Monday, 18 February 2013

Oh My, Where Has the Time Gone?

I realized the other day that I haven't updated this in a month. January and February seem to be such crazy months. We just had a professional development day last week. I learned a lot about using Twitter in the classroom and I attend to start doing it more often. 3B is going to connect with a Grade 3/4 class in Fort Assinboina, Alberta using FaceTime and twitter. I, also, presented a session on blogging in the classroom. I showed a dozen or so teachers how to create their own kidblog accounts and showed off the amazing blogs 3B has done. The teachers at my session were quite impressed with our blogging talents in 3B-way to go 3B!

In other technology news, we have been connecting with other classrooms and people around the world as part of our country research in Social Studies. We have used linoit (online sticky note collaboration site), blogging, posterous (photo collection site), google maps, email, and photos in our quest so far. We have connected with classes in the USA, England, and Scotland. This week we will Skype with another class in the USA and my sister in Australia to learn more about these countries. We will, also, hear about places that another teacher on staff has visited. We are looking forward to seeing his photos and asking him questions. He better come prepared because 3B is a curious group! In the next few months, we will be reading the blogs of classes from Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Saudi Arabia. I have created a google map of our connections. Once I have figured out how to import the link into my blog I will add it here.

In Social Studies, we are doing a social action project with one of our grade 7 classes (7Y). The project is called Make Change based on Hannah Taylor's make change for educators program. Hannah is the founder of the Ladybug Foundation in Winnipeg which raises awareness and money for the homeless in Winnipeg and around the world. We will be starting our own combined Grade 3 and 7 blog about our project. The address will be sent out once it is up and running. The students will be using technology to bring awareness to the issue of homeless in Thompson. They are quite excited to start raising awareness.

That's all for now! Be sure to stay tuned for more adventures in 3B as I promise to update this once a week!

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