AJUSD Campus Blogs http://blogs.goaj.org Excellence in Everything We Do Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:58:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blogs.goaj.org/?v=3.8.1.1 Teaching Students Correct Research Skills http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/07/20/teaching-students-correct-research-skills/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/07/20/teaching-students-correct-research-skills/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:58:53 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=1003 When I was a kid, good research meant spending hours in the library looking through encyclopedias and other sources to find information to summarize and to include a few key quotes for my paper. With the Internet, information is at our fingertips. However, there is so much at our fingertips, and not everything we read on the Internet is valid. Therefore, research skills also include the ability to search for and evaluate valid and reliable sources.

Standards

Even the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (known as the Common Core in other states) includes this in the standards.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
image by Tracy Watanabe

Lessons

There are many great lessons that are already created for teaching Internet searching and evaluating the validity of the sites. Here’s a few:

Final thoughts

Research by Coiro and Leu shows that while students are comfortable navigating with technology, it does not mean they have the literacy skills required to be successful today and in the future. Therefore, teachers must explicitly teach those skills.

  • What resources and lessons would you add to this list?
  • How do you teach your students (or staff) explicit research and literacy skills that will prepare them for today and tomorrow?
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Coaching Chronicles http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/04/22/coaching-chronicles/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/04/22/coaching-chronicles/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:08:43 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=971 Every year our Collaboration Coaches create Coaching Chronicles as a way to share back to others what Collaboration Coaching has meant to them and some of their successes.

CSI PBL

Eighth Grade Science Teachers, Regan Roach and Candy Wyatt, created a PBL which brought in the AJ Police Department and AJ Fire Department. The Fire Department helped students connect the real world application of Newton’s Laws of Motion regarding motor vehicle accidents.

The Police Department created a mock CSI crime scene involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle. Students had to apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to draw conclusions of the “incident” resulting in the culminating activity of presenting back to the Police Department and the public with a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to inform others about the dangers of bicycling and the importance of safety, with the application of physics in everyday life.

To further student understanding, they also built model cars to test Newton’s three laws of motion.

Below is the winning student created presentation:

The Fire Department then took this student video, found in the Prezi above, and remixed it to create a PSA to share with the public.

The impact of the PBL on student learning showed tremendous growth:

Physics PBL (1)

Ongoing Professional Learning through Instructional Rounds

The AJHS Collaboration Coaches focused on professional learning about the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) students engage in through Instructional Rounds. They wrote their reflection here. Some of the key points were:

  • As a result of analyzing the Instructional Roud data, the team decided to focus on Costa’s levels of questions.
  • This ongoing, job embedded professional learning raised their awareness of the DOK their students engage in, and aware of the responses students gave. It also helped them focus on creating engaging, relevant, and rigorous tasks.

A journey into PBL

Collaboration Coaching at SMES focused on PBL. They started as a book study with the principal three years ago; and then last year they brought it to the teams. This year, the goal was creating collaborative PBLs across grade levels.

Moving beyond the tools

One elementary group pushed themselves by trying new tools in the classroom with their students. As they talked about it, they shared that it moved beyond the tools to the learning that occurred through the use of the tools. They started thinking about the DOK with the use of the tools, and the power of collaboration.


My Movie from Shannon Miller on Vimeo.

Final thoughts

The professional learning time was built in for our Collaboration Coaches to reflect and create these products. As I step back and look, I’m encouraged because Collaboration Coaching does not look the same across the district — it’s different at each site, showing that it is focused on site goals. Win-win!

What does Collaboration Coaching mean to you?

What learning do you see taking place in our classrooms?

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Chromebooks and Chrome Web Store for AJHS http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/04/17/chromebooks-and-chrome-web-store-for-ajhs/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/04/17/chromebooks-and-chrome-web-store-for-ajhs/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:34:43 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=988 Since our 9th-11th graders at AJHS will have Chromebooks as their One-to-One devices next year, it’s important to learn about the Chromebooks, experience them, and the Chrome Web Store.

How are Chromebooks different?

