This year my goal is to have student voice and choice be the most important thing in my classroom. We started this by creating our class name. We brainstormed for longer than I had expected, a week and a half. I was waiting for a name so I could create a classroom blog and twitter account. We came up with some great names: Tech Titans, World Skypers, The Skypers Crew. We ended up voting and the winner was Tech Titans.
You can check out our blog (a work in progress) here, and follow us on twitter @techtitans4. We are still working on a logo for our twitter page so check on that later.
I decided instead of me going ahead and creating a blog, I would leave it blank and get students to see some examples of what class blogs can look like.
I created a Google Doc with classroom blogs that I find inspiring and shared it with my students.
Blogs to Check out:
Grade 1: http://.edublogs.org/
Grade 1/ 2: http://www.mslimscassidysclassrenmansroom.blogspot.ca/
Grade 1/ 2: https://mrsbowkersclass.edublogs.org/
Grade 3 / 4:http://epcotclass.blogspot.ca/
Grade 4/5: http://www.awesomegeniuses.blogspot.ca/
I gave each table a blog to check out first and then when they were done, they could move onto any blog they were interested in. I introduced Google Docs to my students and got them to make a list about what they want our blog to look like.
Here is our list:
- Tweet Attachment thingy
- pictures of field trips we had
- Contact Us button
- Comment Section
- Calendar of special events
- Book Reports
- Share the sites we use to learn.
- add a background to make it look yum yum
- Custom Font
- Challenges for other classes
- Filter to make us Fab!
- A follow us button
- Subscribe Button
- Events that people will want to see. not boring!
- secret missions
- birthday parties
- math models
- science experiments
- PJ day
- track and field
- videos of things we did in class
- good information
- different people can write about it
- making robots and castles and then take a pic
- explain what we did in the day
- put our goals put labels of what we did
- put good pictures of our work
- write about people who visited our class
- fun background on the blog
- Everybody can write their own post ones at a time,like whats happening at school,what is their feeling today are they happy for example, whats their comments about todays experiment on Science.Taking pictures from important events.
- you have to finish your work on time. you have to be polite. you have to know what you’re writing.
A great list for our first look at classroom blogs. I’m so excited to work with these students this year!
Recently I became a Google Education Trainer (GET). I honestly felt so excited to be listed among all of these amazing educators and I knew that my connection to the trainer community would inspire me to be better and more creative.
I’m pretty involved in the Ottawa education community. I have planned Edcamp Ottawa, Playdate Ottawa, am a co-founder of ONEdchat and Think Tank Ottawa. I love to plan events and create spaces for people to learn from each other. When I became a GET I wanted to do something bigger. I kept on thinking about what the education community needed. I am always trying to inspire non-techy teachers to get involved and try something new. I love Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and know how empowering it is for students. I wanted to make it easy for non-techy teachers to teach their students GAFE. I first thought of making step by step videos that teachers could play in their classroom and learn with the students. But then I realized, students do not want to listen to another teacher, they want to listen to their peers. Students listen more and learn better when their peers explain something than when teachers do, so I created Kid Tech Coach.
This website is to provide training for GAFE and other technology for students using videos made by other students. This is a way that students can share their expertise in technology and show their learning.
As an educator, this is a great way for our students to create a positive digital footprint, and it teaches our students collaboration, communication, technology skills and creativity. It also encourages students to learn digital media principles, such as engaging with an audience, production principles, etc.
Please follow us on facebook, twitter, and check out our blog (still in it’s early production).
If you have any videos of students that are already created giving tutorials on technology, you can submit the videos here.
PumpkInferno is outdoor exhibit of around 6,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario. They have partnered up with local schools to display of over one thousand individually painted pumpkins, created by area school children between Kindergarten and Grade 8 from 22 schools in the region.
To see more photos, please click here.
This is an amazing partnership between the community, the schools and the businesses in the area. The students must feel so supported and valued that people come from many surrounding towns to see their artwork and pumpkin art.
This really made me think. What collaborations are we missing? What collaborations would be so easy to set up and we just don’t see it? Local children’s art in local art galleries, students writing in the local newspaper, and science fairs at a local museum.
What collaborations do you have in your school? What great ideas do you have about how to collaborate with your community. Let’s come up with some inspiring collaboration ideas between our schools and our communities.
I have been following Jen Wagner on Twitter for a while now. I had no idea that she was the mastermind behind Projects by Jen that I just discovered.
Projects by Jen is an online project that occur with Pre K – Grade 6 students. There are so many projects that focus on curriculum based learning objectives but that are fun, collaborative and hands on.
She has project listed from stacking Oreo’s (yum), to counting and tallying pumpkin seeds, to exchanging Holidays cards. All of these projects happen in your classroom as well as online where you skype, tweet, and blog with other classes around the world.
To learn more, go to projectsbyjen.com or if you want to dive in, you can register here.
I’m so excited to participate this year! I hope you can join me!