Really?!?! What a little gem! Did you know about this? Have you ever been in a training or created a Google Doc, Slide, Sheet, or Drawing to share and then BAM! You are ready for everyone to click and then… someone says, “It won’t let me see it.” “It says I need access.” AHHHH! Don’t worry, don’t fret! Did you know? Alice Keeler has created a Chrome extension:
Alice Keeler AnyoneCanView
Lifesaver!!! Wham! Bam! Thank you M’am! Quickly turn that Doc, Slide, Sheet, or Drawing by the click of the extension button! Oh. My. Goodness! Really???? Really!!! It turns it into “anyone can view.” WHHHAAATT? Ohmazing!
What makes this even better? The link is automatically copied to your clipboard. So, say you are in the middle of a presentation and whoops! Click your link, go to the extension, click and Viola! Viewed by everyone… and then if you even wanted to change the link or share it quickly, it is already copied so simply paste it (Control+V).
How did I not know about this? Check it out! Don’t hesitate! 🙂
I attended an EdTechTeam Summit and met Mr. Dee Lanier. This man was enthusiastic and inspiring in creating a learning environment for his students, that in turn it challenged and sparked an interest in me!
What is Smashboards? Check out this Blog from EdTechTeam featuring Dee Lanier and his Google Innovation! Smashboards are:
An interactive graphical board that can be teacher led or self-guided by students
A game board design which encourages progression towards an end goal
Full of attention-getting icons and graphics where all icons on the board are clickable
So I know what you’re asking, is a Smashboard just a glorified HyperDoc? Well, yes, a Smashboard is every bit a HyperDoc with some additional twists! Smashboards are HyperDocs that utilize a game board design and involves appsmashing to encourage critical thinking and creativity as part of the product development process. Additionally, I only assign work that involves #thinkopen applications, namely, apps that are cost-effective and cross-platform so any teacher can replicate them without hinderance.
It is a step away from the typical and into amazing! So much so, it inspired me…
Smashboards… What if you were to create Smashboards for teachers??? How fun! How creative! Most of all… How different! OUT of the tried and true of sitting through some sort of in-person PD, and IN with a hands-on, interactive, online approach to a designated topic. This inspiration led me to the creation of a Twitter themed PD Smashboard.
It is two-fold actually…
At HUSD, I am happy to be part of a “Twitter Team” (we even have the shirts to prove it- thank you Melissa King) we have been trying to create a chat through Twitter and would love more participation from anywhere, but especially our district. Maybe it’s that people don’t know what to do or they don’t understand SO PD Smashboard- Twitter.
I am passionate! I WANT to support a great innovation! I WANT to provide teachers with worthwhile, collaborative, and up-to-date professional development. I WANT to continuously improve and make myself better! SO create a PD Smashboard!
With that… the creation of the Twitter PD Smashboard was a reality! Teachers will walk through a game board with tasks, information to learn and apply, and participate in professional development that really doesn’t seem to be just that. (I believe). So… try it out! Share it yourself!
Here’s some feedback so far from teachers:
“I really like it 🙂 I will include in my tech news! Thanks“- Melissa King, HUSD 4th grade teacher
“That is so cute! What a great idea! You’re so creative! I love it!”- HUSD Julie Bird, Instructional Coach
“I’m excited to share with other teachers the fun in a game format. Everyone loves a game or challenge!”- Amanda Graham, HUSD Instructional Technology Coach
“This twitter map is a great thing. It’s a step by step interactive way to get people engaged and actually creating a twitter. It walks them through the process for hands on learning without a live person. Love it! I would like to try this format with some PD I do next year.”- Debbie Quevedo, HUSD Instructional Coach
Don’t believe me… Try it out yourself! Please comment or tweet it out (please give shout outs to @deelanier)!
I have come to LOVE doing Breakout EDU with classes. As an instructional coach, I have been honored to be able to conduct a Breakout EDU with classes ranging from Kindergarten to middle school grades to even adults through the EdTechTeam Summits. (Check out one of these summits. Period. So much fun and mind-blowing- Check for one near you TODAY!) From one a box format to a group/station format. I have both used what is available graciously free through Breakout EDU and created my own. (One day I will actually sit down and submit to share the wealth of my created ones. I ❤ Holiday, yet content themed ones! Soooo fun!)
I thoroughly enjoy seeing teachers realize the power of collaboration among their students and just what their students are capable of.
From an instructional coach perspective “modeling” how a Breakout EDU is done with students, these are my take aways:
Teachers can be uncomfortable- they do not know what to expect. They do not know the “answers.” The unknown can be unsettling. Coaching take: Explain the process and give the teacher questions through the process. Do you see how they are or are not working together? What could you do as a facilitator NOT an instructor? Does anything stick out to you that is particularly surprising? Maybe a student who normally is in the shadows has become a leader… What are YOU learning?
