Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Heidi's Sample 2

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Google Classroom

I thought that this was slick! Obviously it would cut down on using so much paper.  It would allow for students to get quicker feedback.  I liked that the assignment would come to them and they could have it come as an alert on their phone to remind them to get it done.  The "I forgot" factor could essentially be eliminated.  

Google Classroom Reflection

I'm very excited about the possibilities with Google Classroom as it combines many other add-ons and features that are now separate. I just wish they would hurry up and make it live for everyone so that I have a chance to really get comfortable with it before I have 170 middle-schoolers showing up in my classroom. 

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It seems like it would be make things so much easier to manage and allow me to give direct feedback to students without taking time out of the classroom.  More of the learning seems to be on the student, being responsible to do the assignment then looking up what they need to work on  after the results are posted.


It looks like you could do a lot of things similar to the other sites in terms of assignments, grading, and tracking. I like having the students include visuals as well as text. We already have and use google. When I think about implementing new things in my classroom it is easer to expand then start new.

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google classroom reaction

I can see how this would be a great tool for teachers, especially for keeping records of students work.  I think you may even have more success with students turning in work because the kids seem to like working with technology more than paper and pencil.  Plus, less excuses about losing their work or not having their supplies.  I like that it takes all the other sites we have been talking about and kind of combining what they can do into one place so you don't have to learn all the different modes of communication between programs.  I am still struggling a little with how I can utilize all its potential in a math class.

Google Classroom Reflection

I liked the fact that it looks easy to set up and then to be able to read and respond to students' works and then not have to lose papers at home…because it is usually not my dog eating the kid's work, its my kids eating or tearing up or coloring on or even cutting up the student's work.
I almost think from the aspect of the video, it looked a bit easier to do than the stuff we learned about this morning.

Google classroom

Google classroom seems like a great way to quickly distribute, receive, grade and respond to classroom assignments, tests and quizzes. I like that you can quickly see how many responses have been turned in and how many are left. It seemed from the student view that it was easy to see when the assignment was due. I feel like this would be an easy way to keep grading organized and eliminate the possibility losing anyone's work.

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Google Classroom

Google Classroom has a clean look, which I like. I use internet based quizzes on a daily basis, and I am anxious to see how it will integrate quizzes.

And, perhaps a portfolio will also be included.

Google Classroom

From the short introduction video it seems that Google Classroom will be simple to use as a teacher. Additionally, students will appreciate timely feedback and the ability to track their assignments electronically. I especially like the grading and feedback features they demonstrated as well as being able to quickly see how many students have completed an assignment and how many still need to complete it.  I would be curious to know how Google Classroom compares to g class folders.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Google Classroom

I am really excited for this to come out. I think that this will really change how things are done. Google has made such huge jumps forward in education and how they support it. I think this will probably be the best one yet because it will allow for more integration of technology, more collaboration, and will give Google with their Chromebook platform an attractive edge over pretty much anything else. I am hoping this will also simplify things under the Google platform.


Google Classroom

More time learning! Love that!! Google classrooms encourage creativity, higher level thinking, and increased application/integration of tech skills within curriculum areas. Students will be engaged and motivated. Feedback and grading will be more purposeful, timely, and individualized. I won't lose papers and my teacher bag will be a lot lighter.

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Google Classroom

I see this allowing students to access special education work in their general classroom settings.  One of the biggest difficulties I have is when students leave and go back to class and then have to re-join what the class is doing or do work that is not appropriate to their level.  It would allow me to set assignments and send them to students and have them work on them with the work coming back to me.  Now I have to copy pages and send students and hope to get the papers back!  Tracking the work is a nightmare.  I've tried lots of different things, but this would allow me to keep the information in one space and know if a student went back to class and worked on it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sand, surf, breeze, waves, total relaxation

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Julius Caesar production

The article Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's Glove, deals with a live production of "Julius Caesar." It talks about the idea of persuasion and how prevalent it is in the play. In addition, it discusses the ability of the actors to portray the persuasion that permeates the play through Shakespeare's lines. In recalling the play, which I've taught in the past, there are such undercurrents of distrust and manipulation throughout the play, that one could easily connect it to modern day politics and the corruption within the system. As well, the article notes how the fickleness of the groundlings and the populous in general shows how times haven't changed all that much. Good way to connect past and present. Unfortunately, it is a play, which limits its accessibility.


