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#YouMatter Adventure

Tomorrow I am off on an official road trip with my friend of over 30 years Marcel Pacatte @mpacatte This is going to be an adventure for the record books! We are driving 7.5 hours to the Northwestern tip of Iowa to a tiny town named Estherville to watch @angelamaiers work her magic with her amazing #youmatter movement. We will be Twittering throughout the event. We can’t wait to see 1400 students in action solving real problems. I will create a reflection post when we return!

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Gamifacation of Professional Development

I am doing some interesting research about gamification of professional development for educators. Great blog post by Chris Like. I love the idea! I am starting my research with badges. I am taking some of the professional development videos I have created and building badges around them. I know coaching is a critical component to professional development and specifically I am researching how video and social media could be part of the process. Stay tuned as I continue to share what I learn.

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Creating Google Forms to Collect Data Badge

Teachers will create online forms that present well-designed formative assessments that students can complete inside and outside of the classroom. The forms will help streamline the organization of the data helping with record keeping and making it possible for teachers to differentiate the lessons based on the specific needs of students.

Artifact

Watch the video lesson and complete the artifact!

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Creating Rubrics Badge

As groups of students are creating technology rich products to demonstrate what they know, assessment practices have to change. Learn some strategies to create rubrics using technology resources that clearly describe high expectations for students that are defined base on the nature of the student products.

Artifact

Watch the video lesson, complete the artifact and we will send you a badge.

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Creating Student Centers Badge

Centers are no longer just for primary classrooms. Learn strategies to reorganize lessons to include small group learning centers that include student choice. Teachers will learn how to organize the technology rich centers to meet the diverse needs of students while aligning the tasks clearly to the standards.

Watch the video lesson, complete the artifact and we will send you a badge after we review your work!

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Word Processing Tools Badge

Embedded in most word processing programs are rich tools teachers can use to create grade appropriate lessons including levels of text to help all students access content. Learn how to summarize text, check readability, format options, and organize text so every student can be successful.

Watch the lesson, complete the artifact and get a badge!

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Organizing Online Resources Visually Badge

Resources are organized to differentiate instruction for students of all abilities. These digital resources are organized online so students can access them at school and at home. By organizing the resources in a collection the teacher can instantly modify the pace of the lesson to meet the specific needs of the group of students.

Watch this video lesson and create and artifact. After we review our team will send you a badge!