NCSS 2020 Virtual Conference Fun

We are excited to be at #NCSS2020 this year although a little bummed not to be in Washington D.C.  We LOVE that town!  We had visions of Goosechase missions near the conference center and seeing all of the great pictures sent back of historic architecture and history.  Instead, we are doing what everyone else is doing and making the best of this Covid mess.  We changed up the missions and recorded our sessions for online viewing. We even recorded our poster session, that was a new one!  Although we won't be in person it will still be great to connect with you all online, over Twitter and in sessions.  We always learn so much from all of you!  

Below is a list of sessions that we will be presenting at NCSS, along with associated resources.  We hope to see you and can't wait to connect! 

Top Ten Technology Tools and Primary Sources
Saturday, December 5 - 11:35-12:05 EST (Asynchronous but office hours chat) 
Session Resources Video
Session Handout

Warrior Spirit
Saturday, December 5 - 1:00-1:30 EST (Asynchronous but office hours chat) 
Session Resources

GooseChase, a Primary Source and Historic Location Digital Scavenger Hunt Sunday, December 6 - 11:15-11:45 EST (Synchronous) Sessions ID #190 Join the Goosechase starting December 4th. 1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.
2. Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
3. Search for and select the NCSS 2020 Goosechase and Primary Sources game, or search by game code R787W4.
Session Resources

Poster Sessions:
Primary Sources and Technology: The Five Slide Wonder Deck
Warrior Spirit


Library of Congress Peer 2 Peer Discussion on Technology Tools

 This week found us featured as guest speakers for the Library of Congress Peer2Peer Discussion.  

This month’s TPS Consortium Peer2Peer Discussion focused on “What technology tools and trends are you observing in K-12 teaching?” Michelle Pearson and Laura Israelsen, both teachers who work closely with the TPS Western Region team, will lead an interactive demo featuring a few popular technology tools for teaching followed by peer discussion of these and other K-12 tech tools, related trends, and effective practices observed by TPS programs nationwide.

That was quite a tall order and one that we had a hard time narrowing down! What technology tools and trends are you seeing? Our list has changed during this education revolution and remote learning focused time. We shared four technology tools that have transformed our remote instruction and shared in breakout room using Padlet. Participants were able to add to the Padlet and discuss in small groups what they were seeing trend in instruction, learning and education right now.

We discussed Pear Deck, Adobe Spark, Google Arts and Culture and Padlet. Notice all of the resources in the presentation.  There are astronauts with flags marking links to other presentations and one page resources for these tools. The time flew by and we hope that our participants left with resources, ideas and energized to try something new!  


Introducing Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region Asynchronous Professional Development

We are so excited to announce that we our asynchronous courses are going live today!  They are organized in Google Classroom and you can work through the course at your own pace.  The TPS Western Region team is excited that you will be joining us for this course and we look forward to engaging with you online.  You can complete the course at your own pace between August 5th and Sept. 30th, 2020 in order to receive continuing education credit.

Please note, we’ve created this course to be completed in 16 hours, but please understand that your inquiry into each module might take more or less time. 

As a reminder you must have a gmail account in order to join the Google Classroom. If you do not have a gmail account, please sign up for one so that you can join. You can sign up for a free Gmail account at https://accounts.google.com. If you need help signing up for a free gmail account, please email tpscolorado@gmail.com .

Some components of each class are the same, some are different. Each class offers the use of technology tools, thinking and learning strategies, and an ELL component.

Introducing Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region Asynchronous Professional Development

Learn as your schedule allows and engage your students throughout the year!

Complete at your own pace between Aug. 5 - Sept. 30.

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of women winning the right to vote. 

We are excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote! In this course you will immerse yourself in primary sources from this time period and learn about ways to engage your students in this important topic.  You’ll discover applications for primary source instruction and be exposed to new ways to utilize technology tools (such as Google Maps, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Hyperdocs, Google Docs, Padlet and Google Classroom) to collaborate, learn and share with your students.  You will spend time learning to search in the Library of Congress website and analyzing primary sources and reflect on how these resources can be used with students. The course offers ideas for application in the classroom, shared resources, and crowd-sourced lesson ideas for implementation in the classroom.
Ride the rails with the Teaching with Primary Sources team this summer.  

In this course we will use the building of the Transcontinental Railroad as a lens to  consider new viewpoints, conflicting visions, and little known stories that will help your students connect to meaningful inquiry and learning about this transformative era (late 1800’s and early 1900’s). Use technology tools such as Google Maps, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Hyperdocs, Google Docs, Padlet, Podcasts, Google Slides and Google Classroom and contribute and gain access to shared crowd-sourced resources, lesson ideas, and little known primary and secondary resources from the Library of Congress.
Explore primary and secondary resources pertaining to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) from the founding of our country to today.

From inventors to inventions, artists to engineers; explore how primary source materials, podcasts, and picture books can help you bring classroom learning alive whether in person or remote. Crowd-sourced resources from these activities can support inquiry in instruction in the classroom. Use technology tools such as Google Maps, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Google Docs for timeline creation, Hyperdocs, Padlet, Adobe Spark, Podcasts, and Google Classroom and see how inquiry and primary sources can make a meaningful difference in STEAM instruction.

Need help or have a question?

Contact the TPS Western Region team at tpscolorado@msudenver.edu


Bitmoji Fun & Course Development

We've been bitten by the Bitmoji Bug!  We are working on our summer professional development courses and thinking about how to create more engaging online courses for students!  We think Bitmoji classrooms are a great way to make the online classrooms more fun and to help students feel like they have a bit (or bitmoji) of their teacher with them in the course.  Here is a short introduction to a course we're creating on collaboration.  Notice the music, dancing and embedded audio in the classroom.  There are also links in the Bitmoji classroom and directions for the class.

  • Would you like to learn more about creating a Bitmoji Classroom?  Here are some guides and ideas
  • One of our favorite sets of Bitmoji classrooms are here for you to access.  Thank you to the teachers who are so willing to share with us and each other!  
  • Our next adventure is to create a Bitmoji movie from our iPhone!  


App Smashing and Building a Story of Community Engagement

One Pager Highlights and Resources
We are App Smashing today with a focus on Adobe Spark, Google My Maps and the ESRI Maps!  In our presentation you will learn how to navigate and use Google My Maps with students, explore how a community, a classroom, and see how a wild idea is making a difference for our community using primary sources and historic places.  We were able to partner with our local City Planner in order to navigate the Esri maps and add our student information to their city maps and resources.  Students learned about maps, historic locations, research and new career options.  It was an amazing collaboration and we learned from each other.  We were able to introduce our City Planner to Google My Maps
Lesson Plans, Resources and Crowd Sourced Ideas - Add Yours! 
and show him how to navigate this easy to use platform for making maps, adding information, pictures and ideas in a quick powerful way.  Adding student research and primary sources created in Adobe Spark to the map markers made the maps more interesting, engaging and showcased the incredible historic locations that are all around us! For more information, check out our presentation embedded below or at this link.  Our webinar recording is available here and will walk your through all of the details.  Happy App Smashing!