Sunday, May 22, 2011

More Wildlife Experience Slideshares

Here are the remainder of the slides the students made. They worked in groups of three to upload content and create their own slideshows.
Wild 4
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The Second Grade Wildlife Experience

My class and all of Kemp's primary students got to visit the Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO. As part of our project we learned some vocabulary prior to going, practiced documenting with video and still cameras, then I set the students loose in teams at the Wildlife Experience to learn and photograph the parts they were most interested in so that we could create our PowerPoint presentations.
We found some exhibits with QR smart barcodes and phone in features that we explored only superficially given time constraints. I imagine a future in which students in the classroom go to their "Centers" with a mobile device and scan the barcode on the table for the center activity.
Anyway, we have been practicing with students building files in Smart Notebook which has been a lot of fun. We decided to use the Smart Notebook export to Powerpoint feature for our powerpoints. It is definitely easier for my second graders than making slides in Powerpoint. One draw back as you can see in the attached Slideshares of our presentations is that when you convert files you get some strange font size changes. We messed around with it for a while trying to fix it. Ultimately by the last Powerpoint we found that if we took a screen capture of the page we had built in Smart Notebook and then deleted the original page it uploaded all the content as an image.

Wild 1

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Nutrition Series, Smartboard lesson

Our school has partnered with INEP the Integrated Nutrition Education Program through CU where the students receive different healthy foods, learn about nutrition, help in food preparation with the goal of eating more fruits and vegetables.

I'm going to post some lessons that I am adapting to include technology for my class. For most of these I will incorporate a descriptive writing piece.

Here's a lesson on making healthy English Muffin Pizzas that the students really enjoyed. I modified it to include some graphing, photo examples, and an interactive activity with the food pyramid. This helps me cover more information in a shorter amount of time. The lesson is posted here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Welcome, Mrs. Cipkar's class!

Dear ePals,
We are so excited to get your emails. We loved learning about Canadian money! We took some pictures of our money and we will send them to you. We made a short video to introduce ourselves. We hope you like it!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Best Group Blog Nomination goes to....

My Nominations for The 2010 Edublog Awards are:

This outstanding blog represents a collaborative effort of dozens of teachers to find ways to integrate technology in education. Go to the Edublog Awards to make your own nominations.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Great Webinars from Classroom 2.0 at

I wanted to give all my Global Learner colleagues a heads up to some great webinars on technology in education. These webinars (short learning seminars) are great interactive sessions on anything from where to get great online resources to the latest web 2.0 tools and emerging trends in 21st century learning. These live, interactive sessions from Live Classroom 2.0 are hosted by, a social learning network. The platform for these webinars is Elluminate which is a collaborative web conferencing tool that we should look into for our own web conferencing and future trainings.
Anyway, there are always good webinars there. Some of them for this week are:
Tues. 5:30 MST Supporting Differentiated Instruction and Technology Integration
Tues. 6:00 MST Interview with Charles Fadel (Cisco) on 21st Century Learning and STEM
Wed. 6:30 MST Ripple Conference with Cathy Moore: Action Mapping (visual approach to instructional design)
Wed. 7:30 MSTMath 2.0 Series (on the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives)
Thurs. 5:00 MST Edublogs Fine Focus - LIVE & PAPERLESS with GoogleDocs (a teacher shares how she uses google docs with her students)
Sat. 10:00 am MST Global Education Conference (Steve Hargadon, Lucy Gray, and Julie Lindsay talk about how to get involved in the upcoming [November] virtual conference)

Check out these and more in the calendar of events over at Classroom 2.0.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Video Resources for StoryTown reading grades 1 and 2

I’m excited for this year and have already begun incorporating technology in a couple of ways: First I am using Excel to house and display my student reading assessments. I needed a little refresher on conditional formatting in version 2007 so I just watched a quick Atomic Learning video. (Don’t forget our new login is at Just login with your district network login credentials). Next, I’m using the SmartBoard quite a bit for math and literacy. A great resource I also use quite a bit is’s video library. Last spring Tara Ward and I put together a list of video resources for first and second grade to accompany the Storytown reading program. These video clips are largely from Discovery education and YouTube. The resources can be found here: