A Glance at Technology for Q1 of the 2015-2016 School Year

First Quarter Highlights

Coonley Parents,

This flyer is a snapshot of several technology-related projects and events that have taken place during the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. Judging by the great work this 1st quarter this should be a wonderful year!

Mrs. Zumpano, Coonley Technology Coach

Coonley Goes Global

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This year several Coonley classrooms participated in the Global Read Aloud. This world-wide initiative (created by a teacher) focuses on an author study and four additional books. Teachers decided which book they wanted to read and I (Mrs. Zumpano) helped find classrooms across the United States and Canada that were reading the same book and were willing to connect with us. Classes shared information in various ways: many video-conferenced using Skype, Google Hangouts, and Other classrooms wrote pen pal letters or communicated on Twitter. The picture above shows our connections across the country (a bulletin board outside the computer lab), Ms. Barrett's students Skyping with Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and one of Ms. Vega's many tweets about her book. This was a great project!

QR Codes All Around

QR codes are small black and white squares that link to additional content. Following are some fantastic ways Coonley Teachers incorporated QR codes the first quarter! Be sure to download a QR reader such as i-nigma to your smartphone in order to view the QR code content.

Google Expeditions Visits Coonley

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Coonley students were very fortunate to participate in virtual field trips on November 12th via Google Expeditions. Google is traveling to classrooms throughout the world to give students and teachers a peek into their next big educational project: Expeditions. Students use a "21st century viewfinder" to see locations all over the world (including the moon and under the ocean). As they are viewing teachers are able to direct their attention to various places using an app, and are able to read facts about those locations. Students loved the experience!

Additional Highlights from 1st Quarter