Ok, let's put our head together. Should we make a time to have a chat on Skype, even though there's a big time difference! I've just added you to my contacts. I'll try to come up with some ideas over the weekend and we can aim to be in touch next week if you like. I'm all for video projects - claymation sounds good to me as well. I've never done that before, so bring it on I say!
Chat to you soon,
I just read the message you left for me in the Distance Collaborations discussion about having Chinese families in your school. I'm sorry I haven't replied earlier! I'd be very interested in putting together some sort of project with you centred around Chinese somehow. See what we can come up with!
The rules section was eye opening for me. The rules started out with lots of negatives, don't do this, never do that, etc. And the consequences were often severe. Check out the history; their perception of our school was far more draconian than I thought it would be! We had a lot of teachable moments there - for teachers and students alike!
JoNelle - I have either 3rd or 4th grade every Tuesday and Thursday 2:40 to 3:10! I would be able to set up a 'hot seat' ala Kim Cofino and they could take turns. Can't project until I swing for one...just bought new glasses...sigh. We cannot download at school so I do not have Skype on school computer to project on SMARTBoard. I also don't know how....yet. Is either time good for you?
We could do it in computer lab and then visit each other's class blogs to read, comment, blog what we thought. Maybe prepare a sentence to the prompt: "My favorite thing to eat is...." + name (first only) + grade (3rd or 4th switch all the time) - what do you think?
Yep. I'll be there working hard (i'm on the planning board) and my job revolves around making sure we have volunteers to scan badges at the sessions or host the desks at registration and information.. There is a wiki to get an assigned slot somewhere if you are interested. Donna Teuber is actually heading it up this year as the SCASL Rep --I did it last year. But I committed to help, and am still on the planning board for whatever that's worth--a cool edtech shirt, free registration, nothing more....
Oh and I'll be presenting on subscribing to blogs and how they help in the pro. dev. dept. (Session Title: Feed the Mind with RSS)
Come on--help out!
I posted information on how to join the Native American project - here it is:
Project Name: On the Trail of the First People
Description: On the Trail of the First People is an online, collaborative standards-based social studies unit that seeks to incorporate information literacy skills with communicative technologies for 4th and 5th grades researching Native Americans. Classrooms located in the Northeast, Southeast, Plains, Southwest, California, Far Pacific Northwest, and the Far North are invited to research tribes indigenous to their area and then share their knowledge with all through the use of Wikis, Blogs and Social Mapping. Register soon - project begins soon! Contact project coordinator, Karen Kliegman -email@example.com, to register.
I'm fortunate to teach in a gifted pullout program. The kiddos only come one day a week but we can use the time in that day as we see fit so it's not chopped up. I'd say at a minimum, using the Lego Robotics, you'd need 6-8 two-hour sessions to hold your first competition. We did the Can-Do Challenge first where the robots have to remove 6 cans from a circle. There is a lot of trial and error at first--after the kiddos know how to program the robots, the next challenge would go much faster.
Remember--once a team starts using a kit, no other team can use that kit because the robot is built around a "brick" (the brain) and needs to remain intact. So, you need one kit for each 3-4 (preferable2-3) kids that they will use the whole time.
I have 4 kits---some years I offer animation to some and robotics to others and then everybody can be working on something at the same time. Let me know if you need any other info. N.
I saw your comment on the Introductions discussion. We don't have a lab or tech teacher per se. I'll get to go from room to room to meet, demo a lesson, etc. Looks like we are in a similar place with splitting time between students and staff. This year should be interesting! Have you looked at the Professional Development group or Professional Development (newlearning.ning) Networks yet? I think they might be helpful too this year. Delete Comment
HI Jonelle, thanks for visiting my page and leaving a message, I also caught your message on voice thread :-) which btw is still my favorite. I know what you mean by spending too much time catching up on all the web20 tools. Great idea to put that video on dotsub, I'll see if I can find it there.