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5 Links Monday (on Thursday 3.26.2015)

1. Women in History app

How to explore the world and honor notable women? Google and SPARK movement have created an app that will vibrate when you walk near places where women have made history. The best part? You too can contribute! Have your students do research around our local areas and add the notable women and research to their map! For more information, go to http://www.sparksummit.com/onthemap/


Speaking of women in history, the online National Women’s History Museum is awaiting approval from President Obama to make into a physical museum in Washington, DC!

2. Collaboration amongst physicists and biologists leads to new theories about chameleons and their ability to change colors. It’s important to remind our students that science is always changing with the invention of new technologies and methods of study…and it’s equally important to remind students that collaboration with other fields can lead to amazing breakthroughs. This could be used in conjunction with 8th grade physical science Waves unit.


3. Google Art Project – Street Art!!

The Google Art Project/Google Cultural Institute is one of my favorite sites to go for inspiration and productive procrastination.  The newest addition is the Street Art.

Eighty-five art organizations from 34 countries are sharing pieces, ranging from Sweden’s most famous street festival, to water tanks wrapped with art among New York city’s rooftops, to the abandoned walls of Buenos Aires that are a source of inspiration for street artists from all over the world.

What’s even better than street art? Animated street art!

Follow @googleart for more.

4. When Students Can’t Go Online– an article in the Atlantic Monthly by Terrance Ross.

But as technology morphs from being a luxury to being a necessity, the chasm between the performance of low-income students and their more affluent peers is coming under even greater scrutiny. Advocates say the tech movement is further exacerbating the already-large achievement gap; in education circles, this phenomenon is dubbed the “connectivity gap” or the “digital divide.” Discrepancies exist among schools and across districts, but they also spread to individual students, many of whom live in homes without sufficient connectivity.

5. Denver Art Museum FREE for students – for the next 5 years!

It appears I’m super into art news this week. My apologies.

5 Links Monday (on Thursday 1/8/2015)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I hope you all had a wonderful break spending time with those you love, doing things you love and eating things you love.

1. This is amazing. I love maps. I study them before I leave for a trip so I can arrive knowing where things are how to get places. But THIS resources of different maps is incredible.

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2. I love this so much. I have been watching it over and over. If only we were all so wise. Unfortunately, I identify more with the little girl.

3. A mashup of global warming and changing trends in education- No Freeze on Learning.

4. The White House Student Film Festival is back!! The theme of this year’s festival is The Impact of Giving Back, and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. So tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes and through your lens. It can be a fictional story or a short documentary, so break out the lights, write a script, get the camera ready, and show us your passion for service and giving back. Due date is February 2, 2015 11:59PM.

5. Sewage Sludge can be turned into drinking water, electricity and ash…Solving the worlds problems with poop.




5 Links Monday (on Wednesday 8.13.2014)

Message from Zac-

I am in Washington, D.C. this year working as a ConnectED Fellow in the Office of Educational Technology in the Department of Education. While I’ll be attached to a number of projects, my chief role will be heading up the revision of the National Education Technology Plan.

Whilst Zac is away, the ITC team will share the responsibility of 5 Links Monday (on any day), starting with me, Steph Schroeder, the new ITC (I did not replace Zac, so please give me a chance).

Link 1- How to integrate iPads with Google Classroom

As many of you are aware, the LTP is up and running and iPads are floating here, there and everywhere. And, keeping in true form with the goal of global domination, Google has released a simple management system called Google Classrooms to help teachers manage assignments with Google Drive. But how do you use it with the iPad? Great question. Greg Kuloweic has created a screencast to help show how to use different apps on the iPad with Google Drive, so not limiting the use to Google Docs, Sheets, etc.

Link 2- Music Makes Cows Happy…and thus produce more milk.

What kind of music, you ask? Apparently they prefer easy listening and jazz, but it’s the beats per minute that are most important. More information about this awesome phenomenon can be found here.


Link 3- Supermoon!!

Did you notice that the moon looked GIGANTIC Monday and Tuesday nights? Science@NASA has created a great YouTube video explaining the Supermoon and Perseid’s Meteors that also happened to visible.


Link 4- Why It Is So Hard To Change Math Education

I found this metaphor by The Reflective Educator David Wees to be a great way to think about educational changes in general, not just math.


Link 5- Data Clouds Help Us Predict Real Clouds

VIDEO: How Some SVVSD Students are Using the iPads

Many SVVSD stakeholders have asked for video footage of how students have been using the newly deployed iPads for learning. The video below contains some examples, this is only a small snippet, as there are so many incredible examples at both Coal Ridge MS and Westview MS.

I have already used this at a couple of LTP parent orientations, and have shown it to a few other groups including teachers and administrators.

This video was uploaded to a youtube stream, one which we may continue to use in the future. We’re still in the process of figuring out the best way to house and present videos.


WMS Students Using iMovie on iPads in Science Class

The teachers at Westview have embraced the new learning opportunities afforded by every student having a mobile device. As I walked through the halls and classrooms of WMS immediately following the deployment I saw many students using their iPads, some for note-taking, as a tool to support the content, and/or because the teacher is requiring it as part of their learning experience.

