Monday, March 31, 2014

Sappington Hangs Out with Astronauts!

On Friday, Sappington students had the awesome opportunity to HANGOUT with an astronaut and scientists from NASA as part of their Train Like an Astronaut Mission X. 

This cross-curricular unit included math, science, and design concepts (check out the cool student work below), along with health and physical education concepts. The culminating event was a LIVE Google Hangout where our students got to share their Flyers spirit, show off their space station designs, and even ask Captain Mike Fincke a few questions about his experiences at the International Space Station. Check it out in the Hangout recording below!

Much thanks for creating such an awesome learning opportunity for our students. Laura Handrahan and Maria Clancy did an awesome job supporting students in their designs for the project. Rob George's expertise came in handy with the gorgeous Sappington banner. The PE team did an amazing job with coordinating this effort and generating a ton of excitement for the project (thanks, Chris)!

The event wouldn't be complete without an appearance from Lindy... thanks to Craig.

Special thanks to Mary Driemeyer, who led this project. She put such an incredible amount of work into such an awesome learning experience!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Is that even LEGAL?

What Visual, Audio and Video Content Can I Use?

As tech-savvy teachers, we are integrating more multimedia work into our classrooms and online presences. To ensure that we are modeling best digital practices, it is essential to respect copyright laws and digital ownership by properly attributing the use of others' content.

HOWEVER, staying informed on what media is legal for use and publication can be pretty scary (see for yourself-- YIKES)! Who's got time to wade through THAT thing?!

To help make sense of what's okay to use and publish, check out this pretty informative chart.

The Library of Congress makes it more palatable in their classroom scenarios (scroll to classroom examples) and YouTube’s explanation is pretty good, too. This one was created for students- use it to brush up on the rules and pass it on! 

How Do I Attribute Properly When Borrowing Content?

To properly attribute a person's work (an image or video you want to use on your blog/website), be sure to properly cite the work. Here's a great guide.

How/Where Can I Find Useable Digital Content?

Creative Commons Search Engine: Lets you set parameters to return results from Flickr and stock images that you can use/build upon/publish. Be sure to see what the attribution expectations are.
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Screenshot from Creative Commons, Available under Public License, CC 4.0
Google Advanced Search: Scroll down to usage rights to return results that you can use/modify and publish. You may still need to verify that the images are useable, but it helps to narrow the field down!
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Screenshot from Google Advanced SearchDon't need permission/attribution for the screenshot above...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Tired of the old PPT? Try INFOGRAPHICS as Creative Assessments!

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Consider using infographics as an incredible way for students to show their research analysis skills. Not only do students make critical choices about what data/information to incorporate into the valuable space on the infographic, they also have to synthesize different kinds of data into a new, authentic representation of their ideas. Great for argumentation/informative writing, great for research-based projects, great for any data-based task. 

The key part to infographic CREATION in the classroom is supporting kids to GET what data matters, what should be represented, and HOW to show it in a way that meets the audience's needs (and achieves the goal of the author).

INFOGRAPHICS at LINDBERGH- Ty Cochran's Infographic Project
Ty decided to chuck the old PPT for infographics created through Lucid Charts. See what his students were able to create and his reaction to their AWESOME work...  Ty's account of just how AWESOME this project ended up is featured on our Google+ page.... WAY beyond his expectations! Check out his students' final products. His own words: "I was BLOWN AWAY!"
Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, Example 4

Not sure if infographics belong in your discipline/grade level, etc? Check out the why for integrating infographics in the classroom.

Totally in, but not comfortable managing data yet? Google's got a self-guided class on how to make AWESEOME data-based charts and graphs. Take the short online course in preparation for leading your students in creating their own graphs!

The start to finish guide on implementing infographics as creative assessments can be found at Kathy Schrock's Guide for Infographics- she's got project ideas, data resources, tool and even posted the rubrics she uses... Great starting point!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Have you joined our community? (We currently have 198 members!)

Have you joined our Google+ community?

How can I use this resource to help me grow?

  • Look on the far left side of the screen.
  • Pick (click) a category.
  • All posts related to that topic will now fill your entire screen.


  • Just scroll down the page and read what you find interesting

Where do I find this great community?

Open your district email.

Click on +YOURNAME in the upper right corner of the screen.

Click Home in the upper left corner.
Click Communities in the drop down list.

Search for Lindbergh Instructional Technology and then click Enter on your keyboard.

Click the icon.
Click Join Community on the next page.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Timer - In the Chrome browser (Super Amazing)

Super easy classroom timer.

  • Open the Chrome browser.
  • Type in set timer for.
  • Adjust the timer.
  • Click full screen and start.

Seesaw - Summer 2018

This post was created to help guide our Seesaw session. Seesaw is a student-driven online portfolio which can also be used for parent c...