Thursday, January 24, 2013

How Twitter Helped Owen, Middle School B-ball Player, Get His Sports Center Moment


Middle School Basketball Player from Michigan Gets His Sports Center Moment
The Power of a Hashtag - Making Dreams Come True

As I was driving home this afternoon, I heard this very cool story about how the students of a local junior high school in Rochester Hills, MI had used Twitter to help support their teammate.  As I understand the story, there is a young man on the basketball team named Owen Groesser who had been waiting for his opportunity to get into a game all season.  Last night was finally the night and luckily for all of us, there was video camera on hand.

As the story goes on, I learn that Owen is not just any basketball player, but he is a young man that is playing with Down syndrome.  There was a pretty full crowd in attendance as Owen stepped onto the court for the first time last night; however, this didn't seem to distract or unnerve our young hero, as he took his first pass and immediately buried a long three-point shot from almost half-court.  As the video plays on, we'll see Owen play a bit of defense, miss a couple shots, and then with the crowd chanting his name and the clock running down......he drills another one.  Disney couldn't write this script any better.


But it gets even better.

After his teammates rush the floor at the end of the game and celebrate with Owen, they rush to their social media devices and create the hashtag #GetOwenOnSportsCenter

By the end of the night, that's exactly what happened, Owen was on SportsCenter in the top plays segment.  So instead of this being a story that happened in a gym in front of about 100 people, some great teammates and social media put Owen's story in front of the world.


Owen is incredibly humble in his interview and he and his teammates should be very proud of their  amazing story and great example of how "word of mouth" has evolved with social media.

Simply amazing.  Great job Owen!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Common Core Elementary Apps Created by Teachers for the @iTooch App by EduPad!


There is an app for that...

iTooch Elementary is an app covering the official Maths, Science and Language Arts curriculum for grades 3-5.  Each title contains 40-50 chapters and includes 1000-2000 activities.  The apps created by iTooch are currently being used by more than 300,000 students and have been created by teachers to make sure they comply with the U.S. National Common Core Standards.  You can click here to see the teachers behind the development of iTooch.


iTooch Elementary Product Review

The iTooch library opens upon download with options for ten different free downloads (Language Arts, Science, and Math for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, along with a health app for 5th grade).  Since my daughter Riley is in 3rd grade, I went with the 3rd grade Math and Science apps.  


Upon downloading, you'll notice that the option to play or upgrade the app is available.  This is because the developers have made iTooch Elementary free to download and try before you buy it (you get to see about 20% of the app in the free trial).  The upgrade for this particular set is only $4.99; however, I always recommend to try it before you buy it because not all apps are going to be a perfect match for your kidsSo today I'm going to highlight the free trial version for you to see before deciding to upgrade.  

Exploring the Third Grade Math App

Once I opened the 3rd grade math app, I am met with multiple options: Numbers and Operations; Fractions, Decimals, Money; Geometry; Measurement and Data, Graphs and StatisticsEach of the options has between 1-4 units, so you can try a handful before committing to the paid app.  This is a nice feature.  Since Riley has recently been working on fractions and decimals, I went there first.  

The questions that came across the screen were varied in difficulty and structure.  Some were heavily worded story problems, while others were very brief and to the point.  

Here are some examples that the app generated for fractions and decimals
  • "What is the denominator?" 
  • "Johnny has 100 jelly beans.  20 are pink, 20 are yellow".......(this leads on to about 5 questions)
  • "What would happen if we added 1/8 to what we already have?"
What we see above are some really good practice questions.  There wasn't a significant attempt to provide instruction, but it appears in later chapters there may be a lesson attached.  The app primarily is founded in providing thousands of really good practice problems for those that need extra practice, skill-building, reinforcement, or just want a challenge.

This is not a content creation app where students will be working on higher level Blooms activities, but it does provide a lot of quality questions that are beneficial for learning.  
   
