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    The Digital Buzz Radio Show


      May Digital Buzz Radio Show

      "Inspiring Student Year End Projects"

      Click here to listen:  Inspiring Student Year End Projects | Spreaker - Be Heard



      For the month of May, it means bringing an end to our school year for many of us, but how can have our students make the most of it?  Naomi has include 12 inspiring and collaborative year end projects to empower kids to own their learning with passion driven projects.

      Collaborative and Inspiring Year End Student Projects

      (The Unique Me and Show What You Know)

      Here is the ehandout Year End MS and HS Projects.pdf - Google Drive


      Adapted from Edutopia and Scholastic Year End Project




      #1) Show What You Know

      Give students an opportunity to teach the rest of the class something, like origami, Foldify app, Robives, programming with Scratch, showcasing a new app and it can be used in the classroom, or a martial arts self-defense move (design, construct, apply).


      #2) On-Campus Field Trips

      Take them outside to write observational notes on what they see through the eyes of a scientist, historical figure, artist, a character from a book or film

      (discover, examine, report) Journey to the library for a Scavenger Hunt. There's many online that you can revise to fit your content and/or interests of your students, or through a Class Tools QR Scavenger Hunt (locate, investigate, compile) Join another class and have a Poetry Slam, Science or Math Mini Fare. This gives students a chance to share a project or product with a different audience. Consider doing this in a neutral zone like the cafeteria or library or online through Skype or a Google Hangout (discover, demonstrate, evaluate)


      #3) Own a: Planet, Song, Decade, Career, Author, Country, Scientist, or a Medical Breakthrough

      With this activity, the student becomes an expert on whatever she/he chooses and then presents it to the class or in small groups. The product can be, for example, a mini-book, PowerPoint, or iMovie, Podcast, a radio show through Spreaker or bringing in a Skype expert (select, prepare, research, design).


      #4) Craft a New Ending

      Students take their favorite book, speech, short story, poem, or historical event and write a new ending. Ask them to also include rationale for their ending. They can also illustrate, design and publish through Book Creator app or a Google Doc or Lucid Press Chrome app (infer, devise, conclude, reflect).


      #5) Create a Commercial

      Host a class competition where students cast a vote, and give an award to the team that produces the most clever, creative 30-second PSA (Personal Service Announcement) advertisement. Decide first as a class on the product to be pitched and review the Rock Your World resource. Tools/resources utilized: Movenote, ScreenCastOmatic, EdPuzzle iMovie or Movie Maker 2, or Magisto Chrome App (plan, design, critique).


      #6) Portfolio Showcase

      Students compile a collection of their best work from the school year or last semester, and include explanations for their choices. This could be done in hard copy or digitally through Google Sites and Google Docs, and Easy Portfolio Site Builder Chrome App can include illustrations and photos (select, assess, categorize, prepare).


      #7) Stage a TV Contest

      Engage your students by letting them participate in a TV-like competition, similar to American Idol. Together, brainstorm a list of concepts or ideas your class has learned during the year. Write each idea on a slip of paper and put all the slips in a hat. Divide students into groups of three or four and have each group draw a slip of paper. Then, instruct them to create a skit or song based on their topic. After two or three days’ practice, ask each group to perform in front of the class. To make it more fun, see if you can get two other teachers or parents to serve on the panel of “judges,” minus the TV-host. (plan, design, categorize, prepare).


      #8) Survive and Thrive

      Ask students to think about the things they wish they’d known or that they loved experiencing in their current grade. Individually or in groups, have them create a “middle school or high school survival guide” for rising middle and high schoolers. The end product could be a top 10 list of advice for incoming middle school or incoming high school students, a guidebook of do’s and don’ts, or a TouchCast video app of a newscast that offers advice. For example, the students in Naomi Harm’s ninth-grade English class in Lacrosse, WI wrote letters and created a Snap Guide or Google Docs tutorial for incoming ninth graders, including such information- as says the exercise was also great for current students’ practice in

      written expression. (plan, design, critique, conclude, reflect).


      #9) Stage a Service Project

      Enlist your students in supporting a local cause that is important to them, whether it’s collecting canned goods for a food pantry, pet food for an animal shelter, or books for a library or school in need. Make contact with the charity recipient of choice, and then let students do the work—they can publicize the service project, make online marketing presentation to other classes, count and organize donations through a Google Spreadsheet, and present the results to the recipient and the rest of the school. (plan, design, critique).

      #10) Create a Time Capsule

      Students love the idea of leaving a part of themselves behind for posterity. Have your current students prepare a time capsule for your future students. Students can leave examples of completed projects that show off their brilliant minds by writing stories of “a day in the life” of students in your class, drawing a comic strip, shooting a video, or creating a presentation. Two simple time capsule creators include the Chrome App of The Little Memory and the online website of My Time Capsule. The time capsule can include a class picture and students’ writings about what they expect to be doing five or 10 years from now. If you do wait five or 10 years before opening the capsule, try to track down your former students so they can see how much they’ve changed. (select, prepare, research, design, reflect).


