Mar 132014

Many times in the classroom, photos taken by the teacher or by students are used for many reasons: to document group or project work, to show evidence of learning, to identify real-world examples, etc. However, collecting, displaying and re-distributing all of these photos by the teacher back with the class can be a cumbersome process.

In the old-school days, I would have students bring digital cameras from home or use school cameras to go out and take photographs for certain lessons or activities. Then, I would gather all of the cameras, do my best to connect them to my computer to import the photos, and then use a tool like Photoshop or iPhoto to export the photos to create a web page that I could post to my site so that the students could see all of the photos taken for the activity or project. I found this activity to be very beneficial with my science students, but many teachers would not take the time nor would they have the knowledge and expertise to do this, especially in a timely manner. has helped me to streamline this process. Instead of gathering photos myself, I just need to set up an account and create a new album on Yogile. The service has a very clean layout, and is very easy to use and discover what it can do. Once you have an album, Yogile will then:

  • allow me to upload photos from my computer directly to the album
  • give me a custom email address that anyone can use to post photos to the album by simply attaching them to the message – very easy to send from a smartphone, camera phone or other mobile device
  • give me a custom URL to display the photos in the album
  • allow me to name & caption all of the photos in the album
  • allow me to view the album as a slideshow, download all of the photos in the album with a click, or easily share the album on Twitter & Facebook
  • will even create the code needed to embed the album on a Web site

There are a couple of drawbacks when using the free version of the service. Uploaded photos are automatically deleted after 14 days, so I would advise downloading the photos once they are all gathered or submitted. Also, Uploads are limited to 100 MB of photos per month per account or album. For $45/year, you can remove both of these restrictions.

Mar 072014

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OnTrack Section #:68149 , Course #:60022

View today’s training (YouTube)

SAGE Writing & Summative Training Outline/Agenda

  1. SAGE System Overview
  2. SAGE Summative – Notes From the Field (slides 1-18)
    1. Actual testing time averages
    2. Writing test lengths
    3. Ways to reduce testing time
    4. Suggestions from districts who have completed trimester tests
    5. Vertical Linking Items
    6. Ethics reminder – Ethics Policy here
    7. Test Administration Manual
  3. SAGE Writing Resources (slides 19-23)
    1. Opinion & Informative Essay Rubrics, sample writing tasks, as well as scored writing samples from the Training Test prompts are on the SAGE Portal here (Teachers → Teacher Resources)
    2. Hopefully examples from grades 3-6 are available in the same spot soon
    3. In Common: Effective Writing for All Students
    4. SAGE ELA Blueprints
    5. ELA Samples of Student Writing and Exemplars from UEN
    6. DWA and SAGE Writing
      1. Students need to take both this year
      2. SAGE Writing will replace DWA after this year
      3. USOE is working on a Utah Writes replacement for all grades
  4. SAGE Training Tests (slides 24-32)
    1. Purpose
    2. Content Areas & Grade Bands
    3. Best Practices
    4. Video: Item taking tips from USOE content specialists

SAGE Assessment System Overview:

Gearing Up for SAGE Writing & Summative Assessments:

Mar 042014

OnTrack Section #:68094, Course #:58985

Instead of just talking about Project Based Learning and many great apps that can help out, today we are going to experience PBL first hand. Today, your task is: Create a brief project, using a creative app of your choosing, to explain how Project Based Learning works. Alternatively, your project can highlight 8 elements that make a good PBL project. Then, present your project, demonstrating & evaluating your selected app.


App Evaluation (Download this checklist (thanks to

  • What are 2 strengths of this app for PBL? 2 weaknesses?
  • Check for a Yes, blank for a No on the following list for your app:
    • Use of app is relevant to the purpose and student needs
    • Help or tutorial is available in the app
    • Content is appropriate for the student
    • Information is error-free, factual, and reliable
    • Content can be exported, copied, or printed
    • App’s settings and/or content can be customized
    • Customized content can be transferred to other devices
    • History is kept of student use of the app
    • Design of app is functional and visually stimulating
    • Student can exit app at any time without losing progress
    • Works with accessibility options like VoiceOver and Speak Selection
    • App is free of charge
    • No in-app purchases are necessary for intended use of app
    • App loads quickly and does not crash
    • App contains no advertising
    • App has been updated in the last 6 months
    • App promotes creativity and imagination
    • App provides opportunities to use higher order thinking skills
    • App promotes collaboration and idea sharing
    • App provides useful feedback
  • Would you use this app with your students? Why or why not?