Utilizing Genius Hour or 20% Time (Learning Activity 8-2)

Benefits of Genius Hour or 20% Time Genius Hour or 20% time can be integrated into what you are already doing as mentioned in the article it was intertwined with a nonfiction unit.  It is flexible, so every teacher can make it work for them Example: some may use science/social studies time once a cycle to incorporate it, or some may use a special block to complete it, or some may integrate it right in with their normal routine  It is inquiry-based, therefore it is promoting higher-level thinking skills which promotes lifelong learning It ites in with standards The site offers tips and letter ideas to reach out and explain the project   Two potential hurdles and how they can be addressed  There are just some students who are not self-motivated and may struggle getting started on a project like this/may struggle with coming up with ideas The site offers some tips on how to approach students that fit this category. I also feel that breaking the project down into chunks would help students

The Pandemic factoring into the use of Zoom/Google Meet (Learning Activity 7-5)

Before the Pandemic I can honestly say I never used Zoom or Google Meet before. Since the Pandemic, I used Zoom a handful of times and Google Meet more than I can count. Last year once March 13th came around and schools were shut down, we had meetings weekly with our virtual students as well as with my team teachers. The faculty meetings and team teacher meetings were held on Zoom, but the student meets were on Google Meet. There are so many benefits of having a tool right on hand to connect with others. You can share screens, show your face, present awards, teach lessons, and so much more.  Having both in-house students along with virtual students poses a challenge at times. However, tools like Google Meet make it easy to allow virtual students to still be “with” their classmates. Moving forward I will continue to use Google Meet for weekly virtual meetings, when collaboration is needed between in-house students and virtual students, and for mini lessons with students.  Over the summe

Twitter in the Classroom (Learning Activity 7-2)

I honestly had getting a professional Twitter account on my “should do list” forever now. I have not taken the plunge. I feel that I do a good job of getting information out to students and parents through Google Classroom and REMIND. Sometimes I ponder whether having too many different places for people to look would be overwhelming. Five Pros: Social networking in an educational setting Sharing ideas and collaborating with colleagues A source to get information out to parents/families  Easy interface  Links to many other resources/websites Five Cons Too many platforms for parents and students to check Potential to be hacked  Potentially someone following me that I would not want to know about my students  Potentially getting retweets or posts on my feed that I would not want parents/students to see Coming from a low-income school district, it is possible some parents do not have a twitter account to see information that I was getting out anyway   Professional Growth in Education  I c

Podcasts in the Classroom (Learning Activity 6-2)

Here is the link to the podcast I chose. There was not a “share” option, so I just copied the link. I hope this takes you to the correct spot. It is 2 min. Called “Outer Space”. I chose to go through Google Podcasts. This has been something I wanted to check into for a while now. I chose to go through Google Podcasts. This has been something I wanted to check into for a while now. The reason I chose this podcast was more for a student example. I would love to do something similar to this when we do our space unit coming up in science. I think the kids hearing another kid do a podcast would be refreshing. They often only have examples from me.  I searched a few different podcasts. Nothing I was searching really seemed appropriate for 5th graders. I tried finding something with testing motivation. I thought that would be good leading into the PSSA testing weeks that are approaching. I was unable to find anything. Let me know if any of you have anything short, and motivational to share

An Image Says it ALL (Learning Activity 6-1)

Once my students create their blog link on their Google Site. I plan to start with them adding a Flickr photo, citing it correctly, and telling me why they chose the photo. My students love to search for images, but think they can just download them and use them. I think it is important to show them a proper web tool to use and how to cite it properly. I also am interested to see what and hear why they chose what they did. There are many other ways Flickr could be used in the classroom. Students can use it to search for images to use on projects or interactive assignments.  I chose an ocean. It is my happy place. I can picture myself laying on the beach, listening to the waves without a care in the world. This is more than just water and a sunset. I think it is calming and beautiful. I look forward to introducing my students to this web tool.    Cuba Gallery. (2011, February, 4). Ocean. Cuba Gallary’s Photostream. Retrieved from  

Collaboration is Key (Learning Activity 5-1)

Sharing ideas with others is an essential part of learning and continuing to gain knowledge. This is true for both children and adult learners. Learning from others and then making things your own is something teachers do all the time. However, what you do not realize is that there are times when teachers learn something new from students, too. Everyone offers different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds that can help one learn something new or change the way you view something. It is important to include collaborative projects in your classroom. It is also important to teach students the importance of sharing opinions and ideas in respectful ways, knowing their audiences, and also how to respond properly to others.

Research Topic: Google Sites in the classroom to improve teacher-student and student-student collaboration (Article 3)

Title:  Teaching with Blogs Authors: Kendra Oliver and Richard Coble Location: This source is relevant because it discusses the effectiveness of blogs in the classroom as well as gives some blog ideas.   Summary:  According to Oliver and Colbe (2016), “Although people often think of social media as a space for non-academic interactions, blogs can be helpful tools for instructors interested in enhancing their students’ communication skills and increasing their students’ investment in learning. (Why Teach Blogs, para. 1). I always try to find a blog quote that strikes my interest, but also sums up the article along with the reason I chose it. Many traditional teachers may find a lot of the technology advances to be daunting, and may feel that students “need” the more traditional learning environment. However, times have changed drastically, and students “need” to be involved in technology because it is all around them. It