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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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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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Create Your Own STEM Textbook for Free!

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March 1, 2012
Create Your Own  STEM Textbook for Free!

The CK-12 foundation has introduced a new resource called the flexbook. CK-12 provides free access to textbooks for science, technology engineering, math and SAT review. They are now offering the ability to design your own “flexbook”. You can read more about this initiative here.  The web interface allows the user to select chapters from...
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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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Vote for our Middle School Students!

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February 6, 2012
Vote for our Middle School Students!

I  have had the pleasure to work with Dr. Nancy Harris and the students in  her middle school gifted and talented program. We worked on submitting an application to the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest. The contest required participants to develop a solution for an environmental concern in their area that uses STEM. We...
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Authentic Connections With Skype

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January 27, 2012
Authentic Connections With Skype

The student’s in Mrs. Reichel’s grade 1 class in Ellen Briggs School in my district connected with Penguin experts to discuss what they have learned about Penguins. The students had a number of great questions. The event was a great experience for all. See the posting below from Mrs. Reichel’s blog.   Re-Posted from...
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Remember what timelines used to be?

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November 30, 2011
Remember what timelines used to be?

We all know the typical method of timeline creation in schools. “Draw a line, add some dates and document events in chronological order”.  Students will typically use poster boards, markers and possibly cut out images. The students in Mr. Papa’s grade 8 social studies class in our district are putting a new spin on...
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Daily News Site for Teens and Tweens

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October 1, 2011
Daily News Site for Teens and Tweens

Tween Tribune and Teen Tribune are bringing the worlds news and events to the classroom.  Every day they post the most compelling, relevant and interesting news for teens and tweens.  The stories are selected by teens and tweens working closely with professional journalists. Students are provided with the opportunity to comment on these stories....
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Web Based Inquiry Science Resource

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August 3, 2011
Web Based Inquiry Science Resource

The Technology Enhanced Learning in Science Foundation (TELS) is a funded consortium of seven universities, a non profit educational organization and several public schools around the country.  They have released a web-based tool for science instruction called WISE (Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment. Here is a snippet directly from their site: “WISE is a free...
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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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