#UTedChat Questions for 5/3 – Pop Culture in the Classroom! #PlayLAP

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

This week we have Quinn Rollins (@JediKermit) who is the Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Granite School District and author of the popular teaching book Play Like A Pirate, leading a discussion about Using Pop Culture in the Classroom. This should be a very fun and informative topic, especially with the popularity and excitement students have towards media. If you haven't already followed Quinn via Twitter (@JediKermit) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: This week is Teacher Appreciation Week… #TeachMeYouDid uses Yoda to remind us to celebrate great teachers in our lives. Who has been a great teacher in your life?

Q2: What’s your favorite type of pop culture to use with students? TV, Comics, Movies, Music, Sports, Video Games, Fashion, Books, Magazines…

Q3: How do you use music with your students?

Q4: How do you reach into your students’ world and use THEIR pop culture?

Q5: What’s your favorite movie or TV show to use with students, and how do you use it?

Q6: We started with Yoda…which Star Wars character best describes your own approach to teaching the last month of school this year?


Quinn Rollins is the Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Granite School District and author of the popular teaching book Play Like A Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics.  He describes himself as a History Teacher, Author, LEGO Builder, toymaker, comic book reader, doodler-in-meetings, defender of Aquaman, Jedi, Muppet fan, and Obsessive Compulsive Geek. #PlayLAP #TLAP #TeamAquaman

You can follow Quinn via Twitter at @JediKermit.

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#UTEDCHAT QUESTIONS FOR 4/26 – DIGITAL Citizenship #DigCit

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat, Internet Resources, Mobile Apps

Tonight's #UTedChat is going to be a little different than usual. We are so excited to have Dr. Marialice Curran (@mbfxc) the founder of Digital Citizenship Institute and co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Summit leading a discussion about Digital Citizenship. This is quickly becoming one of the most important topics for educators to keep in mind as we move to more and more digital technologies in the classroom and pushing for more of an online presence. If you haven't already followed Marialice via Twitter (@mbfxc) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

Instead of listing out the actual questions for tonight's chat, here's how it's going to be a little different. Marialice decided she wanted to use a great newish app called Flipgrid that allows you to record short answers to questions and make discussions a little more interactive. But, even with using Flipgrid tonight, we will still have some questions via Twitter like normal. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Be sure to visit the Digital Citizenship Flipgrid questions that Marialice set up and have your answers ready. This is the best way to prepare for #UTedChat tonight. But don't worry if you can't leave your videos before tonight because the #DigCit Flipgrid will stay active and open for much longer than even tonight. 

https://flipgrid.com/digcitpln


Dr. Marialice Curran is the founder of Digital Citizenship Institute and co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Summit

You can follow Marialice via Twitter at @mbfxc.

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#UTedChat Questions for 4/5 – Digital Teaching & Learning #UTDTL

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat

This week we have Tony Campbell (@tcamptech)  from Washington County School District leading a discussion about Digital Teaching and Learning. This is a very interesting and important topic, especially with the Digital Teaching and Learning grant here in Utah. If you haven't already followed Tony via Twitter (@tcamptech) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: What are the elements of quality digital teaching and learning?

Q2: What tools and resources do you use for learning?

Q3: How do you determine which tools and resources are effective?

Q4: What digital teaching and learning practice(s) have proven to be most powerful?

Q5: How do you engage leaders, parents, students and co-workers in overcoming those challenges?

Q6: What digital teaching and learning practice(s) have proven to be most powerful?


Tony Campbell is the Digital Learning Coordinator for WCSD, teacher, futurist, father and husband.

You can follow Tony via Twitter at @tcamptech.

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New Lesson Plans Available on NASA/4-H Expeditionary Skills Website

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM

Find out what astronaut Victor Glover has to say about self-care and team-care. NASA Education’s STEM on Station and 4-H announce the third learning module release for Expeditionary Skills for Life, a curriculum modeled after the soft skills astronauts work to develop as they prepare to live and work together on the International Space Station. Expeditionary skills include self-care and team-care; cultural competency; leadership and followership; teamwork; and communication. Each skill-focused learning module includes STEM-based activities along with a video message from an astronaut or astronaut trainer explaining how the skill is used at NASA and why it is important to a successful STEM career. The self-care/team-care video features Victor Glover as he shares a personal story.

The release of Expeditionary Skills for Life aligns with the spaceflight of astronaut Peggy Whitson, a former 4-H member. Whitson helped develop the expeditionary skills courses used during astronaut candidate training. 

The lesson plans and videos will be used in 4-H clubs and camps throughout the U.S. and are available publicly at www.nasa.gov/education/4H.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is the youth outreach program from the land-grant universities’ Cooperative Extension Services and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Please direct questions about these resources to Kelly McCormick at Kelly.McCormick-1@nasa.gov.

Educator Workshop: The Little Blue Dot — Earth Science for Middle School Teachers

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in STEM and STEAM

Are you a highly motivated middle school teacher who wants to increase your knowledge of Earth science? Sign up today to attend "The Little Blue Dot — Earth Science for Middle School Teachers" workshop. Sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium, this workshop will take place June 12-15, 2017, at the University of Texas in Austin. 

Workshop attendees will learn about hands-on activities designed to support the Earth science standards in grades 6-8. NASA scientists and engineers will share their expertise and Earth science research. Participants will earn 24 hours of professional development credit in Earth science.

For more information, visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/earth-science-workshop/

Please direct questions about the workshop to Margaret Baguio at baguio@csr.utexas.edu.