It is nearly the end of another school year. The time has simply flown so quickly. Hang in there for a few more days. You will be enjoying summer breaks before you know it.
Some great things to share with you –
First, kudos and a shout out to one of our state’s awesome CT programs! Mantachie FFA received national attention on RFD. Here is the link for those wishing to watch the nearly 5 minute feature. http://www.rfdtv.com/story/28601375/mantachie-high-school-ffa
Second, Canvas recently sent word of a new app that you can easily include in your course. It is called Spelling City. This app offers games, drills, and more for helping students to learn more about spelling and literacy in the content areas. If you visit the link, you will notice this site offers resources for all grade levels K12. https://www.eduappcenter.com/apps/53#.VUPlWWTBzGc
Speaking of Canvas, I know many of you have noticed Canvas has updated recently again. In fact one of the big changes is to the Help Guides. No longer do you see the chapters with topics for navigation on the right side of the window. Everything is able to be “searched” by key terms. For example, if you want to know about how to create a module, type “how do I create a module” in the search box. Links for directions on how to create the module appear for you to click. The same picture and written directions are under the links.
Another update is the anonymous peer review for assignments. Students can review a person’s work and offer feedback anonymously. Keep in mind that YOU the teacher ALWAYS have the ability to see who submitted feedback. Click this link to learn more about this new feature.
If you are like me, at this time of the year I seem to hear continuously, “How can I bring my grade up?” or “Can I do some extra credit or bonus points?” Well, you can do this easily in Canvas. Take a look at this link for giving students extra credit. https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2874
Google is hosting an online conference tomorrow and Saturday (May 8 and 9). This conference is totally FREE. Session topics include “Inspiring Learners with the Power of Storytelling,” “What Are the Skills for the Future,” “Making Change Happen: Three Tools for Better Creative Problem Solving,” and more. Check out the conference information and register at this link.
Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and be a leader in education? Edweek has a great article this week entitled “A Recipe for Collaborative Teacher Leadership.” It uses the story of stone soup to drive home its points. Take a look. http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2015/05/05/a-recipe-for-collaborative-teacher-leadership.html
Several calls and messages have been received recently regarding upcoming professional learning. Educators are wanting information on course offerings, dates, and more for licensure. As always, this information can be found on the RCU website. Here is the link. You can learn about the upcoming VIP trainings to certification courses.
Remember to send ALL questions for MyPLC, Canvas, assessment, or whatever through the Help Desk. This will help you get the fastest service and enable us to ensure the requests are handled properly. We ask that you refrain from emailing or calling directly people you know personally to assist. Your help in maintaining the flow of orderly service is appreciated. The Help Desk can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 662-325-2510.
Finally, have you ever wondered if you were making a difference in students’ lives? Well, research is available that indicates YES we are making a positive impact on students’ lives. Student participation and completion of CTE course programs does boost earnings. Look at the April 30, 2015, post from ACTE. http://ctepolicywatch.typepad.com/blog/2015/04/data-driven-cte-boosts-earnings.html
With this said, let me be one of the first to express my sincere thanks to you for the hard work you do in the classrooms everyday with our students. It is teacher appreciation week. Very few people seem to realize it, but I did. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week from all of us at the RCU! Your efforts do make a difference.
Have a great day!