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

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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! 


Places, Pictures and Experiences with Primary Sources

Google Arts and Culture meets the HABS collection with an emphasis on STEAM
Imagine using the power of the HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) housed digitally through the Library of Congress with your students!  The collection brings together architecture, engineering, landscape design, drawings, photographs, written histories and documentation dating from pre-Colombian times.  Google Arts and Culture is a treasure of digitally curated artwork, experiments, museums, featuring content from over 2000 leading museums and archives.  Teachers can use this amazing website to take their students on virtual field trips, museums, close up on art work and artifacts.  Explore the lives of people who changed history and important historical places and beautiful locations all over the world.  Allow your students to use Google Arts and Culture then explore ways to curate their own collection by brainstorming their own Arts and culture virtually or on paper with this guide. They can mark their favorite images and collections and then create their own gallery!
Encourage your students to reflect on their findings. Here is a reflection and analyzation tool. Click here for a link.
Allow your students to use Google Arts and Culture then explore ways to curate their own collection by brainstorming their own Arts and culture virtually or on paper with this guide.
Bring the power of STEAM to your classroom with these tools.


The Power of Primary Sources, Student Created Annotated Resource Sets, and Adobe Spark

Teachers spend so much time creating lessons and resources for students.  What if students created their own resources? What if we put research and inquiry in the hands of our students and let them design a case statement for how they make a claim, provide evidence, and reason through their conclusions?

We believe that putting the power of student created Annotated Resource Sets to work in your classroom helps your students think critically and own their learning.  They understand where the resources come from, critically evaluate if they can be trusted, and learn how to curate them in a way that makes creating a story about the research completed easy. 

We are proud to be part of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources teacher team and this Primary Sources Webinar demonstrates how to utilize this powerful ARS tool and put it in the hands of students. Through the presentation below explore how you can: 
  • Create an Annotated Resource Set (ARS) for research and inquiry
  • Scaffold an ARS for remote learning using a powerful template created by a middle school teacher-leader instructional team at Century Middle School in the Adams 12 School District, and the Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region Team from the Library of Congress.
  • Explore ways to differentiate your teaching for special populations (ELL, Special ED, and GT)   using a scaffolded graphic organizer with visual and audio supports to provide multiple ways to learn. We will even provide you with a reference document to align it with ELL best practices and new state ELL PD requirements in Colorado.
  • Create a variety of outcomes including presentations, writing, and interactive social media using one of our favorites- Adobe Spark.
So join us! Here's the recording of the webinar (It will be up 4/23), our presentation is below, and here is a great template to get you started along with a week long scaffold for daily work. It's so easy to upload information from an ARS set into an Adobe Spark creation and then share it with an authentic audience.  Talk out engaging your students! #LetsDoThis

A big thanks to Alicia Ross, Keith Jones, Ian Mallary, from the geeks for the the collaboration and remote learning scaffold we have been using, and to all of our community partners from the region who have created wonderful resources for use by teachers and students! 


Pear Deck and Primary Sources

We haven't been this excited about a new tool for a while! Pear Deck does it all and it does it with flair! Who can resist Peary? Remote learning needs an asynchronous super hero and Pear Deck is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound with his green super-cape - and you can join him in the magic! Students of all ages can interact with Peary- he's not just for littles. 

We are using Pear Deck to create primary source inquiry sets that engage students! Come to our webinar on Wednesday, April 15th because who wouldn't rather do that than pay taxes? And because you won't be sorry - you will walk away with resources and great ways to use this wonderful tool in the classroom! 

Learn a new tool, a way to snag your students and engage in questioning, inquiry, reflection and fun while creating great lessons!  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Join Us!

We will be walking through how to use Pear Deck for the first half of the webinar and then how to use Pear Deck with primary sources!  We can't wait to share some of the possibilities.  Want a SNEAK PEAK?  Try using Pear Deck with the Library of Congress Analysis Tool right here and visit Antietam with Peary through analysis of a map.We couldn't resist doing a Primary Sources with Peary about Commander Robert E. Peary!  Click HERE for your own copy!