Every once in a while I save e-mails and actually remember to refer back to them...
Thank you Twitter for the following e-mail, which led me to this blog post by Vicki Davis.
I read through the post that includes some great resources, including some that I had not heard of yet. One of the new tools mentioned was Canva. What actually caught my attention was Vicki's description of Canva:
I've previously referred to my organization device for idea storage - my cluster of a brain. Somehow Vicki's description reminded me of a post by Erin Klein about the new Twitter layout (I searched with no success for this post, so a link to her site will . Since I read Erin's post on a morning walk with my dog, I've wanted to have a moment to create my own Twitter header. (This has not happened as I have waited for an idea for the perfect branding for my site which has still not come to me in one of these moments of creativity.)
I first used Canva to create a new Twitter header for myself. (This was while I was procrastinating my grad school work at Starbucks.)
The header is a work in progress, but you get a glimpse into how cute Canva can be!
There are several different designs ready or you can input custom dimensions.
Tonight, I used the program for a grad school assignment: revise a boring MSWord flyer.
I loved the ease with which I can manipulate images and shapes on Canva. I am not an artist, so I appreciate the plethora of layouts and ideas to begin a project!
Check out the great tool, and as always, I'd love to see what you create!
I love to begin the school year with activities that allow students to work together. I want to establish two important expectations for my classroom:
1. Group Work: Students will be expected to work in collaborative groups, respecting each other and considering other view points
2. Problem Solving: Students will be expected to solve problems and create solutions without following a set of procedures
This is not an easy task, especially with younger students or students not having as much experience with a collaborative classroom environment. I feel that it is essential to establish the culture of the classroom from the very beginning. This includes fun! Students should enjoy learning, and I want them to strive to learn more each day.
So how do I attempt to built this environment in a fun way? Activities which require students to think, work together, and problem solve for solutions.
TASK: GUMMY WORMS AND LIFESAVERS
23 weeks = the length of time it took for me to actually create something I pinned.
I love Pinterest, but typically the ideas just get pinned onto a virtual board rather than my actual classroom. I am an idea person, so just seeing ideas is enough. I file them into my "to think about later" category in my brain. Sometimes I remember to refer to them. Sometimes.
This particular pin was something I saw and recalled frequently, looking for the perfect opportunity to incorporate. To me, technology is not about technology. It is about how to incorporate technology in a way that enhances learning. With the state testing requiring a fast pace, I did not find an opportunity to incorporate this particular idea until the end of the year.
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.