Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Twitter Webinar with Tom Whitford and Victoria Olson

I discuss the benefits of Twitter and developing a Personal Learning Network with school administrator, Tom Whitford and teacher and instructional technologist, Victoria Olson. Wanna connect with Tom and Victoria on Twitter? If so, you connect with Tom here: (@twhitford) and Victoria here: (@MsVictoriaOlson)

Google Hangouts Training

Published on Jun 25, 2013
I walk teachers through the ways to start a GHO and talk about ways teachers can use a GHO to create a myriad of engaging learning experiences for their students.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Transition Q & A: Will Deyamport, III

Dr. Jennifer Polk runs From PhD to Life, a site dedicated to assisting doctoral students with the transition from academia to the real-world. Part of a feature of her site, Jennifer does Q & A series with folks who have doctorates, but have decided to pursue careers outside of academia. As you can tell from the title of this post, I am one of the folks included in the series.
Here is a sample of my Q & A on From Phd to Life:
What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD?
Originally, I had hopes of becoming a professor and one day leading a digital learning center or institute at a university. That all changed once I started doing the research on adjunct pay and benefits. (There are no benefits.) I soon realized that becoming a university professor wasn’t in the cards for me. Especially because I have this terrible habit of liking to eat and having a place to live.
Read the full Q & A here.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Current vs. Future - Capella University Experience

Streamed live on Jun 20, 2013
Current vs. Future - Capella University Experience

I talk with Ryan Pena from Capella University about my experiences as a former learner. We also talked about how technology, such as Google Hangouts can be used to enhance the learning experience of students.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Introduction to Skype in the Classroom Training Video

Published on Jun 17, 2013
In this video, I introduce teachers to the concept of using Skype in their classroom.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Youtube Training Video

Published on Jun 12, 2013
I talk about how teachers can use Youtube to find content to show in their classrooms, find an array of tutorials, and discover content that assists in their professional growth.

LinkedIn Training Video

Published on Jun 12, 2013
I talk about how teachers can use LinkedIn to host their resume, create an eportfolio, participate in discussions, and connect and network with other professionals.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What You need to Know about Class Dojo

By Erin Wolfhope

Have you heard of Class Dojo?  Do you have colleagues that love it?  Would you like to know more about it? 

Class Dojo is a handy service that can easily be added to your digital toolbox, and be used daily in your classroom.  www.classdojo.com offers both desktop and mobile applications (iOS and Android) for ease of use and convenience.  Class Dojo is designed to be used as a classroom management system to track both positive and negative behaviors using points.  Once you create your free account you create your classes and enter your students' names.  Each student has a customizable avatar you can choose one of the many avatars provided, or import your own.  Next you create a list of positive and negative behaviors.  Each behavior corresponds to an icon, and you can customize behaviors to meet the needs of your classroom.  Be specific with the behaviors you choose to include, as this will make your reports the most accurate.  Your class roster, behaviors, avatars, and point displays are all easy to edit after your initial class set-up.  Parent codes are available for parents to create an account to view their child’s progress.  So... that’s the gist of the program. 

Here’s how it worked for me this year:

I work on a team with 2 other teachers in a 70’s style open classroom/pod set-up. Back in August we decided that we didn’t like our management system that we had been using, and we agreed that we’d try Class Dojo out.  We liked the paperless aspect, the ease of parent connections, and the fact that Class Dojo went with us everywhere via our iPads and iPhones.

We each have our own classroom, but we have no doors to separate our classrooms from one another.  We rotate classes within the pod.  For example, I teach kindergarten Language Arts and first grade math.  So I see different kiddos at different points during the day.  In order to keep all info on all of our students we all share one Class Dojo account with 3 classes; kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  So far, the app and desktop version have been handling all three of us logged on simultaneously pretty nicely. 

Initially, it was difficult to remember to use Class Dojo while teaching, and working with students.  However, it didn’t take long for the students to catch on and look for Class Dojo being projected on the board.  Their enjoyment in seeing their name on the screen with a +1 beside it was incredible.  As a team, we learned the incredible power of an encouraging point, and how it inspired not just the recipient of the point, but most of the class.  Our students responded quite well to Class Dojo, and while accruing more and more points was enough of a goal for most we decided to incorporate some additional awards based on points; sticker, lunch buddy, extra playground equipment.  We reset our students' points at the end of the month, but you can reset them whenever you choose.  You can even choose to reset points by individual students. 

The data and reports gathered by Class Dojo is quite possibly the most incredible aspect of the whole program.  The reports are generated by Class Dojo, and show points received and lost, sorts behaviors, and shows trends by time and day.   This data is perfect for RTI (Response to Intervention). 

The people behind Class Dojo are always listening, changing, and upgrading.  They want to hear any and all suggestions and they have made numerous changes throughout this school year.  Class Dojo has been a great addition to my classroom, and I’m excited to use it again year after year.

About the author: Erin is a K-2 teacher in a Multi-Age classroom set up.  She primarily teaches kindergarten language arts and first grade math.  Erin completed her masters degree in Instructional Media last year with Wilkes University and Discovery Education.  She strives to use tech in her classroom to help students share, create, and collaborate.  Erin live in Hickory, North Carolina with my husband, Jeff and son, Lucas.    

You can contact Erin in the following ways: eraines@gmail.com@ewolfhopeewolfhope.blogspot.com

Diana Rhoten on Sparking Student Interests with Informal Learning

Published on Jun 4, 2013
Sociologist and digital learning expert Diana Rhoten founded the New Youth City Learning Network to help organizations like museums and libraries design digitally-enabled learning activities built to tap into kids' interests and teach 21st-century skills. More resources at http://www.edutopia.org/diana-rhoten-...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Arfah Farooq at TEDxNewham

Published on Jun 5, 2013
Arfah is 22 year old born and bred Newham resident. Always involved in endless projects and passionate about youth empowerment has led her to co-found Discoverables a new website that helps young people find and develop their key skills and strengths and share them with potential employers. Empowering and equipping them to be resilient to tell their story their way. Arfah will be doing a quick 3 minute talking about how to build the resilience muscle by gamifying your life.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Google+ Training Video

By Dr. Will Deyamport, III

Published on Jun 6, 2013
This is a training video for teachers on how to use Google+

About the authorDr. Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. is a connected educator who specializes in digital media learning and development. His research is in using web tools and social technologies for professional development, teaching and learning, and social good. Dr. Will works as an instructional technologist for a school district in Hattiesburg, MS.