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    Connections Grant and Mentor Program Info

    This section of my Instructional Blog Site will contain information that participants in the Connections Grant and Mentor Program will find useful.
    The following information has been provided by Dr. Rousseau, and is also available on her blog site at: http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/joy/weblog/1e247/Instructional_Blog_Content.html
    Teachers in the Arp ISD Mentor Program will be working towards proficiency in uploading the following 6 items into your instrutional blog site on TigerTube.
    This is a QuickStart on how to organize your Instructional Blog to present a concept to students.
    (1) INTRODUCTION (TEXT & AUDIO): Use TEXT to introduce your concept. If appropriate, give the point to your lesson (Lesson Objectives in terms of Student Expectations), give a real-world application, or give a STEP-by-STEP or "How to". This section can be enhanced by using Audacity to create an audio file (MP3) which reads the introduction to the student.
    (2) AUDIO/VIDEO LESSON (MP4 or SWF): Create an A/V lesson using your Mimio, Document Camera, SmartBoard, or Wireless tablet (MP4) OR Create a PowerPoint with Narration and using iSPRING to create a movie (SWF). Give the student instruction and examples of ways to solve problems or use the new concept before assigning guided practice or homework. This video should be no more than a few minutes in length. Outline what you would like to say and then add the outline below the uploaded video to your blog. Students should be able to read, listen, and see all concept instruction.
    (3) UPLOAD (DOC): Add documents such as Interactive Notes or Axims, Rules, Formulas which students might need during this unit.
    (4) UPLOAD or TYPE: Add assignment, guided practice, homework
    (5) UPLOAD student product: A very good learning tool is to use a Student Model. Give students examples of other successful student products.
    (6) INTERACTIVE COMMENT SECTION: (moderated or not moderated) Create higher order thinking questions for students to respond to in the "Comment Section" of your Blog. Give them instructions on how you want them to respond. A Rubric would be Fantastic!
    Teachers and students will also be using FREE TOOLS in their classrooms. Here are some wonderful resources to use while participating in the Mentor Program and Connections Grant. This information has been provided by Dr. Rousseau, and is also available on her instructional blog site at: http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/joy/weblog/23a90/Free_Tools_101.html

    Free Tools & Online Services

    ( Introduction to Download.com: http://www.download.com (FOR HOME USE ONLY!!!) If the district wants you to download software they will make it available to you in the Teachers Software Folder OR on the Free Software Page below.
    Free Software Chart: http://www.arpisd.org/inserv/Online_Learning.htm If you need help loading any of these, please let us know and we will load them for you.
    (1) Bubbl.us: http://bubbl.us - pre-writing, brainstorming, main idea
    (2) FUN with Cell Phones:
    (a) PollEverywhere.com http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/joy/weblog/76a37/FUN_with_Cell_Phones.html
    (b) AND MORE FUN with Cell Phones http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/joy/weblog/737c3/MORE_FUN_with_Cell_Phones.html
    CELL PHONE SAFETY Spread the Word! Internet and Cell Phone Safety from InfoSource Learning
    (3) EtherPad is a free collaborative service provided by many different providers on the Internet. One such provider is PiratePad. Lets learn about PiratePad http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/joy/weblog/5067e/FUN_with_PIRATEPAD.html
    Example PiratePad Assignment: http://piratepad.net/YoqPFIilRq
    (4) Free Online eBook Library: http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/joy/weblog/b7cd8/Online_Free_eBook_Library.html
    (5) Wordle: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1258995/learners
    (6) HTML <Embed> code into Blog: http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/joy/weblog/ca2ed/Copying_HTML_into_Blog.html

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