Saturday, November 03, 2007

Poetry Pizzazz using Voice Thread

Our After School Enrichment students are enjoying using Voice Thread to post some of their favorite poems. It is great to use this tool as a way of collaborating between my two schools. Hey Jude has a collection of links for using Voice Thread on her del.icious account.

Marshall School Cutural Identity Voice Thread

Voice Thread Link to "Poetry Pizzazz"

Teachers Teaching Teachers on Ed Tech Talk about Voice Thread possibilities in the classroom. It features the co-founders of Voice Thread, Ben Papell and Steve Muth

Feel free to browse the poems my students have already featured. They would love to hear your thoughts and responses to their favorites.


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Meme 8 Random Facts

As a glad you're feeling better campaign

for Jennifer Dorman, here goes my first attempt at a meme.

Photo credit: Claudecf

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First, the Rules:

  • Post these rules before you give your facts
  • List 8 random facts about yourself
  • At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them
  • Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged

Here are the eight facts:

1. I spent the summer of 1986 traveling with the Continental Singers. When our singing group was at the border to enter Romania, the guards took all our speakers and instruments. We had three concerts done all in acapella.

2. Growing up with seven brothers has helped me grow thick skin and a BIG heart.

3. I did my first geocaching today.

4. In middle school I played the accordian and received a trophy for my rendition of the Julida Polka.

5. My forensics speech that took me to the state finals was all about the Intelligence of Hogs.

6. My husband and I spent three weeks biking across the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

7. I grew up in Michigan. Our Mennonite family raised sugar beets, navy beans, corn, alfalfa, beef cattle, and swine.

8. My favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8, "God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

I'll tag anyone that reads my blog and has the time and inspiration to Meme 8 Random Facts.

Go for it!


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Family Virtues and Values from Home

My family photo from our reunion

I love the Desmond Tutu quote, "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."

I see my seven brothers carrying on the family virtue of hard work and achievement. Our daughters are able to see the power of their roots when they visit their cousins. It is inspiring to see how we are finding niches of service in our various communities. I'm thankful for the gift of family connections and support.


Friday, July 13, 2007

Green Thoughts

Environmental issues are getting a lot of media attention. A high school girl in our school district created a fabulous public service announcement about "Trail Etiquette".
I love her use of iMovie to share a powerful multimedia message. What a great way to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Another reason I'm thinking so many green thoughts is that our daughter is traveling with the EMHS Discovery 2007 group. Their web site will give you an insight into their deeper learnings about land stewardship.

"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics. ... A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land."

Aldo Leopold in 'Land Ethic'


Friday, June 29, 2007

Collaboration with Claymation

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to learn the beginning steps of creating a claymation movie using iMovie. The deepest joy came as I had a chance to collaborate with a fellow teacher at my school. We commented about working together more in the future. If we had more shared planning time during the school year, this would become a reality. My vision for the coming school year is to strive to collaborate more with classroom teachers. It is a tricky goal. At our elementary level, there are few moments that we can find for shared planning.

How have you found creative ways to collaborate in the school setting? I'm eager to hear ideas from others.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Literacy Learning using Digital Storytelling

Embedded below is a movie clip of the digital stories that my First, Second and Third Graders created. I saw them edit and revise their storyboards and scripts since they knew they were going to have a real audience.

I like what Bud the Teacher said in his blog,

"The change comes when we begin to realize the power of sharing the information, of making the walls more transparent."

The Learning and Laptops blog features ninth grade honors students as they explored the BIG question, "What does literature say about human beings?"

Emotions come to the surface as I witness literacy learning at its most real and meaningful level.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Students Discovering Symmetry and Congruency in the School

My first graders used their digital cameras and iMovie software to capture examples of symmetry and congruency in our school.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pay Attention

Please take a few minutes to watch the movie clip that I found on Teacher Tube: "Pay Attention". It motivates me to make sure that I create our students' curriculum that is appropriate to their current needs.

Teach Me More About...

* A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy
* Using Google in the Classroom - Google Tools Podcast, Google Docs Podcast, Internet Survival Tools
* Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships
* Blogs (Social Software in the Classroom)
* Wikis
* Podcasts - Podcast Creation Guide (Apple), How to podcast
* Geocaching Games
* Google Earth
* Webquests
* E-Portfolios
* Virtual Manipulatives
* Cellphones in the Classroom
* iPods in the Classroom

The life long learner is open to making her classroom more appropriate for the students that walk through her classroom door this fall.

An additional nugget for reflection: Shift Happens

The enhanced, revised, expanded, etc. Did You Know/Shift Happens video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod:


Monday, May 28, 2007

Finished products: PSA using iMovie

Here is what my students created using iMovie software.

Public Service Announcements

I enjoyed seeing the students apply their writing skills as they wrote drafts of their scripts.
Limiting the clips to 15 sec. caused a lot of discussion about what are the main ideas to cover in the message.

Attending the Northeast Discovery Educators Conference in Valley Forge was my place for inspiration. I love to integrate technology into our learning in real life ways.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Public Service Announcements

My students are currently working on creating public service announcements. These are the topics that they have developed so far: 1. Bike Helmet Safety 2. Healthy Snacks 3. Seatbelt Safety 4. Internet Safety 5. Test Taking Tips 6. Environmental Awareness

It is exciting to see them type up their scripts and edit their storyboards. Now as we edit the video clips, we are trying to make them more clear, concise and convincing.

I'll be eager to see their finished products.