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The tree-minute retreats can work as a whole group prayer on a projector/interactive whiteboard OR individually with each student on one device. You can use the day’s retreat or choose from the Archives.

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GooseChase can make an interesting way to do PD with the teachers. You can engage the teachers in the use of iPads, Android tablets, or their own phones. Teachers will see a submission feed so they can get ideas from each other. It is a good idea to password protect the scavenger hunt because you can only include up to 25 people per “GooseChase” for free.

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It keeps a leader board, you can add and subtract points to people’s submissions. The submissions can be photos, video, text answers, and GPS location based check-ins. The submissions can be downloaded and provided to the teachers in any format you choose.

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Remind is a great way to get parents and students to sign up for reminders from the teacher. It is different from School Messenger/School Reach because each teacher can send reminders to their parents. It is a free program. When you create your classroom, you are given a web link and a texting number to provide to the parents and students. You and your class community do not see each other’s email or phone numbers. It can be useful for reminding parents that field trip money is due or a test is coming up in class. It can help with after school clubs or sports activities. Remind notes that children are expected to have their parents read the terms of service before they sign up for an account. Here is their note: “IMPORTANT—IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN READ THE AGREEMENT BELOW AND AGREE TO IT FOR YOU. IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO READ AND AGREE TO THIS, YOU DON’T HAVE PERMISSION TO USE REMIND. ALWAYS GET AN ADULT’S PERMISSION BEFORE GOING ONLINE.”

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If you set it up early in the year, you can project a message for the parents to join at Back to School Night. They can sign up with a web site link or through their cell phone.

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Prodigy is a free site for grade 1-8 math practice. It DOES have an option for students to pay per month. Make sure students and parents realize that they should not upgrade the account.

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You will receive a join code to give the students once you have set up the classroom and content.

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It has a very gamified feel. They battle characters with their math knowledge and gain health points and items for their characters.

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The 5 Clue Challenge is a website with videos created by teachers and students as a guessing game. When you to the website, click Take me to the videos. Choose a video and pause after each clue. Give the students time to do some research about the location. Students get 5 points for getting it right on the first try, 4 points for the second try, until the run out of clues. Your class can make videos with in the classroom. If you like what was created, you can load it in YouTube (with permission forms for students in place) and send the link to the teacher in charge of the website. The teacher, Michael Soskil is located in Pennsylvania. He is currently in the running for the Global Teacher Prize as a top ten finalist: http://www.globalteacherprize.org/top-10-finalist/michael-soskil

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The Scholastic Story Starters are useful as a method of giving students ideas for creative story writing. It is an interactive site. It can be used on the interactive whiteboard or overhead projector for the whole class, or individually by students on their own device. It will work on computers, laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks. Advice from teachers in the classroom: give the students a time limit to set the story idea. The words and choses are set by grade level: K-1, 2, 3, and 4-6.

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Testmoz may find a place in the work of some teachers. If they are already using Google Forms, Socrative, Plickers, or Kahoot, it may not suit their needs. Teachers can create an automatically graded online test for free with no need for teachers or students usernames and passwords. The downside is that teachers have to write down the URL the website generates or they cannot get back to the test or quiz. Simply click the green Make a Test button. It costs $20 to sign up for the year. I would recommend trying the free version. Feel free to test with the information on the screen captures. The password is xyzzy.

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Teach Your Monster to Read is a website that gives teachers the ability to set up a game based in letter sounds, reading words, and reading sentences.

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You can types one child’s name at a time and set the level or add multiple players at once.

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The multiple players will be entered in a spreadsheet and uploaded to the website.

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It will generate a password. You can also set the accounts up with no password or one you select (according to further research by Angela Fama at St. Anne School).

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Seesaw is a free site that provides teachers with a quick and easy way to build a student portfolio of digital images, text, and links online.

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You can read this teacher’s blog post about how she has found it valuable in class.

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If you view Seesaw’s Twitter stream, you will see many “retweets” by Seesaw of other teacher’s examples.

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This link will take you to an actual second grade blog. You can see how this teacher is giving students the ability to showcase their work. Seesaw portfolios can be private too.

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This screen captures shows the many types of evidence of learning that students can place in their portfolio.

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We are going to go into our Technology Playdate for the next 40 minutes.

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This month’s pre-work provided background into looking at websites from the perspective of content, authority, purpose, and website design as a way to evaluate the relative value of a given website.

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We had worked on search engine skills in the 2014-2015 school year. Jill shared some questions she posed to eighth graders to help them practice not only searching, but thinking about their confidence in the answers they were locating. Each of the questions has clarifications that students would need to make before they could be confident in their answers. They questions are listed below with (parenthesis are the things they should be refining):   How many bones in the human body? (baby vs. adult) Where is the biggest football stadium? (college vs high school vs pro) What is the distance to the moon? (from where, which moon) What determines eye color? (in humans) What is the largest dog breed? (in weight vs height) What is unique about mercury? (element vs planet [no uppercase M]) What is the smallest mammal? (there are two the bumblebee bat and the Etruscan​ shrew - one is by weight the other is by length)

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All About Explorers is a great site that gives students content to analyze. It is actually a full webquest. If you choose to use All About Explorers with students, do not have them Google the URL or they may end up reading, in advance, that this is a site teachers use to teach website evaluation. Take them directly to the explorers page. It is a visually pleasing site.

