Speak Up 2010


Our district is involved in the Speak Up 2010 survey. While I was facilitating the Speak Up survey, I was also introducing the students and teachers to some practical procedures to help manage netbooks in the classroom (they are new to the students and teachers this fall, and purchased from Title I funds for our elementary schools). made on Wondersay - Animate text with style The Speak Up survey collects authentic feedback from students, families, and educators across the country.

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

Principals can even create a Prezi for their faculty meetings (one of our elementary principals does this). Cross-posted at The Educator''s Royal Treatment. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district.

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Today's Lesson: Facebook. Friend or enemy in the classroom?

A Principal's Reflections

This school year, teachers at Bluff Gunn Elementary , a school located in Iowa, decided to use Facebook in the hopes that they could create an interactive learning environment for their students—showing them the positive ways of using the site and the importance of a social networking— while squeezing a few spelling and grammar lessons in between. First graders at Gunn Elementary also learn Facebook, however the grammar portion is geared more towards the fourth grade students.

Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

I found it particularly fascinating that in one elementary school they found that the students’ enhanced presentation skills acquired from class gave them the confidence to speak in front of large adult groups. As I write this post I am sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast. I was fortunate to spend the last few days here in Iowa as a guest of Scott McLeod who founded and runs the C.A.S.T.L.E. program at Iowa State University.

New Posted Resources 06/04/2010

The Web20Classroom

100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner tags : tools , resources , favorite A 21st Century Professional Development Proposal - LeaderTalk - Education Week A 21st Century Professional Development Proposal tags : professionaldevelopment , favorite Tech-Fueled Differentiated Instruction Engages Elementary School Students | Edutopia Tech-Fueled Differentiated Instruction Engages Elementary School Students tags : differentiation , favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 10/21/2010

The Web20Classroom

Sample Lessons - iPad in Education tags : ipad favorite The Google Classroom tags : googleapps favorite Education Week: The Misuse of Professional Development tags : professionaldevelopment PD favorite Podcasting at an Elementary School | School Technology Solutions tags : podcasting favorite 21st Century Teaching / Digital Storytelling tags : digitalstorytelling favorite Cybraryman Internet Catalogue-iPad tags : Ipad favorite 10 Ideas For Class Blog Posts | edte.ch

New Posted Resources 05/11/2010

The Web20Classroom

Geocaching.com on Vimeo tags : Geocaching , favorite 100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom tags : socialmedia , favorite Education Week: Embracing Wikipedia tags : wikipedia , favorite Working with Photopeach : Creative Blogs tags : photopeach , favorite Langwitches Blog » Blogging with Elementary School Students tags : blogging , favorite Posted from Diigo.

Twitter Chats Worth Checking Out.

The Web20Classroom

Whether you are teaching science at the elementary level or college, there is something for everyone. #Edchat is a year old. A year. Sometimes it is hard for me to believe how successful it has been. While there are those that believe it is a waste of time, more and more educators are taking time on Tuesday nights (and some on Tuesday afternoons) to participate.

Your Search Has Never Been Sweeter.

The Web20Classroom

Sweet Search 4 Me is a search engine for early elementary students. One of the challenges teachers face when teaching kids about content on the Internet is evaluation. It can be difficult for kids (especially the younger ones) to know or be able to see that even if a website looks fancy the information it contains can be misleading or flat out wrong.

Week of November 8, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] MINI-GEEK FEST MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-NOVEMBER, 2010 (AZTEA) Mon 8 Nov 10:00PM New York / Tue 8 Nov 03:00AM GMT / Tue 8 Nov 01:00PM Sydney Peggy George and Kim Thomas. link] 2010 K12 ONLINE CONFERENCE POST-CONFERENCE SESSION WITH DAVID WARLICK (HOST YOUR OWN WEBINAR) Wed 10 Nov 07:00PM New York / Thu 10 Nov 12:00AM GMT / Thu 10 Nov 10:00AM Sydney Kim Caise. This event will close out the live events of the 2010 K12 Online Conference.

Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

So here is my reflections on 2010 and my predictions for 2011. Think about it in a lower elementary classroom. My reflections on 2010, and my thoughts on 2011. Image From CC Search-Flickr (User Kadath) Seems like it''s the cool thing this time of year to look back at the previous year, where we have been and to look forward, to where we are going. I want to be hip. I wrote a post on December 28, 2009 where I talked about tools that I thought would have a break out year.

