Monthly Archives: April 2011


I think back to when I first applied for work and I became aware of the democratic ideal that my sex, race, or religion would should be irrelevant to the employer.  Then I went overseas and learned that I needed to … Continue reading

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Digital Footprints and Shadows

The foundation of one’s digital footprint starts in the elementary grades.  Young students who learn to cite sources and use Creative Commons materials properly will be in good hands when the time comes to develop their online self. Students who … Continue reading

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WordPress “Add New Post” Text Box

Still learning… The unbelievable small WordPress “Add New Post” box was making me insane! Thanks to Google I am saved: You can adjust the size of the post box here -> Settings -> Writing -> Size of the post box -> … Continue reading

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Project Plan: Positively Affecting our Planet – Service Learning

I have been working with one of my colleagues this year to strengthen the service learning component of fourth grade social studies.  Our goals were to embed awareness of human impact on the environment throughout the first two units of study (rain … Continue reading

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Planning Next Year Already

After bearing an overwhelming dump of information during the very last session of EARCOS 2001 I have decided to make a few changes in the way my class runs.  In conjunction with it being the time of year when I … Continue reading

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Kindle Direct Publishing for Me and My Students

Poet Janet Wong gave an enlightening presentation about how authors are publishing their work in 2011.  She explained the traditional process of joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and going through a publisher, then compared it to … Continue reading

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Purposeful Project Planning with Purposful Pictures

A couple of years ago I found Animoto and jumped right in with my students.  We made commercials, but were disappointed at not being able to hear the recorded voice over the background music.  I attended Jeri Hurd’s “Animoto” session … Continue reading

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An Essential for All Teachers -Netvibes

I knew that all the personal-tech and teaching-related-tech in my life was overwhelming. Even though new tools and new ideas got me all jazzed up, sometimes I just wanted to turn everything off because I did not know how to … Continue reading

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