I guess we're all really busy. I'm not sure whats going on in your end of the world but here in Melbourne we're in forst term so its 'all hand on deck' and very exciting at the moment.
I've just re-structured the year 5 program and its working beautifully :)
apart from that we have an inclusive camps program running, by that I mean our camps are now linked to our curriculum teaching and learning taking the classroom out into the real world.
All very busy in a good way
In Irvington, NY my 6th grade tech classes are working on a digital web portfolio. They create web pages about themselves and about their other classes. They post things in their portfolio that they have done during this school year. THe idea is that they put things in their portfolio that they are proud of. Each subject area page that is created they must tell me the date the project was done; purpsoe of the project; and their personal reflection about how they did etc.
One of their pages has to be done in powerpoint (which is then saved as a web page); another page has to be done in the form of a video. These pages are hyperlinked off of their main page. They also do a photostory about themselves and this is hyperlinked off of their main page too.
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