Monday, October 27, 2014

Tip of the Week: The 5 C's ; October 27, 2014

In my post dated May, 12, 2013, I talked about the "4 C's" of 21st Century Skills as they are supported by the Common Core standards. The "4 C's" are designed to prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century workplace and community.  The "4 C's" are known as:

Communication
Collaboration
Critical Thinking
Creativity/Innovation

I had the privilege of listening to Peter Reynolds, author, illustrator, motivator and champion of creativity, at the MassCUE Conference last week.  Peter, a New York Times bestselling illustrator, has written and/or illustrated internationally renowned children's books such as The Dot, Ish, The North Star, Judy Moody and many others.  In addition to designing the logo for the MassCUE event and giving the Keynote on day 2, he also ran a session that showcased a variety of his software applications. 


All of Peter's work champions the creative process in all of us, both young and old.  But I was really touched when he shared his two most recent books with us:  Going Places and Full Steam Ahead. These stories celebrate creativity as well as thinking outside the box.  They celebrate collaboration, communication, critical thinking and of course, creativity. 

But Peter paused for a moment and with a heavy heart said that what is really needed in our society and the workplace is a 5th "C".. and that 5th "C" stands for Compassion.


If you're interested in learning more about how compassion affects the workplace and life in general, here are a couple of articles and research studies that talk about this important topic:

Why Fostering a Culture of "Companionate Love" in the Workplace Matters (Wharton University and George Mason University)







Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tip of the week: TIPS: October 14, 2014

This week I thought I would send some updates and tips related to some of the web tools we have available to us in Sudbury!

Glogster EDU:  Glogster has recently added over 10,000 new educational graphics to their library.   In the past, his library had been populated with fairly generic and 'cute' graphics that did not tie as well to the curriculum. These new graphics are completely original and copyright free, categorized by subject, and ranging from accent graphics and text boxes to backgrounds and media players.

GlogsterEDU has also launched their iPad app!  It is pretty cool if I do say so myself... Log in the same way you do normally and have fun!  


Be on the lookout for teacher management tools in Today's Meet.. !  

Manage your classroom backchannel with permanent transcripts, the ability to pause a conversation, better access controls, add prompts along the way, and even the ability to mute a student... Coming soon!

Class DoJo now allows students to create their own avatar.. Many other management features have been added too. Over 35,000 teachers, parents and students are now using this easy to use classroom management tool!

DEStreaming: DEStreaming, online educational videos, video clips, images, sounds, songs, interactives, and much more, has added the following:

  • Global Wrap Current Events Content: presents a summary of the week’s most pressing global news, keeping students abreast of current events and connecting the past to the present
  • Content collections, featuring resources hand-selected by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts, aid in planning lessons on commonly taught topics
  • Video library features content from over 100 educational publishers aligned to Common Core includes exclusive, award-winning titles from Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel including Frozen PlanetPlanet Earth, and Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.  DE adds to their library of resources continuously.

If you don't have an account yet, please go HERE to create your login..

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tip of the Week: Hour of Code: October 3, 2014



The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science and basic coding (programming) for students in grades K and up. Designed to show that anybody can learn the basics of programming (coding), the Hour of Code is a global event that typically takes place during Computer Science Week. This year Computer Science Week takes place December 8th through the 14th but if you can't do it during that week, you can do it the week before or after.  

So you might be asking yourself, "Why code?"  Code.org believes that "Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path."  


"The Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board (among other partners) have come together to support the Hour of Code."

A few classrooms from across our district have participated in this "Hour of Code" with great success. In fact we have a 2nd grade teacher here in Sudbury who is doing coding activities with his students throughout the school year.  

You do not need to know anything about coding to host an event with your students.  The activities are self guided.  You choose the tutorial you want and pick an hour and Code.org takes care of the rest. They have options for every age and experience-level, from kindergarten and up.  Yes, I said kindergarten..  

Here is everything you need to know about implementing this in your classroom: