning. #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Q6 Have you used an #infographic or the closest you’ve come to an infographic to support learning? Share links! #NYCSchoolsTechChat



Q7 Give a shout out by RT, like, or reply to someone who has inspired you w/good ideas abt #Infographics in today's #NYCSchoolsTechChat


Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: #NYCSchoolsTechChat: Discuss #Infographics with @E...: On Thursday, June 1st at 6 pm, we invite you to join the #NYCSchoolsTechChat where we will discuss ways to use infographics to support te...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#NYCSchoolsTechChat Monthly Twitter Chat 6/1 @ 6pm


Digital Design in Our Classrooms 

Join us 6/1 @6pm

Hashtags: #NYCSchoolsTechChat #infographics 
                 @eileen_lennon @InnovativeEdu @Acevedo493 @easel.ly 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Khan Academy for Middle and High School Cohort 2 - SAT Prep/Math/Science/SPOCS - PD for NYCDOE Educators


Khan Academy/ DIIT/ iZone


For NYCDOE Schools


DIIT and the iZone are excited to announce their continued partnership with Khan Academy.   As you know, millions of teachers use Khan Academy to more efficiently meet the academic needs of their students.  Khan Academy has over 150,000 exercises especially created for the Common Core, all subject areas including Advanced Placement and SAT Prep. They are comprehensive and deep and have been vetted by the authors of the standards. Whether for homework on in-class problem solving, these exercises give your students immediate feedback and solutions, as well as standards-aligned video assistance. This saves valuable time for the teacher while ensuring that students have practice with the best coverage of curriculum tasks.  The second phase of the rollout of Khan Academy will reach MS math teachers, HS math and science teachers, SAT Prep teachers and SPOCS. 
We will be hosting training from June 15-17th, 2017  if you are interested in implementing Khan Academy at your school.


Participating schools should:
  • Identify a pilot team to include 2 teachers.
  • Attend one of the scheduled face-to-face pd’s (see attached schedule)
  • Begin implementation in selected classrooms in September 2017


Middle School Math
Audience: 6th grade math, 7th grade math, 8th grade math, pre-algebra teachers

Description: Khan Academy offers thousands of standards-aligned exercises, videos, and articles for middle school math classrooms. This hands-on training will show you how you can easily plug Khan Academy into your classroom. We will explore the on-boarding process, student practice experience, and teacher tools. Teachers will also have the opportunity to explore Khan Academy's integration with the EngageNY curriculum. Additionally, there may be advance previews of new Khan Academy features.

Thursday, June 15th - Register here

Saturday, June 17th – Register here




High School Math
Audience: High school math teachers for all courses from Algebra 1 through AP Calculus and AP Statistics

Description: Khan Academy offers thousands of standards-aligned exercises, videos, and articles for high school math classrooms. This hands-on training will show you how you can easily plug Khan Academy into your classroom. We will explore the on-boarding process, student practice experience, and teacher tools. Additionally, there may be advance previews of new Khan Academy features.

Saturday, June 17th - Register here



High School Science
Audience: Biology, chemistry, and physics teachers (both AP and non-AP)

Description: Khan Academy now offers standards-aligned exercises, videos, and articles for high school science classrooms. This hands-on training will show you how you can easily plug Khan Academy into your classroom. We will explore the on-boarding process, student practice experience, and teacher tools. Additionally, there may be advance previews of new Khan Academy features.

Saturday, June 17th - Register here




SAT Prep
Audience: High school science and math teachers, AVID teachers, and any other teacher who helps prepare students for SAT

Description: Developed in partnership with the College Board, Khan Academy's Official SAT Practice includes a personalized, tailored practice plan, interactive practice, instructional content, official full-length practice tests, and instant feedback. This hands-on training will explain how to use Official SAT Practice with students as a free, high-quality college readiness resource.

