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Let's Get Serious About Using Video to Encourage, Hear, and Amplify Student Voice!

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Last week I had the opportunity to go back and present at one of my favorite Summit's in the area; the Midwest Google Summit in WI Dells.

At that summit I presented on encouraging, hearing, and amplifying student voice and I offered a great deal of analog and digital options for doing so. I'd be honored if you checked out my presentation. It's full of resources for you to consider using. The opening slide has a link to a form. If you fill it out, you will get a custom document plan emailed to you that you can use to help you plan out how to incorporate more voice and choice in your classroom.



Student Voice and Choice are crucial components of an equitable, inclusive, engaging classroom. One definition that I really liked (slide 8) was as follows:

In this post, I want to propose 3 ways to use video in you classroom in order to hear student voice. 
Familiar Tool - Schoology - Media Albums
What are Media Albums?
Media albums are a tool in Schoology that allow learners to upload…

3 Very Important Resources for Oak Point Teachers

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The school year is off and running, and with that fact I have become aware of several challenges that Oak Point teachers are encountering. I want to provide some resources that might help you with said issues.

A Lack of Student Apple IDs
Apple changes their policies and they no longer allow institutions to create student Apple IDs in batches. This presents a problem when you want to innovate on the fly and several of your students don't have Apple IDs. Here is one potential solution: Send home this letter and have them either create an Apple ID with their parents, or have them sign the blank to allow us to create them for their child. This will get us innovating quicker. 
Get More Parents on Schoology
Communicating with our stakeholders in a consistent, effective way is crucial. If you want more parents to read your Schoology updates, and for them to be able to access your course information and coursework, then you need to get them into Schoology. The challenge for may parents is t…

November 11th Professional Development Day - CBL - Writing Workshop

During the morning of November 11, 2016 all EC-6 certified staff will engage in learning around Comprehensive Balanced Literacy. Our focus will be on Writing to include learning about on-demand prompts, rubrics and learning progressions for text types. Please register in Keep Certified by searching for Professional Development Day EC-6.  To receive clock hours for this learning you must register prior to the event, clock hours will not be issued after November 11th.
Agenda & Locations: 8:00-11:30 Comprehensive Balanced Literacy focus on Writing Specialists - ASC - Eagle Development Center EC/Kindergarten - CR media center Grade 1 - FH media center Grade 2 - CR cafeteria Grade 3 - PV media center Grade 4 - EL media center Grade 5 - OP/EHSI media center Grade 6 - OP 6th grade classroom
**SLD and cross categorical staff, ELL teachers & Interventionists should select a grade level they are aligned with and join them for learning **
Specialists Teachers (World Language, Phy-Ed, DAPE, Band, Orc…

Personalized Learning Environments Coaching Cycle Closing

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Fall is wrapping up too quickly for me, I love the fall weather. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying some staples of the Minnesota harvest season. 

Current: Personalized Learning Environments

With fall winding down I wanted to remind you that the Personalized Learning Environment coaching cycle is coming to a close. At the opening workshop of the school year the IE team at OP led a workshop around PL environments and we had the opportunity to engage in learning associated with several PL subtopics. Each of you were to chose one of the following to study and then reflect upon/write goals.
Contribute to the Development of a Community of Learners Set Learning Goals, Understand Criteria for Success and Demonstrate Learning Maintain an Attitude of Continuous Learning and Growth MindsetKnow How They Learn Best and How to Manage their TimeThe reflection process took place on a Google Document with the following naming convention: Last Name, First Name - Self Reflection/AP-PL Environs

Your…