Our Favorite Productivity Tools Pt. 1 (So Far) Podcast Episode

Our Favorite Productivity Tools

Our Favorite Productivity Tools

Here is our iTunes link and our Stitcher link to the episode

This is part 1 of 2 where Sharon and Fred share their favorite productivity tools. These tools in particular, are especially valuable for managing their own personal workflow. Join us now and see if these can work for you too! Have one or two tools that you like? Let us know! Please leave a review, rating and subscribe! Thanks!Resources


“Presenterator” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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NEW & NOTEWORTHY on iTunes K-12!

iTunes Teaching Bites
Teaching Bites Podcast on iTunes
New & Noteworthy on iTunes!

Wow!  My wife Sharon and I made it to #iTunes’ NEW & NOTWORTHY K-12 podcasts! Join us at Teaching Bites Podcast, the unprofessional development resource where we share bite sized tips, ideas and news to take your teaching to the next level! – Here is the direct link to our podcast: https://itun.es/i6Bp9Vn woohoo! You can also find  us on Stitcher for Android as well as iOS.

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Our Spark Studio Is Up and Running!

Spark Studio

Our old computer lab TRANSFORMED into a Maker/Tinker/Design studio!  As our campus offers “single-sex classrooms in a co-ed environment,” you can see this space shared by vairous grades and with both boys and girls schools. Observe the motion of students and how the room is now flexible to meet their hands on learning projects.  Can you spot me? 

Kindergarten Robotics in Our New School Makerspace

School Makerspace

We had our conputer lab transform into a new shared makerspace studio.  Above is a video my colleague recorded. It shows our first group of students, our kindergarten boys, playing and learning about the Cubelet robots.  As we were still waiting for our new furniture, we were able to get beach pillows for our students to use.  And, we love our new hardwood floor!



Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online

Online Safety & Digital Citizenship

I found a great video to share with my 5th graders on online safety. I like to find different resources of digital citizenship and I do use a lot of Common Sense Media stuff, but its nice to vary it a little bit to get a wider perspective. Here is www.watchwellcast.com/ video on online safety.

“Would you ever walk into a giant arena full of strangers and make it rain postcards with your phone number and home address? No? Then what are you doing publishing those details online, where anyone in the WORLD can access them? It’s easy to forget that the information we put on social media is visible not only to our actual social circles, but to our friends’ friends and their friends’ friends…and that creepy guy halfway across the world who you’ve never met. So, today we break down the importance of setting strict privacy settings, choosing strong passwords and other steps you can take to ensure you stay safe online. Good news! Internet safety is easier than you think.”

My Sketchnotes… so far

Fred Jaravata Sketchnotes

The past three months, I’ve been using the sketchnotes method of taking notes.  As you can see, it smartly involoves  hand drawn pictures/icons with written text.  This helps my brain with the listening, processing and visualizing the concepts being shared in live situations and audiobooks.  Here, you will notice a lot of notes from professional development workshops, prepping for our fall e-Pack/iPad rollout for our 5-8th grade students, a over the weekend survival class I took in the summer, a housing credit workshop I attended and more recently our annual school professional development inservice day with guest authors.

As you notice, most are “in-progress” and haven’t been finished.  I’m still trying to get a hang of this, but I’m liking sketchnoting a lot.  I hope to continue and learn more on how to efficiently get faster but to really listen to the speaker’s message.

Here is Alex Soojung Kim Pang’s book Distraction Addiction and his page  on Contemplative Computing.

Here you will notice one book about sketchnoting by Mike Rohde.

Here is Ramsey’s TED Talk on  how to spark curiosity

Here is Ellen Duetscher’s Twitter page

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility (5th Grade)

Today, we will explore what this quote means: “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

We will then create your own digital superhero and comic strip and see what your hero can do to help people to stay safe, be responsible and be respectful online.

With great power, comes great responsibility – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires