Posted: March 2, 2013 in Thought Fulls., Uncategorized
—-Just enough to break the ice!
My 10 year old’s favorite joke, currently.
But now that my clever introduction has been completed….
I am just recently back from ICE Conference 2013 and of course it was filled with some of my favorite people and so many of them inspired me and I actually can’t wait to go to work on Monday… don’t linch me.
And before I try and elaborate on many things, let me tell a quick story of what I came home to yesterday. Heading to the kitchen table, I see two of my son’s papers. One from his teacher -
Fine – Ok… just an update – full of good intentions.
Then next to that, I discover this -
”Dog Caller – Mom and Dan this is a dog caller, if the dogs wont come in from outside, just squeeze this and they will come inside. Love Tim Darche”
Signed in his best NHL goalie signature, which no one can read.
And yes I knew what it was it was the inerts of a squeaky toy which lost its life to the jaws of our cockapoo, but I squeaked it anyway and sure enough – two dogs at my feet.
It was there in black and white, what is happening in education verses the real innovation and curiosity happening within our kids.
I am inspired.
Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
I can’t wait to visit each of your classes and meet all of you! Before we come together on February 27, lets grab some common free (love that word). You may already have some of them, if not please take a minute to download them.
This Day in History
Posted: November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
Check out the Playlist to My Principal Gave Me an iPad Cart…HELP!
Posted: July 20, 2012 in Apps.
I have found some nifty apps to share as we get ready for the school year. Some of these have a cost but I can totally see them being used as a teacher tool so no need to buy a complete class set!
FeltBoard – $2.99 – The app brought me back to the days I was a children’s librarian assistant back in the day. There is something sweet and familiar about this. It will be ideal for a Lower School center for a retell or creation activity.
Barefoot World Atlas - $7.99 – Beautiful, beautiful altas filled with clear information, cartoonish pictures, photo and very easy user interface. I am aware about the expense of this app but I do remember a set of encyclopedias went for a great deal more and this is much more like an encyclopedia than any atlas I know. Unless you had a mother like mine who got our encyclopedia from Jewel – each week a new volume for .99 cents. I still never got Volume S. She must not have cooked much that week.
iF Poems – $4.99 – Just lovely. If you have any affection for poetry you must splurge on this for yourself or your class. Poems read to you by Helena Bonham Carter and Bill Nighy, among others, that just make you drift into the words. But students can also record the poems and hear them read back. There are author bios and poems set into categories, I get lost in the experience of this app.
Interactive Kid Art HD – $1.99 – A darling, interactive app which has children interacting with great works of art. Ever have Mona Lisa wink at you? Or see koi float through Monet’s Water Lilies? I have and it is so much fun!
World War II Timeline – $9.99 – Another big bucks one, I know but if you spend any amount of time with this app you will get sucked in. Videos, pictures, authentic artifacts, letters, short text, longer bits, it just rocks. Honestly, if you are studying WWII in your class this is a must have as a reference and then you don’t have to let the student lose on the scary WWW for info. This app also fluctuates in price so I think I got it for $6.99.
Posted: July 18, 2012 in New Idears., Thought Fulls.
Today I got to take my kids and visit a “start up” company, which actually turned out to be a start up floor in a high rise in the city. There were about 12 or so start up companies all on this floor, filling up offices, sitting on a random variety of chairs, balls, even the floor – creating – some without shoes on, some without! I think it is funny, as teachers, technology or otherwise we almost forget how other professions work. People really do negotiate their contracts, “lunch”, and get time to think! It was groovy for me to see how MentorMob and its crew worked. Granted I am not a start up company guru but you know i have seen pictures of the Google Campus – duh.
Hanging out on the 25th floor, I got to share my ideas with MentorMob and my kids got to talk to some of the founders of the web app and ask questions and learn stuff. What? They were learning stuff – “but mom we were just going to meet your friends”. Yet they learned a bunch – through flow charts and trial & error and diagrams. They learned and talked about it later with me, teaching me what they learned. It was like hiding vegetables in their hamburgers! It was like shoving the cauliflower in their meatloaf – they had no idea! It is this authentic learning – involving technology or not – that really change and effect us as people and what we take with us on our adventures.
MentorMob works that way. It allows playlists of websites or files to be created and shared publicly or privately, and commented upon (you can work a pop quiz in there too!). It is a pretty slick web app and I know the original thought from the company is that it is to be used to “teach” but I want to use it as a way for kids to learn. My students will be the ones creating the playlists. They will need to chose websites which explain research topics or projects clearly: including website which they evaluated before including in their playlists, annotated pictures, videos and an explanation of their process. Curating, creating and learning by making a playlist! Cool beans! I feel bad for the poster board companies.
PS- My son was watching me write this and I asked him what he thought about what we did today.
Start from Timmy, don’t call me Timothy – “It seems like a really fun place, like how they write on the windows and like if you were in New York you could draw King Kong hanging off the Empire State Building in that was in the view. It was a fun, creative place with an idea to be found everywhere you go. Did you know that all types of technology that use the same thing and then the flow chart about our school day, that was really cool.”