Thursday, August 27, 2009

Learning Can Take Place After School Too!

Here is Jacob playing around with's filters. While he is obviously having fun changing his picture around, he is also making qualitative observations about what those filters do to his picture. The fact that he is sharing what he is doing with others in the class is a bonus.

Robert Talks About Comments4Kids

Here is Robert talking about Wednesday's Comments4Kids assignment. I think this sums up why I think commenting is so important.

How to Sign Up For a Account/Explanation of

Here is a screencast that shows you how to sign up for a account. Here is a link to a bigger size for this video.

Here is an explanation of how the site works. Here is a link to a bigger size for this video.

Here is the link for the 8th Grade group.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Comments4Kids Wednesday

It's that time again, Comments4Kids Wednesday! Below are links I would like you to go to. Read the post and leave a positive, meaningful comment. Here is a link to the blog post that started it all. You may wish to read it before you begin.

A New Bridge Built (with A LOT of heart) BY Maggie Gaughran

"How I See the World Around Me" Room Ten Photo Competition Winners


Melville Intermediate School Singing Group

Calvin's Recount of the "Little Red Riding Hood"

Kapa Haka Week 2

Monday, August 24, 2009

Reflections on Typing

Below is the audio to my fifth hour keyboarding classes first attempt at reflection. As you can tell from the audio, they obviously are not used to reflecting (at least in a classroom setting.)

Because I know reflection is an incredibley powerful part of the learning experience, I know that I need to continue to help them develop this skill. Even in keyboarding I can help my students become better, more reflective learners.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Editing Pictures Using BeFunky is a picture editor that allows you to put "filters" on your picture. It is a pretty basic editing site for your pictures. Go to the site, upload your picture and try out the different filters. When you have decided on a picture or two, click save and choose download to the desktop.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dale Gets It!

Here is a video starring Dale. Yes, he has been featured on the blog before, but he is here now because he gets "it". Assessment should be evaluative in nature and it should be used to help guide learning.

When you get your data back from your assessments, look at the results. What can you do to improve? What strengths did you find to build on? Will you use this information to help you become a better student?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up.

Here are two videos of students that explain what they want to do when they grow up. Notice they really had no idea how to get there from where they are now. Hopefully my questions will prompt them to think about what they need to do.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beginning the Year With Recall

Here is Alan-Michael explaining a quick social studies project to help them recall where the states are in the continental United States.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Typing Pal Online

This year we are moving to keyboarding using Typing Pal Online. I have set my students' goal at 45 words per minute with a 95% accuracy. When they accomplish this goal, they will be using the rest of their semester creating content using tech and web tools.

I am looking forward to the enthusiasm that my students will bring to class when they realize that keyboarding class isn't a semester long sentence with no chance for parole!


Look what I found from last year!

Welcome Back!

Here is a video I made showing some snapshots of my first day back to school. I suspect these scenes repeat themselves throughout all districts on their first day back.

BTW the yellow stuff really is what you think! First day jitters I suppose...

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Always Evolving, Always Changing

One of the best reasons to become more technologically literate is because technology is always changing.That of course requires us to continue to learn, adapt, and evolve. An active mind is a sharp mind. With that in mind, welcome to the next generation of content collection for Noel Elementary,

The picture above shows a screen shot of the beginning of our eight grade group. The purpose of the group is two-fold. First, it is a place for students to display content they create using tech (and non-tech) tools. Second, it is a learning community where students can communicate with each other (and selected adults) so they can further their education. With this site, there are no barriers for learning other than computer/internet access.

So, if you will be an eighth grade student at Noel this year, sign up and get started. If you will be in grades 3-7, be patient. Your group is in the works. If you are a teacher and would like to join our community, email me.