Category Archives: 2.0 Tools

Lessons From The Trenches of The Slice of Life Challenge

It’s been a crazy month.  Crazy.  Why?  Because both I and my students have been participating in the Slice of Life Challenge dreamed up by the amazing ladies at Two Writing Teachers.  To sum it up: write everyday, comment on … Continue reading

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Stop Motion Time!

  My Clementine from Katie Muhtaris on Vimeo. I recently made this stop motion video for the Slice of Life challenge and quite a few people were asking me how they might create one as well.  Let me tell you … Continue reading

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Ramping Up Reading Conferences

I had a great discussion with my student teacher the other day.  Well, really it was more me talking through a line of thinking and her listening politely as she wondered “why am I stuck with this crazy woman?”  I … Continue reading

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Croak.it! So amazing I can’t imagine life without it!

Croak.it! Yay! I love you, Croak.it! You’re amazing! I heard about Croak.it a few months ago on #1stchat (a weekly conversation about 1st grade on Twitter every Sunday at 7:00 CST).  I believe the amazing Karen Lireman  tipped me off … Continue reading

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Honoring the PLN

It’s been an unusual start to the school year. I have my largest class ever. I went on strike.  It’s the middle of October, but only the 26th day of school.  Things feel a little weird. In times like this, … Continue reading

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What’s on Your Flipboard?

I’ve been using Flipboard on my iPad for some time.  I love the way that it lays out text from different websites.  This year we’ve loaded the free Flipboard app onto student devices and we’ll be starting the year with … Continue reading

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How do we effectively use technology?

In our classroom, first grade students use the iPad and Web 2.0 tools to build comprehension, expand audience and interact with the world!  Our goal has been to go beyond substitutional interactions with the device and seek tools that modify, … Continue reading

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We are bloggers!

Currently, each student in my class hosts a blog on Kidblogs.org.  Kidblogs is a safe and easy blogging site for students.  There are various settings that allow the teacher to manage visibility and access. Each child enters his or her … Continue reading

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A Midpoint Inquiry Check in 1st grade

As you may know from Katie’s posts, we are up to our elbows in inquiry circles across the school!  On Friday we will have our once-a-year, doors-wide-open inquiry celebration for grades PK-8.  Get ready… Currently, I have 10 inquiry circles … Continue reading

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A Big Day for Big Learning! Active Agents in a Digital World!

What a great day in first grade! We had a big day of learning and saw exactly how our thinking matters in the larger community. Way to live a curious life first graders! Each Wednesday we follow Wonderopolis.org and engage in our … Continue reading

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It’s That Time of Year Again….Explore More!

Explore More is upon us.  If you’d like a little background you can read some of my posts from last year’s Explore More where we did Literature Inquiries. Getting Into Beyond the Book Inquiry Organizing for Inquiry Knee Deep in … Continue reading

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ICE 2012

What a week!  Thank you to the Illinois Computing Educators conference team for planning and hosting a tremendous event!  Thanks to all who attended our session, Transforming Classrooms with the iPad.  Katie, Carolyn and I appreciated your enthusiasm and support!  … Continue reading

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Early Childhood App Review

Ok, so many of you have been asking…what apps are you loving right now in first grade? Here is the “short list.” 20 apps that are (mostly) affordable and exceptionally appropriate for students who are six and seven-years-old. Each day … Continue reading

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Talking Tech @ Tech Talk

Yesterday I attended a conference here in Chicago called Tech Talk.  It was exciting to see so many great things going on in our district and it gave me a sense of hope, at least for the schools who have … Continue reading

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My New Obsession: Pinterest

Yes I’ve just drunk the Pinterest Koolaid.  It’s soooo good.  I’m going to use it to collect teaching resources both technology and non technology related.  Feel free to follow me. : )

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Donalyn Miller, Franki Sibberson, Sara Kajder & Teri Lesesne

If you’ve attended a national conference like NCTE, you know how tricky it is to plan your daily schedule to maximize your conference experience and see all the speakers on your “must see” list.  Especially at NCTE–many people I wanted … Continue reading

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Using Edmodo in Writer’s Workshop

We’re at the beginning of a new unit of study in Writer’s Workshop, list articles.  We usually start every unit by delving into a variety of examples in the genre and creating a chart of qualities.  I thought I’d try … Continue reading

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Active Literacy With iPads (and some other technology too…): Part 2

Gradual Release of Responsibility Learning how to really implement a gradual release of responsibility model has been one of the most powerful things in my teaching career.  This model sets up a framework for how instruction gradually moves from teacher … Continue reading

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iPad Photo Sharing

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to set up an organized and easy photo sharing system for my students to access on their iPads.  I used to have students copy anchor charts into their notebooks.  But I always … Continue reading

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Day 12: Setting Students up for 2.0

There are two websites that I use a great deal in my class.  Edmodo and Kidblogs.  I have chosen these two sites because they enable me to create an online collaboration space for students while still maintaining privacy and control.  … Continue reading

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