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Tips for 1:1 iPad Integration - November 11, 2014

FALLing into STEM

A HUGE Chief Cheer goes out to all of the classes who participated in Spooky STEM a few weeks ago. You could really tell by the pictures (check out Facebook) that the kids were very engaged in the learning!

Next Friday, November 21 is our second STEM focused day. This month we will focus on FALLing into STEM projects which include anything that flies or falls.

Below is the link to the Dropbox folder of lesson ideas that fit this theme. Feel free to take parts of these lessons and make them fit your students. Please let me know if I can help your grade level make plans or even gather materials. I'm also happy to help you figure out how to use the iPads in your lesson. There are suggested grade levels on all of the lessons, but we can certainly adapt them up or down to fit all of you.

An App and a Snack

An App & A Snack will return next week! On Tuesday, November 18, we will be looking at Kid Blog. Mrs. Green and I saw a presentation about this at Ed Tech, and we would really like to have school-wide participation! This is a totally free, totally safe way for kids to blog and share their writing, photos, videos, etc online to a real audience. Come join us as we set up our classes and start thinking about ways we can use this site to collaborate across grade levels!

New Sites of the Week

An Hour of Code is Coming!

Last year we had several classes who participated in the Hour of Code in December. What is the Hour of Code you ask, well here is the answer straight from their website: "Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra."

I would love for us to have 100% participation school-wide this year. All you are committing to is one hour during the week of Dec. 8-14, but you might find that your students are learning so much and are so engaged that you will want to give them more time.

Please let me know if your grade level is willing to commit at least one hour, and I will get all of the details worked out for you!

Check out this link for more information:

Digital Citizenship

So it's November now which means you should have already taught at least 3 digital citizenship lessons this school year. If you haven't, now is the time to get caught up! I am suggesting one more lesson to you today for the 1st half of the school year. Please make every effort to teach these 4 lessons before we go home for Christmas break.

The new lessons I am recommending this month deal with giving out personal information online. We know that kids will likely be getting new devices over the holidays, and we want to be sure they are safe. For grades K-2, try out Keep it Private, and for grades 3-5 try Private & Personal Information.

Just in case you are behind, here are the other lessons I have suggested this year. K-2: for August, Going Places Safely or Staying Safe Online; for September, My Creative Work; and for October, ABC Searching or Using Keywords. 3-5: for August, Rings of Responsibility or Talking Safe Online; for September, Whose Is It, Anyway; and for October, The Key to Keywords.

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As always, I am here to help you integrate technology into your lessons. Please let me know how I can be of assistance.

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