Chromebooks have a web based management council. This means they:

  • update themselves;
  • boot up in 6-8 seconds (and over time that speeds up);
  • cannot have software installed on them;
  • can install apps and extensions through the Chrome Web Store (including a plethora of Educational Apps);
  • can do most anything online via the Chrome browser;
  • and, start up by logging onto the computer with their Google password, then straight into Chrome.

What do we need to know about the Chromebook hardware?

There are different types of Chromebooks. The one we are using in our district is the Samsung. They are light (2.42 pounds) and have a battery life of approximately 6.5 hours.

We also need to be aware that the screens are known to break easily if they are picked up by the screen (top) instead of the keyboard (base). Therefore, it’s important that we model and expect everyone to pick them up by the base and keep them in cases.

Chromebook Shortcuts:

Here’s a list of shortcuts for the Chromebook. There are some that you will want to specifically teach the students such as:

Chromebook Shortcuts

Screenshots can be added to an email or a Google Doc by inserting an image. Likewise, the image can be uploaded to other applications such as a blog post, etc.

To right click, press Alt + click or place two fingers on the mousepad and click.

Getting to the Chrome Web Store:

Using the Chrome Web Store is how you add educational apps and extensions to your Chrome browser. This means that it will be on every Chrome browser you log into, regardless of device.

There are many ways to get to the Chrome Web Store. Here are a few of them:

  1. Google “Chrome Web Store” then click on the link.
  2. Open a new tab in Chrome, and click on Store icon.
  3. If you are using the Chromebook, the Store icon will appear at the bottom of the screen, you can click it.
  4. Go to the Chrome Web Store sampling of Educational Apps, then select one of the hyperlinks to take you to the Chrome Web Store.

sampling of ed apps

5. Visit the complete list of Educational Apps.

How will the teachers know which apps to ask students to install on their devices?

Teachers do not need Chromebooks to try out the apps–they just need to be logged into Google Apps, and have their Chrome browser open. Then, they can add apps and extensions to their Chrome browser from the  Chrome Web Store.

→NOTE: Some apps require a fee which we are currently not opting for.

Installing from the Chrome Web Store:

Select the app or extension to install, then click “Add to Chrome”. add to chrome

Launching the App:

There are two easy ways to launch the app.

  1. Once installed, you can click “Launch App.” launch app
  2. Or, add a new tab (CTRL T) and it will appear in the icons. Then click the app icon to launch (see example below).

chrome apps

Launching extensions:

Extensions are installed onto the toolbar (EG the Diigo extension for Chrome).

Add-ons:

Google has a new feature called Add-Ons, which can be installed on Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets. While Add-Ons don’t require going to the Chrome Web Store, I thought it was valuable to share how to make the all powerful Google Docs and Google Sheets a little more robust.

For example, Doctopus (great for management of assignments and projects) and Kaizena (which used to be called Google Voice, allows you to leave voice comments on documents) can now be added through Add-Ons.

Some suggested apps for high school students:

