What I learned from Twitter & Hashtags
Kasey Bell, on twitter has so many great resources available for teachers. Her blog Shake up Learning has been one of the top blogs to read for a few years now. I found an app I can use with students ages 4-11 to teach computer science. The app is called Kodable and it is common core aligned for grades Kindergarten through fifth. The app can help students learn algorithm operations, order of operations, methods and much more. The best part is it is free! Such a great resource for teachers.
Dave Burgess is an educator who wrote the book, Teach Like a Pirate. This book is actually my resource that I found on his twitter. This book is great for all teachers to read because it tells you strategies to engage your students dramatically. The book also discusses ways for teacher to be more creative and think outside the box when planning lessons. If you have not checked out this book you can find it on Amazon for a range of different prices.
Shelly Burgess is Dave Burgess wife and was a super-intendant. She is now an Ed Leader who encourages leadership in education. I found another book as a resource for teachers called, Launch by John Spencer. This book is about helping students think of themselves as inventors, creators, and makers. The book helps teachers learn strategies to change the brainstorming process, structuring project based learning, and building creative confidence in the classroom. Those are just a few things the book talks about. I think it is another must read books for all teachers. You can find the book on amazon as well.
- The first resource I found from #edchat was an awesome assessment for what stuck with your students throughout the day. What did they learn that you taught them in that day? I really loved this idea because it’s a sticky note board student’s can write something down and stick it as they leave. It’s a great way to assess what you really taught well that day. There are a tons of different boards made like this on the page but all have the same concept.
- The second resource I found was a book called Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Ritchhart. The book is about 8 forces that transform school culture. Expectations, language, time, and 5 more forces to shape group culture is described in detail. Time for example, tells you to not fall victim to it but be a master of time. Use it wisely in your classroom and don’t waste the precious time you get with your students to teach them.
- The third resource I found was 23 ways you can use iPads for project based learning in the classroom. There are three categories, Imagine, Design, and Publish. Each of these has a variety of apps you can download. For example, under design you can use sketchbook or logo maker to create a logo that is relevant social issue that may be under-served by the media. This is a really cool resource to keep handy in your Pinterest for later.