Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Digital Story Project: Spanish II using Explain Everything as a Template

In collaborating with the Spanish II team of Mrs. Van Gheem-Rottier, Ms. Sampson, and Ms. Slasarek, we developed a digital workflow in which students will be creating written stories based on a template created in Explain Everything.

This stemmed from the template that Mrs. Vertz created.  She wanted students to focus the majority of their time on working through the process and not creating all of the pieces needed in the process.

Explain Everything's "export a project" option allows for "guided creativity" from teacher to student.

In this project, Spanish II students will be showcasing their creativity and language using the Spanish language by creating a digital legend.  Their goal is to use the "preterite and imperfect tense" to create a story about the characters, setting, and plot of their choice.  Only text will be used - no audio.

Read about the entire process and view the "digital workflow" in the images below.



The template that students will "open in" Explain Everything on their iPad has been exported as a project from Explain Everything to Google Drive by the instructors.  Our teachers utilize Canvas to disseminate resources.




Twitter: Advanced Tips & Tweetdeck

We are continuing our #RaiderFieldofDreams social media campaign with our Principles of Marketing students.  Today we are introducing them to some advanced tips and Tweetdeck!



Public Library Books on iPad through Overdrive

A great FREE resource exists through the Overdrive app.  Grab your public library card number, create a password and start reading new and classics on your iPad.

In addition to ebooks, audio books and videos are available for check out!

Here's how:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Canvas Courses Starred in App and Browser

We use Canvas from Instructure.  Making sure a student sees the correct courses.


Raider Strong Episode 012: Ben Otto [Podcast]

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In this episode, Mr. Ben Otto, Business and PBL teacher at Pulaski High School, realized in high school after his enjoyable experience and the fact that many of his family members were teachers that the education profession was for him.  The staff and students are great and the climate makes it really enjoyable to come to work every day!

If Mr. Otto could do one other job in the district, it would be mine!  A technology integrator!  He loves to do one thing outside of school that takes him throughout the Midwest and Nationally!  Find out what it is.  Our conversation ends with him and I disagreeing on one thing.  Can you guess what it is?

Why Are We Creating Podcasts?
Our AP Environmental Science teacher will be listening to and creating podcasts in May 2017 based on an item of interest.  I needed to understand the workflow and found a purpose: introducing our great staff to the world! Discover the details!

Have a Suggestion?
Do you want to be interviewed (It Takes Five Minutes) or know someone in the #RaiderStrong community that should be interviewed? Email me!

Subscribe to the Podcast:
If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please subscribe on iTunes!  I would really appreciate you leaving a review as this grows.  I want our podcast to be #RaiderStrong

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lunch N' Learn: PODCASTS: Consuming To Creating and How to Get There

Because of a recent conversation with our AP Environmental Science teacher, I determined an iPad only workflow for consuming podcasts and creating content through a podcast.  Some may say that "we don't have time for that".  While time needs to managed appropriately, this is a great tool for reflection on content or passions that are present in the content area.  In addition, this could be a "quarter project" ideas as once the process is taught for the first time, students will be able to create the podcast(s) on their own and publish.

This really doesn't need to be an hour production.  Three to ten minutes with one or no guests can really spark creativity, thinking and discussion.

Listen to the Raider Strong Podcast.


Find a podcast using the podcast app found on iPads.

Listen to choices and learn

Create a podcast using Garage Band


Create art work for the podcast using the Canva app

Publish it using the "sharrow" to Soundcloud

Write a "show page"


Podcast Options For Classes:

  • Students create podcast(s) pertaining to content area studying in the classroom
  • Students develop a 20% topic.
  • Students after the AP exams can apply "what they have learned" throughout the year.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Raider Strong Episode 011: Todd Rodal [Podcast]


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In this episode, Mr. Todd Rodal, Social Studies teacher at Pulaski High School, realized he wanted to be a teacher after a volunteer coaching stint.  There are certain groups of people that he loves hanging out with for eight hours every day!  Find out who they are.

