Category Archives: Ed Tech

Reader’s Workshop – The Sway Way!

At Wissahickon Middle School, we have been using Sway in a variety of ways for demostrations of learning, teacher presentations, and communication, collaboration and project-based learning.  Another great way that our teachers and students are using Sway is through reading portfolios.  Read on to find out how Language Arts teacher Chad Towarnicki and his students […]… Visit the author's original post

Project Communication and Collaboration with Sway

I had the honor of being a guest blogger once again on the Microsoft in Education blog.  This time I wrote about how the students and staff of Wissahickon Middle School are using Sway for project communication and collaboration.  As of today, the post was not only posted on the Microsoft in Education blog, but […]… Visit the author's original post

MakerSpace “Playdate”

On Friday, November 13th, WMS hosted educators, technology/instructional coaches, administrators and librarians in our MakerSpace and Library for what we dubbed our “Playdate”.  The intent of this time was for folks interested in MakerSpaces and STEM education to come together to collaborate, experiment, communicate and essentially PLAY with the items in our MakerSpace and other […]… Visit the author's original post

RT @vicentgadea: “Don’t put your comfort before the benefit of the students.” #mieexpert #MSFTEdu #edtech https://t.co/XisivjguvS

RT @vicentgadea: "Don't put your comfort before the benefit of the students." #mieexpert #MSFTEdu #edtech http://pic.twitter.com/XisivjguvS — Dianne Krause (@diannekrause) November 16, 2015 via Twitter https://twitter.com/diannekrause November 16, 2015 at 10:57AM… Visit the author's original post

Check this out… Check this out… Check this out… PowerPoint spruces up your presentation using image recognit… https://t.co/qWIXpxiZ1K

Check this out… Check this out… Check this out… PowerPoint spruces up your presentation using image recognit… https://t.co/qWIXpxiZ1K — Dianne Krause (@diannekrause) November 16, 2015 via Twitter https://twitter.com/diannekrause November 16, 2015 at 06:57AM… Visit the author's original post

Check this out… Check this out… PowerPoint spruces up your presentation using image recognition via @engadge… https://t.co/yw21ea9uBw

Check this out… Check this out… PowerPoint spruces up your presentation using image recognition via @engadge… https://t.co/yw21ea9uBw — Dianne Krause (@diannekrause) November 16, 2015 via Twitter https://twitter.com/diannekrause November 16, 2015 at 03:04AM… Visit the author's original post

Check this out… The evolution of PowerPoint—introducing Designer and Morph https://t.co/gt7veXQMnT #mieexpert https://t.co/MnI27iDjdi

Check this out… The evolution of PowerPoint—introducing Designer and Morph https://t.co/gt7veXQMnT #mieexpert https://t.co/MnI27iDjdi — Dianne Krause (@diannekrause) November 16, 2015 via Twitter https://twitter.com/diannekrause November 15, 2015 at 11:16PM… Visit the author's original post

PowerPoint spruces up your presentation using image recognition via @engadget https://t.co/LUJPTzEWZz #mieexpert https://t.co/k3Hd193EzV

PowerPoint spruces up your presentation using image recognition via @engadget https://t.co/LUJPTzEWZz #mieexpert http://pic.twitter.com/k3Hd193EzV — Dianne Krause (@diannekrause) November 16, 2015 via Twitter https://twitter.com/diannekrause November 15, 2015 at 08:20PM… Visit the author's original post

Believe in what people can make possible: @satyanadella via @Microsoft_EDU https://t.co/oSlzSLsrQu #mieexpert https://t.co/7BV1pLuc2J

Believe in what people can make possible: @satyanadella via @Microsoft_EDU https://t.co/oSlzSLsrQu #mieexpert http://pic.twitter.com/7BV1pLuc2J — Dianne Krause (@diannekrause) November 15, 2015 via Twitter https://twitter.com/diannekrause November 15, 2015 at 02:49PM… Visit the author's original post

Wikis & Skype & Tech Squad – OH MY!

