Last week I had the opportunity to work with a group of teachers to show some of the additional features of their Google account. I started the session in Drive with how to organize files and folders as well as methods of sharing them with students. Next, the teachers accessed their classes in Groups to learn how to send an email to all students in a class. I also showed the group how to create automatic grading tests using the add-on Flubaroo with Forms. I was only able to get to half of the items on my agenda but I think the group found the session useful. We have another In-Service day coming up in November and I will plan for another Google Workshop. Huge thanks to all the teachers who were able to find a way to fit the workshop into their busy schedule.
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Student orientation to the media center went well this year. I enjoyed visiting with all the 7th and 8th graders and getting to know our 6th graders. It’s going to be a great year! Click the image to view the 2014 Media Center Orientation video.
It has been a busy week at WJMS! I finished training our new students to use their Google accounts, Book Club had it’s first meeting, and I had an evening class for parents to learn about Parent Portal. We had approximately 30 families to sign up but I only had about half that number to attend due to the weather. I can understand parents who may not want to venture out when we are under a thunderstorm warning….with their kids! I appreciate those who braved the nasty weather to get their Parent Portal accounts set up and to see what the program is all about. They were a great group and they had some good questions to ask. In addition to showing them how they can check on their child’s grades in Parent Portal and contact their child’s teacher, I also showed the group how to access Renaissance Home Connect. This program will help them to keep track of their child’s reading and testing within Accelerated Reader. I also encouraged them to visit their child’s school website to view teacher websites and to check for upcoming news. I hope the evening was beneficial for all parents who attended.
I’m excited about my current collaboration with our art teacher. Mrs. Horton schedules an evening Art Showcase at the end of each year to feature artwork produced by her students. This year she asked if I had any ideas about including the media center and others in the building. After a bit of brainstorming, we came up with students drawing album covers to include our band teacher (the band will also perform at the showcase) and students drawing book covers to include me. I pulled tons of books from the shelves and from online to show students some great fiction, non-fiction, and biography covers for ideas. Mrs. Horton brought her classes to the library for me to show the books and to help the kids search the shelves as well as online for the perfect book cover to draw. Based on the book covers they have found to draw, there should be some awesome projects at the Art Showcase. The media center will open it’s doors May 9th to display some of this fabulous art that our students have produced. I can’t wait!
Deciding not to reveal presidential candidates by name in our mock election helped to spark some serious debates over the major issues concerning their platforms. I had tons of kids to tell me how much they enjoyed the voting experience including getting their “I Voted” sticker as they left the voting booths. Many teachers also made a point to visit to talk about some of the wonderful discussions going on in their classrooms and as well as those being overheard in the hallway. Huge thanks to social studies teachers for helping to make the event a success!