Monday, September 29, 2014

Big Event Fundraising $1000 Giveaway!

Big Event Fundraising has launched a $1,000 giveaway! 1 lucky school will win $1,000 worth of student prizes! Each package contains an assortment of prizes that are great for school stores, academic awards, fairs, carnivals, or special school events. 

Check out their giveaway page. Hurry! The giveaway ends on October 15th.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dot Day-ish

International Dot Day is celebrated on or about September 15th....ish. Thank goodness for the "ish" because this year we couldn't stick to just one day. We celebrated for a whole week! 

Betsye Sargeant of The Phoenix School in Salem, Mass. and I collaborated on the Dot Day Recipe Project. Originally created by librarian Matthew Winner, this project allowed for us to really delve deep into art, technology, and language arts. 

In a nutshell:
  • Read the books The Dot and Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. 
  • Students explore with paint and create color recipes using primary colors and white.
  • Students exchange recipes with another school and use the color to create a work of art. 
  • Students view each other's work, post on their blogs, and write thank-you notes to each other. 
  • example of a "thank you" blog post: click HERE

For the full lesson plan click HERE

Please enjoy our Dot Day 2014 video!

The Dot Big Screen Book - click HERE for more info


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Netsmartz Online Safety Lesson

This is our 3rd week of school and the students are ready to start blogging and exploring other web-based platforms. To prepare for our online activity, we have been using to learn about digital citizenship, netiquette, and online safety. Our first two visits to the computer lab were spent exploring the Netsmartz website which has great videos and activities that are geared toward a younger audience. Students can safely explore the site and play the games while learning what it is to be a digital citizen. 
Today we watched “Router’s Birthday Surprise” together and reviewed all of the safety rules that we have learned. We ended our lesson by signing an internet safety pledge. We are ready to be safe online and offline! This afternoon the students wrote their first blog post. Many of them wrote about what they have learned. Please visit our student blogs HERE. They did a great job for first time bloggers!
IMG_20140904_140029The videos and activities are fun and engaging so it makes learning about online safety fun!
2014-09-10 09.01.18Watching “Router’s Birthday Surprise”
2014-09-10 09.34.00Making our learning and thinking visible.
2014-09-10 09.32.40
2014-09-10 09.32.52Signing the Internet Safety Pledge.

UYN - Use Your Netsmartz!