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Monday, March 17

  1. page home edited Welcome to the Connected Classrooms Monthly Projects! We welcome all teachers to participate in mo…
    Welcome to the Connected Classrooms Monthly Projects!
    We welcome all teachers to participate in monthly collaborative opportunities between classrooms. These projects began in 2012 to build connected classrooms between the Jackson County Intermediate School districts in Michigan and Keystone districts in Iowa, and continue to grow and expand throughout the United States. We look forward to continuing these great learning experiences this year!
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    Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions! Looking forward to connecting with you!
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Wednesday, January 29

  1. page Feb- March Digital Book Trailers edited Tease Students To Read Student Created Book Trailers To: Teachers K-12 From: Bev Berns- Keys…
    Tease Students To Read
    Student Created Book Trailers
    To: Teachers K-12
    From:
    Bev Berns- Keystone AEA, Iowa (bberns@aea1.k12.ia.us)
    Kim Powell- Bedford Public Schools, Michigan (__kim.powell@mybedford.us__ )
    Stacey Schuh- JCISD, Michigan (__stacey.schuh@jcisd.org__ )
    Creating meaningful, engaging storytelling projects in your curriculum! {https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/BSEylcZZ4QZB_9-zUfbRjOlSr1hsJ1RX2yMHP0NzTDBT6ew4BEvxa2d_V7jCaLvM67gmIgu7k_jAEn6VIt3Vc32NwYi11TV5EpmMczdZ5XzwgGEl0ZyqjSji3A}
    Don’t forget to submit your Digital Book Trailer Links by
    March 14, 2014
    __Submit the link to your Digital Book Trailer Playlist here.__
    Description:
    Movies, TV shows, and product commercials all use teasers to get the audience to pay attention. Why not use the same strategy to encourage others to read books that are our absolute favorites! That is the purpose of this digital storytelling project, Digital Book Trailers!
    Common Core Connections:
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6
    Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.5
    Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5
    Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.5
    Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
    Technology Needs:
    A computer with internet or mobile device
    A presentation tool of choice
    Project Details:
    1. Read
    Students choose a book that they have read and would encourage others read.
    Looking for e-books for students to explore? Visit __Keystone’s e-book supports page__.
    2. Create
    Digital Book Trailers come in various multimedia formats using a variety of tools. The Google presentation (linked below) includes instructions for creating book trailers as well as examples and rubrics to grade them. Please note the Creative Commons and Fair Use guidelines found within the presentation. {https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Y9oOAC_SdJbupbrzmYueE_WiAwxz-llqZYvPhnvBoWZIHP0-tZdRV8wZnKHJowWmV_LM-Ya7UNfRGf816jjMYBsRTrAje6DQFvQ_w4mKeNw9InGe5tyNZ5tErw}
    __Student Created Book Trailers: Tease Students To Read__
    by Lisa Snitker, Teacher Librarian for Allamakee CSD in Waukon, Iowa
    2. Share
    Once students are finished with their trailers, teachers upload the videos to your own video hosting site (such as YouTube, SchoolTube, Vimeo, etc) and organize the videos into a Digital Storytelling Playlist. See the video tutorials linked below for help with this:
    Tutorials:
    __Create a Playlist on YouTube__
    __For written instructions__
    __Create an Album (playlist) on Vimeo__
    __For written instructions__
    {https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Y9oOAC_SdJbupbrzmYueE_WiAwxz-llqZYvPhnvBoWZIHP0-tZdRV8wZnKHJowWmV_LM-Ya7UNfRGf816jjMYBsRTrAje6DQFvQ_w4mKeNw9InGe5tyNZ5tErw}
    __Submit the link to your Digital Book Trailer Playlist here.__
    3. Explore
    Once links to playlists are submitted, they will be organized by grade on the {https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Y9oOAC_SdJbupbrzmYueE_WiAwxz-llqZYvPhnvBoWZIHP0-tZdRV8wZnKHJowWmV_LM-Ya7UNfRGf816jjMYBsRTrAje6DQFvQ_w4mKeNw9InGe5tyNZ5tErw}
    __Collaborative Digital Storytelling Wiki__
    to share your story student book trailers with the world. This wiki will showcase all of the digital book trailers submitted in this project.
    Book Trailer Resources
    Sample book trailers featuring award-winning books:
    __Iowa Goldfinch Award 2013-14__
    __Iowa Children's Choice Awards 2013-14__
    __2013-14 Iowa Teen and Iowa High School Book Award__
    A special thanks to Starmont Teacher Librarian, Sue Klett, for the resources linked above!
    __Essential Digital Storytelling Resources- Variety of Resources__
    __Digital Storytelling in the Classroom__
    __Storybook Creation Tools and Apps__
    __iPad Storytelling Apps__
    __iTunes U course: Student Created Books in the iClassroom__ (a course by Lisa Johnson, TechChef4U)
    ** Please contact us if you need any additional assistance. We would be happy to assist you in this project challenge.

