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Wired Wednesday – Time Machine 4/1/15

Happy Wired Wednesday,

In honor of a certain special birthday today, I share with you all the website DMarie Time Capsule 

Click here to see the what was happening 80 years ago today…. http://dmarie.com/timecap/final.asp?unique=42095.559375
This website could be used for a variety of different ways…. history, math, and facts of the day.
Enjoy!
I wish everyone a lovely, peaceful, and blessed Easter and Spring Break.
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Wired Wednesday – Genius Hour 3/25/15

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Happy Wired Wednesday, 

There is a wonderful article on Genius Hour in the April/May issue of Today’s Catholic Teacher. Simply explained, Genius Hour is the opportunity to pick your own topic for discovery. It is also known as Passion Based Projects, 20% Time, or Wonder Workshops (and a host of other names).

 

I hope you get the opportunity to read the article and explore the idea. We have a few teachers at SGGS who have used Genius Hour and have shared with me how much they and their students enjoy the learning.

 

Last spring, Lynn and I presented a session at the NCEA conference in Pittsburgh on Genius Hour. Over the last few years, I have used Genius Hour to develop research and summarizing skills with grades 2 and 3. I am always amazed at the topic choices: electricity, Mona Lisa, service dogs, tornadoes, roller-coasters, chocolate, and more! One year a student taught me how cupcakes were named after cakes that were baked in teacups… How cool is that!

 

I have seen the approach used across a variety of grades and subject areas including math and science.

If you are looking for additional information on the topic,  here is a LiveBinder with Genius Hour helpful links: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=829279

As always, happy to help if you have a question,

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Wired Wednesday – How I See Social Media 3/18/15

Happy Wired Wednesday!

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It’s a visual world today and this graphic says it best!
Great summary of the social media programs available.
Check out the hashtag with SnapChat
#untilthegrownupsarrive
once we start to use it they leave it for something “cooler.”
As always, if you have a question, just ask!
Happy to help.
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