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2012-09 Organize Tools

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Why this Session?

While attending CUE conferences participants learn a number of new tools and technologies to bring back to the classroom, but it gets overwhelming. Then you forget some thoughts while traveling, get home and have to spend time reviewing what you learned. What if you could organize your thoughts during the conference so when you're ready to add a tool to your lesson on Monday, update a project within the quarter, or redesign a unit over the summer, your links and thoughts were as clear as they day you attended that workshop? The benefit is organization for you, modelling 21st century skills for your students, who ultimately will need to learn similar organization strategies.

This workshop aims to share tools that help educators organize all tools they come across using built-in software, Google Tools, social bookmarking and/or other free tools so that when you return home, you can quickly find that tool that you can implement. The workshop will also discuss pedagogy in implementing tools into curricula.

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  2. What we and our students should do with notes we take to increase information retention: Section on Focused Note-Taking from AVID

The Tools Slam: a short list of some tools

$0: you already invested in the device (smart device, computer), now utilize some free built-in tools

1. online tools with low barriers to entry: send your notes to a blog directly on a computer or via an app or get Google-ized! (Google Bookmarks, Form, Gmail aliases, Moderator)

2. other tools that make sharing easier: flash cards (index cards of yore), social bookmarking

??? Can you envision other classroom uses with these tools ???

3. tools created specifically for note-taking ... what else can they be used for?

y. What happens to my notes now? ---> AVID's Focused Note-Taking
Note-Taking, Note-Making, Note-Interacting, Note-Reflecting

Take a look at this AVID presentation...the goal of the 4 steps is to increase retention of information

  • Note-Taking: write notes, write Summary within 5-10 min after presentation/class
  • Note-Making: review notes, highlight, correct, write questions to solidify content within 24 hrs of presentation/class
  • Note-Interacting: link learning prior and after the notes, review or study from notes to refresh within 7 days of presentation/class
  • Note-Reflecting: either self-, peer- or teacher-evaluate notes and the process of Focused Note-Taking

z. The  Sell: Why can't we just take notes on paper?

If you're going to include technology in your lesson, be sure to reference technology standards (ISTE, CSTA, ITEEA), or 21st century student standards (P21) to direct/justify teacher lesson planning and student learning. May I recommend Understanding by Design, a backwards lesson planning guide (resources available below under z. the bottom of the list)?

But to answer the question: accidental liquid, lost pages, making copies for others, searching through lots of info, "I can't read my own writing!"

??? Can you improve on your current lessons with standards-focused lessons ???

??? Are standards-focused lessons "teaching to the test" ???

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$0 Smart Devices Beginner use a smart device's built-in text editor (Notes on iPhone/iPod, Notepad (Android)), sync with a Google account or e-mail to yourself  alleged best Android notepad apps iPhone Notes to Gmail 
$0. Word Processing Beginner Built-in apps (Notepad, Wordpad, Pages), cloud-based (Google Docs, Zoho), or even your handy paper notepad  Ms. A's CUE2011 notes 
1. Blog Beginner Just like word processing, but immediately online and you can immediately connect with the presenter. Even easier to use a smartphone. Simple guide to starting a blog...ignore any claims to pay for something unless you want to Ms. A researches A LOT to create her curriculum 
1. Blog Apps Intermediate There's an app for that....write posts and even without internet access, your posts are saved until you can publish online Wordpress app works with many educational blog formats 3rd party apps for Blogger 
1. Google Bookmarks Beginner use another Google tool to bookmark and comment Google Bookmarks Help page Ms. A's CUE 2011 Annual bookmarks 
1. Google Form Intermediate create a form in advance (modify as needed) and fill in the form throughout various workshops Google Support on creating forms Ms. A's Fall CUE 2012 form 
1. Google Form example1 Intermediate   view Ms. A's Fall CUE 2012 spreadsheet 
1. Google Form example2 (useful curriculum tools) Intermediate shared resource list started during a summer internship share resources view resources 
1. Google Mail (Gmail) Address Aliases Beginner type your notes, send a message to, subject: workshop name ... and you're in business explains how aliasing works, but it's simply brilliant send a message to 
1. Google Moderator Intermediate site for sharing opinons...they just are all your notes from the conference, until you add others Google Moderator...have to request the app when using Google Apps for Education  
2. Online Flashcards Beginner Just like index cards of yore, but online an interesting option, but at the very bottom lists other resources Flash cards created for sample Fall CUE workshops 
2. Social Bookmarks Beginner Pinterest, Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious: Add an applet to your toolbar and save away! 15 Most Popular Social Bookmarking Sites One of Ms. A's Pinterest boards 
3. Note-taking apps Beginner 5 Best or 10 Best (depending on your time to test or technology overload at this point) 5 Best Note-taking apps 10 Best Note-taking apps 
3. Note-taking Apps Beginner There are actual apps for taking notes, 2 mentioned in our session were Evernote & Notability  5 top iPad note-taking apps 
y. Presenation on AVID's Focused Note-Taking Beginner what are your expectations for student notes? Can we increase vigor, use, accountability for students and their note-taking skills? AVID Focused Note-Taking  
z.Understanding by Design Ubd Beginner  presentation about the entire book  
z. Understanding by Design (UbD) Beginner the book, the guide, the bible on backwards lesson design, standards integration, and alignment of standards, assessment and activities on Amazon  
z.Understanding by Design UbD Beginner  author's overview  
z.Understanding by Design UbD Beginner  Ms. A's short overview doc  
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