A Lot Has Changed!

I am working at a new post in a new school,  in a new country, learning a new language, driving a new car and living in a new townhouse.  I think that tells you where I've been busiest lately.  Oh, and my teaching partner has been on maternity leave ever since I got here, so that adds to the excitement.  It's been a great change and although I miss living in Abu Dhabi, my students at AISA, and being a technology coach, thankfully I can say I am pretty happy in my new digs.  To know more about my teaching this year, see below.   I hope to spend more time at 2020Nexus next semester when I have a little less NEW to process and absorb.

For now I teach Grade 7 English Language Arts again.  It's like visiting a dear old friend and building new friendships at the same time.     My lesson material is presently housed in a Haiku Learning LMS.  My Class Content Can Be Viewed HERE.


Professionally I'm focusing on best practices in teaching reading, writing, listening and speaking. Several colleagues are with me as we investigating more about standards-based grading. This team is not entirely there yet, but we follow the Common Core State Standards and most teachers are using Understanding by Design concepts.  It's wonderful to teach on the block system again and being a participant in a large cross-curricular team which does a  huge semester long project incorporating every subject + outdoor education.  Fascinating!

In my personal life I am taking Spanish classes and hoping to become fluent someday. My  little home has a bit of an indoor gardening again, along with a roof deck and a tiled patio.  Heaven, especially after my last dark little cave with no outside space.   I find I am too reactive here for fostering rescue cats without the necessary allergy shots. This makes me sad so perhaps I will learn the Spanish I need to investigate the allergy specialists here.  While all the other teachers seem to be traveling around my new country (hey, I won't give up world travel, either), my commitment was to take care of some expensive medical/dental work, so that has meant zero in the travel budget since late July.  If you know me at all, you know this makes me stir-crazy!  Yet one of my reasons for being in the Western Hemisphere was that I could see family and friends more often and, if all goes as planned, I will see most of California and Colorado in December. That will be a blessing. 

For now I wish you a happy holiday season for the multitude of celebrations happening in the next 6 weeks around the world!

Research, Copyright, and Information Literacy Games

  1. Three Videos about Phishing Scams
  2. Goblin Threat Plagiarism Game  
  3. For some international students, ‘plagiarism’ is a foreign word 
  4. Paraphrasing Video
  5. Advertising Decoder Game
  6. Gaming Against Plagiarism
  7. Leprechaun's Internet Safety Game
  8. Search Challenges - How Good Are You At Finding Information on the Web?
  9. March Internet Scavenger Hunts by Education World

Scavenger Hunt: Where in the World?  In which part of the world do some animals live? Look at the list of animals below. Some will be familiar to you, and others will not. Use the Internet to find where these animals live. To help you, we've provided you with the URL address for a Web site where you will find the information you need. You might need to wander around the Web site a bit to find the page that has information about each animal's natural habitat. Write the name of the country or continent where you can find each animal.

© 2010 by Education  World®. Permission is granted to teachers to reproduce this skill page for classroom use.

 

Introduction to Google Cardboard 3D Glasses

I have purchased 5 of these to make a Virtual Reality station in my classroom.  We can't wait to get started! I only wish I could afford 22 of them.  The students will bring their own smartphone or iPod Touches.  All you really need is the ability to get onto the wifi--no cell service is necessary.  If you don't know what Google Cardboard is all about, here's a  slideshow to explain what it is, what you need to get started, what apps are recommended, and much more.

ISTE NETS-S 3 / Research Units

Grade 5 Research/Web Evaluation (Agendas 22, 23, etc.)

Grade 4 Research/Web Evaluation (Agendas 22, 23, etc.)

Grade 3 Research/Web Evaluation (Agendas 22, 23, etc.)

Grade 2 Research Unit(Agendas 22, 23, etc.)

Grade 1 Research  Unit (Agendas 22, 23, etc.)

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Students To Lead Speed Geeking

This afternoon some of my Grade 3-5 students will be leading our Elementary staff's Wednesday afternoon Professional Development, which takes the form of Speed Geeking once per month. I am so proud of them!  The idea came one of my favorite bloggers and inspirers, Langwitches.  I can't wait to see how the students do and how  teachers like it.   UPDATE:  Here is a video of the session. Our students did such an amazing job.  The teachers learned some things and were impressed by the students' poise, understanding, and humor.  They exceeded my expectations and had a lot of fun doing it.


Hour of Code Week(s)

Hour of Code is here!  Grade 1-5  will be studying programming for a few weeks in I.T. Specials, not just for one hour.  Here are some words you must learn as we begin the unit:

code - (v) to write code, or to write instructions for a computer. (n) a set of instructions in a computer program in which letters, digits, etc. are represented as binary numbers

debugging - (v) finding and fixing problems in your algorithm or program. 

program - (n) an algorithm that has been coded into a language that can be run by a machine (a binary language, meaning it is based on using only 1 and 0).

algorithm - (n) a set of instructions, procedures, steps, or a formula to solve a problem.

computer science - (noun) the science th at deals with methods of:

  1. processing information in digital computers,
  2. the design of computer hardware or software, and
  3. the applications of computers.

AISA will be celebrating Hour of Code at lots of different times in December and January. Watch for it in your IT and content classrooms.

 

Agenda 15 can be found at ow.ly/Vwb4L.   

 

 

 

HOUR OF CODE LOGO

Week 14 - National Day and Remembrance Day

I only saw my Sunday and Monday classes this week because of the holidays so we used it as Reprieve Week — meaning students could work on any late work that was incomplete from Trimester 1. Those who had finished their work had their choice of school-appropriate learning games and activities.