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Elevating the Education Reform Dialog, Live on Monday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The school was recognized by Ladies Home Journal as one of the Ten Most Amazing Schools in the US, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School in 2009 and 2010 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She began her teaching career in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia as an elementary and Head Start teacher, continually fascinated with why schools did not work well and what was needed to fix them.

It's all about Sharing.


and don''t miss the commitment to sharing Karen Janowski is making over at her blog, EdTech Solutions- Teaching Every Student , where she is embarking on a trip "Around the Web in 80 Days." She plans to dedicate the next 80 days to highlighting "free, online resources to help meet the needs of struggling learners in innovative and creative ways."

Livescribe Pencast Book Reviews & More!

The Daring Librarian

A present from dear new Geek Tribe buddy & fellow Teacher Librarian Mr. John Schumacher of Brook Forest Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois! Or.Craft Time with the Daring Librarian! Addmitedly, the Daring Librarian is a geeky gadget grrl! I''ve been talking about the Livescribe pen on my Gadget-A-Go-Go wiki & in presos for years now! Finally, I got one! Woohoo! now.what to do with it? Hmmmm SO many ideas!

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Principal for a Day at Jackson Elementary

MIND Research Institute

I arrived at Jackson Elementary with a smile on the morning of March 22. Twenty years later, I was spending my day with him in his first year as principal at Jackson Elementary. It was apparent that the Jackson Elementary community strongly values academics. Jackson Elementary has been an ST Math school since 2008 through the Orange County Math Initiative and the JiJi culture there is strong.

Plimoth Plantation


This site was always a great one when working in a MA Elementary school, where we have specific standards around Wampanoag history, but it would likely be helpful in other locations as well! Check out an excellent site by Plimoth Plantation that you can use for so much more than talking about Thanksgiving.

Language and Math


Yummy Math just featured a lesson on the top grossing holiday movies , and in addition to the math components of the lesson, it would also be a great opportunity to work on oral narrative for upper elementary, middle or high school students.

Cardinal Points


I always do some activities with kids as these concepts become important in 2nd grade, but they stay important throughout the elementary, middle and high school years. Cardinal Points is a cool site that, though a little confusing even to me, provides a complex activity that could be used to target these concepts, perhaps with upper elementary, middle- or high school students. Often our kids have trouble with left and right, let alone the compass points.

Healthy Heights


The game would definitely appeal to upper elementary or middle school students who have grown up with games like The Sims, and would spark discussions about health, wellness and categories of health problems. Healthy Heights is an interesting game created by Regence, a health care company in the Western US, and designed to increase awareness of health care costs.

Forest Life


Language Lens: The information gleaned through exploring Forest Life''s interactive interface would be great for upper-elementary or higher students learning categorization (plants, animals, activities, habitats) and sequencing strategies. UPM Forest Life is a gorgeous interactive website created by an international forestry company. UPM is a paper producer but takes efforts to do so in a sustainable manner; I think this website is a nice effort to raise awareness about sustainability.

Reflections on NCTIES

The Web20Classroom

Sam Walker ( @swalker2 ) is an Instructional Technologist at Kimmel Farm Elementary , just down the road from me. She spoke about how to Go Global With Elementary students. Now, I don''t work with elementary students, however, the ideas she promoted work at any grade level. Going Global With Elementary Students During the next 2 sessions I presented on my Administrators Technology Toolkit and Why You Need A PLN.

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Live Thursday Dec. 9th with Julie Young from Florida Virtual School

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Thursday, December 9th, 2010 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am (next day) GMT ( international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. Florida Virtual School has received two 2010 CODiE Awards: Best Reading/English Instructional Solution & Best Social Studies Instructional Solution. Join me Thursday, December 9th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Julie Young, President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Virtual School.

What's Your Sentence?

The Innovative Educator

I went through elementary school, middle school, high school, undergrad, and grad school without anyone bothering to ask me what my sentence was, or bother to care about my interests, talents, and passions.

Tundra Connections: Back To Polar Bear Basics – Elementary

Discovery Education

Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Polar bears are an awesome sum of their parts: fur, teeth, claws, and fat. It may seem basic but the details are fascinating. Help your students understand this incredible bear and its habits using the virtual field trip and supporting resources in Discovery Education. Featured Virtual Field Trip. Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip.