  • 3D Tin – Create beautiful 3D Models in fun and interactive environment
  • Audiotool – Powerful online music production studio. Apply sound effects and record your own voice and instruments.
  • BioDigital Human – The BioDigital Human is a 3D platform that simplifies the understanding of anatomy, disease and treatments. Explore the body in 3D!
  • Biteslide – Biteslide is the easy and engaging way to make school projects more creative.
  • ChemReference: Periodic Table – Periodic Table at your fingertips
  • Desmos Graphing Calculator – Graph multiple functions in vivid color and watch them update as you type
  • Diigo – Collaborative research platform with social bookmarking, web annotation, tagging, and group-based collaboration
  • EasyBib – Research management platform where students learn to avoid plagiarism, organize notes, and analyze work
  • Empower3000 – Learning solutions that accelerate reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing and test performance
  • Geogebra –  Geometry, algebra, calculus, and statistics with thousands of free interactive worksheets in more than 50 languages
  • Glogster EDU – Collaborate to express creativity through creation of posters with videos, graphics, sounds
  • GoAnimate – Create animations with characters, camera, import music, sound effects, record dialogues and more
  • IE for Google Chrome – Internet Explorer for Chrome
  • InstraGrok – It’s a research engine that lets you learn about any topic. A graphical concept map shows you how important ideas connect.
  • Khan Academy – With over 3,100 videos from math to physics, finance, and history get to learn what you want, when you want
  • Little Alchemy – Start with four basic elements, then mix and match them to create more and more awesome things.
  • Lucid Chart – Collaborate real time on flowcharts, venn diagrams, mind maps, and other diagrams
  • Maps: Google Maps – Find local business information, directions, and street-level imagery around the world with Google Maps.
  • MindMeister – Mind mapping app that raises student achievement through brainstorming and real-time collaboration
  • OpenClass – Learning platform though which you can deliver all types of content
  • Pixlr Editor – Photo editor with layers, adjustment tools, and filters that lets you manipulate entire images or individual pixels
  • Pixton Comic Maker EDU – Create comics with characters, speech bubbles, background, images, voice-over and more
  • PowToon Edu – PowToon lets you create awesome presentations and animated videos
  • RSS: Feedly – Feedly is a news reader for creative minds. Seamless migration from Google Reader.
  • Shakespeare’s Monologues – Provides quick access from Chrome’s New Tab page to the Shakespeare’s Monologues site. Search and/or browse for monologues.
  • Slide Rocket – Create, collaborate and share amazing presentations.
  • Study Blue – Make flashcards and store class notes. Study online for effective, productive learning.
  • Stupeflix – Turn photos, videos, text and music into beautiful videos that tell meaningful stories.
  • SumoPaint – Tune photos, create drawings, browse and remix images from others – it’s a fun way to share inspiration.
  • Typing Club – Practice typing skills and track performance through an admin interface
  • Vernier Data Share – Using low-cost sensors and interfaces, students collect data in real-time for data analysis
  • WeVideo – Professional level video editor for students and teachers to collaborate, create and share video stories

This list was originally generated by Chrome’s Apps Pack for Education. Click here to view elementary school recommendations.

More apps and extensions:

Concluding Thoughts:

Finding tools for your students to use is an important part of technology integration. How will they will use those tools for learning? Will the tool be used for memorization (DOK 1)? Skills/application (DOK 2)? Strategic thinking (DOK 3)? Or, extended thinking (DOK 4)? Will it be used as a paper and pencil substitution or will it be used to transform learning?

  • What Chrome apps or extensions would you add to this list (or take off the list)?
  • What other hardware thoughts or questions should be shared?
  • Do you have other thoughts or questions about Chromebooks and the Chrome Web Store?
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Teaching K-2 Students about Attribution http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/03/31/teaching-k-2-students-about-attribution/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/03/31/teaching-k-2-students-about-attribution/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:35:49 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=967 The topic of the week for the Student Blogging Challenge is Creative Commons. I love this topic! In Tracy-utopia, all teachers and students would partake in this challenge!

If I was a K-2 classroom teacher, here’s how I’d approach this challenge:

1) I’d use Linda Yollis’ idea of having students do artwork, then hang them on the wall, but with the wrong name next to it… Then ask the students how it felt for not getting credit for their work? Then use that to demonstrate the idea of Creative Commons and attribution of work.

2) I might show this with Q & A for kids on copyrights (but probably just focus on the attribution question).

3) I’d embed this video on my blog post about attribution, called Credit is Due (The Attribution Song):

4) Activity: I’d have students then create something to share with others what they learned about attribution. It can be paper/crayon and then made into an Educreations presentation (which is ubber-easy!) or they can create a presentation in Haiku Deck (another easy iPad app that can also be done on the desktop). 

How would you introduce your students to Creative Commons and Attribution?

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Chromebooks and Chrome Web Store for Elementary http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/03/17/chromebooks-and-chrome-web-store-for-elementary/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/03/17/chromebooks-and-chrome-web-store-for-elementary/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:14:11 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=947 Each of our elementary schools will have six Chromebooks carts in addition to their netbook and iPad carts. With the addition of Chromebooks, it’s important to learn about the Chromebooks, experience them, understand some of the differences, and recognize the power within the Chrome Web Store.

How are Chromebooks different?

