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Friday
Dec192014

Friday Video for You: Questions or Answers

Thursday
Dec182014

And I don't want to write ...

It is late and I really don’t feel like writing a blog post …

I don’t think a blog post should be a chore that just needs to be checked off …

Although that is the reason that I am composting a blog post right now …

What do you do when you really don’t feel like doing something?

Do you whine and complain and procrastinate until there is no way it will get done …

Or do you have the thing hanging on your shoulder that keep reminding you that you made a commitment and need to stick to it

Even if that commitment is just one to yourself

Some times the commitments you make to yourself can be the most important ones and at times the most difficult to keep

No body will know if I did not keep that commitment …

But I will …

One of the goals I have worked on this year is to stick to something once I start it …

I have lots of great ideas about things to do

And that excitement last for a while 

But then it kinda goes away …

Focusing on one thing for an extended amount of time is an issue I struggle with …

Once the excitement and newness it gone …

Let’s find something else that will make me feel that way!

There is one thing I have managed to start and stick to this year …

Journal 52

Each week there is a new prompt for a page to create in my art journal …

Maybe the reason I have stuck with it is that it is always changing …

And I can use it for reflection, celebration, communication, and at times just to create for creating!

Hmmmm

I wonder what goals I should set for next year …

And which ones I will stick to …

 

I guess writing this post helped me stick to another things I started … #WriteDaily30

 

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Wednesday
Dec172014

Ideas for the Brain ... help needed!

Do you have a Pinterest account?

If so, how many board do you have?

Do they have a focus?

Do your boards have interesting names?

How many times do you look back at the pins you have already pinned to those boards?

One of my board is named Ideas for the Brain

And there are only nine pins on it right now …

But in my opinion, they are nine pretty good things or at least I thought so when I pinned them :)

Oh no …

I just noticed that two of the pins are on there twice …

whoooooppp

I guess that means I really liked it both times I pinned them!

One of my double pins is from the Shiny Happy Teachers blog:

Now I know at first glance, the instruction that is written on the board does not seem very exciting or interesting for the brain …

But if you go read about her experience and watch the videos, I bet you will understand why I pinned it on my Ideas for the Brain board!

Now for my second double pin:

(notice I said double pin and not double chin … that is a whole different story!!!)

At first glance, you can probably guess why this pin is on my Ideas for the Brain board …

And it from one of my favorite sources: EducationCloset

Here is a teaser to get you even more excited about going to check it out:

Have you ever wished that you could see what part of the brain is being activated when a child has a lightbulb moment?  You see the look on their face, they get excited about your content and they just start getting their hands dirty with exploring the information.  Or maybe you’d like to see what part of the brain SHOULD be activated but is not, so that you can take out another strategy from your bag of tricks.

I hope you find things all around you that make you think …

Maybe these pins will lead you along a learning path or just help open up some windows of possibility …

What have you found or pinned that you think I should add to my Ideas for the Brain board?

 

Tuesday
Dec162014

Add a Twist ...

I have an idea for a learning project:

 

  • work in pairs or small groups to research folk tales from various countries
  • read and become familiar with the stories through a variety of comprehension and retelling activities
  • create storyboards in preparation for a retelling project to include a beginning, middle, and end with a focus on change over time

So how can I add a digital twist to this project?

  • discuss aspects of digital storytelling that can be used based on the tool or app used for creating
  • with guidance, select the app or apps that best fits the needs of the retellling
  • creating with apps will allow students to use creativity and critical thinking to design images and record sounds to effectively communicate the retelling

Examples:

Each of the apps listed above can fulfill a unique need for communication.  

Students who wish to use animation can work through the tutorials on the GoldiBlox app to learn that skill before using that app to create a movie.

The WriteAboutThis app is designed to encourage creative writing by allowing students to add images, text, and audio recording. In order to meet the needs of all students, there is even a new dictation option built into this app.

ShadowPuppetEDU will allow students to select images from the ipad and then add narration to the group of images.

Students can choose to use one app for the whole project or can use app combinations to create an image using one app and then bring it into another app for the storytelling piece.

By having these three apps as choices for this project, students can focus on the story that is being told and not spend so much time focusing on the technology part of the project.

We could use the reflector app to display the work on the ipad on the computer screen which could be connected to a projector or large monitor.  Students will be able to share their stories for peer feedback all along the way.

After the retelling projects are complete, there needs be a bigger audience for these creations (demonstations of learning) that just me, the teacher …

Back when I first taught 4th grade, I found that students seemed to work harder if they knew someone else was going to see it …

When I said I was going to display the finished work in the hallway

Well, now stapling papers in the hall is not the only way to share student work …

Students can share their creations in online portfolios …

Or on class websites …

Maybe a padlet wall could work too …

There are so many options …

You have to decide what will work best or you and best meet the needs to the students!

 

 

Monday
Dec152014

And I can't wait ...

The journey of life takes many twists and turns …

My trip on the journey is heading in a new direction …

Or I guess back to a pit stop from before …

Almost 5 years ago, I moved from a school to the district office in instructional technology

I have grown and learned so much since then

And now it is time for a change …

In January, I am going to be a Gifted Education Specialist serving three elementary schools!!!

And I am sooooooo excited!

This is a chance for learning

A chance for creativity

And a chance to have a different kind of impact

I will use the things I learned from being a classroom teacher, gifted education teacher, instructional technologist, Wonderopolis ambassador, and mom to help make learning come alive to challenge students and encourage growth …

And I can’t wait!

 

 

 

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