Friday Round-up 6/1/2012

Food Trucks Draw Hungry Kids For Free Summer Meals
In many areas of the country, students depend on free and reduced school lunches as a main food source in their lives. However, as a the school year comes to an end many of these students are unable to find transportation to attend the summer food programs, often still offered in their school cafeteria. Last year, Tim Cipriano, the executive director of school food services for New Haven, CT, decided that instead of having students come to a certain location for food, he would bring the food to them driving a colorful food truck to areas with a high population of students qualifying for free and reduced meals. Last summer he served 17,000 meals in 20 days. This year he hopes to provide 40,000 meals for the months of July and August.
Social Media: Help or Hindrance to Education Reform?
There are many issues that comprise the topic of Education Reform. One of these is the importance of Social Media as a learning tool for educators and students. However, some wonder if this focus on Social Media is actually distracting teachers and reformers from other, more pressing issues. Tom Whitby, a support of Social Media in education, explains why he believes that Social Media can actually be a powerful tool to improve Personal Learning Networks for educators. One point that stuck with me: Historically teaching has been an isolated profession, any problems or successes you experienced could only be shared with co-workers in your school or district. With Social Media educators from around the globe can come together both online and in person to discuss what they’ve learned, and that is a powerful thing.

Schools to track students’ whereabouts with computer chips

Starting next fall a school district in San Antonio, TX  will be issuing student ID cards containing a tracking chip device. This chip monitors students on school grounds and notifies the school if a student leaves during school hours. The district advertised the initiative to parents as a safety procedure, however the decision is getting mixed reviews, one large concern being students’ right to privacy. The school will spend $500,000 to issue cards to 6,000 middle and high school students.

Summers Are For Learning
Remember, summers are a great time to learn something new, for both students and teachers! If you think you may be interested in reading, joining a book club, kickstarting your creative process, leaning to code or serving others through community service this summer, this article has a list of some fantastic resources you can use to get started with self-learning this summer!

Summer Reading Conversation on June 7th


On June 7th the New York Times Learning Network is hosting a twitter conversation about Summer Reading. This is open to people of all ages to share what’s on their sumer reading list and recommendations for others! Simply share your thoughts about summer reading on twitter and finish off the tweet with the hashtag #summerreading . This will add your tweet to the all day conversation. The NY Times Learning network will be sharing their favorite tweets throughout the day.

To take this one step further for our ShowMe Community we’d like you to create summer reading ShowMes, upload them, and tweet them out to the conversation! After you upload a ShowMe to the website you will see the option to share on twitter. Select this option and then just remember to add #summerreading to the tweet and send it off! We will also be sharing our favorite ShowMes throughout the day.

If you know someone who would be interested in participating, let them know! I hope this can be a fun way to interact with Summer Reading in your classrooms or by yourself.

For more information about twitter chats, read this helpful guide by the NY Times.

For more information or questions send us a tweet @showmeapp or email us at info@showme.com.

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Friday Round Up 5/25/12

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On June 7, Join the Conversation About Summer Reading
On June 7th the NY Times Learning Network is hosting a day long twitter conversation to kick off their Third Annual Summer Reading Contest which begins June 15th and runs till August 17th. On June 7th people will come together in a twitter chat with the hashtag #summerreading to share information. You can tweet your summer reading list, great suggestions for others, best places to read or ideas for starting your own book club! The learning network will be reposting their favorite tweets throughout the day. We will be participating in the day, so expect an update soon on how we plan to get involved!

Google’s 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School
Fifty-five teachers from New Milford High School in New Jersey were given a break from their typical lunch and hall monitor duties 2-3 times per week to make room for a 48 minute professional development period where they could focus on teaching related issues that interested them. (Based on the Google model which gives employees 20% of their time to pursue company related topics that interest them.) Teachers have focused on interdisciplinary projects, differentiated assessment and ways to integrate technology into their curriculums. The results have been fantastic. Student behavior has remained the same, yet teachers now have the opportunity to record videos to attempted a flipped classroom and integrated more technology into their daily student lessons. At the end of the year teachers are required to hand in professional development logs where they report the topics the studied and how it enhanced their learning. Next year they will even begin to create portfolios on what they’ve accomplished.

