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Revive Your Creativity

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When I was in elementary school, I played outside almost every day with my next door neighbor. We created elaborate play schemes, including an outdoor “kitchen”, complete with mud pies. We also had fun reenacting one of our favorite books, Harriet the Spy.

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Collaborative Dot Day Book with Pages

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Merriam Webster defines “create” as to produce through imaginative skill. What struck me is the word “ skill” Creative acts are a means of self-expression, but I hadn’t really thought of it before as a skill.

Using Clips App for Small Moments and Student Reflection

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Many teachers use portfolios to collect and showcase student work throughout the year. These portfolios demonstrate growth over time, provide a means for authentic assessment, promote communication and reflection, and can give some students an alternative means to demonstrate mastery of skills.

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Everyone Can and Should Create

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I must admit, I’ve been in a creative desert for a long time, which has been reflected in my lack of blog posts this past year.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

iPad Math Journals in Kindergarten

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When I was growing up, I always knew I’d be in the top of my class in math, and that gave me a lot of self-confidence. Sergey Brin. Math confidence is something I did not have in school.

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Phonics Strategies for Young Learners Using the iPad

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Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.-Kate Kate DiCamillo. I am sorry for my low profile lately…for the last 10 weeks, I have been taking statistics for my doctoral program and it has owned me!

Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads

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Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting -Edmund Burke. I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings.

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Using the iPad Camera with Young Students

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One of the questions I get asked most often regarding the use of iPad devices in early childhood classrooms is “How do I get started?” ” If you’ve not used the iPad with young children before, it can seem a bit overwhelming.

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Using the Backchannel in Kindergarten

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When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power. Mark Zuckerberg. Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to a young child tell you a story or tell you about an event?

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Using iPads to Plan in Kindergarten

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Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer. Happy New Year! After 2 weeks and 3 weekends, we are back in school. It was evident we had a little “brain drain” over the holidays.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Using the iPad for Deeper Learning

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Deeper learning is the process of learning for transfer. Student competencies that allow for deep learning include cognitive reasoning and problem solving, intrapersonal competencies which involve self-management, and interpersonal competencies which refer to working and communicating with others.

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Reading Fluency with Explain Everything

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There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. Maurice Sendak. We are 35 days into this school year and several of my students are reading. They are excited when they find words and phrases they know in books and in environmental print.

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Here We Go Again

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How do you restart something that had never been turned off? Veronica Rossi, Under the Never Sky. It doesn’t matter how long I have taught, I always have trouble adjusting expectations with a new class.

September Wrap-Up

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We must be deliberate in September-Debbie Miller. We are halfway through our first quarter of school, and at times, it feels like we haven’t accomplished much. But then I am reminded of the wise words of Debbie Miller about being deliberate in September.

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Creativity and Inspiration with iPads in Kindergarten

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A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.-Brad Brad Henry. I would love to say today’s post is about an awesome lesson I taught, or an amazing activity I had my kids do.

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Focus on the Learning, Not the Tool

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The real power of interactive technologies is that they let us learn in ways that aren’t otherwise possible or practical. – David Lassner. Wow…where did the school year go? We have only 24 days remaining!

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App Smashing in Math

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Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.-Danica Danica McKellar. After a full day of teaching kindergarten, my mind could use a little sharpening. It often feels like mush and I have to work hard to have adult conversation when I get home.

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iPads and Science in Kindergarten

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“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” Chad Sugg. Fall is my favorite season, but living on the coast of South Carolina, we see very little evidence of the season. We experience fall for about a week and a half in late November or early December.

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Using the iPad to Develop Student Agency

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Mid-March Madness with iPads in Kindergarten

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All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. Martin H. Fischer. We are only 7 days away from our spring break. I love my job, but am ready for a breather. The kids are ready too. You can say we have our own brand of mid-March madness! Today’s post is a bit of a hodgepodge of things.

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Character Analysis with Book Creator

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Many of you may know I have left the classroom and am now the project manager for a school improvement grant for two priority schools in my district. Part of my work includes providing embedded professional learning for teachers integrating the iPad into instruction in meaningful ways.

iTunes U and You

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King. Thinking critically and intensively is not reserved for older students.

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Here’s to a New School Year!

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ” -Arthur Ashe. Well…it has been way too long since I have posted! Life has gotten in the way, but we are back at school and are just finishing up our 20th day. We have been working hard on procedures and routines.

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Using the iPad for Writing in Kindergarten

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You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. -F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve always believed we learn to write by writing. My students have a lot to say, but often have difficulty finding topics to write about.

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Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

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Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive. Jen Selinsky. My kindergarten students are becoming voracious readers and most of them are ready for some fresh book selections. I like to create books for them to read and you can read more about that here.

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2-Page Spreads in iBooks Author

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Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching. author unknown. Recently, I was presenting on iBooks Author from the Early Childhood perspective along with 2 other Apple Distinguished Educators presenting from the middle school perspective.

What Should We Be Doing? Using iPads to Personalize Learning

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The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done… you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do -Lil Wayne. Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?

Snap to It with BookSnaps

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Who among us, both old and young, has not entertained themselves with the many filters on SnapChat?

Visionary Leadership and iPads

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“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”-Helen Helen Keller. Image courtesy of Creative Commons. I’ve spent the last 24 hours with Apple and the schools chosen for the ConnectEd initiative.

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Digital Reading Resources for Early Literacy

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There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing-Isaac D’Israeli. As a kindergarten teacher, my day is spent immersing my students in literacy activities. Regardless of the subject we are learning, literacy is a big part of it.

Poetry Notebooks with Book Creator

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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch. Each Friday, we take a break from our Writing Workshop activities and work in our poetry notebooks. Young children love poems and songs. Every week, we have a designated poem that goes with our unit.

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Building Reading Comprehension with iPads

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To me one of the most important skills learned in elementary school is reading comprehension –Erik Mickelson. Are you feeling it? You know…the drag of a winter gone on a little too long and spring just slightly out of reach? Are you feeling pulled in a million different directions?

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Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.-Benjamin Benjamin Franklin. Writer…this is not an adjective I would use to describe myself, but is something I sure am doing a lot of these days.

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Finding Your Passion for Teaching

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.-Nelson Nelson Mandela.

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Using the iPad for Addition

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The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. -S. Gudder. We have been working on adding recently in class. We have used counters, fingers, blocks…you name it…if it’s countable, we’ve used it!

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Anchor Charts and Book Creator

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I love anchor charts! They are so useful in any classroom, as they help make thinking visible. They can be wonderful supports when building new learning and gives the child something to “anchor” their learning when new concepts are introduced.

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End of Year Roundup

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It’s May…teach yourself. Jen Hatmaker. Image by Jen Hatmaker. People, truer words have never been spoken. The countdown is on here and we are doing a serious blitzkrieg to the finish line with 10 days of school remaining. Correction, 8 full days and 2 half days.

The Hour of Code in Kindergarten

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All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.- Martin Fischer. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. It is designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.

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Hour of Code 2015

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It should be mandatory that you understand computer science. will.i.am. Like thousands of other classes, my kindergarten students have been participating in the Hour of Code this week. While you can code anytime, the grassroots campaign takes place the week of December 7-13.

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Finding Your Story

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.-Maya Maya Angelou. Well, I’ve been a little busy since my last post.

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Our One Best Image

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“Do your best” by everyone’s mom in the world. Do your best! Give me your best effort! These are words spoken to children by parents and teachers alike. But, what is “best”?