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Thursday, February 21

  1. page Inquiry edited {http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Slide19-300x225.jpg} Driving Inquiry i…
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    Driving Inquiry is a crucial task for 21st Century teachers! Here are some ways to beef up something already in your comfort zone with a sprinkling of newness!
    I love this idea of moving from the old school KWL to the better KWHL or the best, KWHLQA. Check it out!
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    HOW will we find the information?
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    Here is a KWHL template you can use: {kwhl chart.pdf}
    To make it even more 21st Century, take KWHL to a higher level with KWHLQA:
    A – What action will we take? This is another way of asking how students are applying what they have learned. Action is one of the 5 essential elements of the PYP and it is an expectation of the PYP that inquiry will lead to responsible action initiated by students as a result of the learning process.
    Q – What new questions do we have? At the end of a unit of inquiry there should be time to reflect on whether we have successfully addressed our initial questions and whether we have come with with other questions. Actually, if the unit is successful I believe there should be more questions – we should not be “done” with learning.
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    {http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Slide19-300x225.jpg}
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  3. page Inquiry edited Driving Inquiry is a crucial task for 21st Century teachers! Here are some ways to beef up somethi…
    Driving Inquiry is a crucial task for 21st Century teachers! Here are some ways to beef up something already in your comfort zone with a sprinkling of newness!
    I love this idea of moving from the old school KWL to the better KWHL or the best, KWHLQA. Check it out!
    Suggestions were accessed from via my Twitter feed:
    http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/07/21/upgrade-your-kwl-chart-to-the-21st-century/
    H – How will we find out the answers to our questions? Students need to think about what resources are available to help them find the answers.
    HOW can we find the answers to these questions?
    HOW can we find out what we want to learn?
    HOW did the learning take place?
    HOW can we learn more?
    HOW will we find the information?
    {KWHL-chart-template.jpg}
    To make it even more 21st Century, take KWHL to a higher level with KWHLQA:
    A – What action will we take? This is another way of asking how students are applying what they have learned. Action is one of the 5 essential elements of the PYP and it is an expectation of the PYP that inquiry will lead to responsible action initiated by students as a result of the learning process.
    Q – What new questions do we have? At the end of a unit of inquiry there should be time to reflect on whether we have successfully addressed our initial questions and whether we have come with with other questions. Actually, if the unit is successful I believe there should be more questions – we should not be “done” with learning.
    {KWHLAQ-chart-template-400x300.jpg}
    {http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Slide19-300x225.jpg}

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Wednesday, February 20

  1. page Digital Storytelling edited Here is a wiki with tons of ideas on storytelling: http://50ways.wikispaces.com/StoryTools UTellS…
    Here is a wiki with tons of ideas on storytelling: http://50ways.wikispaces.com/StoryTools
    UTellStory is a web based product that you can upload pictures, add text, and record audio. Below is a sample. The audio is echoey because I was in my foyer when I recorded, so my apologies: ;-)
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  2. page Vocabulary edited Retaining academic vocabulary is essential for long term student success. Finding ways to attach m…
    Retaining academic vocabulary is essential for long term student success. Finding ways to attach meaning is critical.
    Here are a few samples of linking math vocab in nonmathy ways:
    Haiku Deck lets you focus on the term and a byline for definition or explanation to support the term:
    Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad
    Skitch: Students can upload a photo and label evidence of math on the image with text and arrow features.
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Sunday, February 17

  1. page Slideshows edited Haiku Deck: Free app that can be embedded from their website. Perfect for putting together a slide …
    Haiku Deck: Free app that can be embedded from their website. Perfect for putting together a slide show with headline/byline formatting to emphasize MI and supporting details of theme, vocabulary/definition visual dictionary, and digital storytelling.
    Haiku Deck is the best application for creating presentations on iPad
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    Deck site:
    Step 1: Create on the iPad
    The Haiku Deck iPad app, of course, is where you exercise your creative genius. We’ve put a lot of thought into how to make this experience feel fluid and magical, through the dynamic image search and interfaces that keep typing to an absolute minimum. Instead of being chained to your desk to “work” on a presentation, you can “play” with your Haiku Deck whenever and wherever inspiration strikes–curled up on the couch, on the subway, over a cappuccino.
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    Simply make the change(s) to the deck on your iPad, republish your deck by emailing it to yourself, and click through to view it on the web. (Tip: If you’re not seeing your changes, try holding down the SHIFT key and refreshing the page to clear your cache.) Any links you’ve sent out already (including blog embeds) will automatically point to the most current version of your deck once you’ve republished.
    If you have any questions or need assistance with signing in, publishing, adding notes, adjusting privacy, or anything at all, we are always here to help. Please don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments or drop us a line at support@haikudeck.com.
    Other tips from the Hiku Deck peeps:
    “I need to include a video.” We’ve got you covered. Leave a placeholder slide in your deck for your video. Then export your deck to Powerpoint or Keynote and pull it right in.
    “I can’t give a presentation without speaker notes and a clicker.” No problem. Export your deck to Powerpoint or Keynote or use Slideshark.

    Silk Slides: Similar to Haiku Deck, also free but has an area for paragraphing supporting text off on the sidebar. http://silkslides.com
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    3:17 pm
  2. page ThingLink edited ... Autobiography: Take your own photo and provide information and images about yourself Science:…
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    Autobiography: Take your own photo and provide information and images about yourself
    Science: Label and define pictures and diagrams (life cycles, weather cycle, landforms, rapid and slow changes to Earth, body systems)
    Research: Share findings on biomes, animal, author, inventor, and more
    Math: Multiplication Strategies, problem solving strategies, multiple step problems, fractions, geometry
    Social Studies: Maps to show travels (Lewis & Clark), , specific events (Alamo/Juneteenth), or to express perspectives from single scene (soldiers in a war scene and the thoughts going through their heads based on body language and historical events)
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    literary devices, author studies
    Parent Communication: Show what was learned at school
    Flipped Learning: Showcase anchor charts to make classroom resources available on line for home reference
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    10:31 am

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