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Mystery Calls – Making Geography Real for Kids

Mystery Calls

Connecting Classrooms through Mystery Calls Video conferencing is a powerful way to make connections and expand the reach of your classroom with minimal equipment and effort.  One popular classroom use of video conferencing is the “Mystery Call”, AKA “Mystery Skype” or “Mystery Hangout”.  This activity can be done with any age level, but its focus on reinforcing geography skills makes ...

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YouTube Tools Every Teacher Should Know

YouTube Tools Every Teacheer Should Know

Clean Up YouTube Videos to Share with Students YouTube is a fantastic source for videos in the classroom if only teachers didn’t need to worry about distracting advertisements, inappropriate comments or annoying “suggested videos”.  Teachers should know there are some very effective tools that can de-clutter YouTube videos so they are safe and ready to share with students.  SafeShare.TV Safeshare.tv allows ...

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Designing Digital Snowflakes

Designing Digital Snowflakes

Combining Art, 2-D Design & Printing You remember making snowflakes with folded paper as a kid, right?  Imagine the same experience, but without the disappointment of ending up with tiny bits of paper because you cut too much.  This week I partnered with Kathleen Lorenzo, one of our fabulous elementary art teachers and her second grade students to create digital ...

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STEAM Project: Create-an-Animal

STEAM Create an Animal Project Adobe Spark Video

Create-an-Animal STEAM Project Fourth grade students studying animal adaptations participated in a create-an-animal project that combined science, technology and art skills in new ways.  Details of the project, lesson materials and student exemplars are shared below. Create-an-Animal Planning Packet Students first completed a create-an-animal planning packet which had three sections:  Part 1 – Describe the Your Animal, Part 2 – ...

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