Weekly Buzz

What's buzzing at Franklin in tech this week

Classroom Spotlight

This week I am highlighting two classrooms from Central Elementary that completed the Hour of Code on the final day of CSEDWeek. I really appreciated being invited in to participate! If you have an activity planned, would like assistance with one, or would like some ideas, please feel free to contact me using the Tech Training Form, emailing me at zacherle@fasd.k12.pa.us or calling me at 432-2121 ext. 142. I would love to hear from you!

Coding with 3rd Grade

Students in Jim Ralph's 3rd grade class had a blast coding in Central Elementary's computer lab! Pictured are Andrew and Cameron. The students received certificates after they successfully accomplished twenty levels of coding. Way to go, 3rd Grade!

5th Grade Pros

Students in Tammy Powell's 5th grade class completed an Hour of Code on Friday afternoon using their classroom Netbooks. There was not a level these students could not figure out! I was so impressed with their coding abilities! Many of them wrote down the site Mrs. Powell used to introduce coding so that they could code more at home over the weekend. Love the dedication!

Looking Ahead

With a new year quickly approaching, we are all more than likely thinking about resolutions. If you are looking to set a goal for yourself professionally, why not focus on tech integration? Some ideas to focus on could include joining a Twitter chat to engage with other educators, check out Pinterest to gather ideas for your classroom, try Skype to connect with a classroom in another community or start a blog to share your classroom's unique story. Like any good resolution, start small and grow into it. If you set a goal for tech integration in the new year, I would love to hear about it! I am also more than willing to help you make that goal a reality.

CCSS Resources

Apps of the Week

Teacher Blogs of the Month

Twitter Chat of the Month

Participating in Twitter chats is a great way to build up your PLN (Professional Learning Network). Create an account and start building! The chat I am highlighting this month can be found under #titletalk. . On the last Sunday of each month, teachers, librarians and book lovers gather for #titletalk at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. At the time and date, go to Twitter and search for #titletalk. A topic announced at the beginning of the hour guides all participating. Find new titles in each session that you can bring to your classroom or library. The fun part, though, is developing virtual friendships with folks from all over the globe.

Contact Info

Please contact me through the Tech Training Request Form, email or phone to schedule collaboration. My phone ext. is 142. I would love to hear from you!

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