Friday, November 27, 2015

Winter Is Here.....Find Lots To Do With Your Kids On The Winter Symbaloo & Winter Around The World Project!

Winter is here....With snow on the ground in a lot of places and the holidays upon us, we are all looking for winter activities, resources and places to engage our young people in learning throughout the season and all year long.

I have created a Winter Symbaloo that contains lots of different places to find wonderful winter resources and activities.  You can find it here.

One of my favorite things on this Symbaloo is the Winter Around the World project that is children, librarians, teachers and families are participating in all over the world.
In our Winter Around the World Tackk, you can find everything you will need for this project including the Cantata Learning eBook Winter...The Coldest Season of All to kick off the inspiration for this project and lots of amazing learning, creating and collaborating.
With all Symbaloo webmixes you can not only use this free social bookmarking tool, you can also Stop Updates and take the webmix as your own, making changes and adding your own awesome winter resources too.
And search for additional Winter Webmixes in the right hand corner of the drop down menu.  I always find great treasures here.

Over the next few days I will adding more winter resources to the Winter Symbaloo. I hope you and your students check it out....and please join us for the Winter Around the World Project too. 

Hagan Gives The New "Voice Typing" Feature In Google Docs Two Thumbs Up!

Yesterday as Hagan was working on something in a Google Doc, I showed him a new feature that I just knew he would love.  

It is called Voice Typing and it is just what it says it is....You can type in documents with your voice. 
 This can be found under the Tools tab.  You just click on Voice Typing and it brings up...
the icon that asks you to Click to speak.  
When you click on it and start speaking the microphone icon will turn red and the typing will begin on your Google Doc.  You will be able to watch it and check for any mistakes.  This is really helpful to do as you go. 
As you are speaking, it will give you little hints to get started such as this one above.  It reminded Hagan that he could say "Period" and "New Line" to add punctuation with his voice too.
There is also this handy Doc Editors Help that will will give you lots of information to use the Type With Your Voice feature.

You can find it here.
The part about using punctuation with voice typing was especially helpful to Hagan.  

This is a powerful feature that Google has added to Google Docs.  It will be helpful not only to our students but also to teachers, librarians, and professionals as we keep up with the writing that we do everyday.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Look At The Weather In Iowa With These Ms. Walker's 2nd Graders & Their Song "We Win In Winter"

This afternoon my friend Lynn Kleinmeyer who is the teacher librarian at Titan Hill Intermediate in Council Bluffs, Iowa sent me a very special message on Twitter.

She has been working on a winter song with the 2nd graders in Nancy Walker's classroom for the Winter Around The World project.  They used the Cantata Learning Winter...The Coldest Season of All book as their inspiration to write their very own winter song called We Win In Winter with Nancy.
Today they brought in our amazing friend Josh Allen to help them with the green screen recording so they could put a snowy scene in the background as they sang.
It sure looks like these three teachers had a wonderful time collaborating and working together on this project.

Way to go Ms. Walker and all of your amazing 2nd graders!  This is one of the best winter songs and it will be so fun for other children around the world to see what winter it is like in Iowa.
I love how the 2nd graders were dressed in their winter gear to make us feel like we were part of the snowy scene as they sang.

And just wait until you hear We Win In Winter from these 2nd graders in Iowa.  I hope they will inspire you to be part of our Winter Around The World project too.
This will be part of the Winter Around The World collaborative eBook that we are putting together for this project.  You can see it here