Thursday, October 11, 2018

Coding Websites

Here are just a FEW of the many many websites available for coding.  I have probably talked about some of these before, but here is a list again:)

Hour of Code -

Scratch -

Tynker -

CodeAcademy -!/exercises/0

Code Avengers -

Code Combat -

Kahn Academy Coding -

Tech Rocket -

Happy Thursday all
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

More Websites to Check Into:)!

  I have been digging back into my Google Drive and have rediscovered some GEMS - check them out;)

1. Unite for Literacy - This website has books that are easy to access and can be read to your kiddos.  Easy to use and super friendly!

2.  Mentimeter - If you have ever wanted to give a poll to an audience, classroom, etc.. and see immediate and interactive responses then this is for you. Create a presentation, choose your questions type, then choose present and you will see a code for them to go to the website and punch in.  Responses will start showing real time. Check it out -

3. The Kid Should See This - There are always those students you have every year in your classroom that are curious in nature.  They want to learn and learn and absorb more.  This site would allow for some of that.  Search by content area or just search by category.  The videos found on here are pretty neat!

4. What's Going on in This Picture - Each week the New York Times posts an intriguing picture for students and readers to think about and use inferencing skills to figure out what the photo might be about.  What a great way to get students engaged in discussion, use it for journal entries or writing topics - the ideas are endless!

I have MORE to share - BUT will get back another day -
Make it a great Tuesday night,
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Mr. Goering is a science teacher here in Barnesville.  THIS MAN!  You guys - he is BRILLIANT!!!  He created a Google Sheet and then shared it with his students on the periodic table and elements.  I totally LOVE LOVE THIS - BUT I had to ask him to explain to me HOW he uses it and WHAT it does:).  This often happens as he talks and then I say, "Alright Mr. Goering, now talk to ME please and restate what you JUST said!!"  (NOT A LIE HERE)

In his OWN words: 

"The students need to know how to calculate molecular weights and from that the % composition of a compound.  For example, what percent of water is oxygen?  There are online calculators for that sort of thing, but students don't learn anything by using them.  After doing the calculation "long hand" in class a few times, we made this calculator.  It is fast and easy.   The formulas are in the cells if they ever need to review, and the students gain some spreadsheet skills in addition to the chemistry.  That's the goal anyway."

Here is what is looks like -

AGAIN - way to go Mr. Goering - SO GREAT AND AMAZING! 

Happy Tuesday All,
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

More on Coding

Mrs. Askegaard, one of our 5th grade teachers, asked me to find some things that are "different" and "new" in the area of coding.  Here are some of the things I have found for her:

1. Compute It - an online coding activity that is flash based.  It uses basic and scripting and slowly gets harder as the kids level up.

2. Lego Coding Ideas - simply use legos to create secret codes.  This gets kids to start to understand the "coding" method.

3. Secret Wheel Decoder - Again, this will help kids with realizing the "code" for a variety of things and get their minds thinking this way

4. Khan Academy Computer Programming - Just like Khan Academy for math, Khan Academy for Computer Programming shows tutorials "how" to perform certain tasks followed by "doing" of the tasks learned.  Looks pretty cool:)!!  There's a few options:

5.  Various Coding Ideas - If you simply type in coding ideas, you will get a plethora of ideas for binary coding, morse code, etc..  This is a great way for kids to get in their mind that coding is just that, using certain symbols, numbers, letters to represent and make objects and images "do" things on the computer. 

GOOD LUCK - these are just a FEW of the MANY MANY out there - please comment or email to let me know about others as I will GLADLY add them:)!

Happy Monday all,
Mrs. I:)

Monday, September 10, 2018

More on Cyberbullying

Here's some more information regarding Cyberbullying to check out.  It's QUITE scary to think about all that children have to deal with nowadays!  The instant EVERYTHING - UGH!!  BUT, we as teachers, role models and parents can help and try to stay proactive.  Here is another link by Wiz Case to check out:

The more informed we are - the BETTER off we are as a whole.  This is such a tough and unfortunately never ending topic - good luck with this and PLEASE PLEASE share anything you have, anything you know, and keep your eyes out for all kiddos:)!!

