Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Teacher Learning Team: Oct 5

New Teacher Learning Team Meeting

Topic: The Effective Teacher

Wednesday, October 5, 4-5 pm

Board Room
Lincoln Education Center
932 Harrison Street, Galesburg, Illinois
Open to all Year 1 and Year 2 teachers in Galesburg CUSD #205 and KWSED

All NTLT Meetings are optional; however, 1 PD Credit is awarded for your participation. 


Saturday, September 24, 2016

entICE Comes to Western Illinois!

ICE - or Illinois Computing Educators - has started a new chapter in western Illinois! The Chapter is named for all western Illinois Educators Needing Technology, or entICE.  (Thanks to our own Dawn Malcolm at CJHS for coming up with the name!)

And, during its inaugural year at least, membership is FREE OF CHARGE!
The goal of entICE is to support educators who are integrating technology into instructional activities. Membership is open to any public or private preK-20+ educator, administrator, or pre-service teacher in counties served by ROE 33 and ROE 26 who wants to learn more about educational technology. We’ll meet monthly at different locations across the region to share ideas, learn new techniques, network with one another, and perhaps even enjoy a guest speaker now and again. Members can also apply for classroom mini-grants, scholarships, and enjoy other membership perks, including PD Credits through ICE. Learn more at iceberg.org
Please mark your calendars for our inaugural membership kickoff party on October 13, from 5-6pm, at a location to be announced soon!
More information will be coming soon!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Google Calendar Tips

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has posted some great tips and a link to video tutorials on ways teachers can use Google Calendar to help manage busy schedules.

Remember, if you use Google Classroom or Hapara to communicate and share information with students, Google Calendars are already created for you and your students!

Learn how to leverage Google Calendar by reading this blog post!

To the good folks at www.educatorstechnology.com/ - Please accept my apologies for the previously-inaccurate attribution in my original post.


Conscious Discipline Book Study Sep 28

Conscious Discipline Book Study

Meeting #4: Problem Solving: Positive Intent & Consequences, Chapters 9-10

September 28, 4-6pm 

Board Room, Lincoln Education Center

932 Harrison, Galesburg, Illinois

Attendance at this meeting is optional; however, 2 PD Credits are awarded for your participation

 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Have you cleaned your filter this week?

Using all these gadget-y things in the classroom is fun and it helps kids learn, but ed tech also requires some basic standard maintenance, too.

Please help prolong the life of the projectors associated with SMART Boards by cleaning the projector frequently and regularly. Once each week is a good rule of thumb.

Within the District, I try to send a weekly email update every week. When that message shows up in your inbox, consider that your reminder to clean out the filter on the projector.

Image from epson.com


Here's how to clean the filter each week:

  • Turn the projector off. Unplugging it wouldn't hurt, either.
  • Stand on a step-stool or ladder. Avoid standing on a chair or desk, etc. Ask your custodian for assistance as needed. DO NOT ASK STUDENTS TO DO THIS. 
  • Locate the filter. As you are looking into the big fish-eye lens, you'll see a small black plastic part just to the side. That's the filter. (It's circled in red in the image above.)
  • Remove the Filter. Grab the black plastic filter with your thumb and index finger and pull it straight out toward the SMART Board.
  • Gently shake or blow the dust off the filter. You might want to do that over a trash can.
  • Reinsert the filter. It only fits one way - the same way you took it out. Don't force it.
  • Examine  the projector for dust buildup. If you see a lot of dust & debris built up, especially around the cooling vents, gently brush it away from the projector - never in towards it .

NEVER RUN THE PROJECTOR WITHOUT A CLEAN FILTER PROPERLY INSTALLED! You wouldn't run your car's engine without an oil filter, would you? Let's hope not. The same is true for the SMART Board projector.

NEVER USE COMPRESSED OR "CANNED" AIR TO CLEAN THE SURFACE OR COOLING VENTS OF THE PROJECTOR! This will only force surface dirt & other crud DEEPER into the projector. And that's not good.

If you notice a lot of dirt built up in and around the cooling vents, if the image seems to be getting dimmer, or if your projector starts "making noise," it probably needs professional attention. Submit a Tech Help Request from your classroom computer... quickly...  to have someone from the Tech Department drop by and check it over for you.

And remember, when you see that Tech & PD Update in your inbox, ask yourself...
"Did I clean my filter this week?"

The Great Behavior Game (Redux)

Dusting off a classic for you today... I first blogged about The Great Behavior Game back in 2011! The idea came up recently in a discussion with one of our newer teachers, and I found that some of the links in the post had changed, so here's an update!

The Great Behavior Game is an online application that tracks & rewards appropriate student behavior while teachers conduct their lessons. It is recommended to be used with a projector or SMART Board.

Teachers can create up to three student rosters.  Once a game is started, students’ names appear as game pieces on a board.  Students earn points automatically as time progresses.  Ten points earns a student a star.  Students can earn extra points for positive or observed behaviors – simply single-click on the name to assign the bonus points. Click-and-hold on a student’s name to assign a time-out.

Students do not accumulate points during a time-out. Teachers can also assign a longer term time-out, called a “freeze.”  There is also an Undo button, as well as a Pause button which allows you to show students’ point accumulations and talk with kids about their behaviors.  Settings can be changed to allow reinforcement or timeout intervals to occur at 1-, 2- or 3-minute time periods.

