Connecting: Classroom Projects

I’ve always felt to was important to be aware of how others in the world live, work and play.  I remember having a pen pal, from Arizona, when I was in 3rd grade.  We’ve lost touch, but I’ll always remember discovering truths about Native Americans, seeing pictures of the different ecosystems and learning a little…

Connecting: Doing It Without Trying (sorta)

This week was a lesson in overdoing. In my classroom, we’re excited about an upcoming field trip where we will be “mission specialists” on a Moon Mission… I just finished “interviewing” all the “job applicants” and will spend the weekend placing everyone in their job positions so they can begin specific job training.  One thing…

Connecting: What Apps do YOU use?

The fun thing about owning a tablet is adding the apps you plan  to use in the classroom (and the games you use during staff meetings… shhhh) Here’s my current fav.. Moon Phase for IPad (I also have a version for Android that is on my phone) What sorts of apps do you use in…

Connecting and Keeping it all in Order

This week we’re all talking about how to connect with each other, our students and  all the other people out there that are stakeholders in education.  This blog is my attempt to make that happen. Another way I connect, organize and keep my finger on the pulse of things is with a never ending list of…

Teacher Leadership, EdTech , #ETMOOC, oh my!

I’m in grad school, working diligently towards my degree in Educational Technology.  The course I started this week is on Teacher Leadership and already, I’m able to see the comparisons to working in educational technology. One article in particular has caused a good deal of reflection for me: Teacher Leadership, by Shelly Kurtz outlines what…

Starting the Project.. .Adding the Technology

So, anyone that has been reading my dribble here may have seen my comments on starting a project with my classes on finding water on Mars.  We’re starting with learning about the Moon, the only planetary body in the solar system humans have visited. Yesterday, we watched the History Channel episode “The Moon” from “The…

#ETMOOC day three.

It gets better and better… So, I’m sitting in the monthly staff meeting when someone says something about the technology department piping in a feed to everyone in the district (cus we all have staff meetings the first Wednesday of the month).. . and this guy comes on and he’s the BRAND NEW Director of…

#ETMOOC day two.

So, I’m so excited about this!  I ran to my desktop at school this morning and emailed some of the teachers I thought might like to participate in this experience.  So, before the day is over, there might be at least one more joining the fray… possibly more! What I’m teaching today and how I’m…

#ETMOOC day one.

Ok, so I was working on my class website over on Edublogs and saw this announcement across the top of the page of my dashboard that kept distracting me.  The scientist in me had to click on it.. and after reading, searching, etc.  I’ve decided I MUST do this… Time is of the essence, so…