Happy Monday
Mrs. I:)

Monday, July 9, 2018

New School Year is FAST Approaching.......Some Things to Think About:)

As the school year fast approaches, I was contacted regarding a post I had previously made regarding 50 ways to use technology.  This link provided shows the benefits (and cons) of using technology in the classroom.  In other words - THINGS TO THINK ABOUT as you prepare and use technology for the upcoming school year! 

We all know that technology, when used the RIGHT way, can add a WHOLE new world for kiddos - however, we have to understand WHY we are using it - WHAT is the purpose for it - and DOES IT better the students understanding and learning process - THINK ABOUT IT ALL as you prepare for the 2018-19 School Year - YOU GOT THIS:)!!!

Good luck to you all,
 Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What is coming next?

About three weeks ago, Casey and I started talking about the iPad Mini 3s that we have here K-12.  The discussion came up because we have been exploring zSpace, and all the capabilities that this machine has (CHECK OUT IF YOU HAVEN'T)!!  This then brought on the discussion of virtual and augmented reality, which our iPad Minis CAN NOT do right now. As we continued to talk, I just thought, "Why not reach out to Ryan, our Apple guy, and just SEE trade in value, pricing, etc.."  Well, let me tell you we were PLEASANTLY surprised to see the numbers he threw back at us.  Now this was STILL in talking phases, so Casey thought, "Let's just bring this to the technology committee."  So we did - and THEY were pleasantly surprised at the numbers as well, and they said why don't you pursue it a little further.   SO, Casey and I went and talked to Superintendent Loeslie and share with him the findings and number crunching, and he thought, "Why not bring it to the finance committee for discussion?"  SO last night Casey and I went to the finance committee and they were impressed as well, therefore, it is now going to the board on Monday.  What started as a "Let's See" discussion, might become reality now!  SO we might be turning in our 920 iPad Mini 3s and going back to full size iPad 6s.  That would make me happy for SO many reasons:

1. We would be able to do virtual and augmented reality with apps like Froggipedia ($3.99), WWF Free Rivers (free), InSight Heart ($.99), and My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR ($2.99).  IT's CRAZY cool and just unbelievable to see and use!  Expeditions is also crazy fun and allows kids to BE in places they might not be able to otherwise. 

2. Our devices MIGHT not make it through another year.  We have had a TON of home buttons that are starting to fail, cracked screens that have been replaced but the touch on them isn't great, and will the iOS work another year - all things that make me think this is a great time.

3. We can take our MCA MN Standards test ON the full size iPads and turn the labs into another SPACE - maybe Makerspaces?  Maybe more space for the CAD lab now, but regardless it would give us TWO more rooms that are NEEDED in each building.

4. MANY teachers really wished we would have NEVER gone to an iPad Mini.  Between swiping between a smaller screen, trying to write and work, and reading alone has been a little more difficult for some - and they would be SO SO HAPPY to see the full sized iPad back.

5. The price is RIGHT:)!  When we traded in three years ago - we saved over $100,000 because minis were cheaper than the full sized iPads.  NOW that is reversed - the full size iPads are cheaper than the minis.  SO again - we will save money if we opt to go with the full size ones.

6.  Trade in pricing is really good this time also - and if we wait another year, the trade in value of the minis will drop another 25%ish - so again - the timing might be right!

7.  We will be getting keyboard cases for the 10-12th graders.  We pondered and pondered the idea of Chromebooks, but can't find something that works great with writing on PDFs, so that was a HUGE turn off - since even Kami extension on the Chromebook touch screen isn't great!

SO - there we have it and what has been happening in our world for the past three weeks.  Things have changed FAST FAST, and hopefully will for the better of our needs here!  OR maybe not and we will be having these discussions next spring about doing it for sure - time will tell;)!!

Take care all and Happy Week -
Mrs. I:)