Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple TV as Content Stream

A perennial problem is schools today is how to generate and manage content for the television in the lobby. Over the years, I have tried several options and understand the issues: management from a distance, limiting access to only specific individuals, automating the stream so it runs with minimal intervention, and other problems.

Recently, I found an excellent television with HD capacity and an Apple TV in a school. (The Mac Mini that had been streaming to the Apple TV had failed, and the system was not being used. The Apple TV and television functioned perfectly, and there was no money to replace the Mac).

The principal hoped to stream news in the morning and at lunch... perhaps weather updates when bad weather threatened, maybe sports on occasion. We also wanted to feature video created by the students, art (especially from the digital photography class), and occasional slide shows with announcements and reminders.

Here is an overview of our solution:

1) The Apple TV connects to the administrative wifi (to limit potential hijacking for AirPlay) and the Apple TV is paired with one remote (the location is known by a few teachers and administrators). We also established AirPlay and other passwords to minimize the threat students can access it.

2) For news and similar content, we stream the content from the providers that partner with Apple TV. (Our opinion was that there was a collection that met our goals and that would provide diversity.)

3) For video and other content created by students, we upload content to YouTube.

4) For "PowerPoints," we either save the presentation in a video format and upload it, or save the presentation as a series of images and upload those as a video to YouTube, using the tools in YouTube.

5) Our YouTube content is managed through a playlist... once video is uploaded (using a GAFE account), the URL is sent to the person who manages the playlist. The Apple TV is then configured to play the videos.

So far, we have found this a good solution... our content is easy to manage... we can add content simply by adding to the playlist, then restarting the playlist on the Apple TV.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fwd: Rick Wormeli is coming back and more!



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: September 4, 2014 at 7:25:50 AM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Rick Wormeli is coming back and more!
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

September 4, 2014 blast e-mail
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Welcome Back!

NELMS is looking for a new Executive Director

Please click here for a pdf of the job description.

 

Rick Wormeli is returning to NELMS!
Standards-based Assessment and Grading:
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Practicalities

September 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Northampton, MA

With the rise of the Common Core State Standards and the public's call for grading integrity, standards-based assessment and grading have new urgency: grades better mean what they say.  No longer a "gotcha" enterprise, our grades must help us document progress, provide clear and timely feedback, and inform our next steps in instruction.  Absent evidence-based assessment and reporting, however, grades are wildly subjective, relative, and inferential at best.  Many principals and teachers inadvertently hide behind the factory model of schooling, yet they have increasingly diverse classes and their required differentiated instruction. This can make assessment and grading overwhelming. 
 
Join us for a candid and useful two-day seminar assessment and grading in the 21st century.  We'll look at the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading, including:  what grades really mean, how to report late work and homework, averaging or not, zeroes on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, re-do's/re-takes for full, partial, or no credit, separating effort marks from academic marks, setting up the gradebook, 100-pt vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, pre/formative/common/summative assessments, grading inclusion students in the regular classroom, and how to develop the skills needed to determine evidence of mastery.  Very preparatory for the grade levels that lay ahead for middle level students, the principles and procedures presented build student resilience and support Dweck's Growth Mindset.   While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

Magic in the Middle Continues in NH
Celebrate the Magic of Young Adolescents!

SERESC
October 14, 2014

Click here to read the flier and/or to register.

 

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Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

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Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
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• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
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Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? : NPR Ed : NPR

An interesting study. Seems to suggest we use technology when needed, but that we give plenty of face-to-face interaction between faculty and students and among students. Of course middle school teachers have long known that to be true!



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fwd: Welcome back and what's happening at NELMS



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


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From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: August 27, 2014 at 11:59:00 PM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Welcome back and what's happening at NELMS
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

August 27, 2014 blast e-mail
nelms logo

Welcome Back!

NELMS is looking for a new Executive Director

Please click here for a pdf of the job description.

 

Rick Wormeli is returning to NELMS!
Standards-based Assessment and Grading:
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Practicalities

September 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Northampton, MA

With the rise of the Common Core State Standards and the public's call for grading integrity, standards-based assessment and grading have new urgency: grades better mean what they say.  No longer a "gotcha" enterprise, our grades must help us document progress, provide clear and timely feedback, and inform our next steps in instruction.  Absent evidence-based assessment and reporting, however, grades are wildly subjective, relative, and inferential at best.  Many principals and teachers inadvertently hide behind the factory model of schooling, yet they have increasingly diverse classes and their required differentiated instruction. This can make assessment and grading overwhelming. 
 
