An Interactive Art Show

Last year for the Middle School Art show, students made their artwork come alive with the Morfo App and Aurasma.  This year we are going to do it again.  However, instead of the teacher uploading all the Trigger images and Overlays, we are going to have the students do this.

Here is a video tutorial on how to create a Morfo movie with the iPad.

Here is a tutorial on how they will upload a picture and their morfo movie to Aurasma.

Let’s see if my middle schoolers can follow directions.

Learning from my Mistakes

I was just on Twitter and came across this page from @cybraryman1 “Learning from Mistakes” and love it.   This idea of reflecting about your mistakes really resonates with me and I want to create a whole series of blog posts like this.

So, in the past week, I have been interviewing with Jakarta International School for their MS tech coach position.  I’ve had three successful interviews so far and I am praying that I get offered the position.  During these interviews, many of the questions were about challenges and failures I have had in my career.  Though it was hard to talk about past mistakes, I realized that I have become better at my job because of these mistakes.

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Mistakes are our best learning tools because they happen to us first hand.  Sure you can learn from the mistakes of others, and hopefully you will because you just can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.  But when they are your mistakes, they hit home, they change you and effect you.  Whether these mistakes are personal or professional, they always help you grow as a person if you admit your mistake and think how you could do things differently next time.

I’m definitely not perfect and I make mistakes all the time.  No one is perfect and people don’t want to work with people that think they are.  So embrace your mistakes, and share them with others so they can learn from you.

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Simple Steps to Setting Up the Moodle Gradebook

Make sure the Gradebook is enabled in the Course Settings by clicking Edit settings in the course administration menu on the side.

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Then scroll down until you see Show Gradebook to students and select YES and save changes

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Now Click on Grades on the Course Settings Menu

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Click on Categories and Items

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 Click on Add Category

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Enter a Unit of Study or a type of assessment (test, lab, assignment) into the Category name field. Keep simple weighted mean of grades for now.  You can experiment with other settings later.

Click on Save Changes

Keep adding all of your units this way.

 To add Assignments, get back to your course page and Turn on Editing.

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Add an assignment to a section by click on Add an Activity or Resource.

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Click Assignment under ACTIVITIES. Fill out the assignment details.  In the Grades section, select the Category the assignment falls under

For detailed directions on how to add an assignment check out the video below.

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If you put the assignment into Moodle, you can give feedback online to students. Students can also keep track of assignments they have turned in and ones they still need to complete.  Moodle sends automatic assignment reminders when new assignments are created.

The next blog post will talk about the AISC MS Grading Scale

“Doesn’t Meet Expectations, Beginning to Meet Expectations, Approaching Expectations, Meets Expectations”

Something that will take us one step closer to standards-based reporting.

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