Chromebooks have a web based management council. This means they:

  • update themselves;
  • boot up in 6-8 seconds (and over time that speeds up);
  • cannot have software installed on them;
  • can have the Tech Department install apps and extensions through the Chrome Web Store (including a plethora of Educational Apps);
  • can do most anything online via the Chrome browser;
  • and, start up by entering desktop (elementary students won’t have individual logins, so they will click “enter” twice to get to desktop), then go straight into Chrome.

What do we need to know about the Chromebook hardware?

There are different types of Chromebooks. The one we are using in our district is the Samsung. They are light (2.42 pounds) and have a battery life of approximately 6.5 hours.

We also need to be aware that the screens are known to break easily if they are picked up by the screen (top) instead of the keyboard (base). Therefore, it’s important that we model and expect everyone to pick them up by the base, and review/establish procedures for walking with the Chromebooks.

Chromebook Shortcuts:

Here’s a list of shortcuts for the Chromebook. There are some that you will want to specifically teach the students such as:

Chromebook Shortcuts

Screenshots can be added to an email or a Google Doc by inserting an image. Likewise, the image can be uploaded to other applications such as a blog post, etc.

To right click, press Alt + click or place two fingers on the mousepad and click.

Getting to the Chrome Web Store:

There are educational applications that can be added to the Chromebooks, similar to adding an app to an iPad from iTunes. At our Elementary Schools, we’ll have apps added a la carte! In other words, it will be by cart… which means we’ll collect a list from the teams, and have Mr. Tucker install those for you (kind of like how Configurator does for the iPad carts).

How will the teachers know which apps to have the Tech Department install on the carts?

Teachers do not need Chromebooks to try out the apps–they just need to be logged into Google Apps, and have their Chrome browser open. Then, they can add apps and extensions to their Chrome browser from the  Chrome Web Store.

NOTE: Some apps are for individual use only, and can not be pushed out and installed on the Chromebooks.

There are many ways to get to the Chrome Web Store from the Teacher laptop. Here are a few of them:

  1. Google “Chrome Web Store” then click on the link. Then select Education.
  2. Visit the Elementary School Collection on the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Go to the Chrome Web Store sampling of Educational Apps, then select one of the hyperlinks to take you to the Chrome Web Store.sampling of ed apps
  4. Visit the complete list of Educational Apps.

Installing from the Chrome Web Store:

Select the app or extension to install, then click “Add to Chrome”. add to chrome

Launching the App:

There are two easy ways to launch the app.

  1. Once installed, you can click “Launch App.” launch app
  2. Or, add a new tab (CTRL T) and it will appear in the icons. Then click the app icon to launch (see example below).

chrome apps

Launching extensions:

Extensions are installed onto the toolbar (EG the Diigo extension for Chrome).

Add-ons:

Google has a new feature called Add-Ons, which can be installed on Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets. While Add-Ons don’t require going to the Chrome Web Store, I thought it was valuable to share how to make the all powerful Google Docs and Google Sheets a little more robust.

For example, Doctopus (great for management of assignments and projects) and Kaizena (which used to be called Google Voice, allows you to leave voice comments on documents) can now be added through Add-Ons.

Some suggested apps for elementary students:

  • Apps for Common Core — App for online drills related to standards.
  • Biteslide — Biteslide is the easy and engaging way to make school projects more creative.
  • EasyBib — Research management platform where students learn to avoid plagiarism, organize notes, and analyze work.
  • Glogster EDU — Collaborate to express creativity through creation of posters with videos, graphics, sounds
  • GoAnimate — Create animations with characters, camera, import music, sound effects, record dialogues and more.
  • InstraGrok — It’s a research engine that lets you learn about any topic. A graphical concept map shows you how important ideas connect.
  • Khan Academy — With over 3,100 videos from math to physics, finance, and history get to learn what you want, when you want.
  • Lucid Chart — Collaborate real time on flowcharts, venn diagrams, mind maps, and other diagrams.
  • Maps: Google Maps — Find local business information, directions, and street-level imagery around the world with Google Maps.
  • MeeGenius! Children’s Books – Read each book with audio playback, word highlighting and automatic playback! Want to read it yourself, just click the pause button, and then turn the pages manually.
  • Pixton Comic Maker EDU — Create comics with characters, speech bubbles, background, images, voice-over and more.
  • PowToon Edu – PowToon lets you create awesome presentations and animated videos.
  • RSS: Feedly — Feedly is a news reader for creative minds. Seamless migration from Google Reader.
  • Slide Rocket — Create, collaborate and share amazing presentations.
  • Study Blue — Make flashcards and store class notes. Study online for effective, productive learning.
  • Stupeflix — Turn photos, videos, text and music into beautiful videos that tell meaningful stories.
  • SumoPaint — Tune photos, create drawings, browse and remix images from others – it’s a fun way to share inspiration.
  • Typing Club — Practice typing skills and track performance through an admin interface.
  • VocabularySpellingCity – VocabularySpellingCity offers learning games and activities including spelling tests and flash cards for students to use to practice spelling and vocabulary words entered by their teachers or parents.
  • WeVideo — Professional level video editor for students and teachers to collaborate, create and share video stories.

