I created an online technology integration course for K-5 teachers that is now available on the OPI Learning Hub. If you've never visited this site, I encourage you to check it out. The Learning Hub provides high quality, free professional learning for all K-12 teachers across Montana. You can find my course, Tech-ify Your Classroom! The Basics of K-5 Technology Integration under Self Paced Courses > Universal Instructional Strategies. It's available for 4 OPI renewal units.
Resources for Teachers & Students
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
This camping-themed Breakout Edu was created using 1st grade standards, but could be adapted for any grade level. You'll need a Breakout box and the locks listed in the directions. To find the set up instructions, printable materials and instructions CLICK HERE.
Click the image to download a PDF.
Don't forget this fun end of the year Seesaw Go game! Print, hang around the room and let your kids reflect on the year using Seesaw tools. bit.ly/EOYSeesaw
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
One of my absolute favorite apps for the classroom is Book Creator. This is such a versatile app that can be used across a variety of grade, subject and topic areas, making it definitely worth the $4.99 price (available at half price if using Volume Purchasing Program).
MCCE is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Summer Tech Summit! We hope that you will be able to join us...we're sure its going to be a BLAST!
If you've joined us in the past, you know that our annual Summit features hands-on technology training opportunities. We want you to leave the Summit energized and ready for a new school year!
This year we will be changing it up, just a little bit so the Tech Summit will be a two-day, 12 OPI hour, adventure! Each day you will be able to attend 3 two-hour sessions (for a total of six hours a day).
Who: ANY educator looking for high-quality, BYOD training opportunities
When: Monday, July 31st & Tuesday, August 1st
Where: Eileen Johnson Middle School, Lockwood
Please visit mtmcce.org/2017-summit.html to register for the 2017 MCCE Summer Tech Summit. (Be sure to fill out the appropriate forms if you are a BPS teacher using the Summit for MEA trade and/or you are using the hours for step-up in your district!)
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
A huge shout out to Ms. Avery at Highland, and the awesome acrostic poems her 1st/2nd grade combo kids made using the free app PicCollage Kids. Check out the amazingly creative examples below.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
We converted this fun Mother's Day idea into a digital project using the FREE app PicCollage Kids. The first graders loved making these fun keepsakes for mom, then sharing onto their Seesaw journals. Keep reading to find out how we did it!
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Inspired by Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny stories and illustrations, I worked with Mrs. Westrope's first graders to app smash DoInk Animation & Drawing app ($4.99) + Book Creator ($4.99) and make our own Knuffle Bunny books! Keep reading to see how we did it!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
So, Mrs. Vergara at Bitterroot is an Osmo Genius! In order to store her Osmo letters, she added magnets to the back. She labeled a cookie sheet, and the kids are able to easily keep track of the letters and find them when they need them. Wahoo! Thanks for the tip. Click the image below to download her template, which she adapted from this site.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
You will have a blast celebrating your birthday (or the birthday of someone special in your school) with your students using this Breakout Edu game. I created it with 1st grade standards, but it could be adapted for other grade levels. Students will work together to solve problems and "crack the codes", to reveal a box full of party supplies (noisemakers, party hats, the choice is yours)! Grab the materials and read the instructions at bit.ly/BdayBreakout To play this game, you will need a "Breakout box" and these four locks: keyed lock, 4 letter lock, 5 letter lock and 3 digit lock.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Kami Butterfield! Set an image as a background in Doodle Buddy, trace it, then get rid of the image! Such a simple and easy way to support your students' as they draw characters, animals, etc. digitally. The steps are listed below. Happy drawing!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
BPS Breakout Edu site, or visit breakoutedu.com to find out more about this engaging learning activity!
Monday, March 13, 2017
Join me for a book study centered around Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. This 5 week book study will begin April 3rd, and will feature weekly reading passages, reflections & posts via Seesaw: The Learning Journal. This will be a fun online Professional Learning Community centered around what is best for kids, and pushing the boundaries of conventional teaching in our classrooms. I'll be reading right along with you, and I'm excited to dive into this book!
bit.ly/BPSPJsSignUp. After you've completed your Seesaw webinars, you'll complete a reflection form, apply something you learned in your classroom, and provide certificates of attendance from the PD in your PJs trainings. Once all items are received, you'll get 2 OPI renewal units for your work. This is a great opportunity to receive top notch Seesaw training, plus OPI renewal units for your hard work! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and check out the upcoming PD in your PJs schedules at bit.ly/SeesawPDinPJs
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Here is a collection of some of my favorite word work apps for K-2 students. Some are free, some are paid. Click each app to find out more and see the price. Remember to watch for app discounts or apps gone free during Teacher Appreciation Week in May!