One feature that I found very cool was the intuitive link to the calculator on the iPhone.  On many questions in which a number was going to be the answer, when you click the line, the calculator pops up instead of the typing keyboard.  It's nothing earth-shattering, but is is a cool little trick to get straight to the numbers and avoids multiple clicks (and the frustration that comes with multiple clicks).  In other chapters, I understand this also happens with a chalkboard when needed.



Addressing the app's features and benefits

On a review of this same product for a different site, I read that because the app was not heavily grounded in instruction, only questions, it should be viewed as a worksheet replacement.  While I agree that the app may not be particularly strong at providing direct instruction, I personally think that this tool is light years ahead a worksheet in a number of ways.

First, there are the visual differences.  Many of us become more engaged when we are visually stimulated.  Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram have all built worldwide networks based heavily upon visual stimulation.  So taking a look at the screencaps below, captured from iTooch Elementary's 3rd Grade Science app, I would argue that the photos below are much more engaging than the black and white worksheets of yesteryear, and can much more easily transmit ideas and hold a student's attention than a worksheet.

 

Secondly, once a student has completed some practice questions, they can click over to test mode.  The test mode within the app is timed and gives the student immediate feedback on their performance, earning points toward belts and other achievements.  They can also keep up with the activities of friends through the leader-board if you wish. 

And third, the apps will soon add an enhancement that allows them to always be up to date, as they will be doing an automatic sync behind the scenes on your device whenever there is an internet connection available.  This combined with the fact that worksheets seem to disappear after being turned in/handed back and the app will never get lost provided an opportunity for the most up to the minute information to always be at the student's fingertips.  


Additional Features from iTooch


If your not an iOS user, this tool is also available on Windows 8.






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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Web 2.0 e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide



Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series
E-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about e-publishing: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.?

There are a lot of great publishing tools out there today, and many can save you a lot of time.  Publishing electronically can be easy and affordable for teachers and students alike, and there is a certain level of accomplishment that a student will feel when they see their works published.

Personally, I'm an avid user of many different platforms for e-publishing.  Whether looking for a place to share your own ideas, or providing a place for your students to safely share theirs, there is a growing market of e-Publishing tools that can help.  On some of these tools we might have varying levels of expertise, but even with some experience I still find on occasion that I may need to use a function that I am a novice at, or will get stuck.  No need to panic - I've got my trusty Web 2.0 quick guide, which can help me sort out the new tool in a snap.

e-Publishing Tools
click here to download the free e-book 

Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi (a brilliant mind) has been developing an educational series of web 2.0 tools.  Now, we can all get more comfortable with the language of the collaboration tools we may have been avoiding.  One of his most recent collections in his series is: E-Publishing ToolsThis e-book is available for free through Scribd.  You can view it online for free, download it for a cost, and even print a copy to organize in a binder (Scribd members).  The resource is organized into ten chapters.  

Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references.

The detailed pictures really support understanding the tool:




Once you are on the Scribd site to view this resource, I encourage you to share it with others so that we can all benefit from these tools.  You can download the document or embed it onto another platform.  If you have the following networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, please be sure to click the buttons you will see to the left of the document and share this resource.



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Monday, January 21, 2013

Teaching Empathy to Elementary Students Through a Charming Read Aloud


The Potato Chip Champ: Discovering Why Kindness Counts

- click here to see the book on Maria's site - 

Our second graders were lucky enough to have the super cute and insanely talented Maria Dismondy come into our school and speak with us about becoming an author.  Maria is an award winning children's book author, and she just happens to be from Michigan (yay!).   Her book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is currently getting transformed into a play for the big stage - way to go, Maria!

When Maria came to our school, our children were so excited.  We have nearly 70 second graders between the four second grade teachers.  We all met in my colleague's room to meet and listen to Maria.  Every child was immediately captivated by her energetic spirit and engaging demeanor.  Maria knew exactly how to handle the group of 70 second graders; she is a former elementary teacher herself.

