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Chance to experiment

posted Aug 2, 2018, 5:54 AM by RAYMOND OSTFELD

I really appreciated the opportunity to play with new technology and ideas at the Best Prep Technology Conference. This was a great opportunity to work and explore free of the pressures associated with daily teaching and lesson planning. I know I will be leaving the conference with several ideas I will incorporate into my lessons when school begins next month. Thank you Best Prep for the wonderful speakers and engaging breakout sessions.

M&M Team Rules....Wonderful Conference of Course!

posted Aug 1, 2018, 5:58 PM by Penny Troe

This has been an educational experience and filled to the ceiling with fun type of conference and it is not even close to over yet.  Love everything I am learning and how I keep finding new ways to challenge myself.  I love the Breakout EDU along with Google Sites and Donors Choose and all the funny videos and amazing Job Shadows.  Thank you so much BestPrep!!!  ~Penny T

Encourage innovation?

posted Aug 1, 2018, 7:53 AM by Brenda Diekman

Tyler Olson got me thinking about how much I dictate what the students create in my classroom. What do you do with your lessons to open up the opportunities to be innovative but still complete grading?

It’s our 15 year anniversary

posted Jul 26, 2018, 11:38 AM by Technology Integration Workshop

Back in the early 2000s BestPrep expanded its programming to create the Technology Integration Workshop. Today, the TIW is a solid program in BestPrep’s lineup having served more than 700 teachers and 125,000 students.

 

Looking back on the program’s 15 history, we see many changes to the program, but the basic premise remains the same. Educators gain pedagogy skills that develop their technology integration and workplace acumen. The sessions and job shadow continue to be highlights. These hands-on experiences allow educators to create amazing unit plans that are ready for use in the fall.

 

Professional development that provides real authentic learning and time to apply the new skills is what we built back then and still offer today.

Leah's Thoughts

posted Aug 2, 2017, 11:15 AM by Leah Stern

I have enjoyed learning about the different ways to use technology in the classroom and to help get our students ready for the future.  Now my questions to self are, "What apps will serve my students the best?  How will my students learn to use the apps?  Which apps will be most motivating for my students and their learning? 
I love the concept of let them learn and explore and teach others.  Some of my second graders last year loved figuring something out and then showing everyone else.

Validation for Teaching 21st Century Skills

posted Aug 2, 2017, 11:10 AM by Jodi Burling

In the last few years, teaching 21st Century Skills has become a primary focus in education. Also known as the four Cs, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity are becoming more and more integrated into our daily teaching routines. Activities like BreakoutEDU, Hour of Code, Mystery Skype and MakerSpace have grown in popularity as our profession searches for innovative ways to incorporate the 21st Century Skills into the classroom.


In attending the Best Prep Technology Integration Workshop this week I was able to hear and see first hand how valuable these skills are to business leaders. Our day started with a panel discussion with business leaders from four large cooperations. Through this discussion we learned what employers are looking for, what young people bring to the workforce, and what skills we should focus on to best prepare our learners for success in the real world.


Employers are looking for employees who can participate in face to face communications, able to handle personal conflicts effectively and respectfully, accept and grow from all feedback, able to share the how of what they learned and accomplished not just the what, and the ability to collaborate with teams. The panel shared they find students today come to them with a willingness to be challenged, ability to flexible and agile when it's time to move on or make a change, able to quickly adapt to new platforms for communication, and a willingness to change paradigms.


Aside from today's panel discussion, all participants in the Technology Integration Workshop participated in a job shadow experience. I was able to spend the afternoon shadowing the Director of Technology at Anchor Bank. Through team meetings and a tour of the office areas, I was able to see collaboration among team members that involved critical thinking and purposeful and respectful communication. The variety in their workspaces showed how collaboration and creativity is valued when working on projects. The department I was in had a SCRUM room that is used for project planning and management. This room had whiteboard paint on the walls which were covered in writing, diagrams and post-its. The writing and post-its also covered the large windows of the room.


The panel and job shadow experience was an incredibly validating experience. I was able to see how these skills are truly valued and necessary for success in today's workforce. In addition to attending keynotes, discussion panels and participating the job shadow opportunity, we  are given time to create a lesson with support from technology integration specialist. The 21st Century Skills Project is my focus during this time. My goal for this year is to help provide all teachers with innovative ways they can truly integrate (not add) 21st Century Skills into their current teaching plan. During this week I am working on enhancing and refining the project in order to provide a comprehensive and valuable resource for our district.


-Jodi Burling



Thank You Target

posted Aug 2, 2017, 9:02 AM by Don Hettinga   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 9:06 AM ]

The job shadow yesterday was fantastic! Thank you to the folks at Target for making it such a great learning experience!

Ask Questions

posted Aug 2, 2017, 8:43 AM by Robyn Lampert

Nancy from Target this morning made a great point about questioning.  She pushed that questions are always evolving and growing, encouraging us to broaden our thoughts on a topic rather than narrowly focus on what we think the right answer will be.  Teaching students how to ask questions and stick with asking rather than jumping into question/answer solutions is important.

Day three!

posted Aug 2, 2017, 7:14 AM by Paul Kraimer   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

Great start to the day!

WL Standards

posted Jul 31, 2017, 12:33 PM by Angela Butler

World Language Standards

Communication

Standard 1.1:  Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Standard 1.2:  Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

Standard 1.3:  Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Cultures

Standard 2.1:  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

Standard 2.2:  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

Connections

Standard 3.1:  Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

Standard 3.2:  Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

Comparisons

Standard 4.1:  Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

Standard 4.2:  Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Communities

Standard 5.1:  Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

Standard 5.2:  Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.


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