Profile photo of Mr. Sturgeon

About Mr. Sturgeon

Mr. Sturgeon is presently a Middle School Technology Integrator.

Flipping the Classroom with Ted Ed

Ted Ed makes flipping the classroom a great deal easier! Often times teachers mention (and I know what they mean!) that it is time consuming to produce their own videos for students to engage students before class. Well, Ted Ed makes this a whole lot easier. They offer an increasing number of the insprirational and informative TED videos as engaging interactive lessons for students. Selected videos are animated, cartoonized, or made more visual in sume manner.. The video  lesson includes a follow up questionaire and additional resources.

The best thing about Ted Ed flipping? Well, it has to be the ability to flip ANY YouTube video. Ted Ed allows the user to to apply your own titles, your own questions, your own resources, and provide your  own link to any  YouTube video lesson you customize-not just the ones on their site.

 

Wallwisher: Multiple Uses

 

 

 

How can you use Wallwisher.com?

1. Get feedback on school trips.
2. Gather resources collectively.
3. Student responses to presentations, media,questions, etc.
4. Generate brainstorming ideas.
5. think of your own…


How to set it up?

1. Go to Wallwisher.com
2. Choose build a wall.
3. Choose a URL name.
4. Enter name and email.
5. Choose a picture
6. Choose public or private.
6. Share by giving out address or embed into a blog post.
7. Start adding Sticky notes.

Notes:
notes limited to 160 characters
can embed pics and video links into posts


7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

Three Things

After perusing all the teacher blogs in Middle School, a few things stand out:
1. Teachers have  increased the frequency of their posts.
2. The diversity of topics covered has increased

and the focus for this post..
3. many posts lack an engaging look and feel

pic source@Flickr

Here are…

7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

1. Insert a picture per post. Too many posts are large black blob of text. Using a picture sets the tone for your blog post. Be sure to use and show attribution of the Creative Commons photos you use. Two easy way sot do this are by using Compfight and Google Advanced image search.

2. Chunk it. Draw the eye and create a smooth flow for the reader by chunking your text into short(er) paragraphs.

3. Add scanning points. Utilize the bold and text color options to emphasis key words and ideas to your reader.

4. Make lists. Readers like lists. They …

  • draw attention to the most important step
  • emphasis key ideas
  • make it easy to scan

5. Awesome titles and subtitles. Be a student for a second- would you be more likely to click Meet the FlyGuy! or Class Animation Projects.

6. Crisp links. Link the site name itself or a catchy word rather than linking a long ugly URL.

You can check out Mr. Pasamba’s cool class site is a little freiendlier than http://pasambag.ism-online.org

7. Engage your students. Get the students involved by asking a question, creating a contest, requesting a headline to a funny pictur, etc. and encouraging them to respond. Here is a good example of a teacher site that encourages dialogue.

 

More Promethean Resources

Our Promethean resources have been updated with some interesting resource packs.

BrainPop
Tim and Moby icons. KWL charts, sounds

Classroom Management Activities
activity timers, pulling names from a hat, more

You will also see more icons an graphics to help build your flipcharts: These include: graphic organizers, Technology Icons, Science ClipArt, Bullets and Arrows,

Sounds
number of files has been doubled

If you discover a resource pack at Promethean Planet that you feel would benefit all ISM teachers, please let you respective IT integrator know.

 

 

Shared Promethean Resources

Promethean Resources are now available to all. We have amalgamated various sources into an easily navigable list of training lessons, flipcharts, and animations.

To access the resources..

0 First choose view>browsers.

By choosing the following, you gain access to…

1 Resource browser. From here you have access to resources.

2 My Resources This is where you would save resources particular to your class that you choose not to share with other teachers.

3 Shared Resources. These resources are open for all teachers to see. (This is the active window that the screenshot shows.)

4 Library. Here you find, sounds, templates, backgrounds, etc.

5 Where you to share your creations This is where you will share created materials with fellow teachers. You are able to save to these folders. This should become the most valuable resource the contents are tailored for ISM students.

6 Subjects. A wide range of tools can be found here.

7 Training. All materials use in the recent professional development can be found here.

This section also includes to-the-point how-to’s on how to use particular tools.

 

 

Science Prezi Power…and more

Looking for ideas on how to use Prezi as an engaging resource for students? Check out Mr. Highland’s most recent Prezi on Heat Transfer. You’ll find that is layout is organized and easy to follow.

Check out some other Prezi creations from Mr. Highland here: Transformations and Systems.
You can find even more by seeing the links while viewing one of his presentations.

Spike! Keeping it simple.

Tired of jumping between documents to Copy and Paste various bits and pieces of information and text?

Microsoft’s Spike is the answer. The Spike is a little known clipboard feature of Microsoft Word. You are able to selext two or move items ( text, words, paragraphs, graphics) from various locations in a document or different documents, and then insert the items as a group in a new location or document. They are pasted in the order in which they were selected.

To move items to and from the” Spike”:

  1. Select the text or graphic you want to move, and then press Ctrl-F3 (in Windows) or Command-F3 (on a Mac).
  2. Repeat this step for each additional item you want to move to the Spike.
  3. Click in the document where you want to insert the Spike’s contents.
  4. To insert the Spike’s contents and empty the Spike, press Ctrl-Shift-F3 (in Windows) or Command-Shift-F3 (on a Mac).

The one drawback is that when you select the text it “cuts” rather than copy. Be careful not to save the original document with the missing text unless you intend to.

pic source