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Archive for May, 2011

Documentary Resource for the Classroom

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May 31, 2011
Documentary Resource for the Classroom

Snag Films is website that provides free access to thousands of documentaries and independent films. Some of the films are published by well-known documentary makers and others are first timers. Snag allows for free viewing and sharing of all of their published videos. The videos can be saved to a widget that can be...
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Inspiring Young Writers With A Skype Author Visit

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May 23, 2011
Inspiring Young Writers With A Skype Author Visit

The students in Mrs. Carline’s grade 1 class at Cozy Lake School recently completed an author study of Doreen Cronin. Ms. Cronin wrote the Farmer Brown books Click Clack Moo, Giggle Giggle Quack and Dooby Dooby Moo. She also wrote The Diary of a Spider, The Diary of a Worm and The Diary of...
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Guided Reading Groups Cross State Lines

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May 20, 2011
Guided Reading Groups Cross State Lines

The students in Ms. Reichel’s grade 2 class at Briggs Elementary School have opened their classroom by partnering with another grade 2 class located in Tennessee. Ms. Reichel had previously hosted whole class video conferences with her class in which all of the students engaged in a series of questions, answers and discussions. Although...
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Awaken Your Curriculum With Skype Interviews

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May 19, 2011
Awaken Your Curriculum With Skype Interviews

Financial responsibility, goal setting, savings options and of course technology,  are just a few topics covered in a White Rock elementary school  fourth grade classes. Students in Mrs. McLeod and Mrs. Brzostowski’s collaborative classroom enjoyed learning about financial decision making using a program called “Feed the Pig”. Students worked in groups to create financial...
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Using Skype for Grade Two Book Talk

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May 13, 2011
Using Skype for Grade Two Book Talk

The students in Ms. Johansson’s grade two class at our Cozy Lake Elementary School are taking their book talks around the country. Today the students in Ms. Johansson’s class hosted their first online book talk with a grade two class in Dillwyn Primary School located in Buckingham County Virginia. The project was organized by...
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Authentic Learning With Skype – Sea Turtles

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May 6, 2011
Authentic Learning With Skype – Sea Turtles

I recently worked with a grade 4 class in one of my elementary schools. Mrs. McLeod and her students were very interested in sea turtles. Her students were conducting research on the various types of turtles. Mrs. McLeod attended a workshop that I presented on video conferencing in the classroom. Upon completion of this...
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Primary Source Documents in Social Studies

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May 4, 2011
Primary Source Documents in Social Studies

Primary sources are the building blocks of history. They are not limited to printed documents. They may also be artifacts, places, sounds and images. When primary source documents are used in instruction they expose students to various perspectives on issues from the past. They promote inquiry. Students engage in question asking, critical thinking, inferencing...
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