Last week was another great week of innovation and global collaboration at Wissahickon Middle School!  Read on to find out all about our Community Organization Wikis, Global Collaboration with Skype and WMS Tech Squad. Community Organization Wikis 6th grade Social Studies students are researching community organizations as they relate to community pride and concerns.  Each […]… Visit the author's original post

Making Monsters to “Say Boo to Drugs”

Our latest foray into WMS’s MakerSpace was not only festive fun for the upcoming Halloween holiday but also in support of next week’s school-wide celebration of Red Ribbon Week.  The theme of the week is “Say Boo to Drugs”, so we took that theme to the MakerSpace with a frightful challenge for our 6th grade innovators.

taskThe Task – Create a Halloween Monster that relates to next week’s theme of “Say Boo to Drugs.”

Requirements:

  • Create a free-standing monster
  • Must use at least 3 different elements from the MakerSpace
  • Challenge:  some part of it must move!
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Dianne’s Daily Discoveries 10/09/2015

  • Zing is a dynamic new eBook platform featuring thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks.

    Huge Selection: Thousands of trade book titles that students will want to read, including award winning titles, books and series from well-known authors, Spanish leveled books, and short texts, poems, and articles

    Accessibility: Accessible anywhere on desktops, laptops, tablets, and interactive whiteboards

    eLearning: Fully customizable teaching points within books to support students in developing the skills and strategies they need to comprehend texts

    Assessment: Student progress monitoring and reporting to provide actionable data for teachers and schools

    Teaching Opportunities: Supports whole class instruction, guided reading instruction, and independent reading in class or at home

    tags: ebooks reading books FREE education resources interactive

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The Tech Squad

techsquad2The Wissahickon Middle School student technology team, The Tech Squad, was started on a trial basis in the spring of 2015 with about 10 hand-selected students.  This group of students met a few times during the spring and we established some baseline expectations for the team but the overarching raison d’etre of this group of students is to provide just-in-time, “first line of defense” technical support in the classroom so that their fellow students do not need to leave the class to go to the Technology Office.  … Visit the author's original post

The Beginnings of a MakerSpace

As each WMS student and teacher now has a district-issued laptop, the former computer lab at the back of the library sat empty last school year.  It was used here and there by different classes, clubs and trainings, but this year the space has a new purpose – a MakerSpace!   Last year, along with school budget and grant funds, we acquired several items that were MakerSpace worthy, but we did not yet have a truly dedicated space for our Romo and Sphero Robots, our Little Bits electronic sets, Hot Wheels Speedometry Kits and our MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation 3D Printer.  … Visit the author's original post

Ten Tools for Engaging Learners

On Wednesday, September 30th, from 3-6 pm, the Montgomery County Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages (MCAFTL) held its fall conference at Wissahickon Middle School.  I was asked about 6 months ago if I would be the presenter for this conference as they wanted to once again focus their fall conference on technology.  As a former French teacher and member of MCAFTL, I jumped at the chance to share my love of instructional technology with my world language colleagues once again.  … Visit the author's original post

Dianne’s Daily Discoveries 09/17/2015

  • “Enter words into the search box, “visualize a word,” to look them up. Touch a node to see the definition of that word group and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

    It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
    Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
    The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
    No membership required.”

    tags: visualdictionary visual dictionary dictionary thesaurus ela

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ReBoot Camp 2015

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The hectic beginning of school continues for me as I leave the trenches of Boot Camp and enter into the realm of ReBoot Camp.  While Boot Camp is for the 6th graders of WMS, ReBoot camp is reserved for the 7th and 8th grade ‘upperclassmen’.  They have a year or two of using their  laptops under their belts so they are well-versed in Wiss21.  However, each year it is important for me to meet with them once again (I feel like their Jedi master sometimes) to apprise them of any updates, new technology, and to remind them once again about the importance of digital organization and Digital Portfolio expectations.… Visit the author's original post