What is new with CultureGrams

Click on the link below to see what is new with Culture Grams for 2017!

2017 Back to School Updates!!!

Through the use of CultureGrams, our students can travel to exquisite places in the world, researching new cultures, languages, foods, and customs. CultureGrams is a searchable database containing concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on more than 200 countries, all 13 Canadian provinces, and territories, and each U.S. state.

This database provides online resources including a worldwide photo gallery, slideshows, video clips, famous people collection, recipe collection, and sortable, create-your-own data tables of selected information. This is a great primary source database used in World Languages, Family and Consumer Science (FCS), Social Studies, and English departments.

Students who learned about water in Africa, selected a video in CultureGrams to learn more about how water is collected.  Using a video like the one below levels the playing field for many of your students and allows them to fill in gaps in their learning.

If you need any help with using CultureGrams in your classroom please feel free to email me at adam_geiman@elanco.org

BrainPop: New and Improved!

BrainPOP is a great educational tool to help engage & motivate student learning independently, in small groups, and within the direct instruction. Investigate the multitude of topics/units in Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Health, Arts & Music, and Engineering/Tech. Students learn through video lessons and take quizzes to capture their learning.  There are games as well as teacher resources to access.   The next slide will give you an overview of what BrainPOP is capable of doing within the classroom. There is no need to use the BrainPOP app because BrainPop Jr and BrainPop are both mobile friendly. BrainPOP ESL is coming next to Mobile!  Click on the above Going Mobile link in order to see which features are enabled in the mobile environment.

 

New Beginnings

Today I start another journey in my career as a teacher. For thirteen years I have spent August like all teachers do, setting up a classroom, organizing supplies, and reading up on all of my new students. This August, I am embarking on a new journey as an Instructional Technology Coach at Elanco School District. Teaching and technology have always been a passion of mine. I am excited to start this new role. I am working with the most amazing and talented group of K-6 teachers at three different elementary schools. 

I have come to learn that when something is a passion it doesn’t matter what role you take that passion doesn’t wane. For my former students if you are nervous about starting this year in a new grade or a new school Mr. Geiman is nervous right with you. Many of your teachers will be feeling the same way as well. With our common understanding, we will all get through this year with patience and perseverance. Just keep reminding yourself that the journey is a marathon, not a sprint.

I can’t wait for this year to start and look forward to working with all of you. 

Unbounded Classroom: Webinar 5/30/17

     

Unbounded Classroom 

May 30, 2017 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET
Audience: Teachers/Educators, Instructional Technology Support Specialists, Media Specialists

This webinar is co-sponsored by The Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PACIE).

Join this webinar to learn how 4th grade teachers in Eastern Lancaster Elementary School District in rural Pennsylvania are taking their students around the world virtually using Google Expeditions and the Global Connections Framework to instill empathy, understanding, and deeper learning outcomes.

Unbounded Classroom explores the potential of using cutting edge technology to remove the boundaries of the classroom without ever leaving the school building. Students interact and experience a variety of diverse cultures and geographic locations within their own classrooms and globally, via virtual reality. These experiences engage students with their peers, with the curriculum, and with the global community. This webinar will introduce the global connections framework and how to implement virtual reality in K-12 classrooms. Presenters are Mr. Adam Geiman and Mr. Drew Arena, 4th Grade Teachers, Blue Ball Elementary.

Register by May 28, 2017 to guarantee your spot!

Unbounded Classroom: Global Connections Framework for VR

Unbounded Classroom Goes to Washington D.C.!!!!!

Amazing things are happening at Blue Ball Elementary! It’s official Mr. Arena and Mr. Geiman went to Washington DC to present Unbounded Classroom! After Mr. Geiman presented at KINBERCON2017 Unbounded Classroom was invited to present at the Internet2 Global Summit in Washington DC. When Mr. Arena and Mr. Geiman first wrote their VR grant their goal was to take their students and their work beyond the classroom. They wanted their students to understand that they are part of a globally connected world with different cultures, people, and topography. 