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Tuesday, October 8

  1. page October Community of Writers edited ... Project Details: The teacher’s challenge is to create a Kidblog account for their students and…
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    Project Details: The teacher’s challenge is to create a Kidblog account for their students and share the blog link on the __signup challenge form__. After the signup deadline, we will then partner your classroom with additional classrooms throughout the world to provide an authentic audience for your blogging students. You will also be able to connect with other grade alike or subject alike teachers through the list of interested teachers. Once students create a blog post, the partner class will provide comments on the students blogs. This will allow your students to learn from one another as well as encourage their writing skills! Give your students the wonderful opportunity to connect, create, and share their learning through blogging!
    Watch this __video__ on how you can create your Kidblog today! Don’t forget to __sign up__ to participate in the challenge! We look forward to reading about your accomplishments!
    Sign up deadline is October 31, 2013.
    Take a look __here__ to see who has already signed up!
    Technology Needs:
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Tuesday, October 1

  1. page October Community of Writers edited {Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 8.13.05 PM.png} To: All teachers K-12 From: Bev Berns- Keystone …
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    To: All teachers K-12
    From:
    Bev Berns- Keystone AEA, Iowa
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    Bedford Public Schools, MichiganSchools
    The app: __http://edtech.jcisd.org/things-to-think-about-ipad-app.html__

    Description: In October,This school year, we would
    Participate in shared writing projects
    Use technology to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing projects
    Use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    ...
    Nick Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher) connected his students with Blogging-
    __http://www.mistreamnet.com/vidflv.php?who=milearn.provenzo.knockingdownwalls.012312__
    blogging:
    __http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyopVadGRvw&feature=share&list=PLKLIng-4OjuP4EBarE4G_skeeAiYGRdG6__
    Blogging in Lower Elementary, you bet! Michigan 1st grade teachers Erin Masten and Jenna Dixon share their classroom story about using Kidblog on their TECHi Tykes blog:
    __http://www.techitikes.com/2013/07/kidblog.html__

    Learn from
    ...
    use Kidblog- __http://www.pernilleripp.com/2011/06/how-to-use-kidblog-video.html____http://pernillesripp.com/2011/06/05/how-to-use-kidblog-a-video/__
    Project Details:
    ...
    for their students. We know it is a busy month- so all that we are asking is to create an accountstudents and share
    ...
    on the signup__signup challenge form .form__. After the
    ...
    blogging students. You will also be able to connect with other grade alike or subject alike teachers through the list of interested teachers. Once students
    ...
    forget to sign up__sign up__ to participate
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    your accomplishments!
    Sign up Deadline is Monday, October 28th 2013 Take

    Take
    a look here__here__ to see
    Technology Needs:
    Computer with internet
    ...
    __14 steps to meaningful student blogging__
    __Other Blogging Platforms and collaborative tools__
    Additional__Additional Kidblog tutorialtutorial__
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Monday, September 2

