Monthly Archives: January 2014

Redesigning a Performing Arts Unit with Technology

A year into my Coetail journey, I’ve redesigned many aspects of my teaching with technology in mind. Last year my team modified a unit of inquiry on plants, with students eventually demonstrating their understanding of the central idea through imovie documentaries. … Continue reading

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Student Created Video Dictionary (update)

It’s been about a month and a half since I first proposed the idea of an online video dictionary, created by students. At the time, we had one prototype and many ideas of how to make things better. Since then, … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Blogger (Google Apps for Education)

Now that my school is a year into using Google Apps for Education, everyone is familiar and comfortable with the main features, especially Gmail and Google Drive. There are other features worth exploring, however. For example, it takes literally less … Continue reading

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Using Google Drive for a Class Reading Log

Like many elementary teachers, I assign independent reading as part of my students’ daily homework routine. We keep this simple — no summaries, no book reports — just choose a book, read for at least 20 minutes, and record the … Continue reading

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Getting Started with Google Apps for Education

With more and more schools adopting google’s suite of applications, there are an increasing number of teachers and students learning to navigate gmail, drive, youtube, blogger, and the rest of google’s offerings for the first time. Many tech-savvy people are … Continue reading

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Unleashing 3rd Graders with Youtube Video Editor

After my students began to create content for an online, video dictionary, Clare and Mariko gave some good feedback about how to improve the videos. When recording, the students gave example sentences for a vocabulary word with illustrations included. One … Continue reading

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The “Kids-Teaching-Kids” Method of Implementing Technology in Elementary School

Rolling out new technology to a full class of elementary students is an intimidating task. No matter how well you model the tool with a projector, most students will not properly learn until they use the tool, make mistakes, and … Continue reading

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