Environmental Global Project #flatconnections

December 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Ms. Livingston’s class is finishing up their first global collaboration project “A Week in the Life” by Flat Connections. They collaborated with students from Colorado, Indiana and Virginia about environmental issues that our communities are facing. They researched and discussed one of eight different topics which include Air Pollution, Coal Mining, Eating Locally, Forest Fires, Flooding, Fracking, Wildlife Conservation, and Water Pollution. All students contributed in creating a survey that we sent out to international friends. The students then analyzed the information to understand how the environment affects everyone in the world.  The class was able to Skype with a class in Indiana to discuss the topics live. All students used Edmodo to communicate with the other students in their groups. Indiana, Virginia and Colorado classes also presented a Student Summit of what they learned on the Global Education Conference in November. The students presentation skills were developed during this time and their depth of knowledge was broadened. The culminating project was for groups to create a VoiceThread of photos of the environmental issues and comment on what they learned and what they can do about the issues. This is authentic learning that engaged the students.

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Tech Tools (weekly)

December 6, 2014 Leave a comment

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#pypx Exhibition happened last week #pypchat

November 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Our 5th graders finished their Exhibition last week. We had a wide range of topics under the Transdisciplinary Theme “Sharing the Planet”. This year we tried to make sure that our groups picked specific topics so that they could have more time research deeply about the specific topic and know their information fluently.

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Here is a group of 5th graders presenting on “Don’t Forget the Elderly”. This group also did a Youtube video about it, please view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-LMNdxreX4. Thanks!

Global Education Conference #globaled14

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

I always learn so much at this conference.  Please check it out

We Know You Want to Take All of Next Week Off…!. But you don’t have to, since the Global Education Conferenceis a virtual conference, so you can check out the full schedule in your own time zone, pick the sessions you want to attend, and come and join us as much as you can. Just imagine, from the comfort of your chair (and even in your pajamas!) you can actually attend the 30+ keynote sessions and many of the over 250 total sessions at our 5-day, around-the-clock, Global Education party, starting this coming Monday. This is our FIFTH anniversary year for the conference, and Lucy Gray, my co-chair, has done a PHENOMENAL job lining up great speakers (see below)–HUGE kudos to Lucy, to our devoted volunteer crew, and to all of the presenters from around the world contributing this year! We really do hope you’ll join in the fun.

Our GlobalEdCon Keynotes. We’re really excited to have this talented group of speakers participate at our fifth annual Global Education Conference. This year, we’ll feature Mayus Chavezof the Jules Verne School in Mexico, Lillian Chu Hsiung, Global Issues Club Leader at Dwight School, Vicky Colbert of Escuela Nueva, Rana Dajani of Taghyeer, Liz Dawes Duraisingh, Principal Investigator with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gavin Dykes, Director of Education Fast Forward, John Farrelly, Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, Emily Havens of OpenIDEO, Julie Keane of VIF International Education, Kern Kelley, Educational Technologist in central Maine, Jennifer D. Klein of World Leadership School, Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, John Mergendoller of the Buck Institute for Education, Tonya Muro, AFS-USA’s Director of School Outreach and Educational Partnerships, Omashani Naidoo of SchoolNet South Africa, Alaine Newland of OpenIDEO, Toni Olivieri-Barton, IB Coordinator & Teacher Librarian at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School, Lisa Parisi, elementary teacher at Herricks UFSD, Leslie Paynter, Principal at Voyager Academy Elementary, Rohit K. Pothukuchi, Founder of Verdentum, Thomas Röhlinger of Radijojo World Childrens Radio & Media Network, Donna Román, EdTech Instructional Specialist for Chicago Public Schools, Emily Roth, ES Technology Integration Specialist at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Paul Salopek, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at National Geographic, George Saltsman, Professor at Lamar University, Kathleen Schwille of National Geographic Education, Amy Shaffer of Kidnected World, Homa Tavangar author of Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, Robyn Thiessen, educator in Surrey, B.C., Canada, Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID, Jennifer Vollmann of New Global Citizens, Rebecca Winthrop of the Brookings Institution, and Jim Wynn of Imagine Education and Education Fast Forward. See the Conference Schedule and mark your calendars for presentations by this great group of presenters.

WE STILL NEED GLOBAL ED VOLUNTEERS!. If you’re still looking for a way to get involved in this year’s conference, we could use your help as a volunteer! Join the Volunteers Group for details.​

@GoNoodle is AMAZING @ChildrensCo #gonoodleco

November 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Kids and adults need to move to get the blood circulating. At school we use Go Noodle.  It is amazing Even the 5th graders like it.

Information from http://support.gonoodle.com/knowledgebase/articles/429803-signing-up-for-gonoodle-at-home

Parent and kids can sign up and use GoNoodle at home. A kid (under the age of 18) must have parental permission to use GoNoodle for more than 10 days.

To sign up as a kid:

  1. Click Sign Up.
  2. Select “Kid” as your usertype.
  3. Provide your first name.
  4. Create a unique username. Email addresses and swear words are not permitted.
  5. Create a unique password.
  6. Enter your parent’s email address.

Providing permission to a kid:

After signing up, kids can use GoNoodle for 10 days while waiting on parent permission to keep playing. An email is sent to the parent’s email address, which provides a link for the parent to provide permission.

If permission is not provided for the kid within 10 days, the account and all data associated with that account is deleted.

To provide permission, the parent should click the permission link in the email. A parent must either create a free account or log in to an existing account to provide permission. Parents will use their account to manage access for their kids.

Should the parent not receive the permission email, the kid can log in to the temporary account and re-send the email.

To sign up as a parent:

  1. Click Sign Up.
  2. Select “Parent” as your usertype.
  3. Provide your name and email address.
  4. Create a unique password.
  5. Indicate your birth year. This is to verify you are over the age of 18. (This information is not retained.)
  6. Indicate your postal code.

Free and Fair Use Photos

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on 21st Century Ideas for Learning:

Make sure the students know where to get free photos so they don’t plagiarize any photos.

http://pics4learning.com/ is the best site for our students. It allows downloads and it gives you the citation below the images.

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ good for students, does not have the citation

http://search.creativecommons.org/ – good for teachers to use and older students

 http://photopin.com/ –  good for teachers to use and older students

http://imagebase.net/  –  good for teachers to use and older students

I use easybib.com<http://www.easybib.com/> to teach the students how to create a citation. It is a great cite.

Do you have other sites you use with small kids to find safe, free, re-usable images?

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The 5th Annual Global Education Conference #globaled14

November 2, 2014 Leave a comment

We are pleased to announce the fifth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 22, 2014 (November 23rd in some time zones).

The entire virtual conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform (formerly known as Elluminate/Wimba) with the support of iEARN worldwide as the conference founding sponsor.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Last year’s conference featured 200 general sessions and 19 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 8,000 participant logins. To attend this year’s conference and to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please 
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