Summarizing Scenes-Designing Creative Assessments

Students needed to show that they were able to summarize a story and then use that summary to tell the theme. I referred back to that quote—if I were a child, how would I want to show my ability to retell a story? In today’s digital world, retelling and summarizing happens in 30 sec clips, 7 sec vines and numerous other forms of visual media. So when I looked at it through my students’ eyes the answer was crystal clear!

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Piecing Together Tech Tools for Tip Top Lessons

Programs and applications often try to market themselves as THE one to try and we often get steered into the idea that we need to use this one particular program for everything. Or we begin to think that one program is just plain better to use than another. Rather than looking for the “one size fits all” tool, educators will be more successful piecing together various tools into the same lesson.

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Simple Sub Plans with MicrosoftEdu

As as I prepared to leave for FETC, I had to account for all the minutes in all the days (3 to be exact!) and if you’re like me, I hate giving busy work. I value my students’ time and their talents and I don’t want my time away to be wasted. So I turned to Microsoft Teams and OneNote. 

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Pretty vs. Pedagogy

Pretty things glitter, sparkle and are appealing to the eyes. They attract us and lead us towards them, but often what happens is that once we get a hold of them we lose sight of what’s surrounding us.

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📺 Flipgrid TV! 📺

Flipgrid TV is an activity that I came up with where students work through four tasks throughout the course of one week. My students were responsible for completing all of the tasks before the end of the week, but it was their responsibility to complete one per day. They were able to pick whichever activity they wanted, but again - all had to be completed prior to the end of the week.

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