DE Streaming Teacher Tools Follow-Up

This post is primarily for those who will attend the DE Streaming Teacher Tools session today.  If you’ve read my blog at all, you know that from time to time I get fabulous information to share through my Personal Learning Network (PLN).  I found an absolute gem while preparing for the inservice and wanted to make sure I posted it for you.  The technique is an advanced use of the tools we will go over today, so I doubt we’ll get to it, but if you are interested in trying it, you’ll be able to. 

OK, so what is the technique?  Using Web 2.0 tools to create additional content to embed in your quizzes, assignments, and prompts. This means any content you find/create using Animoto, Teachertube, Slideshare, Dipity, Voki, Voicethread, and many other tools can be a part of your assignment.  Here’s the tutorial that I found for you in the DEN (Discovery Educator Network).  If you want to try the to recreate the sample, use this file: the-letter-c   and then search DE Streaming for The Letter C song.  Let me know if you try it or if you run into trouble…

Mid Year Check-Up

My thanks to Christine Southard who shared this mid-year check-up via plurk.  Christine is a fellow DEN Star in my Personal Learning Network (PLN).  For those of you who don’t know, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. I maintained my membership in the CEC while I worked in educational diagnostics when I lived in New York. 

The CEC maitains a blog for first year teachers, and while I would like to direct this post to the many new teachers that I am working with, the information is truly applicable to all.  Their recent post “Your Mid-year Check-Up” includes some questions that you might want to consider.  Now is certainly a great time to assess the physical, academic, and social environments in your classroom.  It is also a good time to take stock of how you are coping with what life looks like right now.  Sometimes we need to make changes mid-year to avoid burnout.