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Susan
I’m PASSIONATE about students and teachers using TECHNOLOGY to enhance LEARNING and CREATIVITY.
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I can't believe the holidays and winter break are right around the corner! If you are looking for some fun, holiday themed activities, these webmixes will help! Holiday Webmix by Kate (Link for regular Symbaloo users) Holiay Webmix by Kate (Link for SymblaooEDU users) Chrismas Around the World by Cindy... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Digital Scoop
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Thanks to Wonder Workshop, the we had an amazing Computer Science week that included robots!!! The kids were so excited to meet and interact with Dash and Dot! "We get to use a robot? Awesome!" With some classes, I just introduced Dash and ran a code where Dash turns, drives... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Activity 3: Learning About Algorithms with Al! One of the hardest coding vocabulary words for my Kindergarten students to grasp and retain has been Algorithm. I started thinking about ways to make the word more approachable and fun to remember and understand. Algorithm sounds an awful lot like Alligator...and so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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I have spent the last two days helping my students learn, create, and explore computer coding. I love the excitement in the room! Here are some fabulous webmixes full of coding experiences! 2014 Hour of Code! by Team Symbaloo (Link for regular Symbaloo users) 2014 Hour of Code! by Team... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Activity 2: Teaching Debugging and Error Detection with a Magic Trick (A variation of the CS Unplugged Card Flip Magic lesson ) My students were amazed by this fun magic trick using two-sided colored cards. I created the simple set of cards using two colors of paper and a glue... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Computer Science Education Week is finally here! I had so much fun exploring the Hour of Code with my students last year. We ended up doing way more than one hour of code, which was amazing! To celebrate CS Week this year, I'm going to share several activities I'm using... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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My 2nd graders are so excited to be learning about food and cultures from around the world. They loved going to Google Maps and entering the country they are learning about! I have also shared some geography continet and country games for them to practice with. The following webmixes provide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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I have a student creating a Google Presentation about US Presidents and I got to thinking it would also make a good Webmix Wednesday topic! Presidents of the US by Team Symbaloo (Link for regular Symbaloo users) Presidents of the US by Team Symbaloo (Link for SymbalooEDU users) \ US... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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My 2nd graders need your help! We started a research project about food in other cultures/countries. The kids loved going to this New York Times article and learning about breakfast in other countries. Next, they each picked a random country and went to CultureGrams to learn about what types of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Happy Wednesday! Today's webmixes are all about numbers and place value. There are links for all grade and skill levels. Count/Pattern #kinderchat by Kinderchat (link for regular Symbaloo users) Count/Pattern #kinderchat by Kinderchat (link for SymbalooEDU users) Patterns and Place Value by smalnar (link for regular Symbaloo users) Patterns and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Welcome to Internet Airways! We can go online and travel to far away places! My first graders are loving their new Internet Passports! I based the passport on the Going Places Safely lesson from Common Sense Media. We watched both the Pause and Think Online and My Online Neighborhood videos... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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October 19-25, 2014 was Digital Citizenship Week. For me, this topic is a year round focus. I don't think we can stress the importance of being and staying safe online with kids. Here are some great resources for teaching digital citizenship and Internet Safety. Digital Citizenship by MrsFosterPES (Regular Symbaloo... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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We are celebrating Red Ribbon Week and being drug free at school. Teachers were asked to decorate their doors and I decided to go with a LEGO theme. I always want my students to be a part of what I'm doing, so I asked my 5th graders to create LEGO... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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I hope everyone is having a great week! I can't believe how fast the school year is going. We will be seeing lots of weather changes around here soon. Here are some webmixes to help your students learn about different types of weather. Weather Research Project by Susan Watters (regular... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Last week, I began introudcing my Kindergarten students to typing letters using their laptops. They used Keyboard Zoo from ABCya. I love how the keyboard is color coded for the left and right hands. I placed a pink dot sticker on the left hand of each student. Then, I encouraged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Dash the Robot This past weekend, I hopped a plane to San Francisco to learn about teaching kids coding using robots! I was lucky enough to be invited to a Wonder Workshop pilot teacher event. The event included teachers from Florida, California, Colorado, Michigan, Hawaii, and Nebraska. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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I recently shared how my students do a math fact practice and share their results with a Google Form. Today, I want to share 5 of my favorite sites for practicing math facts through games! Math Facts Shoot Out- I usually introduce students to this game early on because it's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Today I decided to use something old and add something new for webmix Wednessday! Last year, I shared one of my webmixes containing links to online math manipulatives. I have recently updated that webmix and I have found a few other great webmixes focusing on math manipulatives. Virtual Manipulatives by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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The webmix for today is full of dinosaur facts and fun! Whether your students are looking for photos of fossils or ready to become an online paleontologist, there is something for everyone in this mix. Dinosaurs and Fossils by The Digital Scoop Do you have a great dinosaur resource? I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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I love a good challenge and Google Maps Smarty Pins provides just that! It's a fun geography game that will have your students researching to doublecheck their answers. You and start a new game comprised of random questions from all categories or you can select a category. Players are given... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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My third graders are in full word processing and writing mode! They are currently writing simile poems about themselves. I read the kids My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil by Hanoch Piven and asked them to raise their hands when they heard a simile. They loved the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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The fifth graders in my school are currently studying about rocks and minerals in science class. Here are a couple great webmixes full of online resources about rocks and minerals! Rocks and Minerals-3rd by ontheshelf4kids Rocks and Minerals by Kristin Justice Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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I usually have my 5th grade students begin the year with a word processing review and project. I love to have them create poems about themselves. In the past, I have given them a bio poem format to follow. This year, I wanted to give them more freedom to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Welcome to the middle of the week! Check out some great webmixes focusing on Authors and Illustrators! Authors and Illustrators by Sarah Staudt Favorite Authors and Books by Shannon McClintock Miller Authors' Sites by Readerroberts Do you have a favorite author or illustrator site? Leave a comment to let me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at The Digital Scoop
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Over the last couple of weeks I have embraced using Google Classroom with my fourth and fifth grade students. I love the way I am easily able to share assignments with students! At any time, I can see who has completed their assignment and who is still working. Logging into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at The Digital Scoop