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  • Which 3 apps and 3 extensions did you install? What do you think of them? 
  • The 3 apps that I installed were Connected mind (http://connected-mind.appspot.com/) which is a useful tool for creating brainstorms/mind maps with various options to include photos, links and design features to jazz the work up. As a class we like using this app to keep track of our thinking over time.
  • The next app i downloaded was accurate ruler (http://www.freeonlineruler.com/?cws=1) I always seem to need a ruler on the promethean board or need to explain to children how to use one. (A meter stick just doesn’t cut it any more!) Easy to use and I am sure will come in handy practically in future lessons.
  • The 3rd app I downloaded was Google slides. Something i use alot on Google drive but this comes with its own app, seems more stable and has more options !!
  • The 3 extensions I installed were:
  • Google Dictionary (by Google) – a useful extension which allows you to look up the definition of a word on any website by double clicking on it!
  • Magic actions for You Tube – this allows you to interact with fun viewing options – something different especially for my class who enjoy learning/inquiring through various you tube videos.
  • Add block plus is a useful extension which stop annoying adverts particularly useful for you tube adverts ! 
  • If you have already been using Chrome apps and extensions, do you have any favorites that you wouldn’t want to live without?
  • I have been using some apps and extensions before but had not revisited the chrome store recently so this was a great opportunity to browse. A lot of the previous apps I was using were mainly for my convenience such as weather, sports and news rather than classroom applications.
  • I have commented on mels11onajeepney.blogspot.com blog who is in the same division as me and on  http://newhampshireferen.blogspot.com blog who is in a different division than I am.

A Level up Introduction !

This is my introductory post for the level up course at ISM !

My name is Adam Winton, I am the program leader for grade 3.  I have been working at ISM for 9 years and love the progressive nature of our school. Courses like this help us to continue to improve in order to become better teachers and therefore lead to improvements in student achievement.

I like the use of technology in education, although, and perhaps especially at elementary level we do need to weigh the use of technology and the fundamentals of transdisciplinary skills at a basic level. Skills such as; using the index and contents pages of a book, being able to find words in a dictionary or use a reference book effectively are still in this modern age applicable!

As for my favorite place to visit in the Philippines it has to be Club Paradise in Palawan – remote beach resort but so beautiful and isolated !

This is a great blog from Making Teachers Nerdy in time to inspire teachers as they return from the summer vacation. Lots of useful links and explanations recommending how they can be used in the classroom. This site is definitely a new favorite for me.

A great write up of Alan November’s workshop on effectively using the internet from Bright Ideas.

Alan November the changing role of the learner – Inspired me to consider an idea for the classroom and our class blog. Children create a podcast or screen capture video to show how to work out a problem or teach others the learning objective.

http://scribblemaps.com 

Google maps that you can draw/write on!

http://www.focuseducation.com.au/CoolStuff/coolstuff.html

Grid game to foster understanding of cooperation and improving concentration.

http://screenr.com/

Create screencasts for your twitter followers

http://www.wfp.org/hunger

World food programme

http://webquest.org/index.php

Create a webquest

http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/mi/campbell3.htm

Focus on Multiple Intelligence Lessons and centers

Blooms Taxonomy Questions

I have used this website to improve comprehension of a variety of learning resources including music and art as well as fiction or non-fiction writing. Students enjoy using the variety of sentence starters to create questions to test each others knowledge.

Below are examples of Grade 2 student created, flip book style comprehension, based around Blooms Taxonomy.   

http://www.youtube.com/searchstories

Quick and easy to use, this is a fun tool to introduce, or review a concept being taught. Students enjoy using it to quickly present a reflection, or understanding of their learning. Google search stories uses the google search engine to create a movie which is downloadable to you tube. Additions allow you to add a variety of music and best of all its free!!

http://www.worldometers.info/

Useful tool to share with students to show humans at work, not very positive really. I wonder if there is a statistics meter showing good deeds performed, charity donations given, trees planted etc

What is UbD?

Taken from Grant Wiggins Website on Authentic Education

Understanding by Design

Understanding by Design (UbD) is a framework for improving student achievement. Emphasizing the teacher’s critical role as a designer of student learning, UbD works within the standards-driven curriculum to help teachers clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities.

Developed by nationally recognized educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Understanding by Design is based on the following key ideas:

  • A primary goal of education should be the development and deepening of student understanding.
  • Students reveal their understanding most effectively when they are provided with complex, authentic opportunities to explain, interpret, apply, shift perspective, empathize, and self-assess. When applied to complex tasks, these “six facets” provide a conceptual lens through which teachers can better assess student understanding.
  • Effective curriculum development reflects a three-stage design process called “backward design” that delays the planning of classroom activities until goals have been clarified and assessments designed. This process helps to avoid the twin problems of “textbook coverage” and “activity-oriented” teaching, in which no clear priorities and purposes are apparent.
  • Student and school performance gains are achieved through regular reviews of results (achievement data and student work) followed by targeted adjustments to curriculum and instruction. Teachers become most effective when they seek feedback from students and their peers and use that feedback to adjust approaches to design and teaching.
  • Teachers, schools, and districts benefit by “working smarter” through the collaborative design, sharing, and peer review of units of study

Or perhaps you prefer a slideshow format taken from the Davis School District Website

The questions I am grappling with at the moment are; 

  • How can you marry UbD and Inquiry?
  • What is the best way to do this?