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Go Noodle-Awesome & Easy DPA for the Classroom

Go Noodle is a new website that helps teachers have easy, quick and motivated brain breaks. It has songs, dances, Zumba, and even Olympic events that feature real Olympic athletes. I really like Go Noodle because it also has calm down videos such as Airtime, which focuses on breathing, yoga, and Flow which focuses on changing the students attitudes and stress levels.



The BEST PART of Go Noodle is the motivation part. Before you begin the videos, your class chooses a Classroom Champ. As they exercise and do the videos the Classroom Champ grows and grows. When you reach Level 5 you earn a certificate that you can print off and put up in your classroom.

The Classroom Champs:


Freckles Sinclair after doing 60 minutes of Go Noodle:


My classroom routine: I personally use Airtime and Flow every morning to get us ready for learning. I use the fun dancing videos during our transition periods to give us a brain break.

My Classroom Go Noodle Screen right now:


I really like how Go Noodle switches and adds new videos often so we get new ones to try out. Recently, they put on Gummy Bears and “What does the fox say” and my students screamed with excitement.

This is a must in every classroom! It’s fun and gets your class moving so they can focus and learn!

Reasons why all educators NEED a twitter account!

At first, I didn’t understand Twitter at all and was very reluctant. Then I made an account, but was still really confused. Now, I use it on a daily basis and love it. Here are my reasons why all educators should have a twitter account.

1) Support:
Are you feeling overwhelmed and feel like you need some help or advice? Twitter has a massive amount of amazing educators who are more than happy to help you. Twitter is a community. We share, learn and discuss. Just ask for help – it is there!

2) Asking Questions:
Maybe you just got new technology in your classroom and need resources. Just ask!

For example:



We are all here to learn and grow together!

3) New Exciting Technology/Professional Development:
Nowadays there is always a new term, app, website or tool. Being on twitter helps you keep up to date and lets you to determine what can help your classroom.

Twitter is also the way that I’ve found about many awesome Professional Development opportunities such as @EdcampOttawa, @PlaydateOttawa, #DENVirtCon, EdmodoCon and so many more.


This is a pic of the @PlaydateOttawa team planning our event!

4) Cool projects:
There is always cool new projects that you can join in. Right now I’m part of @MrsWideen “Full of Beans Global Project” which focuses on K-2 classes growing beans and sharing their learning by blogging, taking pictures, journaling, and skyping. image

I also found out about @SkypeClassroom through twitter. It is a site that you can request or find people to skype with about certain topics. I have chatted with many classes around the world, read stories with them, and spoken to authors.

image5) Educational Chats:

Every night there is a different chat going on. There are chats for new teachers (#ntchat), Canadian Teachers (#cdnedchat) and so many more. @Cybraryman1 has a huge list which you can find here. These chats help you connect with other educators, talk about new resources, or different teaching techniques.

Want to mirror your phone or iPad on your computer to show your class? Check out this awesome website! It’s free if you have Airplay on your phone or iPad. I used it today and it worked perfectly!

Looking Closely – a new way to look at our world

Looking Closely is a new way to look at our world. I found out about this through my Twitter feed and then noticed there is an article in my “Professionally Speaking” magazine. Angie Harrison was featured in the magazine, working on Looking Closely with her kindergarten class. I wasn’t really sure what it was all about but was eager to learn about it. I’m going to start working on this in the new year. Want to join me?

Step 1: Sign up for an account @ through @HeatherMMcKay.

Step 2: Buy or request from a library Frank Serafini books.


Click on this link for a great preview of what his books are about —>

Here are some resources straight from Frank’s website—>

Step 3: Start reading Frank’s books with your class. Get your class excited about guessing what the item is.

Step 4: Make a chart with your class or the students can do it individually.


Step 5: Start write captions for Frank’s books or other photos you are looking at.

Step 6: Take your own photos and write captions.

Step 7: Discuss with your class about making your own class book. Decide what you want to look closely at. My first book might be “Looking Closely at our classroom” and then expanding it to the whole school or out city.

Step 8: Start focusing on what your students wonder about and begin to dive into finding out more information about that.

Some resources to help you:

One Small Square by Donald Silver

A Place of Wonder by Georgia Heard

Andy Goldsworthy-Environmental Artist

Hi Guess the Pic App

To Look Closely by Laurie Rubin

Sesame IO Vision


Easily create your own lessons with rubrics and checklists that align with curriculum standards and learning skills.


Use Sesame Snap to capture real artifacts of learning that are accompanied by your assessments.


Clearly communicate comprehensive learning progress with personal learning portfolio for every student.

And it has Ontario Curriculum!!!!!!!

Sesame IO Vision

Do you have an iPhone/iPad or iPod? If you do, grab the free Redstamp app. It has tons of free cards to say thanks, congratulations, happy birthday and so much more. They also have a back to school section.

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