Organize your work in Google Chrome by using "Pin Tab". You can lock tabs to the left of your browser window and then when you close and reopen Chrome the tabs will remain pinned to the browser window.
Watch this short screencast to learn how to pin tabs in Google Chrome.
Students are in their 3rd week of Virtual Summer School (VSS) and loving it! Over the past 2 weeks when visiting the on-site tutoring sessions, students reported that they are spending at least double, if not triple, the amount of time on their daily lessons assigned by Mr. Shermak. One student reported that she is glad to be able to keep up on her reading skills over the summer and she is having fun interacting with the online programs. All students reported that they would recommend VSS to their friends and enjoy communicating and collaborating using Edmodo. Students are motivated by watching their skills improve via the math and literacy online resources. Some of the resources that students are using are TenMarks (math), MobyMax (reading and math), Big Universe and TweenTribune (literacy). Online resources such as TodaysMeet and Twiddla are also being used to collaborate and communicate on projects. During week 4 students will be collaborating online with Mr. Shermak via Google Hangouts. There is a lot to be excited about with Virtual Summer School!
On July 7th and 8th, Wood Dale School District 7 hosted a Google Certified Educator training with 25 staff members participating. The training was taught by Google Certified Trainer, Mike Berago, Instructional Technology Coach from Fenton High School. Participants deepened their knowledge with using Google Docs, Calendar, Chrome, Sites, and Gmail. During the training, teachers took 5 exams, related to the content, to become Google Certified Educators.
The workshop was a success! Teachers commented that they left the training with a deeper knowledge base and the ability to apply this knowledge in the classroom with their students. The district plans to continue to offer staff basic, intermediate, and advanced training with the Google Suite of products. Trainings will be offered during the work day, after work and in the summer. As part of the regular workday trainings, our Systems Trainer (Greg Augsburg) and our Instructional Coaches (Lisa Applequist, Donna Breckenfelder, Steve Hovey, Kelly Lynn, and Tim Shermak) will work with teachers in their classrooms modeling or co-teaching lessons.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Merri Beth Kudrna , a Curriculum Director in a PreK-8 school district. My past experiences as an educator include classroom teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. I love watching kids learn & grow through authentic learning experiences. My passion is integrating technology into the curriculum and using social media to connect students & staff to the world.