Saturday, August 1, 2015

You Can Watch & Learn About How To Bring Excitement & Fun To Learning Through Digital Experiences All Year Long!

What a fun week!  I had so much fun spending more of the summer with Hagan and Eric, traveled to Indiana for the e3Technology Conference, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

And to top it off.....I partnered with my friends at edWeb and Mackin Educational Resources on Wednesday to bring all of you a new webinar, Let's Bring Excitement and Fun To Learning Through Digital Experiences All Year Long! 
Every month Mackin hosts wonderful webinars at the Exploring eBooks for K-12 edWeb community.  This is one of the best places for free professional development all throughout the year.
In my webinar, I shared amazing digital resources to use with K-12 students throughout the school year and summer too.  There were lots of new digital tools and ones that I highlight the updates and additions.
I created a Symbaloo webmix that contains all of the digital tools and resources.  You can find it here
You can find everything from the webinar on this page from the edWeb site.
You can get the webinar recording, presentation slides and even look back through the chat log.  My friend Troy Mikell at Mackin did a terrific job hosting and answering questions throughout the webinar.
Also, check out the edWeb hashtag at #edwebchat for great conversations through webinars and after too.

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the digital tools and resources I shared.  I am happy to help with your learning anytime. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Crayons Are Coming Home....And You Can Create Your Very Own Too!

One of my all time favorite books is The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  It is the cutest little story about a box of Crayons....and the illustrations by Drew Daywalt make them all come to life. 
Two years ago, we Skyped with Drew from our library in Van Meter.  It was so much fun....and such a special visit for all of us.  You can read all about our Skype here

On August 18, Drew has a new picture book coming out.  In fact, it is the companion to The Day The Crayons Quit!  It is called....The Day The Crayons Came Home.   I can't tell you how excited Hagan and I are to read this book.

And today on my friend Terry Shay's Facebook I was excited to find something super fun to go along with Drew's books.  
It is called Every Crayon Counts and can be found on Drew's website.

On this page, you can create a little postcard to show your support for the Crayons.
 First, you choose the Crayon you would like.
 Next, you add a message.  You can choose from several from a drop down menu or....
write your own.

I made this one for Hagan by clicking on the yellow crayon and Writing my own... message.
When you are finished, it will give you several ways to share the postcard that you created.
It also downloads the postcard onto your computer so you can save, share and use it too.
Once you have your image created, share it using the hashtag #EveryCrayonCounts.
As you can see, there is a fun conversation happening that you won't want to miss.

There are so many fun ways you could use this website with your students this year....

Creative writing projects; as a back-to-school poster to make each student shine in their own; as a fun art lesson about color; retelling the story in their own words; having their favorite Crayon tell why they came back and where they have been....the list goes on and on.
And don't forget to check out all of the AWESOME Lesson Plans and Activities on the website too.

I can't wait to see how everyone uses the books and website with your students this year.

Thank you Drew for bringing us another wonderful story about our favorite Crayons.  And for letting us create our very own.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An Inspiring Day in Indiana for the e3Technology Conference!

Yesterday I had the honor of being part of the e3Technology Conference in Warsaw, Indiana.  It was an amazing event and filled with great connecting, learning, and new ideas.
And as the logo says..... It was definitely a day to Equip, Engage and Excel. 

I started my day by giving the keynote, Transforming Learning, One Voice At A Time. 
In the afternoon, I shared Amazing Digital Tools and Apps That Will Engage Your Students and Promote Creativity. 
I created a Symbaloo webmix that contains all of the digital tools and apps that I shared during the presentation.  You can get to it here.  
As I walked into the Warsaw High School that morning I noticed that their district work vans were decorated with the school moto.  

Inspiring.  Equipping.  Applying.  Dreaming.  Enriching. 

How cool is that!  Everyone in the community sees this and it is a statement that can bring change to education, the community, and especially to the young people that they reach everyday.  

You are a special place Warsaw, Indiana.  Thank you for inviting me to be part of it!