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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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At the Root

At the Root

STEM, a major buzz word in the world of education and elsewhere.  From iPad probes to rockets, LEGO robotics to 3D printers, STEM represents a new way to think about and learn science and math. STEM has been around for a long time, at least…

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Flipped…

Flipped…

Sioux Central’s Dan Strohmyer and John Barbier, shared their flipped journey at Iowa Technology and Education Connection Conference. It is not unlikely for students to continue conversations about learning after they exit Mr. Barbier’s high school classroom. In fact, those conversations have entered Twitter, Facebook, and…

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Literary Devices in Music

Literary Devices in Music

Another cool example of students’ use of iPads  at Northeast Hamilton- in Sherry Leksell’s English class the kids created videos to show all the literary devices they found in the music they listen to. One kid “yelled” at Mrs. Leksell (@SherryLeksell), “Now I can’t listen…

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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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Where are you AT?

Where are you AT?

How familiar are you with the Assistive Technology available to you, your district, and most importantly, your STUDENTS? This morning my sister, a Wells Fargo Loan Document Specialist, shared a story with me about how AT changed someone’s life. Several WF employees were working on…

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Idea Nourishment

Idea Nourishment

“The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.” –Edith Wharton I am a writer. I gather ideas to write from the world around me. I have been known to scribble poems on napkins, on church bulletins, on inside covers of books…My ideas are…

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Thank you

Thank you

Dear Prairie Lakes principals and superintendents, Over the past six weeks, you’ve been getting to know our new tech integration team. We’ve made it a top priority to try and get into your buildings, meet you and your teachers on your turf, and start to…

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Sharing Dots

Sharing Dots

Last week, Albert City Elementary School celebrated #dotday for the first time, but I am certain it won’t be the last! In connection with Grandparent’s Day, students thought about the message of the dot! I came to the school and read the book to each…

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PK-2: We can do it, too!

PK-2: We can do it, too!

In all the times over the years that I have prepped for a presentation I have never once felt the gut-wrenching sense of urgency and need that I felt while preparing to share this presentation today. I even got a little choked up as I…

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Stop! In the name of…. learning!

Stop! In the name of…. learning!

I hope you sang the title to yourself just like I did when I was typing it. If you didn’t you should probably try it again – it’s more fun that way. During the wave of early outs due to heat a couple weeks ago…

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Friday Fun: UDL, Media, Vocab., Aurasma

Friday Fun: UDL, Media, Vocab., Aurasma

Friday, I shared a variation of my 9/3/13 presentation to PLAEA Superintendents: Vocabulary Worksheets, No Thank You during Universal Design Learning session for special education consultants and academic strategists. Pam Ahlrichs and Diane Jackson shared the principles of UDL establishing “the why” and demonstrated directions to an activity with…

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Shout out to Fine Arts!

So often our fine arts get lost in the mix of Common Core, Iowa Core, Math and Literacy initiatives, etc – and they definitely shouldn’t! Art and music were some of my favorite classes in school, and continue to be favorites of my own children….

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Swimming in Social Media Water

Swimming in Social Media Water

The paralyzing fear of social media waters is drowning our children, but that fear is misplaced. Our students are online. They have been online. Our students are in the water. They have been in the water. They were in the water long before we even noticed…

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2013 Clarity Data Item 01: Classroom technology integration

2013 Clarity Data Item 01: Classroom technology integration

How often do teachers in the Prairie Lakes AEA region use technology in interesting ways with students? Not nearly often enough… If these reflect your particular school or district, get in touch. We can help! Clarity surveys will be available twice this year: Oct/Nov and…

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