Tuesday, November 28, 2017


I think last year I wrote about the Ransom Virus that hit us last February - OH it was SO SO BAD!  MANY teachers lost things that they hasn't backed up, and some even lost things that they HAD backed up as they had their jump drive still plugged into the computer that was infected - UGH!  SO, this - two week ago actually - we showed ALL of teachers how to put EVERYTHING into Google Drive and then gave them an hour and a half to DO IT!!!!  Now - I KNOW that maybe this isn't the answer to it as I still back my stuff up on an external hard drive - BUT - at least it's ONE MORE PLACE to have your things safe!  I created a "cheat sheet" that basically shows them step by step what to do -

FEEL FREE to use this yourself or with fellow teachers as I WANT STUFF SAFE:)!!!

Take care - and PLEASE be diligent about this and keep your items safe -
Happy Tuesday
Mrs. I:)

Monday, November 27, 2017

I Am Malala in the Classroom.....

Mrs. Gross, an English teacher here, is going to teach the novel I am Malala: Young Readers Edition with her 9th graders in a few weeks.  I have been trying to find some materials to go with this as far as technology goes and I came across the following videos that not only show the community of Swat Valley, where she grew up, but the heart, passion and empathy that this young woman has!!

This TED talk is just precious!!  Malala's father tells the story through his eyes, and explains the life that Malala grew up with and why is wasn't enough for his daughter! "Why is my daughter so strong?" Yousafzai asks. "Because I don't clip her wings."

She is amazing - she says this during the interview with Jon, "If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib.  You must not treat others with cruelty.  You must fight others, but through peace, dialogue and education!  WOW - simply WOW!!

I was also able to find some really great resources on Teachers Pay Teacehrs that were WORTH THE MONEY!  If someone else HAS created amazing things, I have NO TROUBLES paying them for their time and effort!

You MIGHT want to think about this one!  Even if you don't teach the book, it's definitely one that is worth reading aloud to your class and kiddos for discussion and journal entries.  SUPER AMAZING SHE IT):!!

Happy Monday all,
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Digital Citizenship - Can we REALLY ever have enough of this?

Tomorrow I head into the 4th grade classrooms to talk about digital citizenship with ten year olds.  I am a bit nervous as I know that this is a tough topic to discuss BUT these discussions HAVE to take place in schools!  I know that we can't teach everything, it's no possible, but this day and age kiddos are online ALL the time, whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or simply messaging.  Kids have devices in their hands DAILY, both at school and at home.  I KNOW that teachers are doing this every chance they get, BUT one more time is NOT going to hurt them.  Tomorrow when I talk to them, I am going to use the Think U Know website that has CyberCafe.   It's REALLY great and I am using it ALL!!  It has little examples of emailing and when it's appropriate and not appropriate to respond and what you should do, it talks about messaging and photos, and also about sharing personal information online and being safe - it's ALL here.  I am simply running through and discussing this with kiddos.  I am anticipating that it will be around 25 minutes - which is what I am planning and we MIGHT also have time for passwords and searching online - we will see.  I can't wait.

A few weeks ago I spent a week in fifth grade also teaching digital citizenship.  Each day was a different topic.  I talked about digital citizenship and what it means, staying safe online, searching, photos and editing that is done, and creating a good digital footprint.  EVERYTHING I used was from Common Sense Media - AWESOME:)!!

I also came across THIS today on Teach Hub.com - another great resource for what to teach at each grade level; a starting point none the less:)!

GOOD LUCK!  This is a TOUGH and OH SO IMPORTANT topic - KEEP COMING BACK TO IT!  I don't think it's EVER done as we are constantly reminding kiddos of appropriate use and being safe online - it's our job!!!

Happy Night all,
Mrs. I:)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Check out Trello........

If you have ever wanted to have kids collaborate in an easy and seamless way - check out Trello!  This website/app combination allows you to create a board and then share it with the kiddos, using it as a collaborating platform!  It's really neat!  One of our social studies teachers, Mrs. Teeples, showed me it today.  Look what she did with her kiddos in class:

This is a free website where students create an account, and similar to Padlet, you can create a board and then have kids interact and add to it.  Once done, the kids have ALL the information in ONE PLACE!  That's the BEST part - everyone contributes to it, but they don't have to do EVERY piece in order to gain the most information possible!!

Give it a shot - Mrs. Teeples really enjoys it, and I am sure you will, too!
Take care all -
Mrs. I:)

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's ALL in the Green Screen

I am SURE you have seen the hype and maybe even tried playing a little.  BUT our Kindergartners are using green screens in a FUN FUN way:)!  Mrs. Grabow has her littles write about what they wanted to be when they grew up and then she put them in front of the "green screen" and actually PUT THEM THERE:)!  Using the app Green Screen, by Do Ink, she is easily able to capture these darlings in a variety of settings. 

She also had the kiddos write about apple trees, and did the same thing. 

There are a MILLION ways that you can make this appropriate in your classroom - your imagination is your ONLY limitation.  Mrs. Grabow (and Mrs. Messer, another Kinder teacher) actually painted a portion of her wall green, but you can order a green sheet, use green paper, or simply a green table cloth.

Have fun with this one -
Mrs. I:)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Topping It - Bandwidth at the Max

Casey, our technology "infrastructure" man, sent me THIS photo!
Can you tell when iPads started "talking to" our JAMF system again after six days not talking to them?  I. WAS. DYING.  Needless to say - we are TOPPING IT OUT!!  After complete chaos, days and days on tech support and MAJOR work updating, cleaning out and redoing MANY things in our JSS, we are now UP AND RUNNING!!  UGH - it was a tough two days of watching THIS happen. 

GOOD NEWS - today - ALL the plot points look NORMAL and we should be GOOD TO GO regarding our Internet and Bandwidth - well, as least let's hope that's the case!

Happy Monday all -
Mrs. I:)

Monday, October 2, 2017

TED Talks, TED Ed, TEdx and More........

TED Talks = 7.9 million subscribers
TED Ed = 5.1 million subscribers
TEDx Talks = 8.9 million subscribers

These numbers speak for themselves!!  TED has done it right, and others would clearly agree.  The amount of content, the accuracy of the content, and the shear joy of the content proves that they are  the BEST at what they do:)!!!  These videos don't bore you with length, as most are 3-12 minutes long.  They don't bore you with material, as what they discuss and share are true intimate and raw feelings and emotions.  AND, they don't relay that they are the best and know the most.....they are sharing their ideas on various topics, exploring tough content to teach and doing it in an easy to understand way for kids, and they are getting others to "think outside the box," or just plain "think!"

If you have not yet become subscribers for these three channels, PLEASE TAKE THE TIME!  If you ARE a current subscriber, but haven't started really using these lessons, ideas and talks in your classroom - FIND SOME.  AND if you are a subscriber and USE the lessons and ideas in your classroom, I would LOVE LOVE to hear what you are doing and how you are engaging your students with it:)

ENJOY THESE - I find myself getting SUCKED RIGHT IN!  The riddle are becoming my absolute favorite of all time right now:)! Check out "Can you solve the prisoner hat riddle" and "Can you solve the bridge riddle."  They DO give you the answer - so DO NOT PANIC!

Happy Monday all-
Mrs. I:)