A while ago I was planning a PD for teachers based on Ron Ritchhart's Cultures of Thinking. I was also going to use the opportunity to help teachers understand UX Design a little bit, and to help them see themselves as designers. UX is often used when talking about digital content, but I like to think about User Experience more broadly, (an example I give students is the experience at Disney you have from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, including the ways they have designed for users when they are waiting in line or how they have designed for users of all ages, etc)
I started working on this presentation, but had no date/real audience in mind...and then I got busy.. Anyway, I foundthe presentation today and thought it might be useful for some other teachers, maybe for returning to school after the Covid-19 pandemic or after-summer.
Feel free to use or adapt. Also I apologies that it is not the best looking presentation!
As part of the IB Educators Zoom series, yesterday I did a session about "The Role of the Global Context in the Personal Project."
Below is the video and the Google Slides presentation. Pop any extra questions or ideas in the comments.
I've written about ACCESS FM before here and here. We use this a lot for writing the specifications for our success criteria in both Design and for the Personal Project. It's super useful and to me the best tool out there. However, there are two problems I find with it:
Here's a direct link to my video.
Today I got my Grade 7s and 8s to do an online course on perspective drawing. This is something that is easy to do face to face and I normally wouldn't assign them an online course, but this worked well for online learning. I made them a Google Doc with activities to complete after/during the different lectures, including drawing our schools! Feel free to use the Doc with your students too.
Grade 8s just spent one lesson on this (and didn't have to finish), but Grade 7s will spend one more lesson, and will finish. Any students who are flying ahead, can do more of the 'example' activities for lectures 6-10).
Here's some of their work so far:
We watched the trailers for both programs, then they got to pick which program and which type of code they would learn.
Both websites are great. I can follow along and see exactly where students are at. I can jump in and play any of the levels, which helps me easily support my students. The websites are full of teacher resources, including the solution for each level, in case you need help too.
I am having students fill in a reflection at the end of every class, which includes AtL reflection and screenshots of their work. I also did an example to show the students what I expected. They upload their reflections at the end of every class and they will embed it on their e-portfolios after the vacation too.
Today, to make things a little different, I got my students to make a gif of one of their levels on Giphy.
Here are some of the gifs they created!
Once you have made a gif, you can right click it and save the image to your computer (sometimes you have to keep clicking around the image, till it gives you the 'save image' option). Then you can put any of those gifs inside your Google Doc! For Design, this is excellent, because they can make gifs to show technical skills, to show when things went wrong, etc. Next year I will use this for students working on everything from Adobe Illustrator to working with the EV3s for FLL!
Thanks to everyone who attended the MYP Educator Zooms this week. It was so nice to meet you all and hear about different challenges and ideas. Even when this pandemic is over, I think it would be a good idea to continue having this regular meetings.... SO I built a website....
Moving forward, I would love to have volunteers run Zoom chats. I can have the links and more information on the website, and can also show the recorded sessions. It would also be wonderful to have focussed Zoom meetings, for example, for particular subject groups, or different topics (everything from assessment, through to service). I've also named it 'IB Educators' so our PYP , CP and DP colleagues can get involved too!
If you want to host a Zoom - please visit the website, and fill in the 'volunteer to host' form. In this form you will need to include the time (GMT), the link to the meeting, meeting ID and more.
Take a look at the website and let me know if there is anything I can improve.
On Thursday I will be hosting a Personal Project Session! Check the website to find out when :)
I had planned an activity for middle school homeroom teachers to deliver tomorrow, but with our online learning, homerooms are currently cancelled. I don't teach on Wednesdays, so won't be able to use this....but maybe some of you will?
The activity starts off looking like it will be a serious session about Multi-Tasking. They first watch this video:
They should hopefully realised half-way through watching this, that this is an April Fools Day Video!
We will then watch this short video about the history of April Fools Day:
After this students will see some April Fools videos made by Google, the BBC and Burger King! They can also share out ones they know and we would have explored pranks that came out that day.
Here's a link to the presentation - feel free to use|!