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Nearpod Collaborate!

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Attention Oak Point Nearpod Users:

Nearpod has added an activity that allows students to contribute to Padlet-Like activities within the Nearpod portal. This feature is in BETA mode, but looks very promising! Check out the promo/instructional video here.

Tower Gardens Are Making Oak Point Green!

Last year Oak Point teacher wrote and received a FEPS grant, and the OP PTO kicked in money to purchase Tower Gardens to be used in classrooms as a means to teach students botany, and proper nutrition. Lynn Brooks paved the way for us in the fall with several crops of lettuce and other greens and is now working on growing cucumbers and tomatoes. Last week she volunteered to lead an optional PD session for staff on how to fill and maintain the tower gardens in their classrooms. Currently Mr. Trevethan (4th grade), Ms Kevitt (2nd Grade) and Mrs Nilles (2nd grade) have tower gardens and the signup sheet in the copy room is full with teachers who want to sign up to use them this year.

Not only are staff growing vegetables, but they are also hosting salad parties that have been very well received by students. Some students have even commented on how delicious the vegetables are, and that they don't always eat as many as they should but that they will try to eat more now. That is powerf…

3 Easy Ways to Connect Your Classroom With the World

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Setting the Stage

It's usually this time of year in my classroom that I would get bored and get the teacher's equivalent of cabin fever and want to shake something up in order to re-energize. Perhaps you feel the same way, but even if you don't; it's worth your while to see what's possible! With that in mind, I would love to challenge you to consider how you might utilize the wide array of tools and resources available for teachers that allow you to extend your learning space to anywhere in the world, and to connect with professionals, and other classrooms around the world. As with any usage of classroom technology, you must have an instructional goal in mind prior to planning for the usage of technology. So, here's what's possible. There are resources available from multiple providers that allow you to video conference with individuals and/or other classrooms around the world. Several of the resources have very a intuitive workflow and methods for connecti…