Posted in Tools

One Cool New Tool

So, I completely forgot about this fabulous, free online tool, but it came to mind when a teacher asked for help merging some documents.  PDF Candy currently offers 44 different tools serving a multitude of user needs.  I originally used this tool to merge documents, but I was amazed by all the other options.   For instance, it comes with an option to convert a PDF  to Word or vice versa.  It also has a PDF Editor (honestly, how many times have you needed that) and allows you to delete and rearrange pages.  You can also use it to lock and unlock PDFs.  Even better, you can pull documents from your computer or Google Drive and then place the finalized document on your desktop or back in Google Drive.  Did I mention it is free?  It you are in need of manipulating documents, take a few minutes  to check out PDF Candy.

Check out Mrs. Crowder and her awesome Google Slides.  Her Bitmoji joined in the fun to engage her students as they learn about revising and editing their writing.  Now that everyone has gotten comfortable with making video lessons, what are some cool and fun ways to make your videos or slides more engaging.  Be on the lookout for more staff shouts outs as we blaze a trail for digital learning.

Finally, don’t forget I offer a technology training help on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:oo.  I just hang out answering questions or visit with staff.  Tomorrow, please join me to answer any questions or brainstorm ideas for having students read with their teachers.  We can talk about Flipgrid, or setting up smaller Google  Meets.  If you have an idea you want to try, come and share it.  See you there!

 

Posted in iCoach Thoughts, Weekly

Mind Blown iCoach

So, I just thought the staff at Parmley was the best, but then COVID-19 happened. I was panicked and stressed.  How do I support the teachers that are used to working with me face to face or reach out for support or ideas.  How do I help them help our students?  I quickly found, my stress was undue.  This group of teachers and staff not only was prepared for this occasion, but they have blown the whole digital learning right out of the water.  Each week, I see new and exciting things happening for our students and our staff.  Each of you is constantly pushing to do more and be more for our students as we face unprecedented school closures.  The Parmley Mission that “Every Student will learn at high levels” has never been more on display than in our teachers’ weekly video lessons and live Google Meets.  It is impressive how quickly the teachers rallied to support our students and each other.  As I reflect on this year, I have never been prouder to be a part of a campus that truly values the whole student and does whatever it takes to move mountains for their students.  Parmley staff, continue to be the model for our students that through this time we continue to care and strive for excellence.

This week, I want to give a huge shout out to the Kindergarten team as they branched out and gave Peardeck a try.  I know when it was first mentioned in collaborative, these ladies thought the idea was crazy.  However, in true Parmley fashion, they pushed forward to meet the needs of our precious Kindergarten friends.  One thing I respect about the Kinder teachers (to be honest, I do not think I could ever teach Kinder, so much respect to you that love it) is that these ladies always question every decision to make sure it is in the best interest of their students.  A huge shout out to Mrs. Clark for sharing some of her students work from Peardeck below.  Below are some examples of student work using the drawing tool for story retell, number recognition, and graphing.  Thank you for sharing how incredibly fabulous are students are as they share their learning.

  • Making 15 using ten frames and writing the number
Posted in iCoach Thoughts, Weekly

Virtual Learning and Calendar/Tech Support

After two weeks of digital learning, I  am super impressed with the teachers here at Parmley.  You guys have absolutely blown me out of the water with everything you are doing to support our students to continue to excel in their education.  These last two weeks have just reaffirmed how fabulous the staff is and how much we come together to support each other.  Continue to keep up the good work.

Google Meets Reminder handoutIf you are like me, one of my favorite parts of each week is the Google Live Meets.  Watching my daughter interact with her teacher, Mrs. K, and her friends always brings a smile to my face.  It is so exciting to see what the class wants to share, usually their favorite toy or in Jenna’s case her baby brother.  Mrs. K begins each meet reviewing her expectations and having the class practice muting and unmuting their screens.  Thanks to Miss Steinbach, we have a great handout on Google Meets expectations to use with our students.  Just like we begin every collaborative meeting by reviewing our norms, these Google Meets reminders are a great way to start each meet.

Google Calendar Schedule
Example of my email with my events for the day

As we have transitioned to digital learning, I know that I have become more dependent on my calendar than I ever have before.  It was easier when I had a set schedule with a bell ringing to start my day, take attendance, and line up for dismissal.  There is a really cool feature in Google Calendar to receive an email for your upcoming events for each day.  So, each morning at 5:00 am,  I get an email that lets me know what I have coming up for the day.  It has been a lifesaver as I have navigated the ever changing world of our current school situation.  If you are interested in setting this up, either jump on my tech help Google Meet today at 1:00 or email me and I can send you some instructions.

Finally, I  just wanted to remind each of you that every Monday from  1:00 to 2:00, I am online for a Google Meet (link attached) to answer any and all questions.  Feel free to pop in whenever if I can assist you or if you just want to chat.  Do not hesitate to reach out during the week if you have questions.