06 Dec 2014
On Friday, I got an opportunity to tag along with Doug Keddie in a Kindergarten room at Eagle Creek. Those little goofballs are a lot of fun! In all Kindergarten classrooms in Shakopee Schools, there are a dozen iPads. Students share them as they work on creating and completing digital assignments. We started the lesson by reintroducing the students to Book Creator, a very simple but powerful app in the Kindergarten classroom. The app allows you to create (or edit pre-existing) books that include photos, text, pen drawings, and audio recordings. The students opened a template from Google Drive into Book Creator…
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04 Dec 2014
I’ve been ready and excited to teach in a 1:1 environment for a long time. I am very blessed to be able to be on the forefront of Shakopee’s 1:1 rollout at Pearson 6th Grade Center. After teaching for two full months with a classroom full of iPad-wielding students, I would like to share some of my experiences that prepared me for this year in order to help others prepare and feel comfortable.   Each week, I will post on the following topics: A Shift in Perspective - Part 1 Before Going 1:1 - Part 2 Learning Environment - Part…
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20 Nov 2014
  Congratulations to two of our teachers who will be honored at the 10th annual Exceptional Teacher Award Program for TIES (Technology and Information Educational Services). Brendan McNally (high school) and Natalie Weatherman (Pearson 6th Grade Center) will be recognized for having a positive impact on student learning through technology on Tuesday, December 9th at the annual technology conference. “We have so many great and exciting things happening in the area of Technology Integration throughout our district,” said JP Jacobson, Director of Technology.  “Natalie and Brendan have contributed to this not only through what they do in their own classroom and media center,…
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16 Nov 2014
I made a few changes to how I communicate with parents this year. After conferences this week, I received more positive feedback than I ever have about the emails I send and information I give. Each week on Sunday afternoon (usually as I'm sulking after a Vikings game), I send an email to parents and students. I keep it incredibly short and to the point. I also usually attach links to additional information or attachments. Many parents commented that they know when and what to expect via email so they check their email on Sunday evenings knowing that they have…
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