Let Them play! Let Them Play! – Global School Play Day

Let them play! Let Them Play! was the chant in my head this morning as I was thinking of the day ahead. It was from the movie from when I was a kid, Bad News Bears.


Global School Play Day is a day to just play. Scott Bedley and his brother Tim Bedley are some of the organizers for this event. The event encourages us to take a day to learn through play. Whether it be board games, outdoor games, creating games or even playing in a sandbox. “In his TEDx lecture, Peter Gray clearly argues the case that today’s kids do not grow up playing and this has negatively impacted them in many ways. It’s time we return the gift of play to this generation.”

So my fourth and fifth graders spent today doing just that. It was fun seeing them excited this morning holding their games they had brought. I even had a parent tell me that her son was up an hour earlier to come to school today. I tweeted that out and was retweeted and favorited many of times. I was sent a message from another parent through ClassDojo on how much his daughter was looking forward to this day. She was excited to come to school with her game to play with others.

Students played and played all day. Games ranged from simple board games to the strategic game of chess. We even went outside and played with some chalk. Students interacted with each other, played and had fun. Here are some of the tweets from the day:

These students even played in the snow. Now that is what I remember as a kid growing up in the Buckeye State, near Cleveland, Ohio.

During the morning we even connected with Scott Bedley’s 5th grade classroom via Skype to see what the students would do. There was some interaction and some attempts at communication between the two classes, but it was nice to see another class have as much fun as we did today. Student’s took pictures on their iPads and are eager to blog about their experience today. I will post when they become available.

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It was a very fun day and I think the students walked away with an experience they don’t get to have often. An experience that incorporates school and school friends and peers. This allowed students to interact with each other in more of a social setting. They shared emotional connections.

There was mostly laughter, sharing and smiles around. One instance, a student went by herself to put a puzzle together. She said she didn’t want to play any games and nobody wanted to play hers. I think there was some emotional social struggles going on. It seem to have worked itself out as she was playing her game and others soon after. Another time, a student was at her desk coloring. I asked her why she was coloring, she said she just needed a break. The noise level was up and I can even identify with just being alone for a few minutes. As I enjoy the quiet writing this post, it was worth the noise to see the interaction and joy that was here today. It was nice to connect with another class and we definitely will be doing this again.

 

#Instagram adds Video

Instagram today made a major announcement in regards to their new service. As we all know Instagram is a picture sharing app that everyone has come to love. With 130 billion users using Instagram. IMG_2044

Today they are adding video. You can take video within your Instagram app. The video is a shoot as you go for 15 seconds. They felt that 15 seconds was long enough without being obnoxious (my word) and short enough to be creative in. These clips can be edited by deleting clips that dont turn out so well. Once you get the 15 minute clip the way you want it, you then can pick from 13 video filters to enhance your video. The interface mimics the current Instagram format.

Some of the filters are named, Stinson, Vesper, Dogpatch, Moon and many others.

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Once you have selected the desire filter you can now pick the right frame for your

thumbnail. Once you have done that you can now add your caption and sharing preferences as if you were using Instagram as you have in the past.

They have added Cinema to add stabilization to your video. A nice feature for when you are chasing your toddler around.

Looking forward to this latest update to Instagram.

Introducing Video on Instagram from Instagram on Vimeo.

Online Writing that Meets the Common Core

Kindergarten:
With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

First Grade:
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Second Grade:
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Third Grade:
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Fourth Grade:
With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.

Fifth Grade:
With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.

Sixth Grade:
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.

Seventh Grade:
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

Eighth Grade:
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Ninth – Ten Grade:
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

Eleven – Twelve Grade:
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

Common Core State Standards

Resources

Typing Sites

SBAC Resources

Blogs

Apps Resources

Student Examples

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Presentations

My 10,000 Tweet

To celebrate my 10,000 tweet I thought I write a blog post to say “Thank you” to my #PLN.

Twitter has been the main source of professional development for the past several years for me. I have learned and shared with teachers from around the world. Also, made some great friendships that normally would of never happened if there was no Twitter. Meeting face to face at conferences brings the sharing alive and real. Who knows if there would have been another social media that we would of gravitated to to share our passion. Never the less, we have Twitter and this forum makes sense with hashtags, 140 character micro-blogging that sends us to links to amazing ideas, tips and tricks used in classrooms.

Although, it was not on Twitter, I did meet a teacher that changed my life forever, my wife, Brenda. We met online 12 years ago and I never would of thought my life would be what it is today. At the time I was not a teacher. She inspired me to change careers and be a teacher. Eight years later,  I am learning some amazing ways to integrate technology from other teachers on Twitter.

Twitter works! Where can you follow great educators doing amazing things in their classrooms or district? My #PLN has had quite the influence on what I do in my classroom. I hope I have had the same on it. I have spent 10,000 tweets sharing, retweeting, engaging, laughing, venting, and so many many other -ing words.

So “Thank you” PLN for inspiring 10,000 tweets filled with spectacular sharing and learning.

–UPDATE–

Actually, this blog was sent out as the 10,001 tweet since the automated Paper.li decided to steal the thunder.

Officially, this was my 10,000 tweet:

Screaming for More Verbs

You ever have that lesson where your students screamed for more? I know we strive to have those days everyday for every lesson, but lets be realistic, they don’t happen everyday or for every lesson. They are those special days where everything is clicking, students are right there with you and screaming for more.

Today was that day. IMG_0683

Today I planned a lesson using my AppleTV, Airplay and my iPad mini using Brent Coley’s Name that Verb slides. We practiced helping/main, linking and action verbs. This was no different than any other lesson I have delivered. I use my Apple Tv to deliver content for math and other subjects all the time using my iPad, iPhone or MacBook Pro, but today my students screamed for more.

Maybe because it was  because it was verbs we were studying, or maybe I was more into it, or maybe it was Tuesday, or because Mr. Coley has awesome slides? I dont know, but it was extra fun seeing kids jump out of there seats cause they were correct in their answer. It was extra fun seeing struggling students hold up there whiteboard with the correct answer before other students. It was extra fun to see students wanting more. They chorused, “awww…” when it was recess time. In any event it was fun to see engagement, motivation and fun at its highest level.

From everyone.

A special thanks to Brent Coley for his permission to use his slides. They can be found here on MrColey.com

Here is the link to my AppleTV in the Classroom page.

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