Sandy Kirkman, 4th Grade Teacher @ Jackson Elementary, uses a variety of data sources to provide personalized learning experiences for her students. To find out more, check out our newest Traillblazer Spotlight.
Trailblazer Spotlight #2 is live! Come check out what Amanda Dvorak and Mike Lucht have been working on together!
Our DMPS Trailblazers are up and running! We currently have two active cohorts that are identifying instructional challenges in their classrooms and developing actions plans and innovative practices to help address those challenges. The goal of personalizing learning for students is at the top of almost every Trailblazers list.
What, specifically, does all that mean? Well, instead of telling everyone, we thought we would start a series of videos that would allow our trailblazers to speak for themselves. Check out our first "Trailblazer Spotlight" video and be on the lookout for more!
So, selfies are all the rage, right? Everywhere you look, Facebook, Twitter, walking around the mall, etc... Someone has either posted a selfie or is in the process of taking a selfie. Could we ever leverage that into our world of education? Is there a way to use the craze of taking a picture of one's self to motivate our students or help convey a message?
Well, here's one option! With Office Mix, we have the ability to use our laptops to take a video "selfie". In just a few clicks, you can utilize your onboard webcam to take a video of you, or your students saying, doing, or showing something.
Think of the power of this tool. The next time you will be away from your room, imagine providing the substitute with a video introduction to the day for your classroom. Maybe even providing the substitute with you leading whole group instruction so that you don't have to worry about how certain topics are introduced or explained to your students. You could create small group stations where students access a video of you providing a writing prompt and then the students responding to it. Or even everyone's favorite, maybe it's just a video of you doing a read aloud book for your students.
Below this post are brief directions to explain how to use Office Mix. No worries, all the equipment you will need is already located on your lap top! So..... SELFIE away, and don't be afraid to share how you've leveraged this technology to your advantage!
Selfie Video Directions
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