Tuesday, August 16


Wednesday, August 17

  • Discovery Education - Dr. Alison Schleede

Thursday, August 18

  • Discovery Education, cont. - Dr. Alison Schleede


Wikispaces Classroom

URL: https://www.wikispaces.com/

  • What it is: Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education and is free for teachers and students.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: The NLI 2016 Wikispace (http://nli2016.wikispaces.com/) functions as the primary organizational tool for the Institute. Daily agendas, activities, and resources have been built out and linked on the site for NLI participants to access, utilize, and review. NLI participants will also share the products they create during the NLI on the Wiki.
  • How you might use it with your students: Wikispaces Classroom makes it easy to create a classroom workspace where you, your students, and their parents can communicate and work together inside and outside of school. Rich assessment tools give you the power to measure student contribution and engagement in real time.Classroom management tools allow you to create assignments, share resources, make announcements, and foster discussion and community. Wikispaces’ structure allows you to create projects, define teams, assign students, and track student progress through successful completion of their projects using pre-built templates or blank slates. The results of student projects can then be shared with classmates, parents, and community members. Wikispaces Classroom also provides a safe social network for your classroom. Professional development resources, curriculum development groups, and student-created study guides are all examples of how Wikispaces Classroom facilitates collaboration and community building.

Blackboard Learn

  • What it is: Blackboard Learn is a learning management system that provides tools for engagement, collaboration, grading, tracking assignments, and more. Blackboardhelps educators deliver access to learning from virtually anywhere; connect communities and promote collaboration in and beyond the classroom; deliver targeted information to motivate and keep learners on track; and centrally store, share, and collaborate around content more quickly and easily.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: Teachers will create their course pages, add students, and begin structuring their courses’ Blackboard Learn presence.
  • How you might use it with your students: Students will have access to their courses on Blackboard Learn. This platform will allow students to review, complete, and submit assignments; communicate with teachers and students; and monitor grades.

Padlet

URL: https://www.padlet.com/

  • What it is: Padlet is a free virtual wall that allows people to share their thoughts on common topic. People can post images, videos, documents, and texts on a user-created digital bulletin board.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: NLI participants will use Padlets to provide facilitators with feedback during daily wrap-up and +/∆ sessions.
  • How you might use it with your students: Padlets afford teachers, students, and parents diverse usages, including for collaborative note taking, discussion, brainstorming, planning, feedback, assessment, information gathering, etc. Padlet is free but also offers a subscription service that provides schools and teachers with increased privacy and access controls. (Padlet on Educational Ways to Use Padlet - https://padlet.com/lkarpiuk/iheartedtechpadlet)

Discovery Education

URL: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/

  • What it is: Discovery Education offers a breadth and depth of digital media content that is immersive, engaging, and brings the world into the classroom. All content is aligned to state standards, can be aligned to custom curriculum, and supports classroom instruction regardless of the technology platform. Discovery Education offers a digital media library service, implementation support and professional development to help teachers transform classrooms into 21st century environments, and real-time assessment services.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: Dr. Schleede will give an introduction to Discovery Education at the NLI in order to familiarize participants with its resources and functions. Participants will then use the Board Builder tool to create an instructional activity to utilize with their students in the upcoming school year.
  • How you might use it with your students: With access to lesson plans, instructional supports, multimedia resources, assessments, tech books, contests and programs, interactive games, puzzles, builder tools, professional development, etc., the possibilities for integrating Discovery Education into your classroom are endless. (10 Ways to Use Discovery Education in the Classroom: An Overview - http://prezi.com/gdj45jgqd61u/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share) (Teacher Board on 50 Ways to Use Board Builder - https://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/C8CA95EE-EB22-630C-C0A4-0FFF40238160) (50 Ways to Integrate Discovery Education Streaming into Your Curriculum - http://www.nwcs.k12.in.us/Downloads/50%20ways%20to%20integrate%20Discovery%20Education2.pdf)

