In July, over 350 educators from around the Midwest and me, descended upon Lincoln, Nebraska for the 2017 Google Summit. As I attended a session on Google Tips, something was confirmed for me. Inviting staff using Google Calendar has made my life easier and streamlined!
A group of Westside Community School educators and leaders traveled to the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE to participate in the 2017 NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association) conference. This three-day, high-intensity event focused on leveraging technology to promote student learning. Westside is proud to recognize our staff member, Dr. Matt Lee, who was sworn in as the 2017 NETA president and our multiple staff members who were selected to present.
Allison Pontious – Google Classroom in the Primary Grades
Allison Pontious and Dustin Carlson – Engaging Students in a 1:1, Primary Classroom
Allison Pontious, Dustin Carlson, and Andrew Easton – Breakout of Your Box with Breakout EDU!
Andrew Easton – App-Smashingly Great Instructional Videos
Paul Lindgren – Jedi Data Tricks: Information Submits to YOUR will with Filemaker Pro
Blane McCann, Matt Lee, and David Williams – Implementing and Evaluating a K-12 1:1 Initiative: 3 Perspectives
Nexting events give us an opportunity to pause and think about what’s next for us, our students, and the District. They’re about creating memories of the future. Click on the picture to watch the short video clip about where good ideas come from. Think about how focusing on your work in your PLC, Design Teams, and Work Groups can enhance our system to innovate. How do you provide space for students to innovate and grow? How will your next activity impact student learning? Share your thoughts and follow the conversation using #Westside66Hope on Twitter.
(Our Nexting events were inspired by our good friend from Gallup, Shane Lopez. Shane passed away this last July and please take a moment to think about Shane’s work and his family.)
Click here to watch Shane Lopez’s ‘Hope is a Strategy’ video. The section of the video beginning at 8:15 and ending at 18:15 highlights the idea of Nexting.
On July 14th a group of Westside Community School educators and leaders traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in the 2016 Great Plains Google Summit. This two-day, high-intensity event focused on using Google tools to promote student learning. Nearly 500 educators experienced over 50 sessions on topics ranging from Google Apps to Chrome extensions to programming.
Westside staff came away from the experience with many incredible takeaways.
Meredith Chambers, a fifth grade teacher said the conference inspired her to develop student tech teams in her classroom. Some ways she saw this being effective in the classroom include; having students apply to the team to increase accountability and responsibility, and having a “built-in” student ambassador to help guest teachers with technology.
Lynn Spady who also attended the conference, said the knowledge she gained using two YouTube tools, “View Pure and Tube Chop,” will be especially useful in restricting students to watch only a portion of a video.
Matt Lee, Coordinator of Technology Integration stated all teachers who participated in the conference came home excited about what they had learned and ready to share their new-found knowledge with other teachers, staff and students in the district.
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A number of Westside teachers have tried “flipping” their classrooms as a way to personalize learning. With a flip, students typically watch a lesson on their own time and then work through what traditionally would be homework in class.
The District modeled this practice for teachers by flipping the Feb. 15 Professional Learning Day for all Pre-K-8 staff. Teachers completed a 45-minute class on Blackboard about sentence expansion and participated in a reflection conference at every building regarding the content on Feb. 15. Personalizing learning for all students is one of the strategic goals the District has been working to implement for the past two years and strives to model with staff.
The results were a resounding yes with the success of the endeavor. 92% of K-8 staff who responded to the survey were in favor of continuing to explore making content available using a learning management system (LMS).
Podcast on Motivation by Phyllis Uchtman.
Motivation, Part 1: Theories and Variables- Interactive lecture on the theories of motivation and success as a variable of motivation.