Chromebooks and 1:1 Computing

This past week, I had the privilege of attending two different events related to Chromebooks in the classroom. Last Saturday was “Super Saturday,” at the Intermediate School in Merton, WI. Julie Reuter (@jgbluedevil) put together a GREAT site on how to use Web 2.o tools and Chromebooks in her blended classroom. She talked extensively on how they came to replace their… Read more »

Paper Crafts

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This week we have done quite a bit of work with paper. Cutting, gluing, folding and labeling have been our top priorities in science and art. In science, we are covering the skeletal system, so I found a site that had downloadable templates of a skeleton.  It was mainly for Halloween decoration, but it fit our purpose! My students have… Read more »

Ressurection

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Having a dead blog, a blog that hasn’t been updated in over a month, is worse than no blog at all. -Eric Dye, http://churchm.ag/church-blog/ Blessed Easter season to you all! It has been quite a month and a half here for us at school.  We are in the final weekend of preparing for our musical, Cinderella Kids.  We made it through the… Read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day

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I have to update my #FebPhotoaDay posts, and I’ll do that sometime soon, but I wanted to quick update today about the Valentine’s Day project we did in the 7th and 8th grade classrooms! Last week, I took photos of each student with them holding their fists out to their side. I edited the photos using Picnik (so sad it… Read more »

#FebPhotoADay Days 6 & 7

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Day 6 got a little messy because I had a two(ish)-hour meeting after school for technology purposes.  We’re getting rid of our antiquated computer lab, and looking to implement a laptop cart in the lower grades and do 1:1 computing in our upper grades.  We’re looking into Chromebooks for 6-8th grade and are still wondering what the best option will… Read more »

#FebPhotoADay Weekend: Days 4 & 5

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent most of my time correcting/grading papers and reading the book The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman.  It’s a bit outdated, but the concept is this: if an object needs directions or labeling, it’s poorly designed! I chuckled at his comments on how “someday” we will have appointment calendars and… Read more »

Day 2: Words

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Day 2 of #FebPhotoADay called for “Words” and I was wondering for most of the day what would be my perfect photo. As I crawled into bed for the night, I realized I hadn’t taken a picture yet! I have the Book of Concord (the Lutheran Confessions) on my bedside table to encourage me to read some of it before… Read more »

#FebPhotoADay

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While I was browsing Pinterest, (a dangerous pastime, I know), I stumbled upon a post that someone in my network had Pinned. It was a 29-day photo challenge, using Instagram, for all of February. Here’s the schedule: Since my husband and I just got iPhones, I thought this would be a great idea to get me using the camera and… Read more »

Instructional Design

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I started writing this post a while ago, and then I saved the draft and forgot about it… here it is, finally! Happy new year! I hope in 2012 you learn something new every day! It’s been a busy start to the new year so far for me. The first weekend was spent halfway between our home and my in-laws’… Read more »