Category Archives: School

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 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  It’s a bit outdated, but the concept is this: if an object needs directions or labeling, it’s poorly designed!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 »

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 »

Have you tried ‘Glogging’?

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Howdy, friends! Hope the last few weeks have treated you well. I’m spending lots of time these days trying to keep up with teaching work and student work and I realized that y’all are probably feeling neglected again! Topic for today is about Glogs. What in the world are Glogs? I had heard mentions of them on Twitter a few… Read more »

Sock Monsters

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Our art project before Christmas time was one of the most non-traditional art projects I’ve done in my teaching career. (Definitely not a bad thing!) We learned a skill that has, in my opinion, declined quite rapidly in today’s society. We were sewing! First, we practiced on some scrap pieces of fabric. We threaded our needles, tied the thread, and… Read more »

Digital Literacy Survey

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I’m working on my Masters in Educational Design and Technology. My current project is to investigate into digital literacy and what tools that teachers will need to be considered ‘digitally literate’ in today’s educational world.  I am looking for teachers to fill out this survey so I can have a wider group of responses than just the teachers at my… Read more »

Its Elemental – Element Flash Card Game

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      We’re learning about the Periodic Table right now and I wanted to share this site I found with you: Its Elemental – Element Flash Card Game. It’s not wonderfully amazing (speaking of its design), but it gets the job done and has lots of different customization options. I think I might use this as a quizzing technique… Read more »