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Educreations and Poetry

Educreations and Poetry

My favorite iPad apps are applications with limitless possibility-utilization that transcends age, stage, and content. Educreations, an interactive whiteboard  app, allows the creator to record and publish the screencast. A user can also view other published screencasts. Whether students are explaining the parts of a…

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Learning Initiative

Learning Initiative

Wednesday, I had the fortunate opportunity to hear Patrick Larkin speak at 1:1 Institute’s Leadership Day. His message reflected the importance of sharing a school’s story, the importance of creating an environment of trust, and the importance of empowering learning experiences. Larkin’s comment that one…

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NY Times Learning Network, Clean Print, Google Docs, and the Texthelp Add-on

NY Times Learning Network, Clean Print, Google Docs, and the Texthelp Add-on

The New York Times Learning Network recently publicized their Annual Spring Found Poetry Contest to celebrate poetry during the month of April. Students choose two articles and select phrases from each article to create a found poem. The contest is for students 13-19, and the…

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Fort Dodge 7th grade Readers & Movie Producers

Fort Dodge 7th grade Readers & Movie Producers

Students in Sara Fitzgerald’s class are ready for the big screen! They had their first experience with movie production using Animoto for the purpose of showing understanding. Sara explains: …we just finished up a quick research project using Animoto! We are in the middle of a…

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CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

CC-E 7th and 3rd Graders Join to Celebrate Reading

Students in Mrs. Kim Harken’s 7th grade reading class celebrated World Read Aloud Day by choosing poetry, voice blocking the poem, and recording the poem with Mrs. Lynn Cronk’s 3rd grade students using Fotobabble. Mrs. Harken had students practice using the tech tool the day…

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Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Creation and Integration with Webster City Middle School

Friday our team was invited to Webster City Middle School for a day of professional learning and fun (our agenda). Complete with a “playground” in the morning, focus on assistive technology, hands-on creation, and lots of STEM connections!  Left and below, teachers showcase work  Above,…

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The World Always Delivers a Connection

The World Always Delivers a Connection

Every classroom, every content can benefit. Access to the benefit requires access to the web. While there is not a yellow and red banner across a hard bound text pronouncing Common Core Aligned, there is something more…relevance. So, let the world deliver a connection. Read…

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Ideas for Celebrating Literacy: World Read Aloud Day #WRAD14

Ideas for Celebrating Literacy: World Read Aloud Day #WRAD14

On March 5, 2014 classrooms will take part in World Read Aloud Day. There are numerous ways to celebrate literacy. The following list is just a list of possibilities. I encourage you to #makeitbetter and tailor to the talents of your students and your learning goal….

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Starting Somewhere

Starting Somewhere

Integrating technology-starting can be the most difficult part. I did not start with Twitter or blogging or web design or coding or video editing, I started with one tool. We all have to start somewhere, and our start should lead to possibility… One of the…

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Newell-Fonda Students Changing the World

Newell-Fonda Students Changing the World

Changing the world… Yesterday, I was fortunate to speak to group of Newell-Fonda students     committed to changing the world. English teacher, Amanda Mefferd,  and art teacher, Katrina Thomas, are co-teaching the course that is empowering students to combine their passion with their learning to…

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Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .?, inspired me to write my first post in this series of posts, Whose School Is It Anyway?, as George posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  Since I just focused on one aspect…

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Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Albert City-Truesdale Moviemakers

Mike Anderson and I delivered professional learning almost a month ago showcasing a stop motion app to be used as an avenue for students to create and to reveal understanding.    Yesterday, I returned to AC-T, and when I entered Rebekah Spragg’s third grade classroom,…

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Northeast Hamilton

Choose Your Own Adventure: Northeast Hamilton

Back in October I attended the ITEC conference, and sat in on a session presented by Jonathan Wylie (@JonathanWylie) and Tony Amsler (@TonyAmsler) on “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories. Laura Seiser, the Northeast Hamilton 2nd grade teacher, was also at ITEC, and shared that her…

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PD, Fun?

PD, Fun?

PD should not be this much fun… Each month, one of my PLAEA coworkers and I go to Pocahontas Catholic Elementary School to share apps for the purpose of student learning and creativity. Last week, Prairie Lakes Assistive Technology Coordinator, Tiffanie Dau, accompanied me. She and…

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Gratitude Giving

Gratitude Giving

There are numerous digital technologies to help in spreading a spirit of gratitude. While a hand-written note is by far my favorite, this post is dedicated to a few ways you can spread appreciation during Thanksgiving. 1. Fotobabble: Take a picture, upload, record audio message,…

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Hook Students into Learning Using AR

Hook Students into Learning Using AR

According to Brad Waid, “Using augmented reality in the classroom creates engagement unlike anything I’ve ever seen in all my years teaching.  It reaches out and grabs the students and brings them in for a unique experience.”  I have seen many examples of Augmented Reality,…

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Infographics

Infographics

As an English teacher, I incorporated infographics not only as an option to share learning, but as a text to analyze. Since infographics display data, it is imperative we teach analysis and discernment of information. No matter the content, no matter the age, infographics can…

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Life Cycle in (stop) Motion

Life Cycle in (stop) Motion

Northeast Hamilton, like many Iowa schools, had several early outs due to heat early in the year. I had the opportunity to come in on one of those afternoons and do a stop motion “playground”. Using the iMotion app and tons of props from my…

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Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice: Open the Door, Provide a Seat

Student Voice deserves a spot on a seating chart. Student Voice should be present each day, spotless attendance, encouraged and motivated to have a permanent seat in the classroom, in the school, and in education. Student Voice should be nurtured and inspired to make positive…

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Have we been focusing on the wrong R?

Have we been focusing on the wrong R?

I am wondering about what has been better for students as a result of the high school reform efforts that began in 2005. Many educators participated in professional learning opportunities focused on increasing rigor, relevance, and relationships (Three R’s) in classrooms. I remember participating in…

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