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As they read, they may or may not question the validity of the information.

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You can view the About page to learn about the people who edit the site. There is a “fake” profile and a link to “the real story.”

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Within the teacher instructions you will find handouts and descriptions of the lessons. In the end, students are asked to find valid sources and correct the mistakes in the biographies.

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If students judge a book by its cover, it is a well designed and usable site.

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Dog Island is a site a younger student may believe. It fails the usability test with it’s large number of ads. Students may miss the links at the top of the page which brings up more content about Dog Island. As you read the content…it may start to sound like it is a joke.

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Dihydrogen Monoxide – who.is – this site tells the dangerous story of DHMO which is actually water H20. One of the technology integration specialists wonder who the author, Tom May, might be. A Google Search reveals this information. If students have these types of questions, it is often helpful to make it a “teachable moment” by doing the research and sending a class email from you, the teacher, to try to learn more. Here is Tom May’s LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-way-862b308 I am waiting to see if he writes back to share the backstory of DHMO.

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http://www.jstor.org/stable/492944?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

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It can be helpful to show eighth grade students that they can use the link: command in Google to find out who links to a site. This is a page about Ada Lovelace (a mathematician and computer programmer for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the 1800s. The content seems good. It is on a university site. There are no ~ in the URL to show it might be a student page. If you look closely at who links to the page by typing link:URL (link:https://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/lovelace.html)

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I will be working to include a Website Evaluation unit plan on Rubicon Atlas. In the workshop I explained how I worked with sixth grade students to evaluate websites. I will be working with Barbara Dolan to create the plan and will let everyone know when it is ready for use.

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Please review the Google Doc with the profile the high school teachers wrote as we gathered to discuss a technologically proficient freshman. Please show it to your eighth graders for feedback, too.

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The second draft of the proposed ISTE Student Standards was released February 19, 2016. If you are reviewing it with teachers or students, please make sure you are looking at the second draft. Feedback is needed by March 31, 2016.

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We will be working on rubrics in April.

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The pre-work for April is on browsers.

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Technology Sites and Website evaluation Ann Oro http://tinyurl.com/rcan2015survey3 Survey for January workshop

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Loyola 3-Minute Retreat www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm

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Goose Chase https://www.goosechase.com/

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Goose Chase Getting Techie

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Remind https://www.remind.com

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Remind https://www.remind.com/join/rcantech

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Prodigy https://prodigygame.com

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Prodigy https://prodigygame.com/play

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Prodigy https://prodigygame.com/play

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5 Clue Challenge http://5cluechallenge.weebly.com

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Scholastic Story Starters (K-6) www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters

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Testmoz https://testmoz.com/

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Teach Your Monster to Read http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

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Teach Your Monster to Read http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

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Teach Your Monster to Read http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

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Teach Your Monster to Read http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

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Seesaw http://web.seesaw.me/

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Second Grade Sample Blog http://michalskisped.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-love-for-seesaw-continues-to-grow.html

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What are teachers and students doing? https://twitter.com/Seesaw

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Second Grade Sample Blog https://blog.seesaw.me/espinozamb/

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Seesaw

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Technology Playdate

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Website evaluation Big Picture: Content Authority/Credibility Bias/Purpose Usability/Design

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Helping students think about web searches Topic How many bones does a human have? What is the distance to the moon? What determines eye color? Which football stadium in the US holds the most spectators? What is the largest dog breed? What is unique about mercury? What is the smallest mammal in the world? What ways do you need to refine this search? Which site(s) do you think are most reliable? Why? How confident are you in your answers? Thanks to Jill Spellman – Holy Trinity – Westfield for allowing me to share this with you.

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All About Explorers http://allaboutexplorers.com/explorers

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Content http://allaboutexplorers.com/explorers

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Authority/Credibility http://allaboutexplorers.com/about/authors1/

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Bias/Purpose http://allaboutexplorers.com/webquest/teacher/

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Usability/Design http://allaboutexplorers.com

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Questions that arose – Dog Island - .com and ads http://www.thedogisland.com

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Questions that arose – who.is – Tom May http://dhmo.org

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Trimming a URL www.let.rug.nl/usa/biographies/george-washington/ www.oswego.edu/library2/archives/digitized_collections/granger/georgewashington.html

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Who links to this site? link:www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/lovelace.html www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/lovelace.html

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Unit Plan Catholicschoolsnj.rubiconatlas.org

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Profile of a Technologically Proficient Freshman Who What When Where How Why www.tinyurl.com/rcanfreshman

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Second Draft of ISTE Student Standards www.tinyurl.com/rcanistedraft2

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Rubrics What are they? How do you write them? Examples How to use rubrics in your teaching Creating rubrics online

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April Pre-Work www.tinyurl.com/rcanlearns

Summary: This presentation shares resources that can be used to assist students and teachers. It includes review of the pre-work on website evaluation.

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