Darroch's Dose

Tech Tip Tuesday for December 8, 2015

Exploring Sea Turtles Through Project Based Learning

On Thursday and Friday, third graders at Deer Valley Elementary culminated their sea turtle immersion PBL with a museum open to family and special guests. The museum showcased student learning through art, writing, and technology. Parents journeyed down the hall filled with ocean decorations. Visitors used QR readers on their phones, viewing technology projects ranging from student created audio recordings to websites. At each end of the hall students shared the importance of protecting the turtles. By the end of the showcase, they received $800 in donations. This money will be used to protect three shorelines and a nest. What a difference these students have made!

The third grade team met early in the school year to plan their first Project Based Learning experience for their students. During the planning stage, the team discovered they could cover 134 standards immersing their students in sea turtle research. The teachers arranged a virtual field trip through the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and invited a marine biology student to present.

To learn more about this project, be sure to check out the project website below.

Sea Turtle Immersion

Flubaroo Integrates with Google Drive

Flubaroo just made sharing grades, student answers, and answer keys so much easier. When you share the grades a new folder will be created to easily view their responses. Students will receive individual documents showing their responses, grades, and key.

For more information click on the link below:


Professional Development Opportunities

Please check out the upcoming professional development offerings at your school. I have made a few changes!

Professional Development Opportuniites

Need Help?

Karen Darroch's Schedule:

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

Link to Help Form: http://goo.gl/forms/FSrkrKVktU

Link to Frequently Asked Questions: http://bit.ly/1Lit5k3 (Content added daily!)

Sara Carpenter's Blog: http://www.techcoachtimes.blogspot.com/

Time to Share!

What are some of your favorite apps and how do you use them in the classroom? Please add your favorites to create a resource for all K-5 teachers. There is a tab for Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Creative. Select the link below and share! Thank you to those who have contributed. I would love for this to become a resource we can all use.



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Contact Me!

I would love to come to your room and teach a lesson. Here are just a few of the lessons I am teaching in the classrooms.

  • Create a digital post card using Google Slides
  • Create a Mystery Number, Person, Place, or Thing with Google Slides
  • Lesson on Tour Builder
  • Create Student Portfolios using Google Sites
  • Pick from a number of Google Projects
  • Graph data using Google Sheets
  • Research lessons
  • Technology Playground Centers
  • Code Lessons
  • Google Drive lessons with the Do's and Don'ts of creating a Google Slide Presentation
  • Read a Digital Book with a writing extension activity using Google Docs
  • Reading Centers with iPad
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Research Lessons

Please email me or fill out the help form to schedule a day and time.

I would love to learn from you! Please invite me into your classroom to see all the engaging ways you are using technology in your classroom.