Technology in the Classroom

January 16, 2017 Leave a comment

On January 3, 2017, faculty gathered to learn about technology. The group of Toni Olivieri-Barton, Library and Technology Educator, Stéphanie Kimlicko, Department Head/French teacher, Nathan Eberhart, French/Spanish teacher, Dorothy Strehl, Learning Services, Rafael Muciňo, assistant head of school, Dr. Susan Carrese, Global Education Director, and Zoe Schmidt, Spanish teacher, presented on innovative ideas that they learned from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference that was held in Denver during the summer of 2016. There were inspiring ideas around project-based learning, video producing, and using Twitter to name just a few.
Olivieri-Barton facilitated an activity where all teachers decided themselves where they are in the Technology Integration Matrix which was created by University of South Florida.  Afterwards, teachers attended or led sessions demonstrating innovative ideas from our own classrooms.  Kimlicko and Xiaohong Teng demonstrated how they use the website Seesaw to have students “turn in” assignments.  Kimlicko mentioned how she has cut down on paper use in the classroom and Seesaw allows students to record themselves so she can hear pronunciation of French.  Dave Brudzinski, Math teacher, demonstrated how to do a QR code scavenger hunt as a review in class. Kat Baker, Science Teacher, reviewed how to design an object for the 3d printer in the library. Eberhart present on Kahoot, Quizizz, and Quizlet. Olivieri-Barton discussed global projects and demonstrated the use of BreakoutEDU a gamification idea big in education right now. Bryan Bolding, Director of Technology taught a session on Google Drive and another on iMovie and our Green Screen. Muciňo taught about Augmented Reality and Google Voice and Google Forms. Lauren Kelly, English teacher, showed how she uses Google Classroom for turning in assignments. Deb Prantl, Dean of Programming/Department Head/Math teacher demonstrated how she uses Interactive Whiteboards in her classroom.  Jed Haupt and Penny Steele, both history teachers, reviewed some global Primary Source websites and how to incorporate Google Maps into history.


Tech Tools (weekly)

January 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

#screentip in #word

January 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Here are the steps for getting a popup of information within a word document.

1) Make sure screentip function is turned on
     a. file, options, general, check box for “Show feature descriptions in ScreenTips”
2) Highlight whatever you want the screentip to be attached to, click insert, click bookmark
3) Insert name for bookmark (whatever you want just no spaces), click add
4) Make sure the word/phrase is still highlighted and hit Ctrl + K to open insert hyperlink box
5) Click “Place in this document”,
6) Click the bookmark you just created
7) Click “screentip…” and type whatever text you want to pop up in that box
8) Click Ok until you are back at your document and then you are done
Thanks to Alex Dedrick for researching this.

Make Just One Change @RothsteinDan @LuzSantana20 @rightquestion

December 21, 2016 Leave a comment

I had been introduced to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) once before but the second time I hear about it many educators suggested that I get this book.   I am so glad that I did.  How QFT works is the teacher only comes up with a Question Focus.  This is not a question and it is not a statement with any judging in it.  It could be as simple as “immigrant rights”.  The students then take five minutes to right down questions about the Question Focus.  The rules for producing questions are:

  • Ask as many questions as you can.
  • Do not stop to answer, discuss, or judge the questions.
  • Write down every question exactly as it is stated.
  • Change any statements into questions.

During the question producing time, do not give hints on what questions might be good.  Students can be reminded of the question starters “Why, what, how” which lead to open-ended questions and “when, where, who, is, can, do” which are closed-ended.

To improve the questions, students look at the questions to categorize them into closed- or open-ended questions.  A close-ended question can be answered with yes or no or with one word.  An open-ended question requires an explanation and cannot be answered with yes or no or with one word.  Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of asking open- and closed-ended questions. The students then can change questions from one type to another.

Prioritize the questions. Choose the three most important questions.  Students should be able to say why those are the three most important.  Then discuss what the students will do with the questions.


Cultural Awareness by Pronouncing Names Correctly #mynamemyid

December 15, 2016 1 comment

I cam across this website where you can take a pledge to say other people’s names correctly. As someone with a difficult name it is surprising how many people I correct and they stil pronounce it incorrectly. I could not imagine my first name being hard to pronounce. Take the time to do this. Get your school or community involved.

from the site:

Did you know that pronouncing students’ names correctly is a signal that their names and identities are honored? This can foster a sense of belonging and build positive relationships in the classroom, which are crucial for healthy social, psychological, and educational outcomes. Help us build a culture of respect in our school communities.


Hour of Code #hourofcode @codeorg

December 5, 2016 Leave a comment

This week is the official Computer Science Week and with that comes the push for every student to participate in one hour of coding. This all began as a hobby for Hadi Partovi.  It became a job.

Have you never coded? Want to try something new from the comfort of your own room? Check this out:

This week is Hour of Code week. Find time to try it. If you are thinking it is not for you, check out these famous people who want you to try:

As a teacher, it is amazing to watch students and other teachers experience coding. Of course this is a very small introduction to coding and can help ignite excitement in your students for learning.

Coverage in the Media on Global Projects

September 30, 2016 Leave a comment

The beginning of the school year has been extremely busy and I have gotten some publicity from the local Colorado Springs Gazette and MeriTalk.

Meritalk Article “Colorado Students Discover World through Mystery Skype“, September 2016
Gazette Article “At Fountain Valley School, students learn, interact with global ‘classroom’“, September 2016


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