Monday, May 14, 2012

Dynamic Landscapes Take Away

Last week I headed to Burlington, VT with some colleagues to attend Dynamic Landscapes.  Friday morning started off with the hilarious and engaging Jennifer LaGarde.  @jenniferlagarde talked about Personal Learning Networks (check out her SlideShare on PLNs), and the power of Twitter and Blogging in developing her professional community and furthering real world connections for her students.  As LaGarde talked about her Twitter epiphany and transformation from a consumer to a contributor, I sat thinking about how closely her story echoed my own foray into social media.  The best part of her talk was that she inspired some of our teachers to jump on the bandwagon. Check out @vielleuxcrew, @readinginVT, @VTgradeone, and @chicksinfirst. These teachers are starting their journey into the Twitter world, so follow them and send them some encouragement as they find their way.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2 New Summer Courses at Hartford!

Check out these two new blended learning summer courses.  If you are interested in the Summer Techsploration contact Amanda, and if you are interested in the Unit Design contact Amanda and Suzan.

Little Bird Tales Project

Most students were able to finish their Little Bird Tale narrative and record their voice on their story. They were very excited to add their own voice to their story and really enjoyed listening to and watching their classmates' stories!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is an interative real-time behavior management tracker.  Class Dojo allows teachers to create a virtual classroom complete with avatars for each of your students.  Teachers at DBS have the website up on their SmartBoard during class and are able to give students immediate feedback about positive and negative behaviors by rewarding/deducting points and comments. Students are also able to help monitor their behavior by adding points to their name once they have completed a task.  This program is free, easy to use, and motivating to students.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Inspiration and National Parks

Our 4th graders have begun their research project on Western National Parks using the interesting and information National Park Website:  To start their project, they have been tasked with using the program Inspiration to organize their information before they create their Power Point presentation.  Most students had used Kidspiration before and were comfortable with the visual organizer format.