If Mr. Rodal could work in one other area it would be physical education.  Reason?  Something you may be able to relate to!  His children are his main focus when he leaves our school.  His bucket list actually includes twelve items!  Find out where he wants to go!

Why Are We Creating Podcasts?
Our AP Environmental Science teacher will be listening to and creating podcasts in May 2017 based on an item of interest.  I needed to understand the workflow and found a purpose: introducing our great staff to the world! Discover the details!

Have a Suggestion?
Do you want to be interviewed (It Takes Five Minutes) or know someone in the #RaiderStrong community that should be interviewed? Email me!

Subscribe to the Podcast:
If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please subscribe on iTunes!  I would really appreciate you leaving a review as this grows.  I want our podcast to be #RaiderStrong

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Raider Strong Episode 010: Rebekka Budz [Podcast]

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In this episode, Mrs. Rebekka Budz, a paraprofessional at Pulaski High School, explains that after she was released from a previous job she wanted to do something that was close to her children.  She loves the staff members, the students, the sports, really everything that has to do with Pulaski High School.

If Mrs. Budz could be a counselor she would.  She thinks it is a great opportunity to help students with anything and everything.  Her bucket list includes one of the most important things which is to honor her late husband's wish to see her children be successful.  She would also like to start a foundation for children with cancer.

Why Are We Creating Podcasts?
Our AP Environmental Science teacher will be listening to and creating podcasts in May 2017 based on an item of interest.  I needed to understand the workflow and found a purpose: introducing our great staff to the world! Discover the details!

Have a Suggestion?
Do you want to be interviewed (It Takes Five Minutes) or know someone in the #RaiderStrong community that should be interviewed, email me!

Subscribe to the Podcast:
If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please subscribe on iTunes!  I would really appreciate you leaving a review as this grows.  I want our podcast to be #RaiderStrong

Raider Strong Episode 009: Luke Martinson [Podcast]



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In this episode, Mr. Luke Martinson, a mathematics teacher who emphasizes in statistics,  explains that he has enjoyed mathematics his whole life, but it was a high school teacher that he connected with that motivated him to be a teacher.  His dad was a teacher in the Pulaski School District for 35 years.

He loves working in a school district that always bases decisions on what's best for kids and their futures.  If he were not a teacher, he would like to work in maintenance because likes fixing things! When he's not in school, he loves being outdoors hunting and fishing!  He also wants to visit a place that a number of other staff members want to visit as well.  Find out where!

Why Are We Creating Podcasts?
Our AP Environmental Science teacher will be listening to and creating podcasts in May 2017 based on an item of interest.  I needed to understand the workflow and found a purpose: introducing our great staff to the world! Discover the details!

Have a Suggestion?
Do you want to be interviewed (It Takes Five Minutes) or know someone in the #RaiderStrong community that should be interviewed, email me!

Subscribe to the Podcast:
If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please subscribe on iTunes!  I would really appreciate you leaving a review as this grows.  I want our podcast to be #RaiderStrong

Raider Strong Episode 008: Bill Mihalski [Podcast]

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In this episode, Mr. Bill Mihalski, a mathematics teacher, realized that in college he truly enjoyed working with others and sharing his love for mathematics.  He really likes working with the people in the Pulaski High School and helping students do what they want to do in life.

Mr. Mihalski would like to teach phy. ed as he likes being active and playing sports.  His family is very important to him and his bucket list is to improve on spending time with family.

Why Are We Creating Podcasts?
Our AP Environmental Science teacher will be listening to and creating podcasts in May 2017 based on an item of interest.  I needed to understand the workflow and found a purpose: introducing our great staff to the world! Discover the details!

Have a Suggestion?
Do you want to be interviewed (It Takes Five Minutes) or know someone in the #RaiderStrong community that should be interviewed, email me!

Subscribe to the Podcast:
If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please subscribe on iTunes!  I would really appreciate you leaving a review as this grows.  I want our podcast to be #RaiderStrong

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