Joy E. McDonald

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Apr 13

PD: A Slew of Review for You!

Technology-Enhanced Review Activities This training session will provide an opportunity for teachers to explore multiple strategies and tools for helping students review for upcoming assessments. Each item on this post links to a set of instructions for the item mentioned. Games QuizShow – Students use ExamView banks to play this game on their computers. Note – …

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Mar 12

Blogging makes writing fun!

Be Amazed by Student Writing with HCPS Blogs Did you know you have a HCPS teacher blog? Did you know that students can have their own HCPS blog as well? Attend PD with Joy to learn more, or use the resources below to get started. Why blog? Blogs are organized chronologically by default, which could …

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Feb 03


Overview: Blendspace– makes it easy for teachers to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format. This tool can be great for flipped classrooms or for student projects, portfolios and assessments. On Blendspace teachers and students can arrange videos, links, images, and files into each blendspace. Directions: About Blendspace Handout

Jan 28

Diigo – Social Bookmarking

Overview: Diigo – just might become your new favorite research tool! Diigo is an online bookmarking site which enables students to add, annotate, edit, and share bookmarks of web documents. Now with the Chrome Diigo extension, teachers and students can easily create bookmarks that can be accessed on any device. Directions: Research  ~   annotate, …

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Jan 21

Thinglink: Interactive Online Posters

Overview: Students and teachers can turn any image into an interactive, media-rich online poster by using ThingLink. You can create ‘hotspots’ where you add text, embed video, record audio, or link to any website. This tool can be used to create instructional tools or as a creative, fun student assessment. Direction Downloads: Thinglink training resources HCPS …

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Oct 22

Digital Portfolio Creation PD Session

Looking for a great, easy way to showcase your student’s work? How about a method that could qualify you for exemplary status with your teacher evaluation? Well, a student portfolio blog might be the answer for you adn you can attend training on this topic with Joy! Every teacher and student in Henrico can have …

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Oct 14

Intro to Google Classroom PD Session

Google Classroom is like a modernized version of SchoolSpace that involves a lot less work when it comes to distributing and collecting assignments. Say goodbye to dropbox woes in and say hello to easy grading in Google Classroom! Classroom will: • Help you communicate with your students easily. • Streamline documents sharing students. • Streamline student submission of …

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Oct 07

Schoolspace Secure Assessments PD Session

This week’s staff development opportunity focused on electronic testing methods. In this session, teachers will learn how to publish ExamView tests into the secure testing environment in Schoolspace. You can begin exploring these featured with this document: SS_Assessments_From_EVP. A new feature will will cover is exporting assessment grades into Powerschool. The steps for this can be found here.

Oct 01

ActivEngage PD Session

ActivEngage is a part of Promethean’s ActivInspire software that provides users with a virtual responder that can be used to help drive and/or assess instruction.  It features 3 types of questioning –  Express Poll, Question Manager, and Self-Paced Learning. Direction Downloads: ActivEngage 2 Directions (Secondary): Creating and Connecting to a Session Setting up Questions in ActivEngage Video …

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Mar 05

Infographics made easy

Add Sizzle to your Charts with Piktochart Inforgraphics Infographics have gained popularity and can be found in contemporary journalism, advertising, and marketing. These captivating visuals used to require a great deal of talent and time, but Piktochart is a site that makes this process a breeze! Using infographic templates on Piktochart, students and teachers can …

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