The Most Honest Commencement Speech You’ll Never Hear
Lisa Bloom starts this article by sharing the grim reality that many of our college graduates have diminished expectations for their future as they graduate debt-ridden with high unemployment rates. (43% of high school females would rather be a celebrity assistant than a CEO or college president) Many students year for jobs, independence and adulthood, yet they are forced to move back home with parents often working jobs outside of their chose field much below their chosen salary rate. At the end Bloom gives her own version of a commencement speech, apologizing for her generation, which she believes has failed recent graduates by not providing low cost education and jobs after graduation.

Eight Free Tools for Teachers to Make Awesome Infographics!
I love infographics! (You can check out our own infographic pinterest board here)  Recently it has become very easy to make high quality infographics of your own, so check out this great article if you’re interested in making one of your own!

ShowMe 101, The Basic Steps to Begin Creating!

So you’ve downloaded the app, created an account and you’re ready to create your first ShowMe? Awesome! Here are the basic steps to create a ShowMe, upload and share your lesson.

Pro Tips before we begin:
1. Always speak clearly!
2. Always be writing! (Just listening to voice can be dull)
3. Try to keep your ShowMe short and concise. We find the sweet spot typically ranges from 2-6 minutes.

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Let’s get started:
1. Open the app and hit “Create” in the bottom left corner of the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  This is the Create page. Here you will see all the tools you can use. You can add images, use various color markers, undo, clear screen and erase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. If you want to add an image, you can do this by selecting the add image icon (it looks like a landscape scene) You have the option to add images from the web, add images from your ipad, or take a photo for the ShowMe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. You can prepare the screen before you create by adding images or text. When you are ready, hit the record button. Make sure to speak clearly! The bottom center of the page has a timestamp so you know how long you’ve been recording (and how long your ShowMe will be.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Click pause when you need to take a break to add more images, collect your thoughts or go to a quieter room. You can guarantee that your ShowMe has paused because there will be a pause icon next to your timestamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. When you are finished with your ShowMe click “Done” located in the top left corner of your screen. Now you can Title your ShowMe, pick something clear and informative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. After you save your ShowMe it will replay for you to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. If you made a mistake at the beginning or end of your ShowMe you can Trim to shorten by using the trim tool at the top of the page. Once you are satisfied with your ShowMe it is now time to upload! Select the cloud icon to begin the upload process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Once you select the upload icon you will have the option to share your ShowMe Publicly (“World”) or Privately. We suggest uploading publicly so you can share your knowledge with our entire community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. To share your ShowMe give it a description and add topics. Topics allow your ShowMe to appear more often and more accurately in search results! Click “Finish” to upload.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.  Once it’s uploaded you can Share your ShowMe via twitter, Facebook and email! You can also copy the URL to share anywhere else you’d like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re all finished! Now the entire ShowMe community can learn from your lesson!

Click here for tips to make your ShowMe Stand Out!

Still have questions? Click here for our FAQ page.

 

The New Community Forum!

We are excited to announce we now have a Community Forum for our users! We hope this can become a valuable place for community members to share ideas and help support each other as we use ShowMe!

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On the Forum we hope to :

  • Discuss Feedback and Improvement for our App and Website
  • Share different ways that you’ve used ShowMe in the past
  • Brainstorm different ideas for using ShowMe with others
  • Support those experiencing difficulties
  • Report bugs or problems with our app or website
  • Anything else you’d like to share!
We hope to see you there :)

ShowMe of the Week: Greenhouse Effect

Thanks to Sharon Churchwell for this fantastic ShowMe! It provides a comprehensive overview of how we get carbon dioxide and methane gas into our atmosphere and how they help warm our planet. This also explains (as the title claims) the greenhouse effect and the concept of global warming!

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