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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….
This website could be used for a variety of different ways…. history, math, and facts of the day.
I wish everyone a lovely, peaceful, and blessed Easter and Spring Break.
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Wired Wednesday – Genius Hour 3/25/15

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:

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
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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