 

Agenda 13 - National Day Celebrations on Thursday

AGENDA 13

 [Click to Expand National Day Notice] 

Happy American Thanksgiving on Thursday!  Trimester 1 Ends This Week.  

If you didn’t finish your Friendship or Ouch Story last week, finish it for homework. The web site addresses for the story forms are in Agenda 12 and 13 on the portal or below on the home page.

Don’t know how to find copyright-free images for your projects? Here’s how to do that and save them to your own USB stick (MPG4 Video).  Speakers are optional.

First Grade:  NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know.   We are continuing in ANIMAPS and SCRIBBLEMAPS — we will make Home Tours around Abu Dhabi. Where will you will visit in Abu on your map tour.  Do you know your home address?

Second Grade:  NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know. We continue the Book Trailers Unit this week.  By now you should have chosen a book.

Third Grade: NETS 1-MAKE IT!  Let’s get back to making our digital stories. We have to practice Story Maps/Mountains and begin to outline our plots/

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Fourth Grade: NETS-S 6 Use it, NETS-S Solve it: Making Surveys in Google Docs and analyzing the results.This means you need a Google Account so I’ll show you how to make one.

Fifth Grade: 9 Elements/NETS Standard 5. Bring Your iPad to class!   PRESENTING Projects that we didn’t see last week.  Standard 2: Use Different Technologies to Communicate and Work With Others.  This will require you to know your Office 365 password and the password for your Google account.

Agenda 12

Agenda 12

On November 16 and 17 I will be absent because I am attending an Ed Tech Seminar in Dubai.

What’s Happening in Week 12


First Grade:  NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know.   We are continuing in ANIMAPS and SCRIBBLEMAPS — we will make Home Tours around Abu DhabiDecide this week where you will visit in Abu on your map tour.  Do you know your home address?

Second Grade:  NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know. We continue the Book Trailers Unit this week.  By now you should have chosen a book.

Third Grade: NETS-S 6 Use it!  I can show how technology works: Complete Showbie & Puppet Pals 2 by request from your homeroom teachers, then in 1-2 weeks we’ll be back to NETS 1-MAKE IT! 

Fourth Grade: NETS-S 5-Protect it! I can be safe, legal and honest with tech. Let’s correct our Digital Passport Packets together. Begin new unit: Making Surveys in Google Docs and analyzing the results.  This means you need a Google Account so I’ll show you how to make one a NEW way.

Fifth Grade: 9 Elements/NETS Standard 5. Bring Your iPad to class!   PRESENTING Partner Projects!  Then we will start a new unit this week for Standard 2: Use Different Technologies to Communicate and Work With Others.  This will require you to know your Office 365 password and we’ll revisit your Google account.

Week 11 - 3 Weeks Left In Trimester

 

AGENDA FOR WEEK 11

GOOD NEWS ALERT RE: GOOGLE APPS ACCOUNTS: Don’t worry about setting up your own accounts. Mr. Kashan from I.T. and I have come up with a better solution. See me for the user names and passwords! :)


First Grade:  NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know.   We are continuing in ScribbleMaps and Animaps — we will make Home Tours.

Second Grade:  NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know. We continue the Book Trailers Unit this week.

Third Grade: NETS-S 6: Intro to Showbie & Puppet Pals 2 by request from your homeroom teachers, then in 2 weeks we’ll be back to NETS 1-MAKE IT!  Using Technology to Make a Picture Book.  We will make a Plot Plan and Story Map first.

Fourth Grade: NETS-S 5: Collect Digital Passport Packets except for Thursday’s class (they get one more week because their packets were delayed in printing office).  Begin new unit: Making Surveys in Google Docs and analyzing the results.  This means you need a Google Account so I’ll show you how to make one.

Fifth Grade: Due BY END OF CLASS THIS WEEK — Partner Project: 9 Elements/NETS Standard 5. Bring Your iPad to class!  We will start a new unit next week for Standard 2: Use Different Technologies to Communicate and Work With Others.  This will require you to know your Office 365 password and your Google account password from last year.  We will sort that out together.

 

Happy November! It's Week 10 in I.T. Class

(Some of you have not had class ten times  yet due to holidays, etc.  Feel free to ask your homeroom teacher for a catch-up session during my planning periods.)

  • First Grade: NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know. Google Maps Home Tours
  • Second Grade: NETS-S 1: MAKE IT! Use tech to make new things to show what I know. We start the Book Trailers Unit this week.  Book Trailer Planning Sheet             Book Trailer Rubric
  • Third Grade: Using Technology to Make a Storybook
  • Fourth Grade: Finish Digital Passport Modules and Grade Your Packets.
  • Fifth Grade: Continuing Team Project: 9 Elements/ISTE Standard 5. Bring Your iPad to class!

 AGENDA 10

Week 9 Happenings

Agenda 9 PDF

Thank for your patience while I was sick this past week.  Isn’t Mrs. Judy an awesome substitute teacher? Hopefully we can schedule some catch-up times for the Wednesday/Thursday classes who have missed due to short weeks, holidays, etc.

  1. First Grade:  Bring a small stuffed animal to class if you wish, it’s optional. We will try again to play Sid’s Safety Game the animals can help us.
  2. Second Grade: Assessment: Surf Swell Comics (Stories) About Web Safety are DUE. 
  3. Third Grade: Study the Cyberbullying and Online Safety sections of Professor Garfield’s  Infinite Learning Lab for a summative assessment.
  4. Fourth Grade: Continue Digital Passport Modules. HOMEWORK: Re-play any modules if you didn’t pass with at least 60%.  Mr. Wolger’s class will have an extra session on Wednesday morning at 8:50 in addition to their regular class.
  5. Fifth Grade: Team Project: 9 Elements/ISTE Standard 5.  In class we will work on our projects.

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