Contributions to Learning Innovation

By Martin Ruthai | You will find a collection of post from 2012 to 2017.

Explain Like I’m Five (ELI5) An exchange between 1st and 8th graders

It’s safe to say that making learning experience for children is what drives teachers to teach kids every day. The “teachable moment,” is something …

Variation of PBL

Peter Hennigar is a middle school science teacher. One of his approaches to have students learn the asked curriculum is to coach them through a …

AMPed Guide Book Sneak Peek

Crafting your Own Manipulatives

The traditional approach to teaching molecular bonding has been through the ball and stick method. With any useful tool or object we use to learn and …

Learning through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

When using an unmanned aerial vehicle(drone) for your school, you are able to capture great outdoor moments that could never be captured before. …

Giving Students a Real Voice

Ceci Gomez-Galvez, Nathan Lill and Rosana Walsh are empowering students to share with the world in what they believe in. The inspiration came from …

SWOT Analysis AMPed HOUR

We recently completed a SWOT analysis on our self-directed learning initiative (AMPed) that we implemented this year for our secondary students …

Digitally Processing a Year in a Book

Students still want a printed yearbook! It’s still really important that they are able to hand write little memorable notes in each others book. But …

Confidence-Based Formative Assessment

Rebecca O’Brien uses a tool Geddit to gather students’ confidence around units of study, topics, and essential questions. Formative assessment …

Make Your Own Textbook

WHY:<p>As soon as you decide to order a textbook it’s outdated and if you teach overseas, chances are it won’t arrive at the beginning of the school …

AMPed has been added to "Geniushour" Livebinder

<b>AMPed @ SIS has been recently added to Livebinder via Genius Hour by Joy Kirr .</b><p><b>Joy continues to be a strong advocate of Genius Hour in education. The</b> …

It’s not a Program it’s an Initiative

~Why~<p>The purpose of having student self-directed learning(#geniushour) is to push intrinsic motivation to the forefront of teaching and learning.<p>~How~<p>…

Not another iMovie

“In the past I typically steered my students summative project to showcase their learning by making a quick film clip that I and / or their peers …

Calculating my Future

Making learning relevant in Sarah Qavi’s room. <i>“Its really easy” 😉</i><p>What is an everyday math objective that your students must meet?<p>They have to apply …

Chit-Chat

Imagine you are told to create a presentation about what is currently happening in your classroom. Sounds easy, right? Now imagine you are confined …

Differentiating Reflections

“Dan Pink makes something so complicated into something digestible through his animated RSA presentation.” ~ Alex Gutierrez<p><i>Related</i>

Taking it to the Next Level

In anything we do, it’s really important to alway strive to make things better. Last year Miss Lauder had her students make the Periodic table come …

BYOD – Chromium OS

What Is It?<p>It’s a Dell Latitude running Chromium OS, a downloadable OS created by Hexxeh. It’s very much similar to a ChromeBook running Chrome OS. …

Feedback Loop

Both Hillary Lauder and Meaghan Wilson wanted to be able to make an impact on their students they teach every week. They wanted to view their thought …

Physical Making + Virtual Making = Learning to Make

We have been taking full advantage of virtual learning spaces here @ SIS. Our next step is to broaden our teaching horizon with tinkering and making …

Why Twitter?

The use of Twitter is an acquired action. It certainly takes some time to make it a habit to ones life and when structured to your liking, it is …

Compartmentalize of Information

Receiving information updates via email and having that message clutter your inbox is just another step in organizing and prioritizing your digital …

Redefining Mining @ SIS

Over the past two and half months our fourth grade instructors took it upon themselves to dive into Mojang’s game, Minecraft, with their students. …

Inventory your Classroom Books

Every year we have to take inventory of our books by hand or digitally document them into a spreadsheet of some kind. With iBookshelf and a barcode …

Writing Workshop Take Two

The readers & writers workshop model presented a slight challenge in the area of integrating technology. Luckily we have creative teachers that take …

Capture an Education Creation

Educreations is one of many iOS applications that allows students to capture their learning through technology. One of our recent professional …

Breaking Down the Walls, Little by Little

Nicki Ruthai presented Kidblog.org on our second day of professional learning here at SIS. She has been using Kidblog in her classroom for several …

Where is my Device

What happens if my iPad is lost or stolen?<p>Who to inform:<p>Student: Teacher, administrator, and parent.<p>Teacher: eSupport staff or eLearning staff.<p>Our …

The Power of the Podcast

Short History of Audioblogging or Podcasting:<p>Audioblogging as it was once known actually came about in the 1980s. But it wasn’t until the beginning …