Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kindergarten Pond Getting Techie!!

I have spent the last two days at our county's Digital Renaissance Summer Conference!!  (If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a lot of tweets with #digrensc.) I am on fire and ready for school to start so I can share all this fabulous tech with my kiddos!!!
( 2nd, 1st, and Kindergarten representing with our Superintendent!)

Here is just a taste of what I learned from the past two days:

Kevin Honeycutt 

Have you met this guy? If not, you are missing out. He is an amazing teacher with so much to share!!! Check out his web page and YouTube channel.

My  five major takeaways from him were:
1. Relationships are important between student and teacher! Teacher empowerment comes from being trusted, how you feel when you are learning is how you remember the learning – emotion cements learning and leads to launch moments!!!!
2. We need to teach ourselves and our students to "Learn to Love to Learn". We should all be "self-updating software" continuously improving and learning on our own.
3. Be prescriptive! Make the tool fit the students.

4. Don't be secret geniuses!!!! Share! Social media is like a jar of lightening bugs, the more you have the more you can see!!!
5.  Find the teachers you want to be like then stalk follow them! Learn from each other!

Kindergarten Tech (using 1 to 1 iPads)

Here are some fabulous apps I discovered:
Brainstorm & Brainstorm Companion (to use whole group, students respond to a question or prompt and then "flick" their answer to the teacher's iPad which can be displayed on the board)
Stage (allows you to use iPad as a document camera, it also have tools on the side to annotate and more)
Eggy Words (sight words game)

Using Popplet in K
Beginning sounds sort - (reading center) Letter cards on desk with a lot of different picture cards to sort (ex. Letter b card on table, find the pictures that begin with /b/, take photographs of cards and add to Popplet)
Students take a picture of self and then add adjectives around the picture
Students take a picture of self and add pictures of all the other students and type in their names
Essential question – so that everyone can share their answer: students come up and answer on the  board or on the iPad in a center
Facts about a topic - written or pictures
Pre-writing - answer questions to prepare to write a narrative

Using QR Codes in K
Record reading, writing, and singing to send home.
Teacher record leveled readers, add QR code to the book, students can follow along in the book as they listen to the story.
Multiple uses during reading centers - memory, sight word review, sound matching, word writing - using the QR codes to check work.
*Great sites:
www.recordmp3.org, www.qrcode-monkey.com, www.qrstuff.com

iMovie 
Let me begin by saying, Eric Lee from Technology in Motion (Jacksonville State) is amazing! He is so knowledgeable and patient. This is the second time I have attended a session of his and learned so much each time! (I attended his iMovie session last year and then updated my OS system and iMovie changed.) I plan to make a how to video and share with you very soon for my students and to post here!

Google Drive
I have used Google Drive in the past as a file sharing tool but oh my goodness, Drive is so much more!!! I may not use it to it's full potential with my students but it will definitely come in handy with our new collaborative planning!!!

And last but not least, I WON AN IPAD MINI FOR MY CLASS!!! I am so excited and so thankful!!! Thank you to all of the people that presented and organized this amazing conference!!!

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  • Intel HD GMA Graphics
  • Webcam
  • SD memory card reader
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port
  • 3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time
  • 2.76 lbs, 0.8" x 11.3" x 8"
  • Genuine Google Chrome OS Software

One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.


Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Back to School Tech Sweepstakes from Mom Powered Media

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Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes!



At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place winners to take home Back To School Prize Packages. So what are you waiting for? Let's get BTS ready, tech-style! Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Monica's Rants, Raves & ReviewsThe Jenny EvolutionMemoirs of a Clueless WomanMy Dairy-Free Gluten-Free LifeMy DaylightsBarbara's BeatSaving You DineroShaping Up To Be A MomRobyn's ViewCoupons and Freebies MomA Hen's NestBudget Savvy DivaMutterings Of A Mindless MommyYour Sassy Self and Nest Full of New. Open your sleek, next-generation HP Pavilion 14-Q020NR 14" Chromebook PC to get online, fast. You can access your favorite websites and Google Chrome apps on the 14-inch diagonal HD display in seconds. HP 14″ Chromebook PC features:
  • Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor 1.40GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
  • 16GB solid state drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Intel HD GMA Graphics
  • Webcam
  • SD memory card reader
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port
  • 3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time
  • 2.76 lbs, 0.8" x 11.3" x 8"
  • Genuine Google Chrome OS Software

One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.


Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Back to School Tech Sweepstakes!

Welcome to the Back To School Tech Sweepstakes!



At Mom Powered Media, we believe in higher education and want to help our network readers get there. To help you do just that, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. There will also be 20 second place winners to take home Back To School Prize Packages. So what are you waiting for? Let's get BTS ready, tech-style! Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Monica's Rants, Raves & Reviews, The Jenny Evolution, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman, My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life, My Daylights, Barbara's Beat, Saving You Dinero, Shaping Up To Be A Mom, Robyn's View, Coupons and Freebies Mom, A Hen's Nest, Budget Savvy Diva, Mutterings Of A Mindless Mommy, Your Sassy Self and Nest Full of New. Open your sleek, next-generation HP Pavilion 14-Q020NR 14" Chromebook PC to get online, fast. You can access your favorite websites and Google Chrome apps on the 14-inch diagonal HD display in seconds. HP 14″ Chromebook PC features:
  • Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor 1.40GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
  • 16GB solid state drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN
  • Intel HD GMA Graphics
  • Webcam
  • SD memory card reader
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port
  • 3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time
  • 2.76 lbs, 0.8" x 11.3" x 8"
  • Genuine Google Chrome OS Software

One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.


Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Five for Friday - Niece Addition!


Oh my what a week I have had! *Warning* This post has nothing to do with teaching and everything to do with two of the most precious girls EVER!!!

Our Holiday weekend was a success! We spent the 4th with my best friend and some of her family. The girls now have another aunt! We also headed over to Dauphin Island to slide down a huge water slide and then to the splash pad in Spanish Fort! 



 You can't beat a day that starts off with Dunkin Donuts!

 After a long day of shopping and more splash pad fun, there was still plenty of energy for hoola hoops and jump ropes in the back yard!


 Tuesday brought Pirates and Princess on the beach at The Hangout! 

"We" made princess tutus! (AKA Aunt Melissa stayed up until almost midnight making tutus!) :)
 Love these sisters! They dressed up like their favorite sister princesses, Ana and Elsa!


 Since we were there, we just HAD to go to the beach. 



 By the middle of the week it was time for some down time! After 12 hours of sleeping, we met up with friends to swim and then off to get hair cuts!





Two cute sassy cuts for two cute and sassy girls!
A few months ago a certain red head decided to cut herself bangs and some front layers. They have now all been evened out. I cannot wait for the bangs to grow out. Too cute a face to hide behind think bangs!

Thursday we visited another splash pad. I don't know how I went all day and did not take any pictures. Then we spent the rainy afternoon dancing to my brain breaks!  Today we are taking a break from sun and water. We are headed to school to get my classroom set up, just waiting for the AC to come on!! 

I hope you all have had as fabulous a week as I have!


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Five for Friday - Happy 4th!!!!

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!! I am so excited because my nieces got here last night and we are about to have an amazing week. You will have to check back next Friday to hear all about!!!

As always, thank you so much to Kacey @ Doodle Bug Teaching for hosting this wonderful linky!






These three babies have been hanging out with me on the sofa the past few weeks! I have been able to get out and about this week and they are not too happy that they have been home alone!



Just in case you missed it Wednesday, this is what I had waiting on my sweet girls when they got in last night!
My Sweet Girls!!!!!!! Headed out for 4th of July fun!!!






I added this Daily 5 check sheet as a freebie to my TPT store - just click on the picture! 
I have a Daily 5 (+1) bundle to match {here}!

 A few months ago I received a DENny award from Discovery Education (the RJ Stangherlin Award – Best Individual DEN Blogger). Needless to say I was so happy with just being honored and having a new button to add to my sidebar!! Since then so much has been going on I really had not thought about it at all!
 Well the other day I got a surprise in the mail...an actual trophy! I was so surprised and so excited!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!!


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