      #11) Go On the Hunt

      For a modern twist on the traditional scavenger hunt, send your students on an Internet scavenger hunt. This is a quick and easy project for your students to work on individually or in pairs or groups. I recommend choosing a topic you want your students to research, then creating questions for them to answer. Give the scavenger hunt a test-run first so that you can recommend sites when students are stumped and utilize QR Codes creator sites of the Class Tools QR Scavenger Hunt site, to add mobile learning to the adventure. Establish guidelines for the types of sites that are authoritative and appropriate. If you want to add a little excitement, have the students compete to be the first to find all the necessary information and document their findings through a Google Form. (design, construct, apply).


      #12) Build a Board Game

      In groups, have students create a board game based on a unit covered during the year. As an example, Literary Pursuit, modeled after Trivial Pursuit—and used it as a test review tool. Have students use poster board or cover dollar-store checkerboards with paper to design game boards. They used typed questions and answers and printed them on card stock to create game cards. Many students can design Trivial Pursuit or Gameopoly –type games, drawing questions from novels they’d read over the year, some may want to create Candy Land–like path where players had to answer questions to reach the end. Each group was encouraged to make up their own rules, and some students even found online templates to fashion a large die or a spinner. (select, prepare, research, design, reflect). (Additional resources for building and designing games can be tapped into the online website of Instructables and DIY)



      April Digital Buzz Radio Show

      "How To Meet the Needs of Every Child Through Personalized Learning"

      Click here to listen: Personalized Learning | Spreaker - Be Heard


      (You can use the Cool Finger Faces app to design your own finger picture)

      This Digital Buzz Radio show is focused on meeting the needs of every child in your classroom through personalized learning. Naomi shares with you many resources to cultivate a personalized learning community in your classroom through learning menu's, choice boards, mobile assessments and digital design creation centers. She also shares many ways to empower students of how to take ownership of creating their own PLP's (Personalized Learning Plans) and support with Learning Contracts for goal driven learning outcomes.


      All of todays resources and tools shared can be found here: http://goo.gl/qu5w0h


      Blendspace https://www.blendspace.com


      Differentiator http://byrdseed.com/differentiator/


      Exit Ticket  http://exitticket.org

      Get Kahoot  https://getkahoot.com

      MN Hot Dish Menu Planner http://goo.gl/qZtzQr

      Respondo http://byrdseed.com/respondo

      Tony Vincent's Webpage Learning in Hand

      Tony Vincent's QR Code Reflection Cubes http://goo.gl/CNgqha

      Touch Cast http://www.touchcast.com


      March Digital Buzz Radio Show

      Click here to Listen to the radio show: Moving Into Mobile Learning


      The radio broadcast is focused on three collaborative global and mobile learning scenarios and topics. Naomi will be providing updates from The Intel Global Round Table on collaborating with over a dozen countries. She will be sharing the latest Intel ELements course on "Moving Into Mobile  Learning," and the final learning segment will be on mobile learning in the art classroom with Augmented Reality. Special shoutout to Randy Maves, phenominal art and digital design teacher in Portland, OR.

      Intel Elements: Moving Into Mobile Learning eCourse

      ARt: (Augmented Reality in the ART Classroom):  Beyond the Gallery Wall- ISTE Article

      Augmented reality allows videos to ‘play’ on yearbook pages

      Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning

      Augmented Reality - Aurasma App and Classroom Examples

      Integration of Augmented Reality in the Classroom

      Google Glass - An Interview with WI Educators and Naomi Harm on Purpose of Classroom Application

      WIkitude AR App

      AND...... More classroom ideas of moving into mobile learning through our monthly Technology Bytes enewsletter that can be found here http://naomiharm.org/2014-03.pdf


      February Digital Global Celebrations | Spreaker - Be Heard

      *(Click the blue link above to listen to the archived radio broadcast)


      Welcome everyone to the February digital buzz radio show. I am your host Naomi Harm coming to you from chilly Brownsville, MN today. A special thank you to our sponsor of the Intel teachers Engage Community at engage.intel.com for providing this radio show learning segment for all of you.


      Our topics we are going to hown in on will include an overview of critical findings from the Feb. 5th Digital Learning Day, iPad iDesign apps and reflection, Makerspaces Galore with infused STEM Snacks. So we have a jammed pack session of current topics for you to extend your learning and share with others.


