Kalen Crane's Blog (9)

Google Apps

Google Apps is versatile tool that can be used by individuals, professional organizations, and schools alike.  Two years ago I started working with Google Apps in the school that I was teaching at.  A year later, our charter school converted to a full-blown Google school.  Our technology teacher became a Google certified teacher and we never looked back.  Google Apps replaced our e-mail system without changing our e-mail addresses that made it seamless for our parents and families.  We were…


Added by Kalen Crane on February 29, 2012 at 10:26am — No Comments

Experiencing Online Learning


I chose to view an on-demand webinar presented on YouTube through the Google Education network.  I viewed the webinar on Monday, February 20, 2012.  The reason I chose to view this webinar was because at the previous school that I worked at we began using Google on a school-wide basis but only touched on the surface of this amazing tool.  Also, as a busy mother, being able to choose when I viewed this webinar was a real selling point for me.  All of the other…


Added by Kalen Crane on February 22, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments

Virtual Reality in the Elementary Classroom?

Before beginning my research into Virtual Reality, I considered it to be strictly for gaming or the movies!  I did not feel that it had a place in the classroom, especially the elementary classroom.  After researching scholarly articles, I found that, if utilized properly, can be a valuable tool. 

After researching three programs, Neopets, Roblox, and Toontown, I was swayed back to my original belief that Virtual Reality didn’t really belong in the elementary classroom except for use…


Added by Kalen Crane on February 11, 2012 at 9:37am — No Comments

Social Networking and Digital Citizenship

I guess I was a bit naïve when it came to thinking about social networking.  I thought it was only sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter for purely social or commercial reasons.  Boy, was I wrong!  No matter what your interest, there is a social network out there for you, all around the World Wide Web.  Maybe part of my naivety had to do with the fact that as an elementary school classroom teacher, social networking isn’t a part of classroom instruction or conversations since children…


Added by Kalen Crane on February 3, 2012 at 11:44am — No Comments

Cherry Creek School District AUP Wordle

Wordle: Cherry Creek School District AUP

Added by Kalen Crane on January 22, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Blogging About Marzano and Bloom


In college, we were taught all about Marzano and Bloom.  I have to admit that I had a difficult time understanding the value behind these strategies because they were a more abstract concept coming out of a college textbook.  I am sure many teachers can agree with me in that what we learned in our college courses had little to no bearing on what we do as teachers today, or at least as far as we are aware.  For many of us, the practice of teaching has made us the teachers that we are…


Added by Kalen Crane on January 21, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Investigating Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Activity 3Lesson: Wolf! Building Background                      Grade Level: 3                          Subject: Language Arts/Reading                           Teacher:  Kalen Crane

Overview & Purpose

Students will learn critical information about wolves and their plight prior to reading a…


Added by Kalen Crane on January 20, 2012 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Blog Wordle

Blog Wordle

Added by Kalen Crane on January 20, 2012 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Wiki Wordle

Wiki Wordle

Added by Kalen Crane on January 20, 2012 at 7:12pm — No Comments


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