PBI Global

WeChat

URL: http://www.wechat.com/en/download.html or device’s app store

  • What it is: WeChat is a new and powerful mobile communication tool. It supports sending voice, video, photo and text messages. You can also do group chats, or you can find new friends nearby to talk to. WeChat works on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and BlackBerry devices. WeChat is free to download, install and use. However, you may need to pay your carrier for Internet service. You can log in to WeChat with your Facebook account or sign up with your phone number.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: Andrea Gambino and Marie Himes will give an introduction to WeChat during the PBI Global Lunch Sessions at the NLI in order to familiarize participants with its functions. Participants will then use WeChat to communicate with the PBI Global Planning Team. WeChat could also be used as a communications tool for PLTs and SNA’s PLC.
  • How you might use it with your students: WeChat can serve as a synchronous and/or asynchronous communication tools among teachers, students, and parents. In particular for PBI Global, students will use WeChat to communicate within their PBI Global teams in order to plan and execute their projects.

Quip

URL: https://quip.com/

  • What it is: Quip is a writing app that focuses on collaboration and discussion. Combining documents and messages into a single chat-like “thread” of updates, the app utilizes some of the best features of social networking with writing. Documents and spreadsheets can be organized into folders and shared among collaborators. With real-time editing and messaging, the app allows students to act as writers and editors. Files can also be uploaded onto Quip, and images can be inserted into Quip documents. Quip is also accessible through a web browser.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: Quip will be used by NLI participants to create and share their course syllabi and instructional plans. Syllabi and instructional plans can be worked on individually and/or collaboratively during the NLI.
  • How you might use it with your students: Quip combines elements of Microsoft Word, Google Drive, and chat messaging to let users draft documents and share them easily with others. Teachers can access student documents as well as utilize the time reporting/work sharing features to see the amount of time and work contributed by each student. Students can ask questions through the messaging system, write stories collaboratively, research projects, write lab reports, co-plan, etc. (Quip Blog Post on Students Collaboratively Writing Stories - https://quip.com/blog/trinity-valley-school) (Getting Started on Quip - https://d2i1pl9gz4hwa7.cloudfront.net/WrzDUN6SF33K2TeoTri-Zw)

Mathematics

Desmos

URL: https://www.desmos.com/

  • What it is: Desmos is a graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, and statistics; it is dynamic mathematics for learning and teaching.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: In the mathematics breakout sessions, we will use Desmos to explore different types of graphing calculators that can be used in the classroom for purposes of helping plan instructional units.
  • How you might use it with your students: Desmos is the best-in-class HTML5 graphing calculator, which millions of students around the world use for free. Desmos is the next generation of graphing calculators. Relations and functions can be entered into the sophisticated software. Different colors and shapes can be used to delineate between graphs and sliders can be installed for a dragging feature to explore how changing parameters affect the graph. On the website exists a free repository of ready-made Desmos links that other teachers have uploaded! Also check out https://teacher.desmos.com/

GeoGebra

URL: https://www.geogebra.org/

  • What it is: GeoGebra is a graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics and 3D math; it is dynamic mathematics for learning and teaching.
  • How we will use it at the NLI: In the mathematics breakout sessions, we will use GeoGebra to explore different types of graphing calculators that can be used in the classroom for purposes of helping plan instructional units.
  • How you might use it with your students: GeoGebra is available on multiple platforms with its desktop applications for Windows, Mac OS and Linux, with its tablet apps for Android, iPad and Windows, and with its web application based on HTML5 technology. GeoGebra is interactive mathematics software for learning and teaching mathematics and science from primary school up to university level. Constructions can be made with points, vectors, segments, lines, polygons, conic sections, inequalities, implicit polynomials and functions. All of them can be changed dynamically afterwards. Elements can be entered and modified directly via mouse and touch, or through the Input Bar. GeoGebra has the ability to use variables for numbers, vectors and points, find derivatives and integrals of functions and has a full complement of commands like Root or Extremum. Teachers and students can use GeoGebra to make conjectures and to understand how to prove geometric theorems. On the website exists a free repository of ready-made GeoGebra files that other teachers have uploaded!