      Resource shared of weblinks and apps:

      ★AR master app list with trigger images http://goo.gl/Uh3dxb


      ★ColAR Mix App and Printables http://colarapp.com


      ★DIY- Get Skills- Be Awesome app



      ★Instructables app  https://itunes.apple.com/app/instructables/id586765571


      ★Layar App and How To Create Your Own AR Image https://www.layar.com


      ★Tell About This App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tell-about-this-free/id781847911?mt=8


      ★Write About This App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/write-about-this-free/id601382666?mt=8


      ★Zoo-AR app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zoo-ar/id541416992?mt=8


      ★Bug image to use with Zoo-AR App  http://zoo-ar.com/animals


      ★Makerspace and Free Guide Book


      ★Designing Classroom Makerspaces from Edutopia



      ★Maker Education Initiative and Student Examples  http://www.makered.org/tag/makerspaces


      ★Makerspaces Education Livebinders of Ideas 


      ★3D Printers and Makerspaces in Education



      ★Making a Makerspace: Peek Inside My Teacher Design Plans



      ★Make Magazine http://makezine.com








      ★Thingiverse http://www.thingiverse.com


      ★Save Our rhinos http://saveourrhinos.wikispaces.com


      ★Technology Bytes February eNewsletter



      Today's radio broadcast is celebrating the new year and sharing out on some goal edtech focuses that Naomi Harm has to offer. In addition we will discuss the importance of breathing new life into your classsroom's physical environment with a new gaming changing- physical redesign layout, to energize your physical teaching space. Naomi will also provide updates on how to keep your new holiday tech gadgets safe from the fridgid temperatures of the winter season too.


      Happy New Year - Redesign Your Classroom | Spreaker - Be Heard

      *(Click the link above to listen to the archived radio broadcast)






      Resources shared today:


      8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom



      Classroom Architect http://classroom.4teachers.org


      Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org


      RemakeYour Class



      The Third Teacher Plus


        • Re: 2014 Series: "The Digital Buzz Radio Show"

          Hi Naomi,

          I really enjoyed your Radio Show on redesigning your classroom.  One change that my co-teacher and I made is simply giving the students the choice to move about the classroom more freely.  As more of our instruction takes place with flipped teaching, students are freed up to be more mobile throughout the classroom.  We also make use of a large counter top in our classroom to provide students with an area that they can stand to learn.  Many of our students enjoy this choice.

          • Re: 2014 Series: "The Digital Buzz Radio Show"

            Hi Naomi, Deb...


            Great beginning of the year with a makeover! As with any journey, one needs to take the first step.

            After realizing that movement enhances learning and collaboration, the next tough step is doing something! Your steps break it down and make it easy to follow, and Deb's comment about giving a different environment of standing at a counter gives the students freedom, and the newbie teacher the comfort in knowing that students are still in a learning position.

            If you can't afford counter space, maybe setting up the chairs in multiple arrangements. The middle of the room can be the classic row of desks, while outside is a U configuration, with each corner have a group of 3 to 4 chairs for small group work. Offer flexible daily/weekly sitting depending upon the topic being discussed or where the student is in the learning process.

            An item that I have enjoyed seeing done is the "permanent pass" for the restroom of Nurse's Office. If a student needs to go, rather than interrupt the learning process, they quietly get up, take the correct pass, write the time on the board or paper, and leave.

            What no-cost or low cost items have you seen done to change the learning environment?

              • Re: 2014 Series: "The Digital Buzz Radio Show"

                Here are some tips, tricks and items to get you started with your classroom redesign project at little or no cost:


                1. Tips for Obtaining Supplies and Support

                Once you've defined your required materials for the remake, reach out to your locally owned stores and have your students tell the redesign story. In many cases, the owners may donate or discount certain supplies.If your project is going to require a bit more money, an Indiegogo campaign may be a viable option. Partner with some of the students and perhaps your media teacher to create a video that will draw in some interest and support.


                Here is another thought- contact a school vendor that sells new funky furniture/tables/desks/cahirs or creative storage containers that add to the overall learning value and comfort of your classroom redesign.Have your students and you as a guide craft an e-mail message to share your redesign process and efforts noting your are starting "one corner at a time" and request help from this vendor to supply so many items at no cost. But as a huge thank you to the school vendor, have students design and share out through a digital project their newly constructed redesigned "corner" or new learning space with the vendor name and contact information to help spread the word about this vendor for a creative marketing effort. Also have students collect data throughout the project of the before, during and after and take lots of photos, and then have students craft a summary report as a small case study and present at local school venue, school board meeting or local conference to share their findings of what worked well, what failed and new solutions found. Great PBL for ALL students!

                2. Ideas for Repurposing Materials You May Already Have                                                

                Many items in your own schools and homes are sitting idle when they could easily be repurposed. Do you have circular or kidney shaped tables that are not being used and are placed in storage? Find them, dig them, out clean them out and utilize them for collaborative group work, think-tank or Socratic questioning roundtable sessions through your day. Or perhaps even if you find just one round table, remake one corner in your classroom and this will be noted as the digital creation station- where students can collaborate on a project, setup the technology in a safe tucked away corner but easy access for all.   milk crates or old hardbound books? Use them as storage containers in your classroom.

