Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Technology Blog Hop

Spring into Technology with Classroom Freebies!
Several phenomenal teachers, Technology Tailgate Coaches and bloggers are joining forces for an amazing classroom technology blog hop!  As you hop from blog to blog, you will visit some of your favorite blogs and discover a few new blogs too!  Each with a fabulous freebie just for you!

The first stop on the path is Kate from EduKate and Inspire!

Here is an ordered list of all participating blogs!

Kristin from iTeach 1:1
Leah from Learn With Leah
Amanda and Aylin from Learning to the Core
Kristen at Teacher Playground
Melanie at I Luv Twek
Carrie and Caitlin at Table Talk with C & C
Lauren at iWonder

We hope you are able to hop away with some amazing freebies!  A special thank you to Jen at Tech with Jen for designing the blog hop button!  Interested in joining our next blog hop?  Join here

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Celebrating 40 with Old Fart Booth

Mrs. Newell turned 40 today!! 4/30/13 
What an OLD FART :)
We had a FUN Math and ELA Common Core Birthday!

Students predict what they think they will be doing @ 40! Old Fart Booth App predicts what they will look like! I am very thankful that I have good sports in my classroom! The pictures look like 100 years old! We laughed and laughed and laughed! My favorite quotes of the day were: "Mrs. Newell- I look worser than you!"
"I sure hope I don't look like this when I am 40!"

I will be in the army.
I will be helping animals at the vet when I am 40. 

I will be having a job at the hospital like my mom. 

I will be on a chair looking at the TV with my kids. 

I will be a President when I am 40. 

I will be a nurse when I am 40.

I will be a teacher when I am 40. 

I will be feeding my dog or cat when I am 40. 

I will be driving a BMX dirt bike when I am 40 years old.

I will go places around the world. 

I will travel to different states like Oklahoma and California. 

I will be a police officer. 

I will be raising my kids and be a police officer. 

I will work at a pet salon and help pets. 

I will be a music teacher.

I will be driving a firetruck to put out fires at a house when I am forty. 

I will be a teacher. 

I will be taking care of my kids.

I will be an officer. 

I will be UFC Fighter. 

I will go to the Army. 

I will be in the Army. 

I will be driving a van with automatic doors. 

I will be a preschool teacher. 
To find out more about our FUN FILLED COMMON CORE Day- visit:

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Art Snacks

Holy cow!  Is it the end of the month already?  How did April slip by?

I'm always looking for great ways to engage my fourthies in meaningful and fun activities that allow them to put their listening skills to good use.  I'd like to think I'm highly entertaining, but my kiddos constantly remind me that I should always be on the lookout for "better material!"

A fabulous resource that I love putting up on the Smartboard is Art Snacks.  Kevin Honeycutt is the narrator and "artist in residence."  His offerings include lots of kid-friendly things to draw...sharks, bugs, and even the occasional cartoony looking cat locked in the car.

My kids love Art Snacks and this is a great way to pull them together as they come in from recess.  I have this up and running as they walk through the door.  Needless to say, they come in quietly and look foward to drawing with Kevin.

Just like any good snack, Art Snacks are short...usually about 10 minutes or less.  They always leave you wanting more!

They cover some of the CCSS (listening standards) and they engage and motivate just about every kiddo in the room.

What are you waiting for?  Why not try out an Art Snacks with your students today?  You'll be glad you did!

Happy Tuesday All!


An Uncommon to the Core Teacher

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Techie Tuesday Link UP

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 

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Monday, April 29, 2013

History by the E-book

I am pleased to share another amazingly creative student-led project from Tanna Fiske's class at Hill Country Middle School in collaboration with Ms. Crowley's and Ms. Root's Bridge Point third grade classes. 8th grade students composed books using the Book Creator and Scrap Pad apps based on historical topics covered this year. The books took on a familiar repetitive children's storybook theme to make the concepts easier to digest and comprehend for their 3rd grade audience. Once the framework of the book was set, 8th grade students used a Google Doc to provide Bridge Point 3rd grade students with a list of images they would need to complete the book. On the day of the field trip, the whole project really came together.

The two videos below will give you a better idea of how the project was achieved and what the final ePub looked like.

If you are interested in what other digital delights are being cooked up by Fiske's class iClassroom, visit their blog. Additionally, the Bridge Point iVenger, Marianna Husain, has been dishing out campus iLearning successes on the Bridge Point elementary blog. It is a delightful read and will surely present you with some iRecipes to use in your own iClassroom. And what do you know? You are in for a real treat... the ePubs are now available for you to download and thoroughly digest!
Fiske's History ePub Collaborative Project

Want more examples of student publishing in the iClassroom... download the "Student-Created Books" iTunes U course.  Visit the Pinterest board of 950+!

For all TechChef4u iResources ... www.kimtag.com/techchef4u
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Coloring Squared

I was excited to find:

Color and reveal pixel art while practicing place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, numbers, fractions, decimals, & percentages!  FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great end of the year practice activity!
There are 2 levels of difficulty.

