Ah, the February issue of MiddSouth Innovates (Issue #6) was so much fun to write. I got to talk with Mrs. Fischer’s Art class about their creative urban planning project created by upcycling materials. I was fascinated by how creative the students were and they innovative ways they used the materials. There was even a section that had working solar panels that powered LEDs. I also found some great resources related to reflective practices for students, something that I feel we don’t do enough of in school.
One of the best aspects of my job is getting to talk to teachers about the amazing things their students are doing in class. The Teachers always get excited as they share the students’ work because they are so proud of how innovative the students have been. This is exactly what happened when I talked to Mrs. Bach about her MP1 projects. She pulled out a bunch of projects for me to look at and had a hard time organizing them because they were all so good for different reasons. The podcasts and cell cities were particularly impressive. In this issue you will also find a great alternative to Grammarly called ProWriting Aid.
So my previous post says it all. The amount of awesomeness that happens in the classrooms around me is mind boggling. I got totally overwhelmed in November and December, and fell behind in writing my MiddSouth Innovates. As always, please remember to check out our #middsouthinnovates hashtag as well as our newly created #middsouthshines. MiddSouth Shines will showcase creative and innovative student work including interviews of the students explaining their learning and creation process. This site will cover as many areas as possible including, but not limited to film, art, poetry, journalism, Science, Business, and Foreign Language. While that will be up and running soon, please enjoy the latest issue of MiddSouth Innovates.
This school year is whizzing by. I can’t believe we are already halfway through November and Winter Break is so close you can see it on the horizon. I have been amazed at how many teachers are taking this year to add technology integration goals into their professional plans and innovating their classroom practices.
In this issue of the MiddSouth Innovates, we take a look at a Math teacher who is looking to integrate more Social Media into her classroom, taking the first steps toward a student-centered learning environment by adding student choice assignments, and our October 3D printing challenge in the Media Center.
While many are lamenting the end of Spring Break, I am excited because that means another issue of the MiddSouth Innovates is ready for your viewing enjoyment!!
This issue is more of a ‘Did You Know?’ type of thing. I was having a conversation with several teachers right before break and I figured this might be something useful to discuss at the start of MP4. In this issue, we talk about Google Extensions like Tab Scissors/Glue, Keyboard shortcuts for desktops and Chromebooks, Brain-based learning strategies like brain breaks and guided-inquiry, and E-waste recycling programs. As always, feedback is appreciated and I hope you enjoy!
I can’t believe it is Spring! Well, the calendar says it is Spring, but we just got 12″ of snow so I am not sure anyone bothered to send Mother Nature a reminder. Speaking of sending people reminders, Issue #10 of the MiddSouth Innovates is here and we are focusing on Remind. Did you like that transition?
Remind is a fantastic messaging app that allows you to keep your class up to date on everything that is happening at a moment’s notice. But, you can do so much more than just send out reminders. We talk about building relationships with parents, Back-to-School Night, sub-plans, and more. We also take a moment to talk about Spider Web Discussions–a spin on the Socratic Method from Alexis Wiggins. She wrote a book titled The Best Class You Never Taught where she explains how Spider Web Discussions gets the students actively involved in a class discussion and moves the teacher to outside observer. As always, I hope you enjoy!
Apparently I forgot to post about Issue #9 of the MiddSouth Innovates so here it is, just a few weeks late.
It is research paper season in our building so our tech integration section focuses on how a pair of teachers are using tech tools (Google Forms, Choice Eliminator, Piktochart) to change how the research paper process looks for the students. Teachers are also getting frustrated with how the students are using their cell phones during the day so we discuss various ways personal devices can be used in the classroom other than to watch videos and play games.