The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom

Throughout the Digital Fluency Academy, we talk a lot about taking risks–failing forward. Risk-taking is a crucial element of the learning process for both students and teachers. Creating a learning environment that encourages risk-taking, and supports all stages of learning should be supported by all stakeholders.

I often refer to this acronym, and use this graphic in the Digital Fluency Academy:

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In the article from Edutopia, “The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom,” we go even deeper into this idea. Students are often afraid to raise their hands if they do not already know the correct answer. How can we reverse this culture in the classroom?

I don’t have all the answers, but I hope we all encourage our teachers and students to try new things. It’s okay if you don’t get it right the first time. It’s all part of the learning experience.

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Apple Releases iOS 7 for iPads and iPhones

The new iOS 7 was released this week for Apple mobile devices. There were a lot of new features added!

Below are some options for learning more about the update:

For other iOS resources, check out the Power of R10 Diigo list!

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Flip Your Classroom Day 9/6…Get it?

On Flipped Day (September 6th) the Flipped Learning Network will host the first “Flip Your Classroom Day: A Global Initiative.” Teachers may choose to either curate or create videos. Check out this list of ready-made lessons to use 9/6 and be sure to take the pledge!

 

 

 

Ashley Gilliam

Ashley Gilliam

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Great Apps for the Classroom – FREE Webinar Aug. 6

Here a the details on a free webinar from Launchpad Toys:
“We’re getting ready for back to school at #LaunchpadEDU by teaming up with some of our edtech friends to talk about a few of our favorite apps for elementary classrooms :) Join developers and all-star teachers just like you to learn how to integrate some great educational apps in your curriculum.

The Details:
Great Apps for the Classroom
Tuesday, August 6th from 1:00PM – 1:45PM PDT
via Google Hangouts on Air

Sign up below and we’ll send you a reminder email with the webinar link and enter you to win a copy of Toontastic: All Access! We’re excited to talk apps and share the work that’s being done in our awesome community of educators :)”

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Registration is Now Open for the 2013-2014 Digital Fluency Academy!

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The Digital Fluency Academy is designed to develop and enhance the capacity of participants to teach and learn      effectively in a digital world. This program provides extensive professional development for administrators, teachers, librarians, and in select settings, students.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide an environment where students do not power down when entering the classroom but are challenged to become skilled in the selection and effective use of appropriate information and communication technology and digital learning resources.

  • Develop a culture of learning where students acquire, assess, synthesize, and create knowledge, preparing them to participate in and become contributors to the future they create.

  • Empower teachers, administrators and students to be leaders in effecting change through the infusion of information and communication technology and digital learning resources

This program consists of two parts:

Foundations of Learning in a Digital Environment – 4 days of extensive hands-on activities and exploration of tools addressing the following topics:

·         Digital Age Learning

·         Digital Citizenship

·         Research and Information Fluency

·         Communication

·         Collaboration

·         Creativity

·         Critical Thinking

Pathways to Learning in a Digital Environment: To be chosen from the Digital Fluency offerings in conjunction with the culminating project.

For the Fall semester of the 2013-2014 school year participants have the option of attending sessions at one of the cluster locations below. Additional sessions may be offered in the Spring.

Session dates for each cluster site are:

Group 1 @ Dallas … 9/4/2013 … 9/18/2013 … 10/3/2013 … 10/16/2013

Group 2 @ Duncanville… 9/13/2013 … 9/27/2013 … 10/11/2013 … 10/25/2013

Group 3 @ Lovejoy… 10/30/2013 …11/20/2013 …12/4/2013 … 1/8/2014

Group 4 @ Region 10… 9/20/2013 … 10/4/2013 … 10/14/2013 … 10/23/2013

Group 5 @ Prosper… 10/28/2013…11/11/2013…12/2/2013…1/27/2013

Group 6 @ Greenville … 10/10/2013 …10/24/2013 …11/7/2013 … 11/21/2013

Principals may send a team of up to 3 individuals to the training provided the commitment is made for each to participate in all face-to-face and online components consisting of 30 CPE credits. There is no fee for this training. However, schools are responsible for providing substitutes and substitute pay. For this reason, principals must approve teacher participation.

Registration Instructions – Each participating teacher will:

1. Register online at http://goo.gl/oqsWu (If the link in this email does not work, copy the link and paste it into the web address box at the top of the browser.)

2. Fill the in the form completely, making sure to indicate your choice of cluster location.

3. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the form.

Verification of registration will be emailed to each teacher.

For questions contact digital.fluency@region10.org   or 972-348-1474.

Ashley Gilliam

Ashley Gilliam

Educational consultant and tech facilitator supporting innovations in learning, education & technology.

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New ELAR PD Courses Release by TEA through Project Share

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TEA has released new professional development courses that are now available through Region 10 in Project Share.

 

For more information on the courses available through Project Share, click here.

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A Teacher’s Guide to Google Drive for the iPad

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Here I go talking about Google again! Google Drive offers a plethora of tools for educators and students, so why shouldn’t I talk about it. Richard Byrne has a wonderful blog: Free Technology for Teachers. It is filled wish great resources, tutorials, links, and more. He created an awesome Guide to Google Drive for the iPad . This is a great tutorial to get teachers started using Google Apps on the iPad!

 

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Add Voice Comments to Google Docs

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Google Apps offers a wide array of tools to enhance learning for students. Thanks to 121Writing, you can now add voice comments to Google Docs. Simply add the free 121Writing application to your Google Drive account and begin recording.

This tool is particularly helpful for students who struggle with writing, ELL students, and students with special needs. The voice comments are embedded in the comments section of the Google Doc, making it easy to refer to and make connections. 121Writing has a great video tutorial available to get your started.

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New PD Course Available through Region 10 in Epsilen

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New PD Course Available

TEA has released the following PD course that is now available through Region 10 in Epsilen.

This self-paced course provides campus/district administrators and instructional leaders tools to determine the quality of content area instruction that is being provided to English Language Learners and suggests ways in which instruction might be improved, thereby increasing the scores for English Language Learners on state assessments. CPE credit is 6.

 

For a full list of PD courses administered through Region 10, click here .

For a full list of OnTRACK lessons available through Region 10, click here.

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Google Docs Extension for ELLs and Struggling Readers

Read&Write for Google Docs is a new Chrome extension designed for students with dyslexia or learning disabilities and for struggling readers and English Language Learners. The free extension includes the following features:

  • Text-to-speech with dual synchronized highlighting (choice of male or female voice with stop, start, and pause functions)
  • Talking dictionary
  • Picture dictionary
  • Vocabulary tool
  • Study skills tool to capture Google highlights
Installing the extension provides a special toolbar on the top of your Google documents. Once installed, to use the extension, simply have any Google Document open, and then click on the “Read&Write” tab to open its toolbar. Students can then select text and do the following:

  • Click the “Play” button to have the text read aloud.
  • Click the “Dictionary” button to see a written definition, which can also be clicked to be read aloud.
  • Click the “Picture Dictionary” button to see clip art related to the selected word.
  • Click the “Fact Finder” button to open a new tab with a Google search of the text.

Students can also highlight multiple words or selections throughout the document and then do the following:

  • Click the “Collect Highlights” button to pull all the selected texts together in a new window.
  • Click the “Vocabulary List” button to open a new window with definitions, related pictures, and room for notes.

Read&Write is a useful extension for any student. For writing, it can help them to edit and improve their work. For reading, it can help them read the material, understand unfamiliar words, pull out important passages, and address vocabulary needs. A video overview is available here.

Ashley Gilliam

Ashley Gilliam

Educational consultant and tech facilitator supporting innovations in learning, education & technology.

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