Tag Archives: Technology

ISTE 2014

I’ve just finished my very first ISTE conference and wow am I spinning.  So many things to learn, so many smart people to connect with, and so much fun to be had.  Here are a few of my highlights from … Continue reading

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Coming Out of Hibernation with #SHC13 Think Tank!

Those of you that have had a baby will understand when I say that I’ve been in hibernation.  It’s not that I’ve been sleeping my days away, in fact I get less sleep now than I ever have.  My hibernation … Continue reading

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Back to the Beginning

Even though it’s October it still feels very much like the beginning of the year.  One of  the first thoughts that many teachers have about their students is “they look so little!”  It’s true.  Those tall confident students that left … Continue reading

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Classroom Jobs for the 21st Century Classroom

I’ve never been good at class jobs.  I always forget to rotate them.  But the students love having jobs (most of them anyway) and truthfully it’s helpful to have them take care of the little things.  In the 21st century … Continue reading

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#IRA2012

It’s here!  The 57th Annual International Reading Association convention in Chicago, IL.  Things have been so busy lately it really just crept up on us.  But now that it’s here I’m really excited.  I have yet to pour through the … Continue reading

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How Did You Use Technology Today?

Today… my students started their first ever ebook read on their ipads.  They set up a color coding system for thinking notes, important vocabulary, and items to bring to discussion circles. a student who was absent watched the math lessons … Continue reading

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New Way to Help Kids Compose Music?

I love David Warlick’s Video-a-Day blog.  He always finds the most amazing and USEFUL videos.  As I was watching this one below it struck me as a particularly useful tool for teaching kids how to better compose music on Garage … 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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What We Teach vs. What They Learn

or when epubs go wrong… I just sat down to review the exit tickets that my students filled out after reading two contrasting articles about the American Revolution.  I find exit tickets to be a quick way to get immediate … Continue reading

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To Each His Own or How I Invented The iPad

I’m not a fan of Smartboards, I never was.  Shocking I know.  I have actually had people turn their nose up at me when I say that. They insist it’s because I didn’t know how to use it properly, which … Continue reading

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Lingro

Here’s a neat little tool that will help students of all ages with the readability of text on the internet.  It’s called Lingro and it turns any web page into a clickable document so that you can get a definition … Continue reading

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Virtual Book Clubs?

A while ago I wrote a post about using Edmodo for classroom discussions.  When I started this round of book clubs I decided to involve an Edmodo component.  I formed small groups for each of the books and asked students … Continue reading

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Getting Out Of The Classroom…Virtually

I don’t know what taking a field trip is like in your district but in ours you could be buried in paperwork until Summer before you can get out of the building.   I mean, I still consider myself lucky.  Hey, … Continue reading

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People Read Stuff You Put On The Internet

Yesterday my students realized this for the first time.  We’ve been blogging in response to literature lately using kidblogs.  You can read some of my other posts about it here and here. When I set up our kidblogs I chose … Continue reading

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Using Edmodo for Classroom Discussions

For those of you who haven’t taken a foray into Edmodo yet you might want to check it out.  It’s basically a modified Facebook for classroom use.  The teacher has a great deal of control and can establish various groups … Continue reading

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A Great New Blog to Read

There are a host of great teachers out there!  If you’ve found this blog you probably already follow many teacher blogs.  Here is a newer one that I’ve been reading.  Jenny is also a teacher in Chicago and has been … Continue reading

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Text to Speech

Did you know that Pages has a text to speech function?  I just discovered it.  Highlight the text, control click, pick speech-start speaking.  I love this.  Do you know why?  Because I think it would be a great editing and … Continue reading

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Writing, Photography, and the Classroom

I love taking photographs.  If you’ve ever looked at my other blog you will see a wide collection of weird photos from around my neighborhood.  Recently, I used photography to help me think of ideas for the month long Slice … Continue reading

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Spell With Flickr

I know right!  How did I do that?  I was cleaning out my school bag this morning and found a piece of paper left over from the ICE conference with some neat little tools left on it.  This one was … Continue reading

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Paper Slide Show Projects

A few posts ago I wrote about using paper slide shows as a way for students to demonstrate knowledge and integrate technology.  I’m not sure why I chose to take this on the same week as state testing, but they … Continue reading

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