Sunday, March 5, 2017
PicCollage Kids is one of my favorite "go to" apps for creating in the classroom. It's so versatile, and kids love to customize their collages with fun colors, fonts and images. This activity involves using PicCollage Kids to allow students to create two digit number collages using images you send to your students via Seesaw.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
This Breakout Edu game was created to give 2nd graders an engaging, challenging and fun way to practice math content standards. This Breakout could be adapted for other grade levels. If you'd like to read the instructions and print the materials, check out bit.ly/LuckyBreakoutEdu. Choose "File" and "Make a Copy" to make your own editable copy. Check out the video below to see more!
You can find other pre-made Breakout Edu games on their website! breakoutedu.com
PicCollage Kids. Students took a selfie, then used this awesome drawing hack discovered by Erintegration to draw on top of the photo and add a cat nose, whiskers and Cat in the Hat style hat. They customized their collages with fun backgrounds, fancy text (we all wrote "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!", but older students could write their favorite stories or characters) and birthday stickers (I let them choose 2). The collages are easily saved to the iPad camera roll and shared on Seesaw! Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
here about how teachers are using Book Snaps to share what they're reading and learning about through professional development. Some teachers have taken this back to their classrooms, and had their students create Book Snaps about books they are reading! In upper grades, students are using SnapChat (the original tool for this), but in elementary school, students can use Seesaw to create their own Book Snaps. This is a fun way for students to share about what they're reading and learning - they can highlight favorite parts of a book, add drawings overtop of a book page to show what they love, and even use the microphone tool to tell about why the book is a favorite, or what they found interesting!
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Our Phase 2 TILT group visited Mrs. Rott's 2nd graders at Broadwater Elementary and helped them make some amazing books about their school using the app Book Creator. Click the link below for a wonderful guide on using Book Creator made by Linda Bernard of Redefining Learning.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
I love how the first grade teachers at Beartooth took my earlier PicCollage Kids + Number Pieces idea and made it even better! You can read my original post here. Instead of having their students just build two digit numbers, they added another level of awesomeness by having their students add their two digit numbers together and solve the equation! They used the FREE apps PicCollage Kids, Number Pieces and Seesaw to accomplish this. Great work!
As more teachers are using Seesaw and other tools to allow students to record their voice to share their learning, it's also become important to find ways to minimize noise while students record. I noticed a couple of simple ideas on Twitter during the #Seesawchat that I thought I'd share!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
This week I used some wonderful stories selected by OPI to support Indian Education for All, and infused these lessons with technology in kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. Keep reading for ideas you can use in your own classrooms!
I read this awesome blog post by Erin Flanagan, where she presents TONS of awesome ideas for integrating technology for Valentine's Day-themed projects. She has some great resources in her Teachers Pay Teachers store to make this quick and easy for you.
Keep reading for this and more Valentine's Day ideas!
Thanks to Terry Bouck, our superintendent, for featuring the BPS Technology Integration Specialists and TILT in his latest Empowering Education newsletter. Click the image of our bright shining faces to read more. :)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
We had a blast in Mrs. Tieszen's first grade, solving a football-themed Breakout Edu challenge created by the ah-mah-zing Ann Brucker. To complete the challenge, the first graders had to read and solve addition and subtraction word problems, then record the answers to open the locks. The kids did a tremendous job, and we were able to open the box! Mrs. Tieszen put the photos together into an awesome video using the free tool Adobe Spark Video. Click the image below to watch this video and learn more about Breakout Edu!
Monday, February 6, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
read about here, but I also wanted to share a fun app smash project we did in Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Romersa's first grades today! We used the free apps PicCollage Kids and ChatterPix Kids, then posted to Seesaw. Read on to see our fun app smash (and remember you can use this same technique in other areas - think Groundhog Day)!
I am still adding photos of center charts to this collaborative Padlet. Would love to see how you rotate your kids through centers in your classroom (whether you have Must Do - Can Do centers, traditional centers, Daily 5, etc). Check out the ideas below, and click on the Padlet to upload a photo of your own center chart organizational system!
The app Book Creator is one of my absolute favorites. It's one of the most expensive apps I've bought, at $4.99, but also one of the most versatile. Students (yes, even kindergartners!) easily learn how to navigate and use this app across a variety of subject areas to create and share about their thinking and learning. Read on to see how we used this in Mrs. Robson's kindergarten to create ebooks about polar bears.