Students are AHHHMAZING!
From wanting a “clue” when in fact, they are working on a big piece of the clue to begin with. Persuading others to take a clue either so quick in the beginning of time OR that “one” student holding out to not take a clue (not for malicious or pain in the rear reasons either!). Because remember… they all must collectively agree to receive a clue.
From working in a large collective group to small group to even almost individual. To watch that unfold in spectacular. This is where we can talk about the hoarding or clues or keeping it to themselves… great for the debrief afterwards! hehe
From their EXCITEMENT! Seriously, they long for the unknown, the puzzle, the mystery, the “prize.” What is better than those faces?!?!?! Now the prize is an entire different story… Do they in fact need a prize or treat or is just solving the clues and opening the box(es) enough? This… I am sure can take on a whole new level and different blog post.
From the debrief… What worked? What didn’t work? What can you or all of you do better next time? How did you collaborate together? Did you use clues- why or why not? I love when they say… “yeah, but you’ve done this before with other classes, were we the quickest?” Almost always, approximately 99% of the time… the complete revelation that working TOGETHER for the same purpose will always be better than working alone. Looooove it!
EVERY, I mean every, class is different. It doesn’t matter the grade. It doesn’t matter the teacher, class period, nothing. every single one is different. Hmmm… what does that mean? Again, could be a completely new post, but simply and stereotypically, we are all different and uniquely and wonderfully made! Now let’s put that in the perspective of working together!
Two of the best things, besides working with teachers and students, going back to do more whether in the same class or different ones and the other is creating Breakouts! As school approaches an end, here is a breakout designed based on the book Last Day Blues.
I created it with second graders in mind:
Premise: As in the story, we are preparing for the last day of school. Mrs. Hartwell’s class has left a gift for you and your teacher to celebrate school coming to an end. The thing is, it is contained in this box. The box is guarded just for your class, but you have to find a way to get to it. There are clues left around the room and you only have 45 minutes until it goes bad.
OH! MY! GOSH! Sooooo… it came to me in church! I am possibly quite over-the–top & beyond crazy passionate in providing as much as I can for educators and even more crazy about showing all of the great resources, tools, and just what is out there …period! It can be quite a struggle, because believe me I KNOW what is on your shoulders. I KNOW what is being asked of you. I KNOW time is of the essence. I KNOW it is a difficult balance and mystery to find that balance between life, family, work. I get it! I am a people pleaser. I am passionate and LOVE feedback for the sole purpose of making ME better.
What came to me like a light from above???? An electronic magazine. An electronic magazine for educators. An electronic magazine for educators focused on Professional Development! AHHH! I stayed up pretty much all night, putting my thoughts and ideas together (you know after my children and husband were nestled and sound asleep- it’s that balance thing. HA!). I would love to share my vision, my resource, my passion, with YOU! I was going to wait until later, but I cannot contain myself! Please follow, comment, email anything with anything you can suggest… the good, the bad, the improvements! Continue reading “PD-zine!! An Electronic Professional Development Resource!”→
I hesitate to share my day… but then I realize I am probably not alone. I am on this journey for myself, but in an effort and dream to in turn help and support others. It’s a passion! It’s a goal! Lil’ bit of background:
I officially became a Google Certified Trainer! Goal accomplished! Yessss! Then, I “hummed and hawed” about going for Google Innovator even though I’ve always told myself it’s what i wanted. I mean, I do think of myself, quite frankly, as creative, but is that really “innovative.” I have had many supporters and would not be where I am without them. Through inspiration, motivation, and just an attitude of “I CAN do this!” I went for it! It has always seemed like such a far reach goal, but nonetheless I desire it… I WANT it… I WILL get it!
Which leads me to today… you prepare yourself really. The competition is fierce! There are amazing people out there and their visions are phenomenal- again inspiring. On one hand, you try to tell yourself you got this and you get those nervous butterflies of what it would be like. On the other hand, you try to act like it didn’t happen. The hard work and efforts you just put together didn’t happen so you wouldn’t drive yourself nuts thinking of not being accepted. There was no balance really… Ahhhhh! Thank goodness for a support system whether in person, though Twitter (#lon17 #googleei), relationships made through the process, or I probably would have gone bananas. Then it comes… the email…
Not this time.
The multitude of feelings, yet not knowing quite what to feel. If that makes any kind of sense. You thank those for support. You chat it out with one of your best supporters (#teamstripes) (besides my #1 supporter of my husband). You realize everyone’s excitement on Twitter. (Which well they should be- they are amazing in their own right and soooo deserve it!). But then almost automatically I begin to think: How can I improve? What can I do to make it better? How can I truly show my passion? When do I apply next? Yes… next!! I will conquer! I will achieve! I will “keep swimming!” After all, #IHaveGoals!!!