Join us for a candid and useful two-day seminar assessment and grading in the 21st century.  We'll look at the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading, including:  what grades really mean, how to report late work and homework, averaging or not, zeroes on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, re-do's/re-takes for full, partial, or no credit, separating effort marks from academic marks, setting up the gradebook, 100-pt vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, pre/formative/common/summative assessments, grading inclusion students in the regular classroom, and how to develop the skills needed to determine evidence of mastery.  Very preparatory for the grade levels that lay ahead for middle level students, the principles and procedures presented build student resilience and support Dweck's Growth Mindset.   While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415

Rick Wormeli
Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fwd: Rick Wormeli coming back in September!



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: August 20, 2014 at 7:30:47 AM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Rick Wormeli coming back in September!
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

August 20 & 27, 2014 blast e-mail
nelms logo

NELMS is looking for a new Executive Director

Please click here for a pdf of the job description.

 

Rick Wormeli is returning to NELMS!
Standards-based Assessment and Grading:
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Practicalities

September 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Northampton, MA

With the rise of the Common Core State Standards and the public's call for grading integrity, standards-based assessment and grading have new urgency: grades better mean what they say.  No longer a "gotcha" enterprise, our grades must help us document progress, provide clear and timely feedback, and inform our next steps in instruction.  Absent evidence-based assessment and reporting, however, grades are wildly subjective, relative, and inferential at best.  Many principals and teachers inadvertently hide behind the factory model of schooling, yet they have increasingly diverse classes and their required differentiated instruction. This can make assessment and grading overwhelming. 
 
Join us for a candid and useful two-day seminar assessment and grading in the 21st century.  We'll look at the burning issues of standards-based assessment and grading, including:  what grades really mean, how to report late work and homework, averaging or not, zeroes on the 100-point scale, descriptive feedback, re-do's/re-takes for full, partial, or no credit, separating effort marks from academic marks, setting up the gradebook, 100-pt vs 4.0 scale, extra credit, group projects, grading exceptional students, pre/formative/common/summative assessments, grading inclusion students in the regular classroom, and how to develop the skills needed to determine evidence of mastery.  Very preparatory for the grade levels that lay ahead for middle level students, the principles and procedures presented build student resilience and support Dweck's Growth Mindset.   While offering practical tips, this workshop reveals participants' core beliefs about teaching and learning and has an unusually high incidence of transforming classroom practice. Don't miss it!

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415

Rick Wormeli
Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
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Friday, August 1, 2014

Fwd: Summer Literacy Institute is next week



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


Begin forwarded message:

From: nelms@nelms.org
Date: July 31, 2014 at 7:30:35 AM EDT
To: "Dr. Gary L. Ackerman" <gary@hackscience.net>
Subject: Summer Literacy Institute is next week
Reply-To: NELMS <nelms@nelms.org>

July 31, 2014 blast e-mail
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nelms logo Summer Literacy Institute
NELMS & Keys to Literacy
Will be held at Keys to Literacy Office
Rowley, MA
August 4–7, 2014

The ANSWER Key Routine for Extended Response (Grades 4-12)
Monday, August 4, 2014

Participants will learn how to teach a student routine for answering extended response question prompts (i.e., constructed or open response) and how to use extended response writing as a classroom tool to help students learn and remember content. Students can also use the routine for writing extended responses to question prompts for on-demand writing assessments.

 

Keys to Close Reading (Grades 3-12)
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Common Core literacy standards emphasize the use of challenging text at all grade levels and for students to apply close reading skills. Close reading is figuring out what a text says by thinking critically about the words and ideas in the text. It is sometimes described as deep reading, reading like a detective, and unpacking or dissecting the text. Most students need explicit instruction for how to read text closely. Teachers provide this instruction by planning and conducting close reading lessons when they model through think aloud and provide guided practice.


Keys to Content Writing (Grades 4-12)
Wednesday & Thursday, August 6 & 7, 2014

The Common Core literacy standards emphasize the use of challenging text at all grade levels and for students to apply close reading skills. Close reading is figuring out what a text says by thinking critically about the words and ideas in the text. It is sometimes described as deep reading, reading like a detective, and unpacking or dissecting the text. Most students need explicit instruction for how to read text closely. Teachers provide this instruction by planning and conducting close reading lessons when they model through think aloud and provide guided practice.

For more information and/or to register please click here.

 

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415


NELMS & Keys to Literacy Summer Literacy Institute
August 4–7, 2014
Keys to Literacy Training Center
Rowley, MA
To learn more
click here
 

Rick Wormeli
Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
To learn more
click here

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fwd: Only 10 days to NELMS Summer Institute



-- Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.


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From: nelms@nelms.org
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Subject: Only 10 days to NELMS Summer Institute
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July 17, 2014 blast e-mail
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Less than 10 days to go before…
NELMS Summer Institute
Professional Development for you and family fun too!

