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MiddSouth Innovates #3 2018-2019

Can’t keep up with the blog because I am struggling to keep up with all the awesomeness of my colleagues. In this 3rd edition of the 2018-2019, the MiddSouth Innovates takes a look at a World History class creating campaign materials for Roman emperors using Piktochart and Animoto and ideas for helping the teacher share the decision making responsibilities with students as the classroom transitions to a student-centered learning environment.

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MiddSouth Innovates Issue #2 2018-2019

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.

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A New Year, A New MiddSouth Innovates

I love the start of a new school year!

Everyone is optimistic about what is ahead of them, every dresses in the best clothes, and teachers can’t wait to try some new strategy they learned over the summer. Oh, and of course, the MiddSouth Innovates returns!!!

This is Issue #1 of the 2018-2019 school year. In every issue, we try to discuss a teaching strategy that uses technology and one that is more non-tech focused. In this issue we talk about mentimeter ( a great tool for getting students to interact in a digital environment and respond to teacher lessons/activities) and an interactive Periodic Table Activity from one of our newer teachers who is rapidly turning into a rockstar. Hope you enjoy and, as always, feedback is always appreciated!

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MiddSouth Innovates #14

This was the final MiddSouth Innovates for the 2017-2018 school year. I wanted to make sure my colleagues had things to consider before heading out on break so we talk various books for educators for all those days at the beach and ideas to start the school year off. Since we are nearly in August, make sure to check out those first days of school ideas like flipping your syllabus and get-to-know-you activities.

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MiddSouth Innovates #13

The penultimate issue of MiddSouth Innovates. Side Note: I learned the word penultimate from the Lemony Snicket books when I was 31 and use it as often as I can.

I want to give a little background on this post. I was initially tapped to present with some colleagues about book talks at one of our end of the year PD sessions. The other people I was presenting with were all Edtechs, but they were former English teachers who had all done book talks in their classrooms. Being a Science teacher, I had no real understanding of what the objective of the book talk was. So, I started asking the English teachers in my building about how they use them and what purpose they served. Almost all of the teachers used it in the first week of class to help both themselves and their classmates get to know each other. Basically it was an informal way to measure the “soft skills” such as presentation and public speaking abilities.

As the teachers were describing their methods they often mentioned how they wanted a way for the students to dive a little deeper into the book to discuss things like plot and character development, or connections to other novels. That’s when I remembered hearing about Edcafes from Katrina Kennett. So I decided to give the teachers some food for thought at the end of the year about helping to make discussions about every novel, not just summer reading, more meaningful and more student-centered.

Oh, and we also talk about making podcasts for lessons. Enjoy!

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MiddSouth Innovates #12

Sorry for such a delay in posting about the MiddSouth Innovates. The last 2 months of school was crazy and it just slipped my mind. I have the summaries for the last 3 issues going out on consecutive days for you to peruse. Hope you enjoy and have a great final days/weeks of your summer!

I love this issue because it really focuses on something that is important to me: getting kids to do more in the classroom. We talk about shifting from a flipped classroom (teacher and video centered model) to a flipped learning model (more activities, less teacher talk) as well as active learning strategies for teachers who are not ready to try a flipped model. There are even ideas for more effective lectures!

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MiddSouth Innovates #11

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!MiddSouth Innovates 11