Thursday, March 23, 2017


Ms. Siviski’s class have been learning about degrees and how they are used to measure angles in math. To help them further understand these concepts, the students are programming robots! The robots they are using are called Spheros. They are small spherical balls that can be programmed with a Chromebook or an iPad using a block programming language. After a brief introduction on how to program the Spheros the students started to use their math skills to move Sphero! Working in small groups, students were given different challenges for Sphero to complete.  In order to complete the challenge Sphero must be programmed correctly using commands the robot understands (Roll, Change Speed, Heading, Degrees, Spin, etc.). Each of the commands has additional variables that must be programmed properly, such as, the correct number of degrees when turning. The final challenge will be for students to figure out how to “go bowling” with Sphero. The catch? Sphero will not be able to go down a traditional straight lane, it will have to navigate an obstacle course to knock down the pins!




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Whether you are using Google Docs or Google Slides both teachers and students can easily insert images into their work. Instead of sending students out on a Google Image Search or uploading pictures from another device, students can stay within their documents to find media that adds to their creation. From slide-based presentations on sustainable fishing to feature articles that use maps to complement their writing, the easy image insert option will come in handy when exploring any topic.

How-To Insert Images in Google Docs and Google Slides

In the screenshot below you’ll see the menu bar in a Google Doc. At the top of the screen you have the option to Insert and choose to add an image to your page.
There are lots of options for bringing images into your document. The last option on the right-hand side of the screen says “Search.” With the Search option you can find images that are labeled for reuse with modification. When you click on the image it will add it to your document.

I hope this quick tip will come in handy next time you are creating a template to share with students in Google Classroom or sending students off to create a product that demonstrates their understanding. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Six Ways to do more through Digital Learning
  • Allocate time for students to practice their technology literacy skills during class. 
  • Encourage student to use devices (laptops, iPads, etc) for problem-solving and critical-thinking activities. 
  • Have students use technology outside the classroom to solve real world problems. 
  • Support this by providing continuous access to digital devices.
  • Design student-centered, integrated curriculum units that use devices seamlessly. 
  • Adapt your use of classroom devices based on the newest software applications and research on teaching, learning and standards-based curriculum. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017



What is Personalize Learning? 

“Tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests–including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn–to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.”  (definition from INACOL)

The purpose of personalized learning is to open student pathways and encourage student voice and choice in their education. Differentiation is a key part of personalized learning, and it is essential in education. In personalized learning environments, educators seek to meet each student within their own zone of proximal development. Without personalization, there is a gap between the individual student, their learning, and the support they need to succeed in a way that makes sense to his/her interests.


The shift toward personalization changes the dynamic between the teacher and student. Educators take on new roles as mentors, coaches and facilitators, and power and control shifts to the students. By giving students ownership over their learning and grounding learning in their interests and passions, they feel valued, motivated and in control.

Need help introducing and enhancing personalized learning practices in your classroom? Take some tips from members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools—a coalition of forward-thinking districts throughout the country. 
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  • Provide alternative assessment opportunities that let students show their content understanding in nontraditional ways.
  • Emphasize experiential learning, student involvement, and student solving real-world issues. Have students set individual goals within the classroom curriculum.