Want to go to SXSWedu?

SXSWedu16

Have you discovered a creative way to innovate the classroom experience? If so, show us on social media using #TESInnovates and you can win a badge to attend SXSWedu (worth $495), March 7-10, 2016 in Austin, TX! We’re giving away 100 badges to SXSWedu.

We encourage educators to be creative and capture your innovative techniques. Photos and videos are highly encouraged. Please share your social media post by December 11th. It must be public and contain the #TESInnovates hashtag to be considered.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. TES Innovative Educators Scholarship to SXSWedu Official Rules.

 

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Happy hour with CUE SF

CUE SF

We’re excited to host happy hour in our office this Thursday 11/12, 4:30-6:30pm with CUE San Francisco! We’ll demo how you can use Wikispaces and Blendspace for blended learning over drinks and appetizers. Meet our team and network with CUE SF members and other educators in the SF area. SFUSD teachers, you can get 1 hour of extended hours pay using the Prop A professional development funds.

Sign up now before space runs out!

What: Blended learning happy hour with us and CUE SF (event agenda)

When: Thursday 11/12, 4:30-6:30pm

Where:  165 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

We hope to see you there!

 

 

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Win a $500 Apple gift card by taking our survey

We’re currently conducting a survey with preK-12 teachers in the US to get a better understanding of their experiences with professional development, especially for re-licensing and salary advancement. We’d be grateful if you could take no more than 10-15 minutes to fill out our survey by Friday November 13, 2015. As a token of our appreciation, we’re giving away five $500 Apple store gift cards.

We’ll use the information in an aggregated, anonymous format for internal purposes only. At the end of the survey, provide your email address to be entered in a random drawing to receive one of five $500 Apple gift cards. Only respondents who work in US preK-12 education and have completed the survey in full by November 13, 2015 will be entered.

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Explore our classroom management wikis and resources

Check out our classroom management wikis and resources

Have a student who’s often distracted, or worse yet, several who are always acting up? Build positive learning communities and address misbehavior with our collection of classroom management resources featuring wikis, behavior T-charts, choice boards, and more. We have a special bundle of resources tailored for elementary school educators.

Do you have classroom management resources that worked particularly well with your students? Share them on in the comments section of this post, and we’ll feature them in social media. You all submitted awesome anti-bullying resources last month!

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Featured Wikispaces Organizer: Clemencia Acevedo

Wikispaces user Clemencia Acevedo

We recently caught up with Clemencia Acevedo, who is a teacher at MS325 Urban Science Academy, Bronx, NY. She presented at Fordham Graduate School of Education’s Digital Literacies Conference about using wikis to help students write informational essays (her presentation slides). Check out our Q&A with her below.

1. Briefly describe your wiki, and what you use it for:
I created a wiki for my science 7th grade students for the school year 2014-2015, as well as one for English Language Learners (ELLs). My goal was to provide a platform for my students to easily access engaging, difficult and grade level readings and scaffold them with additional visuals, images and videos. I also wanted to give my students an online space to answer questions based on readings done in class and at home. This served as additional scaffolding since students viewed each other’s responses. Students also referred to wikis for major assignment directions in case they lost the printed handouts.

However, I realized over the school year that wikis were a great platform for students to post their finished products, such as PowerPoint Presentations, digital posters and essays. In the spring, my students used Wikispaces to share their essays and digital posters on body systems. At the end of our journey, they were able to review and admire each other’s work.

2. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
When I first started teaching, I was concerned that many of our middle school students didn’t organize their reading and task handouts, often misplacing or losing them altogether. After I started posting readings and assignments on wikis, these students began to review the wikis in order to understand the assignments. This saved me time and energy from re-explaining. Those were the moments when I said, “Aha, this is why I use wikis.”

3. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
I love the homepage discussion feature because it allows me to write brief messages about homework with links, reminders and clarification about a task or assignment. This feature offers the option to send messages to student’s emails. Some parents are members of my wikis and receive messages. This gives them the opportunity to interact with their children through homework and projects at home.

4. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
It would say that I’m trying to ensure that each student receives an education no matter the obstacles they face in and outside the classroom. It would also say that I teach 21st century skills students can use later in their careers as jobs increasingly require computer skills.

 

 

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