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    Bev Berns (bberns@aea1.k12.ia.us)
    Kim Powell (kim.powell@bedford.k12.mi.us)
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  2. page Sept. Mystery Skype K-2 edited {Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 12.42.19 PM.png} To:K-2 Teachers From: Bev Berns-__Keystone AEA__,…
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    To:K-2 Teachers
    From:
    Bev Berns-__Keystone AEA__, Iowa
    Kim Powell-__Bedford Public Schools__, Michigan
    Tracy Grimes- Keystone AEA, Iowa
    Description: In September, we would like to challenge classrooms to sign up to participate in a Mystery Skype as a way to promote inquiry in research in your classroom. The purpose is to:
    Make connections to classrooms outside your local area
    To explore curricular concepts in a collaborative, inquiry-based setting
    Collaborate locally by include to your teacher librarians for their in expertise in using technology with students and completing the research.
    Mystery Skype in Action: Connected Educator Series in regards to Skype
    See Kim’s classroom video about how to get started with Skype, as well as Mystery Skype, including feedback from students- __http://www.mistreamnet.com/vidflv.php?who=milearn.skyping.021312__
    Here is also an example of first grade classrooms sharing information about their native states- __https://www.schooltube.com/video/44adc8bc11dc4a9cbdf9/__
    Read about the power and impact of using Skype in an early elmentary classroom- __http://learningandsharingwithmsl.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-power-of-using-skype-facetime-or.html__
    Technology Needs:
    A computer with internet
    A webcam (most computers have them)
    A microphone (most computers have them)
    Project Details:
    1. Sign up to be part of the project.__Click Here To Sign Up__!
    * Sign up will end Friday, September 27, 2013 *
    2. You will be paired up with another classroom. Your job is to make contact and set up a date and time for your SKYPE during the month of October. The pairings will be e-mailed to you, along with resources to begin planning your Mystery Skype connection, on or before Monday, September 30, 2013.
    Mystery Skype: All About Me and My Town
    Some inspiration from The Mailbox:
    “To better understand how towns and states fit together, begin by sharing how communities fit together on Earth. To start, use a mapping program, such as Google Earth, to show Earth. Next, zoom in on the North American continent. Remind students that this large landform is one community we are part of. Zoom in again, to view the United States. Notice the outlines of the states do not physically appear on Earth. Continue to zoom in on our state, county, and state, and city. If you want to, zoom in on the exact location of your school. Reverse the activity to help students put together the smaller parts of the whole Earth.”
    Rayl, Cheryl. "Where Are We?." The Mailbox Oct. - Nov. 2013: 50. Print.
    3. Understanding how location relates to students is the first part of the Mystery Skype. That background will help students as they begin to connect with another area of the state or the country. Once you have your Mystery Skype pairing, share with students the state and neighboring states, narrowing it down to two neighboring states. By limiting this focus, the teacher has the opportunity to build background around those states.
    Begin by coming up with questions you will learn about relating to all of the states you are focusing on. For example:
    How do we travel to your state?
    How many hours will it take to get to your state? By car or by plane?
    What is the weather typically like?
    If you could choose one thing that represents your state best, what would it be?
    What is the shape of your state?
    What makes our state most interesting?
    For example, Iowa has rivers on both sides of our state.
    What are favorite places to visit in your state?
    4.Encourage your students to draw pictures to represents the information they will be sharing. This will be a great visual for them to share with the connecting class!
    5. Once you are ready for the skype, take a look at the various __roles__ that you can assign to students to make everyone a part of the learning experience!
    6. Follow up with the teacher you worked with - what a great way to form new classroom collaboration on another project!
    7. Contact us to let us know how your project went! Once signed up, you will be invited to __Connected Classroom Wiki.__ Here, you can share how the project is going and resources to use with other students.
    Bev Berns (bberns@aea1.k12.ia.us)
    Kim Powell (kim.powell@bedford.k12.mi.us)
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