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Staff Technology Resources 

 

The Google Classroom - WHPS page
https://sites.google.com/a/whps.org/the-google-classroom/

iPad Training - WHPS page
https://sites.google.com/a/whps.org/the-ipad-training-site/home

CCSS Lessons
http://learnzillion.com/

 

File Conversions/Downloads
www.zamzar.com 
http://www.ilivid.com/

 

School Tube – Post your educational content, then embed the code in your blog
www.schooltube.com

 

Free Play Music – Search mp3 music by keyword, style, or feel to add background music to your digital stories
http://freeplaymusic.com/

 

Resize Web Images
http://webresizer.com/resizer/

 

Twitter
http://twitter.com/login

Chirbit - Embed your audio or voice anywhere online including Twitter
http://www.chirbit.com/

Twitpic - Share photos and videos on twitter
http://twitpic.com/photos/room302

 

Photo Story 3 Download
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/PhotoStory/default.mspx

 

Widgets
http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open

 

Aspect Ratio Calculator – for resizing images
http://andrew.hedges.name/experiments/aspect_ratio/

 

Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy, by Derek Sivers
http://sivers.org/ff

 

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids. TED Talk
http://www.wimp.com/adultskids

QR Codes in the classroom
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/using-qr-codes-in-classroom-monica-burns

 

 

 

Guiding Students to Have Productive and Polite Online Discourse


In a sidebar of an interview by Jan Umphrey in Principal Leadership, Catlin Tucker suggests the following do’s and don’ts for students’ online discussions:

 

  • Address peers by name to create a friendly online tone.

     

  • Avoid slang and jargon; it may be familiar to you but not to others.

     

  • Don’t use all capitals. It comes across as yelling.

     

  • Avoid emotional punctuation like exclamation points unless you’re complimenting someone’s idea.

     

  • Read questions and conversation postings carefully (don’t skim), listen to all ideas presented, and ask questions if something is unclear.

     

  • Compliment peers when they post strong responses or contribute original ideas.

     

  • Be respectful and considerate; remember that your peers can’t see your body language or hear your tone of voice.

     

  • Critique the content, not the person. Focus on what’s said, not the person who said it.

     

  • Respond rather than reacting. Don’t write a response if you are angry. Read over your posts before sending: are your ideas clear and supported?

     

  • Avoid sarcasm, which can lead to tensions and hurt feelings.

     

  • Don’t present your personal opinions as fact. Back up ideas with details, evidence, and examples.

     

  • When disagreeing, use “I statements” and present ideas in a constructive manner that encourages further dialogue.

     

  • Remember that there are no right or wrong answers in a discussion; a variety of perspectives is helpful.

Tucker also suggests sharing the following sentence starters as models for students:

 

  • Rebecca’s comment made me think about ______________.

     

  • Although Rio made a strong point that _______________, I think _____________.

     

  • I respectfully disagree with Zach’s assertion that ____________ because __________.

     

  • I had not thought about Leigh’s point that ______________.

     

  • Even through Dalia’s point is valid, I tend to ________________.

     

  • In contrast to Michelle’s point, ________________.

     

  • Bradley highlighted some key ideas when he said _____________.

     

  • Lulu, can you clarify your statement that ______________.

     

  • Carmen, your posting reminded me of ______________.

     

  • Nadya’s observation that ______________ reflects _______________.

     

  • Marcella, do you agree (or disagree) with _____________?

     

  • Robin, how would you define _______________?

     

  • Like Amaya, I also connected _____________ to _______________.

“Blended Learning”: An Interview of Catlin Tucker by Jan Umphrey in Principal Leadership, September 2013 (Vol. 14, #1, p. 36-41), www.nassp.org; these are excerpted from Tucker’s book, Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 (Corwin, 2012, p. 63-65).


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Juan Melián, Principal

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