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Title Slide Introduction- Who we are, what we do Briefly go over Agenda Creating to Learn - Implementing 21st Century Technologies

to Teach the Common Core This session will cover: 1. Set-up and management of log-ins, passwords page ideas: Logins: K-3 students- In general, we use our schools name and mascot in some form to give usernames to our K-3 students. We come up with a pre-set password that everyone in K-3 uses. (So far we have not had a problem with one student messing with another students account) For our 4th and 5th graders, we create their logins using their first name and their homeroom teachers last name. On a large scale, this helps us keep track of which kids are in which class. On some occasions we allow students to come up with their own passwords, as long as it is relatively easy for us to re-set. Overall, we do not have to re-set many passwords.This teaches students to be responsible for their own online access at a safe level. Login Management: K-3 students are given a laminated index card with their login information. This information is also kept in a K-5 passwords & login binder so that if cards are lost, we still have the students login information. Since 4th and 5th graders have to use their first names, we dont have much to manage. The most difficult thing we come across is students continually

enrolling and needing to be added in order to participate. If you have multiple classes (middle school & high school teachers, students could use the period they have that class as their last name or their username. This would still allow you to identify students online. Managing Classrooms Hard and Fast rules with zero tolerance (Weve learned this the hard way!). 1. Trash talking, bullying, and just being mean to other students will get you booted out of a project. This may result in losing computer and Internet privileges, practicing EOG questions in our class for several weeks, or doing the project with paper & pencil. 2. If you witness someone being cruel, mean or just nasty you must report it or risk being penalized yourself. (This is not tolerated and results in, at minimum, a phone call home and a write-up.) 3. NEVER post personal information, or allow students to create accounts without their parents permission. As the teacher, you can create class accounts, but you never know what personal information a child might put in if they sign up on their own. Troubleshooting Digital Citizenship- Before starting any project, we spend at least 3 weeks (6 class periods total) to review how to work in groups, the definition of cyberbullying and how to report it, and time spent looking at really successful stories that get the kids inspired (this leaves much less time for trouble). We combine resources from NetSmartz (Goes from K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12), The Adventures of Captain Kara and the SMART

Crew online videos (K-4), and other websites to educate students on cybersafety. Here is a link to my YouTube playlist Internet Safety 2-3. Younger students need to make the connection that just like mouths say can get them in trouble, so can their fingers typing(even with education on Internet Rules it took them a bit to make the connection). We tell them that their fingers are talking for them on the Internet and could result in punishment. 2. Designing assignments that empower students and motivate learning. Last year we had 1 grade level doing projects at once, this year we have 3. You get better at it quickly! Be flexible and adaptive! Our 4th grade students were assigned a North Carolina research paper this past fall. Each student in the class was given a letter in the alphabet. The student then had to research a word that had to do with North Carolina. For example, one student had to do a 5 paragraph essay on the Dogwood, the state flower. By the end of the project, none of the kids wanted to talk about North Carolina, much less research it. When we found this out, we definitely were worried. Last year it was easy to get the kids excited about Blackbeard and North Carolina ghost stories. So this year, we had to make some changes before we started, or it would be a very long project. We expanded our topics to a wide range of historical places, outdoor adventures, myths & legends, famous North Carolinians and notable athletes.

Here are some important things that we have found to make a project more successful:

Give Choices Show examples (inspiring videos or examples from Ted Talks, YouTube, etc.;from students in previous years, from other kids in the class who have done a great job) Share ongoing work - it often generates a shot of new energy. Offer to edit with students on an interactive board. Students learn editing skills while waiting for their turn, how to take criticism, and often leave to reexamine their own work. IF products can be created to be relevant in a public venue students are more engaged. 5th grade creating a digital story with an authors purpose for a specific grade level. Wrap up project by introducing themselves and their story to prospective teachers with a written letter and setting up a time to read to their class. Morning Show examples: commercials, infomercials, show student work and conduct brief interviews Websites like Weebly or Google can be used to post student work. Share your expectations and rubrics at the beginning of a project, so that the students and parents know what to expect. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TAKEN THE CYBERSENSE TRAINING THROUGH WAKE COUNTY BEFORE POSTING ANYTHING. 3. Application and use of 4 main programs: Kerpoof Program Description: This site is owned by Disney and it is FREE! You can create accounts for your class, allow students to send messages to each other, and save and publish student work. Still want to know more? Click here to go to the official site.

Here are the activities that they provide: Spell A Picture- Add pictures to your landscape by spelling the items correctly. Make A Movie- Create a basic animation that includes adding characters and programming a variety of movements for them, adding music and text bubbles. Make A Card and Make A Picture- self explanatory :) Make A Drawing - Kids can save their drawings and insert them into other activities (Make A Movie, Tell A Story) Tell A Story- Kids can create a digital story by selecting backgrounds, characters and objects to tell their story. There is plenty of space below the scene for students to type their story. How to Use: Create a teacher account. Trick- You have to create a Kerpoof login before creating a teacher login.

The Pros: Introductory social program for students in a safe environment. Kerpoof allows students to save and share their work (if they have a login) Reward system- students are rewarded for their completed work with Kerpoof coins. Students can use their Kerpoof coins to purchase accessories or items for their inventory to use when working on a story, drawing, or movie. Create class logins The Cons: Sometimes it can be slow Cant create assignments ToonDoo Storybird Program Description: Storybird is a website that provides a venue for online storytelling. How to Use: Click here to view Storybird training tutorials on YouTube (created by techteacher18). These videos will help you get your class and assignments set up with step-by-step directions. The Pros: It is easy to use and there are no storage issues since the site stores their work for free online. It provides high quality illustrations that provoke thought, stimulate imagination, and engage learners in the creative process. Teachers can create 75 free student accounts. Teachers can create multiple assignments with due dates, assignment descriptions and requirements. The Cons:

Once you select an illustrator you must stay with that art work. You cannot deviate and mix art work from multiple artists. Reviewing stories can be time consuming. We struggle with this. Overall, we see two classes for 2- 45 minute periods a week. In all we have approximately 60 fifth graders a day in the same 45 minute span. Sometimes it can freeze up or take extra time to save. Normally this isnt a big issue for us. Troubleshooting Ideas that havent been proven but might be useful: Assign groups to a certain day of the week or date. At that time those students need to come up and have a writers conference with the teacher. It would be great if this could occur on an interactive board. GoAnimate an animation program with virtually no learning curve. Program Description: How to Use It: The Pros: The cost has dropped dramatically- AMANDA how much did we pay per pupil? It is HIGHLY motivating with options to create your own, add your own voice, and even upload your own pictures as backgrounds and props. Students have learned how to do research and then use GoAnimate to reenact history. Students have begun to scrutinize the information they are reading to look for the facts that would make their animation more interesting or reveal little known facts.

Within this process they have become more careful and aware of plagiarism. Having experienced it firsthand with some of their own work being borrowed made it personal affront! A.R. Video somewhere during this part of the discussion. There is a chat feature that will allow students to have a monitored introduction to social networks. Export to YouTube or embed video on your website Provide comments and feedback directly to a video (like on YouTube) Can organize classes and easily keep track of students. Easily add students, re-set passwords. The Cons: Some limitations with the animation software. Some of our higher level users run into walls with what they want to create. (This is a small number out of the majority).

4. Building student ability and confidence by scaffolding the learning of technology & information skills. 5. Providing opportunities for students to evaluate and analyze information in order to develop ideas and products.