Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Disguise a Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!
It is always an exciting experience when students work together, share their creativity and produce a new project as a class.

First, students listened to the story Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano.
Click on the picture to hear the story.

Mrs. Rogers' Kindergarten students worked collaboratively and helped disguise a turkey and then wrote a story about their new turkey friend.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Gouzie's First Grade Class also worked as a group to design a new turkey and write a shared story.

Click below to see their creation.

Mrs. Dunn's First Grade had so many ideas while writing their shared story I am certain there will be another chapter soon.
Click below to see their story.
Tech Tip:
Use the shortcuts for copy (ctrl+c) and paste (ctrl+v).

Try one on your own.

Disguise a Turkey Template

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A New Twist on Reading Logs

A big part of students' homework is to read at home. Teachers want to encourage all readers to discover the Love of Reading.
While talking with teachers, I discovered there are many varied homework assignments for reading homework. This got me thinking: How can we encourage reading while also fostering creativity? The answer is in something called a HyperDoc.  Students are still reading but they are now given choices on how to share their reading. The Reading Response HyperDoc is set up in grid form where students may select the ones that interest them. Click on the image below to view the November Reading Board.

The collaboration, refection, and sharing are all embedded in many of the student choices. The other documents are view only to classmates.
Here are a few examples:



Sunday, October 29, 2017

MassCue 2017

I was thrilled to attend MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) this year at Gillette Stadium. It was two jam packed days of learning along with other inspiring educators where we discussed ways to enhance learning with technology.

The choices for keynote speakers, workshops, breakouts, exhibitors, and vendors all had me thinking of new and creative ideas to bring back to my teachers and students.

One session that was a new experience for me was using Google Expeditions. Students wearing a set of googles go on a virtual field trip to explore the world while the teacher leads them on the journey.

The keynote speakers always leave the audience wanting for more. One key component of all the speeches was using Innovation in our daily work with students. We were challenged to open the students' minds to new and bigger possibilities and engage students to become leaders in their own learning, by giving choices and encouragement.

Steve Guditus, Director of Educational Technology for my district was awarded a Path Finder award.

I was lucky enough to enjoy lunch with Karen Miller from DoInk, green screen app. We had a thoughtful conversation about the future of this marvelous app.

And of course I found lots and lots of FREE items to bring home.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

FlipGrid Fever

Flipgrid fever is here!
Over the summer I won a year's subscription to FlipGrid and we have been having a lot of fun with it. On this video discussion board students are able to share their thoughts, reflections, and answer questions.

"Bring the back row to the front and engage all of your students. Together! Flipgrid helps all learners define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others. Empathy. That’s what it’s all about! Flipgrid has the most powerful, quick, and easy-to-use recorder in the industry"

Mrs. Ragan's class last week shared their own creative ideas for Halloween this year.
Visit their FlipGrid and even add to it. All posts are moderated.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Build A Jack O Lantern

Who doesn't love a Great Pumpkin design?
Boo! Guess Who?  Me! I love a great jack o lantern!
The month of October brings out our spooky and creative sides.
Using the template for Build a Jack-O-Lantern from Eric Curts that I found on Twitter, students have been creating their own personalized Jack-O-Lanterns.

Here is the collection from Mrs. Corliss' Third Grade Class.

Click in the slides below to view Mrs. Ragan's Second Grade Class

Here is the template:
Click on the slides below to view each original creation.

Teacher Tip:

To get your own copy click HERE. This link will force a copy to your own google drive.
Share your finished Jack O Latern in comments.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Welcome to FlipGrid!
Over the summer I won a subscription to FlipGrid and have introduced many class to this engaging format of reflecting and sharing.
This week on Twitter I came across a Global Reading Project. People around the world were challenged to read one page from the book, Oh, the Places You'll Go! 
Click on the first picture below and listen to the story read aloud. It will automatically play after you click on the first square. Under each picture you will see where it is being read from. Be sure to look out for page 19.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September is Over!

The life of a Technology Integration Specialist in September is like a Talented Juggler.

September brought everyone back to school well rested and eager to learn.
New technology arrived, student and teacher accounts were created, spreadsheets shared, devices labeled, teachers trained, calendars updated, passwords created, students logged in to google, folders organized, digital safety discussed and so much more!

Take a peek into September 2017:

New Chromebooks for both schools.
Creating new accounts.
What is my password?

Organize Google Drive Folders
Create a Grade Level Folder and Share with teacher.

New J Touch TV by InFocus in Grade 5
I know that I can share my computer screen for our new science program.

Google Classroom is set up and ready for student assignments.

Learning Google Doc skills
Where is the Backspace?

Joining Science Class

There is a font named after me! Georgia!

Green Screen is waiting to create magic!
 And this video says it all: