JoNelle's Blog (18)

Elementary Tech Teachers SMARTBoard Tech Lessons?

Elementary Technology Teachers teach how-to.... and integrate technologies. We must spend time teaching how to use software and hardware so that students can apply tech skills in other areas. In our struggle of encouraging everyone to integrate SMARTBoards and other IWBs, I find that we do not have many of the tech How-To... lessons for the IWBs. SmartBoard and Promethean lessons for curriculum topics are springing up all over, but we still cannot ignore the basic technology knowledge needs.… Continue

Added by JoNelle on October 9, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Scratch@MIT Conference

Cross post from my other blog :Scratch@MIT Conference



We just returned from presenting at the Scratch@MIT conference at MIT in Boson. If you are not familiar with Scratch, it is a new programming tool developed at MIT. Students imagine, create, and share games, animations and more. This past year we used the software in my fifth grade elementary technology classes. Also, students formed a club to continue to learn more ways to program using Scratch. I did not realize how important… Continue

Added by JoNelle on July 27, 2008 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Get Your Cat to Teach Reading - Crazy Talk!

"Get your cat to teach reading," my email to the district office read. I had previously received a picture of a cat, Steve McQueen, via email and in return I made a video clip. The animated video is of Stevie the Cat reciting a poem about....cats. This clip is making the rounds in classrooms and sparking many ideas of how to motivate students.



How did the digital… Continue

Added by JoNelle on March 19, 2008 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Podcasting and the Super 3 - Build Reading and Writing Fluency

Podcasting can improve your child’s reading and writing skills. It’s true. The steps of the Super 3 plan / do / review to create good podcasts require many skills. Students communicate with peers, think through ideas, write (or type), talk, record, evaluate, and edit-edit-edit. Their favorite part seems to be the challenge of making a satisfying recording. Students repeatedly listen and record and build fluency skills with each… Continue

Added by JoNelle on February 14, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Authentic Audience and Videoconferencing

We have first hand experience with the many faces of authentic audience with Skype and ooVoo. Research projects have brought about audiences in our classroom, down the hallway, up the highways, and across the oceans. Student classwork is seen by many more eyes than just their teacher (with a red pen). Their research,writing and voices are being shared with partners, other classes, on the web, and through video conferences. Let me explain. Students are researching and using web 2.0…

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Added by JoNelle on December 2, 2007 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Twitter - again

I forgot to mention in yesterday's post about Twitter. Chris Craft loves it, so I thought I may give it another whirl. This summer I briefly checked it out, but got sidetracked..... He gave me a few pointers so I'll look in here and see what others have said and done with it. I'm not sure what happens when you add someone to follow. Hope you don't mind if I follow you!

Added by JoNelle on October 16, 2007 at 6:21pm — 2 Comments

My Very Own PD Day with Chris Craft

We had an inservice day today - teachers actually visited schools of their choice. This was not your typical day of meetings that may-or-may-not be geared toward your needs of professional development. I jumped at the chance to find a school/teacher experienced in integrating web 2.0 tools in their curriculum. Although a tad over my elementary level, I found an excellent resource not too far away from home in Mr. Chris Craft. Many of us who…

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Added by JoNelle on October 15, 2007 at 8:03pm — 2 Comments

Scratch - Welcome to Programming for Elementary Students

Scratch is a free download from MIT where students can create stories, games and animations! Elementary students learn programming skills. Teachers can integrate this tool with language arts, science, social studies and even meet many new NETS-S. I would love for my students to learn Scratch with your students to communicate their understandings and collaborate on…

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Added by JoNelle on October 13, 2007 at 4:24pm — 6 Comments

Hot, Cool, and Very Controversial

A HOT topic where I am is integrating technology! HOT in many ways...including COOL and controversial. I just read a forum asking how to get teachers to join us in our exciting endeavors of integrating. I began a reply and ....so much of the past week's frustration came out and in the end I thought I resolved myself to live and let live. More on that in a minute. I cut and pasted my reply here…

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Added by JoNelle on October 6, 2007 at 6:00pm — No Comments

We Made it to Wikispaces! - Yeah!

Students in my fourth and fifth grade Integrated Technology classes now have their own secure wiki webpage at wikispaces! Students have a secure place to learn and share. For now, members only in this cyberspace - only our teachers, students and their parents may enter. We monitor the site daily and I am already finding that students writing in their spaces at home too!. Students are incorporating safety and etiquette rules that they have learned to create the first pages. Soon each…

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Added by JoNelle on September 30, 2007 at 5:35pm — 4 Comments

Skype in the Classroom - my first

We had just flown through the plans for the semester- I had so many web 2.0 tools to tell them about. Blogging, podcasting, wikis (showed them the great video) and Skyping with the web cam. My students were lining up to leave the technology lab on their first technology class since returning to school. We heard the now familiar noise over my sound system - my students pointed to the invitaion displayed on the SMARTBoard: ACCEPT or DECLINE the call. I hesitated- I had never seen this…

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Added by JoNelle on August 30, 2007 at 6:44pm — 4 Comments

Will Web 2.0 Tools be Our Solution?

Great timing? It seems the best time to introduce new tools to overworked teachers is when we receive difficult news. I've spent a good deal of time learning how to use web 2.0 tools this summer and have been wanting to introduce these tools to teachers at my school. With the beginning of school being so hectic and so many other things to learn to do, it just didn't seem to be good time. Then we got the news...soon we would not be able to keep our Front Page class websites. Many of us have…

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Added by JoNelle on August 17, 2007 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Digi.raffe and iSURFFers

I am putting the finishing touches on displays for promoting a few ideas I have : Digi.raffe and iSURFFers. I want a student-designed mascot for my classroom. My students all know what it has to be - a giraffe. Digi.raffe is its name for lots of reasons, so I wonder what stories students will come up with on their own. Hmmm- another project-"How Digi.raffe Got its Name". ( I don't know if it is male or female:)

For my students - their new name…

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Added by JoNelle on August 10, 2007 at 9:18pm — 1 Comment

Eight Random Things Meme Tag

So I've been tagged by Susan who says this could be an excellent getting to know you exercise in a collaborative project between different classes/schools. So here we go.

Here are the rules:

Post these rules before you give your facts.

List 8 random facts about yourself.

At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them.

Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know…

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Added by JoNelle on August 10, 2007 at 7:33am — No Comments

Robotics for elementary

Thanks to generous people in CR20 I am gathering resources and learning about robotics. http://mindstorms.lego.com/ http://www.stager.org/lego Robotics Resources for Educators Using Programmable LEGO Materials I also found (on Jen Wagner's blog) a fun little site to create and save characters. I'll use the one shown…

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Added by JoNelle on August 6, 2007 at 9:27am — No Comments

Videos, Converting Powerpoints and Web 2.0

What a day - I wanted to put another video on dotsub, but I also wanted to convert a powerpoint to a video. In between getting sidetracked, I downloaded a program (Bytescout PPT to video free preview found on cnet) to convert my PowerPoint on PowerPoint to video, but I was not happy with the results for the particular presentation I had in mind. Actually the converter has so many options, I have more…

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Added by JoNelle on July 29, 2007 at 7:35pm — 7 Comments

Web2.0 Collections and Ology - my favorite science site

I read a forum about student networking and I shared the same concerns of safety, logistics, and collecting friends. It reminded me of a similar problem with a favorite science website – Ology…

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Added by JoNelle on July 29, 2007 at 12:49pm — No Comments

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