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District Academy Awards 2012

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June 15, 2012
District Academy Awards 2012

On Monday June 11, 2012 we hosted our second annual academy awards ceremony. This was the first time that it has been a district-wide event. Previously it was limited to only the Middle School.   I developed this event with our middle school gifted and talented teacher, Dr. Nancy Harris.  The purpose is to...
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Kindergarten Class Visits Chile

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June 11, 2012
Kindergarten Class Visits Chile

The students in Mrs. Curry’s Kindergarten class have been learning about similarities and differences between ourselves and others and how to celebrate differences. They are also learning  about communities and maps.  They decided to take what they know about their community and share it with others.   Recently they hosted a Skype video conference with  Tia...
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Grade 5 Class Winners of Digital Earth Day Contest

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May 30, 2012
Grade 5 Class Winners of Digital Earth Day Contest

The student’s in Mrs. Halsall’s grade 5 class in White Rock School were recognized as winners of the Glogster Edu Earth Day Contest. The contest required students/classes to develop digital posters that explore methods to go green in your community. The Glog they created contains text, images, video and audio.  Mrs. Halsall used a...
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A Personal Interview With A Forensic Psychologist

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May 21, 2012
A Personal Interview With A Forensic Psychologist

On May 17, Miss Zegas’s AP Psychology classes engaged in a Skype conference with Dr. Shari Berkowitz at Roosevelt University, http://sites.roosevelt.edu/sberkowitz/.  The conference was sparked by an overwhelming interest in memory and attention by the AP Psychology students. Dr. Berkowitz is a forensic psychologist who specializes in memory, the creation of false memories, and...
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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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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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Student Book Reviews Using Google Sites

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March 30, 2012
Student Book Reviews Using Google Sites

Our district is a member of Google Apps for Education. We have started to use Google Sites for a number of initiatives. We started to use Sites for teacher websites in some of our schools. We also  used Sites to build instructional resources. Our interactive Pyramid of Intervention and  Collaborative Group Work Resource are...
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A Creative Approach to Representing Content Receives Recognition

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February 24, 2012
A Creative Approach to Representing Content Receives Recognition

Congratulations to Mr. Levine, a social studies teaching in our high school. Mr. Levine has been using Glogster EDU as his primary method of delivering instructional content to his students.  His recent Glog on FDR and The Great Depression has been published as a top 5 Glog on the Glogster Edu website. You can...
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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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