Friday, May 1, 2015

Two Great Projects Going On!

Here are ELC our students and teachers have been creating content like never before! I am so excited as to how far we have come in the past two years! Two awesome projects going on right now that I can't wait to share out the final projects are:

1. Iowa History ~ 5th Grade ~ Landmarks
Students are using PicMonkey, ThingLink and Google Maps to showcase their Landmark. Students get to choose their landmark and then report out on it. The projects are coming together so well. Mrs. Reeves and I got the idea from the My Tech Adventure Website. We modified to meet the needs of Mrs. Reeves and her classes. As soon as we finish up these projects, we will be sharing them with our community and others around the world!

2. Persuasive Newscasts ~ High School Speech
Students are creating newscasts using a green screen and the iPad App TouchCast. Mrs. White and I rolled this out today to the students and they are flying with it! We even had the students teaching us, which was GREAT! These won't be done for a few weeks but as soon as they are finished we will be sharing them.

Our teachers here at ELC are doing some amazing things and I am only highlighting a couple here. We have come along way and still have things to work on but we are improving each day. I am so proud of our staff and how they have embraced integrating technology into their classroom purposefully. We have only just begun!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Blogging Buddies

Currently I am working with High School Contemporary Reading teacher, Mrs. Wheatley and 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Christensen on blogging. The seniors and 1st graders all have their own blog. High school students are using Blogger and the 1st grade students are using Google Docs. Today the 1st graders commented on the high school blogs. In the seniors first blog post they talked about their favorite book and asked their readers to tell them about their favorite book. The first grade students enjoyed writing back and talking about their favorite book.

Why should students blog? Here is a great post from George Couros that explains just five reasons that students should blog. There are so many benefits that we gain when we blog. Student authentic voice, writing practice, composing, creating, connecting, acquiring of digital skills are just some of the benefits I can ramble off the top of my head.

What do you see as the benefit to blogging?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 is going to be GREAT!!!

Well, it has been a while since I last updated my blog...no excuses but I have been busy!

I am so excited to see our teachers embrace technology and infuse it within their curriculum. The best thing the technology is not the center of the lesson. The technology is just a tool to help them achieve the learning! I know we have things that we can and will make better in regards to technology but we have come along way in 1.5 years.

We just received another shipment of Chromebooks. We are trying to decide the best model to go with although they essentially do the same thing.

We will be busy this spring getting ready for our roll out to our 9-12th grade students this fall. Our high school teachers have done a great job of trying some new things within their classroom to get ready for the 1:1 environment.

Today, Mrs. Wheatley (High School English) & Mrs. Christensen (1st grade) teamed up to work with Storybird and write stories. This is a first step in a collaboration effort between these teachers that is only emerge with awesome learning! Here are some of the pictures of the high school students helping the 1st grade students get logged in and begin their first story.

2015 is sure to be a challenging but awesome year!!!