October 2015

October Edition at a GlanceOctober15

  • BCPS TV Studio Coordinators unite!
  • Food for Thought on growth mindsets
  • Getting to Know Sandra Schmidt, ODL Resource Teacher
  • Take a look at our new What’s Tweeting? feature using Storify to take a peek at what’s happening around the county
  • Excel Surveys and device care resources

Inside BCPS

TV Studio Coordinator Meet and Greet

StudioHave you ever wondered what other schools are doing with their studios?  What the newest trends and ideas are with studios?  How you can find ways to incorporate your studio into your school’s instructional program? On November 4th the Office of Digital Learning will be hosting a TV Studio Coordinator Meet and Greet.  This is a chance for those coordinators to get to know each other and share ideas for best practices.  Attendees will talk about how to grow their TV Studio programs and build support for their further development.  Vendors have been invited to attend and share some of the equipment that is currently recommended for studio installations and upgrades, as well as answer questions about equipment already being used.

This event will be held at Loch Raven Academy in the Library on Wednesday,  November 4 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Please use the online registration catalog to sign up.  Email Alex Wolf, awolf@bcps.org, with any questions.

Norwood Elementary School STREAM Bus

Norwood Elementary School created a STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Bus to visit families in the Dundalk community. The bus will make stops once a week at three community locations. Students and families will engage in a learning project that incorporates STREAM. Parents and students will also take home a mini science experiment to complete.  Read More

S.T.A.T. Transforming Middle Schools

Seven Middle Schools begin the 2015-2016 school year as Lighthouse Schools. Watch the video to learn more about their journey.  S.T.A.T. Transforming Middle Schools Video


Food for Thought: Growth mindsets or fixed mindsets? Which do you subscribe to?

Most teachers today would say a growth mindset. Peter DeWitt’s article explains why a growth mindset doesn’t seem to work – and the culprit is us.

To further complicate matters Amber Chandler adds innovative and collaborative mindsets to the mix. But this is probably a good thing. Yong Zhao, in his book, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, explains the problem of taking a growth mindset too far. In short, it produces great test takers, but poor innovators and entrepreneurs.  Zhao’s article below identifies the reforms that China is currently attempting.

How do we use what is good about growth mindsets without tripping over its limitations?  We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Why a Growth Mindset Won’t Work

Education Week’s Blog · Peter DeWitt · July 17, 2015

“Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s work is being used all over the world. When we look at what school should epitomize…the growth mindset should be at the center. Many adults who work in schools say we need to get away from a fixed mindset, because a student’s intelligence and future are not set. There is always room for growth.  But what if our actions in school contribute to the reason why a growth mindset has a low effect size?”  Read More…

What Growth, Innovation and Collaborative Mindsets look life for Students and Teachers

Getting Smart · Amber Chandler · September 15, 2015

“Truth be told, standing up there and “teaching” is outmoded and ineffective. As a 21st century teacher, your job is to rally the disjointed group to prepare them for a future that doesn’t exist yet. With this in mind, teachers must tap into important mindsets to be successful in creating powerful, personalized learning experiences.”  Read More…

Lessons that matter: What should we learn from Asia’s school systems?

Mitchell Institute · Yong Zhao · May 28, 2015

“Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Shanghai have some of the world’s highest ranked education systems – so why are they undergoing drastic reform? In this report, Mitchell Professorial Fellow Yong Zhao investigates three decades of education changes in East Asia and draws out the lessons that really matter for Australia and other nations.”  Read More…


Sandy

Getting to Know: Sandra Schmidt

S.T.A.T. Resource Teacher, Office of Digital Learning

Fourteen years teaching in BCPS:

  • English at Woodlawn Middle School
  • English Department Chair and Avid Coordinator at Holabird Middle School
  • English, Journalism, and Avid Coordinator at Pikesville High School
Educational Experience:

  • Towson University – BS, English Literature
  • Goucher College – M.Ed., School Improvement Leadership, PD Certificate, and Teacher Leadership in Digital Curriculum Development

Family: Son Chase and two dogs, Coco and Bailey.

Hobbies and Interests: Traveling and learning about different cultures

Currently Reading: And the Mountains Echoed


Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Tag! Try it.

