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Digital Portfolios

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Link to Slide Show
A portfolio is a showcase of work samples and artifacts. You would use a portfolio to help you get a job, get into college, or get an internship. A portfolio would contain a wide variety of artifacts that demonstrate your skills and abilities. A digital portfolio is in a digital format and includes reflections about your artifacts. Here is an excellent example of a college student’s portfolio.

All student Portfolios will require the following components:

Classes
You will create a page for each class – English, Math, Health/PE, Arts, Extra Curricular, etc
Types of Learning (Artifacts)
Variety of photos of work, audio clips, videos, embedded documents (essays, presentations)
Reflection
Describing your artifacts, discussing your accomplishments, your challenges, your learning
Formal Document ( High School)
A cover letter and resume

Sample Digital Portfolios and Evaluation Activity
Here are several digital portfolios. Take a look at some of these samples and evaluate them using the provided rubric.
http://emmachristinebakerhhsco19.weebly.com/
http://kennedyforehandhhsco20.weebly.com/
http://calejorgensenhhsco20.weebly.com/
http://rayganrensinghhsco2020.weebly.com/
http://sophielesanekhhsco20.weebly.com/

Start Your Digital Portfolio
1. Write your Bio
2. Create a Weebly or Google site. Sign in with Google and use your student login.
3. Create your pages
4. Add your bio to your home page
5. Begin adding artifacts and reflections
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Actively Learn

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Staff,

I am very excited about Actively Learn. This tool helps readers engage in reading. I would love the opportunity to demonstrate it to you and get you up and running with it. I can also train your students how to use it and set up their first reading activity. Please schedule a time for me to meet with you individually or with your PLT.

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Solutions for Live Streaming School News

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Old Broadcasting verses New Live Stream Technology Old technology required hardware, television sets, and wiring. The hardware connected the television studio cameras to a switcher. The switcher board allowed the tech to select the camera angle and add text and graphics. The wiring connected the output to the televisions across the campus.  Both schools I […]

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Help Save the Northwestern Pacific Tree Octopus

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Help save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. You can donate money to help build tree houses that will protect the Tree Octopus from weather and predators. Here is a reliable source about this fascinating creature. Here is a report about the future of the PNTO.

Website Evaluation Activity ( Check out these website and determine how reliable they are)
All About Explorers
Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
The Jackalope Conspiracy
Dog Island

Reliable Resource Presentation
Here are a few search engines that provide reliable resources for academic research.
1. JSTOR
2. Google Scholar
3. OAJSE
4. JURN
5. DOAJ
6. Refseek

Additional Activities and Lesson Plan

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Science Myth Podcasts

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Ms. Connor’s science class has been working on creating podcasts about Greek myths that explain the weather. They are currently studying weather and are discussing how the weather was originally explained through myths. They looking at the scientific explanations of weather but having fun with producing podcasts about mythologies explanations about the weather.
Group 1: Faith, Dabney, Dulaney, Aya, & Zoe
[audio mp3="http://mrzirkle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pcg1.mp3"][/audio]
Group 2: Tamara & Aron
[audio mp3="http://mrzirkle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pcg2.mp3"][/audio]
Group 3: Cooper & Justin
[audio mp3="http://mrzirkle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pcg3.mp3"][/audio]
Group 4: Sean & Ananiah
[audio mp3="http://mrzirkle.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pcg4.mp3"][/audio]

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Persephone & Demeter

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I enjoy working with students that want to go above and beyond what is required of them. These students were originally assigned to record a podcast episode. They wrote their own script and recorded their podcast, but they wanted to take it a step further. These students wanted to perform their script and have it recorded. They created their own props and prepared for their performance. Here is their video.

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DSAP, TPACK, SAMR, and Technology Matrix

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The TPACK framework is an excellent way to look at how technology plays a role in lesson and student activity development. It has been a couple of years since I dove head deep into the TPACK framework. This brief video does an excellent job ob explaining and illustrating TPACK.

TPACK helps us with the theory of instructional design and the SMAR model can be used to evaluate the use of technology. I see many uses of technology and most are not transformative. It can be a challenge to reach redefinition level. This video will introduce or refresh your memory of the SMAR framework.

The University of Sothern Florida has created an awesome “At Your Fingertips” resources for ITFs and teachers. I like to search the matrix by subject and grade level. Here is the link to TIM ( Technology Integration Matrix).

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CCMMS STEM Expo

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    I am so happy to work Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School because we get to collaborate with the staff of NC State. We worked with the engineering department for the STEM Expo.We used the same STEM challenges that the engineer students at NC State complete for their coursework.Our students chose one of the projects listed below. As teachers, we could not offer them much imput or direction. We had to oversee their projects and ensure they stayed in the guidelines. For example, the students could not spend more than $30.00 on their projects. The students used the engineering design model as they collaboratively built their solutions to the STEM challenges.

Here are copies of the rubrics that were used to judge the student STEM projects.
Engineering Design Model
Bubble Machine
Fabric Bucket
Hovercraft
Precision Launcher
Rube Goldberg Machine

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3D Poetry in Motion

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I have taught Language Arts for over 12 years and I have never seen a Language Arts lesson like this before. I was blown away by Ms. Hartnett and her Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School students. They transformed the lines of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” into a 3D version of the poem that included STEM connections and a robotic speaker, in motion. I filmed Ms.Hartnett and her students presenting their poetry projects and sharing their reflections. It was exciting to see how this learning experience engaged the students.

I would love to collaborate with Language Arts teachers to create and implement learning experiences that incorporate STEM, technology, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative products that enhance learning and engage students.