Need to take Health 100 and Math 50?

There is still room in my Health 100 Learning Community course linked with Math 50.

A learning community is a unique learning opportunity.  In a learning community the same group of students take two classes together providing a great opportunity to build relationships among students. This group also has a dedicated tutor to provide additional support for success.  In this learning community two transfer level courses, Health 100 and Math 50, will be taken by a cohort, a group, of students. Each course is graded separately.

Foundation Skills LC 6 course information:

  • #34262,  Health 100  (Health Ed/Fitness Dynamics),  11-12:20,  TTh,  3 units, TLC-112, Professor Falcone
  • #31861,  Math 50  (Beginning Algebra), 1:30-3:20, TTh,  4 units,  E-6,  Professor Snow

Attn Teachers: We have been invited to change the world! @adambellow

It’s been over a month since I watched Adam Bellow’s closing keynote at ISTE and I am still telling people about how awesome it was. Here it is for those who did not get the chance to watch it live in San Antonio.

We teachers need to EXPLORE-SHARE-CONTRIBUTE!
Fast-forward to 22 minutes into the video

Another favorite from EduTecherBrief History of Tech in Education
http://www.edutecher.net/tv.php?id=7

Student In-Class Collaborative Google Drive Presentation

Today in class I divided the 80 student class into groups to work collaboratively on a Google Drive Presentation about two videos they watched, The Science of Sex Appeal and Life’s Greatest Miracle.  To create a class collaborative presentation follow these steps:

  • Create a Presentation in Google Drive
    • Go to drive.google.com
    • Create a Presentation
    • Click on the blue “share” button and set the presentation to share with “anyone with the link” and be sure to set it so that anyone with the link can edit (the default is that they can view, you must change it to edit).
    • Make a title slide and a slide for each group to use
      • Title slide
        • Put the title of the presentation
        • Include a tiny url to the document (this makes it easy for students to access it)
          • Go to http://tinyurl.com/
          • copy the url of the presentation and paste it into the tiny url box.  You can now just click create tiny url, or you can make a custom tiny url with your presentation title.
      • Group slides
        • Create a slide for each group.  You can number them or identify the slides by topics.  This makes it easy for each group to identify the slide they are editing.
  • Watch live as all groups work on one collaborative presentation!
    • You will be able to see the work they are all doing at the same time
  • Once the presentation is complete each group presents their slide.

This is a fun way to get the entire class involved and move quickly between groups!

 

Are you a good Digital Citizen?

Today in class while discussing the positive and negative effects of digital communication we started to talk about proper behavior online and how to keep us safe.  One student noted that schools try to keep kids safe by blocking certain websites. But, does it make sense that a school has a Facebook page yet blocks Facebook?  Iss blocking websites the way to go? Or rather, should teachers be teaching kids proper use of the web and not avoid the topic by blocking the sites?  Who is responsible for teaching Digital Citizenship?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) describes 9 elements of Digital Citizenship.

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health and Wellness
  9. Digital Security

Were you taught these elements in school or at home?

Do you feel this is an important issue for schools to address?

For additional information:

http://www.iste.org/docs/excerpts/DIGCI2-excerpt.pdf

http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/