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“Flocabulary” Vocabulary, “Week in Rap Jr.” AND a Giveaway!

I’ve always been a fan of Flocabulary, ever since I played the “Five Elements of a Story” video for my class for the first time. They have evolved so much since then. They offer songs and videos in every subject,and so much more.READ MORE

Personalized Learning Via TedxTalks…The Joy of Being a Facilitator!

My 4th graders are working on TEDxTalks.

Yep, they are creating TEDxTalks.

I posted this assignment in the “ALL DONE” folder on our Schoology page, and they all gravitated towards it like moths to a light. READ MORE.

Google Voice Typing- YES! or BOO!?

When Google Voice Typing was announced all over the Blogosphere, I rejoiced!

And just like a teacher, I thought about how I could use this in my classroom, and I was happy.

I introduced it to my class the other day, and they were happy.


BUT, now I’m thinking… am I interfering with their ability to learn how to write?

Am I interfering with their ability to navigate a keyboard?

What about spelling? Will it help them become better/worse spellers?


I guess this is one of those Pros and Cons type of things…

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Voki, Speaking Avatars!/GiveaWay!

Techfully Yours Episode 5 VOKI    YouTube blog post pic

 

 

Okay, imagine this. Your students are completing biographies on famous people. You could go the traditional route and have them write a report. OR, you could use Voki.

How much more interesting to hear the report from an avatar that represents a biographical figure, a character in a book, even the student themselves!

The great thing is, Voki can be shared with a link, email, or using the embed code!  READ MORE

Sometimes the Technology Doesn’t Work!

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Yesterday was our first Mystery Skype of the year.
My class was hyped!
Earlier, I tested my webcam, and everything was in order.
It did cross my mind to contact the teacher and do a practice run, but that thought went out of my head as quickly as it went in. (Note to self:Always do a practice run!) READ MORE

“Real Life” Vs. Technology!

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Saturday was our annual cookout. Fun, food, family, and friends! Good times.:)

As I was walking past the group on the deck, I noticed they were passing around a tablet.

When I asked what they were doing they replied that they were playing Scrabble.

I pointed to the table below, and yelled, “There’s a “real life” Scrabble game sitting on that table!”

They ignored me and continued to pass the tablet.

My 23 year old felt the need to remind me that this was 2014.READ MORE…

Hour of Code: My Kids WILL CODE!

 

We missed the first 2 days of Computer Science Education Week because we had Snow Days. As much as I enjoyed those two days off , I was kinda bummed about not being able to have my class participate in the Hour of Code. READ MORE

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