a little keep upkeep

Copy of keep label slides here, make your own!

Screen Shot 2020-07-21 at 12.30.35 AMI often extoll the virtues of google keep for those who haven’t dedicated far too much time included keep in their daily or weekly routines. I use keep professionally and personally for to-do lists, collaborative notes, bookmarking important things on the go, grocery lists, and notes from my son. I’ve seen some great googley ideas about adding headers to keep notes to further organize and teacherfy the whole thing. They certainly have their appeal- but ultimately for me the power of keep is the labels and color categorization I have done for a few years. I did however delve into some labels today encouraged by two of my favorite things to waste time play with, Harry Potter and bitmojis.

I added headers to my pinned keep notes with a few Harry Potter faves. It was important to me to have a clear, easy to read font. I know many times we love an interesting, swirly cursive to change things up, but if I am in a hurry I want my images to be read easily.  If I choose to share a note with a student, as I was thinking about with some of my bimoji templates, I must have a simple print.  Here are some examples I might share with a student or colleague- unless they are a Potterhead, too. I’ll share one of my Mad-Eye Moody versions. To create a “header” just format the slides and save as an image. Upload to your keep as an image, and you can still add notes or a checklist at the bottom. Adding other images will shrink your header, so these are for text keep notes.
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#summerpd hyperdoc of staple resources

I have fomo when it comes to PD in the summer, especially this summer when we are facing the unknown for the 2020-1 school year. I created this blended/remote learning hyperdoc to highlight some staples I’ve used in face to face and online instruction. And even though I have used all of them before, I haven’t taken advantage of ALL of the PD each resource has. Check out the hyperdoc below to see if you are an expert level on these essential parts of teaching life!

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backyard nature journal and educreations

img_7955This year more than ever I am looking with a nervous eye at the Summer Slide effect. To keep learning interesting we mix in lots of activities that can employ language skills, but aren’t worksheets (although I am totally on board with a worksheet now and then because I am a tired working parent). Lots of apps and sites like Educreations had  generous free upgrades this year for teachers during the school shutdown, so we used those at home, too.

0944a1fc-4e32-474f-8a36-1074a27bba97Keeping things educational in quarantine wasn’t so bad when we used our own backyard and a homemade journal to record observations of animals and plants all around us. An example I made in my bullet journal is above, you can see my son’s journal as you view the slides below. When the boys found a critter to research we relied on Capstone, Epic and other kid friendly research sources to annotate our drawings with new learning. Then we tried out educreations to share our learning with friends. Click on the image to see/hear an example. Working on ideas for the next project now…the backyard animals want us to go away.

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