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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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Jun 28

June 28, 2012

DonorsChoose.org Makes Dreams a Reality

DonorsChoose.org Makes Dreams a Reality

I have been a registered user of DonorsChoose.org for about a year.  I had taken a look at how the site works, but I never took the time to fill out the project form and use the site for its true, meaningful purpose.  To be honest, whenever I would shop for the products that they have available for newly registered users my internet browser would kick me out or the site would time-out and I would lose the shopping cart…

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Jun 28

June 28, 2012

PBIS Expectations in the Computer Lab

PBIS Expectations in the Computer Lab

This past year, we had one of the most horrible things happen in our school computer lab.  A few students made the choice to vandalize and dismantle a few of the laptops.  Now, in our district, we’re known for the amount of use we get out of our computer labs.  Within a week there are only about 4 40 minute windows that are not assigned for class usage, and those get snatched up all the time.  So, to have a…

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Jun 26

June 26, 2012

Entry Level Web Page Creation

Entry Level Web Page Creation

So for those of you who want to let students explore and create with online web design, the idea of creating big web sites may seem daunting.  There is a solution for you in the form of…a glog.  Yes, a glog. The team over at Glogster.com has created a really fun and easy way for students to create web pages that can be used as a publishing step for many different projects. A Glog is a single web page that…

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Jun 24

June 24, 2012

Google Docs as a Hub for Collaboration

Google Docs as a Hub for Collaboration

Collaboration is a meaningful way to connect with your fellow teachers.  Whether you’re working on a new project or theme together, or crunching numbers and outcomes for a PLC goal, teachers need teachers.  Gone are the days of closing the door and teaching on your own.  Good teaching requires connections, and with the advancement in technology, it has become easier to connect with your neighboring teachers, next door to your classroom and across the world. Here are just a couple…

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Jun 22

June 22, 2012

External Goal Setting in IXL

External Goal Setting in IXL

Sometimes you just have to set up external rewards for students.  There are many people who don’t believe rewards should be given to students, they feel that a student should be intrinsically rewarded for their learning.  I agree that as students mature the intrinsic rewards of learning need to grow, but there are just times where a good external pizza party reward has a place. That’s what we all agreed on this past year, a party to celebrate our hard…

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Jun 20

June 20, 2012

The Big Switch in IXL for My Class

The Big Switch in IXL for My Class

This year I realized that my students still were not working up to their potential using IXL.  So, I decided to turn the program on it’s head and try something that would push my comfort level to it’s limits.  I turned the learning over to my students.  I made them absolutely responsible for their own outcomes, and acted as a “guide on the side”, rather than the “sage on the stage” (to use Alison King’s wonderful analogy). Using the clear…

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Jun 19

June 19, 2012

IXL Math Targets Create Individualized Learners

IXL Math Targets Create Individualized Learners

The learning experts all agree, which is sometimes are rare feat in educatio, students need to know the learning targets that they are aiming for.  Robert Marzano states, “Students who can identify what they are learning significantly outscore those who cannot.” With this in mind, I set forth to help students know the expectations that our state has set as their targets in math.  This requires a lot of patience, and a dedication to letting students have time to digest…

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Jun 17

June 17, 2012

App Review: Stack the States

App Review: Stack the States

Stack the States is one of my students’ favorite educational applications on the iPad.  It was created by Dan Russell-Pinson and is a favorite among my students.  This game asks a variety of questions about the 50 states and really gives kids a brain workout to figure out which state is the correct answer. If a student does answer a question correctly, they are then given that state to try to stack along with other states to reach a certain…

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Jun 16

June 16, 2012

iPads in the classroom

iPads in the classroom

Last November, I had the opportunity to take the Apple sponsored tour of Canby School District in Canby, Oregon.  This district has been at the forefront of technology integration for the past few years.  The district technology director, Joseph Morelock, walked us through the exciting things Canby has done. One of the most amazing things, which became my own personal dream, was to put handheld technology into the hands of as many students as possible, even down to a 1:1…

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