This list was originally generated by Chrome’s Apps Pack for Education. Click here to view High School recommendations.

Concluding Thoughts:

Finding tools for your students to use is an important part of technology integration. How will they will use those tools for learning? Will the tool be used for memorization (DOK 1)? Skills/application (DOK 2)? Strategic thinking (DOK 3)? Or, extended thinking (DOK 4)? Will it be used as a paper and pencil substitution or will it be used to transform learning?

  • What Chrome apps or extensions would you add to this list?
  • What other hardware thoughts or questions should be shared?
  • Do you have other thoughts or questions about Chromebooks and the Chrome Web Store?
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Power of Twitter, PLN, PD, & Awesomeness http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/03/05/power-of-twitter-pln-pd-awesomeness/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/03/05/power-of-twitter-pln-pd-awesomeness/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:56:19 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=931 What does professional development look like in your district?

Last week, one of my PLN members, Rodney Turner, Tweeted about Professional Development.

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Site visit

Rodney and Len Horn came to AJUSD today, and even though it was a half day and a few days before spring break, here’s the highlights of what they saw:

  • CCJH Social Studies Teacher, Sheryl Anderson, asking students to share powerful quotes from famous people about World War II; and asked each student to defend why they chose that quote. — We also discussed how she had students learn about economics through an eBay project.
  • CCJH Science Teacher, Bethany Ligon‘s students were involved in  peer assessment of their science journals; while some students were in the mall area on their Chromebooks finishing up some of their work for the quarter. — The students were involved hands-on with their learning, and digging in deeper with the tools at their fingertips.
  • CCJH Math Teacher, Lydia Henry, individualizing instruction. While she was working with a few individuals on areas they needed support, other students were on Kahn Academy or other sites for standards that they needed.
  • SMES 5th grade Teacher, Brian Lockwood, investing in students. He also took the time to talk with us about the current global collaboration his class is involved in, reflecting on other collaborations, and upcoming goals he has.
  • SMES 5th grade Teacher, Colleen Bean, walking her students through a graphing lesson, and tapping into resources such as our online enVision textbook through Pearson SussessNet, and utilizing the doc cam to model.
  • SMES 6th grade Science Teacher, Lisa Byars, working with a small group of students on reading/ELA standards through science content.
  • SMES 4th grade Teacher, David Gross, engaging students in various rigorous learning activities.
  • SMES 1st grade Teacher, Veronica Irwin, using carpet time to investigate a math learning video before launching into their lesson.
  • SMES Kindergarten Teacher, Susan Rabe, having students dive into a Tumblebook.

Rigor and consistent vision

Some of the take-aways I heard from Rodney and Lon were:

  • Technology is used purposefully to enhance learning, with an appropriate blend of traditional (and engaging) learning.
  • There’s a consistent message of rigor and a consistent vision of working towards Common Core/21st century learning expectations.

Professional Development

Through their insightful questions about Professional Development, the unity we have as a district with PD and the power of our Collaboration Coaching as well as our Common Core Coaching really came to the forefront. Furthermore, job-embedded professional learning is exceptionally powerful.

Final thoughts

On a half day, right before spring break, our students are engaged in rigorous learning, appropriate for their grade levels.