Colonial Williamsburg's Site


Colonial Williamsburg has a surprisingly generous range of interactive games and activities that are well worth exploring for elementary or students who are studing colonial history. Many museums, parks, etc have great interactives that approximate the experience of going to the place itself! Colonial Postcard Maker can be used to construct a historical scene, thus targeting storytelling skills in context.

How one Mississippi elementary school improved to an A rating

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student reads in a Mississippi elementary school. In 2010, a year after Andrea Pastchal-Smith became principal of West Elementary School, formerly named West Oktibbeha County Elementary, the struggling school earned an “Academic Watch” rating from the state. Students at West Elementary School receive incentives like school-wide announcements, special signs on their classroom doors, and pizza parties when their entire class has perfect attendance.

Download YouTube Vids 4 School in4 Easy Steps and YAY Math!

The Daring Librarian

Matthew Winner is an amazingly talented elementary teacher-librarian friend of mine in my district.and the only one who would take the presidency of our HCASL (our local media association) from me after 8 long years (heh heh!) Problem: Teacher Wants to Show a YouTube Video A few days ago one of my awesome 7th grade math teachers came to me in the library with her laptop & a problem. She had downloaded a kick butt Math video (above) from YouTube but couldn''t get it to work.

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Live Tuesday Dec. 14th with Deborah Meier--Education Reformer, Writer, and Activist.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Date : Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 Time : 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am (next day) GMT ( international times here ) Duration : 1 hour Location : In Elluminate. She was the founder and teacher-director of a network of highly successful public elementary schools in East Harlem. Join me Tuesday, December 14th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Deborah Meier, education reformer, writer, and activist.

Harnessing Twitter as an Interactive Newspaper -- Paper.li for Teachers

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

2014 update to 2010 post on paper.li: Educators are using paper.li tag/elemchat (Elementary Ed) paper.li/tag/engchat to share their Twitter content in a daily (twice-daily, or weekly) interactive newspaper. SmallRivers is the Swiss-based company that created paper.li. Anyone can easily create (and delete) a paper, which could make for a transient experience. However, there are some Tweeters you can count on being there.

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. The problem is that elementary school teachers did not learn math that way, and many now struggle to teach to the new standards. An April 2016 study of a large urban school in Georgia reported the frustration of many elementary level teachers.

Site Visit & Shift Happens


What was interesting was the learning taking place in 6th-8th grade looked similar to the elementary with the students working in small learning groups. I had the privilege of visiting two schools that infused technology in the classroom seamlessly. What I expected from the visit and what I got out of it were two different things.

The discussion about US education

Connecting 2 the World

In a report by Al Roker on Elementary Schools, the school that was highlighted had the average class increase from 20 students per class a decade ago to 32 students per class today. Recently, there has been a national discussion of education in the US within our media. NBC and the Oprah Winfrey Show both had programs about education in the last two weeks.


Video Book Trailer Awards

The Daring Librarian

Voters will be asked to select the best video in six categories: Publisher/author created for Elementary readers (PreK-6) Publisher/author created for Secondary readers (7-12) Student created for Elementary readers (PreK-6) Student created for Secondary readers (7-12) Adult (anyone over 18) created for Elementary readers (PreK-6) Adult created for Secondary readers (7-12) There will be four nominations in each category, selected by a committee of librarians.

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iMovie for iPhone 4


At my elementary school, I became known as "the slideshow guy," and that moniker has followed me up to middle school, though in truth I usually use iPhoto to arrange the photos and music in a way that looks much harder than it is. Huh, I just realized this is my 101st post! Cool. I have been a big fan of iMovie on the Mac ever since I had to learn it really quickly and stressfully to produce a slideshow for my Dad''s retirement party.

Telling Hawaiian Stories Online

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Having been a teacher at Hau''ula Elementary, I was given an opportunity to put in a story idea for our Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP). Hawaiian stories are only a click away! Heitiare (Kawehi Wallace) Klammerer (Seabury ''03), speaks about E Pa''a Pono , the book she wrote in Hawaiian. The book is available at ulukau.org and can be read either online or downloaded. The book was part of several other books that I took part in.