Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Raider Strong Episode 016: Liz Retzlaff [Podcast]

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In this episode, Ms. Liz Retzlaff, High School Physical Education teacher, explains how a summer "tennis coach" job at age 24 helped her realize teaching was her calling.

She loves how everyone "lives in kindness" in the Pulaski Community School District.  She would love to create a new "job" as camp coach!  Hear her explain her idea.

When she's not in school, she lives the "cross fit" life.  She would like to travel to Australia to "cross off a bucket list item".

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!

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, April 11, 2017

Clips By Apple


Clips by Apple is a very nice tool for creating short OR long videos.  Options include
  • text on video or pictures
  • video or images
  • notes on video or images
  • symbols on video or images
  • voice narration
  • songs
Super simple to use.





Here's a video created with Clips by Apple.



GREAT EDUCATIONAL suggestions for Clips by Apple.
GET THE APP

Classroom 2.0 by Apple - Lunch N' Learn

With the flex-mod schedule and multiple "mod" class configurations, it's taken us a few months to accurately set up teacher schedules in the Classroom app.

I look forward to sharing this powerful learning tool with our teachers!

Device must be updated to 10.3.1

Written Tutorial



Watch Tutorial Created With Clips by Apple



Monday, April 10, 2017

Raider Strong Episode 015: John Pitzen [Podcast]

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In this episode, Mr. John Pitzen, High School Technology & Engineering teacher, explains how he knew since his high school days of being a tech. ed. teaching assistant that this was his calling.  His Campbellsport High School tech. ed. teacher gave him opportunities when he was a senior to work with freshman and sophomore students.

He can't say enough positive things about the Pulaski Community School District because of it's people.  If he had to have another job, it would be teaching history in our school district.  Sports, especially golfing, is is favorite thing to do outside of school.  His favorite course?  Brown County Golf Course

Naturally, being a woods teacher, he would like one of his next vacations to be to the Redwood National Park.

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!

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, April 4, 2017

Workflow - Undisputed iOS Production King

I've blogged about Workflow before, but until Apple made it free last week, I didn't really feel it was a tool that others would pay $2.99 for.  Why?  Because it takes a little bit to understand it.

Basics Repeated input actions on your iPhone or iPad create desired output actions.

Since it is now free, I encourage educators to look at it and discover ways to utilize it in their personal or professional life.

Download Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple

Read "How to use Workflow" and the Sub Reddit

View How Workflow Helped Me in School and the Final Product

Watch How to Download A YouTube video - Mr. Foutty, teacher, has an incredible amount of videos describing how he uses Workflow in education. Search for his Workflow videos on Vimeo.

Collect Workflow Gallery [Get Ideas] Like Recording Audio to The Camera Roll

Use This: Send Individual Message to Group without Group Knowing Other Members

Learn The Basics

Monday, April 3, 2017

Raider Strong Episode 014: Amy Tubbs [Podcast]


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In this episode, Ms. Amy Tubbs, High School English teacher, explains how she knew in third grade that being a teacher was her calling in life.  She "knew forever" that she wanted to be a teacher.  She loves being a Red Raider employee because of the people!

If she could do another job in our district, she would love to be an "Art Teacher". Finally, she wants to travel to every country in the world.  If that doesn't happen she at least wants to get to all fifty states in the U.S.A.

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 28, 2017

Google Expeditions: Leader and Followers


Google Expeditions (Get The Scoop) enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space.  Read Google's Expeditions Help Page



Learning Opportunities in School (suggestions):
  • Metals: "Explore a Car Factory" - relating classroom experiences to world experience
  • English: "Slavery in America"- book settings
  • Geography: "The Art of Yangzhou" - culture, museum, poetry
  • ELL: "Field Trip to Hispanic Historic Sites in the U.S." - relating to people in our school
  • Spanish: " Field Trip to Spain" - See the places speaking the language
  • Math: "Nasa's Modern Figures" - STEM in the world
  • Social Studies: "World War I" - Visit recreated trench system
  • Business: "Girls Power to Beat Poverty in Bangladesh" - beginning own business
  • Chemistry: "Hydrogen Burning" - Inside a burning hydrogen reaction and explanation
  • Autos: "Subaru of Indiana Automotive" - Inside a "zero waste plant"
  • Speech: Students lead tours with other students in class to practice public speaking skills
Currently there are roughly 600 expeditions!  Plenty of opportunities for use!

Things that I was impressed with while leading a group through Expeditions:
  • Teacher as the leader
    • Direct students to the exact places you want them to go
    • Read word for word information on each item in the expedition
    • See exactly where every "follower" is on your tour
Things that I was impressed with while following a leader during an Expedition:
  • Student as follower
    • With an arrow, I was directed toward the site of the information being explained by the leader
    • Amazing real images
    • Felt like I was there
Since we do not have viewers for every student in the class, we have shown students how to use their iPad to experience the expedition.  For high school students, I think the iPad isn't as good as a viewer, but good enough to experience the images and information.

I really like the "List of Available Expeditions" that someone created.  Combined with the free lesson plan presentations, and these really are a special experience for students who may never get there in reality.

The video below was created by Pioneer RESA Tech and displays both screens well.



Monday, March 27, 2017

Raider Strong Episode 013: Jackie Salewski [Podcast]

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In this episode, Mrs. Jackie Salewski, Pulaski High School Secretary, says "bring it on" when it comes to answering these questions! She has known since her Coleman High School days that she had a passion for this type of work!  She loves the relationships she has built with Pulaski Community families and is the main reason why she loves her job! She has no other aspirations to work anywhere else.  This is her "dream job".

She's a digital scrap booker and wants to see Alaska soon!

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 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!



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