If I came to your school district on a half day, right before spring break, what would I see in your classrooms?

What types of successful professional development takes place in your district? 

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Common Core Blogs http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/02/28/common-core-blogs/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2014/02/28/common-core-blogs/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:52:22 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=906 Blogs are a great way to share ideas, resources, communication, and build collaboration. In AJUSD, there are several blogs focused on sharing around the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards (Common Core).

Sharing

Creative Commons License Photo Credit: ryancr via Compfight

Here are some of our AJUSD Common Core blogs:

What blogs would you recommend for implementing the Common Core?

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Voting for AJUSD Blog Finalists in Edublog Awards http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2013/12/06/voting-for-ajusd-blog-finalists-in-edublog-awards/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2013/12/06/voting-for-ajusd-blog-finalists-in-edublog-awards/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 02:00:55 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=872 The Edublog Awards were created to raise awareness for educational use of blogs and social media in the classroom. It’s exciting to have several AJUSD bloggers make it to the shortlist of finalists for voting!

Voting

You can vote for as many as you’d like in each category. Your vote only counts once. The voting window closes on December 18th at 10pm (MST).

  • Select the category by clicking on the Title of the category.
  • Select the Social Media Account you’d like to connect with List.ly, and click “accept” access of this app to connect with your Social Media Account.
  • Then vote by selecting Vote Up.

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AJUSD Finalists

Several AJUSD Bloggers are represented as Finalists in the Edublog Awards Voting, including:

Best Student Blog — Em’s Canvas (2nd grade AJUSD student)

(To vote, click on blue title to open the link.)

Best Class Blog — Mrs. Hamman’s Class Blog and Cougar News Blog

Best Group Blog — Cougar News Blog

Best Administrator Blog — This and That (Jon Castelhano’s Blog)

Best Individual Blog — wwwatanabe (Tracy Watanabe’s Blog)

Best Teacher Blog — wwwatanabe (Tracy Watanabe’s Blog)

Voting for Students without Social Media Accounts

Just click on the link below to vote for a student blog or class blog:

Final thoughts

This is an opportunity to share with others some of the fabulous learning taking place in AJUSD. It’s also an opportunity to look at other fabulous discussions across other districts and classrooms. Not only are there great examples of educational blogging and use of social media across the globe, it also gives us a frame of reference to see how innovative AJUSD is!

Did you discover new resources and ideas while looking at those nominated?

Do you have any questions?

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AJUSD Bloggers are nominated for Edublog Awards http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2013/12/05/ajusd-bloggers-are-nominated-for-edublog-awards/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2013/12/05/ajusd-bloggers-are-nominated-for-edublog-awards/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 05:13:44 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=863 This is the 10th Annual Edublog Awards, and several AJUSD Bloggers are recognized. Please take a moment to vote.

Em’s Canvas — AJUSD 2nd Grader 

 

Mrs. Hamman’s Class Blog — 3rd grade class blog at FPES

 

Cougar News Blog — Journalism Class Blog from CCJH, Jason Davis

 

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SMES Classroom Blogs and PD http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2013/11/07/smes-blogging-classrooms-and-pd/ http://blogs.goaj.org/blog/2013/11/07/smes-blogging-classrooms-and-pd/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 05:37:14 +0000 http://blogs.goaj.org/?p=850 rabe comment tipsOne of my highlights of the week was working in Susan Rabe’s Kindergarten Class because her students were excited to compose quality comments on two blogs. It’s rewarding for me because at this point, I barely do anything, and get to reap the rewards of watching Mrs. Rabe work with her students on quality commenting. My part was to help find two classes in different countries around the same age as Mrs. Rabe’s class with some posts that might be interesting for her students. I also helped a tiny bit with what pieces of information to leave in the comment (such as the URL back to Mrs. Rabe’s blog and to write down Arizona, USA because that is interesting to other classes).

Click here to see the dialogue that has occurred!

Resources and ideas: Quality commenting and posting 

Some classes for you to connect with from the Student Blogging Challenge:

What are your goals for your class blog?

How is blogging part of your classroom routine?

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