April 20, 2010

arggh... a bit of Web 2.0 frustration!

Here is the replaced page... (sigh)


After the excitement of a few entries on voicethread, I decided to upgrade to a more secure format for student safety. As I did this I somehow lost the original. So here it is re-constructed above.

We did lose our initial comments, but I am thankful it was only a handful rather than hundreds! We will consider it a learning experience... for learners do make mistakes. As we work together on this little journey of Web 2.0 learning things might not always be perfect... and students and teachers have to give themselves an attitude of "it's okay to make mistakes, thats the way we learn!"

The beauty of the education site, is that it is much more secure and ultimately your child will be able to log in easily and comment. REST assured that this is a fully moderated site, and ALL comments are approved by me before they are posted.

Thanks for your visit!

April 16, 2010

Here is the voicethread in progress. If you have read any of these titles or enjoyed the story as an e-book , you are welcome to leave a comment at Voicethread. You simply click the comment button beneath the photo, and you can either type in your response OR use your microphone to speak about the book.

(see blog entry above for updated link!!!)

We will begin having students discuss their favorite books here soon, so check back!

21st Century Literacy is a rich way for students to share what they are reading and writing!

Happy Reading!

April 15, 2010

Now we are linking to Voicethread...

As students begin reading these wonderful books we will be posting their comments on our Voicethread account. This will 'grow' as we explore how to post both book comments in text and then move to using our voice through the microphone. For now, a few friends have been quoted talking about books they have read.

Look for the link early next week to see and hear about some terrific books!

P.S. We have had a discussion about what makes a good book comment. Our goal is to share something about the book but not the entire story. Students are not able to participate if they have been doing "FAKE READING" . Carrying a book around and looking at the illustrations doesn't help you 'sell' the book to the next reader!

April 13, 2010

First Graders in Title I with first round of Sylvan Dell books

Our Title I First Graders were so excited to be among the first to sign out the wonderful Sylvan Dell Publishing titles. We reminded ourselves that these books can be heard ONLINE or read with mom or dad. These books are loaded with math and science information so enjoy learning vocabulary and wonderful animal facts!
Don't forget the great "Creative Minds" section at the back to extend your child's learning even more.

April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010 - New Books...

Our Peebles Second Graders are thrilled to read the hardcover books that we received from a Title I Parent Involvement Grant. These books from Sylvan Dell Publishing are beautiful hardcover print texts of the popular e-books. All 50 titles are available to read or listen to ONLINE. Peebles Site License Link: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/sitelicense.php?sc=Y8NHFX
The bonus is that with the purchase of the hardcover books through our Title I Grant, we got an extension of our building online access through the next school year! Part of our grant application included using 21st century tools (like this blog)
In the weeks ahead, our Title I students will be voting for their all time favorite Sylvan Dell title. Check back here weekly as our students will be sharing their thoughts about these titles.