The Nebraska Writing Project continued its partnership with NETA for the second year in a row by attending the April 21-22 NETA Conference and sharing four presentations.
The NeWP NETA representatives for this year were Jeff Grinvalds, Technology Liaison; Brenda Larabee, Co-Director; Jodie Morgenson, Waverly High School; and Tiffany Young who teamed up with Amy Johnson both from Pyrtle Elementary.
Check out the presentation reviews below!
Jodie Morgenson presented her “Blog Magic: A Versatile Tool for the Classroom and Beyond” session on Thursday afternoon.
She discussed ways that blogs can be useful for both students and teachers, as well as things that have worked and NOT worked for her. The session seemed to perk up when Jodie mentioned that her blog had received attention from a European news station and ultimately landed her students and her some airtime on European television. Euronews reached out to Jodie when they did a Google search for “Vine in Education” and her post about using Vines to teach Shakespeare’s Macbeth popped up in the results. Jodie also gave tips for how to set-up and manage student blogs and comments and shared resources for student and teacher blogs. If you are interested in these resources, you can view the links here: bit.ly/1r2u2oL If you’re interested in reading her blog, you can find it here: morgetron.edublogs.org.
Tiffany Young and Amy Johnson presented on Friday afternoon.
They demonstrated one way to use a wordpress.com website to communicate with parents and publish student writing. They also provided how-to documents for creating and maintaining the website. Participants had the opportunity to either begin creation of their own website or practice on a pre-made website created by Tiffany and Amy. If you want to know more about using wordpress.com websites to communicate with parents or publish student writing, contact Tiffany firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy at email@example.com. You can access the how-to documents at the following website: https://websitesthatwork.wordpress.com/
Brenda Larabee showed about 10 teachers who attended her session at NETA on Friday afternoon how to bring authenticity into their classrooms, by creating for a real-world audience using Adobe Slate.
She showed how her own students flourished after studying a book and creating their stories using multiple apps and presenting them through Adobe Slate. She also demonstrated step-by-step how to create a Slate from beginning to end. Participants were able to create their own stories worthy of publication prior to leaving the 45 minute session. Brenda would welcome questions or comments about Adobe Slate or Adobe Voice at firstname.lastname@example.org. The notes for her presentation can be accessed at http://goo.gl/c3Ecw5
Jeff Grinvalds presented on Friday afternoon as well.
He taught a group of fifty teachers how to use Doctopus and Goobric to streamline their grading. Doctopus and Goobric are add-ons for Google Chrome that make grading Google Classroom assignments quick and easy. The session went well with most of the teachers following along and trying it out or taking pictures and notes. If you want to learn more about Doctopus and Goobric, feel free to contact Jeff at email@example.com. You can access instructions here.
In addition to presenting, NeWP representatives met with hundreds of potential participants for our Summer Institutes. The enthusiasm of teachers at NETA is nothing short of awesome! We hope to be back next year!