Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Google Workshop for the Common Core

I'm excited to announce that I will be teaching a seminar for CUE on February 1, 2014 in the city of Ontario.  My Google Workshop for the Common Core focuses on meeting the literacy and technology standards of CCSS.

Registration is now open at this link.  Below is a description of my workshop on CUE's website.

Location: Ontario Christian School
1907 S. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762

Brought to you by Computer-Using Educators (CUE), producer of the nationally acclaimed "Google Teacher Academy"

Go Google to create an academically rigorous curriculum and prepare students for the Common Core. Use Google Apps to investigate, collaborate, create, and publish. This workshop addresses the literacy and technology standards required by CCSS. Educators will learn strategies and technology tools that prepare them for the pedagogical shifts required by the new standards. This is a hands-on, "Make-and-Take" seminar where teachers will practice and apply newly acquired skills. Empower and motivate students to become critical thinkers, imaginative creators, and digital leaders. Help them achieve beyond their expectations and leave with inspiring ideas that you can implement in your classroom.

This workshop is taught by a Google Certified Teacher. Requirement: participants must bring their own WiFi-enabled laptops. A hand-held device, like a smartphone or iPod touch, is recommended for the creation of a video-based project. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Digital Fight Against Bullying

We have all heard or witnessed the devastating affects of bullying in schools. Though it always existed in previous generations, with the prevalence of technology, bullying is now amplified and in many ways worse because of how it can extend beyond the physical boundaries of school hours.

It is important for all educators to take a proactive role in fighting bullying, and I especially applaud those who make it their passion to do this on their own time, utilizing their own resources. For this reason, I'd like to nominate Gail Desler and Natalie Bernasconi's Digital ID website: for an Edublog award.  

Their Upstanders. Not Bystanders campaign encourage all students to take an active role in speaking out against bullying. The Digital ID website is also rich in resources that both students and teachers can use when learning how to become upstanding digital citizens.  This is definitely a wonderful blog, and I hope you will take a look because we all should be upstanders against bullying.