Welcome to My New Site

Welcome to my new blog. My name is Jordan Collier and this is my new website. I have been blogging at www.evernoteforstudents.wordpress.com, but I’ve made the jump to a broader site thanks to Michael Hyatt’s “How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less” screencast.

I’ll use this site to share much more than Evernote student ideas. I hope you find this site to be beneficial, encouraging, and uplifting.

Thanks so much!

 

Jordan

Classroom Applications Elective

I have never taught a class students actually selected to take. Never. I’ve always had a captive, you-are-in-3rd-period-English-because-it-fits-in-your-schedule audience. And that got me thinking.

  • What would it be like to actually teach a class full of interested, focused students rather than teach a class where most of my time is spent convincing students to be interested?
  • What would it be like to teach a class where personal interest rather than GPA drives student effort?
  • If I did teach a class—any class I wanted—what would it be?
  • What is the greatest need in our school and how can a new elective meet that need?

I brainstormed ideas and came up with a class designed to put students in position to:

  • lead
  • drive instruction
  • use cutting-edge technology
  • ask important questions
  • create value for every teacher and student in our school
  • collaborate to solve problems
  • effectively present ideas to any age—peers, teachers, and administrators.

Watch below to see what I came up with.

I presented this video and ideas to my administrators, and (thankfully) they loved it!

In August, 12 students and I will begin charting a new course for our school— creating value for every teacher and every student. Our school is making a technological leap next year, and what better way to start than from the ground up, right? This is truly a grassroots movement that students will help lead. I’m thankful to be along for the ride.

If you could teach any class you wanted, what would it be?

Extending the Classroom Workshops

In order to be an effective teacher and successfully influence students, I knew I had to be consistent in the following five areas:
  • My instruction had to be top-notch. I needed to be prepared, in-line with my frameworks, and have a clear objective.
  • The context of my lessons needed to be clear so my students could connect new ideas with previous ones– and also connect them with the world around them.
  • My classroom must be managed well to limit distractions and maximize learning opportunities.
  • I needed to constantly give students multiple opportunities to be creative and share their new ideas with others.
  • The materials and assignments I gave students had to be challenging, engaging, and relevant.
The Missing Piece
For years I was consistent in these five areas, but I always felt something was missing:
at-home support.
A Teacher's Influence

The Solution
Using ShowMe, Livesribe, GoodReader, Penultimate, and Notability, I post video tutorials, interactive resources, study materials, and additional support in an Evernote shared notebook that students can access with any internet device– anytime, anywhere. A shared class notebook is perfect for
  • students who need extra help
  • students who need extra time
  • students who miss class
  • students who are studying for tests
  • students who want to really understand a class concept.
The video below illustrates exactly how Evernote works for me in my classroom.

 

Sharing with Teachers
This summer I will be walking teachers through a step-by-step, hands-on process of extending the classroom at area conferences, universities, and schools. For more information, including workshop descriptions, sample schedules, and fees, download the Extending the Classroom Workshop Information (PDF).
Any other questions? Email me here.