Monthly Archives: February 2014

Smore Website: Awesome Newsletter Creator!

I just created a newsletter in less than 10 minutes using this awesome website:  Smore

It is one of those websites I heard about at a conference and thought it was a fantastic tool, but I never actually used it.  I forgot about it until I ran across it on Twitter today as one of the Best Websites for Teachers. I believe my former first grade student, Tamara Cox, media specialist extraordinaire in Anderson 1 taught me about this at SCEdtech last year.

These are fabulous resources that you should know about and I’m excited to share these websites with you.

Padlet for Presentations, Menus, Differentiation, Pacing

I have enjoyed using this year for presentations with teachers, ICs, Principals, and in classrooms with students.  It is a versatile, interactive bulletin board which will allow you to upload links to websites, upload files, and add labels or sticky notes to the board.

When using this for professional development, I add the basic information that I need to present first.  Then, I add documents, videos, websites that will enhance the learning process. Some teachers/students work at a faster pace or may have knowledge about a certain subject, so I include activities for them to do while I work with teachers who need help with the more basic concepts.

It is also helpful because teachers can add a sticky note while I’m teaching and I can stop and answer the question that they posted on the Padlet board.  Also, they may have resources that they’d like to share with others and they can add their resources to the board, too.

I believe that teachers learn best when they have choice. This is the purpose of using Padlet with teachers. They can choose their pathway to learning.

Formative Assessment and ActivExpressions Padlet

Welcome Menu

Here are the last 2 Padlets that I have used for Professional Development.

My co-worker and friend, Dr. Stephanie Williams, also is using Padlet for her presentations.  See her presentation on Doceri. 

Here are some resources about Padlet for you to explore: