Ayrit's Weekly WACO Update No.2 2/20/2017

Welcome to Ayrit's Weekly WACO Update. I've been thinking of a way to reach staff members, without overwhelming your inboxes with tons of emails. My goal is that I can put all the little stuff I'd like to share throughout the week into this one spot. That way, you can use what you're interested in, and leave the rest. As always, I'm open to feedback. Please, let me know if you have suggestions.


I'd like to thank everyone who attended SEIIS this past Friday, and I hope that you were able to take something valuable away from the event. I know that whenever I attend an even like that, I always leave inspired and eager to try out some new things in my classroom. I'll leave the link to the event website active below, just in case you want to go back through and look at some of the resources that were utilized in sessions you attended. If you would like support in implementing any new tools or strategies you were exposed to at SEIIS, please do not hesitate to ask. I'd love the opportunity to work with you on any innovations you'd like to try with our students.

The planning team would also like to invite you to participate in an exit survey about the event, with the hopes that we can make improvements to the overall experience for next year. You'll find the link to that survey attached to the button below.

Tools To Try

It might just be me, but I am seeing screencasting being utilized everywhere these days. I like to use it for tutorials for both staff and students. Here are a couple of examples of screencasts I've created using Screencast-O-Matic, a free tool you can download HERE.

You can also have your students do screencasting with the chrome extension Screencastify. I've attached an example from my wife's classroom below, where her students used Screencastify to add narration to their presentations.

Please let me know if you'd like any support in trying some screencasting of your own.

What I'm learning

I've got a couple of big picture pieces this week on how the world is changing, and what that means for the types of skills our students will need when they head out into the world.

In her lecture (embedded below), Cathy Davidson addresses our aging education system, and offers insights on how we can adapt to be more relevant in the latest information age (she highlights how previous information ages disrupted the institutions of their times).

The article by Yong Zhao (linked below), compares education in the United States to other countries around the world. He asks questions about what kind of skills and knowledge will matter most to citizens of the 21st Century that will be competing on a global scale.


That's it for Ayrit's Weekly WACO Update No.2. I hope you found it useful and interesting. If you'd like to discuss any of the ideas, articles, or tools featured in the letter further, my door and inbox are always open. Cheers.

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