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Nov 4

November 4, 2015

MakerSpace: The Journey Begins

MakerSpace: The Journey Begins

I tweeted. Yep, I’ve had a class Twitter account for over 4 years, and I have done pretty much zero with it. Never saw a point. No need to keep up with the celebrity gossip that fills the twitterverse. It was was by all accounts, worthless to me. Then they hired The Weird Teacher, no, seriously, he likes being called that. The Weird Teacher (@theweirdteacher), blue hair, no chairs in his classroom, and he lowered all the desks in his…

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Mar 18

March 18, 2015

Ten Minute PD: Constructed Response

Ten Minute PD: Constructed Response

10 minute Professional Development is a new series of posts I’ve decided to write because I saw a need for quick, down and dirty ideas that educators can use to expand their teaching. We all know we don’t have extra time in our day, so I’ve come up with a format for a quick post that outlines a teaching strategy or method and gathered a few resources on the topic for you to add to your quiver of teaching tools….

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Nov 21

November 21, 2013

SimCity: Loosening the grip by trusting

SimCity: Loosening the grip by trusting

Today marked the end of the beginning with our SimCities. Students finished the first steps (road layout, planned zoning and desired power plant). They loved every step so far. Now that they have basically got the foundations ready, they spent today working on prioritizing the city services to add next.

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Sep 15

September 15, 2013

Using iPod Touch App to Record Students (Prosody)

Using iPod Touch App to Record Students (Prosody)

Each year I have had iOS technology in my classroom, May arrives and I inevitably scorn myself for not recording student voices using my iPod Touch devices. I sit there in my small reading group, and I hear these amazing students reading *so* much better than when they arrived in my classroom, and I decide to record their voice…only to then realize, it would be so much more impactful if I had recorded their voice when they first arrived! Well…

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Jan 18

January 18, 2013

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Out of the Box iPod & iPad Apps Ready for Students

Many teachers ask me, “what can I do with this ipod right now?” It’s very common to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of apps that are available on the Apple App Store when you first start exploring. Often times, teachers just need to start with the basic apps to get accustomed to the technology before diving into the pool of amazing apps that are out there. In the technology professional development class that I created, I introduce teachers…

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Oct 23

October 23, 2012

Creating a Podcast in an Elementary Classroom

Creating a Podcast in an Elementary Classroom

Podcasting can sound like a tedious and scary project to tackle with your class, and admittedly I have been putting off trying it for the past year.  But this year, I have reignited my desire to try out this new type of media, and I have to report to you all, that it turned out amazingly. What is Podcasting you might ask?  Podcasting is simply a voice recording that is made into a file format that is easily placed onto…

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Jun 30

June 30, 2012

Vocabulary in iPod Touch Photo Gallery

Vocabulary in iPod Touch Photo Gallery

Two years ago our district adopted the Literacy by Design Reading curriculum for all elementary schools.  This is a comprehensive reading program that outlines 16 thematic units focusing on eight comprehension strategies that seem pretty universal. There is a strong focus on vocabulary in each LbD theme.  So I had an idea of how to utilize technology with these vocabulary words.  I created a slideshow for each of the themes, putting the single vocabulary word on one slide, then the…

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