Sunday, November 16, 2014

My #eddies14 Nominations

Here are my nominations for the 2014 Edublogs Awards:

Best Indvidual Blog: My Island View
Best New Blog: 2TechSavvyLibrarians
Best Class Blog: An Educational Phoenix
Best Student Blog: Steven's Blog (one of my students)
Best Ed Tech / Research Sharing Blog: Free Technology for Teachers
Best Teacher Blog: My Paperless Classroom
Best Administrator Blog: Ninja Reflections on Education
Best Individual Tweeter: @alicekeeler
Best Hashtag/Twitter Chat: #2ndchat
Best Free Web Tool: Twitter 
Best use of Media: Ted Talks
Best Educational Wiki: The Global Classroom Project
Best Open PD/Unconference/Webinar: The Global Education Conference
Best Educational Use of a Social Network: EdTechBaton on Instagram
Best Mobile App: Remind
Lifetime Achievement: Peggy George

For more information and to make your nominations click HERE and follow #eddies14 on Twitter.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Possessive Noun Disorder

Teaching possessive nouns to 2nd graders is just downright frustrating. Our curriculum has some boring worksheets, but I needed to ramp up the teaching level on this one so last week I did some looking around and found a few songs and activities that would make learning this concept a little more fun.

I am fortunate to have a Mimio (interactive whiteboard), so I went to the MimioConnect sight and found a fun activity just by searching grade level and "possessive nouns". The kids really enjoy using the whiteboard. On another day I used a Brainpop Jr. video and the interactive activities that go with it.

I also found some songs on youTube. Moving and singing really helps cement it all together.

We are continuing to work on possessive nouns this week. My plan is to have them create some content using photos. Here is the task card they will use:

For more task cards click HERE
The finished product! see more HERE has some fun "screamo" videos.

I always look for an excuse to use The Electric Co. vidoes. It's what I grew up on!

Global Education Conference 2014

I am looking forward to attending the Global Education Conference beginning on November 17th. The online conference schedule is full of keynote speakers and presenters who will enlighten and inspire. The highlight for me will be the launch of the Global Classroom Project on Nov. 21st at 6:00 am CST. We will officially launch our 5th year of global connections and projects. Please look over the information below to learn more about participating in this amazing event!