Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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'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
Monday, April 29, 2013
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+!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
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.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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:Pin It
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
According to: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/abbreviations.htm
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:
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 Match Game