Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Google Tools, Gifs and Geometry

In the latest episode of The Suite Talk, I connected with a Lynda Moore from Georgia who is a high school math teacher and has been teaching for 29 years.

She totally digitized her daily math lessons, assessments, reflections, using Google tools, such as Google Slides, Google Forms for live data, Google Drawings, Google Sheets, and hyperslides.  She also used several Chrome extensions such as Screencastify, Bitmoji, EquatIO and Remote for Slides. Everything is available through Google Classroom.

I was truly amazed and impressed with her digital workflow.  Her workflow consisted of a learning goal, the standards, the teacher taught section, the student assessment, and reflection. She had all of this information in a hyperslide.  In addition, the hyperslide included animations, and small interactives for the students to check for understanding. The assessments were branched Google Forms that contained questions that included videos and images.  

She totally flipped her math class!  This technique allows her students to learn at their own pace, and gives them ownership of their education. The material is available on Google Classroom so students have the information at all times. Don’t get me wrong, she did admit, it took about two weeks for the students to become acquainted with it.  However, now that she has invested the time to flip her class and provide digital resources, she has the gift of time at the end.

Don’t miss this episode.  Watch this episode of The Suite Talk and see what she has created.

Show notes and Lynda's information

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Monday, January 21, 2019

A Student's Perspective on Computer Science EDU with CSFirst and Scratch

Check out the links below to get caught up on the latest episode of The Suite Talk. 

1/21/2019 - A Student's Perspective of CS First and Scratch with Gavin and Anneliece Mattina

When I introduced Computer Science using CS First and Scratch to my niece and nephew in November 2018, they immediately loved it.  Since that time, they learned so much and have become confident in themselves.  They were determined to learn different concepts such as logical thinking, variables, loops, functions, the Scratch interface, and much more.   They were immediately hooked and eventually they created their own games and projects.  

In addition, they learned the 4C's of education and the 4P's.  The 4P's are problem solving, problem probing, patience, and perseverance.  The 4C's are communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. In my opinion, I reference these skills as computing skills and much needed life skills too. They learned from their mistakes and never gave up.  They continued to help each other overcome their difficulties, show respect and kindness to others in the Scratch community, plus they are confident enough to search for their guidance and answers in the Scratch community.  

Listen to our conversation about their learning experience and their recommendations for other students to learn computer science.   I am extremely proud of them both.  

You can watch the recorded episode on YouTube.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Create your own Tour using Tour Creator

Recently, I had the honor on being on the Google Teacher Tribe podcast with Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning and Matt Miller from Ditch that Textbook.  I had so much fun, not to mention Kasey and Matt are very friendly and easy to talk to.  Thank you for having me on. :)

On #GTTribe, I spoke about Google Tour Creator. This tool can be accessed from any web browser, and allows you to create your own customized virtual reality tours using 360 deg images or 180 deg images.  You can capture your own 360 deg images by using a 360 deg camera, the Google Street View app, or the Cardboard Camera  app.  Both of these apps are available on Google Play and the Apple Store.  

Another great feature about Tour Creator is that you can upload and publish your tours on Poly.  Teachers can add their tours into Google Expeditions to view and guide their students.   You can read more about that update from the Expeditions Help Forum.  

Classroom ideas:  I am using Tour Creator to present the science backyard at my school.  It will display how the ecosystem changes throughout the seasons and how species adapt to the environment.

Another idea is allowing students to illustrate landmarks from their novels or from their history class.  You can also create a tour of your school campus, or district.

Finally, I submitted my Introduction to Google Expeditions lesson into the #GTTribe which also includes a Quick Guide to Getting Started for Teachers.

Click here to listen to Episode 70 Create your own Tour on the Google Teacher Tribe podcast.

I hope you find it helpful!

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Celebrating 1 Year of The Suite Talk

Celebrating 1 Year of The Suite Talk!


I can't believe a year has gone by and The Suite Talk is still alive!  This month I am celebrating  this incredible milestone of The Suite Talk! Plus, I am amazed that my show went international by hosting three shows from different parts of the world.  How cool is that?!

This experience, hosting a show, has been a learning curve for me.  I first started my show as a live show on YouTube, and now it has evolved into a Podcast too!   Who would have thought it would have evolved that way?

Additionally, I am so thankful for all my guests, and for the knowledge they shared with me and my viewers. I learned so much from everyone! It really has been a fun year connecting with new people worldwide, and learning, collaborating and sharing with everyone to help other educators integrate technology in the classroom.  It truly has been priceless!

Finally, doing my show has fulfilled many and surpassed my expectations.  It really means a lot to me to hear that I helped someone integrate technology in the classroom.  Hearing how I impacted other educators has made me realize the importance of my show and to continue with my mission to pay it forward to others.

During 2019, I will do my best to continue to bring quality professional development to my viewers and audience.

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