As I walked by one classroom a few weeks ago Jessie Lubbers, a colleague from the Office of Professional Development, excitedly beckoned me to come in. She enthusiastically explained the project the students were working on. We both acknowledged how neat it would have been if our students had iPads in the classroom.

Here is Lindsey Mock and one of her students explain the project, and how the iPad changed the learning of this content.

Lindsey posted each class’ final video created by the students on her website and also provided the Geologic Time lesson plan so other teachers can adopt it if they’d like. The added benefit of this project was that the class with the best video would be posted on the Dinosaur Ridge Facebook page, and at the bottom of their homepage!

We know there’s a lot happening out there, please let us know, we’d love to see it and if you’re open to it share it with others.

A special thank you to Lindsey Mock, her students and all at WMS who work hard to make learning awesome!


5 Links Monday (on Tuesday 2.18.14)

What’s that you say? You want 5 links that can instantly be used in the classroom to help with teaching and learning? Well, I’ve got 5 Links for you coming up. As always, if you have a link to a resource you think would benefit other SVVSD teachers, leave it in a comment below or send it via email. Enjoy!

Link 1 – The Science of Nerves

This video helps to explain what happens when the body gets nervous. As part of a series from ASAPScience, this video uses simple illustrations, helpful narration and real science to help folks understand exactly what happens in the rest of their bodies when their brain starts to get nervous.

Link 2 – Ken Burns Goes Mobile

This iPad app from acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns puts history at your fingertips and links major historical events to images, recordings and explanations. A great resource for delving deeply and curiously into history.

Link 3 – Google’s Take on the Tri-Fold

It’s time again to start thinking about the Google Science Fair. With a deadline of May 22, teens are encouraged to find a problem and start using science to solve it. With some tremendous partner organizations and prizes, the only thing to lose is the chance to change the world by not participating.

Link 4 – An App for Editing

It’s not just because I’m a lover of Papa that I’m suggesting you take a look at the Hemingway app. Using some great algorithms, this app will take a look at a piece of writing and make suggestions about sentence complexity, word choice, and the frequency of flowery language – among others. It’s no replacement for quality conversation about what students want to do as writers, but its a great aid to put things in perspective. Plus, it’s fun.

Link 5 – A Neglected History Brought to the Spotlight

In an attempt to invigorate the conversation and awareness of race and ethnicity in Boulder County, the Boulder Weekly is publishing its Eracism series. The latest installment explores the varied and complex roots of the county’s Latino population. Stories like these help to augment the more general tone and tenor of textbook conversation. They also help to make certain all of our students see themselves as part of history.

5 Link Monday (on Tuesday) 1.7.14

What? A new year? A new week? That means 5 new links. Enjoy. As always, feel free to email if you have any suggestions for future 5 Links.

Link 1 – PBS Parents online learning ideas

While you may know and love watching PBS content on your television, you might not know about their online digital content as well. This link to their PBS Parents Youtube channel opens the door to lesson ideas and great content for sharing in your digital newsletter.

Link 2 – Bill Nye gives the skinny on climate change

Thanks to SVVSD lab tech Maggie Stiles at Legacy Elementary, this link is Science Educator Bill Nye’s “Climate 101” video and is hosted on The Climate Reality Project. It’s one of many helpful climate resources on the site that can spur inquiry, conversation and some superior writing prompts.

Link 3 – How much have you integrated tech into teaching and learning?

This site out of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology has a matrix for helping to think about how well you and your school are integrating technology into teaching and learning. It’s helpful as both a temperature-taking tool as well as a catalyst for a road map to where you’d like to be.

Link 4 – Bringing news to your students at their level

It’s come across my screen several times in the last few weeks, but I’m giving Westview Middle School teacher Jenny Rhoadarmer credit for Newsela showing up in today’s 5 Links. Jenny described the site this way:

Newsela.com – 5 Stars!  Leveled non-fiction news articles. Students at different lexile levels can read the same information and have a discussion. Three new articles every week day. One out of three articles come with comprehension quiz tied to common core standards. Free in beta, but will cost starting in January.

Link 5 – Some thoughts on web accessibility for students with disabilities

Not often enough do we have conversations about building online spaces with all of our students in mind. This overview from WebAIM is a helpful resource to sharpen your thinking about designing those spaces so that more of your students can access more of their learning digitally.

iTunes U featured content: FOSS Science

Apple’s iTunes U is a free resource provided by Apple where K-12 schools and teachers, non-profit organizations as well as colleges and universities can upload and share multimedia content, including complete courses.

If you’re an elementary science teacher in the district, you can find supplemental audio content for our FOSS science kits there! The content includes audio recordings of the student science stories as well as teacher preparation videos to assist you in setting up for a science kit.

To access the content, you can preview and download the files onto a computer using the iTunes application. On an iPod touch, iPad or iPhone device, you can do the same by downloading the free iTunes U app.

Here’s a link to the FOSS content from the Lawrence Hall of Science. You can also open the iTunes Store on any device and search for “Lawrence Hall of Science”.