Monday, March 30, 2015

Videos to QR's

An awesome second grade teacher did an amazing project where her students read, created art, video and then suitcases of their "adventure". In the video the teacher used a green screen and each student created custom art for their back drop...awesome right. Then this awesome teacher had students create digital and actual art for the halls. The dilemma came when getting the videos to work with QR readers. Here are a few tips we utilized to make the project a bit smoother.

 Creating a Bookmarks Bar in Chrome to speed it all up
 Using the Google Shortener to create fast QR codes
 Video into Youtube

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Osmo Awesomeness

If you haven't played with Osmo should. Way to go Haddy Wanner! These pictures show me kids were working with heroes, art and technology!

Great tips to "pin"

Sometimes little things like "pin tab" make all the difference in teaching. When using Chrome simply hoover over a tab and "control click" or "right click" and choose "pin tab" this ensures your tab doesn't disappear while teaching. BOOM-Cha!

Middle Madness-discoveries

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

America's Parks coming to 4th Grade

Although I learned a ton at the Teaching and Learning conference, one thing I am super excited about is the Every Kid in the Park! According to John Jarvis from National Parks every 4th grader will have an opportunity to go on a field trip to a National Park...I get goose bumps just thinking about it. The information will launch April 2nd, so lace up your hiking boots.

Find great resources from the National Parks to bring your classroom alive at

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

From Passion in Primary

Favorite Word Clouds Creators

Wording it out with Primary Passion

The primary with passion group came up with great ideas to use word clouds in their classroom: Melisa S from Kinder-Using a word family that is created by the teacher and then create word clouds as a whole class then following it up Linda from First-chunking words by adding words that go with that "chunk" Kerry from Kinder-Within a lesson use it for brainstorming, living things (insects, plants) Teresa from Kinder- Mothers day gifts with all the thoughtful words a mother is