Grade 4 and 5 Passion Projects 2018

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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!

Amazing!

 

4.10.2018 Tuesday Tips

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Tip #1 Adobe Launches Spark with Premium Features, Free of Charge for Students!

Adobe Spark is a fun, cloud-based storytelling application that runs in every browser. Students can creatively express themselves using graphics, web stories, and videos. They can log in at any location, any time, making the use of a device a choice! Look for many tutorials and ideas on the following websites:  Adobe Spark for Education and Adobe Educators Exchange

Tip #2 17 Little Known Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom 

At Spring CUE 2018 Conference in Palm Springs, California sessions touched upon many add-ons, extensions, and hacks for Google Suite. Tools ranged from music to time-saving shortcuts and ways that help struggling students. Click the link above to find out which one could help you!

Tip #3 Junior Historians at Work

Project Based Learning in elementary school should incorporate many different subject areas to complete a real-world experience. This article explains how students explored social studies, math, literacy, and 21st-century skills through this one project.

Tip #4 12 Good Tools for Creating Educational Games

Create your own game or let students collaborate to create their own game. This infographic shows 12 different tools and gives a brief explanation of each one. Check it out!

Tuesday Tips and Innovation in Action

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Innovation at SSEDS Spotlight

Tip #1 Creating Classroom Posters with Adobe Spark Post by Dr. Monica Burns

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!

Tip #3  G Suite Update: Find Shared Content with New File Organization in Google Drive

You can now see people listed in ‘Shared with Me’ and click on the documents they’ve shared with you. 

Tip #4  Join Dr. Kari Stubbs on Digital Citizenship for our monthly 30 minutes Twitter chat: #ShiftinEdu – Monday, March 12 @8:00 pm EST.

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?”