Friday, August 28, 2015

One Google Doc to rule them all -- The Continuous Journal

I love this simple and effective method a teacher can use to keep up with the students' thinking as it develops.

Just have each student share 1 Google document as a journal with you. Put them all in a folder. Then, and this is the magic, have each student add their daily work to the top of the document. You don't need a new document for each little check in. Just add it to the top. Google preview makes it simple simple to check in and see what your student are thinking, what they are getting and where they need help.

Check it out

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Want to foster rich academic discussions? Try a student #Edcamp

If you are contemplating implementing "Genius Hour" (or "Genius 20"), then you may be interested in this idea. This article tells the story of a teacher who tried out the Edcamp model with his students. It includes a few good practical tips on how to pull this off. I'd love to help anyone who is willing to try this out.