Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#EVPD Classroom Blogging Workshop - Join Us!

This was also posted in the Global Classroom Project blog:

Join us in attending this insightful virtual workshop hosted by technology teacher and Global Classroom Project member, Theresa Allen. Educators from around the world and from the Global Classroom Project will demonstrate excellent ways to blog in the classroom.  Details are below:
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Educator Virtual Professional Development
Blogging in the Classroom

February 1, 2013

Watch for links to session soon on the EVPD wiki:  

Learn from several veteran bloggers around the world about ways to blog in your classroom!


12:05-12:25 Blogging to Motivate and Engage Learning
(Effie Kyrikakis, principal of Winners Education and #globalclassroom educator)

12:30-12:50 Blogging Platforms Intro - Blogger, Kidblog, Edublogs, WordPress, Posterous, Google Sites, Edmodo
(Theresa Allen, Technology Teacher and #globalclassroom organizer)

12:55 - 1:15 How to Blog Weekly with Writing Activities and to Connect w/ Other Classrooms
(Louise Morgan, 2nd grade teacher and #globalclassroom organizer)

1:20-1:40 Blogging as Reflective Math Journals w/ 4th Graders
(Paula Naugle, 4th grade teacher and global educator)

1:45-2:05 (TBA)

2:10-2:30 Bloggin' to Reach Parents and the Community (Joe McNulty, Technology teacher and global educator)

2:35-2:55 Blogging and the Common Core (John Miller, 7/8th grade Science teacher and global educator)

*There will also be pre-recorded presentations from educators who couldn't present live, but wanted to share their knowledge and experience with us:

Larisa Tarasevich - Studying Different Cultures through Blogging (English teacher and global educator)

Karen Lirenman - Kidblogs as Digital Portfolios and Windows to the World (Grade 1 teacher and #globalclassroom educator)

Dana Racanelli Blogs for Student Support  (Junior High Social Studies teacher and global educator)

Anne Mirtschin - Basic Essentials of a Blog (ICT teacher and #globalclassroom educator)

Claire Buist - Class and Individual Blogs - Engaging the Learners (ICT and #globalclassroom educator)

Looking forward to a wonderful day of learning and sharing - hope you can join us!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Weekly Update - Technology at CSRN

Tech Updates:
  • Over the holidays new wireless access points were installed around the school.  This allows classrooms the ability to have more wireless devices on at the same time.  
  • Since the addition of a cart of Chromebooks last year, teachers are finding it easier to add lessons that involve technology to enhance their curriculum.  Recently, there were a handful of devices that had minor damages.  After a few messages and calls to Google, they were replaced at no charge.  Google's customer service is excellent!
Tech Needs:
  • Many printers in the classroom and for multiple staff use have broken down this year.  Thanks to parents, some of the teachers received a "gently used" one to use in the classroom.  They have been working well!
  • Empty toner and ink cartridges are needed as a fundraiser for technology supplies or equipment.  They can be dropped off at the office.
Computer Class Update
All activities can be found on my Class Site.

Students in...
  • Early Childhood explored the Chromebooks and playing fun, educational sites like Curious George and Dinosaur Train
  • Pre-Kindergarten explored some of the games on Dinosaur Train.  They use the lab's laptops to play.
  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 explored GPBKids where they played time, geometry, measurement, and money games.
  • Grade 2, Mrs. Buhr's class, watched and reflected on the Christmas Around the World voicethread with notes from each table:  1, 2, 3, 4.  The students narrated pages starting at #38.
  • Grade 2, Mrs. Ratajczak's class, started a poem using Microsoft Office about Jack Frost.
  • Grade 3 created pictures and added a description about something they did over Christmas break using Kerpoof and shared it in Edmodo.
  • Grade 4, Mrs. Gambino's class, created a spelling list to play on Spelling City and also worked on typing skills on Dance Mat Typing.
  • Grade 4, Mrs. Molskness' class and Grade 5 participated in mystery skype sessions:  Grade 4 notes; Grade 5 notes.
  • Grade 6 learned about Quest Atlantis and finished incomplete assignments in Edmodo. *Permission slips need to be returned by Jan. 16th.*
  • Grade 7 worked on Digiteen Action Projects for 7-1 and 7-2.
  • Grade 8 reviewed the Tech Pre-Assessment, created Google profiles and added educational apps.
Looking forwared to another great week!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Global Virtual Book Club - Join Us!

This Monday begins a virtual book club discussing the book by Julie Linsday and Vicki Davis, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds.  I'm happy to be co-moderating the club for Kyle Dunbar, who actually began the book club for her colleagues, but expanded it to any educator who is interested in learning more about flattening their classrooms.

Find more information on the book club on Kyle's blog post.  Hope to "see" you on Monday (6:30pm Central time)!


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Jan. 7:  Meet the Flat Classroom Ch 1-2
Jan. 21 - Connection and Communication Ch 3-4
Feb. 4:  Citizenship, Contribution, and Collaboration Ch 5-6
Feb. 18:  Choice and Creation, Ch 7-8
March 4:  Celebrating, Designing, Managing a Global Project Ch 9-10
March 18:  Rock the World

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

A skype colleague and friend, Lorraine Leo from Newton, MA, created this CorkboardMe Sticky Note site for all of our Hello Little World Skypers and other colleagues to wish each other a happy new year.  What a neat way to send our wishes to each other.

Corkboard.me is a great site for collaborative note-taking with colleagues, students, and even family members.  Find out more here:  http://hello.corkboard.me/.

Happy New Year!