It takes a village! At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School, the collaboration between the media specialist, @baileypalm, the STEM coach, @robbinsimons, innovation coaches, @jennyd28 and @StacyLopezEDU, and myself, @ingewassmann, creates a time on our schedule where we can work with students in grades four and five on Passion Projects. Since January, we met once every six days for Innovation Time.
We used Design Thinking with our students to emphasize the learning experience, not the product. Each mentor took on five students in each class to guide them through the process. That didn’t mean we didn’t help out others who could benefit from our expertise. Students were free to explore what they wanted to learn about, thus giving them an opportunity to direct their own learning.
Yesterday, was our showcase with a real audience. Students spoke and presented with poise to parents, faculty, and fellow students to explain their purpose and takeaways. Watch the video to find out what these young students were able to do!
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School our teachers exhibit constant innovative lessons and units that are in line with our strategic plan and vision. Creating a culture of innovation is at the forefront of it all. Together we are better!
When doesn’t Tony Vincent teach us something new? He gives clear instructions on maximizing iOS use. You can follow him on Twitter or Instagram. You will be amazed at some of these simple tricks! Screen recording and narrating in any app with iOS 11 is my favorite.
If you are not following Alice Keeler yet, you should. She is a Google Guru! If you are like me, I am sure you have created Google sheets in the past and wanted to have an option to add checkboxes to it. Now you can! Alice takes you through the process.
Empatico is a free online service that facilitates connecting classrooms around the world. Students can learn about life in another country or compare and contrast studies with their peers in other parts of the globe. Monica explains how to use Empatico in her blog post.
Eric Curts created his Control Alt Achieve blog to share his expertise on technology and transformation in education. In this post, he lists many sites that have high-quality pictures that can be used in schools without licensing concerns. Very useful!
Innovation at SSEDS Spotlight
Have you ever had the need to make a poster? On her blog, ClassTechTips, Monica provides an easy to follow guide on how to use Adobe Spark Post, as well as several possibilities of what you could use it for in the classroom: posters, anchor charts, graphics, etc.
My second tip of the week comes from Monica’s blog as well. We use the Book Creator App quite a bit at school and this new feature even enhances the possibilities. Make sure to check it out!
You can now see people listed in ‘Shared with Me’ and click on the documents they’ve shared with you.
Our monthly Twitter Chat focuses on innovative practices in schools. This week’s moderator is Dr. Kari Stubbs, VP @brainPop, board member @edcampusa, and former @ISTE board member. The topic she will lead is Digital Citizenship: “How might we empower students to be better digital citizens – smark, kind, and secure online?”
Tip #1: AutoDraw – Fast Drawing for Everyone
Want to draw something fast, but you don’t feel you are an artist? Artificial intelligence will help you! Google AutoDraw to the rescue!
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