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Friday, October 3, 2014 #EHSRedDevils

Elkmont DPI End of Month Report

Word Mosaics with Nouns

Ms. Bates and Ms. Adams' 4th Grade students had some fun learning nouns by making word clouds with them. This is just the first step the DPI Team will take using word clouds. Our next step is to use word clouds to assist students with identifying main idea and writing summaries of text.


Word clouds, also called tag clouds or a weighted list, are a visual depiction of the

frequency tabulation of the words in any selected written material, such as lecture notes, a

textbook chapter or an internet site. Font size is used to indicate frequency, so the larger the font size, the more frequently a word is used. (https://www.iupui.edu/~josotl/archive/vol_11/no_2/v11n2miley.pdf)

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Give Me A S! Give Me An A! Give Me A M! Give Me A R! GO SAMR Model!

SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology. The goal is to transform learning experiences so they result in higher levels of achievement for students.


Judging where a lesson using technology falls on the SAMR Model is often hard to determine. The image below can help answer whether your lesson is an S-Substitution, A-Augmentation, M-Modification or R-Redifinition lesson.


Plainville Community Schools in Conneticut provides some great SAMR Scenarios where you can view lesson plan summaries and where that the lesson lands in the SAMR Model.

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Illustrating Vocabulary Words with Google Slides

Mr. Hobbs 4th Grade students illustrated their vocabulary words from the story, The Secret Messenger, using Google Slides. During this lesson students learned how to create a Google Slide presentation, how to choose a slide theme, how to edit text, how to add images, and how to share the presentation with others.


Our next steps once we master using Google Slides (formerly Google Presentations) is to:


  • work collaboratively in groups within the classroom on a single Google Slide Presentation
  • work collaboratively in groups with students in other classes on a single Google Slide Presentation
  • work collaboratively in groups with students in other schools on a single Google Slide Presentation


Ms. English's 3rd grade students worked in collaborative groups using Google Slides to create presentations about National Landmarks. Students learned how to find and add images and edit text. Because of the collaborative nature using Google Slides this activity ranks in the Redefinition part of the SAMR Model.

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October is Connected Educator Month! Get Connected!

Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the past two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.

The goals of CEM include:

  • Getting more educators proficient with social media to improve their practice
  • Deepening and sustaining learning among those already enjoying connection’s benefits
  • Helping schools credential/integrate connected learning into their formal professional development efforts
  • Stimulating and supporting innovation in the field

Highlights of CEM 2013 included:

  • More than 300 major education organizations, companies, or communities officially participating, including, for the first time, entire states and districts
  • More than 600 national events and activities conducted officially (on the CEM calendar), many more conducted independently
  • More than 1 million web pages and other online locations referencing, promoting, or discussing the event (a 300% increase over CEM 2012)
  • More than 14 million educators and others reached around the world via Twitter alone (more than triple the reach of 2012)
  • Recognition as one of the top educational technology news stories of both 2012 and 2013 

Student Directors Premier at Elkmont

Ms. Bates & Ms. Adams 4th grade students traded their desks for the director's chair this week. Continuing with their language arts focus on nouns, students used KidzSearch to safely search for images of nouns. Once students had gathered a minimum of 10 nouns they created their own noun movie using iMovie.


Ms. McMunn's 3rd grade students integrated their math lesson about grams and kilograms by creating an iMovie with items that represented each unit of measure.

This lesson is on the Redefinition level of the SAMR Model.

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