Nov 6

November 6, 2013

SimcityEDU: Prepping for the project

SimcityEDU: Prepping for the project

Last summer, I was asked to be a part of the SimCityEDU Teacher Advisory Committee. The task was to write lesson plans of ways to integrate the highly involved SimCity (2013) into a 4th grade classroom, using the Common Core and Next Generation Science standards as the foundation. I have played SimCity since it’s first version long, long ago…and I have always thought that it would be an amazing program to use in the classroom. So, over the last few…

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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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Jun 8

June 8, 2013

End of the Year IXL Fun

End of the Year IXL Fun

So, the end of the year has come, and my students have worked hard…*real* hard on all of the Oregon Core Skills via IXL. Each week during our lab time, and for homework nightly, students have put in a lot of time and energy on the hundreds of skills on the site. Today, was a day of celebration. No the class didn’t meet the 80% mark in each of the 5 standards strand, but they did amazingly given the transition…

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Mar 22

March 22, 2013

Collaboration with Parent Organizations to Fund Technology

Collaboration with Parent Organizations to Fund Technology

One of the big questions I get is, “how have you funded all your devices?” To be honest, it has not been easy. I have scoured over the internet and dug through other technology sites looking for grants that would match what my plans are in my classroom. In the end, I found very little that helped me, so I decided to find a way to enact change at the local school level to fund technology dreams for myself and…

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Feb 9

February 9, 2013

The Potential of Student Managed Technology

The Potential of Student Managed Technology

There’s a lot to be said about giving students jobs of some of everyday classroom duties that can easily be forgotten or overlooked. I started out by having students take care of taking our garbage cans and recycling bin out to the hall at the end of the day. Then came desk inspectors to make sure all of the trash and messes that live under our desks are taken care of before we leave for the day. Next came the…

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Jan 19

January 19, 2013

The Classroom Chromebooks Have Arrived!

The Classroom Chromebooks Have Arrived!

At the end of 2012, I received an email from DonorsChoose.org stating that Google had partnered with them to offer Samsung’s Google Chromebooks at a drastically reduced price of $99 each (regularly $249). Stunned by this announcement and the price, I worked up a DonorsChoose project for 5 of the Chromebooks and submitted it. It would be a long shot, but worth the effort. Unbelievably, the project was funded within 24 hours of being approved by the donation site. I…

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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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Dec 30

December 30, 2012

An Introduction to the Flipped Classroom

An Introduction to the Flipped Classroom

I once stumbled upon the TED talk by Dan Meyer, a High School Mathematics teacher who introduced me to the idea of the Flipped Classroom (see: How the Flipped Classroom was Born). The flipped classroom is still new to me, but I really liked what I was hearing from Dan in his TED presentation, “Math Class Needs a Makeover”. Math is not being taught to its fullest potential. We need students to experience math, see it in action, and then…

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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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Sep 15

September 15, 2012

Using Wordle to Create a Bulletin Board

Using Wordle to Create a Bulletin Board

If you have not seen wordle.net yet, take a moment to check it out.  It’s the cool Web 2.0 site that inspired me to create this start of the year bulletin board.  I wanted kids to be inspired by asking questions this year.  I believe that we learn when we ask questions, even off the wall questions.  There’s a great web site, www.101qs.com that I project in my classroom before the bell rings. But I’ll save that for another post…

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