Thursday, June 23, 2016

WeDo2.0 Lego Education

For the 2016-2017 school year, my students will experience Lego BOOT CAMP!
We will use a rigorous program called WeDo2.0 Lego Education to gather evidence, plan, carry out investigations, and design prototypes to solve real world problems. 

I am constantly searching for ways to increase rigor in my classroom. WeDo2.0 will be FUN, but it will also give my students the  opportunity to learn at high levels!
Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, and each is supported so he or she can learn at high level, and each student demonstrates learning at high level.  (Blackburn, 2008).

Students will use iPad minis to give life to their models. They will drag and drop blocks on Programming Canvas. They will create program strings. 

Two students will share one Core Set to boost collaboration skills.

I owe a HUGE THANK YOU to the Upper Sandusky Elks Lodge- B.P.O.E. #83 
Upper Sandusky, OH Lodge No. 83 320 E Wyandot Avenue Lodge Phone: (419) 294-2926 OH WEST CENTRAL District No. 7120

Mark Ratliff
 The kits were purchased with funds from a grant Mark Ratliff and I received through the Elks National Foundation.  

I participated in 5 courses to prepare myself for the upcoming year as a WeDo2.0 Instructor in my Team Newell classroom.
In August, members of the B.P.O.E. #83 will visit our classroom to introduce the kits. In the spring, my students will travel to the Elks to share projects and to teach local members how to explore and to create. 

I look forward to sharing many of our WeDo2.0 Adventures with you next year!
If you currently use WeDo2.0 Lego Education in your classroom, I would love to hear about your experiences! Please leave a comment. 
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Emoji Fun

I love The Late Late Show with James Corden! Emoji News inspired me to use emojis in the classroom :) 
Not all emojis :)
This pack includes:

Title Page, Did you know, Common Core, Contents  4 Pages
Emoji Motivation & Class Room Sample  3 Pages
Simple Sentence Poster    1 Page
Compound Sentence Poster    1 Page
Emoji Meanings   4 Pages
Create Emoji Compound Sentence Activity Sheets   12 Pages
Emoji Compound Sentence Activity Sheets Samples   9 Pages
Create Emoji Simple Sentence Activity Sheet   1 Page
Emoji Simple Sentence Activity Sheet Sample   1 Page
Emoji Activity Template Sheet   4 Pages
Emoji BINGo  9 Pages
Sort Lablels  7 Pages
Emoji Cards  48 Pages
Emoji Mini Cards  12 Pages

Credits  1 Page

Just returned from Sanibel Island Florida where I refueled from my 20th year of teaching, and I reflected about my Ron Clark Academy experience! 
Enjoy your summer!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Collaboration (...check), Critical Thinking (...check), Creativity (...check)

An innovated 4th grade teacher, came up with an unique idea for "Geometry in My World"

In teams of two, students worked collaboratively and took pictures of various geometric figures they located in the school. Utilizing the app, TypeDrawing, students wrote well defined attributes of those geometry figures then inserted these photos into a PicCollage.

Their finished projects will be posted in Google Classroom and the students will evaluate each other projects by providing feedback in the forms of two compliments and one suggesting for improvement. 



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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Ron Clark Academy Visit Announcement


My Team Newell learned all 
about Craft and Structure: 
 Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. 
We made our own cup song about my upcoming trip to The Ron Clark Academy! 
The movie was made by using iMovie.
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I hope to observe great technology integration,
 so I can share with you soon!
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Gami Book Reviews!

2nd grade students wrote a book review utilizing the app, Tellagami. Students took pictures of their book for the background of their Gami and completed the below statement stem for their recording. 

"Hello 2nd graders! 
My name is ______________ and I am reviewing the book _________________. 
I think this is a ___________ book for 2nd graders to read because ___________________, ________________, and ___________________.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ChatterPix: Super Cute Biography Research Project

2nd grade students created a construction paper representation of their famous person. Utilizing the Chatterpix app, students recorded who they were, why they were famous and what made them a good citizen.

They turned out super cute!


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Friday, March 4, 2016

The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020

Important Work Skills for 2020

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Muddiest Point - Active Learning Activity

Students write about a concept or idea from the lesson that was muddiest for them. The exit slip becomes a formative assessment when the educator (or the student) uses the responses to determine the next steps in the learning process.  

The technique consists of asking students to jot down a quick response to one question: "What was the muddiest point in ________?" 

The focus of the Muddiest Point assessment might be a lecture, a discussion, a homework assignment, a play, or a film.

Technology Option 1 - Todays Meet
Create an Todays Meet room and allow students to respond with their "muddiest points". Students input their names and the response to the question. You can save the chat and post the script into your LMS if you would like. Your Todays Meet chat can also be embeded into your Moodle/LMS course which keeps from having students leave out of the Moodle/LMS session.

Technology Option 2 - AnswerGarden
Create an AnswerGarden and allow students to respond with their "muddiest points". When setting up your Answer Garden you can choose from 20 or 40 character responses. When you hover over a response, it will let you know how many students have inputted that answer. When complete you can export your word cloud to a fancier word cloud program to make is more appealing. AnswerGarden results are great discussion starters. Your AnswerGarden can also be embeded into your Moodle/LMS course which keeps from having students leave out of the Moodle/LMS session.

Here is an example of my AnswerGarden exported to Tagxedo.

Technology Option 3 - Moodle/LMS
Create a "Forum" and allow students to respond with their "muddiest points". If you want their responses to be anonymous, you can choose the "Feedback" tool within Moodle. Each option will give you the desired results.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

PicCollage: Character Feelings and Emotions

A 1st grade class brainstormed different character feelings and emotions and created a PicCollage poster for their classroom.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stinkin' Cute for 100th Day of School!

Kindergartners used the AgingBooth app then uploaded the picture to ChatterPix answering the following question: When I am 100 years old..... Way too cute!


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