Friday, June 16th – Register here

Saturday, June 17th - Register here




SPOC Training
Audience: SPOC teachers

Description: Khan Academy offers personalized practice resources across subjects and grades. Over 50 million teachers and students worldwide are registered to use Khan Academy’s standards- and AP-aligned exercises, videos, and articles for biology, chemistry, physics, US history, world history, grammar, K-12 math, computer science, and SAT prep. This hands-on training will explain how to use Khan Academy in a classroom and how to answer common technical and implementation questions from other teachers who are interested in using Khan Academy. Additionally, there may be advance previews of new Khan Academy features.

Thursday, June 15th- Register here

Friday, June 16th – Register here


* Per Session will apply for Saturday sessions.

 
If your teachers don’t know much about Khan Academy, you could point them here to learn more: https://www.khanacademy.org/educator.
For some specifics around using the Khan Academy site as a teacher, you may want to point them here.
And finally for some ideas around simple ways to use Khan Academy in the classroom, they could take a look here.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Lucidchart 4 Education

Guest writer Amanda Kaestner @lucidchart

Over the past few decades, the development and implementation of technology has accelerated at an incredible rate. Computers, automated systems, and mobile apps are now part of nearly every profession and industry in the developed world. It follows that for the rising generation to be successful in a technology-heavy work environment, they need to practice integrating tech applications into their everyday activities, starting in the classroom.

One tech application you might start seeing in schools that’s available to students and teachers for free is Lucidchart. An online diagramming software, Lucidchart can help students develop tech literacy in the classroom while giving them opportunities to think critically and collaborate with peers.

About Lucidchart

Using Lucidchart, students can create timelines, mind maps, floor plans, Venn diagrams, and flowcharts to analyze plotlines, outline and memorize a book using mind maps, find the greatest common factor, or visualize the rock cycle. Ways to use Lucidchart are only limited by the imagination, but to get your creative juices flowing, take a look at some example lesson plans for grades 4-12.

Because Lucidchart is web-based, it runs on any internet browser from any computer no matter the operating system. There is no required download meaning that students can start a project at school then go home and finish it from their personal computer.

It’s also incredibly easy for students and teachers to show off their work with presentation mode. They can display an entire diagram at once using the mouse to scroll through it dynamically, or divide a diagram into slides for a more focused presentation. They can even export their presentation to Google Slides and add additional context there. Lucidchart is innovating the way we can offer visual learning to the classroom.

Collaboration

In addition to working anywhere, Lucidchart makes it possible for students to work with anyone. Multiple students can edit a document in real time so that everyone can contribute as groups collaborate and teachers can pop in and monitor. Whether students are working next to each other in the classroom or from a distance in their own homes, everyone’s changes are visible as soon as they are made so nobody’s ideas get overwritten.

Commenting and chat features make it easy for students to talk about ideas and plans as they diagram together from a distance or at different times. With @mention notifications they can tag each other to ask specific questions or practice delegating by giving assignments.

G Suite integration

For classrooms using G Suite for Education, Lucidchart comes with an added bonus: a seamless integration with Google Drive. With a free EDU account, users can choose to automatically sync their diagrams directly to Google Drive where all of their other documents are stored. Free add-ons for Docs, Sheets, and Slides make it possible to quickly and easily add visuals to reports, data sheets, and presentations. Help students say hello to more visual thinking, writing, and presenting.

Perks for educators

All educators and students with an EDU email address are eligible for a free Lucidchart Pro account. This means unlimited documents and shapes, 1 GB of storage, free integrations with G Suite and Microsoft Office, presentation mode, and access to other advanced shapes and features. Schools that are interested in adopting Lucidchart across the board can implement advanced security and administrative controls with the purchase of an enterprise account.

To sign up for a free EDU account:

  1. Navigate to Lucidchart’s free EDU sign up page.
  2. Sign up for a standard free account using your educational email address.
  3. Click your name in the top right and navigate to “Account Settings.”
  4. Click “Get a Free Educational Upgrade” in the bottom left navigation.
  5. Receive your confirmation email, click the link, and you’re all set.

The way incoming generations are interacting in a classroom is changing rapidly and it’s imperative that we adapt and feed that desire to learn. If you’ve been looking for ways to change up the way you interact with your students to help them visualize lesson plans, then Lucidchart is a perfect place to start.