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Let's Go to Disneyland!

Published January 22, 2013

First and second graders researched, planned, and traveled to Disneyland, using an Xbox 360 Kinect. The project was organized on a OneNote Web document in SkyDrive in a series of student-determined tasks to be completed by collaborative teams. Tasks included locating Disneyland on a map, deciding when and how to travel, where to stay, what to take, calculating the cost, and how long they would need to save for the trip. Learning addressed educational standards including math, literacy, geography, collaboration, research, and personal financial literacy, as well as ISTE standards in critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, research, and information fluency. Following the research and planning, students used the Kinect game Disneyland Adventures to take the virtual trip, giving the children a chance to explore the theme park using their bodies to navigate. Students kept a journal of their imaginative experience and created brochures and post cards to send to family and friends.

Kid Lit Movies: Book Trailers for Young Readers

Published January 22, 2013

Learning objectives Create a visual advertisement for a library book Use critical thinking and ethical digital citizenship skills when gathering visuals and music from the Internet. Equip students with real-world experience and skills in collaborative decision making How do you connect kids with great books? In our library, it’s with movies, thanks to our student-created book trailers! These videos are exciting visual previews of books. In three 4th grade library classes, teams selected a favorite book, storyboarded the content using OneNote, and then created book trailers with Windows Live Movie Maker. These movies are used as digital advertising in our library. They are embedded on our school library blog, and on SchoolTube for a wide range of student and public access. In addition, we generated QR codes for their movies and placed them on the books themselves and on other high profile locations around the school, linking the physical book to its digital counterpart. In the process students improved their evaluative and analytical skills, while creating an engaging product designed to sell awesome books to their peers.

The Giving Tree

Published January 22, 2013

Synopsis: After reading and discussing the book The Giving Tree, students reflect and write about the gift they would most like to give. Objectives: Students will discuss the message of The Giving Tree. Students will write a message about giving to be shared with classmates and others. Electronic ways of sharing student gift ideas (after reading aloud and discussing): Create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon (reviewed here) or a Voicethread (reviewed here) collection of narrated images. Be sure to include some colorful images, either digital pictures or clip art to make it into a "giving tree." Have each student compose one page of the book, working on a classroom computer or as a whole class on your interactive whiteboard. Share the online book by emailing the URL to class parents and others with whom you would like to share your "gift." Allow others to comment on the book, adding their own "gift ideas" to the tree. Share the URL for the finished product via email with your class parents! This no-cost gift will mean more than something purchased at a store. Or, with younger students, create a "big book" using one PowerPoint slide per student for his/her giving tree message. Allow students to compose the visual elements as they wish. Combine the slides into one show* and print it landscape mode on large format paper. Laminate and bind. Then allow students to "sign out" the book to take it home for the evening and read it to parents. If your elementary school has the capability to share a computer slide show in the cafeteria, why not permit every student in the school create a Giving Tree slide and run the show on a "loop" throughout lunchtime during December, adding new slides as you get them. In a middle or high school, a "graffiti wall" (paper or web-based) of Giving Tree ideas may work better, as long as someone monitors for appropriateness.

Rutger's Research Information Online Tutorial

Published January 22, 2013

MODULE 1: Selecting a Topic MODULE 2: Finding Sources MODULE 3: Selecting Keywords MODULE 4: Identifying Citations MODULE 5: Evaluating Sources


Congratulations to Richard Hilton from Henderson County Schools! He is the fourth quarter winner and will receive a Swivl and iPod!

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