Backing Up... a Bit of Background about Bullying

Our school has a bullying program, and we are required to host class meetings.  These are a special part of our day where we really bond and share together.  We often use a meaningful book to ignite the conversation.  We have used all of Maria's books in our class meetings.  They're perfect!

When one of my students turned in a reading response that discussed one of Maria's books, I was over the moon.  The one book this girl shared was one that we had not read as a class.  I was excited to tell that student that I knew Maria.  This young (and precious) seven year old and I chatted about how amazing it would be if Maria could come to meet our class.  

I emailed Maria, and she graciously set up a date to come meet our class.  Super cool, right?!?

My kids new that Maria had a new book about to be released.  We were all hoping she would be able to share this with our second grade.

Here is a sneak peak of her newest book:


Maria Comes to Visit our School!!!


Like I mentioned earlier in this post, Maria had everyone's attention and you could feel the interest and excitement in the air.  Maria started by sharing who she was with the students.  Many had seen her on the news throughout the week as she was promoting her new book.  We had a celebrity in our room!

Her visit couldn't have been more perfect.  She walked the students through the process of becoming a writer and the importance of revision.  For our young writers, this was such a motivating part of her talk.  It was nice for them to see just how published authors also go through the same writing process.  She shared many pictures and personal stories with our kids.  

If you ever get the opportunity to have Maria come to your school, I highly recommend it.  She is a natural with children, and truly touches on the important aspects in today's classrooms.

Sharing her new story...
building empathy among our students

As Maria read The Potato Chip Champ, the students were active participants in this story.  They were making inferences, connections, and asking questions.  They really related to the characters in the story.  Most of all, it was really wonderful to sit back and see the seven and eight year old children tackle the concept of empathy.

This story really lends itself to 'putting yourself in other's shoes.'  As a mother and a teacher, I often ask children, "How would you feel if..."  This is a big question.

The Potato Chip Champ opens up the young heart and pulls on those emotional strings.  The children become cheerleaders for the main character and begin to get upset when he's not treated nicely by one boy.  Without being prompted, they naturally shared how the 'bully' should have reacted.  When he (the bully)  does have a change of heart, the kids were proud for him.  They forgave him for treating the main character in an unfair and unkind manner.  I was amazed with listening how their conversations were taking off - especially the boys.  What a wonderful story to build classroom culture!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Win a New Year's iPad Mini from @ClassDojo






Tis the season for New Year's Resolutions.  While some of us are resolving to get back in shape or be better at something than we were before, Class Dojo wants to know what our resolutions are as a teacher.  As a special bonus, they are offering an iPad Mini or a Nexus 7 to those of us with the best resolutions. 

To enter the contest, simply send a tweet that includes Twitter hashtag #ClassDojo2013. Make sure to include that hashtag so your entry is seen, and do it soon, because the contest will end this week. 

Here is an example of a properly constructed entry, note the hashtag on the end:



To give a little guidance on what the team at Class Dojo is looking for, the following question is provided on their website:  "What learning habits, behaviors, or skills do you want to build with your students in 2013?"  

Class Dojo set a resolution of their own to get this all started: "this year we're committing to helping students develop the behaviors and character strengths they need to be successful in life."   


Class Dojo's officially stated mission is to help students develop the behavior and character strengths they need for lifelong success.  Click the video below to see the overview.




To enter the contest, click here for official rules

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Excited about NEW Features from @Citelighter: PDF Capture & Storage!


If you've ever done research or assigned research, Citelighter is a must see site!

As an edtech blogger and teacher, I'm often asked questions regarding why technology is important in education. While there may be a wide variety of answers to that question based on your perspective, if there is one reason in which technology has made a definite and immediate impact, it is the fact that use of technology can be very helpful in supporting student's learning.  Before the movement towards adding technology in classrooms, one would often have to wait for a new edition of a textbook in order to fully discuss certain subjects, take individual time to update lesson plans, or wait for a new budget to buy updated materials the following year.

