Everything's Better With A Beard

I’m always happy to have the opportunity to read to different classes at school. This week I was in Carolyn Curtis’ class reading one of my favs. Our librarian Suji DeHart gave me Everything’s Better With a Beard for my birthday, and I have been reading it at school ever since. The children love the silly nature of the book and always laugh a lot.

Thank you Carolyn Curtis for the photo!

Informational Writing

Informational writing is part of the grade 3 curriculum at ISKL, and the teachers were looking for some digital options for creating books. I did a sample book with four different tools and have included them here, along with some pros and cons about the tool.

Google Slides

  • Log in with Gmail account
  • Familiar and easy to use

Pages

  • Log in with Gmail account
  • Export to ePub
  • No online component without Apple ID

Canva

  • Log in with Gmail account
  • Great templates
  • Drag & drop

Book Creator

  • Log in with Gmail account
  • Super easy to use
  • Very similar to the iPad app that they are familiar with
  • Very limited options with text – one size only
  • Drag & drop
  • Looks great online

Examples

Google Slides

 

Pages

Panama (pdf)

Canva

Book Creator

 

Digital Citizenship - The Ripple Effect

It is always a pleasure collaborating with our fabulous grade 3-5 counselor Stephanie Stone. We develop and teach lessons together about various topics that deal with digital citizenship. This presentation was inspired by Common Sense Media‘s digital citizenship lessons, but the majority of this creation is Stephanie’s doing.

How To Comment On A Blog

How To Comment On A Blog was inspired by a video we used in class to discus how to make an appropriate blog comment that gives valuable feedback the the writer. Working with the grade 5 teachers we put these tips into practice. 5KC, led by Karen Callahan, thought we could make an updated version of the video from Ms. Yollis’ class. Students went through the writing process to create scripts, rehearsed, and filmed. I’m really proud of the work the students did, especially those students who have only recently started learning English, including one student who did not know any English at all a month ago. What we have below is the fruit of their labor. We hope this video helps students with their blog commenting, and to become better writers.

 

EARCOS Leadership Conference 2018

It is nice to be “home” for this year’s EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC). This year I am presenting about how leaders can simplify and streamline evaluation and feedback. It is my hope that this workshop will help leaders to be more effective in assisting teachers to improve their practice.

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Parenting In The Digital Age

It is always great to have the parents in and participate in some thought provoking discussions about managing technology at home with children. The tech and counseling teams collaborate to put on this workshop. Max Wright, Stephanie Stone, and Chris Wright always contribute their perspectives, experiences, and expertise. Below is the resource we created for this year’s workshop.

Blogger vs. Wordpress

Trying to decide on which blogging platform to use? here’s an under the hood look at Blogger & WordPress.

Hollywood In Your Pocket

Video Apps That Put You In The Director’s Chair

Link to App Tutorials

Direct link to the chart

Happy Holidays

This video was created by Tim Bray. Please contact him if you would like a similar video.

Pub PD Asia

What’s better than professional development? Professional development with your favorite adult beverage!

Join me and others Tuesday night at Taps Beer Bar in Kuala Lumpur to talk about Amplifying Student Voice. This inaugural version of #PubPDasia will be taking place in pubs in nine different cities across Asia. Educational alchologists in Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei, and Ho Chi Min City will all be taking part. It’s like a twitter chat, but face to face and with tasty adult beverages! Spread the word!