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This was my first Pinnacle (technology leadership) event and I was so excited to attend. I was glad they let us invite a friend. I brought my good 5th grade buddy with me. I attended two sessions. One was about B.Y.O.D and the other was about writing/vocabulary integration in technology. My buddy attended a different second session. I can't wait till we have a chance to chat about what she learned.
In B.Y.O.D I learned
- kids are going to make bad choices... the end... you may as well prepare for it
- allow kids to take the responsibility of their learning including deciding what app to use
- allow students to do what they are going to do anyway (tweet) and use it to your advantage
- one teacher (highschool) created a # for her class and her students # notes. she takes a participation grade based on their tweets
- she said the students compete for who can tweet the coolest fact/note/whatever
- recommended "today's meet" or google classroom for elementary "tweeting"
- be clever when sharing devices
- kids will take pictures of the homework-notes-anchor charts... let them
- think what you want students to produce rather than what you want them to produce it on.
In writing/vocabulary integration I learned
- middle and highschool teachers NEED us (elementary teachers) to teach students to annotate text
- diigo and read&write for google are good tools to use but they each have their own weaknesses
- you can use doctopus and goobric with google classroom (wow didn't know that)
- use storify to help students who need help in writing a complete cohesive story
- use/create fill in the blank notes and sentence starters to help students who don't have the vocabulary to write about a particular topic or in a particular format
- one I just thought about on my own...we were talking about giving students a word bank... Would it be possible to create a web-based word bank in google presentations or docs that a student could access all year