Through the Eyes of a Coach: January Edition

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January #135EdChat

January kicked off with a record breaking Twitter chat in #osd135 focusing on Flexible Learning Spaces. We are thrilled about the momentum this Twitter chat having within #osd135 and throughout the Twitter world. This month we had over 85 participants~53 #osd135 participants and 32 participants from all over the world. Our school with the most participants was Century Junior High!

February's #135edchat is on 2.8.17 focusing on the 4'Cs. Don't miss out on the fun of the #135edchat! Come share how your are creating experiences with the 4 C's in your classroom and get some new ideas to bring into your classroom from your #osd135 colleagues and others in the Twitter world. 
Here are some Twitter tips to check before participating!

January Junior High Teams

"Choose Your Own Adventure" Round 2 was our theme for January Junior High Team Meetings.  We took a moment to "Share Success" through Today's Meet. This discussion site lead to collaboration and communication amongst the Junior Highs. Check out the transcript from the discussion here. Google Sites was shared with teams to discuss ways to implement digital portfolios, resource sites for teachers & students and much more.  Here is a link to our presentation if you want to check it out. 

During our Google Sites discussion, many teachers shared that having their digital portfolio for their evaluation was so easy and impactful during their meetings with their administrators. If you are interested in setting up your own Digital Portfolio for your Evaluation, join us for a "Digital Portfolio Open House" on Thursday, February 23rd from 3-5 at District Office. 

K-5 Peer Coachings

With the excitement of having the paid version of Seesaw many K-5 teachers are wondering how to get started using Seesaw and some are wondering how to use it even more in their classrooms. According to the website, "Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning and provides an audience for their work—their peers, parents, or the world."   We have really seen Seesaw transform the classroom with integrating technology naturally into their instruction. The HUB and the Seesaw site have many amazing resources for you.  Some of our teachers are becoming official "Seesaw Ambassadors" which is so exciting. If you have any questions about how Seesaw or are looking for ways to incorporate it more, please reach out to your iCoach for ideas. 

Book Creator was a big topic with many teams. Our students are creating books such as Informational Texts, memoirs and more. Book Creator is a great tool for publishing.  

Please let us know how we can support you and your students at your upcoming peer coachings!

Junior High Apple Vanguard Day 3

Our Day 3 of our Junior High Apple Vanguard Professional Development was a day full of laughter, fun and collaboration. The day's events included a live #135edchat, creating a Numbers Infographic, creating a PechaKuchu with Keynote, a Photo Booth challenge and our very first live Podcast. Check out our Podcast here with some pictures from our day. 

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