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Technological opportunities to help you grow! @MVeLearn

February 6, 2019

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Brenda Zoller's Grade 5 - Water Wheels

After reading about the history of water wheels and learning the basic facts of potential and kinetic energy, Brenda Zoller’s fifth grade students drew designs for and built their own water wheels. The best part was testing and modifying them, but beware of the splash zone!
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Chelsea Mayer's Class - Reading Across America!

Chelsea's students are logging their AR points each day, converting them into miles, and making their way across America in February. Virtually, they packed their bags and left the Statue of Liberty on Jan. 31. They will attempt to make it to the Golden Gate Bridge in California by the end of February and celebrate their success on March 1, the birthday of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) being March 2. This project combines curriculum goals for math, language arts, and geography in a fun way.

Track their progress on their GOOGLE Map!

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Karen Burke - Teeny Tiny Atom

Using a mighty powerful lesson by combining Nearpod, virtual reality, and a simulation, Karen Burke taught her students about the minute world of the teeny tiny atom. They traveled to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, to visit the sight where ancient philosopher, Democritus, first proposed the idea of a universal building block. Next, they watched a short video made from atoms, and finally, created their own atoms by manipulating protons, neutrons, and electrons using a PHET simulator. Along the journey, Karen kept students engaged by using formative assessment questions she created in Nearpod. Combining multiple types of technology is easy using Nearpod—to find out more, contact an eLearning coach to schedule a demonstration.

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Global Virtual Valentines Project

Calling all K-12 teachers. Do you want to spread more happiness to children everywhere? Do you want to "teach students geographical awareness and cultural understanding while connecting classrooms all around the world for Valentine's Day?" If you answered yes, this project is for you!!

"The Virtual Valentines Project is designed to teach students geographical awareness and cultural understanding while connecting classrooms all around the world for Valentine's Day. Through this experience, our goal is to circumnavigate the globe with virtual Valentines greetings and cultural exchanges in order to spread a little happiness to children everywhere. Whether your students are in kindergarten or are seniors in high school, this project will help them learn something new."

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Digital Learning Day is Feb. 28, 2019

We know that every day in MSD of MV is digital learning day, but Feb. 28 will be the day everyone else celebrates. We want to celebrate also by showcasing the amazing things you do...and offer you the chance to earn another badge, wear jeans on that day, and maybe WIN one of these very cool coffee mugs! So, take a look at these resources and start planning your Digital Learning Day activity. Enter your event on the official Digital Learning Day 2019 Map and fill out the Google form below to let us know how you will celebrate the day, get your DLD jean pass, and enter to win a cool DLD mug!

What are some of our teachers planning?

Mary Feagley - We will be creating a Breakout and travel back to the future, 1984!

Erica Thomas - My creative writing class will create a digital poem using an original poem along with the techniques and examples we will discuss in class

using some of the following resources

De'Shea Kueber - Video recording: Using a recording devise to read a book and then listen to it!

Staci Reese - Gimkit on current math unit

Tammy Allison - Students will add oversized card stock coding blocks to move a classmate, on a large grid, to a goal.

Connie Jesch - Students will collaborate to create GimKit questions using vocabulary from out geometry unit.

Laura Davis - 7th - Using 3-D printers to print food (appropriate portion size) 6th - Voice over silent movie clips (nonverbal communication skills) Adding activity slides to Google Slides with NEARPOD!

These teachers have their names in the's your time now!

Thursday's Chat, Chapter 7! Join Julie Kissinger and Koren Duckworth (Moderators)

Our Twitter Book Chat continues TONIGHT!

Collaborate with MSDMV peers, and chat with, author of Pure Genius, Don Wettrick and his daughter, Ava Wettrick!

  • Feb. 7 - Chapter 7 - Getting Started with Social Media

  • Feb. 14 - Chapter 8 - Opportunities are Everywhere

  • Feb. 21 - Chapter 9 - Student Voices (Special Guest Ava Wettrick)

  • Feb. 28 - Chapter 10 - Moving Forward

Want to use Tweetdeck for the chat? Here's How.....
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