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"Raise Your Hand if You are a Rock Star"

Raise Your Hand if You Are a Rock Star (DE webinar 12/25/08)
“Shift Happens” video on youtube by Carl Fisch
· Was created to share with teachers to get them excited about technology and to get students ready to be innovators that publish for more than an audience of one
· Dozens of remix version presentations
· We need to change the way we are teaching since the future we are preparing students for is changing
There are massive amounts of opportunities/information and tools available tight now
Can we predict the classroom of the future? We can if we work to invent it and create it right now
ClassScribe on class weblog:
· takes detailed notes and posts them for all to see (absent students, students wanting more info, study guides . )
· Students taking notes and sharing them, but also going further and finding more info and web and providing the links
· Taking notes as a graphic novel
· Alternative: the students can take notes and post them on the teacher blog . . . which will let teacher see what students did and did not get from the class
Horizon Project on wikispaces is a good example of how much students can do is we just step back and allow them to do it (facilitate)
· Read a book and discuss it online (book club blog)
· There were predetermined specific tools for students to use, but how students chose to use them was up to them . . . pretty remarkable results
Think about the classes in 2015:
· Should be doing lessons with real world relevance and issues (reminds me of Problem-based learning)
Maria Knee (Kindergarten Teacher with blog for students: Kinder Kids)
· Has Yack Pack on her site, so that people who visit the site can talk to her students since she keeps it open during class (interaction)
· The class just turns it off when silence is needed

Possible Resources:
· Bubble Share (allows you to upload pictures through Picasa and then directly to bubble share where things can be added . . . very versatile as can be used to share a naturewalk in Kindergarten as well as to teach techniques in AP Algebra
· (OREO online project hosted by Jen Wagner for Kindergarten classes)
Creative Projects for preK-6 elementary classrooms
· RipTide Furse: Music to use on podcasts and digital storytelling (on useful links on school webpage and ikeepbookmarks)

Point of Discovery Educators Network/Webinars: Figure out and Learn ways to use technology tools that work for you (may not be way traditionally used) and SHARE those ideas with others


Transfer of Entries from School Blog

Flip Video
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Monday, Oct 20th, 2008.
When I was checking out other teacher webpages last week, I saw a post about students doing a Flip video. I did not know what that was, so I started asking around and doing some research. It is a small video camera that has a USB port that flips out from it to plug directly into a computer. It is set up for easy sharing on youtube and other online photo places. We went to the store and looked it, looked at the reviews, and researched them on the internet (husband and I). This weekend I listed a request for one on I also added it to my Christmas gift lift!
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Webpage Help
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Monday, Oct 20th, 2008.
I helped the Kindergarten Teachers with their webpages today. We worked for about 45 minutes after school. I also created a newsletters folder in the S drive (shared) and put the October newsletter they created in it. I am hoping that other groups who do school-wide newsletters will put a copy of their newsletters in that folder for others to put on webpages and information for the school page.
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Posted by Melissa Edwards on Thursday, Oct 16th, 2008.
I started a wiki page. I am not really sure I know what I am doing, but . . . Here is the link:
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Podcasting Idea
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Thursday, Oct 16th, 2008.
I found a neat 4th grade teacher's webpage. She has her students podcast book reviews on Fridays of each week. Those podcasts are linked to her webpage.
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Posted by Melissa Edwards on Thursday, Oct 16th, 2008.
I completed most of the application for becoming a STAR Discovery Streaming Educator this morning. After answering a few questions, I watched a video on the Roles, Responsibilities, and Benefits of becoming a STAR educator. STAR educators get a welcome kit, training toolboxes, and have greater access to the website. They are expected to facilitate local events, which is anytime that you share information about discovery products. For the last part of the application, I have to plan, host, faciliate, and record an event. I started thinking about what to do and looking for ideas. Since I eat lunch with the Arts Team (and go to some of their meetings), I looked at the resources on Discovery Education and found a forum on Visual and Performing Arts. Since I work at a magnet school for the Visual and Performing Arts, I thought that would be a good place to look. I found lots of resources to share concerning music and art. I looked in the dance area and found nothing, so I will tell our dance teacher that she should share her integration ideas.
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Posted by Melissa Edwards on Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2008.
Mr. Pilson and the arts team has been referring to me as the "Smarty Pants Teacher Lady" and said that I should put SPTL with my email signature. This morning he told me that I should add a slash to SPTL and add WG for "Web Girl." I have found out more about how to use my school webpage by just messing with it and trying stuff. I told Mr. Smith that I knew that he could fix it if I really messed it up.
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providing help
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2008.
I helped another teacher with his webpage today. I am scheduled to help a grade with the newsletter tomorrow and then their webpages on Monday afternoon. My name was mentioned several times in the principal's update for adding to the school webpage. My 1st grade students blogged again yesterday! I am using that blog as a learning log for them to take notes on their learning. They wrote about the word sorts that we did last week. I don't think I used the ActiveBoard at all last week, but I think I used it with just about every group of students yesterday. Students get really engaged in the lesson whent they are able to go up to the board and move things around with the pen. These lessons also provide for immediate feedback.
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21st Century Teacher
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Thursday, Oct 9th, 2008.
Someone at school today commented that I do things like a 21st Century Teacher
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2nd grade learning log
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2008.
Today was the first time my 2nd grade group worked on their online learning log. They did a very good job, especially for it to be the first time.
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Learning Logs
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2008.
I created blogs on for the learning logs for each of my enrichment groups as well as my AIG group. The links to each of these blogs can be found on the tab for each grade's Learning Log.
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technology use
Posted by Melissa Edwards on Thursday, Oct 2nd, 2008.
So far this year, I have been involved in many technology workshops here at school im the afternoons. I have learned more about how to work on and improve my school webpage. One workshop was about NetTrecker, which I hope to use in the future on student-directed research projects.
The ActivBoard is in my classroom and used almost daily. I was so excited about getting it that I went online and took a class about how to actually use it. I have been using many of the lessons available from the website that other teachers have created. I can't wait until I learn how to better use the available software to create my own flipcharts. We have used flipcharts in math, language, social studies, and science to introduce, teach, and review needed skills.
Several of my small groups are keeping online learning logs, which I am calling "Thinking Logs." The students and I use these to track their learning. I also use these entries as forms of pre and post assessment to see how to adjust my future plans for greater student achievement and understanding.
I really enjoy using Discovery Education Streaming to provide my students with better sources of knowledge and various ways of presenting information. I hope to become a STAR Educator at some point this year. This year, I am not only working to keep my teacher website updated but also serve as co-webmaster for the school webpage. Hopefully I will be able to have a postitive impact on our school webpage. I have been looking at and learning from other school and teacher webpages to help me.

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