Share My Lesson: Online Platform Share Lessons With Other Teachers

WHO: K-12 Teachers looking to share their lessons and resources with others, as well as teachers that are looking for lessons to use in their classroom.

HOW: Teachers need to create an account in order to use ShareMyLesson.  After logging in, users can upload lessons, including tagging standards, adding attachments and links, and descriptions.

Teachers looking for lesson ideas, can search by state standards, grade level, topic area and more.

WHEN: During the summer months, teachers can use ShareMyLesson to either upload their lessons to have in one area, or start looking at what other teachers are doing to enhance their own.

ShareMyLesson is great as it allows teachers from anywhere to share ideas with others.

Wiggio: Online Group Task and Communication Tool

WHO: Administrators, team leaders, and teachers looking for an easy way to communicate with a group, set up to-do lists, and centralized storage for shared documents.

HOW: Sign up for a free account at https://wiggio.com, create a group, and start building!  Wiggio is simple and straightforward to use.  Users can create task/to-do lists that group members can easily check off, as well as set up meetings, upload documents, poll members, share links, and send direct messages.  Group members can set up e-mail notifications of updates, and also have SMS notifications.

WHEN: Wiggio is a great tool for event planning and collaborative work. Teachers/coaches could also use this tool to communicate with groups like Student Council and sports teams.  Administrators would find it beneficial for school committees. Students could use this Wiggio to effectively work on small group projects.

Google Science Fair 2016 – Now Open!

WHO:  Teachers and students looking to turn an idea into reality.

HOW: Students ages 13-18 can enter their science project in to the Google Science Fair.  If students need help coming up with ideas for a project, they can use the “Make It Better” generator or teachers can use the “Idea Toolkit” to help inspire students.  Visit https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/ to register and find more information.

WHEN: Deadline to register is 5/18/16, to view the entire timeline, click here.

Winter Around The World – Collaboration Project For All Ages!

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WHO: Teachers interested in having their class participate in creating an ebook about winter.  Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller) is looking for classes to collaborate on creating an ebook full of stories, songs, poems, and illustrations about winter.

HOW: To participate, add your class to the list here, to add your classes creation, visit the Google Slides Presentation.  This project is for teachers, students, and schools all around the world and of all ages. Shannon has also included resources to help inspire your students to create stories, songs, poems, and illustrations. You can find more information and resources at https://tackk.com/sd4byj

WHEN: Deadline to have your class materials included in the Google Slides Presentation is December 7, 2015.  The story will be ready on December 12, 2015.

Twitter #EdChats: Global Collaboration for Better Education

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WHO: Teachers and Administrators who are looking for new ways to learn more about education, from fellow educators.

HOW: If you do not have a Twitter Account, you should.  Even if you are just “lurking” (reading everyones tweets without participating in the conversation), you will still pick up a wealth of knowledge. Teachers are a group that love to share,  especially with other like-minded individuals.  There are chats on Twitter every night on a wide variety of topics.  If there is something a teacher is remotely interested in, take a look at see if there is a chat about it.  You may just find that there are others from all around the globe that have been trying new things in their classrooms and would love to make suggestions.

WHEN: A full calendar of upcoming chats is available to see here: https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat-calendar

Having participated in Educational Chats over the past few years, I would recommend that you use TweetDeck which allows the user to create columns that focus on specific criteria, such as an account, hashtag, notifications, and more.  I typically have a column for my notifications so that I am sure to respond to all direct comments to myself. A column for the chat itself, that way you can see the flow of conversation, and also a column for the chat moderator.  This way you can see the Chat Topics as they are opened for discussion.

 

Fantasy Geopolitics: Fantasy Sports and Global Current Events Come Together!

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WHO: Teachers looking to engage students in global current events.

HOW: Teachers act as league administrators.  Students study countries before draft day, then take turns picking countries.  Each day a score is given for each time a country is mentioned in the news.  Just like a fantasy sports team, students can trade countries, or pick up unused countries.  The teacher sets the number of days that the competition will run.

WHEN: This would be a great group project for a world history class, government class, current event class, etc..  Some student respond very well to competition, as this may be what it takes to get some students interested in the global world.

Fantasy Geopolitics is free for 1 Administrator and 0-5 players. For pricing information beyond that, click here.

Below is a great introduction video to better explain how Fantasy Geopolitics functions:

 

#TWIMA Project – The World Is My Audience

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Who: Teachers looking to engage students with writing by taking part in a worldwide project.  Jon Smith (@theipodteacher) is looking for classes across the globe to take part in the second iteration of collaboration to create an iBook/ePub of student writing.  The theme for #TWIMA2 is The World Is My Audience 2: Dreams Around The World

How: (Copied from http://thetwimaproject.weebly.com/about.html)

Below are the general guidelines for the project along with time frames.  We are going to focus on dreams in this version of #twima.  We will be using iBooks Author this time to increase the interactivity and ease of transferring your  work to the book.

Part 1:
Have your class discuss dreams.  The dreams they write about could be personal dreams, actual night dreams, dreams for the world, dreams of their culture or dreams that relate to academic areas they currently are part of (I can envision students writing about dreams of solving problems or placing themselves in historical events).

1. Have your class discuss dreams.  The dreams they write about could be personal dreams, actual night dreams, dreams for the world, dreams of their culture or dreams that relate to academic areas they currently are part of (I can envision students writing about dreams of solving problems or placing themselves in historical events).

2. Submit these written dreams to me via google drive, word document or pages document.

3. These written dreams may include artwork or photos your students create if they wish.  Please make sure students use their own artwork and photos.  I would like to avoid any copyright issues.  If they choose photos from the internet, please make sure they are acceptable and copyright free.

Part 2:

Once the dreams are submitted, we will pass the written work on to another group of teachers and students who will take those written dreams and turn them into multimedia for the iBook.  This media could be videos, photos, widgets and much, much more.  The sky is truly the limit.

Part 3:

The final piece of this project will be taking all the written dreams and multimedia pieces and weaving them into one big story.  Justin and his students have agreed to make the larger story based on the dreams your students develop.  Don’t worry!  Your student work will not be changed in any way.  Their work will simply be woven into a larger story.

 

When: #TWIMA2 started March 1, so now is the time to get involved!  Visit http://thetwimaproject.weebly.com/ for more information, contact info, and how to join!

 

I love the idea of this project.  It combines writing, technology, and dreaming!  Let’s help Jon reach his goal of representing each state in the #TWIMA2 iBook! You can also visit #TWIMA on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/twima