Monthly Archives: October 2019

Inspired!

It’s all about getting started! Where do I start? In hindsight, I started with the two words located on the Wood County Schools Innovate website, “Be Inspired!” With every student and teacher in Wood County Schools receiving their own iPad, I knew I needed to be aware of all the opportunities with 1:1 devices. I attended some classes during Tech Week in July. I was excited, but then fear settled in. Would I remember all the things I learned in July?

This is where you can get help from our Technology Integration Specialists. I met Amber Matty during Tech Week. We started working together in September with LEGO’s WeDo 2.0.

Students installed the app from the catalog, and we introduced the kits to my 4th graders starting with the Explore phase. Students were building and coding Milo the Rover. The LEGO website offered videos and lesson plans for guided and open-ended projects. Excitement filled the air as students built the robots. They are ready to start Part B when they add Milo’s arm, a motion sensor. This is just the beginning of many lessons using the LEGO’s WeDo kits.

Ruth Patrick is a guest contributor on INNOVATE. She inspires learning through creativity with her students at Madison Elementary School.

New Accessibility Options for Low Vision

In Apple’s latest software update for iOS and iPadOS, the accessibility options were moved to the main root menu in the settings app. The options were previously located in settings under the ‘general’ options.

Educators and students needing accessibility features for low vision will find new options and some options that have been retitled. For instance, ‘Spoken Content’ is now used in place of ‘Speech.’

The zoom feature has had a makeover and now provides more options.

To learn more about the changes in iOS and iPadOS, read Dr. Luis Perez’s article which highlights many of the changes and gets into details about new and exciting features.

How do your students view learning?

According to Mindset Scholars Network, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed. Students with a growth mindset understand they can get smarter through hard work, the use of effective strategies, and help from others when needed. It is contrasted with a fixed mindset: the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait that is set in stone at birth.

As educators, how can we raise student achievement using what science informs us about learning and neuroplasticity?

Jennifer Gunn from the Room 241 Blog encourages educators to learn seven practices that lead to a growth mindset from the teacher’s perspective and for helping students to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

The seven practices are…

  1. Never stop growing
  2. Experiment and innovate
  3. Ask questions
  4. Be flexible
  5. Learn new technology
  6. Truly listen
  7. Reflect, reflect, reflect

Read more about growth mindset in Jennifer Gunn’s article.

Learn more about what research has taught us about Growth Mindset.