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Middle School Spanish Class Takes a Virtual Field Trip to Mexico

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May 9, 2012
Middle School Spanish Class Takes a Virtual Field Trip to Mexico

The student’s in Ms. Febres’s 7′th grade Spanish classes video conferenced with students from a K-12 school located in Mexico City called Nuevo Continente. Ms. Febres coordinated the video conference session with 4 of her classes.  During each video conference session the students exchanged questions. The students from Mexico spoke in English and our...
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Google Earth.. Not your typical classroom map!

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May 3, 2012
Google Earth.. Not  your typical classroom map!

Google Earth has been available as a free download for computers and mobile devices since 2005. The core feature set is a mapping of the earth using satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D Globe technology. Google earth can be downloaded and installed for free. Click here to download.  Once opened you can start...
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Celebrity Video Conference – It’s just good business!

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April 19, 2012
Celebrity Video Conference – It’s just good business!

Our high school business department had a special guest visit them today.  We hosted a Skype video conference with Barbara Corcoran. Barbara is an extremely successful entrepreneur in the real estate industry. During her impressive career she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. She parlayed the loan into a five-billion-dollar real...
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Connecting Literacy, Technology, Science & Penguins?

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February 14, 2012
Connecting Literacy, Technology, Science & Penguins?

We have been successful with implementing various author Skype sessions in all of our schools. These experience are always positive.  The authors that we have connected with have done a fantastic job inspiring our students. Most notably they have  allowed students to make an authentic connection to the writing process. They connect the strategies...
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A Collaborative Project to Build Bullying Awareness

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February 8, 2012
A Collaborative Project to Build Bullying Awareness

The students in Mrs. Bock’s reading class at White Rock Elementary school wanted to work together to apply what they have learned about bullying, character counts, and the writing process to publish a book about bullying. The students and Mrs. Bock had recently been introduced to Storyjumper  through one of my training sessions. Storyjumper...
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Flipping Instruction Using Video Tutorials K-12

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January 9, 2012
Flipping Instruction Using Video Tutorials K-12

How can we provide individualized instruction, independent learning opportunities, targeted review and supports? These are the questions and the demands of today’s classrooms. How can we differentiate, facilitate learning and utilize technology to simplify the process.  The Flipped Classroom Model of instruction is one example. Student and teacher made tutorials or recorded lectures can...
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Celebrity Chef in the Classroom

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June 10, 2011
Celebrity Chef in the Classroom

I recently helped organize a video conference session for one of our grade 4 classes. The students were learning about the restaurant business. The students in Mr. Rowe and Ms. Hollack’s class in White Rock Elementary School had a special visit with Chef Jeffrey Steelman. Chef Steelman is the corporate chef for Todd English....
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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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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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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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