After an analysis of our statistics, it is apparent that the 1:1 initiative and the distribution of iPads have drastically increased student traffic in the media center. Unfortunately, we think this also negatively impacted our student circulation. We will be brainstorming ways that we can get students in the media center to read next quarter.
"Two weeks ago, we published a literary map of Brooklyn, highlighting the books we felt best represented the neighborhoods in which they were set. Compiling the list of books for that map had us thinking about what it means for a story to not just be from a place, but also of it, and why it is that some places have an abundance of literary riches (we’re looking at you, American South), while others, well, don’t. There are those stories that so beautifully evoke a time and a place and a way of life that it becomes close to impossible to separate the literary perception of a place from its reality—one winds up informing the other. All [books on this states list] are literary in voice and spirit; every last one will let you understand a time and place in a more profound way than you maybe thought possible.
With our 1:1 initiative, many of us are wondering how to start integrating the technology into our daily instruction. We love the idea of taking one tool and mastering it. This short article is a great starting point for those of us feeling a little overwhelmed with this drastic change in access to technology.
Our numbers continue to be strong as we move into the final month of the school year. Our calendars are booked with classroom lessons, and our computer labs are at capacity in May. With teachers wanting to collaborate and with a demand for technology usage, this is a good sign as we move to a 1:1 environment next school year.
On Friday, we traveled to Jonesboro to help judge almost 1000 student projects that qualified for the Georgia Media Festival this year. To get to the state level competition, projects must score 96...
BI Media Specialists's insight:
We are proud of our 6 GSMF winning projects. Our goal next year is to have 15 or more winners! Any projects from the end of this year or the first semester next year are eligible, so be thinking of how we can work with you to get your students' work recognized.
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot! is an easy-to-use blended learning platform which works on any device, making the classroom interactive, encouraging both educators and learners to ask great questions.
On recommendation from Mrs. Akin, we have tried this app and love it! You can create custom quizzes and download class data, much like you can with a CPS system. Check it out and see how you like it! There are quizzes already created by other teachers that you can try or you can create your own.
A few years ago Explain 3D launched as a website to showcase 3D animations of simple machines. Later the site expanded to include 3D animations of elements of the universe. This week Explain 3D launched a new iPad app for the same purpose as the website.
Students with parents who are up-to-date on their child(ren)'s lives tend to perform better in school. Fortunately, technology offers a variety of ways that can save teachers time as well as keep parents engaged. Here are some notable tools used by teachers and parents.
iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 5 Things iPad Owners Need to Know Gotta Be Mobile Very soon you'll be able to install iOS 8 on the iPad to deliver a large collection of new iOS 8 features that will supercharge your iPad.
This video is on the long side, but you don't want to miss this! It looks like the new iOS update will come down some time next week. What does this mean for you? Air drop from your iOS device to your MacBook!
"School is just about to start, or has already started, and you have been armed with iPads for this year. Whether your students will be 1:1 or you have access to a handful of shared devices, the expectation now exists that these tools will be put to good use. So now what? How do you get started? What can you do in the first five days of school to get going on the right foot?"
Which means data never sleeps, and the internet sure likes to use up a lot of it. How much? In any given minute, 277,000 tweets are published on Twitter, 216,000 photos are sent to Instagram and 8,333 videos are shared on Vine.
And we’re just getting started. Over that same 60 second period, 347,222 photos are sent on WhatsApp, 416,667 swipes are made on Tinder and 3,472 images are pinned on Pinterest.
And if you think that’s impressive, Google receives 4 millions search queries, Facebook users share 2.46 million pieces of content and 204 million email messages are sent each and every minute of the day.
This visual from DOMO looks at how much data is generated every minute across the net....
Maybe this could be a solution to the CPS problem that we are having - especially since every student will have an iPad. I have not looked into the data that is produced, but it might be something someone might be interested in researching!
The summer is rapidly approaching, and you've gathered your summer reading material. In the past, you've read book after book and find yourself easily forgetting about them. Instead of forgetting about your amazing reads, why not create a...