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Month: January 2015

Schoology-Shared Devices and Assignments

While we hope to be a 1:1 district in the future, at this point in time, we have lots of devices that are shared. When students create a video or audio file, the easiest way for teachers to collect these files from shared devices is to use Schoology. I have created two tutorials to help teachers who are new to Schoology. The first one shows the process of creating an assignment in a class. The second is a video students can follow when it is time for them to turn in their work.


Schoology – Messages

What do you do when high school students don’t check their email? Use Schoology messages instead.

From any of your classes’ Members section, you can send a private message to your students. The students can send a message back, too, if they prefer not to ask questions in the Updates section. Just click on the gear across from the student’s name, and select the message icon.



Learning the Old-Fashioned Way

School learning is a relatively new development in the history of the world. For hundreds of thousands of years, nobody went to school, and the world did not end. Everything progressed slowly, but I’m sure they will say the same of us in 500 years, right?

How did anyone learn? We learned by doing. But before we could do, we could play. It turns out we can still learn through play.

Yeah! Break out the Angry Birds!

Not yet. There are better games with much more thought and research behind them. You can read about Physics Playground on the Mind/Shift blog from KQED. This is no ordinary game, and the people behind it have put a lot of thought and research into the project. They explain it much better in their own words on their website. Here is what what I found most interesting:


I’ve been known to complain about “educational” games that simply hone fast reflexes behind a thin veneer of content (Cool Math Games,, etc). I wish teachers who let students fritter away their time on these sites would take a more honest look and ask themselves the questions in the above screenshot.



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