                If you can't find the types of materials you're looking for to remake your physical appearance of your classroom, check out your local Thrift Shop, Second hand Shop, or Goodwill. Check out those locations, as they will have plenty of reused materials. Also, explore your local weekend garage sales or Craigslist, a veritable goldmine for used materials. I know of lots of teachers that have purchased used furniture from the suggestions mentioned from above and then worked with a local merchant or craftsman to reupholster the furniture with bright and dynamic design fabric to add color and flare which adds to an upbeat feel/vibe of the classroom.

                Another thought.... purchase the used furniture little or no cost and provide a DIY opportunity for you and your students as a class project with guidance from the High School tech ed department. Not only does this inspire student ownership and leadership in the project, the older students can mentor younger students as a student servant leadership project.


                Additional Resources Listed from Edutopia

                The Third Teacher Brainstorming Design.JPG


                As a final inspiration to add to your day- here is a collection of idea "flashcards" from The Third Teacher Plus. This will provide you with many possibilities of redesigning your classroom with endless boundaries.


                Message was edited by: Naomi Harm as I added and embedded copyright links in images to support the text that was written to explain the redesign process and resources.

              • Re: The Digital Buzz Radio Show

                I have many recent contacts requests asking what tools of choice do I use to create The Digital Buzz Radio show.  I will share my secret with all of you. I use Spreaker located here http://www.spreaker.comhttp://www.spreaker.com/and you can also use the free iTunes app laptop view spreaker.pngSpreaker Radio and podcast recorder on the App Store on iTunes or you can use the Android app Spreaker - Radio & Podcasts - Android Apps on Google Play  Spreaker provides for you a step by step video tutorials as well are found here Tutorial | Spreaker - Be Heard. The help center is a gold mine full of resources to if needed Getting Started | Spreaker's Help Center | Spreaker - Be Heard  

                The DJ console is super easy to use and I work with students and teacher showcasing how to use this setup to create student broadcast radio shows and they pick the new learning within 15 minutes. The snapshot view to the left is the view access and creating on the web witha laptop. And the the snapshot view to the right just below this text is the view from access Spreaker through an app on a tablet device. On Windows laptop, you can use "Stereo Mix" to use Skype with Spreaker. This is a software only solution and gives you a basic way of taking calls without purchasing any tablet view spreaker.jpgexternal equipment. Now you may be asking what is the cost- well you can use Spreaker for free and the free version includes ad playback- which can be annoying, OR choose from a plan to provide you more storage, recording time, multiple ways to distribute your final bradcast show and ad free- that is what I do for $39 a year. Here is a plan of all of their paid for models Go PRO! | Spreaker - Be Heard




                The recording tool of choice: I have two different microphones I use for different events. I have a Blue Yeti mic Blue Microphones | Yeti - The Ultimate Professional USB Microphone I use the Yeti mic for major productions ad interviewing face-to-face interviewees. Cost of the Yeti mic is around $125.00 US dollars.

                I also use the Blue Tiki mic Blue Microphones | Tiki - Noise-canceling USB mic for Skype when I am traveling greater distances through air travel as it compact to travel with.  Every time I bring the Yeti mic with me when traveling through an airport I get detained and lots of questions asked by TSA, as they don't understand that it's a real working microphone. So I take the Tiki mic and have less hassle. Cost is around $60.00 US dollars.


                Both mics are omni-directional- meaning when interviewing an individual it is sensitive enough to now to capture and enhance the speaking volume level of each individual.  They both are noise canceling to eliminate noise in the background of the recording. And both are connected and powered through USB, which is slick and super easy to use.Tiki_3Qtr1.jpg


                What is critical to a successful broadcast is the wifi connectivity- as the Spreaker DJ console is an online tool to record your show and if your wifi is flakey- or not strong, it will impede the playback of the quality  of the final production file.  I have witnessed this first hand when staying in a hotel and dependent on their wifi access and no hard connection with an ethernet cable is available to secure stability of the recording. Just some things to think about.


                The end of March I will be presenting live from the Kalahari Resorts from WI Dells, WI at the annual WEMTA Conference.  Not only am I one of 3 Spotlight Featured Presenters, I will be running the The Digital Buzz Radio show and capturing live feedback of learning moments from the attendees who are attending sessions at this edtech media conference.

                • Re: The Digital Buzz Radio Show

                  Thanks for the links to reorganizing the classroom; I am in that process and was looking for some tips.

                  • Re: The Digital Buzz Radio Show
                    Rubina Jahangir

                    Thanks alot Naomi for sharing your secret, It is very interesting.