GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 11/08/18

Hi GenYES Facilitators,

As we move into November GenYES TAPs are increasing at a rapid pace. Here is some data on our top TAPing schools:

> 400 TAPs - 1 school
Between 300 and 400 TAPs - 1 school
Between 200 and 300 TAPs - 3 schools
Between 100 and 200 TAPs - 6 schools
Between 50 and 100 TAPs - 17 schools

We know that some schools are just starting GenYES while others are still doing curriculum units to prepare STLs to do quality TAPs. Some schools have only a handful of STLs. That being said, encourage STLs to input TAPS. Here are some reasons why:

  • It encourages the habit of documenting, assessing, and completing a project

  • It provides a real world writing opportunity

  • It can provide evidence of student work that can be used by the STLs when applying for jobs and college

  • It provides evidence to the facilitator if they have to assess or give grades to STLs

  • It provides evidence to district administrators and school boards on the quantity and quality of STL support

  • It provides data on the number of hours each teacher and staff member receive tech support from an STL

  • It generates a Return On Investment (ROI) number for the district

  • It is a major factor in determining whether an STL gains national GenYES Certification

Of course, don’t forget that the GenYES Facilitator needs to verify that once the TAP is assessed by the STL, they need to verify that the TAP was completed.

Media Literacy Week
Media Literacy Week is November 5 - 9, spearheaded by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). You can join the NAMLE email/membership list (free) to get information and resources around media literacy and Media Literacy Week. Here is a fun set of downloadable posters for Media Literacy Week. This goes well with GenYES Unit 12 - Online Communications!

Joining NAMLE will also give you access to the 2018 Media Literacy Fair this coming week (I'm the organizer). Organizations and projects related to media literacy education will be showcased in the virtual "exhibit hall." This might be a good TAP to assign to one or two of your STLs to check this out and report back to the class.

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TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from Treasure Mountain Jr. High School in Utah. The 8th grade STL created a slideshow for a teacher's lesson.

Title: Creating Social Studies Slideshow
TAP Description: A teacher asked me to create a slideshow containing geography questions and their answers.
TAP Accomplishments: First, Erik and I copied and pasted each question onto a Google slideshow, thirty-one in total. Then, we made green circles that would signal the correct answers. We then added an animation to each green circle that would appear after pressing the spacebar.


Dennis Harper, Founder of the Generation YES nonprofit organization

Victoria Bawn