In the screenshot of “my class” below, Jimmy and Donna each have 21 points (2 stars & 1 dot), Joey 7 Suzie each have 19 points (1 star & 9 dots), and poor little Darth has a time-out (although he has earned 16 points, his stars & dots have been hidden during his TO, and he can see exactly how long he has left on his time-out), probably for using The Force in some way inappropriate to my classroom expectations.

...silly Darth...


There are a number of different reporting & printing options as well to help keep parents informed of progress or concerns.  Daily data can be displayed on a line graph for a week, which separates out standard point accumulations from bonus points earned.  Data for time-outs/freezes can be displayed on a chart showing what days of the week and times of day the inappropriate behavior occurs.

The Down-Side

What “down-side”?  This would be great!  The only problem I can foresee is that use of a teacher’s SMART Board during a lesson might be interrupted a bit.  A teacher would need to minimize the browser window while operating the SMART Board during the lesson, but the application will continue to run in the background.  That would be no more or less disruptive than having to move a card in a pocket chart or drop a marble in a jar, etc.

Of course, a passing student might tap the SMART Board to give themselves bonus points or time-outs to other students, but that would be solved either through classroom expectations or by simply minimizing the browser window while the teacher was not directly supervising the area near the SMART Board.

The Verdict

The Great Behavior Game is a great resource for an elementary (K-5) classroom with a SMART Board, or any classroom environment where appropriate behaviors were in need on reinforcement.

See the Video on their Website for more details.

I had originally found this resource at Erin Kleine’s most-excellent blog, Kleinspiration


True North Logic Walk-Through

Learn the basics of navigating the True North Logic interface, used for District #205's Professional Evaluations.

This is an optional informational meeting that is open to all District staff.

Location: Galesburg High School
Date: 09/29/2016
Time: 4:00 pm

Chromebook Basics - Tech Tuesday

Tech Tuesday: Chromebook Basics

This hands on workshop will provide you with the basics to successfully use your Chromebook in the classroom. Do you know exactly how to set up your Chromebook.? Are you familiar with the keyboard cuts, the shelf, how to shares files?

Presenter: John Closen

October 25, 2016

4:00 pm
ROE 26, 130 S. Lafayette Street, Macomb, IL

Register at: http://roepd.net/?action=workshop&recid=292&from=calendar

Fee: FREE


Tech Coordinators Meeting Oct 07

Tech Coordinators Meeting

October 07, 2016

10:00 am to Noon
Carl Sandburg College
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, Illinois

The Technology Coordinator meeting provides an opportunity for Tech Coordinators to collaborate and share effective strategies. Come for the Tech Coordinators meeting, then stay for the SEN meeting on Student Engagement, Collaboration, Problem Solving, and Game-Based Learning!

Presenters: Linda Lee & John Closen

Register at http://roepd.net/?action=workshop&recid=295&from=calendar


Fee: FREE! 

Science Leadership Cadre

Educator Leadership Cadres: Science

Date: September 30, 2016

Location: RAES-East (235 E. Main, Galesburg, IL) and ROE 26 (130 S. Lafayette, Suite 200, Macomb, IL)

Register at http://roepd.net/?action=workshop&recid=284&from=calendar

Fee: FREE

Family Engagement Leadership Cadre

Educator Leadership Cadre: Family Engagement

Date: September 29, 2016

Location: RAES-East (235 E. Main, Galesburg, IL) and ROE 26 (130 S. Lafayette, Suite 200, Macomb, IL)

Register at http://roepd.net/?action=workshop&recid=280&from=calendar 

Fee: FREE

Sandburg Education Network Meeting Oct 7

Join us 

Sandburg Education Network Meeting

Topic: Student engagement through collaboration, problem solving, and game-based learning

October 7, 12:00-3:30 pm
Carl sandburg College, Building A
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd, Galesburg, IL 61401

Open to All Educators, School Administrators, & Technology Directors/Coordinators


Fee: FREE

Register at http://roepd.net/?action=workshop&recid=288&from=calendar 



Balanced Assessment Leadership Cadre

Educator Leadership Cadres: Balanced Assessment

Date: October 06, 2016

Location: RAES-East (235 E. Main, Galesburg, IL) and ROE 26 (130 S. Lafayette, Suite 200, Macomb, IL)  

Register at http://roepd.net/?action=workshop&recid=278&from=calendar
Fee: FREE! 


Columns in Google Docs!

Google Docs now includes a Columns tool!

Just open a Google Doc, click the Format menu and select Columns.



  I learned about this by reading Richard Byrne's post on Free Tech For Teachers

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

entICE in Galesburg!

ICE - or Illinois Computing Educators - has started a new chapter in western Illinois! The Chapter is named for all western Illinois Educators Needing Technology, or entICE.  (Thanks to our own Dawn Malcolm at CJHS for coming up with the name!)

And, during its inaugural year at least, membership is FREE OF CHARGE!
The goal of entICE is to support educators who are integrating technology into instructional activities. Membership is open to any public or private preK-20+ educator, administrator, or pre-service teacher in counties served by ROE 33 and ROE 26 who wants to learn more about educational technology. We’ll meet monthly at different locations across the region to share ideas, learn new techniques, network with one another, and perhaps even enjoy a guest speaker now and again. Members can also apply for classroom mini-grants, scholarships, and enjoy other membership perks, including PD Credits through ICE. Learn more at iceberg.org
Please mark your calendars for our inaugural membership kickoff party on October 13, from 5-6pm, at a location to be announced soon!
More information will be coming soon!