16 Feb 2016

Here's what's happening in tech integration! Last week students from Pearson 6th Grade Center and West Junior High and Kindergarten teachers from Jackson and Sun Path presented to parents, teachers, and community members at the Referendum Update Open House to demonstrate ways we are using technology to enhance student learning. Middle level students gave live demonstrations about using green screens, collecting data in science class, coding, programming, and using Notability and Canvas. K teachers presented Osmo, Book Creator, and Seesaw to illustrate creative and innovative uses of iPads in K-1 classrooms across the district. It was an exciting night for students to demonstrate 21st Century learning in Shakopee! Read the January 2016 Special Edition CommUNITY newsletter for a Referendum Update.

Here are more highlights:

  • Pearson students are using HSTRY to create Civil War timelines.
  • 7th grade science students at West JH are starting genius hour explorations.
  • Kindergartners at Eagle Creek and Sun Path used Book Creator for Project Lead the Way science projects on body structures and functions. 
  • Sweeney 1st grade teachers are appsmashing without reservation, using the camera app, DoInk, and Seesaw to finalize a reader's theater green screen project.
  • Kindergartens recorded videos retelling stories (Red Oak) and explaining the writing process (Jackson). 
  • West Junior High counselors and school psychologist rolled out a student support course in Canvas.

Read the latest Catching Creativity for details, photos, and videos. 

01 Feb 2016

PD in your PJs! On January 18 many staff members explored how to use Twitter for professional development and to showcase the amazing work our kiddos do every day. It’s easy to make a Twitter account, but maintaining the habit of posting and reflecting is a bigger challenge. One great way to learn from other educators and share your knowledge with the world is to connect via a Twitter Chat. Chat moderators create a list of questions related to an education topic and you connect with other educators from around the world as you discuss these prompts.

Go to this site to find a list of different twitter chats, such as #edchat or #PBLchat.

Participate and tweet @ShakopeeDLC to let us know which chat you’ll be doing!

Here’s a link to a great guide on how to participate.



29 Jan 2016

Here's what's happening in tech integration!

Pearson students held an open house and showed families how they utilize their iPads to enhance learning through collaboration, communication, and creativity. Parents were able to visit several stations where students gave presentations highlighting the work they have done in their classes. Students presented examples of iMovie, Notability, MackinVia, Explain Everything, Canvas, and Google Drive.  

Eagle Creek Kindergarten is working on a STEM lab. Their students are going to take pictures of their design for a house, the house after it is built, how the house held up to a wind test, and a final reflection. Students will be creating a Shadow Puppet EDU video that stiches these images together with a voiceover. Looking forward to seeing it!

Sweeney kindergarten students spent an afternoon making iMovies of their "3 Favorite Things in Kindergarten". They creatively used the camera to take photos and record a video, then pulled their content into iMovie where they added a background soundtrack. Many then shared their finished projects with teachers and families through Seesaw.

Eagle Creek 1st grade team spent three consecutive days diving into Book Creator. Students worked with a "My Nutrition Book" and identified food groups, wrote about them, and added voice to support their writing. They used SeeSaw to share their books with teachers/parents. They also worked on story re-tells and elements of a story using a similar workflow to reinforce concepts.  

Red Oak Kindergarten learned how to use SeeSaw to create patterns using manipulatives, photo them, and add voice and live writing annotation.

Thanks again to the 28 classroom teachers and media specialists who created and facilitated tech breakouts on January 18. Without their help the day would not have been a success. If you're interested in being involved with facilitating tech PD in the future, please email a DLC. The forms for your feedback about potential follow-up sessions are still active. We'd love your input. 

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