Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Fun - Are you ready?

For my 21st Century Learning class, I have made some terrific modifications to our work and various projects for the 5th Grade Wax Museum. These will help to redefine the expectations of student work. I think the students will find them highly engaging and springboard their excitement to produce very creative work to highlight their knowledge of their Wax Museum character.

In past I have shown this:

So, "Bring it on, Class of 2016, who are you gonna BE?"

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


I am thinking of using KidBlog, because I want my students to be able to have a space to showcase their work, projects, and accomplishments. I would also want them to be able to review and respond to the work they have done, as in a reflection upon their steps in achieving goals and how they felt about their work. This site would allow parents to view the work of the student periodically and have a good sense of how their child feels about themselves as learners. It is also seems to be a site where I could moderate and have a record of student growth throughout the year.

Students can post stories, videos, examples of work, interviews, etc. The possibilities seem endless.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Transforming Teaching with Tablets

How do iPads align with a vision of meaningful and purposeful learning?

iPads are instrumental in our 21st century technology's vision of education and learning. Looking at our daily environments, has helped us to understand what is relevant to individual's interests. We see proof that the varied devices are paramount to how we are growing and experiencing and learning about the world around us.

Connected and "true" learning comes from collaboration, solving problems, communicating a message or meaning, and a stimulation or interest to extend one's knowledge. Most often, this is not a solo endeavor.

In our schools today, devices can foster greater interest in each student's own achievements, build collaboration of ideas and skills, and encourage a greater accessibility for all learning abilities in our classrooms.

Monday, July 13, 2015

DIY Lake Science

I think this app would be great to use as a solo activity for students, as well as for small groups. Students will learn about freshwater ecosystems. There are lots of things to learn via interactive simulations, science experiments, and informational videos. Looking further, there are more science concepts in other DIY science apps.

Day 1 of Ipad class

Hello! I am feeling really psyched, and a bit overwhelmed, at all that I have been exposed to on this first day! Whew!