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Since the start of Unbounded Classroom, their classes have connected with 21+ different countries from around the globe through their student blogs. Now Unbounded Classroom has surpassed their expectations. Not only has VR and blogging taken them beyond their classroom walls it has taken them to Pittsburgh and Washington DC where they have had the opportunity to present how they are using their global connections framework to incorporate virtual reality in their classrooms to level the playing field for their students.

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Mr. Arena & Mr. Geiman presenting at Internet2 Global Summit

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  They were honored and grateful for the opportunity to present at Internet2 Global Summit!  From their presentation, at the Internet2 Global Summit, Mr. Arena and Mr. Geiman were asked to host a webinar on Unbounded Classroom through KINBER on May 31st from 3:30-4:30.  Look for the upcoming link and information about the Unbounded Classroom Webinar.

     

Make-a-Movie with BrainPop

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Brain POP via Compfight

Just announced: “the launch of Make-a-Movie, the newest addition to our suite of creation tools. Make-a-Movie empowers teachers and students to make their own BrainPOP-style movies, building scenes with images from our library or their own drawings. Moviemakers can then record narration, manipulate backgrounds, add cool transitions, and begin with a letter the way BrainPOP movies do.” – from BrainPop.com

Visit the Get Started with Make-a-Movie educators page for a preview with step-by-step guides and screencasts.

Also visit the BrainPop Blog to explore the December recap of the new games and movies that are now available at BrainPOP. For more information about how to utilize BrainPop, visit the Elanco Elem. Instructional Tech Info 2016-17 document.

 

 

Football by the Numbers

Super Bowl XLIX Joe Parks via Compfight

It’s Super Bowl week. Here’s a fun and interactive way to have students experiment with STEM concepts, such as angle and velocity. A fun way for students in grades 3-8 to play with the science of football.

“EA SPORTS, Madden NFL, the NFL Players Association and Discovery Education are proud to introduce EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, an engaging… educational program designed to harness students’ love for football to engage them in key math and science concepts.” — http://footballbythenumbers.discoveryeducation.com/

In the football interactive, students are “presented with on-the-field scenarios and challenges faced by the NFL’s best players and coaches, it’s your (students’) job to make the informed, real-time decisions necessary to win the game! Design strategies for running the most effective play by using your math and science knowledge, and then it’s up to you to make the call.”

Click here to Launch the Interactive.

Students first set the angle and velocity, then…. get to see if the quarterback completes the pass.

 

Farewell & Thank You!

Farewell & Thank You!

As you may have heard, I’ve resigned from my position as instructional technology coach in Elanco in early January. In addition to spending time at home with my kiddos, I hope to develop my educational consulting endeavors.

Thank you so much to all of you who have included me in your classrooms and project design work and who have attended any of the Wired Wednesdays or other professional development sessions I’ve offered. It’s been such a pleasure working with all of you and your students!

I will miss everyone at Elanco and wish you continued success and happiness. Continue challenging yourselves, and don’t be afraid to take risks with technology! You can’t break it! If it’s going to help students collaborate, communicate, and create in meaningful ways, give it a try! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything! Email me anytime at hiltelemtech@gmail.com.

I’ll look to the #elancosd hashtag and your blogs to check out the innovative and exciting learning happening in your classrooms!

— Lyn Hilt

Elanco Gateway for Teachers

pages-on-mobileJust as the Elanco Elementary Students have had a district links homepage for the past school year, now a similar page is also available for teachers using the Elanco Gateway pages. All of the important links that have been placed on the teacher symbaloo page for the past several years are also posted on the new Elanco Teacher Gateway. Each elementary building has their own teacher site:

The page has been designed to have a quick links row at the top for those most frequently used sites. A ‘content’ section follows with district and educational resources, then a ‘district resources’ section with many of the district office employment links. Teachers may want to consider making this new website their homepage on their district computer.

The Elanco Elem Teacher Links Symbaloo will begin to be phased out after the 2016-17 school year.

The are a number of reasons for creating a new teacher links page using the Elanco Gateway, including:

  1. The page loads much faster,
  2. The page is less likely to be down (The Symbaloo website has been experiencing more and more stability problems as of late),
  3. The page has no advertisements,
  4. The page is much more mobile friendly by better scaling to a variety of screen sizes (see image). Teachers may want to bookmark the site on their mobile phones for quick references to district links,.

A big thanks to Lindsay Sessions in the tech department for all her hard work creating all of the tiles on the pages. If you have any suggestions, notice any incorrect links, or need tiles added, edited, or deleted, please submit a tech work order, or contact Tim Leister.

Back-to-School 2016 * Google Goodness for You!

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your summer days! There have been some exciting updates and releases this summer in the Google Apps ecosystem that I’d like to share with you, along with some other resources to help you jumpstart your technology integration efforts this year!

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Google Forms Quizzes

Google Forms now has the ability to self-grade forms you create as quizzes. Released in June, this post from the Google for Education blog shares this new feature. Step-by-step tutorials can be found here. What can Google Forms quizzes do?

“…we launched Quizzes in Google Forms on Monday to help teachers quickly create, deliver and grade assignments or assessments. With Quizzes, teachers can select correct answers for multiple choice and checkbox questions to reduce repetitive grading. They can also enter explanations and review materials to help students learn. And to make sure students understand the lesson material, teachers can prevent students from sending themselves a copy of their responses. ” via the Google for Education blog

Exciting stuff! Check out a video tutorial here:

If you previously used the add-on Flubaroo to grade student Form responses, this post by Eric Curts gives a great comparison of the two features and when to use each.

Note: Stuck with anything in Google Apps? The Google Help Center is THE place to go to find the answers you need!!

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Image via http://hyperdocs.co/about_hyperdocs

HyperDocs

As someone who built webquests for students in the early 2000s to promote interactivity with the web, HyperDocs appear to be a similar way to help students interact with online content in order to collaborate and create content of their own to build understanding. A HyperDoc is very simply a Google doc or Google Slides set that is built to include hyperlinks to resource sites, videos, images, and more to engage students in learning more about a topic. In order to make them most engaging, HyperDocs should include tasks for students and provide a variety of student-driven choice options when possible. If not thoughtfully designed, a HyperDoc can simply turn into a digitized worksheet. Try to avoid this at all costs by including maximum opportunities for student engagement, creation, voice, and choice!

The term “hyperdocs” was coined by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis in their book, The HyperDoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps

Resources for you:

Image via https://futureofstorytelling.org/google-expeditions/

Image via https://futureofstorytelling.org/google-expeditions/

Project Ideas & More

Google Maps and Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions was a new program running at select schools last year, utilizing the latest in virtual reality (VR) applications to take students on global explorations. This summer it was announced that Google Expeditions is now available for use by all students! If you’re interested, talk to your building principal and consider applying for a Spartan Foundation grant to acquire devices and Google Cardboard viewers. The app is free for Android devices and is coming soon to iOS devices as well. Read more to learn about how students are using Google Expeditions!

There are many applications for Google Maps in the classroom. From math to social studies to geography and science connections, students can create custom My Maps, calculate distances, and explore landforms. Check out these resources on ways to use Google Maps in the classroom:

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Fonts for Days!

I know you love beautiful typography for your classroom creations… kiss Comic Sans goodbye with Google Fonts. Did you know that while you’re working in a Google doc, you can click on your fonts menu and browse all the way down to More Fonts…. to be taken to another collection of fonts you can add to your apps?

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You can also visit the Google Fonts website to browse the collection of fonts to find exactly what you’re looking for. From this site you can select fonts by clicking the red + sign next to the font (you can even type in the textboxes to see how they will look with words you type often!) and downloading the font file to your device and installing for use in other applications outside of Google.

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Wishing you a wonderful school year, filled with opportunities for you and your students to connect, collaborate, and create together! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Tim with any questions or needs!

Created by Georgina Tanaka via https://twitter.com/GtanakaTanaka/status/761965169517834240

Created by Georgina Tanaka via https://twitter.com/GtanakaTanaka/status/761965169517834240

#gafe4littles

Follow the hashtag #gafe4littles to learn more about ways to incorporate the use of Google Apps for Education with even the youngest learners! Educators Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler recently held the first #gafe4littles workshop in California and are sharing their resources via the hashtag and elsewhere. Keep an eye out for some wonderful things being shared, and don’t forget to share what’s happening in YOUR classrooms via the hashtag and your blogs as well!