#LearningInTheLoo: Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students

A colleague recently passed along this blog post by Eric Curts & suggested it would make a great Learning in the Loo edition; Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students. I agree!

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As always, all the past editions can be found here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

Google Classroom’s Plagiarism Checker – Originality Reports #LearningInTheLoo

For years I kept meaning to learn how to use Turn It In so that I could check for copy & pasted work from my students. But I never did get to that. But now Google Classroom has entered the plagiarism checker game. The tool is called Originality Reports and this week’s Learning in the Loo poster will help you get started with it. Melanie Zolnier has a great blog post on the topic, with images, that I turned into this week’s poster:

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As always, all the past editions can be found here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

#LearningInTheLoo: Podcasts

I’ve been pretty quiet on here as it’s been a busy semester. We sold our house & moved full time to our cottage (giving us a longer drive in to work each day). I’m almost full time as teacher-librarian now & learning this new role consumes my days. And I’ve been working at establishing a better work-life balance so haven’t been doing teachery things in the evening as much as possible.

It was high time for a new edition of Learning in the Loo. This one is all about podcasts. With my long drive to & from work I listen to a lot of talk radio and podcasts. I often hear stories that give me lesson ideas or make me think “that would be great for a [fill in the blank with a subject area] class!”. So these can be great for your personal learning. But these could also be used with students, having them listen to a clip on a certain topic as an introduction to an activity, or perhaps as a listening activity in and of itself.

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If you’d like to use podcasts with your students but are wondering what that might look like, maybe read what some of these teachers have tried:

USING PODCASTS IN THE CLASSROOM by Ashley Marquez

Teaching the Art of Listening: How to Use Podcasts in the Classroom by Alix Mammina
(also touches on how to go the next step & get your students podcasting about local events/issues)

How Podcasts Can Improve Literacy in the Classroom by Michael Godsey
(talks about using the transcript text to allow students to read along with what they are listening to)

Past editions of Learning in the Loo can be found here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

#LearningInTheLoo: Reply All vs Reply Sender

I’m transitioning into my new role as Teacher-Librarian this year. Part of the role, as I see it, is to coach staff and students through pedagogical strategies and technology. I’m hoping I’ll have more time to put out regular Learning in the Loo editions . . . although I don’t think my to-do list has ever been as long as it is now in the library!

This week, I’m sharing some tips on when to use Reply All, Reply Sender & BCC:

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Past editions can be found here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

#LearningInTheLoo: How to Recharge this Summer

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I slacked off a bit (OK a lot) in getting regular editions of the Learning in the Loo out this spring. So I wanted to put one last edition out there (also I might have been procrastinating on my marking 😬). I asked colleagues to make suggestions of how to recharge over the summer break & here’s what we came up with!

Past editions can be found here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

#LearningInTheLoo: Indigenous Education Tips

The latest Learning in the Loo poster is a collection of tips about Indigenous Education curated by a great team of educators from my school board based on their own knowledge and that of the students they work with and hear from in our board.

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H/T to Jody, Kris, Kareena, Nancy & Josh.

For the full set of Learning in the Loo posters I’ve made, click here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

Learning in the Loo: Collaborative Kahoot Quiz

A few months back I tweeted this:

to which Kahoot responded:

Haha – I had apparently totally missed this news! I then used the spreadsheet to have my Computers class build a Kahoot game collaboratively. So I thought I would share the process with my colleagues in my latest (overdue) edition of Learning in the Loo:

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This poster & all past editions are available here in case you’d like to post Learning in the Loo posters in your staff toilets also!

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

@PearDeck #LearningInTheLoo 🚽

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I first heard about Pear Deck at a Google EdTech Team Summit back in 2014:

Pear Deck is an interactive slidedeck tool that gives students the ability to respond to teacher prompts using their personal devices. I quickly approached the presenter, who is also the COO & Co-Founder of Pear Deck – Anthony, pear-deck-certified-coachabout offering to present at conferences in the area on their behalf in trade for a complimentary premium account. Now Pear Deck is an incredibly useful & powerful tool for student voice even when using the free account! But I thought why not ask & see if I can get the full hog premium features? Since that time, Pear Deck has created their Certified Coaches program which I’ve been a part of since the beginning and I’ve made such good use of Pear Deck in all of the subject areas that I teach. I am passionate about sharing this tool with other teachers!

So this week’s edition of Learning in the Loo is all about Pear Deck. It includes a sketchnote covering what Pear Deck is all about, a few of the differences between a free & a paid account (to show that the free one is still awesome!) and a quick how-to-start guide for the Pear Deck add-on in Google Slides:

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Interested in posting Learning in the Loo posters in your school’s staff washrooms? My entire archive can be found here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

#LearningInTheLoo: Station Rotation Model

While I haven’t had a chance to read the entire book yet, I’ve been working my way through the Blended Learning in Action book this year:
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I turned their chapter on the station rotation model into a “learning in the loo” poster for this week. I made good use of this model with my ELD (English Literacy Development) Math class last year which required differentiation for a variety of mathematical levels amongst my ELL students. It was so helpful because it allowed me to do small group instruction by ability level.

With chromebooks becoming ever more present in our schools and our school board looking to move away from the rolling class set of chromebook model and towards the embedded tech tub of 5 or 6 devices in every room, many teachers are wondering how they can make use of only 6 chromebooks daily rather than booking a class set every so often. One solution, can be the station rotation model:

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Want to post some Learning In The Loo posters around your school? The whole archive is here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

#LearningInTheLoo: Making phone calls w/ Google Hangouts

All of the teachers at my school just got new chromebooks for their use, to replace our aging desktop computers as they are dying off. Now is the perfect time to let them know that Google Hangouts are a great way to make free phone calls to anywhere in Canada & the US, making it easier than ever to contact student’s parents or guardians.

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Want to post some Learning In The Loo posters around your school? The whole archive is here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)