Are you looking for a digital tool to help transform a traditional classroom task?  Check out the tags on the ODL Resource Wiki.  These tags will help you find tools that allow you to enhance or
transform current classroom practices.  For example, if you are seeking a tool to help you quickly collect data to make small groups, check the assessment tag.  Try it!tags

 Easy Excel Surveys

ExcelSurvey

Want to survey your students to learn their interests, needs, preferences?  Try an Excel Survey.  Excel Surveys are built into Microsoft 365 (which all teachers and students have access to).  Check out the tutorials on the ODL Resource Wiki here.

Devices Are Rolling Out

deviceresources

As your school prepares to receive devices for grades 1-3 don’t forget to check out the ODL Resource Wiki for tons of device specific resources.  There are video tutorials, lesson plans, and new visual resources.  Be sure to check it out!


What’s Tweeting?Twitter

Check out what’s been happening with @BCPSODL, #bcpsstat, and #bcpslms using our new Storify! Make sure you tag your tweets and you might be featured next month!

 


Upcoming Events:

(check the Online Registration System for registration information and availability)

  • October 1:
    • Introduction to Wixie Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Harford Hills Elementary
    • Transforming Instruction with SAMR Workshop, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @online
  • October 6:
    • New Teacher Fall Seminar, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. @Loyola Graduate Center
    • Communicating with Student and Parents in BCPS One Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Eastern Technical High School
    • Elementary Liaison Meeting, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. @online
    • Digital Storytelling Workshop, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @Greenwood Administration Building Board Room A
  • October 7:
    • New Teacher Fall Seminar, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. @Loyola Graduate Center
    • ClassFlow Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Catonsville Elementary
    • Kidblog Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Riderwood Elementary
    • Secondary Liaison Meeting, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. @online
  • October 8:
    • New Teacher Fall Seminar, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. @Loyola Graduate Center
    • Office Mix Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Edmonson Heights Elementary
    • ActivInspire Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Hawthorne Elemetnary
  • October 13:
    • Introduction to Wixie Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Greenwod Administration Building E Room 123
    • VoiceThread Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @White Oak School
  • October 14:
  • October 16: Maryland Association of School Libraries (MASL) Conference @ the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
  • October 18-24:
  • October 19: Teacher Librarian Day: “Teacher Librarians and School Culture” online event
  • October 20:
    • Elementary – Facilitating Instruction in BCPS One through the Lesson Tiles Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Logan Elementary
    • Beyond the Furniture: Creating a LCE – Space Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Norwood Elementary
  • October 21:
    • Elementary School Library Media Specialist Professional Development Meeting (Pick 1 of 4), 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. @Greenwood, Building E, Room 114
    • Elementary School Library Media Specialist Professional Development Meeting (Pick 1 of 4), 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. @Greenwood, Building E, Room 114
    • Liaison Hangout, 3 – 5:30 p.m. @online
    • Creating Interactive Assignments in BCPS One Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Catonsville Elementary
    • Device 101 Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Cromwell Valley Elementary
  • October 22:
    • What’s New in Wixie Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Kenwood Administrative Offices- CIRT Lab
    • OneNote Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Fort Garrison Elementary
  • October 23:
    • Elementary School Library Media Specialist Professional Development Meeting (Pick 1 of 4), 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. @Greenwood, Building E, Room 114
    • Elementary School Library Media Specialist Professional Development Meeting (Pick 1 of 4), 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. @Greenwood, Building E, Room 114
  • October 27:
    • High School Library Media Specialist Professional Development Meeting, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. @Greenwood, Building E, Room 114
    • Middle School Library Media Specialist Professional Development Meeting, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. @Greenwood, Building E, Room 114
    • Discovery Education and Board Builder Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Dundalk High School
    • Developing Flipped Learning Experiences Workshop, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @online
  • October 28:
    • Leveraging Technology in a Learner Centered Classroom Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m.@ Kenwood Administrative Offices- CIRT Lab
    • Introduction to Social Media Workshop, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @online
  • October 29:
    • Secondary – Facilitating Instruction in BCPS One through the Lesson Tiles Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Kenwood Administrative Offices- CIRT Lab
    • Classflow Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Joppa View Elementary
  • November 3:
    • Infographics in the Classroom Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Riderwood Elementary
    • Dive Into the Deep End of SAMR: Planning Learning Activities Above the Line Workshop, 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. @Eastern Technical High School
  • November 4: 
    • TV Studio Coordinator Meet and Greet, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. @Loch Raven Technical Academy Library
    • Feedback and Assessment Tools, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. @online
  • November 5: Office Mix Workshop, 4:15 -6:15 p.m. @Kenwood Administrative Offices- CIRT Lab
  • November 5: AASL National Conference & Exhibition

 

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