Stoked – May 6, 2016

Made my Bitmoji! (Above) I also added Bitmoji to my computer as a Google extension (or is it add-on?) Either way, it’s in Google Chrome now. Your students (and you!) will probably have fun with this as well.

Are You Having your Students use WordPress?

I enjoyed Passion Project time in class with students today. Most of their blogs are coming along. I recommended WordPress for their blogs because I think it is so easy to use. However, we had to find some work-arounds for WordPress problems.

  • If they use the school account, they need to confirm the email, which they cannot do since we do not have email connected yet. They could use their personal email accounts, if they are willing.
  • I suggested that they do their blog entries in a Google Doc and then copy and paste at the end of the project.
  • I also let them know that they could use other sites like Weebly or Wix as well. One student asked if he could use a Google Slides presentation and I said yes because if he shared the link with us, it would technically be published.
  • Another issue one had was using a tablet to work on WordPress. I could not find a way to upload pictures on the Tablet because the picture icon is missing.
  • He uploaded the picture to Google Drive then used his Chromebook to insert the image.
  • If students don’t want to go to Google Drive to upload their pictures, they can log in to WordPress from their phones and upload from there.
  • Each image on their phone should have a sharing button: something that looks like this green square. If they select this button from their image – and they are logged in share_this_iconto their phone with their Google Account – they will be able to share directly to their Google Drive.

 

Cross-Curricular Implementation of Common Core Literacy Standards

Another project I worked on today was cross-curricular implementation of Common Core. Although Spanish and History do not have Common Core standards for their subject areas yet, both are expected to incorporate Common Core literacy skills. Many teachers of areas outside of English have told me they don’t know how to teach reading and writing, or that they don’t want to grade papers, or that English teachers should teach English and that’s it. These fears are legitimate, however, the Common Core definition of a “text” is so broad, that these teachers can easily use paintings, photographs, music, cartoons, etc. to teach critical thinking or text analysis.

I am considering a close reading lesson with the Spanish Data Team that uses an image (Goya’s Third of May painting) and a poem (Wordsworth’s Indignation of a High-Minded Spaniard) to infer what happened in the Napoleonic Wars in Spain as a historical background to Spanish. 

The other part of this cross-curricular research has been to look at the resources available for History and connect those to the standards. I have a document started in Google Docs for these tasks, but I don’t think I will finish today.

After all, it’s Friday! Happy Friday — and happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

 

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