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Poetics, Apps Gone Free

Poetics, Apps Gone Free

I write poetry daily. In fact, several of my posts on this blog were written in poetic form. Thanks to @appsgonefree (this is both a website and app),  I recently added #poetics to the numerous avenues I choose to create. Daily, @appsgonefree delivers a list of iPhone…

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Allegory(ish) of the Pen

Allegory(ish) of the Pen

When did the (pen) stop being named a tool and become exactly what (it) is… not a punishment or reward not a motivation or resource not a reason or cause not an avenue or bridge an intricate definition crafted and created by the one who…

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Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

Shoes Don’t Dunk a Ball

If you haven’t seen the movie, Like Mike, watch this movie trailer.  As you see in the movie, Calvin got Air Jordan shoes to be able to play on a NBA team just like Michael Jordan. Now take this same idea and apply it to…

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PAC Celebrates Dot Day

PAC Celebrates Dot Day

“PAC Celebrates International Dot Day” Pocahontas Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, originally posted on her blog: PAC-This Just In. Check out her original post for more video and photo footage of the day. PAC Elementary was among the 2 million people in over 80 countries celebrating. International…

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Guest Post by AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement

Guest Post by AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement

Guest post from AC-T Principal Cody Tibbetts: A New Level of Student Engagement Last spring, the thought of hosting a Maker Fair at Albert City-Truesdale Elementary began. While reflecting on the 2013-14 school year, Mrs. Erin Olson I and thought back to Grandparent’s Day 2013…

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Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Albert City-Truesdale students celebrated Dot Day, an international event celebrating the mark all of us make on the world, in connection with their traditional Grandparents’ Day on Friday, September 19. Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, elementary students participated in a maker version of Dot…

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Shoes and Tools

Shoes and Tools

As I began packing away my summer shoes (sandals) to make room for my fall and winter collection (boots), I started to think about techie tools. Considering my shoe purchases, I buy for a specific engagement-heels for a special occasion or flats for the school…

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3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

3D Printing for Kids at Gilmore City-Bradgate

This week I worked with staff and students at Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary on 3D printing.  In planning for my time with the first and second graders I knew that the tools I had been utilizing with middle and high school groups; Tinkercad, Sketch-up and various other design apps,…

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Questioning Tech as a Focus?

Questioning Tech as a Focus?

To the One who worries kids will never write with a pen or pencil again-computer keyboards to blame teach when one should: a love letter, a thank you note, a to do list, a song lyric jotted on a napkin… To the One who fears…

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Tell a Story Pecha Style

Tell a Story Pecha Style

Last week during our team meeting, Scott shared one of my new favorite sources of inspiration for storytelling: PechaFlickr: Enter a tag, press play, and see how well you can communicate a coherent message illustrated by 20 random photos, each one on screen for 20 seconds….

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First Day, First Week

First Day, First Week

Originally Posted 8/13/13: First Day, First Week SAY WHAT? The most horrid advice for my first day of school arrived in a grumbled angry rasp, “Be tough. You are too nice. Tough. Tell ’em how it is. Your way or the highway.” I ignored that advice….

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Connecting Creativity: Out My Window

Connecting Creativity: Out My Window

          Leslie Pralle Keehn and I are excited to share with you… The Connecting Creativity series is a learning quest designed with concept and content convergence in mind, supported by meaningful technology integration. Each Connecting Creativity concept is designed so teachers…

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Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

Blendspace! Showcasing Learning

This morning I was listening to the #satchat Voxer group messages, and one of the tools shared was Blendspace. I hadn’t heard of this one, so I decided to check it out, and here’s what I came up with! There are a lot of uses…

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Stargazing

Stargazing

My children and I love looking at the stars. This is something we have done since they were old enough to make out the infamous Big Dipper in the night sky. When they were little, we would work to make designs and pictures with the…

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6 Places I Will Not Take My Students This Year

6 Places I Will Not Take My Students This Year

Without winning the lottery I definitely won’t be taking students to these places this year, but you can get pretty close by using Google street view! It’s not a perfect remedy to budget constraints, but using this old favorite, but often under-utilized tool will take students…

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Economize This!

Economize This!

It’s time to prepare for students to return to the classroom while also thinking about which new ideas you learned over the summer, you’ll try to implement this year.  It’s overwhelming, but I’m not going to be very helpful because here’s another idea. One of my favorite things to do…

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Let’s wonder a little more…

Let’s wonder a little more…

These are my two oldest children: Rylee is a perfectionist… And Aaden can be a bit of a “know-it-all” Now don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly, but between one who always responds with “I already knew that” and one who hesitates to even…

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Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

Digital Citizenship: Good vs Evil

  It was very important to me to post these screenshots side-by-side; two stories from the same day. The juxtaposition of good and evil illustrate just how truly important it is to teach our children the ins and outs of the tools so readily available at…

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Pocahontas Community School District…LIVE!

Pocahontas Community School District…LIVE!

It is that time of year…graduation! Seniors across the country are celebrating or are about to celebrate their high school graduation. As they walk across the stage in cap and gown, it is inevitable, not all of their family members will be in attendance. Perhaps…

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Brain Breaks

Brain Breaks

Sometimes, we need to refocus. Sometimes, we need to shift focus. Sometimes, we need to focus. Recently, a member of my PLN tweeted asking for resources and ideas for brain breaks. I shared a few of my favorites just as I am with you! GoNoodle:…

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