Google Classroom regularly makes changes to their structure and interface. Please see the link below for details on what has changed at the beginning of this school year.
Bits and Bytes Blog
Fidget spinners have been quite the craze this school year. I have heard mixed stories about their use in the classroom, but recently found a great article about the science behind fidget spinners and how they can be used for learning. Check out Teaching Channel’s article: Fidgeting for Physics: Spinner Science in Six Steps.
On May 20th, from 8:30-11:30 am, Salem-Keizer will be hosting an EdCamp. EdCamps are free unconferences with the idea that anyone can facilitate and all are welcome. Sessions are determined by the interest of registered participants. For more information and to register for the EdCamp: Willamette Valley, please go to this site.
On April 19th, LBCC hosted us for our 1st Annual STEAMposium Un-Conference with delicious food granted by LBL-ESD. We were excited to have both facilitators and attendees that joined us from within GAPS as well as districts as far away as Lincoln county. Teachers are sharing with us that they are already implementing new ideas into their classroom that they learned about at the un-conference. We are also already gathering suggestions and brainstorming how we can make next year’s STEAMposium bigger and better. Hope you can join us!
WriQ was introduced to us by one of Amanda Zengel’s ELL students at North Albany Middle School. It is still in its early stages but looks like a fabulous tool to give students quick feedback on writing within Google Docs. Visit their website to learn more about WriQ. Teachers and students are able to get the free Add-on within Google Docs.