My reflection is supposed to be about non-fiction reading, but I am suffering from HDADD High Definition Attention Deficient! I feel like I am 12 and it is my first day back to school; all I can think about is paddle-boarding. Maybe I should read about that!?!

Lori's Reflection

Just learned that hedgehogs are becoming a popular pet. Little smell and low maintenance pet.  Six states prohibit them. A good pet for busy families. 

Crystal Wilson

I found an article describing the history of how birthstones were assigned to each month. It actually originated from the Bible when Moses was describing the breastplate on a robe that needed to be made in a special way for Aaron. Each birthstone also had a quick description for what it's known for.

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Karilee's Relfection

There is so much to learn about the use of technology in the classroom. It is overwhelming at times and then I tend to fall back on the old way, although the kids would prefer to use technology. There are so many ways to use technology that will engage the students so that more learning will take place. It also allows students to be more independent and in control of their learning.

Linda's reflection

My reflection about newslea website is that it would be a great resource to use for nonfiction reading. Quizzes included with article have a variety of question types--citing evidence, cause and effect, multiple choice,etc. Searching for articles is very user friendly for young students. Changing lexile numbers allows for modifying articles for younger students. I read an article about how fast a bullfrog's tongue moves to catch its prey. Very interesting for students. Lots of great visuals and videos for students to relate to.
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Kaitlin's Reflection on Newsela

I found the Newsela website to be a wonderful resource for students. I like the articles on current events that would be interesting to students. Some of my favorite features are that articles are able to be sorted by grade level and lexile level. Some articles even have quizzes with great questions. I think this is a resource that I would use with reading skills groups and in reading block.

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Blog reflection

How long will I live in space without a spacesuit? 15 seconds before you pass out due to the lack of oxygen in your blood. We will not explode like some movies have shown, but your blood vessels are exploding. The IPad will allow the student to correct their writing on the spot.

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my reflection about nonfiction reading

 I am excited to start using these websites in the classroom.  They are going to help my teach nonfiction reading.  My favorite site is Wonderopolis.

Frances Glenn

El Nino is beginning to make a comeback in creating certain types of weather patterns around the world.  El Nino is a cyclic weather pattern that returns every 3 to 4 years.  As with all things there is yin and yang involved.  More moisture for the western United States and less in the western Pacific.
Students need to be aware that weather is constantly changing and climate change is real and has been happening for eons and eons.  


I read an article about kids who are considered "cool" by their peers in middle school.  Studies show that these kids are more likely to have encountered problems, such as drugs and alcohol by their early 20s.  Kids who are considered average or "not as cool" in middle school tend to have less problems by their early 20s.

Interesting fact

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The ancient Egyptians may have used water to wet the sand so moving the giant stones took about half the effort.

Allison's article reflection

I read the article that discussed how poorer students thrive when offered band. This is a great outlet for them, giving them something to look forward to and be successful in.

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My reflection about reading and Researching

I really looked at all the options that came in the section. I really enjoyed the nonfiction texts which would be great for students to share and learn from each other. I enjoyed the option of lowering the lexile (sp) level so that all readers could comprehend the same article so it could be read and discussed with all individuals.

DayLee Lathim
5th Grade Teacher
Rocky Heights

My reflection about integrating science into LA

I really liked the Wonderopolis site. I think the students would enjoy reading some of the articles and then writing about what they learned. It would be fun for them to create a popplet on their article to help them organize their thoughts. I briefly looked at the OSLIS site and think that I may find it useful as well.
Franca D.

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Amber's reflection about ACL injury in girls

After reading a article on injuries for female athletes. This article focuses on the risk for girls between the ages of 10-14 versus boys at this age. In the article it sates that during this time girls limbs become less stable making them more injury prone. Along with this the article also states that once they get a injury such as a ACL tear they are more prone to injury in their older years.
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Josh linn

I saw some great ways to integrate current events into the curriculum .