Today, you may have access to a certain tool that you love working with but wish there was one or two extra features.  One of the best things I've found about the start-ups and EdTech companies that I've been working with and have previously blogged about, is the fact that they are constantly working to improve, listening to user feedback, and developing new tools to enhance the user experience.  The days of being stuck with the tool that you paid for until a newer, better one comes out have ended in many cases with these new companies, who are much more willing to make adjustments on the fly based on user recommendation.

One such company is Citelighter, which recently released to the press information detailing their recent upgrade allowing users to  to capture content from PDF documents, as well as store and capture information from offline PDF documents in their personal accounts. The feature is available to subscribers of the Citelighter Pro service, which currently has a price tag of  $10 a month.


In a recent conversation with Kevin West, Director of Marketing at Citelighter, he indicated to me that this change was brought on specifically by user request.  "PDF capture became a need based almost entirely on user feedback.  Teachers, students, and researchers felt that in order to produce academically sound, differentiated projects, the ability to capture text from PDF based sources, such as Jstor and other academic databases, was a key facet that would allow them to produce the highest quality research papers."

As an added bonus this week along with the new features, Citelighter is offering free pro account to the first thirty readers of this website to sign up so you can try Citelighter Pro for free.  The promo code is "Kleinspiration" (case sensitive).  




Citelighter was already a great product, giving students the ability to highlight the web as they worked, providing a database of knowledge created by students, teachers, and experts and building partnerships to redefine the way we research.  Throughout the time since I first met Saad, Kevin, and the rest of the team at Citelighter, I've always been impressed by their ability to focus on continuous improvement.  They already have a high quality product which is used by many; however, they are constantly working to enhance their product and provide more user options.  Below is a look at how Citelighter, which was already pretty awesome before they added PDF, works.

In a recent press release, Citelighter CEO Saad Alam stated, “We’re thrilled to be able to offer Citelighter users the ability to capture information from yet another source.  The ability to capture PDF will expand the offering even more and will allow users to store information from an exponentially larger array of academically sound, credible content.”

As a user of this product and a classroom educator, I'm very happy to work with folks like the team at Citelighter who are willing and able to put in the extra effort to improve their products.  People like Saad, Kevin, and the team at Citelighter truly understand the value of listening to their audience and providing solutions that put students and teachers into a position to succeed.
  

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Let @MindMaple help you share information using beautiful, colorful, & organized diagrams


MindMaple: Organize Anything
...and a fun way to visually plan your lessons
- click here

This is the first year I'm able to teach the same grade level again.  I'm so excited by the ways I'm able to organize my room, materials, and lessons this year compared to last year.  I love knowing what to anticipate in lessons so that I can better prepare a more authentic and inquiry based activity for my students.  In effort to remember what I'm doing now and have the ability to better plan for next year, I've been experimenting with visual lesson planning.  I've tried a few options, and I've seen other people's plans on Pinterest that make me smile in amazement.  I'm just embarking on this journey.  

It is my goal to find something quick and easy.  The moment the tool becomes a challenge, the task becomes less of a focus.  This is not what I want to happen.  So, while there are more capable tools that may make my plans look a bit more flashy, I am trying to stick with quick and easy.  For now, I'm just concerned with building a quick reference for myself, not a comprehensive plan book to showcase to the district administrators.  I'm happy using MindMaple.  I find this tool very easy to use.  Even if I don't visually create every lesson plan, I have the flexibility to do it by the week or the month.  The canvas is blank, and I get to create the template.  I love that part.  I look forward to developing my substitute plans this way, too.  I think they're really be more beneficial than simply having the written version (though I would also include this for a substitute... I'd just add the visual plan as a sort of cover sheet/guide).  

I've used several MindMapping tools in the past.  I love to stay organized.  Before using the web to draft maps of my thinking and planning, you could always see my drawings sketched onto a variety of slips of paper and sticky notes.  

When I started teaching, I knew the value of helping my students to organize their time, materials, and thinking.  We practice these skills daily.  I'm always impressed when a second grader shows such confidence and independence.  I try to expose the kids to many different systems to stay organized.  After all, what works for some may not work as well for others.  

