Internet Safety for Kids Anchor Chart

September 23, 2009
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Today Mrs. S. led the class in an Internet Safety activity.  In groups, students created Internet Safety charts.  When the students were finished the students and Mrs. S. combined all the group charts to create one class chart.  I am pasting the contents of the chart here as well as posting a PDF file of […]

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Room 18's First Skype Chat

June 8, 2009

This is an excerpt of Room 18’s first Skype Chat. We Skyped with a young woman who is finishing up her teaching program at the University of Regina, Canada. We chatted with our guest for about 30 minutes. It was great fun! I have been wanting to do this with my students for a while […]

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A Thank You from Mr. Becker

June 1, 2009

Students of room 18, I was glad I had an opportunity to visit your class a couple of weeks ago and share my experience with Scratch and computer programming. All of you accomplished a lot in just a couple of hours. You surprised me with the broad range of projects that you elected to do. […]

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Computer Science 101: Using Scratch

May 21, 2009

A big thank you to Mr. Becker for working with our class all day!  Mr. Becker joined our class to introduce students to computer programming using MIT’s free software Scratch. Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your […]

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Textbooks vs. the 21st Century

May 12, 2009

I discovered this video recently and thought it was a humorous look at how students (right or wrong) view textbooks.  I like how the student in this video referred to his textbook as a “foreign tool”.   In class this year, we are learning about the different parts of a textbook: index, table of contents, […]

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FOSS: Free and Open Source Software

January 29, 2009

I am encouraging the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) whenever possible.   If you don’t have a copy of Microsoft Office no problem, Open Office is a wonderful, powerful free office suite available for Windows, Linux or Mac.  I have also listed links for Mac and PC FOSS.  If you have a need, […]

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Online Science Resources

January 15, 2009

This week and last week we have been spending time in class and during homework time learning about living things.  This science reading is in preparation for some projects the students will be doing in the upcoming weeks.  Our science series has some additional resources, games, and activities online.  I’m sure these are interesting things […]

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January 6, 2009

The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor   Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. We will be using Audacity this year because its easy to use and we can use it at school and at home for free! […]

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