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I am posting this blog about some of the new technology useful in classrooms.  Some of the great news websites include newsla or tweentribune- are great opportunities to get students to read on topics they might find interesting.  

Michelle's Reflection about Technology

I would like to use the non fiction reading sites in my classroom to enhance units of study that we are working on. I really liked the Tween Tribune because it has articles that were written at the appropriate level for my second graders.

For my personal enjoyment I read an article about Pablo Picasso and his famous painting The Blue Room. It has been discovered that he covered up another painting of a man with a  mustache that he had previously painted. As an artist I can relate to this because I have repainted many canvases for the same reasons as Picasso, and that being that I had to create the image in my mind, and I had nothing else to paint it on.

Thank you Michelle

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chatterpix Firstdate


Class, I love the idea of using movenotes in the classroom, but wish I could annotate on top of the image. Originally I had hoped to make an instructional video on how to correctly input a membership information and found I was not able to annotate on top. Since I wasn't able to do this I decided screencasts attic still works better for what I needed. Ideas for classroom use at this point are to discuss slides for an absent student or to explain say an experiment such as an inquiry worksample.

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chatter Pix

Chatter Pix is a lot of fun to play with. I can see ways it could be really beneficial for things like vocabulary development.

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Watched the "How to" video
Looks soooo easy and the more options with the chrome book vs the iPad.  It would be nice to be able to annotate on the iPad app but it is not possible (per the YouTube video)
However, there are some good activities that can be created thou.

Gail A. Turner

8th grade LA and U.S. History Teacher

Weston Middle School



Front Row Math

I really like that Front Row Math can be used with chromebooks or ipads. I signed up as a grown-up teacher and then signed in as a student and took the "placement test," which then places you according to your skill level. That's cool, but you are forced to move through the levels starting from about first grade.... boring! This also limits what you could assign a student to work on as they would have had to show proficiency on previous skills to move to infinity and beyond.
However, one very nice feature is corresponding worksheets with 5 to 10 problems, that could be printed out on the spot! My vision... You have 5 minutes in class, print out the worksheet via that sleek wi-fi printer in the corner and you have some additional practice "old school style" for students without tech at home. Oh yeah!!!!!

I have not gotten to the reporting section, ( I haven't made enough progress... waa waa!) Rumor has it... that it is pretty detailed to common core, we shall see.

That is all for now on Front Row from the home front!


Nichole Erwin

Chatter box conversation by KP

Use Chatter Pix for Kids to create short sections of your conversation between two or more inanimate objects. Here's my test run:

Front Row Adaptive Math by Miriah

I was curious about this task and when I asked my neighbor sitting next to me (Cindy Schimel) she had recently used it in her classroom and was able to show me how she had signed her students up, how the skills they were completing were attached to a common core standard, and how it easily showed the teacher how well the student/s was doing on specific skills. I also spoke with Joe about this and then he let me sign up as a student under his classroom so I could get a look at the pre-test. The pre-test was very easy and then it specifically aligned me up to the grade level standards that I needed to work on. My favorite things about this website so far: 

                      * a place right next to the problem for students to write and solve the problem (i-pad) with the touch of their fingers
                      * You can generate a graph displaying how the whole class is doing on certain standards
                      * It shows you how a student did on each standard, for example ¨Mastered this skill with Low Difficulty¨ or "Mastered this skill with Some Difficulty¨

I am going to try this as a math center tomorrow and I am excited for one more place for my students to go to for individualized practice!


Practice Lesson with eduCanon

eduCanon is a really neat program; it works for taking a video from Youtube or another online video program. Plus lets you ask comprehension questions. If you use multiple choice questions you can track it with your classes. A neat concept as we prepare for Smarter Balance. Check out the EArl


Klikaklu Reflection

I would take pictures of nature and landscaping around the school. When the students found and matched the picture, they would then write a haiku based on what they were looking at.

Front Row Math

Front Row Math seems like a good resource for supplemental practice for problem areas or areas that need extensions. Would be interesting to see how it works as kids work through it. Hard to tell for sure from the initial time spent on it here.

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