Ultimately, I try to scaffold the students to be independent of graphic organizers.  In the beginning, I use them a lot to model different ways to organize and track thoughts and information.  However, I work towards helping the students be able to create their own webs and organizers based on how they see fit.  I like to see their creative ideas from the organizing, processing, and publishing. 

Before MindMaple had an app, I used Popplet.  I still use this application on occasion.  The paid app is $4.99.  I only have the Lite version, which is limited.  However, the MindMaple app is available for iPad and is Free!  

While I find the app is easy to use, I do think the free web version is a bit easier to manipulate for younger students.  My daughter, as a second grader, created a cute MindMap showing story elements in Lily's Purple Plastic Purse.  You can click here to see that post.

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and 

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Monday, January 14, 2013

ABCya Games: The Leader in Free Kids Computer Games & Apps for your iPod/iPad!!

ABCya.com is a terrific site for your elementary classroom!  I enjoy going to this site for several reasons:

  • the content is organized by grade level
  • the site is easy to navigate
  • the games are rich in quality
  • ummm... freebies!
  • the games are tied to standards
  • the apps and games fit the content I teach
  • parents love the reinforcement at home
  • it's fun for teachers and students
  • there are so many options to choose from
  • everything is in one place
Just see for yourself, click here to connect.


The following text is a segment borrowed directly from their site to give you an overview of their products:

ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding.
Fun children's Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!

If you're interested in their apps, visit the iTunes store to select your favorite learning games:


Here are a few of my favorites... kid tested - mommy and teacher approved!

Click any image below to try it out and start your fun!
*if you have speakers, turn on your volume*

Spelling Practice with Dolce Sight Words
Grades K-3
Riley, my second grader, loves this!  My students practice this at home, too - for free!


Make a Christmas Tree 
(drag and drop - easy to use - great for fine motor and creativity)
you can even save or print your creation



USA Puzzle Map
grades 2 & up

Junior Bingo
Can you tell I have a 3 year old?
Jacob has really benefited from this with letter, number, and shape recognition.  He loves it!



Here's a Snapshot of their Free Computer Games



Here's a Snapshot of their Educational Apps available in iTunes



But Wait... There's More!  
Click on the Tree and select a Grade Level

You will immediately be brought to a screen that has SO MANY cool web tools!

Here is what I got for second grade when I clicked on the number 2 from their homepage.

Keep in mind they have this awesome tech toolbox for K-5 - just select your grade!!

Literacy or Language Arts Activities


Math and Numbers


Shapes, Geometry,Patterns, Mouse Manipulation, and Art



Holiday and Seasonal Activities


Have Fun Exploring and Learning with ABCya Games.

Their computer games are free, but I also recommend getting a few of their iPad apps.  Some are free and some are 99 cents in the App Store.  They make our travel time easy for my kids, and I've gotten great feedback from my student's parents, too.

I also use my iPad in the classroom... just simply turn down the brightness and place it under my document camera.  We also use it in small groups or for enrichment when kids finish early.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

If Our Characters Had Instagram (new bulletin board: free printables to make your own)


"If Our Characters Had Instagram"

This idea was inspired by my second grade students.  After returning from winter break, I was surprise with the amount of kids that received smart devices.  Many now have the new iPad mini.  I was also surprised to hear that a lot of them shared their holiday memories with each other over Instagram.  I had no idea that second graders were using this application.  After all, I just started using it this past summer. 

After taking down our holiday door displays (click here to see how cute our gingerbread room was!), I knew I had to replace it with something creative.  I'm reading Dr. Dolittle for my read aloud, and we're working on character traits in reading workshop.  I began to brainstorm ways to integrate both literacy elements.  I couldn't find something that felt 'just-right.'  So, I decided to create something myself.

Side note: After my daughter's surgery, she  wanted to go to Barnes and Noble to pick out a few new books.  Dr. Dolittle was one she selected.  She read it in two days.  Because of her love for the book, I decided to share it with my own students.  They're loving the story!