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A Powerful App for Vocabulary!

Mindsnacks: Vocabulary Building and Language Development

MindSnacks is a mobile educational gaming company that develops popular apps that teach foreign languages and test preparation subjects. Recently, MindSnacks released a brand new app called Kids' Vocab -- it's a comprehensive learning tool that teaches essential vocabulary for students ages 7-12. Kids' Vocab features 9 unique mini-games that cover 25 lessons and approximately 350 indispensable vocabulary words. The app has also been designed to support the Common Core Learning Standards. The games challenge students to use context clues, clarify the meaning of words, think in terms of domain-specific groupings, spell correctly and more!

Students will learn much more than simple memorization when they use Kids' Vocab. The app teaches definitions, spelling, pronunciation, contextual usage and parts of speech, making it perfect for use both in and out of the classroom. As students review the different lessons, they will find each vocabulary word is packed with example sentences, usage guidelines, and fun factoids about homophones, word parts, etymology and figurative language.

{click here to read more!}

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Virtual Learning Cubes

Hi everyone! I wanted to tell you about some of the Virtual Learning Cubes I have created.  They are lots of fun and your students will enjoy rolling them on a computer or interactive board. I have made quite a few, but if you would like one---feel free to leave a comment on this post.

On the link provided I have included instructions on inserting the cubes into ActivInspire, but please NOTE that you DO NOT have to have ActivInspire to use these on your computer(you can also use other interactive whiteboard programs). These can work stand alone on any computer that has Adobe Flash (its free).

I hope you enjoy these and let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Rolling!!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Flipped Classroom

At the ECIS Technology conference, I attended a workshop on the flipped classroom and was fully intrigued.  In a flipped classroom, all or some of the homework is a video or online simulation that “teaches” what you would normally teach in class.  Then, in class the kids focus on activities, projects and practice problems that would generally be homework.  This way, there is nobody sitting at home stuck on how to figure out a math problem, or even worse practicing doing it wrong.  After the conference, I decided to adopt a flipped classroom method for my math block. Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources to see how I’m making it work , pick up some links to great video tutorials already made and ready for you and to find out how my students are making videos like this one: 

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Techie Tueday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Abbreviation Freebie, Abbreviation Movies and Abbreviation Learning Games

Getting ready to teach my 2nd graders about ABBREVIATIONS! Found MANY great FREE resources @ TeachersPayTeachers to download but I noticed that some awesome products used periods and some did not! Example: Feet = ft. or Feet = ft Why? I want to expose the students to all kinds of abbreviations - more than just Days of the Week and Months of the year, but I do not want to misinform them!

According to: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/abbreviations.htm
Abbreviations of units of measure are written without periods (with the exception of "in" when it could be confused with the preposition). We use periods for most lower-case abbreviations such as e.g. and i.e. and c.o.d. For very common abbreviations, leave out the periods, as in rpm and mph. When an abbreviation with a period ends a sentence, that period will suffice to end the sentence: He lives in Washington, D.C. Suffixes for people's names require periods: Joe Smith Jr. lives in Erie. In formal text it is not a good idea to abbreviate military titles — Lieutenant Colonel Chester Piascyk — but in informal text Lt. Col. Chester Piascyk would be acceptable. (Note the space after "Lt.") Academic degrees can be written with periods or not, but don't insert spaces — Ph.D. or PhD, M.B.A. or MBA .

According to Grammar Girl: http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/acronym-grammar.aspx
Any shortened form of a word is an abbreviation, for example, "etc." for "etcetera" and "Oct." for "October;" but acronyms are special kinds of abbreviations that can be pronounced as words, such as "NASA" (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and "OPEC" (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). This makes acronyms a subset of abbreviations. All acronyms are abbreviations, but not all abbreviations are acronyms.

You may be wondering whether you need to put periods after each letter in an acronym or initialism. There's no strict rule. Some publications put periods after each letter, arguing that because each letter is essentially an abbreviation for a word, periods are necessary. Other publications don't put periods after each letter, arguing that the copy looks cleaner without them, and that because they are made up of all capital letters, the fact that they are abbreviations is implied. 

Finally, when you're using any kind of abbreviation in a formal document, it's important to spell out the entire phrase the first time you use it and put the abbreviation in parentheses after the words so people know what your abbreviation means.

According to Oxford Dictionary: http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/words/punctuation-in-abbreviations-american

People are often uncertain about whether or not to use periods in abbreviations. Here are some guidelines:

1.  In both American and British English, if you are using initial letters to represent words, you don’t normally need to put a period after them:

If the abbreviation consists only of the first part of a word, then you should put a period at the end

Wed. [= Wednesday]   Dec. [= December]

If an abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of a word, the American rule is to include a period at the end:



Abbreviation Videos!

Abbreviation Match Game



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