Friday, August 31, 2007
Each week my students will be finding words with the sound for that week. Above is the SmartBoard portion of the project we completed in small groups throughout the week. For many, it was a good experience in handwriting (and alignment as the card/board moved). The students were in heterogeneous groups so they could help each other identify/hear words with the short a sound. Students each had to have their own word - no repeats! After a few days of practice, they sounded out their word and wrote it on the SmartBoard and then today we created the attached video. The lighting isn't great, but we truly only had about 10 minutes to do our best! There was a line on the floor, but they all wanted to be right next to the camera, but can you blame them? All so new and exciting.
We'll definitely have some editing thoughts for next week! We used www.flixn.com to create the video. The best parts about this site is that it's easy and the sound comes through great. The hard part is there is no editing!
It will be awesome to watch how much they grow and change in the weeks to come.
Check out Nadja's Blog:
by the way I am very upset that I cannot get twitter to post my messages...from anywhere. I'm beginning to have withdrawal symptoms...this may require an intervention:
"Hello, my name is Tonia, I am a tweet-aholic"
Right now we are working on our IB unit called "I'm in Charge". We took a few photos today of students "doing what they were supposed to do, when they were supposed to do it!" I have been very impressed with the reaction of students - they sure don't want to miss out on what comes next!
Check out our slideshow!
Create Your Own
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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I would like to also find some math classes that are blogging because I believe the more examples of posts they can read, the faster they can jump in. If you know of any good ones, please let me know.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Please reply to the poll on the right panel.
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My room is busting at the seams with technology! I have 8 desktop computers, 12 laptops in a cart I will share, my smartboard, my projector and all of the ideas I have crammed into my head about helping my students experience the world!
Watch out world Tonia Johnson's classes are coming on-line, learing is in progress...don't get in our way!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
http://acsd14technology.wikispaces.com/ Hope you all think it's a good idea and participate.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I have also worked on my website http://schoolweb.acsd14.k12.co.us/rbstewar/index.htm (which has my voki), my blog for my classes http://adams14stewart.blogspot.com/ the blog for the math department to communicate the use of this technology http://achsmathtech.blogspot.com/ and the achs new teacher wiki at http://achsnewteachers.wikispaces.com/.
I have also spent some obscene amount of hours on my new favorite site, www.cafemom.com, which is like myspace for moms. After playing with it for a while, I feel like I get it! Ah Hah! The web 2.0 and social networking! It is smaller than myspace so I can get my head around it and quickly got addicted. So, I like to think those hours were/are well spent in being able to relate to my students.
If the video player does not activate use this link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7681787884081149540&hl=en
Thursday, August 9, 2007
On another note, I have resolved to keep my own blog on my experiences and aha moments ... because I deserve to learn to! It would be great to have a record of that learning (just like my students will have at the end of the term)
So, please check out my new blog and aid in my learning!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The website has 2 pages for students to access during literacy centers - these include access to I.B. unit information, videos, games, and podcasts. Parents also have access to curriculum, standards, calendars and activities to do at home with their children.
Check it out at http://schoolweb.acsd14.k12.co.us/kjschwic
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Go to Mr. Lewis' World Learners blog for a link and more information.
On Friday August 3rd Daniel Pink was the keynote at the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado. If you are not familiar with Daniel Pink, he is a former Gore speech writer that has taken up writing business books. His most recent book, A Whole New Mind, argues that left-brained skills such as analysis that were favored in the 20th Century are no longer sufficient to be successful in the expanding global economy. Jobs that include automation (or routine) can easily be outsourced for cost savings. The jobs of the future will require a worked that has left-brained analytic skills and right-brained skills like: design, symphony, empathy, play, story, and meaning.
bloggers" posted at the front of the room and members of the audience were also invited to join the discussion. If you read the discussion you will see that folks are responding to Daniel Pink, interacting with each other, and asking questions...all live. CASE actually convinced Mr. Pink to stop halfway through the talk and respond to the discussion on the "blog". This was an exciting moment of interactivity. I applaud Dan Maas (CASE President and Littleton PS IT Director) for setting this up, Daniel Pink for taking the risk, and everyone who participated live. I look forward to the day when people from outside the room are joining the people in the discussion. Truly, the power of this new social web resides in global connectivity and communication.
If you review the transcript you will find reference to Adams County School District 14 building a new high school. The comment asks whether our high school will be better designed than a Starbucks. I assume the comment was not intended to be insulting or even tongue in cheek. In fact, in Pink's talk he emphasized the importance of design and implored us to ensure that our schools of the future are better designed than a Starbucks. In the context of school design does form follow function? If so, what is the function of a 21st Century American high school?
How should schools and curriculum change to accommodate these new right-brain skills?
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The second type of technology I used was a Blog, http://mrschrinersanatomy.blogspot.com/ I was able to post lecture notes, helpful websites and finally required studnets to place their ppwerpoint presentations to the Blog. Each student was also required to comment on at least one other presentation. Overall it was easy to manage and even though it was a very short durration, generated some good discussion. I think I will use both of these technologies this year.