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Technology Treasures: February, 2014

Welcome!

Hello Pullman Families,

We are 5 months into this year, but it is really just the beginning of our 1:1 journey. Over the past few months many amazing things have been happening around the building in regards to technology use. We decided it was time we found a dedicated way to share these projects and activities with you. Therefore we are starting this newsletter as a way of showcasing some of the numerous ways technology is being used by our students as they learn and grow each day at Pullman. In the following editions, we will be showcasing one Primary and one Intermediate grade each month. So, take a peek, be on the look out for what your child is up to, and see what might be in their future. Enjoy!

Twitter Talk

Get Connected!


Twitter is here, or back, depending on how long you've been at Pullman. Either way, you can now look forward to Twitter updates as just one more way to stay connected. Find us on Twitter by searching for us: @PullmanElem, or you can feel free to use the hashtag #pullmanelm when posting something you want to share with the Pullman community (or search this hashtag to see all the results)!

Te(a)chnology!

Reading Olympics

Tying It All Together

If you didn't notice, February brought the Winter Olympics to the stage, front and center. At Pullman, it also took center stage as students participated in the Reading Olympics. As always, students love reading at Pullman--either traditional books, or books on the 3M Cloud Library App (books from the public library that they can access on their iPads.) Students logged their nightly reading minutes using a google form that they were able access by scanning a QR code. From there, their minutes were automatically submitted to a spreadsheet where they were tallied at the end of each week. We kept track of our progress in the main hallway using medal stands. It was just another example of how technology is seamlessly integrated into our everyday tasks this year!

iSQUAD

Technology Leaders

In January, students in grades 3-5 were offered the opportunity to become part of Pullman's new iSQUAD. This program was created to help foster technology leaders amongst our students. The application for this program asked students to write an essay sharing what would make a good leader. Some of the things students shared were:


  • I will always try my best
  • I think that this would be a good opportunity for me because I love to figure things out.
  • I am a good listener, so I will be able to help people solve their problems.
  • I am good at explaining things to people!
  • I love trying, learning, and doing new things


We had over 30 applications for just about 10 spots, and it was a VERY hard choice, but please welcome the following students to our iSQUAD: Tremaine, Hope, Jarod, Maddy, Zach, Kahlei, Owen, Alexis, Brynn, Destanee, and Isaac!!
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Digital Natives

The Voice of the Active Learner by Blackboard and JESS3

Something to Think On...

This video shows a new world--our student's world. Like it or not, our students are growing up in a world that is very different than the one most of us grew up in. As educators many of us are probably teaching in a different world then the one that was present when we started our careers. Can we keep up?! Here at Pullman, we sure are trying...

Where to Find Us

If you would like to find out more information about what you saw in this newsletter, or share comments, please feel free to use the contact information below.


Kristin Bellus-Penz