ideas

PBL…Great ideas popping up everywhere!

Project based learning (PBL) is defined by Wikipedia as: A student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or…

tech

“We are all Technology Teachers”

I’ve been teaching many years and have seen the different forms of technology, but I had always been too nervous to dive in and try some of it, I just left it for the technology teacher. I have been doing myself and my students an injustice by having technology seen as a separate subject. I…

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Back to school night revamped (Course 3 Final)

After all the readings and learning about designing a good presentation, I decided early on that my final project was going to be redoing my back to school night presentation (This was fresh on my mind from the most recent back to school night in early September). I will admit, after reading Design with Better…

notetaking

Thoughts on infographics and visual note taking

Infographics seem to be everywhere. I had just finished watching the presidential debate and before it even ended, I noticed different infographics displayed that listed several facts, key information, and data  about the debate. Even though I listened to the debate, I learned much more by looking at some of the infographics created. I had…

whatsyourstory

An attempt at digital storytelling

Each week as I’ve read more about presentations, I continued to revamp and think about the back to school presentation I will fix up. This week was no different, however, after reading Holly Fraser’s post Finding My (Presentation) Zen, I began to think about how I can also use presentations in the classroom more effectively.…

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Still thinking

I had a lot of a-ha moments while reading week three’s suggested readings and watching the videos! I was very excited when I read the article Story Telling Advice from Akira Kurosawa and watched his video because I immediately thought of the Writer’s Workshop in my kindergarten classroom.  Akira uses an analogy of writing a…

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There’s so much more to a picture!

I always love looking at pictures and nice designs, but I had never really thought about all the design details that go into it. If someone were to ask me why I liked something, I would simply say, I like looking at pretty pictures (very simple, I know).  However, as Linda Burmark stated from Visual…

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It’s So Pretty…I think

Over the years, I have had a lot of experience designing different web pages beginning with MySpace (I always added pink cutsie stuff there) to a class webpage and now my blogs. I will be completely honest, even though I’ve had some experience designing different web pages, I am still not completely sure what I…

world

Course 2 Final Project: Global Collaboration

I had many different ideas and thoughts about what I wanted to do for the final project. I decided another unit plan was the best option for me, but then I needed to figure out who to collaborate with. I know from reading many of their blogs that Holly Fraser and Linda Grunwald both teach…

difference

Children Can Have Their Voices Heard!

Kids are creative in so many ways and thanks to the internet the ability to share their creativity has spread dramatically! I was shocked to listen to the Scott McLeod’s TedX discussion about Martha from Scotland to learn that she was only 9 years old!  While watching her on Martha Payne: “Changing the World” I…