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11 Dec 2017
I’m going to speak from my own math experience when I say teaching vocabulary was not easy. We did Frayer Models, creative pictorial representations, and graphic organizers which worked well for many of my students. My struggle was getting students to use the formal academic language when they were doing collaborative activities, justifying thinking, writing, and talking about math. I needed a way to have them practice using the academic language so they were ready to use it to explain their thinking.   Desmos Polygraph provides an opportunity to collaboratively teach and practice vocabulary and give students the need for…
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07 Dec 2017
It’s almost time for TIES Education Technology Conference, and Shakopee will be well represented. Our TIES Exceptional Educators will be honored before the keynote presentation on Tuesday morning, and we have Shakopee staff members presenting 7 sessions this year. It will be an outstanding two days of professional learning. Follow the hashtag #TIES17 on Twitter to stay in the loop December 11-12.   Shakopee TIES Exceptional Educators Jake Toufar, Tech Ed (East Junior High) Charlotte Leonard (Jackson) See the story on the district website.   Sessions lead by Shakopee staff: Links to the session description included below each session. Check…
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05 Dec 2017
Desmos Activity Builder has quickly caught on as a math teacher favorite. It allows teachers to design activities that guide students through tasks and challenges to help build a deeper understanding of math concepts. (My current favorites are Land the Plane and Transformation Golf) So, why not use this awesome tool in other content areas as well? Some recently released features, such as card sorts, give this tool a lot of flexibility to be used in any classroom. We will highlight other features in the near future, but let’s start by taking a look at Card Sorts in Desmos Activity…
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05 Nov 2017
It’s amazing the insight you can get from candid conversations with students.   This past week, I sat down to help a student who was having some issues tracking down a document in their Google Drive. We went into his Gmail and to my shock and horror, the student had 1,300 unread messages. Glancing over the messages, I saw a number of emails from teachers intermingled with Canvas notifications and other inbox clutter. When I asked the student about it, he basically just said, “I can’t keep up. So I only go to my emails when directed by a teacher…
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