CBMS- MGI Mission Statement

Focus Statement for our work at the MGI, and in year #1, with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education: In year #1 of our partnership with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, CBMS staff will analyze and re-design the CBMS learning environment, with the goal of supporting an increase in personalized learning and meaningful pursuits for our students. We will be aiming to create a learning environment which allows our students to engage in learning that incorporates interests, questions and concerns about issues of personal and social significance in a democratic society. This work will begin in the Middle Grades Institute in June, where we will run a jigsaw approach towards exploring this lofty goal. Small groups will focus on:
*The utilization of time- how can the CBMS daily schedule change to better allow us to meet this goal?
*The roll-out of Personal Learning Plans @ CBMS- what needs to happen for these plans to quickly become a cornerstone of personalization?
*1:1 environment @ CBMS- what can this look like, and how do we get there?
Student Empowerment and Student Voice- how can these be ramped up @ CBMS?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Student Reflection with Digital Tools

I love when I can walk away from a training and say "I am going to use that in my classroom!"  This is how I felt after Susan's workshop on digital tools.  She demonstrated and gave us a wee bit of time to play with a few tools. Some were apps, some were also web based.  Either way, I could see the potential for all of them! Especially with my students who struggle with written expression.
I am already in love with "VideoNotes." (You can push the kids a video and as they watch, they can pause it and take notes, all on the same screen. ) They can then share the link with me so I can view their notes.

Here's the link to Susan's webpage of resources! Give them a whirl or come ask me about them:)

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really fantastic. I'm intrigued by this idea of "VideoNotes." That could be used in soooo many different contexts. Thanks for sharing the link!

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