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NELMS Summer Institute coming in July

This year's NELMS Summer Institute will be held at The North Conway Grand Hotel in North Conway, NH on July 28 & 29, 2014. The theme of this year's conference is "Learn from the Best to Become the Best".
Spotlight School Educators will lead the four sessions over two days.
Session topics are:
• Advisory
• Transitions
• Technology
• Culture & Climate

 

Session Descriptions

Positive School Climate & Culture = Student Success
Just what is a positive school climate & culture? Does it REALLY help our students learn more and be more engaged in their learning? How can you tell if your school has a positive climate/culture… or a negative one? What can we do to change a negative climate/culture? Lots of questions that we will examine.  We will look for answers to during this interactive and personalized session. Research, assessments, activities, resources - all will be available to help you help your school and students move in a positive direction!
Workshop presenter:
Christina deGroff, Guidance Counselor, Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro, ME
 

Strategies to Help Students Transition to Middle School
Will there be more homework? What if I can't find the bathroom? What if I get lost? These are only some of the questions soon-to-be middle school students are thinking about in the months leading up to the start of middle school. Come help your students form realistic expectations of what middle school will be like and engage in building a positive systematic transition program that addresses the needs of all students and stakeholders.
Workshop presenters:
Dr. Andrew Anderson, Principal, Barrington Middle School, Barrington, R.I.
Wendy Parente, Assistant Principal, Barrington Middle School, Barrington, R.I.
 

Creating Collaborative Communities: 
Connecting Students Through Guidance Supports and Awesome Advisory Activities

Come experience our multi-age advisory.  Our dynamic program fosters collaboration and builds community, through teambuilding and Quaglia "Aspiration" theme based activities.  We create a community of caring, engaged students and supportive staff.  Our guidance program is an integral component in sustaining positive climate and culture changes using "Dream Mapping," to set individual short and long term goals.  Our counselors offer Professional Development to ensure each student is connected. Come see the resources we use to connect to each student.
Workshop presenters:
Ginny Hahn, Emily Hayden, Kelly Wass 
Ginny teaches 7th grade science and math. 
Emily is SMS and SHS counselor. 
Kelly teaches 7th grade  Eng/LA and SS.
 

Total Technology
This session will present a variety of technologies that are easy to integrate into your class. See how technology can enhance and enliven what you are already doing. Learn about websites such as Screencast-o-matic, SendHub, Remind 101, Knowmia, FlipSnack, Blendspace, and Poll Everywhere. Creating video projects for your students and the flipped classroom will also be discussed. You can incorporate a variety of technologies into your classroom regardless of how much technology your school has available. Smartphones, iPads, laptops, any other useful devices, and curricular materials are welcome so your technology experimenting can begin.
Workshop presenters:
Elizabeth Morgan
6-12 History/Social Sciences Curriculum Coordinator
8th grade world history teacher
Littleton Middle School

12 Continuing Education hours will be provided. Graduate credit is available.
For more information and/or to register please click here.
 

Find out what there is to do in the North Conway region by clicking here.

scan of wizardNELMS Branded Clothing

For the Annual Conference this year the NELMS theme was "Magic in the Middle". Now you can own a bit of 'magic' with the purchase of a tee shirt, polo shirt, or fleece jacket with "Magic in the Middle" sewn on.
Click here to go to the NELMS bookstore and check out the styles.

 

Summer Literacy Institute–Keys to Literacy

This conference will be held at Keys to Literacy Office in Rowley, MA August 4–7, 2014
For a complete listing of the event schedule, descriptions of the workshops and/or to register please click here.

 

Interested in presenting at the 2015 NELMS Annual Conference?

If so please click here for more information and/or to apply.
 

Scholarship opportunity from Walden University

Are you considering earning your bachelors, masters or doctoral degree online?
NOW is the perfect time to consider Walden University!
10% discount for NELMS members!
Limited time only: Scholarships are available for NEW students who enroll and start classes between July 14 and Dec 31, 2014*!
• No application fee • Free transfer of credit evaluation • Rolling admissions
For a complete list of degrees offered at Walden University CLICK HERE.
If you would like to receive information about a program and learn more about the available scholarships, CLICK HERE to request information or contact your Walden representative Kim LaMontagne, at Kimberly.lamontagne@waldenu.edu or call 603-479-2415


NELMS Summer Institute
July 28 & 29, 2014
North Conway, NH
To learn more
click here
 

NELMS & Keys to Literacy Summer Literacy Institute
August 4–7, 2014
Keys to Literacy Training Center
Rowley, MA
To learn more
click here
 

Rick Wormeli
Standards-based Assessment and Grading

Sept. 23 & 24, 2014
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Northampton, MA
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