Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Elearning in Barnesville

Since the state of Minnesota has ALLOWED it in school districts that are 1:1, we have taken full advantage of Elearning here in Barnesville.  Basically we are allowed to "count" the day that we may not physically be in school because of weather (a blizzard for instance), as a day of school because our students use their 1:1 iPads and learn at home.  Teachers have pre planned Elearning days ahead of time, allowing the kids to work at home on the school day that has been cancelled.  The high school has been able to continue their weeks as normal, as most just continue on with what they had been doing in class and keep it fairly linear.  The elementary school is a little different in that they tend to send a "packet" of ideas, apps, or activities to work on for reinforcement of skills that they have learned, or are currently working on.  Here are a few examples of things that students had to do for the Elearning days that have taken place so far this year:

 Students are listening to a book that they had been assigned in Epic! or another app for learning
 Working on her iPad comfortably on her couch:)
 Writing sight words with playdoh!
 Working with her word rings and practicing writing words.
 Listening to a podcast for social studies.
Finishing math that was assigned!

Overall, most would say it has been successful!  The parents have gained a BRAND NEW appreciation for teachers, as they have had to work a little more with their child(ren) with the work they have, and students have realized that being in school maybe ISN'T as bad as they say generally they have MORE work than if they would have just been in school.  The BEST part, the days COUNT AS DAYS and we don't have to add any on to the end of the year:)!!!

There have been things where adjustments have had to take place, but overall the teachers and students are satisfied with what is happening!  This is something that I don't think will be going away here in Barnesville, and in fact I just see this getting better and better each year!!

Take care all -
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Google Certified - Level 1

This is something that I have wanted to do for a WHILE, and am FINALLY getting around to it!  Maybe there are some others, like you, out there that want to take this on and become Google Certified.  There are different levels, and each of them takes some time, a little investment for cost ($10-15 per test), and definitely WORTH it:)!  Below are some resources to use if this is something that you think you might WANT to do at some point.  If you have other tips for me - PLEASE SHARE!  I would LOVE to hear your advice and tips for helping:)!!

Take care all - stay warm and safe - supposed to get more snow tomorrow sounds like - yikes~
Mrs. I:)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

More Sites for Photos - FREE and Common Use

I have been looking for some websites where students can go to look for photos instead of doing just a blank search in Google and then clicking images.  Most of the time it's fine, but sometimes the students find things because of the "way" they are searching.  Here are ones I have found this am so far that I like:) 

2. Photos for Class (I wrote about this one earlier:)

3.  Pixaby 

4.  Pexels 

5. Flickr

NOW, I constantly remind kids that they aren't always going to find the most "perfect" photo for absolutely everything they are looking for.  Sometimes they have to sacrifice the image for the use of it - I know they HATE that - but that's reality, right?

Happy Tuesday all - stay warm and don't blow away in the wind today,
Mrs. I:)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Photos for Class

JUST came across a GEM OF A SITE thanks to Glen from our Schoology Educators group.  Photos for Class is JUST THIS - a website where you can download and use photos for various assignments, presentations, etc.. for classroom assignments.  It's creative common media for public use - THANK YOU:)!!!  The photos are age appropriate and cites them as well - and they are SAFE!!!

Take a look at this one - it's WAY better than having your kiddos looking at and trying to find images on Google - that's a hard thing to do at times!!

Happy Weekend all - have a TON of basketball tonight but lovin' it;)
Mrs. I:)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

DocAppender - Chrome Extension - Look Into It!!

I was at our technology integrationists meeting a few months back, which I have to say I absolutely LOVE these peeps if I haven't mentioned this already, and Lucas showed us a really amazing Chrome Extension called DocAppender!!  This is a GAME CHANGER PEOPLE!!  Basically, you are able to create Google Forms, and organize them in a way with this extension, and the end product is a time stamped "card" with information compiled on it.  NOW, I know it sounds not so amazing like I am making it - but it is CRAZY!  You can send out a Google Form to a variety of individuals and then you can see the compiled information for each entry - LOVE LOVE IT!

To give you an idea, I have asked Lucas if I can post the link to his most fantastic screencast showing this and he allowed me to - SO HERE IT IS - the DocAppender Screencast.

I can think of ENDLESS ways to use this extension.  As a classroom teacher I would have used this for conferences to gather information about all of my students.  As a special education instructor, I would use it for observations of students and gathering of information from various settings, and as an administrator, I would use it when I was doing teacher observations - QUITE POWERFUL!!

Happy Thursday all,
Mrs. I:)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Google Internet Safety - I Just Love Them MORE:)!

DID YOU KNOW THAT GOOGLE CREATED ITS OWN INTERNET SAFETY CURRICULUM? WELL I DID NOT!!!!!!  Oh - seriously I just keep loving this company up more and more!

SO if you know already - WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME!??  If you are like me and did not know HERE IT IS!!

Be Internet Awesome is the online curriculum/real life curriculum that Google created and of course it's FREE!!!  There is a free download to their actual curriculum, but there is also this amazing online experience called Interland for kids to play online.  They jump to different "land" experiences that teaches them about online safety, being kind online, being smart online and keeping personal things to themselves - I LOVE IT! 

If you have nothing in place yet, START HERE!  Similar to Common Sense Media, it's ALREADY created for you and SO SO GREAT!!

Happy Wednesday all,
Mrs. I:)

Monday, December 10, 2018


Education. com is a website that has an extensive list of resources for teachers and parents alike.  They have a learning library with printable worksheets for math, reading, science, social and writing, along with online games, lesson plans and other subject content.  You simply have to create an account and start searching for what you are looking for.  Most of the content that I looked at is free - which as teachers we LOVE! Why spend time and money on things that are here, right at your fingertips;)!

Here is the link for the Under the Sea Multiplication page, as this is just ONE MORE resource for you to pull valuable items from and save yourself time in the end!!

Multiply the fun with these engaging worksheets.  Education.com has tons of fun and educational resources like this one.  Check out their collection of multiplication resources for children!

Happy Monday all,
Mrs. I:)