This is the version we're reading.

We just read the part in the book where the monkeys found the pushme pullyou (gazelle-unicorn cross animal).  I didn't show the children the picture in the book.  I had them sketch what they visualized.  After completing the chapter, I called them up one by one to see the animal as they were leaving for drama class.  It was so very cute to see the expressions on their faces.  Many giggled and some let out a gasp.  Others waited in their seats with great anticipation for their turn to see the sketch in the book. 

In writer's workshop, we later discussed the importance of writing for your reading audience.  We reflected on our read-aloud and talked about how easy it was to visualize what the pushme pullyou looked like based on the author's descriptions.   Our young writers eagerly went back to their drafts to revise their setting and character descriptions in effort to add more vivid detail for their readers.

Rolling out the idea to my Students

Yesterday I introduced the Instagram bulletin board idea.  I let the kids know how they inspired the concept.  They immediately began to take ownership of this project.  Additionally, they knew their work would be proudly displayed for others to see.  Quality mattered.  The audience would be real.

First, I showed the students my own Instagram account.  I placed my iPhone under my document camera (after turning down the brightness first).  I explained why I post photos, how the location can appear, what happens when friends like my photos, and how others can leave comments.  They enjoyed seeing the photos of my own children, noticing how many 'likes' my photos received, who left comments, what the comments were, and the locations of my different images.  Next, we shared how other friends in our class were using the application.  Finally, I mentioned how funny it would be if the characters we read about had Instagram.

This thought brought about many laughs, ideas, and comments.  We tuned the conversation into a more serious and academic discussion.  I had the students begin to think about Dr. Dolittle.  We did an informal word cloud where we jotted down the characters of the story on the SMART Board.  Then students shared their thinking with their friends in class as they talked about what kinds of pictures the characters may take.  Many thought it would be so funny to see Gub-Gub's pictures.  He's a pig.  They figured his profile would have many photographs of him playing in the mud.  I began to smile as I listened in on their conversations.  They were truly putting themselves into the lives of the characters.  

The children were going back and forth imagining what each character may post to share on Instagram.  They jumped into other group's conversations as they chimed in with who may or may not like that character's photo and why.  Naturally, they began to add who may leave a comment and what the comment would state.  They were becoming the characters.  It was magical.

Finally, I knew it was time to put the idea onto paper to share with others.  I called the class together to model an example.  I chose the King.  I was very careful to model each part of my thinking aloud so the learners could see the process of my ideas coming together.  We did an interactive writing piece as we walked through what to put into each spot for the printed papers.


 As the class began to transition into an independent work mode, I reminded them to really think about what their character may capture, why that character may take a picture of that image, specifically who may like the image, and what other character would be compelled to comment.

I was amazed to see how creative the responses were.  Many students included setting details in the comments, thought about the relationships between the characters and how they would respond to each other, and recalled facts from the story to support their thinking.  One girl even included an unusual perspective in her photograph that she designed.  She drew a 'birds-eye view' of the landscape because her character was a bird!  Wow!


Overall, I was proud of the work they did.  The activity took about an hour.  However, now that we have done this type of assignment, I imagine the next time we do an Instagram project it will only take about thirty minutes.  

Sharing the Idea on Instagram and Twitter

I couldn't wait to share the bulletin board with my friends.  After posting it on Instagram and Twitter, I was overwhelmed by the warm and encouraging responses.  In a matter of minutes, the picture became a top Tweet!


I had no idea that others would be interested in also doing this idea.  I am so tickled that this idea has taken off in such a positive manner.  I'm happy to share the printable pages I created with all of you.  Keep in mind that this wasn't something I created with the intention to share.  The images aren't super professional and of the best quality.  I'm sure many of my photoshop friends could have done a much better job... this was just a quick project I put together for my class.  Regardless, I'm happy to share it with my bloggy friends.  Enjoy!  I can't wait to hear what you all think and how you may use it with your class.  

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